Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Closing Day........

 Last Saturday...
We finally got to "Closing Day" at the cottage...
Before heading down to see what was happening on the beach...
I always put some Sunflower seeds out...
For whomever is interested!!

There was no snow at the cottage...
But a brisk wind was blowing from the east...
Very cloudy...but with a wee bit of blue sky showing through...

Found an old rusty fly swatter!
Imagine that!
And another lovely feather...with black..white..and tan...
Wonder who lost that?

There was some ice on the old well...
And the waves were crashing every so often...
But...
Actually almost calm...
I think the waves were still slowing down, from a very windy day...
The day before...
If you live near,or visit a Great Lake..you will understand...

The Seagulls put on a grand display...
So many pictures...hard to pick a few...





 Before going in to empty and unplug the fridge...
Gather up some blankets and such to wash...
I took a short walkabout...
Found these pinecones on a bench...
I guess Mr Squirrel was nibbling on the seeds...
That brief snow flurry left just enough snow...
To make the pic even more beautiful... 

I do believe Mr Chipmunk...or "Chippie"...
Lives in the bottom of this huge old Maple tree...
You can see where he has rounded out an entrance...
Looks like Mr Snail tried to join him for the Winter!


 One last shot through the window...
The Gulls have calmed down...
The tv room looks very tranquil...
All dressed in white...love this!


 So...there you have it!
Water all drained...
Plumbing fluid in all the drains...
Everything safe and sound and cosy for the long Winter...
Won't belong before SPRING arrives...in all her glory...
And the cottage will SPRING to life again...
Can hardly wait♥️

Saw this handsome guy on our way home...

Hope you are all having a great day...
Sunny and bright here...but still coolish...at -5*c...I thought it would be warmer...Apparently tomorrow!! 
And...
Tomorrow is also Miss V day...what ever will we do???

Got my Skinny Beef soup made this am...
Had a bowl for lunch...delish!
And...
Only 174 calories for 1 1/2 cups...and 2 grams of fat!!
Will be having another bowl for dinner...
Will give the boyfriend a Tuna and lettuce on Rye to go with his soup... 

                      Enjoy the rest of your day!

                             Cheers!  :o)
                                 linda♥️
 

56 comments:

  1. I love the feather pic Linda..the horsey..and the cottage ..ready for a long winter's nap..wow you have no snow!
    Geesh and you are not THAT far..
    just south enough I guess..
    as many seagulls as in Fl;)
    It's cooled off there..I was emailing w/ the manager at our cottage by the sea~
    Enjoy Miss V~:)

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    1. We have snow at home....but nothing at the cottage!
      Guess the Lake might not freeze this year....not good!
      The waves can be very destructive....
      Will do Monique!

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  2. You get an amazing amount of use out of your cottage!

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    1. We do!
      This was the latest we have shut the water off in 18 years!
      Thank you El Niño!

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  3. Amazing what you find on the beach. I wonder where that old fly swatter drifted in from eh? The waves look really cold but I love the pics of the seagulls and can try to imagine they are in Florida instead. Haha. Have a great week Linda.

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    1. Yes...very bizarre Pam....you never know what you will find!

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  4. Lovely photos . It has been sunny on and off today Miggs and I went for our long walk as the winds were calm and had play time in the yard to , watched the birdies at the feeders and Miggs chased George the Crow lol ! Miss V and you will have a fun and busy day I expect . Oh the soup sounds good . I dont think lake Erie will get to frozen this year especially with the warmer temps and rain arriving by the end of the week . I am sure the cottage will miss you all , it is such a pretty cottage and property you have there ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. Not as many birds here this winter....where did they go?
      Maybe it won't freeze....that spells trouble!
      Big waves!

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  5. Oh Linda, you just saved the day. I had put some potatoes and carrots on to boil as I wanted to make potato Soup for night, it's cold and rainy today. As I was reading your blog about soup.... I remembered mine on the stove....yikes. Made it just in time to turn the fire down.... Thank You.
    You pictures are beyond beautiful. I have to scroll up and down taking in the beauty.

    Have a wonderful day!!!
    Hugs.

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    1. Hahaha! Glad I could help! Enjoy your soup!

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  6. it looks so cold!!
    You need that soup to warm up!!

    beautiful photos!!!

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    1. The soup is delicious!
      Thanks Laurie!

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  7. Love the seagull shots, Linda. I guess it would be sad to close up the cottage but you can look forward to your trip now and the winter will fly by. It's cold here but tomorrow the temps rise again to -2. I can take that. I hope it's like that all winter. Deb

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    1. I hope so, Deb...I think I have a wee bit of cabin fever...even with the warmer Winter...

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  8. Gosh it does look cold! Perfect for a pot of soup. Looks like the Seagulls found a honey hole and I know the squirrel did. Ha Ha! Your tv room looks beautiful! But now, I have to ask...why do you unplug your fridge?

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    1. With no heat on at the cottage all Winter, the fridge struggles...I used to leave it on all winter...just 'cause I was lazy! Much better to unplug, and give her a rest!

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  9. Lovely photos as always. Your soup sounds delish, this BF made chicken stir fry for dinner. His one and only dish, but no complaints from me! I also had a facial, what a pampered day for me. :) Have fun with little cutie tomorrow...

