Maple Lake Flora and Fauna PHOTOS (August 4 2014) @haliburtonliving #maplelakeontario

Ξ August 6th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, Travel/Vacation |

Enjoy my personal photo collection from my Maple Lake holiday!

A perfect groin, a vintage railroad tie and a Joe Pye weed.

A perfect groin, a vintage railroad tie and a Joe Pye weed.

Find the beauty in every single day. Sometimes you have to look a bit harder, other times, it is right there waiting for you to see.

Typical twilight on the summer-time Maple Lake.

Typical twilight on the summer-time Maple Lake.

 

Oh daylily! Such a short, vibrant life!

Oh daylily! Such a short, vibrant life!

Yesterday got a bit windy.

Yesterday got a bit windy.

Earlier in the day was really nice. these ducks come round each early evening for dinner.

Earlier in the day was really nice. These ducks come ’round each early evening for dinner.

Coral Belles planted in fall 2013

Coral Belles
planted in fall 2013

Waiting on the Int'l Space Station fly-over. Was cool!

Waiting on the Int’l Space Station fly-over. Was cool!

 

There were hundreds of these small, jagged stones in the water--and we've, that I recall, never had a rocky shoreline. Had to have happened with the constant freezing and thawing, then re-freezing that was a defining trait of winter 2013-14.

There were hundreds of these small, jagged stones in the water–and we’ve, that I recall, never had a rocky shoreline. Had to have happened with the constant freezing and thawing, then re-freezing that was a defining trait of winter 2013-14.

Bank is looking better. :)

Bank is looking better. :)

Something to ponder, something I believe: What you put out comes back to you. Also, take a photo of everything that catches your eye.

 

At the Cottage on Maple Lake Ontario (PHOTOS) Maple Lake Ontario Weather July 25-26 2013 #cottagecountry #ontario

Ξ July 25th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, business, Canada, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, weather |

 Spending All of July on Maple Lake For the First Time Since I Was a Kid

Maple Lake Ontario--July 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario–July 24 2013

Woke to a chilly morning which contrasted sharply with about a week’s worth of mornings earlier this month. By late afternoon however, the insistence of  a predominately sunny day warmed us within and without. The presence too of extended family, my own and that of my cousin’s, made the day yet another that reminds me of why I love it here so much. The setting is conducive to comradery and easy conversation.

Roger, my cousin-in-law and his sibling rebuilt the landing to the 2nd beach here. It had been torn apart by the unusually harsh winter conditions. I have no talent whatsoever for such things, so had a lovely conversation with my cousin’s in-laws, who were lakeside observing, as the trio got the job done in just about an hour. It’s neat when people just come together and make something cool that everyone enjoys doing so ‘just because’.

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Accu-weather says it’ll be another cool morning  today but a lovely day overall. I plan to make use of the swim raft and crack open  Martin’s A Feast For Kings, which I finally broke down and bought after not finishing it twice after taking out from the library back home. It’s always on a wait list and I just want to get the darned thing finished.

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living --the swimming, the chipmunk chasing--having loads of room to walk off-leash--plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living –the swimming, the chipmunk chasing–having loads of room to walk off-leash–plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Ooh, almost forgot. We’ve been sampling local baker’s buttertarts for me to bring to a gathering in Toronto this weekend. I think we’ve settled on The Country Bakery in Carnarvon. The pecan buttertarts are excellent and the blueberry scones delish as well.

Picture time:

Roger planting some flowers that a visitor had left--plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the garden is situated

Roger planting flowers that a visitor had left–plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the new (old) garden is situated.

 

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

 

Maple Lake Ontario July Holiday PHOTOS – Holiday and Weekend Weather in the Highlands #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ July 4th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation, weather |

How should you cope with the hot n’ humid weather on Maple Lake and in the Highlands over the holiday weekend? Read on!

Maple Lake Ontario - July 3 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – July 3 2013

Obi, our Corgi-Pug mix, sunning on the swim dock after a swim on Maple Lake Ontario - July 3 2013.

Obi, our Corgi-Pug mix, sunning on the swim dock after a swim on Maple Lake Ontario – July 3 2013.

What will the July 4th weather be like?
July 4th and weekend weather for Maple Lake and the Haliburton Highlands.

July 4th and weekend weather for Maple Lake and the Haliburton Highlands.

I believe ‘humid’ would be an accurate descriptor when summing up today and the next few days, through the weekend. The cure? Stay in the lake. Even Obi knows where he should be when it is beautiful, but muggy–in Maple Lake.

 

Maple Lake Ontario (PHOTOS) Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather #algonquinhighlands

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 |

Maple Lake Ontario - Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Hey there!

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.

 

Maple Lake Ontario - Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – Dawn Breaking June 24 2013

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.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

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.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

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.

Maple Lake Ontario - June 26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – June 26 2013

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.

Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather - Extended Canada Day - Fourth of July week

Haliburton Highlands Holiday Weekend Weather – Extended Canada Day – Fourth of July week

 

Heading to Maple Lake Ontario Soon! (PHOTO) #maplelake #ontario #algonquinhiglands

Ξ June 18th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

 

Maple Lake Morning (Cr: C. McCrackan)

Maple Lake Morning (Cr: C. McCrackan)

 

In a matter of days, ‘we’ (spouse and me and our younger dog Obi, a male Corgi-Pug mix) will set out on a 700-mile journey to Maple Lake, Ontario, Canada.

As I’ve recounted before, I’ve been going to ‘the lake’ since I was about 7 months old. That is over a half-century. Much has changed. Though not crowded, there are many more cottages and homes on the lake. The road ‘in’ is no longer gravel, but asphalt. Most noticeable though is the loss of beloved friends and family members who were once fixtures, part of the the landscape of Maple Lake.

Back in the old days, when we’d needed to make a phone call (as in REALLY needed) we’d hike up  the gravel road which then bore no name, to the home of Ted and Gerri Carr, wonderful neighbours, who lived at Maple Lake year-round. I remember Gerri offering us kids cookies when we visited and Ted showing off his small collection of farm animals. They are all gone now, though there is a surplus of telephones.

There is missing of course, my grandmother Alice, who I’ve mentioned many times and later, at age 101, the architect of our cottage compound, my grandfather, Frank. My dad’s best friend, who was my uncle as well, passed on far too early as did our long-time neighbour.

It’s true that there has been a great deal of loss, the most recent, the death of my mother who loved the lake as much as anyone could.

Still, there is a serenity, a peacefulness that  you can only truly appreciate after your arrival. Generally, because I’m a night worker when not on vacation, we leave ‘late’ and arrive early. Dawn is usually just breaking by the time we get to Maple Lake and oh! what a beautiful sight it is! My tradition upon arrival is to first make a quick trip down the dozen or so rock steps that my grandfather put in with his own hands, to the lake to ‘say hello.’

The break of day is among the most satisfying times to experience Maple Lake. Usually, the water is a still as glass with everything above and around it reflected, amplifying their beauty as well as the beauty of the lake itself. It’s also very quiet, a perfect time to sit down for a few minutes and unwind from the trip. Each time I do this, I feel my heart expand with joy and I feel the contentment of being one with my surroundings.

 

 

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