Rain today …

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WindowCam (June 27, 2015)

It’s raining today. The first rain since arriving.

Lou and I were able to get a ride in yesterday. Good thing. I didn’t want to disappoint him but knew wet weather was on the way.

Rain means coming inside, lighting a fire, pulling out a good book, and cooking comfort food. I love the rain, particularly the thunderstorms we get in these parts that light up the sky, and shake the ground.

Chas: “That’s OK. I don’t mind. I need a rest, and really don’t want to get wet.”

There is a 65 year old, cast iron, wood burning Franklin Stove in the cottage. Yes, Benjamin Franklin designed this style of stove in 1741. It was innovative at the time, producing more heat for the room, and less smoke.

It is a character piece, capable of heating the entire cottage. I put it on just to take the dampness out of the air. I have a box full of cuttings from framing that I am burning. There is enough wood to last the most of the day. Even in the summer months when it is hot, I will put it on early in the morning to take the chill off, and in the evening for company. There is nothing better than curling up by the fire with a good book.

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Franklin Stove circa 1741

Lou: “What? I thought you liked riding me more than anything else. Can we go out again tomorrow? Can we? Can we? Yesterday’s ride was too short.”

The boys and I will take this as a rest day. Sun is forecast for tomorrow, and the rest of the week. Tomorrow, serious summer training begins – 250-300 km every week for 2 months – as we prepare for the Whistler Gran Fondo in September.

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