Birch Trees!

June 28th, 2010

This weekend we were greeted with two new additions to our outdoor space up north (and a tidy yard, hooray!). The rain kept us all inside, but the new birch trees probably appreciated it.

Isha spotted this little critter whilst out on the deck. By the time I returned with the camera, Isha had retreated to the safety of the cottage. The wildlife approves.

This is the tree next to the deck. Much nicer than the butchered pine tree that was there before. I wish I had a photo of it, because all of its lower branches had been pruned off because they were dead, while the top half had an irregular hair cut because I had lazily tried to prune it a few years ago but could only reach so high. Ridiculousness ensued.

We had friends up Saturday and Sunday, and it mostly rained but today we had about 5 hours of sunshine. John painted the entryway, and I cleaned some more windows. Then we hopped in the lake for a dip with the rumble of imminent thunderstorms on the horizon.

Note to self: need new planters. South American style with iguanas emerging is not really fitting in with its northerly setting.

Skagerak teak planters, which we will fill with tall grasses. Better?

Considering all of the tornado warnings, and the recent touch downs and destruction of a nearby town, there was a little bit of concern. We packed up the car in preparation.

Considering the sketchiness of the above clouds, it was a relatively quick storm. Still, we’d had enough and hit the road.

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  1. What an absolutely gorgeous location!! How long of a drive is this from Toronto?

    Also…BABY SQUIRREL!!! So cute.

    Anna @ D16

    28 Jun 10 at 6:03 pm

  2. Thanks Anna! It’s actually only 1.5 hours from Toronto, which is amazing because the traffic can be pretty terrible. One of a few great things we have on Muskoka…

    John & Juli

    28 Jun 10 at 6:10 pm

  3. Incredible photos! my god!


    28 Jun 10 at 7:49 pm

  4. Oh yes! More views of the cottage.
    Looks great. Gotta love that Georgian Bay – endless and huge! Beautiful.


    28 Jun 10 at 10:04 pm

  5. Your pictures remind me of the works of Joel Meyerowitz

    Yuji Yoda

    28 Jun 10 at 11:50 pm

  6. What an incredible setting. I can imagine myself taking a splash in that lake right now – thanks for continuing to share, and inspire!

    Jo in NZ

    29 Jun 10 at 12:50 am

  7. wow, you really are Scandinavian style fans. I love your blog. Greetings from Helsinki


    29 Jun 10 at 2:11 am

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