It looks like we can do three weeks at Maple Lake this summer. Plus Labour Day weekend, I think (we have been for a few years in a row now).
Which is great as long as there’s Internet. I know I’m a broken record but I’m not the only person that can’t afford to take weeks off of paid work. And dial-up in my hyper-competitive online world won’t do it, regardless.
I think need to call the Haliburton County-affiliated W3Connex cable guy.
I’ve talked to him once on the phone and he seems very nice but with service orders for exactly what I need at about 800 online inquiries ahead of me in the email queue.
That’s why I’m thinking maybe going to the cottage a bit later so there might be a chance to get the cable people out our way? Oh please, oh please?
Cash Cups, Boob Bags for Cancer Cure
A WORTHY CAUSE~
Important information about a not-to-be missed Haliburton County event Exhibit that begins May 9 and runs through May 24.
The “Cash Cups” exhibit is an extension of a project from the Crafty Girls group, who meet monthly to experiment with different crafts in an informal setting.
April’s craft night features “Boob Bags”, converting old bras into purses.
The “New Business of the Year” Maple Lake Artisans Collective will be making purses from bras and embellishing them with material, paint, beads, thread and mystery objects.
You don’t need to attend Crafty Girls to submit an entry for the exhibit, contact The Art Hive for information: call 705-754-0021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to visit the exhibit during May 9-24 and make a bid on a unique art piece.
The intent of the exhibit is to raise awareness for breast cancer.
THINGS TO KNOW:
A silent auction of donated artworks will be held during the run of the exhibit, with final bids during the closing celebrations Saturday May 24. That evening will also feature a live auction of selected pieces. Proceeds from both auctions will go to Cottage Dreams.
The Art Hive
Maple Lake Artisans Collective
Laura Trach, Event Co-ordinator
Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative
Oh, it ends on the 24 th of May. Gosh, I’d love to go.–that’s Canada’s weekend akin to the 31st of May–Memorial Day in the USA. A week earlier means a week colder and buggier, though.
I hear from my aunt via my dad, that there is still “two feet” of snow on the ground but given that we are not even half-way through April–I hope it melts soon and stays that way. The one forecast I have implies otherwise, I’m not that glad to report. :/
Ontario Bug Reports
As you can see by clicking the above link, we’ll have to wait about one more month before we start getting bug reports from The Weather Network. When they become available, I’ll do a weekly summary for the Haliburton Highlands along with other news–such as weather forecasts–which may affect your outdoor plans.
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This is as much as The Old Farmer’s Almanac gives away for free.
Avg. Temperature: 7°C (2° above avg.)
Precipitation: 40mm (avg. east, 20mm below west)
Apr. 1-9: Sunny, cool, then warm
Apr. 10-15: Periods of rain
Apr. 16-22: Rain to snow, then sunny east; sunny west; turning warmer
Apr. 23-30: Rain to snow, then sunny, cool
Avg. Temperature: 12.5°C (avg.)
Precipitation: 70mm (20mm above avg. east, 10mm below west)
May. 1-6: Showers, then sunny, cool
May. 7-10: Showers, then sunny
May. 11-20: Showers, then sunny, cool
May. 21-29: Rain, then sunny, warm
May. 30-31: T-storms, warm
My opinion of what the weather is going to be like in cottage country is that it should, based on past experience be a mix of weather. You always are prepared for quite hot–some days you want to stay in the lake all day but the mornings and evenings of such days can both be quite cool.
I visit in July of August and have been doing Labour Day Weekend.
All that said, I haven’t worn long pants and more than a jacket when it is cool– in years. Other family members can look to me positively swaddled, including my spouse, wearing jeans, sweatshirts and shoes. I’ll wear a denim jacket by the fire at night–mostly to keep the bugs at bay.
Really, I’m more concerned with the bug forecast than the weather for Maple Lake, Ontario or anywhere in the Haliburton Highlands/Central Ontario Region.
Next time: Bug forecast for Maple Lake Ontario~spring-into-summer 2008.
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RD Lawrence Place opening
Info courtesy of Amy Brohm
Tourism and Marketing Co-ordinator
County of Haliburton
Though my family and I cannot attend, we will absolutely add this to our “things to do/ places to see” list which is growing ever-longer.
In other “news,” I’m still stressing over getting Internet and thereby altering my (our) entire summer for the better.
It’s hard to get a bead on what exactly is the Internet situation in Haliburton County.
One the one hand, there is W3Connex with it’s display on the Official Haliburton County website. It’s troubling however that there has been no updates on the status of the progress of making high-speed Internet connection available in the area.
More troubling: Though he was extremely nice, the fellow manning the phones (and I suspect doing many other tasks as well) at W3Connex essentially indicated that there could be 800 people with the same request as I have ahead of me in the line for high speed Internet access.
OTOH, Cottage Country Internet is ready to hook me up now. For $700 ($675 plus tax). Granted, this is a one-time install fee but I just don’t have that kind of cashola hanging around. Not to be all whiny but I am on full disability and this online writing I do– more than half is for free–the other part-time income–you know, to pay for “extras.” Seven hundred smackaroos is more than an “extra,” I’m afraid.
I just won’t be able to swing more than a couple of weeks at Maple Lake unless I get hooked up as I don’t have the luxury of taking the summer off.
Son will stay with me if we get hooked up as hid life revolves around school, books and online MMRPG games. Take away the games and interaction with his chums–well he’s a great kid but he’ll burn through any reading material he has. We use the Internet for everything–at least here in the States.
If only the nice people at either W3Connex or cottage Cottage Country Internet would take pity and realize that though my American dollars are not so big anymore I would still love to spend them in Haliburton County.