Ξ June 28th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation, weather |
It’s been a busy few days getting the cottage set up for Summer 2013.
There’s been no one here but us for the past few days so it was very, very quiet–which I must admit was nice. One doesn’t notice how noisy the suburbs are until you are in such a remote area as we now are. A random watercraft buzzes by every now and again and the ubiquitous sound of a small aircraft heading to Stanhope Airport cruises by once or twice a day, but by-and-large we are much more likely to hear flocks of ducks swimming by or a lonely-sounding loon on the lake.
We arrived very early Monday morning and while coming round a huge bend on St. Peters Road, came face-to-face with a half-dozen deer. You can’t take that bend going more than 15-20 mph tops, so no one was in any danger and it was sort of cool to be ‘greeted’ that way.
Wednesday was the best weather day yet on Maple Lake. Perfectly warm, a few clouds–a sunburn day if you weren’t protected. We got the swim dock in the water and did a preliminary clean-up of the beach. It was no exaggeration that this past winter was a tough one. The repeated ups and downs, freezing, melting, refreezing took a toll on many people’s shorelines. We actually were pretty lucky that a few steps down to the water came loose and there was a leak in the bathroom ceiling but it was above the shower(!) Very lucky on that count because as soon as the rain came, it was like a faucet had been turned on inside the bathroom ceiling.
Roger went up on the roof and found that caulking was missing, allowing not only leakage but ants to stream in. It’s all fixed now. Did I mention that my husband is awesome? He mowed the grass and at my request, left as many wildflowers growing as possible. I just can’t get into the ‘suburban perfect’ grass look in such a rural area. We are expected to keep the grass cut but I’m more inclined to prefer the ever-more-popular notion of letting, whenever possible, nature look like nature here in cottage country. We’ve planted a lilac bush to help keep the bank from eroding as well as other perennials, some of which did not survive the severe weather over the winter to reappear this spring/summer. Still, the plan is to preserve and protect as much and whenever possible.
Spouse had his birthday here for the first time and we made an excellent choice going to That Place in Carnarvon. We got there early and got a seat right in front of the window overlooking Mirror Lake. Food was good, service excellent and the price right for a birthday meal. Happy birthday, indeed.
We headed out to Haliburton today to pick up some supplies and take in more of the local atmosphere. As much as it is said that the US and Canada are alike, once you get out and about it becomes very apparent that these are two separate countries. Just a small example is that Canada no longer makes pennies, nor do merchants take them. Yup. The smallest denomination is a nickel. Transactions are rounded up or down. Also, buttertarts.
Found a (not) cheap little phone for the times I want/need to text the US or situations where I have no idea what I’m doing and will be phoning spouse to help guide the way. He, because he has a commute to work, has the car much of the time so by default stops and picks up this and that in our daily lives (I’m the Internet shopping queen– so that part evens out). Where I have fallen hopelessly out of practice is with cooking. Because I’m staying here for a total of 6 weeks I know I’m not going to live on salads and sandwiches so am going to have to phone home to get advice on a lot of grocery-related choices. Anyway, the new phone is charging and I’m going to set it up tomorrow and then be able to have my ‘security blanket’ wherever I may wander while I’m up here.
It stormed today most of the day with quite a bit of thunder–enough to scare our Corgi-Pug mix, ‘Obi’, tho he usually is not at all bothered by thunderstorms but the cottage has a metal roof and it is LOUD. I’d had a rough night sleeping the night before so had the luxury of a 2-hour nap. Roger–not so much in that when he tried to nap, whenever a loud thunder clap struck, Obi would leap upon him in fear. Poor guy(s).
Speaking of weather, there is not too much to get excited about as we begin this holiday weekend, unfortunately. There will be more of what we had today–but with lower temperatures and it will continue they say through both Friday and Saturday with Sunday looking like a nice shift with no rain and temperatures more conducive to outdoor celebrations. Check out the latest forecast for Canada Day and the Fourth of July below.