Another weekend at Val des Monts

Our A-frame guests seem to be enjoying themselves kayaking, canoeing, receiving guests, reading on the dock.  It is great to see since for the two old dames renting out this cottage, hospitality is paramount.

 

Last weekend we had an additional guest, staying here with us at the Plum.  An old friend of mine who is now and has been for many years a Zen sensei.

Amid the ongoing storms and beautiful sunny breaks we chatted.  She shared the kind of wisdom I’ve always known her to have and, of course, we exchanged stories from the last 30 or so years of our lives.  It was wonderful.

 

Of course we ate good food and enjoyed an occasional beverage.   Saturday evening’s entertainment was listening to the flying squirrels in the eaves and of course, just as dusk fell they flew out to begin their forage.  The photo I’ll including here is from The Squirrels of Canada by Shirley Woods and published by National Museums of Canada in 1980 or so.  Flyers are too fast for our amateur picture taking!

flying squirrel

In squirrel news the red squirrel has been seriously trying to get us to vacate the place.  It appears to be expanding its territory. No luck, to date, but her tenacity is amazing.  I’ll try for some photos in the next few days. The reds are a little easier to get shots of so I should have some success.

 

Wendy entertained a co-worker from one of the support groups she works with while I drove into Ottawa in the “leaf” for my last foray before turning the car over.  A picnic in Rockcliffe Park with my cousins. I can’t believe that I did not take at least one photo of that gang playing croquet in the park.

 

So, here are a few pics from around Val des Monts including the “Plum’s” screened in porch and a shot of Riviere Blanche … a wonderful little river that winds its way through the whole area.

Today, Monday, it’s a beautiful day in Val des Monts and especially at our lake. When I went for my morning soak there was mist on the water.   As Lily Tomlin’s character Edith Anne would say, “Isn’t it refreshing?”  And it was.

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