(The first photo and the one of me was taken by Stefanie.)
We said goodbye to summer, as we always do, at the cottage. Fun days, even when the skies were grey and cool. We also lucked into a visit with neighbouring cottagers who have a (kind of) portable sawmill (!)and invited friends for a demonstration – a real treat.
Sam was wrapped up in lots of cousin contact and fun, so I found myself more often with Natty and Rami. Natty seems like a magnet to little creatures and twice made friends with tiny tree frogs in the cottage. On a picnic to a nearby island, we broke off from the main group during an expedition, he and I found a giant green caterpillar complete with a little horn (tobacco hornworm?) on a sumac plant. We found tadpoles and polliwogs, and might have spent the whole day catching them had Nat not spotted Ben trolling along on the boat with two other fishing companions.
I also tried to learn just a little bit about my camera in the wee hours of the morning after I had crashed putting the baby to sleep because of my allergies – I slept for a few hours, read for a few more, then went back to bed. Especially upon becoming a mom, I have a healthy appreciation for morning and all the promise and newness and energy it brings, but I am most myself in the deep quiet of the night. With two sleeping babes by my side, there is no brighter side of the moon.