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    1. I wish I could get a facial..I must do that sometime!
      Worked around here all day...no time for going to fitness!
      I plan to have a splendid day!!

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    2. You're already forgiven for not showing up at fitness, but you're missing the bright red freshly painted wall in the locker room! What were they thinking? :(

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    3. I remember the horrible colours they picked a few years ago....must have been on sale!

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  10. You make seagulls seem likeable! Is this a late time for you to close up the cottage? We now feel like it's winter. Cccccold up our way! -Jenn

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    1. Yes...this is the latest in 18 years... cold here too!!
      Enjoy your evening Jenn!

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  11. Like water sloshing around in the tub...
    Love your pictures. Beautiful as always.
    I catch a glimpse of our lake almost every day. Sometimes I remember to savor the sight.
    :0)

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    1. Yes Martha...exactly! Takes a while for the waves to stop...
      You should savor it...they are so beautiful and wonderous...
      Have a great evening!

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  12. The waves are really churning up the mucky stuff! The gulls must have been feasting on something else that was brought to the surface. Great shots of them ... I can just imagine the chattering and arguments they were most likely having :) That is such a nice farewell shot of the interior, snug and ready for the long sleep of winter. Surely this winter won't be nearly as long as the last two though? I would like just a teeny bit more snow for the kids to play in. Enjoy your day with Miss V tomorrow, I'm sure she'll come up with something fun to do together!
    Wendy

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    1. Love the seagulls...even in the winter they fly by....in large crowds or by themselves..
      I agree about the snow....Miss V did some shovelling last week....loves that!

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  13. Red's not red . . . . maybe a cousin.
    Gosh those icicles don't look too inviting . . . brr
    Great shots of the gulls and waves . . . .
    Bye Bye cottage or should I say, "Au Revoir" . . . :)

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    1. Hi Eddie...
      Yes...his country cousin! No red squirrels down at the cottage....
      We will visit this weekend :o)

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    2. I wonder, do you get any bears at the cottage like Jane sometimes does? . . . :)

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    3. Silly Billy...
      Jane lives out in the wilderness....cottage is rural...on a road that runs all along the shores of Lake Erie....
      She is north...cottage is south....
      We have seen Fox....no Bears!
      Have you ever run into a Bear?
      Other than Winnie The Pooh! :o)

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    4. lol . . . I gad a teddy bear once . . . :)

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    5. No . . . I'm the Teddy bear now . . . . haha

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  14. That fly swatter has swatted its last fly.

    That horse looks cold. How cold does it have to be outside for a horse to get cold?

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    1. No idea Barbara....how you feeling?

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  15. Beautiful photos Linda . . .
    Love the Sea Gulls . . .
    Old Tree . . .
    Handsome one in the final pic . . .
    Giving you the EYE!

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    1. Yes....he was giving me the eye!
      These were Clydesdale horses....unfortunately the fence ruined quite a few pics....

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  16. We're cold here, too! Brr!
    That feather sure is pretty...love the colors on it!
    I remember you posting that soup recipe....can't beat those calories
    or fat grams! wow!

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    1. I have been sooooo good! Well...only 3 days....but....really good!
      And that soup.....I love!
      I think feathers are fabulous...they are supposed to be angels I heard somewhere.....

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  17. I like those pebble pictures! A little colder and snow here.

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    1. Hi Furry...
      I love the pebbles too.....and....there are LOTS!

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  18. Such beautiful shots Linda! I though you put in heat so you can stay in the winter? No?
    I know you will miss it. But as you say, Spring will be here before you know it!
    Soup looked good on IG! Wish I had some!
    XO Kris

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    1. We did....but only for Spring and Fall really....no insulation....no attic upstairs....it just made the 3 seasons more comfortable....
      Yes...that soup....one of my faves!

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  19. These are stunning shots, Linda. How wild your lake is and the landscape is so awesome. I thought your lake home was year round as you continued to visit well into the cold weather.

    Your soup sounded so delish I decided to pull out some beef bones and make some myself as well as a base for some other dishes. Thanks for the inspiration, Linda!!

    Jane x

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    1. We visit....but not winterized, other than a furnace for the other 3 seasons...
      You must post a pic of finished product on IG...
      Have a great day!

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  20. A lovely post to farewell the cosy cottage for the winter. What funny things wash up on your beach - a fly swat indeed! Love those pictures of gulls - actually, I bought a nice wooden one today as a new year change of décor for our house. Interesting to read you have to put special fluid in the pipes - we tropical dwellers really have no idea....

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    1. Love wooden bird figures....so graceful...
      Only at our seasonal homes Patricia...stops any problems with pipes bursting , if any water left in the lines....

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  21. It won't be long till you are opening the cottage up again, time goes so fast.

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  22. I love the chilly photos, particularly the icicles on the rock. Nature is stunning even when she is harsh.
    I want a horse! Those are real beauties.

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  23. So sad to be closing, but spring will soon be here! xx

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  24. What fabulous pictures! Love the feather on the rock and all the ones with the seagulls and the waves. Frameable all! It won't be long before you are there to open her up to the sun and warm wind.

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    1. Ahhhh. Yes....the warm wind....seems like ages ago....

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