By Sadie, July 7, 2014 10:03 pm

There’s something amazing about kayaking through reeds. I love the rustling sound of the reeds as my kayak’s hull pushes them to the side and the way they just surround me. I love it so much that anytime I see reeds when I’m kayaking, I make it a point to go through them. I can’t help it.


By Sadie, July 4, 2014 9:12 pm

Happy Fourth of July! Here’s a hailstorm? Am I the only one who was totally confused by today’s impromptu hail in Parry Sound?

Happy belated Canada Day!

By Sadie, July 2, 2014 10:05 pm

We took our big boat out to Parry Sound Harbour to watch the Canada Day fireworks. We got to watch the sun go down over Elizabeth Island on our way there.

Lots of the bigger boats were decorated with lights for the festivities. Here’s the Cambrian heading out on the water.

So it begins…

By Sadie, July 1, 2014 9:18 pm

Though the rest of the blueberry crop is still needs some time, one plant had a few blueberries ripen earlier than the others. These are the first ripened berries of what will probably be another bumper crop of a season.

So much for the afterglow

By Sadie, July 1, 2014 7:27 am

Last night’s afterglow was delightful.

Before and after

By Sadie, June 30, 2014 7:11 pm

We had quite a storm in Parry Sound yesterday afternoon. There was a lot of rain and it came in quickly. When we have heavy rain here at the island, it’s interesting to watch the storms come in because it looks like a wall of rain just coming towards us. I went outside to take some pictures before the rain hit.

The geese planned on riding out the storm on our beach.

Here you can see the wall of rain slowly coming towards us.

After a while, the rain stopped and the sky became silver and gray when the rain clouds mixed with the sunlight.

More zebra mussels in Georgian Bay

By Sadie, June 29, 2014 3:36 pm

We spotted a couple of zebra mussels sticking to a rock last summer. We found more of them yesterday. It appears that they have multiplied and they have started covering the shells of the clams that live off of our beach. It’s sad to see that the zebra mussels have finally found their way to Parry Sound.

Solstice Designer Loop Lounger review

By Sadie, June 28, 2014 2:39 pm

When I was in Mexico this past March, I got to try out a Solstice Designer Loop Lounger at Maya Chan Beach. It was awesome. There’s something incredibly relaxing about floating in the water and bobbing over the gentle waves all with a drink of your choice in your cup holder. I wasn’t sure what these magical floating chairs were at the time, but I took a few pictures of them so I could research them when I got home.

Late this spring, I purchased two of them to bring up to Action Island. We tried them out the other day and they are just as relaxing as I remember them being in Mexico. The water in Georgian Bay is a bit cooler though and here on Action Island we don’t have a bartender bringing us drinks as we float, but we don’t get kicked out of our floating chairs at closing time. I guess that’s a tradeoff.

The chairs are covered in a durable nylon, so they should hold up well with the rocks here. One of the chairs does seem to have a slow leak in it since we blew it up though, so we do have to blow it up a bit more every couple of days. Looking at the reviews for the chairs online, it seems like some are a little leaky like that from the start. It’s still not bad for $31 though.

Another thing to note is that if you’re using these chairs in open water, it may be a good idea to tie a rope to the handle on the chair and tie the other end of the rope to an anchor, otherwise it’s easy to float away if you’re not paying attention. I’ve already had to go out in the kayak to rescue Colleen, who was floating off after getting stuck in the current.

Here’s a pic of the chair:

Our view from the chair:

And a rare selfie of me enjoying the chair:

You know you’re a cottage girl when…

By Sadie, June 26, 2014 3:41 am

You know you’re a cottage girl when you deliberately buy a gel nail polish curing lamp that will work on your 12 volt solar system.

Living comfortably in little quarters – master bedroom

By Sadie, June 24, 2014 11:08 pm

Compared to what many people on the mainland call a cottage, our cottage is tiny. It’s only 654 square feet and it’s home to at times six or even eight people. We manage though and we’re all comfortable. Now that I’m unpacked, I figured I’d show you the master bedroom. It’s only 96 square feet, but it’s all I need and more. I’m not even using most of the storage right now.

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