I’m a camper, Greg’s a hotel buff. Obviously, we had some vacation issues to sort out so in the end, we rented a cottage.
Last week Greg and I picked up his kids and headed out to our little rented villa somewhere in between Wiarton and Tobemory. Neither of us had ever seen this cottage before but it came highly recommended and at a good price (Greg works with the owner) so off we went. We were not disappointed!
The drive was longer than we anticipated but the scenery was nice. We had breakfast in Goderich and stopped in Wiarton for groceries and I think we arrived at the cottage by noon so it wasn’t too bad. While Greg unpacked the car the kids and I toured around and we couldn’t believe how great this place was. It had 2 bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, fireplace, cozy living room and laundry room. The bedrooms all had robes for the guests, the kitchen was full of old china and pretty mismatched glassware and there were even board games, dvds, and cds for the guests enjoyment.
The cottage had 3 porches; one was screened in, the other was more ‘deck’ style with a huge hot tub, and the other was at the front of the cottage with rocking chairs. There was a bbq, a shed full of fishing poles and life jackets, 2 canoes, 2 kayaks and a paddle boat. There was a fire pit with a huge pile of firewood, a private dock and beach, and a horseshoe pit. There were even domesticated chipmunks and bunnies!! Seriously, this place had everything and we were sorry we only rented it for a few days 🙂
Anyway, with all of that at our disposal, we really made the most of our time. The 4 of us went canoeing together and then just Skylagh and I went out and did a little trip around half the lake, we swam, we read books and we hot tubbed. We had a really nice fire one night and I taught Faith how to cook corn and potatoes on the fire and then later that night we all went out and had smores for dessert. We watched movies and played board games and had the chance to teach the kids how to play Settlers of Canaan. Greg and Skylagh did a tour around the lake in the paddle boat and both kids caught every frog they saw. Greg strung a tarp between some trees at the front of the cottage and called it a portable garage, then parked his car under it and washed it. I think that was the most peaceful moment for him the whole week 😀 . He also did most of the cooking since we bbq’d almost everything and he and Faith helped a chipmunk OD on peanuts.
It was really sad when we left because there was still so much more we could have done but we’ll go back again next year. Coming home wasn’t all that bad though because 2 days later we packed up the kids, met Greg’s parents and all headed to Toronto to spend the day at Ontario Place and the CNE for Skylaghs birthday celebration. By the time we got home Saturday night, we were all so tired that the kids went and brushed their teeth and got into their beds without even saying a word.
We went to church Sunday morning and that afternoon, after the kids had gone home and we had had lunch, Greg and I sat on the couch to watch some television together. We passed out and woke up just in time to go to the evening service 🙂