We canoed en mass to the island to have a picnic. Matthew was most insistent that he be allowed to fish in the canoe despite our attempts to explain that the fish don't swim around a few feet below the surface in the open water. He duly drowned his worm and we slowly paddled back. We then hopped in the car to dash off and visit Lauren and Donna and their kids at their cottage. Muriel even popped in to say hi. It was a lovely visit.
Bullied perhaps somewhat by Erika, Elizabeth and mommy agreed to do the island swim this week. That's 1.6 kilometers give or take. Elizabeth did a great job even if she decided to dog paddle most of the way for reasons that are beyond the rest of us. Still that girl clearly has some stamina as that's not an easy way to swim that far. Erika decided she was cold and took off like a rocket. After much warming up and hot chocolate everyone spend the rest of the day fishing, on the beach and in the water. To finish the day off the much loved ponies were dutifully ridden and petted.
After our failed attempt last year to take a ride on the S.S. Bigwin this year we were more organized. The ship has been converted to electric drive and is nearly silent which was quite lovely. The cruise was about the right length with the kids only just starting to get bored by the end. The crew were fabulous and even let the kids take turns steering the boat and issued them each a certificate afterwards. Sadly we did not see the lake of bays sea monster.
Michael went tubing this week and survived. Mommy may or may not have wondered what she was thinking about half way through...
There was also more karate on the beach before the cookout and seed spitting and a game of ticket to ride to finish the night off.
The day started with taking Michael off the see the chickens as a distraction. Turns out daddy got distracted as well and started photographing the barn swallows and then a tiny little wren in a birdhouse out front of the barn. Later in the day mommy spotted a Great Blue Heron on the far side of the bay. Daddy went off on an expedition to see if he could get a shot of it with the camera. Over 600 photos later he decided that was probably as good as it was going to get. We think he got a few nice ones. At the end of the day it was windy but not crazy windy so the kids took their kites out for a spin.