Hump Day and I don't have to work. Yes there is always work to do, but today I had a good excuse to just turn off the computer and jump in the car. Rachel and Jay were up on Sturgeon Lake, just a drop of water away from Fenelon Falls, one of my favourite little towns in Ontari-ari-ari-o (aside - yes I am old enough to remember 1967, and actually remember the words to most of this song, OK OK, at least the chorus).
|Beautiful Sturgeon Lake|
It is a beautiful day for a drive and I managed it without really getting lost. One stop to check the iPad to see whether I did a left or right hand turn and I'm off again. Drove by the turn into the cottage road and ended up in Fenelon Falls, turn around and 2 miles down the road, voila the road I didn't think was the right road was.
The drive from Aurora to Fenelon Falls is a truly perfect example of how beautiful Ontario is. I can see doing this drive again just to take pictures of the beautiful farms and fields. Rolling hills, picket fences, cows grazing, horses (even babies) frolicking (yes I said frolicking) in the fields. Small convenience stores where you can picture the candy counter from when I was a kid, 5 big feet, 10 little red strawberries, licorice, pipes, etc. How do I still have my teeth. LOL Not a Tim Horton's until I reached Fenelon Falls.
The sun is shining on the lake as I pull into Jay's cottage. And there my darling daughter is with a bottle of champagne ready to pop. What a perfect hostess and host. And let's not forget Shelby. Rachel didn't jump up and down quite as much as Shelby when I arrived :).
This lovely cottage has been in Jay's family for 3 generations now. Full of memories of his Poppa and Nanny are visible all around the property.
Thank you Jay for allowing me to see where some of your wonderful memories come from. Your Poppa's garden is a treasured place, that you seem to get so much enjoyment out of. I hope you keep it up and continue to be very successful with your green thumb. Glad to see you are passing some of your knowledge onto Rachel :)
First stop was lunch. The Lake House was perfect, outdoor balcony, overlooking the canal and the best bruschetta ever.
Fenelon Falls is a very pleasurable drive of 1.5 hours from Aurora. The scenery is beautiful and the history in Fenelon Falls was very important in helping Ontario become the province I sang very loudly and proudly and very out of key about in 1967. (For the under 30 group: FYI 1967 was the 100 year anniversary of Canada becoming Canada)