Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 17: There will be Blood

.: June 4 & 5, 2011 :.

After what seemed like endless rain the week leading up to this weekend’s visit was impeccable. It was sunny and warm, but not too warm. It all pointed to a great weekend. For that reason we decided to leave Friday evening rather than Saturday morning. Mother Nature, however, was being her predictably perterbed self and although we got there without incident and had a pleasant (albeit short) evening at Twin Ponds, Saturday morning looked dark and foreboding.

I got up at around 6 a.m. and the skies on the horizon looked threatening. Nonetheless I went into town and procured breakfast from Tim Horton’s. It wasn’t long after my return that the dark skies turned darker and let loose a howling storm of wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. So we basically waited it out.

This weekend Sim’s parents were scheduled to visit for the first time. We were looking forward to it, as were they. In fact, Sim’s mother got up early herself to do some baking. Given the weather we weren’t sure whether they would still come, but they didn’t let it discourage them and while we sat inside the cabin watching Fringe they arrived without us even hearing their car. It was still raining a little at that point, so we showed them inside and gave them the 15 second tour of the cabin.

We then decided to show them the property despite the moisture and by the time we had made it to the ponds the rain had all but stopped. As the sun slowly broke its way through the clouds we spent some time back on the deck chatting and enjoying the food that Sim’s mother had baked.

Feeling reenergized, we decided to split up: Sim's mom and Sim went to work on the clearing while her father and I continued last week’s work of cleaning up the brush. It was not without incident, unfortunately, since I managed to rip my arm open with a sharp stick (don't ask).

Having limited cooking facilities we opted for venturing to a local inn for supper. After a very welcome and delicious warm meal, we explored the local roads by taking a new route back and discovered the local golf club which is tucked away a series of gravel roads lined with towering trees.

Sunday proved to be absolutely beautiful. Taking advantage of this lucky break we rolled up or sleeves and got to work assembling our brand new charcoal barbecue. Hamburgers here we come!

Once that task was done, Sim decided to call it a day work-wise and opted to read at the ponds while I continued to work on the clearing, building up a good sweat. After an hour and a half of hard work, I doffed my sweaty work clothes and went snorkeling in Pond Superior.

Our main appliance



Bandet as a lifeguard

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