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Camping Break

Labour Day weekend proved to be lots of fun, camping with the family – having awesome BBQs, smores over a fireplace, hiking around lovely woods, catching frogs and snakes (and letting them go of course), kayaking with dogs, and just relaxing. This is totally the break I need before a big knitting show. We stayed in a lovely area of South Eastern Ontario where there is a tiny population out in the middle of 120 acres owned by a friend. I was able to sit outside most of Saturday evening and Sunday morning and spin yarn outside while the dogs ran around, off leash, having a great time.

 

The dogs normally don’t get much chance to run off leash as I find a lot of the dog parks in the city are overrun with big dogs and lax owners who don’t really pay a lot of attention to their dogs. But the land we stayed at was basically a mowed field in the middle of the woods so the dogs were pretty good about not venturing away. Toasty, the pup, was the most adventurous so we had to keep our eyes on him a little more. But, he’s cute, so it’s allowed.

 

It was nice walking around in the marsh – although it was a bit dry because of the summer heat, but the frogs knew where the water was and there were literally hundreds of them all jumping around. This area seems to be populated mostly by leopard frogs although I did see a couple of bull frogs.

I even got to see a super cute hummingbird at the feeder near the camp site. Sorry for the blurry photo – they are always so tough to photograph or get very close to and I only had a point-and-shoot.

We took a drive to the Black River which is really beautiful black slate. The river was really calm and there were a lot of small speckled fish swimming around.

Then we got to check out O’Hara Mill – it is a nice conservation area, perfect for hiking and picnics, with several pioneer buildings – log cabin, blacksmith, schoolhouse and such. It was a nice day to wander around there.

Schoolhouse

Great poster

Mike, being Herculian

And, a cool rock

And, I got to meet my Aunt’s dog, Peanut, who is totally adorable..

Since arriving home, I have been working away trying to get everything all done for Kitchener/Waterloo Knitter’s Fair and I think I am finally finished. I dyed up a custom order lastnight and put the final touches on a few things and organized all the stock for the show. Come out and see me at The Black Lamb’s booth – we will have lots of great stuff. Other than being a great friend and partner working together at shows, Laurie is awesome because she gave me all these veggies from her garden! Yay for having friends that are basically like a CSA!

Poor man’s Dinner with the Frogs

We have finished the first ‘poor week’ dinner and it was totally decadent and yummy!

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with homemade chips!

 

I also have to write a little bit about my amazing weekend. My birthday was on August 1st and I sort of had a really long work day that day so it was awesome that the long weekend made up for it. I was totally spoiled in getting a kayak and a pair of binoculars for my birthday amongst other things. I have been dying to learn to kayak since my parents were raving about how relaxing and fun it is. I had heard it was a lot more stable than rowing a canoe so I wanted to check it out. Last Saturday I got my opportunity to learn to kayak – but actually it was sort of natural…no real learning curve…not something I am used to! I definitely need to do it more to get better at keeping my strokes even and my boat straight but I pretty much got the hang of it. I am in love with everything where water is concerned – beaches, boats, the ocean, the great lakes, cleaning up the ocean, and so on…..so this is a nice opportunity to get out on the water and have a whole lot of serenity, as well as see things you can’t see from land. Now I am planning on how to paddle out to all sorts of small islands I have seen and wondered about.

The great thing about my hometown in Prince Edward County (well, one of the great things) is that there are so many places you can get in touch with nature, and well…frogs! I love frogs, and toads. I have since I was a little kid. I grew up in a really small village mostly filled with seniors while I lived there, so I had to find a lot of ways to entertain myself and ended up doing so at the local pond catching and releasing frogs.  I dropped by one of my favourite ponds while back home and found a few cutie pies! These frogs were really docile, mostly bullfrogs, not fast and furious like the leopard frogs.