Sitting on the screened-in porch is really all I plan to do today.
I usually start the day by jumping into the lake for my morning swim but today, i’m having a break and enjoying the view. The operatic loon performance was in in full force last night. The mysterious night calls are one of the many pleasures of falling asleep at the cottage.That song put me to sleep last night but not before watching too many episodes of White Nights on my phone via downloaded Netflix.
The A-frame is rented this weekend
And for the next week until August 3. The family here this weekend seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. There has been echoes of laughter from next door. They’ve been out in the kayak and enjoying the view from the balcony … upper and lower.
Since everything seems to be going well, we may hop in the car and head downtown for a movie tonight. Val des Monts is so close to Ottawa and Gatineau (Hull) we can go out for an evening and be back in plenty of time to hear the loons and get a good night’s sleep. Here, no matter how hot it is downtown we most always use a blanket.
I’m not a bird watcher but I can tell you that waking up to song birds in the morning is a highlight of being at the cottage in Val des Monts. Even if i’ve been reading til’ two in the morning I delight at the sound of that early morning song.
Of course background to the reading is the nightly operatic performance of the loons. It sounds like there is a whole chorus of them out there this year.
Over coffee looking out over the deck what’s that … a pelican. No, I may not be a birdwatcher but I know we don’t have pelicans here … its a graceful heron flying over the lake.
I don’t have photos of the songbirds, the loons or the heron. Too fast for cottage lazy me. But hey, did it tell you about the wild turkeys and the crows.
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July 16 is in many ways, the beginning of summer. It has been quite hot in the east but when you can step out onto the deck for a peaceful view of the lake, or go down to the lake, just steps away. You’ll be cool in no time.
Later in the day take the canoe out for a tour around the lake. You’ll witness the loons preparing for their nightly operatic performance, the beavers quietly eyeing the activity to see where they might safely consider a new dam. The other day, I saw a white-tailed deer. Oh and this morning a family of wild turkeys called a halt to the two-car traffic on the country road to town.
Summer in central Canada is pretty nice this year! If you are looking for a getaway for the weekend or longer let us know.
LL and WMcP, Val des Monts, Québec
This two-level, two-bedroom cottage on Lac du Barrage, near Val des Monts, Quebec is a little oasis of calm, especially from Monday til’ Friday when there is hardly a soul on the lake. Morning sunrise, the sound of loons calling one another, kayaks and canoes breaking the water — you’ll be enchanted.
Have your morning beverage out on one of two decks overlooking the lake. Amble down to the dock and leap in for your first swim of the day.