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Happy Canada Day from Friendly Fables!

Published 5 months ago by Alexis Alexander

The long weekend is here and we are thrilled because in our family, Canada Day means cottage time. What’s better than a lazy summer weekend in Muskoka? Not much, and we can’t wait to hit the road!

In the old days, our family cottage on Muldrew Lake near Gravenhurst was accessible only by boat. This didn’t stop anyone from going up north as often as possible - in fact, it was quite the opposite! Many older generations of the family worked as teachers and got the whole summer off, so they’d be up for weeks on end. It’s hard to resist a traditional cabin on a beautiful, quiet lake, even when getting there means driving several hours and then portaging in. While our family mostly visits the cottage on weekends these days, we can dream about a life where there’s no rush to head “down south” to the city on Sunday evenings! (And yes, we have a road now - that helps.)

We love seeing our children feed chipmunks, run barefoot through the woods or along the sand, or watching them jump into the lake again and again. There is something really incredible about sharing something you love with your children, and reliving the joy of those first cottage experiences through your kids. If you could taste s’mores for the first time again or relive that first amazing leap off the dock, wouldn’t you?

It’s also pretty amazing to watch your parents (and parents-in-law) turn into grandparents - even if you have to watch them sneak your kids extra ice cream or freezies. That’s what grandparents do, after all!

Summer at the Lake was inspired by those long, hot days at the cottage our family treasures. This book is pretty special to us as it’s built on memories of happy times with people we love. It’s also about appreciating nature and all of the magical things around us, from the bulrushes to the mysterious call of the loon. We should all stop and listen to the birds more often!

If you’re not familiar with Summer at the Lake you can listen to our read-along version here, on YouTube. It’s also available for purchase on our website and on Amazon.

Have a great long weekend and thank you for reading!

The long weekend is here and we are thrilled because in our family, Canada Day means cottage time. What’s better than a lazy summer weekend in Muskoka? Not much, and we can’t wait to hit the road!

In the old days, our family cottage on Muldrew Lake near Gravenhurst was accessible only by boat. This didn’t stop anyone from going up north as often as possible - in fact, it was quite the opposite! Many older generations of the family worked as teachers and got the whole summer off, so they’d be up for weeks on end. It’s hard to resist a traditional cabin on a beautiful, quiet lake, even when getting there means driving several hours and then portaging in. While our family mostly visits the cottage on weekends these days, we can dream about a life where there’s no rush to head “down south” to the city on Sunday evenings! (And yes, we have a road now - that helps.)

We love seeing our children feed chipmunks, run barefoot through the woods or along the sand, or watching them jump into the lake again and again. There is something really incredible about sharing something you love with your children, and reliving the joy of those first cottage experiences through your kids. If you could taste s’mores for the first time again or relive that first amazing leap off the dock, wouldn’t you?

It’s also pretty amazing to watch your parents (and parents-in-law) turn into grandparents - even if you have to watch them sneak your kids extra ice cream or freezies. That’s what grandparents do, after all!

Summer at the Lake was inspired by those long, hot days at the cottage our family treasures. This book is pretty special to us as it’s built on memories of happy times with people we love. It’s also about appreciating nature and all of the magical things around us, from the bulrushes to the mysterious call of the loon. We should all stop and listen to the birds more often!

If you’re not familiar with Summer at the Lake you can listen to our read-along version here, on YouTube. It’s also available for purchase on our website and on Amazon.

Have a great long weekend and thank you for reading!