Thursday, July 28, 2011

Canada~ eh?

What a wonderful week we had in Canada! Nikki and Jim invited us to join them, with Rick and Roxi, for a week long summer holiday!

We started off in Burlington, just outside Toronto. Their home there was so beautiful and cozy~ it was fun to see where they live when they aren't in Florida! Two years ago we were invited to their cottage in Muskoka ~ We were excited to go back and see the remodeled cottage and new boathouse~

The front door, painted red is a welcoming site after the 2 and a half hour drive from the city.

Come on inside for a little tour!
The dinning room~ on its way to being set for a cozy dinner!
The great room~ so cozy and warm.
One guest room~ Rick and Rox's~
Another guest room, ours~

Let's head outside...

I loved the new steps into the lake... Dotty, Nikki's best pal, loves them too!

Just look at the new boathouse! It is magnificent!
The fire pit... ever ready!

Look... I found some guys just chipping away in the yard!

What a view~

A hammock hangs amidst one of the beautiful flower beds.

Love the picnic table at the "point"!

Nikki sure has a green thumb~ this yard is so fabulous!

The right side of the boathouse holds the jet skis~

A fun diving board~
Inside holds boats, two of them with a third fishing boat outside in the third bay!
The left side holds chaise lounges and tables and chairs to enjoy each others company! Many friends come to call by boat and an afternoon cocktail party is a daily event!

New landscaping leads you from the boathouse to the cottage~
The view from the top of the boathouse stairs~ Turtle Jack cornhole, our gift to Jim last visit, sits ready to be played.
On the second floor of the boathouse, here's a look at the Turtle Jack logo umbrella! Did I mention that our friends Nikki and Jim own restaurants throughout Canada called Turtle Jacks, Loco and their newest, Fraticelli's~
Dave, Rick and Roxi~ relaxing on the deck!
Dotty... looking for that golf ball!
Isn't she cute?
The men golf... the ladies relax and visit together!

The lake is inviting and Dave takes the plunge!
Dotty is ever ready to SAFE someone! She would jump in only to have someone save her from swimming under the decking!!

Dave and I want to thank Jim and Nikki so much for the wonderfully, relaxing trip to Canada! You both made us feel so very welcome and you are so very generous with all that you have to share!
Nikki... you are just the sweetest person and Jim, you better know how lucky you are to have her!

Rick and Roxi~
It is always fun to spend time with you guys! Can't wait for Florida this year!!

Dave and I get to pose for the camera too!

I am off to Colorado with my blog! 2 weeks of Layla Lynn is coming your way!! I am so very excited to spend some time with my littlest gem~