Suburban Chicago Sunset (PHOTOS)

Ξ October 31st, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, fall colours, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, United States, winter |

Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

Went to get my flu shot–which was a snap. Came out of the store and walked around the corner to my car and was nearly blinded by the vivid shades of orange, gold, pink and purple contrasted against the ever-more-intense blue hues of the cloudy sky at sunset. It was awe-inspiring. The pharmacy where I got my flu shot happens to be at the top of what is called a “hill” in these parts. We live down the street–and I do mean down so I almost never get a chance at a shot like this. I should get out more at rush hour, right?

Actually, I will as of this week, when certain upside-down-turn-your-world-around life changes go into effect. This is my last winter in Chicago–with any luck whatsoever, my last cold winter ever. Have only waited 30 years to exit stage left. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.

What has this got to do with Maple Lake?

Everything.

Hint: Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

 

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)

 

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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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:01:41 EDT PM
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

 

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

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

 

What’s Happening This Week in the Haliburton Highlands – 14-Day Weather Outlook – Ontario Fall PHOTOS #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ November 16th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, art/crafts, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Education, entertainment, events, fall colours, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, weather |

Gowganda Lake, Ontario , Canada

 


Scott Waters – Seldom Seen: Traces of a War
November 1-30 2012

 

Haliburton Ontario – November 15 2012

Minden Festival of Trees

 

Lake of Bays Muskoka

 

ECHOES
November 3-30 2012

 

Niagara Falls Ontario November 15 2012

Earth and Fire Pottery and Rickie Woods Pottery Brings You:
Christmas Pottery Open House and Sale
November 16-18 2012

Lagoon City, Ontario

Haliburton County Folk Society Presents:
Teresa Doyle in Concert
November 16 2012

Honey Harbour Ontario

Clay Divas: Pocket Garden Planters Workshop
November 21 2012

Kincardine Channel Ontario

The Art Hive Brings You:
Reinventing Work Like You Don’t Need The Money
November 16-18 2012

Bayview Ontario

14-Day Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands November 17 – 30

14-Day Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands November 17 – 30

I feel like I could copy & paste the weather forecast every other week as it seems to me to be remarkably similar–a couple of weeks with normal rainfall & a couple more with fairly dry conditions  My spouse the gardener says that this weather pattern gives things ‘a chance to dry out’ but I’m not entirely sure the climatologists would agree. Having the high and low temperatures be almost indistinguishable seems an odd circumstance indeed. This weekend looks quite nice so be sure to peruse the many goings-on in the Haliburton Highlands area and get out and enjoy the season!

Here is the poster section in thumbnail form so you can enlarge them to full size to get all the details!

For a full listing of events, accommodations, restaurants and more visit: www.haliburtonholidays.com

 

If you would like to contact the Haliburton Highlands Information Centre :

Telephone: Local 705-286-1777 or Toll Free 1-800-461-7677

or email tourism@haliburtonholidays.com

 

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