Sunday, July 29, 2012

wolfe island, ontario

Steven and I are preparing for a 3-day, 1500 mile drive from Florida to Canada with our 2 dogs Asia & Chloe, our boat Chelsea and two canoes! The 2-person Peterborough canoe my dad made will go on the roof of our Subaru. This ensures that Steve and I can take some beautiful canoeing trips together, most likely with the dogs in the boat too - they don't like to be left behind!

Steven's small one-man sailing canoe he rigged himself will fit inside our boat Chelsea. We'll be trailering Chelsea behind the Subaru. With the little sailing canoe he'll have the opportunity to explore on his own . . . and with it's tuned-up lawn mower engine, Chelsea can take all of us lots of places - even across the river to Kingston! Remember, we are going to be on an island! Since the family cottage is directly on the St. Lawrence River - mouth of Lake Ontario, the availability of boats is a high priority for Steven : ) Below you'll see the bunkhouse of the cottage to your left.

This is a family parcel with many cottages that Steven grew up going to in the summer-time. Every year he would go to Wolfe Island with his family and later on his own. His grandmother was born in the 'big house' on the property and between that big house and all the cottages on the property, Steven would see various cousins, Aunts and Uncles every year. He has a very large extended family with about 140 relatives! The first time I went to Wolfe Island was in 2005 after we married. The impression it left on me was that it was such a beautiful and peaceful place. Wolfe Island is very rural, in fact Steven's family still owns farm fields there. We went there together every summer until after we moved from Connecticut to Florida in late 2009. We did not want to leave town while my dad was ill with cancer. Dad passed away October 1, 2011 and we decided this year to make the long drive in August and stay for 3 weeks. Here is why I love it so . . . these photos are from our last trip there in 2009. Below, Steven walking towards the 'big house' and the Oats Barn. If you click on it you may be able to see the widow's walk on top. The St. Lawrence and the boat docks are down the hill to the left.

Below - the Deming's Dock was originally constructed by Steven's great grandfather and updated by his Dad in the 1960's. Kingston, Ontario is across the way.


 The 'big house' where Steven's grandmother was born.

Looking from the big house - that is the drive shed. The cottage we share with Steve's brothers is on the other side of it.


 Steven's grandmother's garden at the big house.

 Looking from the big house across the river to Kingston.

 Something new in 2009 was added to the farmer's cow fields - wind turbines!



walking down Third Line road . . . I had just taught Asia how to do a "High 10!"

 The cottage steps that look out over the river, towards Kingston - 3 1/2 miles away.

 Getting our boat "Buzzy's" motor ready . . . you see Asia and Chloe keeping their distance!!

 such cutie pies... they are sitting in one of our driveways!

The motor is ready so off we go! Steven has had this boat since he was a kid.

 You can tell Asia hates boating, huh?

 The family property as seen from Buzzy . . .

 Love this!!!

 In 2009 we trailered the melonseed sailboat my dad built up to Canada. Here is Steven paddling it around the dock to where we can get in, take off and go sailing.

 The dogs are following, not wanting to be left behind . . .

 Asia is ready to go!

 me and Chloe too ; )

We also love canoeing when there . . . . in my dad's handbuilt Peterborough

 The Simcoe Island ferry is in the distance -it's a cable ferry.

 Simcoe island is directly in front of us.

 I think you can see why we like wolfe island . . . . life is much quieter there.

 And I have a fabulous studio there!

This year my son Decklin and his partner Tina will spend a week with there with us too. : )) so nice. The internet speed is very scarce on the island with only dial-up. I will turn my attention to other things I think. You may hear from me again before we leave - but if not, don't worry!
There is a cute 2 minute video I did in 2009 with some additional photos: Wolfe Island.

And there are also earlier photos on my original web site. They are from 2005-2008 and one photo shows me finding my art on the cover of Expression Magazine for the first time, in a bookstore in Kingston, Ontario!!! Enjoy and thanks for visiting, lenna

He who knows others is wise; He knows himself is enlightened.
  ~ Lao-Tzu

7 comments:

  1. Dear Lenna, this is surely a most wonderful place,
    and it must be so special to return to for Steven having been there all his childhood summers- what a beautiful house and surroundings.
    I wish you both a gorgeous vacation, and happy sailing.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  2. Lenna these photos are so beautiful.
    I think back to the days when you had really been struggling with all the changes that hit you so suddenly. and look at you now. Happy, remarried and in the midst of a beautiful life. so happy for you.

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  3. I AM GREEN Lenna as you can well imagine - think it will be a little hotter for you this year. Hope all goes well getting across the border and all the usual stuff - so looking forward to hearing how things go - I can tell from the pics it is a lovely, lovely place. Hugs J

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  4. A wonderful place, Lenna, and I still remember it from your previous visits. In fact I only had to glance up at your peace pennant which is from the fabric you painted as seen in that photograph. Hope you, Steven and the dogs have a glorious vacation together and I can't wait to see more pictures of this beautiful island. I even looking it up on the map so that I have a better idea of where exactly it is. Have a safe journey. Hugs!

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  5. What a really beautiful and serene place captured perfectly in these wonderful photos!!! I certainly can see why it's worth such a LONG drive to get there. Wishing you all a fabulous vacation on your beloved Wolfe Island, and have a safe drive.

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  6. What a beautiful place to be, Lenna! Happy childhood memories for Steven and you'll make new memories together, with 'the girls', and with Decklin and Tina. It's not such a bad thing that the internet connection isn't great, it'll give you a real break from the ties of normal life. Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing time.

    xxx

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  7. Have a wonderful time Lenna!
    Mary Z

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