Our friends Steve and Maria have rented a small cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee every summer for over 20 years. Last week, they invited us to spend the day on Friday, and take a boat ride on the lake, and have a BBQ. They are the friends who are rehabbing an old cape up here, and plan to move from Massachusetts to the new 'forever home' in a few years. It is on their property here, where the highbush blueberries grow, that they have so graciously let us pick to our heart's content.
I made fresh blueberry crisp, and we headed over to the lake cottage Friday morning. It was the kind of place you picture as wanting to spend a part of your summer in---an unpretentious house with a porch full of windows overlooking the lake, old books here and there, a little dock, and birds singing in the sun dappled trees. We sat in lawn chairs overlooking the lake, and after awhile, moved our chairs to the dock, and Maria brought out a yummy snack. She made a relish of fresh tomatoes, pieces of fresh mozarella, fresh chopped basil, and some olive oil, and brought it out on a large tray with pita chips. Of course, there was a bowlful of fresh blueberries as well, that they had picked the day before at the old house.
After the wonderful treat, two of their children joined us on the boat, and we headed out into a bay of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. The lake is quite famous, and movie stars and wealthy moguls have "summer homes" here. I use the term loosely, because these are huge mansions on the lake, with maids and gardeners, and the like. We saw them dotting the shore, their boat houses sometimes several times larger than our own homes. Tucked in between are the modest and most charming lake cottages of many a childhood memory for some. It is these tiny places that we all felt drawn to, and we unanimously agreed we loved them far better that the fancy "big houses".
|The little brown house in the background is the lake cottage they rent~|
|The view from their dock. This is just part of one bay---Lake Winnipesaukee is huge...|
We loved being there, and spending this time with friends we like so very much. We are so anxious for them to move up to their own 18thc. cape permanently, and are looking forward to showing them some of our most favorite "New Hampshire places" out here in the country.
Long rays of late afternoon golden sun shone through the trees when we left for the short drive home along backroads lined with aged stone wall, and green trees whose leaves formed a canopy overhead...
|The dock and their boat.|
|Adam and Maria|
|Steve and Maria~We were having yummy snacks on the dock|
|Me, hamming it up.|
|No, this is NOT a hotel---just a private mansion of one of the Marriot's, or other of the fabulously rich who summer here...|
|Someone's gazebo, with a huge tree growing right up through the center of it.|
|Steve is taking the photo. What a great lunch we had, overlooking the sunny lake.|
|Maria and Adam sitting on the lake side of their own adorable rental cottage, enjoying the spectacular view~|
little-paned windows, when you have them in, or help you install them.
We want to try these blueberry brownies out on you as well.
Adam and I, and our two yorkie-girls have just had a jam-packed weekend of more adventures right here where we live. Keep watching for Parts 2 and 3 for more of our summer fun~