It was a beautiful morning and we had planned a day of sporting activities for my 51st birthday. I'm don't like to make a big deal about my birthday, and I told the others not to make a fuss, but I was pretty sure the ladies were going to anyway. :)
I took some photos of the back of the cottage before we got busy.
Then Steve and I did our morning three-mile run. After we got back, we got showers and prepared for the second leg of sports activities - golf.
We were joined by Esther's father, Herman, affectionately known as "Herman the German". :)
Herman is 90 although you couldn't tell. He's in great shape and definitely has his wits about him. Esther's mother, Rita, is 83 and she too seems much younger. I'll get some photos of them in the coming days when they get back from town.
Herman was a heli-skier, meaning he was dropped off on remote, natural slopes by helicopter. He started heli-skiing when he was my age, 51, and did that for 25 years. He said he logged over 3.5 million downhill miles.
Today's plan was to play nine holes with Herman before he had to drive back to Ottawa this afternoon. We went to Evergreen Golf Course outside the town of Westport. It's a public, first come-first served golf course much like the municipal courses back in Louisville. However, this one was in much better shape and a bit less crowded than those.
Herman uses a pull cart and walks the course. Steve and I often walk and carry our clubs, but we decided to rent pull carts this time. Herman doesn't hit the ball very far and his eyesight isn't great so we had to make sure we watched the ball for him. But he was usually in or just off the fairway, and his game is pretty good.
It was a gorgeous day on the course, although I couldn't seem to put two good shots together. My score was terrible, but I didn't lose any balls and we had a great time.
Back at the cottages, we had some lunch and then it was time for our tennis match. Steve beat me 6-2 in the first set, and then I managed to win the second set 6-3, although I don't think he's showing me his "A-game" yet. :)
We played a tie-breaker set and he won 7-5. Whew. I was drenched in sweat for the second time today. But it felt great to be that active with a three-mile run, walking nine holes of golf, and a marathon tennis match. We joked that we might get the boats out and do some paddling after dinner. :)
After getting cleaned up, we joined Linda and Esther and Esther's sister Kathy and her husband, Geoff at the other cottage.
It clouded up, but I took a few shots while Steve grilled up some ribs, pork chops, sausages, and brats.
It's a little bit of paradise on this quiet lake.
Steve took a picture of us as we relaxed on the deck.
The table was set, and it was almost dinner time.
I was supposed to take pictures of all the food - the grilled meats, the salad, the fresh green beans, and corn-on-the-cob - but after all the exercise from earlier, I was hungry and just started digging in. :)
After the fabulous meal in which I ate way too much, the gals brought out the cake Linda made and added candles.
Fortunately, the breeze blew out all the candles. We enjoyed the swiss chocolate cake sprinkled with crumbled toffee candy bars along with some vanilla ice cream.
It was so good, we all went back for seconds. I got a picture of half the cake, but there was only about a quarter left by the time we were done. :)
After dinner and cake, we were all pretty much stuffed. Esther & Steve and Kathy & Geoff gave me gift bags with Canadian souveniers. So much for not making a fuss. :)
The girls went next door and joined the neighbors for a campfire on the lake, but I retired to the cottage to do some reading. I think I was asleep by 9:00. :)
It was a wonderful birthday - busy, but absolutely wonderful. :)