We are doing a bit of back and forth driving to the cottage due to some personal issues we have going on at home. So, we haven't put out very many of our decorations and I haven't planted any annuals yet this year. Because we are unsure of our schedule, I can't be sure that they would be taken care of.
There have been SO many changes in our little "neighborhood" at the lake this year. We have had the same neighbors since we've had the place...1979. Last year was the first summer that our oldest neighbors sold their cottage. It was a difficult adjustment for us as we have known several generations of the family, but the place was just getting too big for them to take care of. We were all a little heartbroken when their cottage sold. We were very fortunate in at that a great local farming family purchased three of the cottages here! They are a young, growing family and we are looking forward to getting to know them better!
One of our closest friends has been diagnosed with a disease and we are all trying to adjust to the changes that will bring. The neighbor next to us has had MS for many years and this year is the first year that he has not been able to come up to his place. Apparently, over the winter, his license was taken away and he has no way to get back and forth anymore.
As the neighbors all around us are contemplating whether or not to sell, we are adjusting to the changes. I should say...we are adjusting the best we can. It is difficult as we have all built strong relationships and we will miss them!
As we come up each time, I have been taking photos of the perennials as they are all in different stages of growth. Many of our trees and flowers did not grow as we expected they would...probably because we have had the strangest weather! It has actually been in the 40's at night here!! This is JUNE and the daytime temps today are only supposed to be about 60. We have even had the heat on the last two nights!
The picture above was taken outside the little store where we purchase milk and bread...a little neighborhood store. That guy you see in the last photo....he is my new buddy...what do you think?? :)