252: Let’s go sit on the swim dock

Rowing out to the dock.

Now that the swim platform is in place, one of the things M and I like to do some evenings is row out there, have a seat, sip on a drink, enjoy the view and, if no one is mowing, chain-sawing, weed-whacking, or tractoring, take in the peace and quiet.  I thought you might like to come with us on our latest relaxing adventure.  The photos are from Sunday evening.

Fully loaded (with floatation devices) boat

We usually go an hour or more before sunset.  Once the sun sets, the breeze usually stops and the mosquitoes come out to play.  So do the bats.  The bats do their best to keep up with the mosquitoes, but there are always some who slip by and manage to feed on us if we’re out there once the darkness moves in.

A dragonfly joins us for a little while

There are some beach chairs and an umbrella on the platform, making it a fairly comfy place to hang out.  Because the platform isn’t still (it turns with the wind and the flow of the water), the umbrella is difficult to position so be sure to wear sunscreen if you’re worried about sunburn.  It’s not usually a problem that late in the day, but you never know.  I’ve gotten some pretty harsh burns after 4pm, thinking I didn’t need to slather on the sunscreen.

The funky ladder

You can go for a swim if you’d like.  M and M the Younger built this ladder from PVC pipes.  The log is there to keep it balanced and from tipping into the water.  I haven’t tried it out yet (because I haven’t gone for a swim yet), but M has used it a few times and it seems to be working well.

View of the house from the platform

I know you all are used to seeing the pond from the house so I thought I’d show you a different view today.  That’s the house straight ahead.  Off to the left, up the sledding hill, is the barn.  To the right is the wildflower meadow.  The only flowers blooming in the wildflower meadow right now are the wild raspberries that have sprung up from the birds carrying in the seeds.  If you didn’t come out with us on the rowboat, the pedal boat is waiting at the shore.

A lock at one of my favorite trees from the dock. Processed in Picnik.

While slowly spinning around out there, I like to have a good look at the trees that line the pond.  The birds are busy this time of year, mostly guarding and feeding their young.  There are a pair of cardinals who live somewhere near that lovely tree pictured up there.  The red-winged blackbirds are always hanging around nearby, chattering and whistling.  I haven’t seen the kingfisher yet.

Frog Town

There are a few frogs living in the area above.  At least one bullfrog and one green frog.  They take turns calling out to their fellow frogs stationed around the pond.  The bullfrog’s call is a little like “rummm, rummm,” in a very low bass.  The green frog sounds a bit like a low “pong.”  To the right of that area is Turtle Beach where, if we’re lucky, we might see a few turtles.

Another sound you might hear out there is that of the fish splashing.  They come up to feed on the small insects that hover over the water.  Usually it’s a small splash, but once in a while one of the big fish will leap up and out, cannon-balling back into the water with a big whoosh.

Last night's sunset

Once the sun goes behind the trees, and the bats and mosquitoes come out, it will be time to go back to shore.  We can go sit on the deck for a while, if you like, and watch as the sky changes colors.  This time of year it takes the mosquitoes a while to find us up there.  In another few weeks that won’t be the case, and we’ll have to hang out on the screened-in porch.

Looking at the pedal boat from the deck at sunset

I hope you enjoyed your time out on the pond.  Thank you for joining me.  Maybe we’ll go fishing next time.  🙂

Today’s Outdoor Adventures

It is a super gorgeous day here in the Bogs.  There were a few clouds this morning, but they cleared out quickly.   The sky is a lovely shade of blue.  The temperature is around 70, and there is a nice breeze.  It’s perfect hiking or biking weather.

This morning's view of the pond

Unfortunately for me, I’ve had some work I needed to do today.  The good news, though, is that some of that work was outdoors so I haven’t entirely missed the day (or missed honoring my commitment to get out there).  Plus I opened up a lot of the windows in the house and invited the outdoors in.  It feels good to have the fresh air blowing through the house, taking out the old energy and making way for the new.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  I’m off on a mini-adventure this evening which might result in photos.  Or might not.  I’m considering leaving the camera at home for a change.  It’s good to take a break every now and then.

