“Living the Outdoor dream at Brighton by the bay”
Cathie Carleton enjoys puttering in the garden of the Brighton by the Bay home she’s shared with husband Terry for the past three years. That’s a far cry from the maintenance challenge they had at their previous 25-acre spread just north of Port Hope. “It sure frees you up,” she laughs about the downsizing that left their pool, hot tub and 1,000-foot laneway in someone else’s care. “Here, if you want someone to take care of the lawn and snow shoveling, it’s easy to find someone reliable.”
Despite the convenient proximity to urban life, they chose a house on the fringe of their adult lifestyle community that provides easy access to Presqu’ile Provincial Park, the Bay of Quinte and the outdoor activities they’ve always loved.
“We’re cyclists,” Cathie explains. “We can get on our bikes at the front door and ride to the lighthouse and back – it’s just under 20 kilometres. It’s a beautiful way to spend part of a morning or afternoon.” A short walk across the road can take the day in a different direction, as they free their 18-foot Chaparral Bowrider from its marina mooring and explore the bay or visit Trenton for lunch.
The nearby beach is also an option for a leisurely picnic when friends come to call, but Cathie and Terry aren’t still for long. “There’s a lot of other activities that we haven’t got involved in – yet,” she says of the community’s social scene, but outdoor attractions call. With at least five good golf courses within five miles, summer months have them juggling several league schedules. Then it’s time to share a dinner or card game with their neighbours at the rec centre, before they’re off to their rustic island cottage near Bobcaygeon.
In colder weather, the avid skiers are lured to the hills – although they sold their chalet at Mont Ste. Anne recently in favour of a warmer winter residence. This year though, the couple returned from Florida early to spend Christmas with friends and prepare to celebrate their upcoming 45th wedding anniversary in Australia and New Zealand.
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