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Several weeks ago I had an email from my neighbour saying she had bought a couple of kayaks.  She wanted to bring them over in the afternoon so we could go for a paddle in the lake.

My first reaction was to say “No thanks, I don’t kayak”.  I don’t like the feeling of confinement that comes with the sit in kayaks.

One of the things I like about emails is they allow you time to think about your response before you make it.  I thought about my first reaction and decided to accept the invitation.  I would wait until I saw the kayaks and maybe even tried them out before declaring “I don’t kayak”.

Well she arrived with the kayaks and to my delight they were sit on kayaks not sit in.  We took them out and I enjoyed my first hour of kayaking.

I enjoyed it so much I went out the next day and bought three used ones.  I know…I don’t need three kayaks but they were a good deal and I didn’t know which one I would like best so I bought them all.

Since then I have gone out on the lake a number of times, decided which kayak I like best, and discovered I do like kayaking.

Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went out again.

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We paddled around the lake and came across a huge family (or probably several families) of ducks.  There had to have been at least twenty babies, maybe more.  Unfortunately they were so intent on getting away from us, and we didn’t want to get too close and scare them, so I wasn’t able to get a picture.

On the other side of the lake we came across one little baby paddling around all by himself.

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Just a tiny little one intent on exploring the shoreline.  We followed along and while he (or she) wouldn’t let us get too close he stayed along the shore.

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He never did head into the reeds, or connect with his family.  Hopefully Mom and Dad were close by keeping an eye on him.

The kayak lets me get up close and personal with the birds, not something you can do walking along the shore.

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This yellow-headed black bird had a nest close by and we could hear the babies calling.

There were a pair of loons too, although one would not cooperate and kept diving or swimming away every time I tried to get a picture.

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The weather did cooperate.  It was hot with the occasional cool breeze but mostly calm.

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The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon…

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on the water.

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Summer is in full swing and I have been busy enjoying every day.  So busy I haven’t posted any news for almost a month!

It’s time to catch up.

Last night we welcomed the latest addition to the farm.

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Birdie gave birth to a lovely little heifer, now named Benita.

The other three were curious and welcomed the newcomer.  Can you see the family resemblance?

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Jack is growing so fast.

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He looks too big to still be drinking from his Mother, I have to remember he is only three and a half months old.

The baby chicks are growing fast too.  They have gone from this…

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to this.

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The hay has been cut, baled and stored for the winter.

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The old family crib has been painted and re-purposed as a lattice for the morning glories.

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Emma still enjoys her long walks,

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and Odin still loves relaxing on the deck.

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The flowers are blooming and adding color to the yard.

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It has been very hot and dry for a long time, but right now as I sit on the deck, writing this post, the skies have opened up and the rain is pouring down.  There is thunder and a bit of wind but the air is warm and the sight, sound, and smell of the rain is wonderful.

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain. We know the sun will be back…it’s summer.

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