Each November we look forward to the Gals' Getaway weekend with the ladies of Oakhurst Farm, from Ashton, Ontario.
Ruth always has an action packed weekend planned, and this one was no exception.Except... they arrived in the midst of a power outage in the wake of high winds and blowing rain. Our generators kept the water flowing and the cottages warm -- wood heat and propane fireplaces help with that! But cooking was a bit limited. Hellooooo BBQ!!! Nothing daunts this group, however, and we love them for it. This year, the theme was wacky weddings, and a plethora of bridesmaids' dresses came out to play -- some more tasteful in the passage of fashion than others! Games, challenges, food (an abundance of food), no shortage of wine and camaraderie! And the traditional big Hike --
Taffy, always happy to lead a hike anywhere, escorted us to the Lookout.
These girls are ready for the weather, geared up and good to go!
Coming back, we met up with Hydro -- Heather promptly got "on board" to schmooze the crew and point out that she had chicken in a lovely wine sauce just aching to get put into the oven soon. This crew was from Walkerton, which was a good indication of how widespread the power outage was. These crews work hard, often in lousy weather conditions, so here's a cheer for all of them.
Heather's charm did the trick -- the power came on at 5 p.m. in plenty of time for dinner to be ready on schedule!
In the old cabin in the woods, we discovered a pair of mice who had a room with a view...
We found stumps that called out for Yoga poses... Lots of mushrooms in the wet woods...
And on a side excursion into the Hidden Lake bog, we found some outstanding examples of Pitcher Plants.
What a wonderful group!
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