Happy Canada Day Weekend! Happy Independence Day Weekend! #Summer2016!

Ξ July 1st, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, #OntarioHighlands, Canada, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, Ontario, United States |

Happy Canada Day! Happy Fourth Of July!

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Happy First of July, my dear country of birth!
I’ve spent quite a few Canada Days at Maple Lake due to the US Fourth Of July holiday. They bookend one another perfectly. Coincidence, I’m sure <wink>.

Not really a fan of fireworks unless they are done by pros (except for sparklers–they are awesome!) Anyway…Maple Lake gets noisy sometimes over the long weekend holiday(s) and I love the place most when it is quiet. Like to be there before and/or after holidays.
Regardless of your preference for peacefulness or high-volume activity, I hope you have a right great weekend, my Canadian and Canada-bound friends!

Happy Canada Day!
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Also,  (because why not?) Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Everyone, stay safe and have a blast!

Happy July 4th, America!

Happy July 4th, America!

 

Maple Lake – On The Other Hand #lakelife #lakelove #OntarioHighlands

Ξ June 18th, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, #OntarioHighlands, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, nature, Ontario, Photography |

What could possibly be worse than June not spent at Maple Lake?

Roger works on the cottage. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Roger works on the cottage CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’m feeling a bit envious of peeps that can simply jump in their cars and pilot to the the Highlands of Ontario. That’s on the one hand. On, or in the other, metaphorically speaking, is a paint brush or a sander or …well a photo does speak pretty well. I get a bit melancholy about lack of lake time in certain moments but “lake time” has always been a luxury.

I remember when my dad only had two precious weeks per year to be at the cottage. I’ve never had a memory of simply driving up there for the weekend and relaxing–and to flip this little meander down memory lane on it’s head, perhaps that’s best!

I take going to the Lake very seriously–because I’ve never taken it for granted. So, when I finally get there it’s because we worked hard to do it.

My favorite Maple Lake rock:

Maple Lake Ontario shore and steps gif. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario shore and steps gif. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Never take anything or anyone you value for granted. They (or it) could be gone tomorrow.

Groin - Maple Lake photo: maplelakeontario.com

Groin – Maple Lake photo: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Road Trip Plannin’ – Maple Lake Ontario Summer 2016 #LakeLife

Ξ May 11th, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator's death was named "Frank's Way," then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current "Frank's Lane." Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator’s death was named “Frank’s Way,” then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current “Frank’s Lane.” Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

(1/5) Where I wish to be, now.  Maple Lake, I miss you so much! Time to make travel plans for summer 2016!

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(2/5) I treasure Maple Lake memories but making new ones is my goal, too! I very much appreciate all the beautiful ones I carry with me, especially with these guys. xx

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(3/5) Am I the only person that has favourite stone steps? My grandpa built these… yes, I am a sap.

Ducks at dawn on Maple lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Ducks at dawn on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(4/5) Last time spouse and I were at the lake together, our 18 y.o. Schipperke dog, Raven passed suddenly. The weather preceding her passing–and in the two days remaining of our holiday, seemed to echo our sadness. Dogs are a fixture in our life and indeed, in “Lake Life.”

Raven - Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Raven – Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(5/5) Here is our sweet girl, Raven. She spent her last moments at Maple Lake. At age 18, she was old, old, but only seemed so in her last year or so. This summer, date TBD, Obi, our 2nd rescue (Raven was our first) dog, will ride shotgun with me on a cross-country road trip to Maple Lake, Ontario. Getting very excited!

 

Mother: Clean It Up and Share It (PHOTO) #oldphoto

Ξ July 20th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, family, maplelakeontario.com, Ontario, Photography |

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My mother, Margaret Victoria Adeline (Dereham) Lamb. CR: maplelakeontario.com

My mother, Margaret Victoria Adeline (Dereham) Lamb.
CR: maplelakeontario.com

I have to decide about all my possessions: Do they stay or do they go w/me SOON to AZ?

Can I throw away this 1955 paper-clipping announcing my mother and father’s marriage?

As the queen of putting off uncomfortable choices, the answer is obvious:
Clean it up and share it.

xxC.

 

Happy Belated 85th Birthday, Dad! #HaliburtonHighlands #Cottage

Ξ June 15th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, events, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario |

It’s raining buckets–high winds with few real breaks between storms for days now but it is slated to stop any hour, so we can get the stuff–and ourselves in the car to Canada.

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect--for leaving ... CR: maplelakeontario.com

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect–for leaving ..

…because it is sooo hard to pack up to go if it is a beautiful day. I always drag my feet when I should be rushing to get on the road, haha.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

But, ya know, it is 110 degrees where R. is living and working right now. He says. “It saps you.” He’s right, even though he’s riding 10 miles on a bicycle in it 4 days a week. Once it’s 110 F or 10F  for that matter, it’s not fit for any living being, period. That is why places like Maple Lake Ontario exist.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com Got some beach, finally! (Photo by me--effects auto-generated by Google+.)

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com
Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

This trip I have who R and I affectionately call “the Boy” (above) with me. All 6’4″ of him to “help open”. In truth, do most of the “big” opening tasks which include “putting in the water” (the. most. fun. you can have when opening–unless like this year, you hear that your door blew off, then anticipating the results is even more fun to be had prior to getting there).

Also, Obi is coming along.

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer at the Lake). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Obi, like all dogs, loves Maple Lake.

So, see ya.

Seven-hundred-mile road trip, here I we come.

 

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