We just returned from our annual girls' weekend and boy did I have a hoot. You can't beat the camraderie between sisters, whether they are by blood or simply declared as such. There is something so uplifting and positive about hanging out. So there was Terri, Jackie, Leigh, Jenny and myself on this girly excursion. We saw a bear, a deer, a Blandings turtle (at least that's what Terri told me) and a 'Hummingbird', which we happened to save from drowning. Of course there is a story here...<G>
You see we were out on the dock (pictures above) gabbing about this or that on Saturday afternoon, which happened to be sunny. This was rare as we got a fair bit of rain and cloudy weather this weekend. We were all desperately trying to avoid Terri's camera, which always seemed to be in our faces, and I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. I could see small wings desperately flapping in the water and I looked harder. I saw what looked like a small bird and it looked to be struggling to keep it's head above water, or so I thought. I yelled and all the ladies came over to see what was happening. After some hemming and hawing, Jackie grabbed a paddle to see if she could reach it from the dock... but to no avail. It was still out of reach. Now keep in mind that we couldn't really get a close look at it so we still weren't sure what kind of bird we were dealing with except it was pretty small and it could beat those wings exceptionally fast. We were thinking Hummingbird but weren't sure. In the meantime Terri had grabbed a long stick, taken off her shoes and socks and went in after it. (Note, she was dressed in jeans, a t-shirt,a sweater and walking shoes... this was not a warm day.) So in she goes and it's getting deep fast. Finally she can reach the struggling bird with her stick, but by now she's immersed up to her waist. I clearly saw the relief on her face when she successfully rescued... a humungous DRAGONFLY. Groan... well at least we knew what it was. And except for getting a little wet, Terri was no worse for wear. (Just between you and I, I think she would have gone in after the dragonfly anyway. That's the way she is, even for the little icky things...LOL).
Now the cottage was beautiful as you can see from the above photo. The fireplace was HUGE! You can see a little bitty Jackie on the oversized chair in the right hand corner. That should give you an idea of how big this fireplace was. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland just after she shrinks herself to be able to get through the small door... LOL.
While in cottage country, we did our best to avoid Huntsville at least until we were leaving on Monday in order to avoid the G8... err... G20 mess. Instead, we went to Port Carling. We had lunch at Just Crepes (fantastic crepes btw) and went shopping. Cute town and it gives cottagers like us something to do on a rainy, hazy day. We also visited this great furnishing place called Muskoka Living Interiors. It had things like huge iron chandeliers like ones you might see in dungeons (LOL) or antler lamps (faux of course) or driftwood mirrors. As I said, girls' weekend was fun.
The next bit of news... the winners of contest #13 for some swag. The winners are Michele Skehill and Maria Griffo. Yay!
And the winners of the worst gift contest are listed below. Good job everyone and thank-you for your candor. Personally, I believe you all deserve a prize for all your suffering, but unfortunately I don't have that many books to give away. What I do hope, especially for those of you that received real stinkers from your significant others, is that either they learned their lesson from the disappointment, and in some cases sheer horror, that would have crossed your faces OR their poor judgement won't be a problem anymore because they were shown the door.
I think that's all the news I have right now. And I hope you all have a fantastic and safe summer holiday!