Maple Lake Ontario Nostalgia (PHOTOS) Beautiful Maple Lake Weekend Weather! #maplelake #ontario

Ξ September 27th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Days Gone Bye and Starting Anew on Maple Lake

The dock my grandfather built. (Photo:1985)

The dock my grandfather built. (Photo: 1985)

 

Me and my bro on Maple Lake

Me and my bro on Maple Lake

Checked the forecast today and saw it was a pretty day at Maple Lake. The weather for the rest of September looks gorgeous, too. September seems like a “best shot month” in all the places I’ve lived when it comes to weather.

Here’s how nice it will be for the rest of September at Maple Lake:

Maple Lake Weather Forecast - September 27 through Sept 30 (Cr: Accuweather.com)

Maple Lake Weather Forecast – September 27 through Sept 30 (Cr: Accuweather.com)

 

When Roger and I retire we can easily do end of May through end of  September at Maple Lake each year with day or weekend trips to Toronto every now and then. That’s a third of the year, now to find someplace nice for the other 2/3’s. Both of us like to be outside, to putz around in the gardens or with the dogs. Nice, brisk walks are…nice.  That becomes an impossibility in Toronto or here, in the Chicago area in the dead of winter.  At one time, I would have said I wouldn’t leave my kids but kids themselves leave, that’s a fact, and I can’t go chasing after them. Letting go is part of life–as much as embracing  it–which is what I think of when I’m missing Maple Lake.

The photo at top is my dad and my oldest son. My son is jumping off the dock that my grandfather put in. I loved that dock. I remember lying on my stomach at the deep end, watching the minnows swimming under it. The way the shafts of sun seeped through –it was just super-cool. When I saw my Dad last month, I asked him how would Roger and I go about recreating that dock. He replied with a sigh, “You don’t want to do that.” Now I was under the impression that the dock was removed at the end of the summer season and put back come early summer, but I was way wrong. It stayed there throughout each winter and come spring it would be a jumbled mess after the winter ice had it’s way with it. What kept it in place was rocks beneath the top of the “T” section. The ice shifted them out and  it was quite a chore to get it all back in place each year. My dad suggested buying an aluminum dock which of course, I know about as they are everywhere, but I wanted to recreate some of what has disappeared  at the lake. It goes to prove though, sometimes when something is gone it stays gone and one must start anew.

 

 

Maple Lake Ontario – Closing Up The Cottage for 2013 – Maple Lake Garden (PHOTOS) #maplelake # #ontario #garden

Ξ September 15th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, Travel/Vacation |

 The best summer of my life on Maple Lake Ontario

The Black-eyed  Susans which we'd planted in late June  had blossomed when we returned in late August.

The Black-eyed Susans which we’d planted in late June had blossomed when we returned in late August.

We’ve been home from Maple Lake Ontario (at our winter home, as I now call it) in Chicago for exactly a week today and I’m just transitioning into life here. It’s not a bad life–not at all–but it is not life on Maple Lake–not remotely.

I’ve pulled the last of the Maple Lake photos off my stand-alone camera and my phone camera so I’ll post some here now and spread the rest over the next nine months or so.

Our last five days at the cottage were far from perfect weather-wise.  It was seasonably cold, wet and windy. Nothing surprising though, and it didn’t really phase me after having a whole 6 weeks, including the entire month of July, at the Maple Lake. I felt a bit badly for Roger, though. We’ll plan his vacation days better next year, hopefully four straight weeks. We’d brought both dogs with us to Maple Lake so that ensured an inevitable degree of outside time, regardless of weather conditions.

We finished some inside the cottage mini-projects. Had a fine meal at Hali’s Bistro in Haliburton via an enthusiastic recommendation by my brother, who with his wife had stayed for a full week at the cottage prior to our arrival. Since we were closing for the year we began packing up 2 days before we were to leave. When you have to be inside, it is almost better if the weather is not-so-good outside (almost).

 

 

Maple Lake Ontario – Boating – Cottages – Sunset (PHOTOS) 9.04.13 #maplelake #ontario #canada

Ξ September 5th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, boating, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunsets |

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset - Sept 4 2013

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset – Sept 4 2013

The weather here on Maple Lake has been iffy for the past three days but late today, the sun came out and we all rejoiced, including our dogs, who otherwise were content pretty much with just sleeping.  The cherry on top was the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in the 7 weeks total that I’ve spent here this summer.

Now that Labour Day has officially passed, Maple Lake is super-quiet.  I like it that way though I admit that I get overly- carried away   because I have so much fun and I can be pretty noisy at times.

Obi near the western cove on Maple Lake 99.4.13)

Obi, near the western cove on Maple Lake (9.4.13).

 

One thing in particular that I enjoyed about trolling about on Maple Lake is the diversity in lakefronts and the buildings on them. There are examples of structures less than 5-10 years old right through those that look at least 75 years old. I end up getting all kinds of inspiration for what I’d like to do with our lakefront in the future, ideas both big and small.

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking.

Wildflowers that bloomed in August

Wildflowers that bloomed in August.

 

 

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