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Monday, July 16, 2018

A day at the lake

It continues to be hot here!  So, it was a treat to go to the lake on Sunday.  A couple in our small group from church has a cottage about an hour north of us. They invited our group to come spend the afternoon there.  After church was done, we met up and made the drive, arriving shortly after 1.

 Deb had lunch ready when we got there, and we enjoyed it sitting out on their little patio.


It's always a pretty view when you are looking out at a lake.

 There were some swans on the side of the lake.



This little rubber duck was bobbing out there and looking cute.  He's weighted and stays in one place.  Apparently the neighbors use him to tie rafts to when they are out there.


 Speaking of neighbors, their neighbor on one side has quite the hill to climb. The Dad of the current owner put several sets of the stairs in himself, hauling buckets of concrete to make each step.  The hill was covered in perennial flowers and he did this in his 90's.  Since he's gone his kids have let it go, which is sad to see.


He liked concrete, and has several of these arches on his property.  Each one has a saying on the top.


 The flowers were pretty.



Even the ones that are really weeds!


I love cat tails too!


 We had snacks!



 And some of the group went for a boat ride.  I'm funny that way, and would rather look at water than be on it!



We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting near the lake talking and relaxing. What a great way to enjoy the beauty God puts around us!

17 comments:

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

What a great way to spend a summer afternoon, especially with friends.

Jennifer Hays said...

It looks like such a nice day with your friends, Mari. Thank you for sharing your special time with us.

Joyful said...

Being at the lake sounds and looks like a great idea during hot weather. It looks like you all had a great time too.

Kelly-Anne said...

Ahh, sounds like a perfectly delightful way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon, Mari! What a beautiful lake! And it must have been thrilling to see the swans!
Hugs to you...happy Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

What a nice place to spend the afternoon! I can't swim, so I am not much on boat rides, either! Sad to see the dad's hard work on the steep hill go to ruin. Mildred

Vicki said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the day! I grew up living in a lake house so this brought back many good memories. I would be on the boat for sure. I love what the neighbor did and it's a shame that his family doesn't keep it up!

Hootin' Anni said...

What a glorious afternoon! Beautiful scenery, great friends & food...fun time!!

Linda said...

What a lovely afternoon! smiles (hot here too)

Arlene Grimm said...

Just being near water makes it seem cooler. It is hot here as well and I must admit, I am ready for fall. What a beautiful place those folks enjoy!! After watching our few steps being built, I admire a man who would do it on his own, one bucket at a time.

Changes in the wind said...

What a wonderful treat to be with friends and enjoy the beauty. Love all the flowers...

Sally said...

So happy you guys had a great, relaxing afternoon!

I'm with you, Mari, I'd rather be on land. :)

xoxo

Connie said...

Happy summertime days at the lake . . . I could totally get into that. It looked like heaven:)
Keep Smiling!
Connie :)

Terri D said...

Lake times are some of the best times! Looks like a wonderful time. Such a shame that the kids of that dear man have let his labors become overgrown. :(

Laura said...

Looks like a nice time! Such a beautiful place!

Dianna said...

What an amazing story about the Dad who did a lot of those stairs when he was in his 90's! Carrying buckets of concrete at any age would be a good work-out, but when he was in his 90's.
It is a shame that now that he is gone it is no longer kept up.

I'm with you, Sister, when it comes to watching the water rather than being on it. :)

Henny Penny said...

Being near a lake always looks cool and relaxing...no matter how hot it is. I'm with you when it comes to being out on the water. I had much rather sit in a chair beside the water.

Jenny said...

See, I would have found that great fun if it was just you and me, and Bob and TG. And lots of penny candy. Haaahaha xoxo