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Sigh.  Everyone’s gone home (though some are still travelling) and I’m left with memories of a whole ton of good times and some really nice gifts.

This post covers the last day and  our leave-taking.

Tuesday morning found most of us still at the cottage, but because of the rain, we had no more cavorting on the dock.

Karen takes a shot of the dock from the canoe.  She's so talented.

Karen takes a shot of the dock from the canoe. She’s so talented.

Instead, we sit around the cottage eating breakfast (scones and strawberry jam by me, excellent scrambled eggs by Karen) talking and playing more games. Oh, the hardship.

Sulie, Karen, Perry.  Plus Tricia

Sulie, Karen, Perry. Plus Tricia

Then lunch, and we have to finish up the

a – Butter Tarts

b – Nanaimo Bars

c – Cherry Pie

And then we pack the cars. Of course, the sun comes out.

Perry has decided that though her new “two-person” tent (all campers know what that means) is a good tent, she’s no longer up for sleeping on the ground.  So I inherit a new tent for my grandsons to enjoy.

Back at Neill-Wycik by suppertime.  Susan M has already left in the morning for Colorado, then Walla-Walla, Washington so we’re down to 9.  We enjoy Thai food courtesy of Kristi, plus chow down on a few leftovers.

A lot more talking and then bedtime.

Jerri leaves first, at 6 am, to begin her long trek back to Arkansas, to the waiting arms of Dan. Delta tries hard to make her miss her connecting flight, but they fail, and she reaches the departure lounge with a whole 10 minues to spare and gets her seat back from the stand-by passenger it was given to.

Perry is heading out on her own in her truck, and Betty (Tennessee) is taking Linda (Virginia), Kristi (New York)  and Karen (Tennessee) back in her van.  The planned departure is 8:00.

Tricia, Linda, Perry and Karen make final farewell, at 8:05. (Betty is in the van)

Tricia, Linda, Perry and Karen make final farewell, at 8:05. (Betty is in the van)

At 8:06 (because Betty is very good at herding cats) the two vehicles roll out of the garage.

Tricia and Sulie and I go upstairs and check out, and then we put Sulie in a cab for Billy Bishop Airport; she’s flying to Montreal for a few days before going home to Olympia, Washington).  Then Tricia and I pack my car (I’m taking her to the airport this afternoon to fly home to Victoria). Then….

Tricia helps with the jacking up, and reads the directions to me while I change the tire.

Tricia helps with the jacking up, and reads the directions to me while I change the tire.

So I leave Tricia in the big city to make her own way to the airport, while I drive home and work on getting a new tire.

So there we all our, heading back to our respective homes.

Everyone who is driving crosses the border without incident, and even the peaches make it across without being confiscated (that was an accident).

This has been a wonderful wonderful time.  I’m so happy everyone who came came, and that they all enjoyed themselves so much.  Everyone contributed so much to the fun and fellowship, and it’s absolutely astounding how we can meet up with each other, years apart, and feel like we’ve been been hanging out together always.

Now to start planning the next one.

final post: I’ll put up some pictures Dessies have sent me for a final round-up

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It’s our last morning together (though we’ve already lost Alice on Sunday)

Jerri, Linda, Sulie, Anne, Kristi, Alice, Susan, Karen

Betty, Sulie, Susan M, Linda, Kristi, Perry, Jerri, Tricia, Karen, Susan D

Susan Monahan has to return home on Tuesday so we leave her in Toronto for a solo patch, and the rest of of head out of town overnight.

Linda joins her friends in Guelph.  I’m attaching her report, lifted out of Facebook… (hope that’s okay, Linda)

So sorry, but I’m still having fun. Just spent two days in Guelph with Lou and Klaus Niemann. They deserve medals for driving through extensive traffic to get me and to bring me back. Plus, Lou took me out to tea for breakfast, then she and Klaus took me to an all you can eat Mennonite restaurant. Coconut Butter Tart PIE!!! Lou also took me to the home of John McCrae, the man who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields. Very moving standing in the garden surrounded by poppies.

John McCrea memorial in Guelph

John McCrea memorial in Guelph

As if Linda hasn’t had enough LMM in Leaskdale, they drive past the other Ontario church where she spent much of her adult life.

Norval, where LMM and her family lived until 1935

Norval, where LMM and her family lived until 1935

Meanwhile, the 8 other Dessies head towards Canning Lake, near Haliburton, to spend some serious fun time near, in and on the lake.  Betty is driving one party, and Susan the other.  We meet up in Minden at the Kawartha Dairy (with the cow on the roof) and stock up on ice cream. Then on to the cottage.

Perry, Jerri and Sulie set up Perry's new tent, which she will sleep in for the first -- and last -- time.  Everyone else gets a bed in the cottage or sleeping cabin

Perry, Jerri and Sulie set up Perry’s new tent, which she will sleep in for the first — and last — time.

Perry roughs it. Everyone else gets a bed in the cottage or sleeping cabin.

We make sandwiches, and take them down to the dock to eat lunch, then everyone (ignoring our moms’ advice about swimming after meals) hits the water.

Tricia and noodles

Tricia and noodles

Karen and noodle

Karen and noodle

Jerri with noodle

Jerri with noodle

Lots of Dessies with noodles

Lots of Dessies with noodles

We have to take lots of pictures with noodles, so Sally, English Dessie, will understand what it’s all about.

Betty the Birthday Queen gets the luxury toy.  It's a big one for her today.

Betty the Birthday Queen gets the luxury toy. It’s a big event for her today.

Kristi with, you guessed it, a noodle

Kristi with, you guessed it, a noodle

Karen tries out the hammock

Karen tries out the hammock

Betty and Jerri on the dock

Betty and Jerri on the dock

Next it’s time to get out the canoe and the kayak, and I go into camp counsellor mode, showing everyone what to do, and getting them safely in and out.  No one fell into the lake.

Betty in the kayak

Betty in the kayak

Jerri in the Kyak.  Firt time, but she's game for more

Jerri in the Kayak. First time, but she’s game for more

Tricia and Karen in the canoe

Tricia and Karen in the canoe

Tricia in the kayak, with Karen and Sulie in the canoe

Tricia in the kayak, with Karen and Sulie in the canoe

Whew!  After all that, it’s time for Wine with Marie Biscuits.

a truly Dessish treat, Marie biscuits with wine.

a truly Dessish treat, Marie biscuits with wine.

And then dinner of fresh corn, roasted chicken, Caesar salad and garlic bread.  And wine.

Suppertime at the cottage

Suppertime at the cottage

Dessert. More butter tarts and….

Betty gets birthday cake Nanaimo Bars

Betty gets birthday cake Nanaimo Bars

MUCH talking, much game playing (such as guessing which DES character you are from the name on your forehead) and then we find our various beds and settle in for the night.

Tuesday: our last day together.

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