Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands

Ξ December 18th, 2015 | → Comments Off on Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands | ∇ flower porn, home, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, Photography, sunsets, United States |

Back online. Still here. Woo-hoo!

Been gone for the better part of a year, but I’m back. Spent only three days at Maple Lake in May 2015 and it was opening so–work, no play! Moved to the foothills of Phoenix. Happy. Hope to figure out a system of staying with our mutt at the cottage during the three months here in Arizona each summer when you “don’t go outside.”

Best to all in 2016!

Please enjoy and laugh at some snaps from the latter part of 2015.

My backyard in AZ at #sunset #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

My backyard in AZ at #sunset. #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Love the hashtag “#nofilter,” as it could be a (partial) description of me. Hee.

Dana Point with Catalina Island. #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california Cr: maplelakeontario.com

Dana Point with Catalina Island. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california

Went to the Pacific Ocean for my birthday this year. Just a long weekend, but there will be more to come.

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Beach-combing at The Strand in Dana Point. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #thestrand #beach #CA

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Catalina Island looms in the background in the first shot. What a perfect November day!

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’ll end with another Arizona shot or two:

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

It’s a pain because way too much to clean!

(Thank goodness for one-year leases!)

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

What comes next? Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

What comes next?
Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

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)

 

Maple Lake Exposed #maplelake #myhaliburtonlife #canada #flowerporn

Ξ September 17th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation |

Duck Attacks On Maple Lake Increase*

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By one, at least. I was pursued–aggressively–by a pair of ducks.

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Many of these shots have been cropped and otherwise messed with* in post-processing.

Instagram has made it too much fun.

* I forgot to notice that I’d left the “HDR” setting on. Heh.

These are the attack ducks on Maple Lake (2014)

Attack ducks – Maple Lake (2014)

These are the attack ducks on Maple Lake (2014).

 

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.

Message in a bottle:

 

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

 

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