Grass Lake Sunset – Iditarod Puppies! (PHOTOS) Haliburton Highlands 10-Day Weather, Canada #haliburtonhiglands

Ξ October 26th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, fall colours, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunrise, weather |

 Mid Fall in the Haliburton Highlands: Bundle Up!

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Early Sunday am, Thanksgiving weekend, looking out over Grass Lake, Haliburton, you can just make out the second rainbow around the outside of the brighter one. SOURCE: By Neil Jones

SOURCE: By Neil Jones

 

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Be sure to click the link (below) and see the awesome 2014 Calendar photos! Support a homegrown Haliburton business, too!

Winterdance dog sled tours, Iditarod bound, race team‘s photo.

Winter is moving in down here in the States as well as in Southern Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. Though so far, there has just been a dusting of snow in Haliburton with temperatures like the ones below it won’t be long now before you can head up north and do some dog-sledding!

Tonight looks like this:

Current Weather Maple Lake Ontario Canada

Current Weather Maple Lake Ontario Canada

 

And the Highlands weather radar looks like this:

Storm near Maple Lake Ontario 10.26.13

Storm near Maple Lake Ontario 10.26.13

This precipitation literally skipped right over Maple Lake! Does the same thing in late spring to late summer so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me when it happens early-mid- fall!

Haliburton Highlands/Algonquin Township 7-Day weather forecast October 26 - November 4.

Haliburton Highlands/Algonquin Township 10-Day weather forecast October 26 – November 4.

If I had to sum up the next week in weather for the Algonquin Highlands/Maple Lake/Haliburton Highlands, I’d use “chilly” or maybe, “drizzly” or perhaps I’d go all-out and say chilly drizzle. There is no snow in the forecast  for the Algonquin Highlands/Maple Lake/Haliburton Highlands from October 26 – November 4, but temperatures will certainly drop low enough that drizzle could and probably will, at least turn to flurries. Whether it sticks or not is a whole ‘nother conversation (though once we hit the sweet spot in November, one that will probably pick up in frequency). In five of the nine days that remain in this particular forecast, precipitation of one kind–rain, or another– drizzle, or yet another– snow shower–are all on tap.

Mid-fall in the Highlands. Gotta love it.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm (PHOTOS) #goebbertsfarm #gourds #pumpkins

Ξ October 14th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Autumn, Canada, fall colours, family, health/happiness, holiday(s), home, home and garden, nature, Ontario, Photography, United States |

 

Roger and me Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Roger and me Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

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Our younger son – Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013 –Off the charts tall!

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Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

 Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family, Finding the Perfect Gourd

Not much goes on in the way of celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving here but since it does often co-inside with the American Columbus Day school-and-government holiday, we use that as a reason to go to Goebbert’s Farm in South Barrington. We usually start our visit by finding the perfect gourds to decorate the house with. Each year, there seems to be a new colour or bizarrely-shaped gourd. This year, there were red pumpkins–as in a full-on Christmas-like red. I passed on them. As far out as I like to go is white mixed with greens, oranges and yellow. Roger always picks the Indian corn for hanging on the door. Since we have no little kids anymore I don’t go all-out with the spooky decor, though I do have some porcelain favorites, with a farm-scene scarecrow, and a little witch and ghost. We have a pretty life-like/life size looking raven, too, but my days of spreading fake webs around are over– so horns-o-plenty with colourful gourds it is.  Oh, we put large pumpkins outside to gives thing some colour. And if I found a cool zombie I would get it to hang up.

To celebrate Thanksgiving without the work we stopped by the always-delish Goebbert’s bakery which is conveniently on site with the gourds, the kid stuff  like animal rides, hay rides, the haunted house and the ones we don’t pass up–the animal farm and the corn maze.  Hot cider and fresh apple pie is my standard and the boys do pumpkin pie. We brought home apple cider donuts, apple butter and pumpkin butter, too. It was a beautiful, temperate day–totally different than how it will be in six weeks for American Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone had as nice a day as we did!

 

 

2010 10 06 011458 425x305 Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! #haliburtonhighlands #canadianthanksgiving

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week!

History of  Thanksgiving  in Canada

 

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been futilely attempting to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This event is widely considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first official Thanksgiving to occur in North America. More settlers arrived and continued the ceremonial tradition initiated by Frobisher, who was eventually knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay now known as Iqualuit.

It should be noted that the 1578 ceremony was not the first Thanksgiving as defined by First Nations tradition. Long before the time of Martin Frobisher, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings. In Haudenasonee culture, Thanksgiving is a prayer recited to honor “the three sisters” (i.e., beans, corn and squash) during the fall harvest.

Source: Wikipedia.org

 

Head Lake Haliburton Air Tours (PHOTOS) #maplelakeontario #canada #haliburton

Ξ October 3rd, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, business, Canada, community services, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation |

Planes Docked on Head Lake, Haliburton

 

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario - 2008 (C.  McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario – 2008 (C. McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario - 2008 (C.  McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario – 2008 (C. McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario - 2008 (C.  McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario – 2008 (C. McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario - 2008 (C.  McCrackan)

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario – 2008 (C. McCrackan)

I noticed over Labour Day 2013 that the planes that had been docked on Head Lake in Haliburton were gone. I know planes still fly out of Stanhope Airport on Maple Lake. Maybe there just wasn’t need for two aerial tour businesses within a 15 mile radius of one another? I really have no idea other than I’m quite satisfied with my view from the lake. 🙂

Regarding Stanhope Airport, Roger says that he heard news of the Highlands area emergency services being consolidated to originate at Stanhope Airport. I heard a bit of the report on the radio, too. Sounds like the airport expansion will certainly go forward in order to accommodate such an endeavour. Wondering now if the noise factor will be significant? As it is now, I hear about four small planes overhead on the weekends, maybe two on weekdays and every so often, a helicopter. The planes are sort of a comforting noise or maybe, familiar is a better word. I’ve heard them literally all my life so I’d notice if they stopped altogether–which of course they never have. These changes are entirely out of my hands but I am quite curious how they will impact cottage life on Maple Lake.

 

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