the lakehouse, part 2

July 5, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

Did I mention that there is no electricity or running water at Sara’s lakehouse? That means a lot of reading on the porch and early bedtimes, 2 things I don’t really do anymore. It also means the first night is spent staring at the darkness at 4am in the morning because no matter what time I go to sleep, I just wake up 5 or 6 hours later. The outhouse is also a bit of a (short) walk away from the house, which means that I usually choose to hold it in even though I need to go pretty badly because really, who wants to get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night and fumble toward an outhouse with a flashlight? It sort of reminds me of when I used to go camping. The days are ruled by the hours of daylight since there isn’t any electricity, and so you sleep and rise with the sun. When you wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, waiting for those first glimmers of morning light can seem like forever. Miraculously, I slept through the 2nd night and woke up to the gentle sound of rain.

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  • Laura July 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    What an amazing experience for you and your girls to treasure. Such cute pictures of your girls. Prey tell, what book is Mia reading?

  • jennifer July 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

    oh my gosh, so so beautiful! That top photo kills me it’s so adorable.

  • dasa July 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

    What a wonderfull place for holidays!

  • mau July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I live on a small island in the Mediterranean and we don’t have lakes or rivers. People envy us for our sun and sea but seeing the photos of the lakehouse makes me a little jealous! :-)

  • emeline July 5, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Are you loving the no electricity? or kind of hating it? We did that vacation one year and I looooooooved it, but I’m wondering how much I romanticized it! And the no running water- how’s the cooking?

  • Jenna July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

    @laura Mia’s either reading a Romona (Beverley Clearly) book or Harry Potter.
    @emeline No I don’t mind the no electricity. It’s nice.

  • Louise July 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

    This looks like heaven … total switch-off time. Bliss ..

  • Linn Maria July 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Oh, how I adore these photos. I only recently found your blog, and I’m quickly becoming an avid fan. You have a beautiful family and such a good eye for capturing special moments!

  • Allison July 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This made me so nostalgic for the days in my grandparent’s old lakehouse in Northern Minnesota.. in the best way possible. Thank you! Such beautiful pictures and story, your blog is one of my absolute favourites.

  • Sara Jensen July 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Love this set. I also love having you guys there. Mia was killing me with her comments in general. She is so much like you. See you soon!

  • angie July 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    ah this place looks so amazing. i would love to go here to get away from the city. so jealous that you got to spend time at this lakehouse!!!

  • Meghann July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Please–I beg you–do NOT stop sharing pictures from this place. Beautiful!

  • leslie July 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    This series of photos is mesmerizing!

  • Wendy July 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    This is a dream house :)

  • Ula July 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    whoaaa what a beautiful place! I wish I could be there with my analog camera:).

    Great photos Jenna!

  • Ana July 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing photos, it feels like I’m there.

  • teri July 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    holy moly! that is some serious roughing it – for ME at least! the cabin is beautifully rustic! love all the age and character emanating from the silverware, the wooden table, shutters etc.
    loving your wonderful blog- this is my first comment of what will be many, i’m sure!!
    xo teri @ giddy….

  • hannah July 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    what a little slice of heaven!

  • Mrs D July 6, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Gorgeous! PS Miss Mia looks SO grown up in the fifth photo. Such the little lady.

  • emmy July 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    ^^^Totally agree! She looks sooo lovely!!!

  • alexis July 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

    thanks for the reminder that summer moments should be spent under warm sun and quiet starry skies. I need to unplug and disconnect for a bit, even if just for an entire evening in my little patch of urban green. enjoy the summer!

  • Lecia July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I think we should all spend some time, every year, in a place without electricity. It’s one thing I love about camping.

    These are some of my favorite of your images, ever.

  • tschitschi July 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    what a fantastic place!

  • Chez Us July 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Love this place. Would completely be happy disconnecting like this. Do they rent it? 😉

  • Anna July 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Ahh this place sounds incredible! I want to live in a place like this for a few months and see how things work out. I think that’d be exciting. I love the kitchen as well!

  • erin July 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    these photos look just the way summer should look. perfect.

  • My-Tien July 18, 2011 at 2:04 am

    looks like a good getaway. ah, perfect summer

  • Jenna July 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    @Chez Us No, the lakehouse is never rented.

  • sunny July 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    stunning photos! all the photos make me want to get away this summer. perhaps I should crash my brother and his family’s time at their cabin this week!

    I especially love the photos of the kitchen – and the utensils!

  • Victoria July 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Wow…..absolutely divine! Looks like summer perfected

  • nadia August 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

    beautiful! those make for incredible memories!