Chris' Corner: Sneaking away for a couple of days of R&R

Sneaking away for a couple of days of R&R

After being fairly to "very" busy most of the summer, I managed to sneak away from work after spending Saturday morning and early afternoon exploring some options with a couple hoping to move from their home in Brampton (now that their "nest" is empty), and find more of a "retreat" in a more rural area.

Helen, Alec and Vi (my mother-in-law) had left for our cottage earlier in the week, and had been wanting me to join them.  I packed some clothes, left food and water for the cat, took my cell-phone, filled up Helen's car stopped by the office and picked up my laptop and camera, and drove the ~150 km to our cottage just off Sturgeon Lake.

The trip took a little longer than it normally does, Beeton was just clearing the road closed for their 125th Anniversary celebration, I had to detour through Bradford, which was holding their "Carrotfest" celebration of the carrot, and then another detour through Leaksdale around bridge construction.

I had decided to try to see what type of mileage we could achieve if we really tried...  fyi, Helen's car EPA ratings were 8.5 l/100km city and 6.5l/100km highway.

The sky was overcast and there seemed to be a cold front passing, I was just managing to stay ahead of the rain.  This allowed me to drive without the need for air conditioning, which helped me achieve a trip rating of 6.2l/100km (almost 46 mpg cdn).  The best either of us have managed over 100 miles or more.

It started to rain soon after I arrived but that did not seem to dampen my son, Alec's enthusiasm about seeing me.

I brought some texts I intend to read, and am teaching Alec how to play Blokus (a board game I would recommend to anyone), Chess and the very basics of Cribbage.  After playing hundreds of hours of war with Alec in the last two years (and not wanting to get into the intricacies of Holdem' yet), I felt it was time Alec learned a new card game ;-)

I will have to admit that I am not nearly as fond of cottaging as is my wife and mother-in-law (they have been coming here for ~ fifty years now), but it seems much quieter this visit.  The fact that we have a very limited television package, and that the phone just isn't ringing (OK, my cell-phone still is), might have something to do with it.

After dinner, Helen mentioned to me that I already seemed to be de-stressing compared to how I have been since early July.  The views, the lake and the simplicity of the cottage will do that.

I am looking forward to spending a few days doing nothing but R&R, reading, and enjoying some of the regular haunts we visit when we are here.  I will try to do as little work as possible, but will log on to stay current.

Hope you all had a good weekend and will have a great week =)

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 4 commentsChris Smith • August 21 2011 11:17PM

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Hi Chris - I have never heard of a carrotfest celebration in the past.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

It's quite the one day festival in Bradford, and though named after the Carrot, celebrates the harvest from the Holland Marsh area.  There is, of course, vendors of all types, activites for the family, entertainment, and FOOD!!!  We haven't been there in a few years, but it does draw a decent crowd, I drove by about 6:15 pm and it was still packed with people still coming (I am assuming for the evening festivities).

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Chris I have spent many a weeks up in Ontario cottage country, love it. The best thing is that there is no phone, tv and computer. I read books and books, swim and bath in the fresh water, watch shotting stars, camp fires,,,,, I can go on and on. We practice the same here in New England when we go away to the beach or mountains, no phone, no tv, no computers....it is wonderful. Enjoy your R&R

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

David, the only sounds I hear are the wind, the lake and someone a distance away hammering, sounds like he is repairing a deck.  Thank You

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

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