Happy May long weekend

I’ve been at the lake since Thursday night, when we arrived to pitch-black darkness and torrential rainfall. It’s one of my happy places. I always feel best when I’m near water and I love coming to “The cottage” (better than a cottage, it’s a community).

This is one of the many sunset photos I took, even though I have many similar sunset photos on my computer:



…When I posted one from the previous evening on Instagram and Facebook I noted that I’d probably delete it fro my phone after sharing because there are only so many of the same looking photo that I need on my hard drive.

This was my view this morning:

Morning on Colonel By Lake

Morning on Colonel By Lake.

…I never wake up in time for sunrise. Of course today, the last day, is the warmest and sunniest, except for a couple of brief bursts of sun shower.

And here’s some of what I ate this weekend:


Fiddleheads from Wolfe Island, lightly sauteed with garlic and bacon: a sign of spring.

…I saw some fiddleheads growing nearby but they were too late to harvest. It reminds me that despite all the books I’ve read about foraging, I never know what I’m looking at. I possibly need to bring a foraging book with me when I’m here.

Smoked ribs

Smoked ribs

Two men, one plate of bones

Two men, one plate of bones

I shared one of these over dinner last night:

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Image from The Beer Shop.

…It was a nice reminder that “hoppy” doesn’t have to mean “bitter”. This one is sweet and malty, well balanced and beautiful. Too often these days it seems that brewers put a bunch of hops in beer because it’s the trend, without thought to the overall flavour profile. Hops don’t have to result in a bitter beer.

Dogfish Head calls their 120 Minute IPA “The Holy Grail for hopheads”:

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it’s easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads

The “Holy Grail” analogy works because the beer hard to find. Almost a unicorn. This one was picked up two summers ago at a beer store in Kentucky, just outside a dry county.

I found Knudsen Black Cherry Spritzer on sale at the grocery store on Friday and bought some to mix with gin. I had no idea of it was a good or bad combination, but it was worth a try. A tasty discovery indeed! And I’m a relatively new convert to gin.

There was also a burger dinner, a smoked turkey dinner, the lunch of Greek-inspired skewers, lamb chops, grilled halumi, Greek salad, rice, tzatziki and more, and other bits and bites. No smores around the campfire. We’re not really smores people.

Back to the city late tonight, after the holiday traffic calms down.

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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