Summer At The Cottage

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George’s family has been going on vacations to a cottage in Georgian Bay, Canada, for more than 100 years. Can you believe that? It shows a crazy amount of commitment and love for the place.

His grandfather found Point Au Baril before a road existed to get up there. He eventually bought a place, and the family has been vacationing in this beautiful cottage for more than a century.

This summer, George took the kids and I joined them later. I stayed for two weeks. My kids stayed for 3 ½.

When we take the kids up there, I can see a small evolution in my their behavior: from city boys to fearless wild animals, catching frogs, fishing, jumping in the water, driving boats, and running around connected to nature and their surroundings. They become bold and daring.

Up there they have no screen time whatsoever, no electric light, lots of cousins to play with, and opportunities to be in the water. It is a beautiful thing to see. It also makes me wonder if we are doing it all wrong by living in a city with so much noise, traffic, and smog the rest of the year, but then I remember the parks, amazing, food, access to music, the boiling world culture, and the doubts are gone. LA is still my #1.

The main cottage  has been around for as long as George’s family has been going up there, so it is filled with memories and vintage beauties. Cottage life is serene and fun. It is a real treat to have this place that is so close but at the same time so faraway.

Here are some photos of our summer this year:jestcafe.com-cottage38jestcafe.com-cottage27jestcafe.com-cottage1jestcafe.com-cottage3 jestcafe.com-cottage30jestcafe.com-cottage9 jestcafe.com-cottage10 jestcafe.com-cottage7 jestcafe.com-cottage6 jestcafe.com-cottage5 jestcafe.com-cottage4jestcafe.com-cottage8My husband IS product placement.jestcafe.com-cottage24 jestcafe.com-cottage22jestcafe.com-cottage28jestcafe.com-cottage25 jestcafe.com-cottage19 jestcafe.com-cottage18 Kids love riding in the front of the boats. No matter how fast or jumpy the ride is. jestcafe.com-cottage17jestcafe.com-cottage16jestcafe.com-cottage20 jestcafe.com-cottage15 jestcafe.com-cottage21Can you believe this guy was swimming by himself? He is only 2!jestcafe.com-cottage11Barefoot is the way to go…
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Old recipes from grandma.

Hope your summer has been fun so far! We are getting ready to start school in a couple of weeks. Victor will be going to Kindergarten… say what? He is very excited. Max is starting preschool and he is not that excited. We will see.

Have a great day!

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  1. Kathy says:

    Mila – I love your pictures of PauB. It is such a special place. And a wonderful place to unplug, slow down, and reconnect with self, family and friends. I so love to put my bare feet on the sun warmed rocks, take a dip in the cool bay, and breath deeply the fresh air. No ice cream pictures??? (best consumed late in the afternoon so as to hopefully hold you over until dinner not spoiling dinner.)
    I hope you all had a good summer.
    Love to all – Kathy

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  2. Tara says:

    Those are all wonderful pictures Mila. Such a special place it is. I only wish the season was longer so we could all spend more time there. See ya next year.

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  3. Carina says:

    Stunning pictures, Mila. It must be simple magic to go out there, such a special place. It sounds like you are enjoying the fabulous summer season! Pity it goes so fast, though. Xo

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