Have you checked your cottage lately? I was out to mine this past weekend, making the requisite winter check. This was somewhat of an unusual visit in that there is no snow and it was quite mild, almost felt like a spring day.
I am happy to report that all was pretty much ok. One of the pieces of plywood that I use to close in the veranda during the off season had blown off, but otherwise the place was fine.
I replaced the plywood with not too much trouble, had lunch and stood around for a little while, just looking things over. Do you do that at your place? Do you stand around ‘just looking’?
I don’t know if it is because I am thinking of all the work to be done, or work that I would like to do, or if it is just that I love it so much I want to take it all in every chance I get.
I think all of us are guilty of checking on old ‘friends’ when we get back to the cottage after a long hiatus. Even if that old friend is a rock or a tree or the garden. You need to check in on it, see that it is ok.
We have a small pet cemetary in the woods behind the cottage, where two of my dogs are buried. Even though they have been gone for over 10 years now, I still check in on them whenever we go down. Just to make sure there little graves are ok. Of course I also check the water level in the lake, or the thickness of the ice, and make sure the boats are all ok.
It’s stuff like that which I believe ties us to the cottage, there are so many links and memories, accumulated over years of happy times.
It’s also a polite gesture to check around your neighbor’s places as well, just in case, it’s the nice thing to do and usually means they will pay a reciprocal visit to yours when they are there.
So, if you haven’t done so already, I recommend a visit to the cottage as soon as you can, just to check on it, and look around….
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