I hope everybody enjoyed the holidays and that Santa was good to everyone as well! (We got Czech cookie cutters and truffles- beat that!!)
We were fortunate enough to be gifted a few nights’ stay at our friend’s family cottage up at Shawnigan Lake last week, so our Christmas was spent in 3 to 4 feet of honest-to-god snow. Huzzah!!
When we first pulled up to the cabin (a split-level cedar cottage- dreamy!!), the entire driveway was covered in a wall of plowed snow, so Marty spent our first half-hour at the lake digging out a place for us to park our van.
Meanwhile, I diligently snowshoed (!!) us a trail to the back door and carefully unloaded our boxes into the cottage. Already, this was a HEAVENLY experience!! Cottage + snowshoeing = heaven on earth.
The cabin itself, as our friend puts it, is decorated in “typical log cabin shit”. None of the furniture or dishes match, and dog art, crocheted afghans, and M.C. Hammer puzzles (for real!) abound. Nonetheless, it’s a cabin and we were thrilled to be there! We quickly set to work building a (real!) fire in the fireplace and putting some sheets on our bed. (Incidentally, our room overlooked the lake. I wish I lived there.) I started preparing our Christmas Eve dinner.
We got to enjoy the next two days drinking wine (which we rarely do– huzzah for holiday celebrations!), eating chocolate (which we always do! Huzzah for more chocolate!), attempting the M.C. Hammer puzzle (it defeated me… too many early 90s patterns to contend with), and best of all– snow shoeing! On our last day before coming home, we trekked 6 km through very fresh, very deep snow. Heaven. On. Earth.
Sadly, we had to return to Victoria after a mere 2.5 days at the cabin. We debated phoning our friend and telling her that we had been snowed in, but we figured it wouldn’t bode well for our holiday karma if we lied outright to her. (It didn’t stop us from praying for walls of snow on the morning we were supposed to pack up, though!)
Anyway, we’re back home now, and it seems the rain will finally melt all of the snow here. Happy holidays to everyone and best wishes for the new year!