It was brought to my attention last week that my post title of "Adventures in cottaging" was confusing to non-Canadians. The following exchange is referring to the flying squirrels nesting in the kitchen wall;

Buenos Noches Londres: Those were not the "bad boys" I was expecting, re cottaging.

Me:What were you expecting? Jet skiing frat bros? And we do get them too, just not in the walls.

BNL: I was expecting cottaging! (Definitely not jet skis… although I suppose there's no reason jet skis couldn't be incorporated into cottaging.)

Me: Sadly, jet skis are a feature of cottaging these days. They run back and forth all over the lake sometimes all day long. I was fortunate that there weren't as many this year as some previous years.

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BNL: Seriously?! Are we talking about the same cottaging?

Me: tee hee; I suspect not! In Canada, Ontario at least "cottaging" refers to summer vacations at a rustic abode (the cottage) usually on a lake. What does it mean for you?

BNL: Ah. Here it's very, very, definitely gay sex in public toilets.

I snortlaughed at this point

MrsFinch: This may be one of the best misunderstandings ever posted to GT.

Me: And then when I brought jet skis into the equation ... "Quick Martha; hand me the binoculars! What the hell ARE they doing on those dagnabit jet skis? I'm reporting them to the Cottagers' Association! ... wait, the COTTAGER'S Association?!"

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So I've changed the wording of my title to protect the sensibilities of non-Canadians. We cottage in the bush you know!

That's the old pile in the top picture; 111 years old. Beau at the bottom of the steps. At one point there were 14 people who would spend the summer there; my great-grandparents, their 10 kids, and 2 servants (!), a "hired" (or "hard" man as my grandmother used to pronounce it), and a hired girl, who would do cooking and laundry. Now there's only me :( But I do like my privacy.

On to the wildlife; BOIDS! I called them the duck brothers., but they were probably females. Four Common Mergansers.

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Close-up, they'd look like this;

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And here's a series of a fox and kit; we were about 10-15 feet out from shore on a pontoon boat. I got a movie but can't post it :( so you'll have to be satisfied with stills. The parent was very unconcerned that we were there, but the kit ran into the bushes.

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As you can see in the last picture, the adult is unconcerned enough that it's scratching it's ear.