Perfect Cottage Weather

After a long week of sweltering summer heat, Saturday was spent at my best friend’s family cottage. There is no greater relief than swimming in a lake. We sat on the dock and dipped our toes in the water, ate watermelon and hunted dragonflies. And laughed a lot.

The most work I did all day was shucking corn and re-applying sunscreen.

Dragonfly lilypad



Riley came swimming with us too. We gave him a couple of pool noodles to help him stay afloat. See more photos HERE.

That’s how I spent my weekend. What did you do to cool off?


In a Shady Spot

Along with the many other plants and flowers in my ideal garden, I’d love to keep a shady spot for a collection of Fern varieties. They are wonderful for pulling together a floral bouquet, and for filling shady areas where other plants may not thrive. I think they are just so delicate and graceful on their own.




Daisy and fern


In particular, I’d love to have this variety somewhere in the garden. It’s a Necklace Fern, and discovering it in the Algonquin garden last summer really made me appreciate Ferns a little more.  It' also inspired this photograph, as well as many others in my collection.


The Wetter, The Better

We’ve had our share of extreme summer heat this week. At its hottest, it was 45 degrees with the humidity. So when my friend called me on Sunday for a last-minute stroll by the river, I jumped at the chance to dip my toes in the water.

We drove down to Westboro Beach with our cameras, but it quickly became apparent that we were about to have a thunderstorm. We spotted some older ducklings and their mum, stuffing themselves with whatever it is that ducklings graze in the sand for.


I’m surprised they didn’t fall over from eating so much~ look at those crops!



Within minutes, the winds picked up, the skies closed in and the river turned black. As the rain started to pour, we hightailed it back to the car, and just barely made it before getting soaked.



The ducks decided that wetter was better, and headed back out on the water.

{You may remember this song from your childhood, too.}


The Book is Finished!!!

The Female Photographers of ETSY have been hard at work, putting together a collection of beautiful photography and publishing it into a book entitled Still: The Art of Living. The images in the book evoke a feeling of calm, capturing those everyday moments in our lives. I am so excited to have been included in this project, and SO thankful to those who put their heart and soul into it.

Spiderweb-Caitlin Brookes

Please check it out. share the link if you like. And if you purchase a copy, I promise to autograph it for you! ;)


Buckeye Embroidery

I finally finished the embroidery for my first pin! I bought these gorgeous hand cut wooden pieces on Etsy last October. I started stitching this little Buckeye butterfly over the winter (February, I think) and then it ended up on the backburner. Over the last week I have been putting aside a few moments here and there to work on it. All I have left to do is fasten it into the setting and put a pin on the back.

PINS Buckeye

{what an actual Buckeye butterfly looks like}


Can you tell me what this flower is called?


The Little Things

Last week I had one of those truly never-ending days, when everything seems to fall apart, and complaining feels like the easiest thing to do. I was letting off steam on the walk home, when my husband said, “Look, a butterfly.”

On the side of the road lay the remains of a tiny white butterfly, wings perfectly folded. My spirits lifted immediately~ a find like that is such a treasure, but also a reminder of the fleeting nature of life.

Nothing lasts forever.

White Butterfly


Buttery Yellow Blooms

These yellows remind me of corn on the cob with butter. Maybe because that’s what we had for dinner…


Yesterday we finally braved the heat and made it to the farm. We’ve been so busy, I missed out on the peonies and poppies, but I was just in time for the last few columbines. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen yellow foxglove before. 



Oh, and the lilies have opened…


Happy Canada Day!

Last weekend we bought a flat of strawberries from the market. Three quarters of them are mashed and frozen, ready for making strawberry rhubarb jam in the fall. My husband made Strawberry Shortcake with the rest of them. Here is the recipe; make it if you get the chance. I think it would be great with raspberries too, which are starting to ripen in our backyard~ I can’t wait!


The weather couldn’t be more beautiful for Canada Day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate) arrived in Canada yesterday, and today they are here in Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day. We will be staying close to home today, rather than braving the crowds downtown.  I imagine they are bigger today than any other year!

Have a great Canada Day, and Happy 4th of July if you are in the US this weekend!

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