I am incredibly fortunate to have a number of remarkable women in my life, all of whom I consider family. They are my sisters by choice.
This past weekend I had the privilege of spending a couple of glorious cottage days with one of those sisters by choice. We are, in so many ways, two peas in a pod.
We both share a mutual love for outdoor activities and an appreciation for the physical ability to be able to enjoy all that we love to do. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, it matters not. We rely on each other to sometimes nudge the other to get out & explore all that Mother Nature gifts us over the changing seasons.
The autumn season, for both of us, is an absolute favourite. The crispness in the air, the vibrant colours of the changing landscape in preparation for winter. The smell & the sound of the fallen leaves crunching under your feet. Listening to the quiet of the forest and the sound of the wind gently blowing through the trees. Taking the opportunity to soak in the warmth of the sun that will soon be sinking a little further south as winter sets in.
In a addition to a few hikes, we had hoped the weather would cooperate enough over the weekend to give us one last chance to get out for a paddle on the lake. And so, in spite of the very cool temperatures on our last morning together, we both instinctively felt Mother Nature beckoning us to join her on the lake for an end of season paddle.
Still in our pjs, sipping our coffees by the freshly lit cottage wood stove, it took nary a moment for us to make eye contact and know that we were destined for the lake. The sun was shining and there was adventure to be had.
After donning a few layers and filling our coffee thermoses, we launched our kayaks & set out for one last paddle. Mother Nature did not disappoint. She rarely does.
There is something so incredibly beautiful about the sunlight this time of year, the way it casts a subtle golden hue and reflects off the vibrant reds of the turning leaves on the trees. If you allow yourself to sit quiet for just a moment to drink it in, it will take your breath away.
We two peas in a pod, couldn’t have felt more full of gratitude, as we just sat silently floating together in our kayaks in the middle of the bay, sipping on our coffee & taking in the scene & the quiet. It is in those very special, small quiet moments in life, that we feel a sense of magic that can only be described as pure joy.
We floated & paddled for almost 3 hours in pure bliss, exploring the lake & taking in the stunning vista Mother Nature had created for us to enjoy. Upon our return, our hearts were full.
Thank you, my sunshine friend, for sharing so many magical moments together and for always being up for an adventure.
What a way to spend a day, Lynn! Love that initial shot into the woods, and the flaming trees reflected in the water. Just fabulous! Happy days, darlin…
It was a very special few days Jo, both in the woods & on the water. Mother Nature has outdone herself this year, the colours are truly spectacular!
True friendships like that are a blessing. I’m so happy that you two decided to launce your kayaks and enjoy the glorious day. The photo of the lake with the lilies in the foreground is lovely.
Janis, it would have been very easy to stay all snuggled up in the warm cottage sipping on our coffee but once we were out on the water, we were so very grateful we opted to layer up & get outside!
A lovely post filled with joy and love.
Thanks John. It was a fabulous few days!
Beautiful Fall colors!
The colours are incredible this year! So glad we were able to get out & enjoy them.❤️
Now I regret having packed away the boats at the cottage already! Sometimes spontaneity should overrule practical pre-planning! Beautiful story and pics, thanks for sharing xo
We were so glad we dragged our butts out of the toasty warm cottage. The reward was incredible!
The colours in these photos are beautiful. What a stunning day. Sisters by choice are such gifts. I have a few too and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. (If nothing else, they help me balance the testosterone load in my house!) So happy to share in your glorious autumn day.
You are so right Heather. Sisters by choice are such a precious gift. I have a number of them in my life & like you, I cannot imagine my life without them. Hope you are well my friend.💕
I’m well. Hoping to post soon about another mad walk. 😄
I look forward to your post!
Such a wonderful post! Your photos are beautiful!!! I am glad you shared this special time with your friend at the cottage and shared the magic with us. 🙂
Thank you so much Linda. It was a wonderful respite for a few days, a lovely mix of relaxation & exercise…and wine…there may have been some wine.🤣
🙂 🙂 🙂
Stunning photos Lynn. What a beautiful place. And even more so shared with a good friend.
We have visited this cottage for over 30 years, our friends have always open shared this beautiful space. It always feel like a sense of coming home when I go there & the beauty is never lost on me. So grateful for my time there.
Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts. I feel your peace and joy radiating off the page. Always wonderful to see a post from you in my feed. Happy Fall!
Ah, thanks Ally. It was a wonderful few days!
You are lucky to have a good friend who is such a kindred spirit! It sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend by the lake. And I agree, there is something especially beautiful about the sunlight this time of year, especially if it’s reflecting off a lake or colorful fall foliage!
I am so lucky Ann! I have a number of women in my life who make it all the richer just by having them in it. My sunshine friend & I share so many wonderful memories together, both at the cottage & beyond. This past weekend was definitely one for the memory book.💕
I’m so glad!!!
Sisters by choice are the best! You’ve so wonderfully captured and generously shared the glory of this autumn season and the treasure of a kindred spirit- a delightful read ❤️
My heart was so full after spending time together, I just needed to write about it. You honour my words with your lovely comment & encouragement. Thank you so much!
How absolutely beautiful Lynn, what a treasured memory!
Hugs, C xo 😘
It was so beautiful Cheryl! Thanks for visiting💕
Hi. I think that the importance of close friendships can’t be overstated. They make life much better.
I couldn’t agree more! I cannot imagine my life without my friends. They definitely make my life richer in so many ways! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.