The Beginning of June and Cottage Season
Monday June 04th 2007, 12:33 pm

It must be June because I heard the June bugs hitting the windows at night during the past few days. We spent the weekend at the cottage, but came home this morning because rain is forecast for today and the next few days. It is raining now, which is the reason I am writing in my blog today.

Every year when we open the cottage for the season, the first thing which must be done is to turn on the water, and hope that no leaks developed during the winter. This year there were two small leaks, which were quickly repaired. After cleaning the cottage, we spent most of Saturday and all day on Sunday digging gardens. We don’t have a roto tiller, so we had to do everything by hand, and that is hard manual labour, especially for us retired people. After getting two medium size gardens prepared, I planted some tomato plants and some seeds, so this rain is welcome. The only time of year we have blackflies at the cottage is in late May and early June, and they were very hungry this weekend.

The next time we go to the cottage, I will be preparing a new herb garden in order to plant the basil, dill and chives I started from seed. I had bought several packages of vegetable seeds, but unless we rent a tiller, we probably won’t be able to plant most of them. I don’t know what I was thinking by buying so many. I was visualising the vegetables, and not the work that goes into getting the soil ready for those seeds. Luckily, the soil is very fertile with no rocks, but it still must be turned over and the grass and weeds removed.

The hardest part of owning a cottage is at the beginning of the season, when so much has to be done before we can begin to enjoy the country life. Now if only I can get the new heater for our composting toilet before next weekend.

Have a great day,