Canada's 'cottage country lifestyle' in the UK
In August I spent a week in a self-sufficient Canadian cottage on the tiny 'Robert's Island'.
Like most of the Torontonians during the peak summer months, we made the drive up to the country from Toronto over a few hours and 200km, picking up a canoe on the way and strapping it to the top of our car.
Spending the week eating through our food reserves, swimming in the warm water of Lake Huron, and hiking between bear-claw scarred trees resonated with the country-loving part of me.
We just so happened to be there during the Eclipse as well, and sat for hours on our Muskoka chairs as our moon's silhouette travelled in front of our sun.
It was one of the holidays which makes it difficult to come back down to reality. Fortunately, during the high season, Canadians make this sort of trip on a regular basis. Getting out of the city and experiencing the wonderful countryside rural Canada has to offer on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Back in the UK - I couldn't help but wonder what we had which was similar. We have national parks like the Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Lake District and the South Downs, but I don't know anyone making a weekly or fortnightly trip to a rural cabin in those parks. Do you?
Perhaps I just didn't know where to look. I've just found a place in the Forest of Dean which looks like it may encourage the feeling of 'Cottage country' back here on Blighty.
Have a look at this place. Gorgeous yurts with wood burning stoves, a pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and dining area - no electricity.
Hikes, Canoeing and Cycling on your doorstep (if you can bring yourself to leave the sanctuary of the place!).
Certainly one I'm keeping bookmarked in case I find the right time to raise the idea among friends!