All too quickly, it seems, cottage season has come to an end. Tomorrow morning, we lock up the lakehouse, with dreams of returning the 1st of May, 2021.
All things considered (and by that, I DO mean the friggin' pandemic, with its associated uncertainties and restrictions), it has been a pretty damn good 5.5 months. Beginning mid-May, essentially every weekend - starting with a Thursday afternoon/evening commute east to Rice Lake - was spent at the #fortressofmoderatesolitude. It's a real hashtag; you should check it out on Instagram. I'll wait.
Throughout the summer and into the fall, I have been more grateful than ever to have a secondary "safe" place to spend our time. Despite the pandemic, we were able to access our cottage for the majority of the season. The Kawartha area - thankfully - was not very hard-hit by the virus, and we observed all the safety protocols recommended by the ministries of health. In the early summer, we brought our groceries with us. And as we moved from May into June, we started making cautious, brief trips into Peterborough for necessities. If anything, we spent more time at the fortress than almost any other year to date. If we did not have four cats to care for at home, we likely would have been there more often and for longer durations beyond 3-day weekends.
Our neighbours to either side of us were equally cautious. We waved at each other and chatted from our respective decks long into June, rarely getting closer than 5 metres. As the summer wore on, it became clear our neighbours were as cautious as we were while both at the cottage and at home. In effect, we had a "cottage bubble."
While I haven't published many projects from the summer, I have definitely been making photographs and sharing them via social media. I thought as things wind down, and we head into what looks to be a Covid-controlled winter, it might be nice to share my autumn with you. Below are two grids, one for September and one for October. Below those grids are my "pick of the crop" with additional commentary.