26 Comments on “252: Let’s go sit on the swim dock”

  1. Eden says:

    Love the “sparkle” in the first one 🙂

  2. milkayphoto says:

    What a lovely landscape you call home! Reminds me so much of my childhood on the lake. Nothing like swimming out to the raft and hanging out on your very own floating island.

    I liked your comment about folks mowing, blowing leaves, etc. We get that too sometimes when ALL we want to do is relax by the pool. People do seem to give it a rest on Sundays which is nice. Thanks for taking us along!

  3. Thanks for taking us out on the pond with you! How fun! (Glad you don’t stick around for the bats–yikes!)

  4. Now that’s different…seeing a view of the house from the pond, and what a relaxing journey around the pond it was too. I heard once that dragonflies are a symbol of “good fortune” and you are certainly most fortunate to live in such a beautiful area.

    Thank you for the journey around your pond, Robin. 🙂

  5. Kel says:

    as always Robin you have taken us on a delightful journey with your imagery and words

    I was really drawn into your first photo, the sparkles on the water and the oar waiting to be dipped in to propel me into another world

  6. Love the stars shining off the oar in the first photo. What a lovely property and beautiful home. You must be at peace there.

  7. Wow, Robin! The view of the house from the pond is breathtaking! If I were you, I’d make the platform a semi-permanent residence. I love the shot of the tree, too! Whatever you’ve done in post-processing works wonderfully.

  8. dragonfae says:

    I am sooo jealous! You live in such a beautiful area. sigh

    I keep trying to convince hubby that snow in the winter isn’t that bad, but I think he’s allergic or something.

  9. Kala says:

    Almost every time I visit your blog I want to move away to a place like where you live.

  10. Hallysann says:

    Thanks for the trip out onto the pond, I enjoyed it.

  11. Did you build the pond, Robin, or was it there when you bought the place? How big is it? (It makes my former stock-pond look like a rain puddle! 🙂 )

    Beautiful photos, as always. I’m partial to the sunset ones…

    • Robin says:

      The pond was here when we bought the house and property, Marie. It’s one of those Conservation Corps ponds built in the 60s to conserve water.

      The pond is 1.5 acres so it’s really a small lake. The deepest section is 13 feet deep.

  12. smileonlife says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the first photo in particular. I wish I had a pond like that! 🙂

  13. How beautiful and peaceful your little corner of the world is 🙂

  14. jenna says:

    Me want.

  15. Wow! Your home and land and lake are gorgeous. You must be so happy there. I really enjoyed your photos. I think I’d probably get sunburn after 4pm also, because I wouldn’t use sunscreen then. Who knew you needed sunscreen so late in the day?

    So glad I got a chance to come visit your blog today. Can’t wait to read more! Happy Friday.

  16. Thanks for a lovely evening. I so want to come and do it again. What will we be drinking?

  17. Bo Mackison says:

    What a piece of paradise you have created. I’d love to join you on the swim deck–before the mosquitoes and bats come to visit, though!

  18. ladyfi says:

    You live in this paradise? Lucky you!

  19. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone for all of your lovely comments. 😀

  20. Corina says:

    Wow! I feel like I just got back from a visit with you. Beautiful photos. What a serene place you live in. I think I may just pack a bag and come hang out!

  21. penpusherpen says:

    I can’t swim Robin, but I’ll sit and dangle my hot feet in the cool water. Ahhh lovely!!
    Lovely photo’s and the dragonfly looks like a mini helicopter, (colourful one mind) waiting to take off. I do so love to finally be able to open all the windows and let the outdoor in. It means that Summer is really here. Deep breath and hold it for a second or three … and release.!! Nice.. 😀 xPenx

    • Robin says:

      That’s okay, Pen. There are no swimming requirements here. And, to be honest, I don’t often swim in the pond even though I am a good swimmer. I’ve seen what lives in there. lol!

  22. You are an amazing hostess! I want to come visit…like yesterday! The photo of the house helps me picture it all that much more!

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