Gone FishingPublished on June 20, 2019

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  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • MICHAEL, Michael Kors, ‚Ä®flip flops, $68
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Tom Ford, Lara sunglasses, Eyemax, $649
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Wide-brim straw hat, Nordstrom, $64
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

Water, one of the most calming elements, carries weight in many aspects of our lives. Find serenity within your décor by bringing in colours from the sea. Soak away the day’s stresses with a hot bath or play the calming sounds of the ocean to aid with sleep. Yet, the alluring power of water offers its most powerful force in the great outdoors.

Living in Ottawa has the benefit of being near water in all directions, with an abundance of opportunities to reap its invigorating qualities on a hot summer day. In this issue we look at several possibilities. Owning a cottage or boat is not necessary with so many options to rent a seasonal house or watercraft, while enjoying a hassle-free lake or river experience.

In my childhood, family summers always included time spent at a cottage. These rustic rental places created many memory-making moments which I often conjure up in my mind during peaceful reflection—it brings me great joy.

I recall happy memories of being with my father and sister in a small, single-engine boat attempting to catch fish in the early morning hours. But, we had no idea that our twangy, out-of-tune singing voices could be heard around the lake—and most definitely by the fish, who knew not to bite our hooks. It still makes me smile.

My parents weren’t really the cottage or camping types. Some would say that we arrived at the cottage ill prepared, but man, they were good at improvising! For instance, my father created fishing bait from his cut-up pajama bottoms, and the family was always quick to adapt sleeping and dining arrangements to accommodate last-minute friends, who always seemed welcome. These simple memories have shaped my own expectations of summer living.

Today, time spent on the water offers me the opportunity to check out of the day-to-day routine and check in with friends and family. This means sunset cocktails at the beach with our crew in Maine, coffee on the dock, lakeside, with my husband, and enjoying the never-ending hours of amusement supplied by my kids, nieces and nephews.

Water seems to bring people together in the simplest and most refreshing of ways.

Dive in!

Mary’s Must-Haves

Stay stylish with a few summer necessities:

  • MICHAEL, Michael Kors, ‚Ä®flip flops, $68
  • Tom Ford, Lara sunglasses, Eyemax, $649
  • Wide-brim straw hat, Nordstrom, $64

Mary Taggart

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