Post details: Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Back To Nature...

08/12/07

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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Back To Nature...

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Our little one is home today... She was "up North" to a cottage near Minden, Ontario... which I kinda blogged about early last week...

Her coming home today (and apparently with tales of visiting Kawartha Dairy,) brought back some really good memories... I was VERY blessed as a kid for having that cottage in my family. I visited it often from the ages of two to seventeen! Sadly, as an adult, my visits were restricted to the extreme... but I still gots my memories!

I remember learning about the wildlife up there... watching the bears at the local garbage dump (you'd drive up at dusk and they'd come rambling out of the woods to snack... they were brown bears, but it was a little bit of nature if a little offset by man's encroachment,) counting ducklings in the river, watching beavers smack their tales in the water when they dove, watching herons fly with their enormous wings, catching frogs and turtles, netting minoes, canoing, sailing, boating,learning to read water, swimming... hiking through woods and blazing new paths...

Wee Froggy

The island was pie shaped... and the "point" was a grey coloured clay hill with huge trees growing out of it... you could see down the whole lake and feel the breeze come off the water.

My sisters and I also loved being up there during storms... watching the rain come across the lake... and then the obligatory need to get out the rainy day box... which is something that ALL parents should have on hand for young children in my estimation!

...but it was the real closeness to something a little less "city-fied"... you see, I was born in Toronto (the city) and have lived here all my life... but that little island up North was my attachment to something different... fresh... real.

Not paved. Not guarded. Not "cleaned up" with chemicals... it was not "pure" nature... but somewhat controlled nature.

SURE, the cottage was about as "roughing it" as staying in a large hotel room (full kitchen, bath with shower, etc.) but we still needed fire places to keep warm... we still battled black flies and mosquitoes... we swam in a lake...

...and we had fire pits... and "birch burgers" (I'll explain those another day) and memories like picking baby potatoes from the garden for Thanksgiving dinner... we had "double-pot" popcorn, not from a microwave, but a stove top... we had family Scrabble, Monopoly, and a myriad of other board games...

...and we had, often the hard way, learning about the great outdoors...

Often, as a kid, I felt like a Voyageur... or an explorer... or just like a kid out in the REAL outdoors.

...and I wouldn't trade a second of it... not even for the old green bus.

I'm so glad our little one is experiencing this... I wish we could have been there with her... I am looking forward to her stories...

...and then telling her about the place she missed just outside Miner's Bay that serves SQUARE ice cream cones! (Though Kawartha Dairy is still best...)

Anyway, my blessing is being one with nature... and really feeling free of the city.

This is what it DOES look like up there...

I'm not really a religious man, nor am I particularly pious in any way, shape, or form... in fact, I'm honestly rather agnostic... but when you look out over a fresh water lake and see an old farm and other than that, nothing but the occasional vacationing person and loads of trees as far as the eye can see, you really do see God's work... and it's hard to stay agnostic.

You can bet your bippy that the Old Green Bus, once received and made ready, will be making it's way up North... for all of us.

Don't be shocked, those in Pefferlaw, Sunderland, Kirkfield, Coboconk, Moore Falls, Norland, Minden, Carnarvon, and Haliburton if you see an old, green London bus roll through town... with a VERY happy family on board!

Soon, it will be ALL of us up there... and with any luck, on our bus.

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Comments:

Comment from: mahdi yusuf [Visitor] Email · http://www.thekingkongblog.com
great blog, i saw that you recently visited my site i would love some feedback! i would gladly provide some in return! subscribed, i hope you come back and do the same!
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Comment from: SandyCarlson [Visitor] Email · http://slchome.blogspot.com
This is a lovely post. If you are an agnostic, then agnostic must translate sensible believer! I could all but smell that magical, beautiful place you describe.

Great photos, too. The great and the small together--both magnficent on the same scale!

Happy BYB Sunday.
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/07 @ 08:21
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Thanks mahdi yusuf... I'll be by shortly!

Hi SandyCarlson... Thank you kindly, as always... I'd like to fib and say the images were chosen for that reason, but it was just pictures of Ontario's North I liked that came from my big sister.
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/07 @ 09:32
Comment from: NeoBluePanther [Visitor] Email · http://lifeamongotherthings.blogspot.com
Nature is a great teacher and children can learn a lot from it. I happen to live in a small town where we are still somewhat close to nature and during my childhood, we used to visit my grandparents in the village quite often. Those were great times.

Happy BYB Sunday and have a great week ahead!
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Comment from: ED [Visitor] Email · http://www.jumpback.us
Went camping with the kids last year. One of the best experiences ever. The blessing is to have the time to be able to do it, thenn inclination, and the place.
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/07 @ 13:05
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Hey NeoBluePanther... The first nature lesson every kid has in the "hinterlands" of Ontario is that mosquitoes and black flies suck... deer flies and horse flies a close third and fourth. :)

Hello ED... Time - Perhaps, so check... Inclination - check... place - check... wherewithall to make it happen - No check yet.
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/07 @ 15:19
Comment from: CyberCelt [Visitor] Email · http://advertising-for-success.blogspot.com
It is hard not to believe in God when you see all that green and water and light and rain.

I worship at the church of the outdoors.
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/07 @ 16:08
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Hey CyberCelt... Indeed!
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