Winter at the Inn
The magical moments of the Holiday Season are now a fond memory. After a few days of welcome quiet, we delve into a new year. In the height of winter, and indeed winter came with a vengeance, we celebrate the good fortune of having the sun shine brightly sun, adding a little warmth to the frosty air and landscapes. Valentine’s Day, Family Day, winter white weddings
Picture by the talented Adam Woodhouse Photography
proved winter an inspiring season for celebrations of every kind. With a few exceptions, the dining room is closed this winter. We welcome guests to the cottages and suites on a self-catering basis, with cookies and hot chocolate as a greeting, in each accommodation. Guests enjoyed the flexibility of relaxing and having meals at their leisure. It is also a break from cooking for us!
I had a knee replacement last fall, so having less time in the kitchen certainly helped in the recovery.
What a gorgeous day to end February! The sun is shining brightly, the air is crisp, the blue sky is refreshing, and everyone is outdoors, soaking up the freshness of the day!
This winter wonderland looks as if it will press on into March, with skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sipping hot chocolate by the fire, being activities of the day. Let’s not forget walks to the barn with carrots and apples for the horses!
March Break will soon be upon us. Easter and Victoria Day follow, and then we ease into summer Time waits for no one!
We soon look to spring and the freshness of nature’s greenery coming to life once again! The ice will melt, the lake will be fluid once more, and we await the unforgettable call of the loon!
Our Family & the Inn Family
Our family is fine, and our four grandchildren are definitely a source of joy to us! Everyone is busy with life in general. Jaimey, Tina and family (Gavin 3, Marlies 11 months) are presently in Wellington, Florida, competing in dressage for three months, along with their clients/students and seventeen horses!
Taken by Guest January 2015
Taken by Guest, February 28, 2015
I miss my weekly “grandma days” with the grandkids.
Rob and Julie are in Peterborough, raising Rowan 7, and Lachlan 4. Rob’s business “Earthrise Carpentry” keeps him juggling carpentry/timber-framing work with family life. Julie is working with the Health Unit, and
co-ordinates the kids school and extra curricular activities, along with family time. Dennis and I look forward to the USLA summer swimming lessons at our beach, when we can see Rowan and Lachlan swim during their lessons, as they stay at Julie’s family ‘s cottage on Stoney.
- Guess Who?
- Yes, it is Dennis leading Geronimo, amid the vibrancy of the fall season! Brian Scott, a long-time friend of Dennis, an artist, musician, and cottage neighbor, captured moments in the fall, and painted this stunning picture! A winter painting of the horses was just completed, and he hopes to paint spring and summer special moments at the farm. We hope prints will follow!
Andrew and Lindsey moved from the farm to a house in Millbrook, a lovely and quaint village off the Hwy 115, on the other side of Peterborough. It is a shorter commute to work for both Andrew, a heavy equipment mechanic with John Deere in Omemee, and Lindsey, marketing and educational director for Boat Smart, in Peterborough. We do miss them dearly, and of course their dogs, Harley and Gus!
We will celebrate Dennis’ parents’ 74th anniversary in March, and his father’s 100th birthday in April! Wow! Norma will celebrate her 97th birthday in June. Double congratulations! Ross and Norma live in a retirement residence in Peterborough. My parents situation changed in 2014 when my father moved to a long term care facility, and my mother moved to a retirement residence. Unfortunately they are not in the same place, however my dad is receiving the care he requires, and my Mom can visit. Trying to coordinate visits with them all, requires some juggling!
Jennifer and her husband Peter enjoyed a short break in December to visit Peter’s favourite small island in the Bahamas. Returning to the cold was a shock, but both returned with a warm looking facial glow! Oh for that warmth now! Jeannie, our housekeeper of oh so many years, over 25 years, is working this winter, along with Jennifer, Dennis, Jesse and I, keeping the “home fires” burning and accommodations clean and welcoming!
2015 – Celebrating 68 years
Guests dream of summer on Stoney Lake! The lake is like an invitation from nature to go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, playing on the trampoline… all water activities. We hope to see you this year at Irwin Inn to share in the 68 year old tradition of hospitality with the Irwin family and staff.
Please contact us in March to confirm reservations already in place, or contact us to reserve your choice of time period and accommodation for a getaway, family vacation or reunion!
Family Reunion 2014
Take Care and Regards
Patti & Dennis, Jennifer, Jean and all the staff of Irwin Inn
RECIPE FROM THE KITCHEN
Our Welcome Cookies
Throughout the winter guests are greeted on arrival with a sample of our Homemade Oatmeal Cookies , here is our recipe to enjoy at your own home!
3 Cups Brown Sugar (packed)
3 Cups Butter (soft)
6 1/2 Cups Large Flake Oats
1 tbsp baking soda
3 Cups Flour –
Whip Butter and sugar until blended , slowly add flour and baking soda (mix), add oats last and continue to whip on medium until blended.
Drop on lined baking sheet with Tbsp, (do not flatten) , ensure well spread out, Bake at 350 for 10 mins or until golden brown. Cool on bakers rack.