Duck Butts on Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #maplelake #myhaliburtonlife #canada

Ξ September 26th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, fall colours, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

 Twice-daily visits from the ducks of Maple Lake

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, 2014 Maple Lake Ontario, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall daybreak on Maple Lake, Haliburton Highlands, Canada Sept. 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall on Maple Lake, 2014 #cottagecountry

Early fall,  2014 #cottagecountry

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Life goes on.

Life goes on. (Sept. 2014)

First time back since the dog died here, a few weeks earlier.

 

You know how in your memories, as time goes by, the good times seem vivid and the bad times recede into that vast space of the dimly remembered?

That.

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“There are some things you can`t cover up with lipstick and powder
I thought I heard you mention my name, can`t you talk any louder?
Don`t come any closer, don`t come any nearer
My vision of you can`t get any clearer”

(“Girls Talk”  – E. Costello)

 

Instagram That Sh*t! – Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands #ontario #maplelake

Ξ September 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake Shots That Must be Shared

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Maple Lake Ontario North Shore cove Sept 2014

Take that Shot and Instagram It. Eventually.

Ironically, nearly none of these shots are Instagram re-gramming material because they are not proportional squares, nor do I wish them to be.

TBH, I hate carving up Maple Lake shots for Instagram but I like sharing and looking at others’ stuff so it must work for me on some level.

You don’t have to wade through them, though. These photos from spring through early fall 2014 at Maple Lake are all altered to some degree so if you are a purist…you are probably on the wrong blog in the wrong century.

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Day-lilies looked gorgeous this season! Need moar!

Oh, the places you'll go! (Sept 2014)

Oh, the places you’ll go! (Sept 2014)

"Under Renovation"

“Under Renovation”

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The work Roger got done on the tight schedule we had to work with was super. About 10 man-hours per window. They look perfect(ly) restored but do call attention for the need to continue the work. Should be interesting.

 

My hero:

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Sept packing up.  Weather was horrible.

Sept. packing/closing up. Weather was horrible.

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We work on the bank and the beach every year. This year required a bit of creativity as a huge swath of the formerly brown sand bottom of shore was now covered in sharp-edged stones.

Love the stone effect. You can just see where the sand ends and the stone begins.

Team effort with Roger doing most all of the heavy stuff.
Roger is a recycler by habit so he’ll stop at the side of the road for a “just-right” rock that has fallen. It was his notion to incorporate “stoning” the bank with flowers, plants and trees. Defo a long-term project. I really like the rough-hewn, natural utilitarian aspects of what is shaping up.

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Colours were artificially enhanced.

 

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The rock steps nearest to our cottage.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

Obi, sitting near the property line.

RIP RW Though I'm sure many admirerers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams' sudden-seeming suicide is something I'm still processing as "real." It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

RIP RW
Though I’m sure many admirers felt/feel the same, Robin Williams’ sudden-seeming suicide is something I’m still processing as “real.” It made the summer sort of grind to a sobering halt.

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Maple Lake – When You Don’t Want To Be There – Part 2 #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake

Ξ September 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, Travel/Vacation, weather |

So there was normal, planned maintenance of the Maple Lake cottage and there was the seal in the ceiling keeping the rain out of the bathroom leaking, a different category entirely.  

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That was an unpleasant surprise but since the leak was just above the shower, unless it gets very bad, the rest of the ceiling and bathroom should be OK.

It rained for the 2.5 days before we left Maple Lake. The night before we left a ceiling drip hit my shoulder.I knew it was from the semi-sealed chimney flue for the wood-burning stove. Stove is long-ago removed (which is too bad). Hole in the roof stills exists to cause trouble.

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That is going to take a proper looking at and fixing. Roger doesn’t fancy doing so as it used to be how the bats got into the cottage. Plus roofing is really far from being a PCB designer. He fears bat’s nests and little bat corpses too, I suppose?

I fear a leak. It has to dealt with properly. For now, fingers crossed that that bucket does its job!

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I think this may be among my favourite lake pics for 2014. It’s really more of a cottage-view picture. I love being able to see the lake while I have my coffee in the a.m.!

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RIP Raven, who died this year at the Lake at age 18, with 3 days left of a three-week stay. This is among the last shots of her.

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It got stormy this summer but unbeknownst to (anyone? or just me?), cold winds blew, as far back as summer 2013.

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Pretty peacefulness – Maple Lake 2014

 

Off The Grid on Maple Lake? PHOTOS #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake #ontario

Ξ September 9th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation, weather |

 I did something in honour of this trip to Maple Lake that I’d not done before: I forgot my laptop charging/power cord. And, it is a Samsung computer, deliberately made for the short time they were making computers, to not be compatible with anything but a Samsung cord!

