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A Piece of Heaven

Unlike last year, when the warm weather arrived in March, spring has taken its time arriving here in Nova Scotia. That said, I think it’s finally here to stay!

To mark Easter and both our birthdays, my DH and I spent this past weekend at our family cottage. It’s on a small, secluded lake with not another building for miles, and to us, it’s our little slice of heaven.

My father, his brother and my cousins built the cottage twenty years ago. Since then, it’s hosted countless good times. The best Christmas turkey I ever ate was cooked in the old wood stove we used to have there. My father has tapped the maples and made syrup there. The road is usually impassable by car in the winter, and the first trip in each year is the real beginning of spring.

This weekend, Dad picked Mayflowers for me as he does every year.
Echo and Chance swam to their hearts’ content and came home two tired, blissful Tollers.

We had a delicious Easter dinner of roast beef with all the trimmings, with cheesecake for a birthday dessert. Delicious!

In January, I decided that my word for this year would be GRATITUDE. Among the things I’m grateful for, a place where I can wake in the night to hear owls calling, swim with loons, hear woodthrushes singing at sunrise, reconnect, rejuvenate and celebrate, is very near the top of the list.

As is my mom’s cheesecake!


  1. Anne MacFarlane
    April 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    It looks like a beautiful and peaceful place, Jenny. Lucky you – and VERY lucky dogs.

  2. Julia Smith
    May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I feel all refreshed, now. Thanks for taking me along. And I love the shots of the mayflowers and the tired tollers!

  3. Theanne and Baron
    July 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Stopped by to say hello…so hope you get to read this. Been busy taking care of g'kids still haven't read McShannon's Chance! Hope to get to it soon…will let you know when I've read it!