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

 

From Chicago to Maple Lake – Here. Yesterday. #myhaliburtonhighlands #fall #flowerporn PHOTOS

Ξ September 6th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Back at Maple Lake for the final time this year.

Maple Lake Ontario  Sept 5 2014 - Dawn

Maple Lake Ontario Sept 5 2014 – Dawn

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Front planter (Illinois) Coleus and Dusty Miller and (‘some kind of ornamental grass’).

 

Not ready to miss this: Condos garden in back in Illinois USA

Mandavilla flowering vine – Not ready to miss this: Condo garden in back in Illinois USA. Sept 4 2014

They say it’s been a difficult tourist season here due to an overabundance of rainy days and lower temperatures. It’s nice now. Not sunbathing nice but pleasant enough and besides, who knows what later today might have in store?

If there ever was a place where if you didn’t like the weather, you could “wait 15 minutes and it will change,” it is right here in cottage country.

 

Maple Lake – Our Adventure Begins #holiday #ontario #photos

Ξ July 27th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake Ontario  7.27.14

Maple Lake Ontario 7.27.14

We had a very late start for the drive from Chicago so did not arrive until 7:15 am, which wiped out Friday. Not to be too long-winded but the day prior, the host of the server for this blog and my other, popcultureplayground.com, elected to close both blogs from public and private view, despite assuring me it was a ‘temporary issue’ that they failed to identify beyond that I was using ‘too many resources’.

After two sleepless nights and outing #Hostgator on Twitter, they finally shared that ‘bots were over-crawling, and that I needed to add some simple code.

If only the problem had been identified in a timely and business-like manner. Instead, they offered to sell me an overpriced dedicated server. Turns out, HostGator was bought out in 2012 and the service has gone south–way south. I already have a Typepad blog and though there have been glitches, they’ve never left me hanging out to dry, deliberately disabling my websites.

In hindsight, I’m glad this happened as I was going to drop #Typepad and just use Hostgator.

Now I will do the opposite once I’m well-rested. It’s a real task to move a blog, in this case, blogs plural but I do trust Typepad. Bonus too, instead of paying Hostgator for me to do the heavy lifting, I’ll be spending a total of $5 less per month to upgrade and have everything in one place. Bonus too, all I have to do is choose a design and write and leave the under-the-hood work to TypePad. Thanks for reading. <exhale>

This has been a really inauspicious beginning to summer break. I am looking forward to getting some lovely snaps while here and otherwise enjoying myself.

Edit: Oh, a storm came in as I was writing this (outdoors on my phone, natch) and I got some good snaps, I think!

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Screenhouse goes up, Raven explores.

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Dawn on Maple Lake – July 26 2014

Raven 7.27.14

Raven 7.27.14

 

Father’s Day Mini Golf in Hoffman Estates #minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

Ξ June 15th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, family, holiday(s), Photography, United States |

#minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

#minigolf #fathersday #congoriverun

 

Cottage Opening on Maple Lake – May 2014 #maplelake #Canada

Ξ May 27th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, spring, sunsets, Travel/Vacation |

Knowing that the Maple Lake area, like many other places around the world, experienced a very severe winter, we were braced for the worst.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

‘The worst’ isn’t something you really wish to deal with at  5 a.m. arrival time either, so I’m happy to report that things seemed about like any other year. The shoreline looks a bit worse for the 2013-14 winter…

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

The water is very high right now–no beach yet. The swim raft is going to be a hoot to attempt to get into the water. But ya know, we stay entertained on this first trip of the year.

Wee bit of erosion going' on here. Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014 Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

Wee bit of erosion going’ on here. Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014  My fave dog and fave rock! The water is so cold right now. Obi cares not. He also listens not but that another story.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014. My fave dog and fave rock! The water is so cold right now. Obi cares not. He also listens not but that’s another story.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014.The water is very high right now-- no beach yet. The swim raft is going to be a hoot to attempt to get into the water. But ya know, we stay entertained on this first trip of the year.

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My favorite rock. Is the last step before the beach (picture a month or two from now when there is a beach). This has been my favorite rock for about 5 decades. It is the perfect shape for a step.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014 - Hosta and Coral Belle plantlings

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014 – Hosta and Coral Belle plantlings

We started putting in more foliage about three years ago. Last year, we resurrected the little garden that faces the Lake. The tricky part is that these gardens need to survive on their  own–with no extra care at all because we never know when we’ll be here. Hostas seem to do well everywhere and Coral Belles are hardy, too. These plantlings are about 4 weeks behind the same varieties we have back in Chicago.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014-- After 5 months I finally know the button to press for a selfie! Haha.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014– After 5 months I finally know the button to press for a selfie! Haha.

This is the lake look. 700 miles of road travel, 5 hours sleep, dealings with the satellite guy and in my suit and on the beach while spouse finishes putting the water in the cottage so we can SHOWER. Sunglasses are my friend.

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Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014 – Sunset.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014. Sunset

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014. Sunset

 

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