We had our first guests at The Little Cottage by the Lake. My sister and her three little dogs, my mother-in-law, and one of the college kids spent the weekend with us for Mother’s Day which happened to be DSH’s birthday weekend, too.
My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew, who live nearby, came for dinner on Saturday night.
I think everyone had a good time. The cottage is not fancy. There is no washer and dryer. There is no dishwasher. We had to unclog a commode. But we enjoyed a good meal together along with great conversation.
The reward was spending time by the water, enjoying each other’s company without the distractions of television and life, all while watching the wild life and the occasional fishing boat trolling along with hardy fishermen bundled up against the cold while casting lines in and out of the water over and over again.
Over the past few visits, I have enjoyed the peacefulness of the water, the sounds and sights of the birds, and the white blossoms of the dogwoods amid the canopy of larger trees. It’s so calming.
There have been numerous bluebirds singing and flitting about. They like to sit on the electric line that runs from the house to the dock.
We had a group of turkey vultures hanging out in the cove. This was one of a group of three that must have been scoping out their next meal.
We found the skeleton of a large catfish on the shore. I imagine it was picked clean by them.
I hope to photograph the numerous turtles that like to sun themselves along the shore in the shallow end of the cove. Every time I manage to get close to them, they plop, plop, plop into the water before I can snap a picture.
We enjoy watching the Great Blue Herons flying about. This one was walking along the shore nearby.
And, of course, we have duck families. This beautifully colored papa duck sat on our dock for a very long time while mama duck was swimming nearby.
Over the next few visits, we expect to see the baby ducks swimming alongside mama. The number of babies will decline as predators do their thing in the cycle of life, but a few of them may make it to adulthood, and it will be fun watching their progress.
In a few weeks, there will be a different kind of wild life at the lake as the summer season kicks into high gear. There will be more people. We’ll see and hear bigger and louder boats. The dynamic will change, but we will still enjoy the Little Cottage by the Lake – just in a different way.