Sept 6 2014 Maple Lake Ontario

Misty early dawn Sept 5 2014 Maple Lake Ontario

Now, I didn’t come up here to be on the computer–we had work-in-progress jobs that needed doing, I wanted to shoot more photos and of course, we need to seal this place up tight for the winter.

After I get back from Minden today, I’ll be working on closing up our Maple Lake cottage. Going to try to get as much done as humanly possible (slight exaggeration) tonight before heading back to our winter home, south of the border.

In the meantime, I’ll share this. I’ve taken a couple of leisurely strolls and gotten some great shots of some beautiful work done by my cousin’s spouse on the back field. It’s never looked as groomed and ready for walking about–or running–than it ever has. There are a number of healthy birch trees there as well that I’d not taken notice of. They are, as I explained to my spouse, my favourite tree here on Maple Lake, besides of course, the maples. 😉

Obi enjoying Maple Lake Sept 2014

Obi enjoying Maple Lake Sept 2014

My step stones :)

My step stones :)

Early Dawn Maple Lake Sept 5

Early Dawn Maple Lake Sept 5 (no filter)

Daylilies

Daylilies

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Front window refurbishment - Roger Sept 2014 - Maple Lake Ontario

Front window refurbishment – Roger Sept 2014 – Maple Lake Ontario

Ermahgawd, this took forever!

Ermahgawd, this took forever!

It was, as anticipated, impossible to get the window out. Therefore all the stripping, all the sanding, and finally, the painting had to be done on a ladder–both inside and out. And, as is typical when you get started on a job like this, we’ve found much more to do regarding trim-painting outside. We’ve done all we can do for now. Fingers crossed for drier weather next cottage season!

Yes, there's been wind.

Yes, there’s been wind.

I care not! It's MAPLE muthafrackin' LAKE!

I care not! It’s MAPLE muthafrackin’ LAKE!

P.S. Many  more shots of flora and fauna to come… in the weeks and months to come!

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Maple Lake Madness #myhaliburtonlife #maplelakeontario

Ξ September 2nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Summer at Maple Lake: Closing Chapter

Got some beach, finally! (Photo by me--effects auto-generated by Google+.)

Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

As I mentioned, Roger has been in a protracted job-hire scenario. Wednesday is the uber-big meeting with, as the HR lady describes, a “high-mucky-muck” in this international company. The fellow just happens to be in the country visiting from across the pond. Normally, there may have been a teleconference, but I think face-to-face is good. We are feeling pretty darn positive. But, depending on how the interview actually works out, it could further delay our leaving (it already has). Only about 36 hours before we know, so packing will commence tomorrow.

Our plans for the cottage include the final coat of paint for the completely stripped and repainted porch window and then a climb up to one of two windows that were wisely strategically placed to allow good airflow straight through the cottage. Since this is our second go at this type of work, we are prepared to have to replace the panes of glass as well as strip, repaint and re-caulk.

Roger got a “great deal” on a hand-held paint stripper at Canadian Tire–just $35 is probably cutting the stripping time to about one-third of what it would be otherwise. All-told, just a single window took 10-hours in total.

I’m kinda warming more to the idea of refurbish rather than replace whenever possible. We will remain on a a shoe-string budget so we need to be creative. The first window came out beautifully and as long as we don’t run out of time, window #2 should as well.

Time just flies when we are at the cottage–it always seems to run out pretty darn quickly, so we need to start to really focus on what the cottage needs most versus what I’d like to do next. And so, getting the trim around the windows looking new again, it is.

Of course, we’ll be closing the cottage for the season too, which makes me a bit sad. Though with this trip I’ll have spent portions of May, June, July, August and September on Maple Lake, September is one of my favourite times of the year and I would gladly spend the whole month there. It’s just not feasible this year.

We decided to change up our closing scenario so we can get on the road a bit earlier (we hope!) A big time-c0nsumer is waiting for the hot-water tank to drain so we decided to do it the day before and just sort of rough it the next day when we leave. Roger is also going to drain the second toilet the night before…details that cannot be overlooked.

Anyway, I wonder if the bears are still populating the Maple Lake dump due to the dump expansion’s need to take down the electric fencing? These (below) were among the last bears Roger saw before we left but he has seen them every time he’s gone, as have I. It does make for a hasty toss and jump back into the car!

Bearz at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bearz at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bear at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bear at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

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