Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
131Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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We traveled to Bancroft to visit our old Farmhouse neighbours Shane and Beth on Remembrance Day. Easy to remember because the town of Apsley closed the road we were driving on for a memorial service and, unable to continue, we got out of the car to watch the service and remember.
Shane and Beth have been renovating what was once their rugged cottage on a beaver pond into a comfortable primary residence. I think Mary visited a few years ago when it didn't have running water and a call of nature meant a walk up the hill to use the outhouse. Now it has all the comforts we have grown so accustomed to including a beautiful wood burning kitchen oven that they use to heat the house and high speed Internet. It’s true what they say that the world is becoming a smaller place.
After lunch we took a short drive to the start of a walking trail to a lake nearby. The walk to the lake took about 20 minutes and while we walked Shane mentioned that they have passed many a summer day at the lake over the years swimming and fishing. In fact for dinner that night, along with many other great things, we had trout that were caught at this very lake – and they were delicious! We sat by the lake and had a bottle of wine before heading back to the house. You'll see in the photos that we're all sporting bright orange colours. It was hunting season and that's the best way to avoid getting shot at while out in the forest.
That evening after dinner we talked, drank some more wine and somehow the topic of a reality TV show called Duck Dynasty came up. We had a few good laughs watching an episode. Mary couldn’t resist introducing Shane and Beth to the reality show called Beckman Boys, the show her cousin had introduced to us when we visited them in Maine. I’m just guessing but I don’t think any new fans of the show were made that night. By now it was past midnight and time for bed.
Perhaps the highlight of our short visit with Shane and Beth was a wee bit of four wheeling in their pick-up truck
All in all a fine visit and it was really nice to catch up with Shane and Beth on their home turf.