Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Ah, we had such a lovely weekend!

Friday, after morning chores, we headed out to our favourite local B&B Twin Wheels Farm.  Joe and Carol have such a great place.  We rent the two bedroom cabin.  Each room has 2 queen beds, so it would actually sleep a lot more.  Ella came out for a few days too.  That was fun.  The B&B is only an hour from home so Ella didn't have time to start her 'are we there yet'  :)

  Joe offers trail rides and we were in luck that they had a small saddle for Ella.  The stirrups weren't quite right -I kidded Ella that she was riding like Momma does most of the time, just my toes in the stirrups.    Carol got a cute little pony all ready for Ella soon after we arrived and walked Ella around the property.  She even went for a short 'jog'.  Ella was doing her best cowboy impression and lassoing the dogs.

Most of our time was spent at the private lake.  Ella and Daddy made the 'biggest and best sandcastle ever'.   Daddy did a bit of swimming but Ella found the lake a little overwhelming and Momma found it cold (I was too hot).

We went to Killaloe for the amazing fireworks display.  I don't know how such a small hamlet puts on such a great pyrotechnic display!  Ella tried hard but fell asleep on the way home.  When we got to the cabin she woke up, but went right back to sleep.

Grandma came out late Saturday afternoon and picked up Ella so Momma and Daddy could have some alone time.  Sunday we spent a lot of the day fishing (except the hot part where we hid in the cabin and relaxed).  My first catch was a clam -with a hook and worm -that's what I call talent  :)

Daddy was the first to catch a real fish.  The first pike escaped as Colin was bringing it into the boat.  He also caught a nice little small mouth bass.  This is the second pike he caught.

I also caught a small bass, but then I caught this...
This is one nice looking pike.  I've never caught anything like this before.  Growing up mostly we caught rock bass.  This pike put up quite a fight!  We always catch and release, I like my fish battered and deep-fried  :)  There were so many fish jumping this weekend.  It seemed every time we moved to another part of the lake, the fish started jumping in the spot we just left.

Joe built this pergola and it's over at the cabin.  It is such a beautiful place to spend time.

Not sure if you can tell in this picture, but this is my new dress that I was working on after my machine got fixed.  I really like this style dress.

We came home Monday.  We didn't want to leave.  In fact, we hope to go out again in August.  Colin's best friend is having his 5th anniversary and his wife is trying to arrange for a vacation down this way.  I hope she can work it out, they are in London and we don't get to see them much.


Kimberly said...

Very nice! I never heard of fresh water clams before and I've never seen anyone catch one with a fishing pole, you are talented my friend!

Diann said...

It sounds like the prefect weekend! Glad you could get away for a few days!

Paula said...

A lot of the lakes around here have clams. Colin usually finds them with his feet :)

It was so nice to get away. I wish Colin could escape more often.

menatra said...

I have heard many good things about the cabins you mention. I really wish we could get away too but with the farm and work it is really hard. Maybe I will have to take the kids up for a couple days during the week, it sounds pretty kid friendly. Love the pictures of you in the boat with your 'fishing' hat :)

Paula said...

Yes Tanya, Joe and Carol are very kid friendly. Knowing Ella was a picky eater, Carol made white flour pancakes for breakfast; which Ella loved.

Soon we won't be able to take any holidays as a family either. We're lucky right now that Colin's dad will still come and chore. Though that is the nice thing with Brudenell. It's within 'commuting' distance and he could come and go too.

Yes, Ella and I have 'pool hats', so we brought those for hanging out at the beach. We're a little pale :) and need all the sun protection we can get.