Summer feels

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape”

~Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

This week brought beautiful, glorious summer weather. It was a warmth we haven’t felt in a long time, so much so that I succumbed to my children’s persuasions and bought a wading pool and slip n slide. The kids watched Ellinor while I set up the pool and afterward I came inside to find this:

Ellinor is clearly on the move.

Elsa and Soren loved the little pool.

I probably killed a large portion of our grass, but I didn’t care because Soren spent countless hours each day playing outside.

Just a boy, in a bucket, relaxing in his kiddie pool.

We also took school outside and Elsa was visited by a magical unicorn (thanks to my brother’s photo shop skills).

We took multiple walks each day, taking breaks to chug tea.

The slip n slide was a hit as well.

On Friday it was 28 degrees (84 Fahrenheit) but by Sunday the wind had picked up and it was only 11 (54 Fahrenheit). We emptied the pool, bundled back into sweatshirts and long pants and headed to a birthday party at the Windsor Railway.

The Windsor Railway is an open park with little locomotives running throughout, manned by former conductors. The kids had a blast and rode the trains over and over again.

Since we were in Windsor and it’s considered the birthplace of hockey, we drove over to the Windsor Hockey Heritage Museum located in The Haliburton House.

After the hockey museum, we walked to the other side of the house and learned about the house’s former owner Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a famous Nova Scotian author.

It only seemed slightly haunted.

On the way back we met up with friends and stopped off at one of our favorite local places, Chain Yard Urban Cidery for lunch and a little day drinking.

In San Diego, it was all about the IPA (I miss Grapefruit Sculpin), but since moving to Canada we have gotten on a cider kick. Nova Scotia apples aren’t that sweet so it makes for a more tart cider, which we like.

Next up on our list of day trips is the Annapolis Valley for all things agriculture (think cider and wine) and to explore the fascinating Bay of Fundy.

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