Immigration was surprisingly easy and soon we were on a shuttle bus to Waterloo, Ontario. My friend Dianne and her husband Dan were there to meet us, it was great to see them again. It was about a half an hours drive to the cottages where we were going to stay. Dianne had inherited the two buildings from her parents, they were in the country north of Drayton by the Conestoga River. By time we arrived it was dark and we had to walk down the step incline to the cottages by torchlight! We got to Russell's Cottage (named after Dianne's father, Dianne and Dan were in the other cottage, named Edna's after her mother, nearby) which was to be our home for the next six days. It was cosy and homely, full of character, lots of pictures on the walls and ornaments.
We were exhausted and went to bed soon after arriving and I was asleep within minutes.
Next morning we woke up to blue skies, sunshine and a wonderland! Our cottage looked out over a hill that flattened out to create what Dianne and Dan call The flats, running through this area is the Conestoga River. Bird feeders were everywhere and the cheeky Chickadees were as numerous as our sparrows. To the left around Edna's Cottage were cedar woods, to our right more woods. It was beautiful, relaxing and peaceful, Glenys and I both love nature and we spent ages watching birds we had never seen before.
We had a lazy day just admiring the view and chilling out. That evening, Dianne and Dan had a barbecue, Dianne's brother and his wife came, along with their daughter Shelley who looked 20 but to our astonishment was 34! Also there was a friend called Shirley. All were very nice and we had a lovely fun evening. It's lovely having barbecues, something we do rarely in the UK due to the weather.
Sunday too was spent just relaxing and getting over jetlag. I loved this life, no rush, no looking at the time, no computer or TV. The only sounds are from the wildlife, including the loudiest cicadas I've heard - they sounded like an electric saw! It was simple but wonderful, for years Dianne has told me how much she loves this place and now I can see why, it's a paradise.