Wednesday, October 30, 2013

" Good bye to you my trusted friend..."

       In 1976 we bought a small, completely forested recreational property at a lake. The plan was to build a small seasonal residence(cabin) and that this would be our refuge from a city.

      We were shocked one time when a cow bawled and my son said , "I think I heard a bear." We knew it was time to get out of town for part of the year.

      We made a start on the dream but the main part of the dream never happened. As a young family we spent a lot of time at the property. It was quiet. There was a beach and sand that kids love to play in. Canoeing was easy and safe. Although the kids were very young they had free range in the area. There were very few people in the development at that time and those who were there  were good neighbors. We had the run of nearby land which was mainly forest. Much time was spent wondering through the bush. There were many berries we could pick on the neighboring property.

      We built a small garage which was going to be used while the cabin was being built. We put in a propane stove and fridge. This served as a kitchen living room. It was comfy. A small trailer served as a bedroom. 

     The kids left and less time was spent at the lake. Then it got down to just going out to do maintenance and cut grass. Finally, I decided that it was time to part with the property.

     So the property is in the process of being sold. It's time to say good bye to a good old friend.. 

Front of lot lined with spruce trees that I wish I'd never planted

Walking path to the lake which you can see at the end of the trail.

The lil' old garage.

The trusty old propane stove.
Fun times in the old canoe.

Good bye

20 comments:

  1. awww. what a sweet place, no doubt full of memories for your family.

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    1. You're right. It was a great place.

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  2. I'm thinking behind those spruce trees is a nice piece of privacy. :) It sounds like even though you didn't develop it as you intended you still made some wonderful memories.
    That's a nice looking canoe too.

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    1. Spruce just aren't my kind of tree. I'm not one of those people who has to worry about my own space. There aren't very many people out there.

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  3. There is great sadness parting with a beautiful property - a place where shared memories of time past linger and will continue to linger perhaps in mind and the minds of those that spent time here. Kinda sad Red, but don't they always say "Remember the good times". Beautiful area

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    1. We had many good times. There aren't many of those properties available anymore.

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  4. Grand memories indeed. Still life and circumstances change, we adapt and move on. Been there, done that...:)

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  5. It's always sad to leave old friends. This one will be the pride and joy of its new owners, I'm sure! :-)

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    1. I did have it for a long time...maybe too long.

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  6. It looks like a lovely spot and it served your family well. I know the heartache of saying goodbye to a well-loved home. I leave my place of nearly 30 years in just a few days. I'm trying not to think about how difficult that will be.

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    1. I wish you the best. the feeling of loss doesn't last too long.

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  7. Relish the memories... it is something you can relive over and over. :)

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    1. It's like a lot of other things ...memories are what you have left and then you go on.

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  8. It looks like a great place for your children to grow up. They will always have those memories thanks to you : )

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    1. Yes one of my kids lived here for a while and she would have kept it. But she moved to Chicago and is too far a way to take advantage of it.

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  9. Always sad to say goodbye to a place you have such nice memories of.

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  10. Ah so sad, It looks like a great place to getaway. Bittersweet for you I am sure:(

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  11. It's makes my cry. I was looking at a few photos of our cottage, where we lived, and it is hard saying goodbye.

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  12. Oh, that's so sad! It's hard to give up something like that. But onward and upward...

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