Chicago Gardens Spring Blooming #Chicago #gardens #blooms

Ξ June 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ health/happiness, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, United States |

Beautiful Friday the 13th Spring Day in Midwest Condo Garden

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Purple Smoke Tree in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Purple Smoke Tree in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

This is what I miss most when I’m at Maple Lake–our Chicago gardens, which have taken shape over a nearly 15-year period. Despite being constrained by the shared ownership of condo property, my husband has transformed our otherwise rather cookie-cutter surroundings into a lush, inviting suburban oasis of vibrant life.

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Calibrachoa hanging basket in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

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Plantain Lily Hosta in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Plantain Lily Hosta in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)
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Coleus in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Coleus in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

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Edge of our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Edge of our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Japanese Maple in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Japanese Maple in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Calibrachoa in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Calibrachoa in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

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Coral Belles in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Coral Belles in our Chicago condo garden (6.13.14)

Hydrangea in our Chicago condo garden (June 13 2014)

Hydrangea in our Chicago condo garden
(June 13 2014)

Hydrangea in our Chicago condo garden
(June 13 2014)

 

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 atย  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.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014.

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 theirย  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.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014 – Sunset.

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014. Sunset

Maple Lake Ontario cottage opening 2014. Sunset

 

Happy Spring! Haliburton Highlands Happenings #haliburtonhighlands #maplelakeontario

Ξ April 5th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Education, entertainment, events, family, film, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, My dog, nature, Obi, Photography, Raven, spring, Trails, United States |

This what is going on here in Chicagoland – Read on for What’s happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

 

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on a Palatine trail.

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on the Salt Creek trail.

 

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail-- April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail– April 5, 2014

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine--almost 200 years old!

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine–almost 200 years old!

 

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail - April 5, 2014

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail – April 5, 2014

 

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail - 4.05.14

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail – 4.05.14

And this, courtesy of the Haliburton Highlander is some of what is happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

EVERY MONDAY:
Club 35 Tai Chi Classes, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tai Chi, Chi Kung, & Meditation. Beginners welcome!
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Club 35 Euchre, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Minden Hills table tennis, Minden Community Centre
Every Monday until Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $3.
More info: eweiss@mindenhills.ca, 705-286-2298

EVERY TUESDAY:
Minden Guides and Pathfinders meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.

Contract Bridge โ€“ Minden United Church, 9 a.m. โ€“ 12 p.m. Contact 705-286-1305.

Dorset Quilters & Needleworkers, Dorset Rec Centre
Every Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Bridge, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
From 4th Tuesday in May to 2nd Tuesday in October
More info: Linda, 705-489-3294

Shuffleboard, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
More info: George at 705-489-3225

Radio Bingo, Canoe FM (100.9 on the radio)
Bingo cards available at various locations
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. $800 in prizes
More info: Roxanne at 705-457-1009

Tai Chi classes, Dorset Rec Centre
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
More info: Valerie at 705-767-1177

Euchre โ€“ West Guilford Community Centre, 7 p.m.

EVERY WEDNESDAY:
Walking Wednesdays, begins at Rails End Gallery
Every Wednesday until June 25th.
9:30 a.m., Free
More info: Andrea at 705-457-1740

Narcotics Anonymous,
Haliburton Hospital Boardroom,
Every Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m.

Euchre Card Night, Irondale Community Centre
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome, $2

Minden Slender Seekers (Cdn Calorie Counters)
Minden Legion, Hwy 35
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (weigh in from 5:30 p.m.) $45/year
More info: Val at 705-286-1036

Yoga Classes, Dorset Rec Centre
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., $10
More info: Ingrid at 705-635-3473

Public Skating, A.J. LaRue Arena
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Haliburton, $2
Every Wednesday until April 16, 2014
More info: Ray at 705-457-2083

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Dorset Book Club, Dorset Rec Centre
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Free
More info: Ruth or Sandy at 705-766-9969

Bid Euchre, Minden Community Centre
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., $3, drop-ins welcome
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

Bid Euchre, Stanhope Community Hall
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More info: Linda at 705-489-1835.

Pickleball, Minden Community Centre
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $2
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

African Hand Drumming class, Dorset Rec Centre,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $10 ($5 for 12 & under)
No experience required, instruments provided
More info: Gillian at 705-766-9183

EVERY THURSDAY:
Minden Sparks and Brownies meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.

Pickleball โ€“ Haliburton Highlands Secondary School gym, 7-9:45 p.m. $4 and must have clean, indoor court or running shoes.

Adult Skate – A.J. LaRue Arena,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $2, Haliburton
More info: Call Ray at 705-457-2083

Mother Goose program, Haliburton OEYC Halco Plaza
Stories and songs with baby. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Free
More info: oeycparented@bellnet.ca

Drop-in volleyball, Dorset rec centre
Adults only, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca

EVERY FRIDAY:
Club 35 Bid Euchre
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: Garth at 705-489-2945

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Sunday Afternoon Live at the “D”, Dominion Hotel

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Minden
Every Sunday until June 15, 2014.
More info: 705-286-6954

Enviro Cafe – The Earth Charter

Minden United Church, 7 p.m.
For more info: Carolynn @ 705-754-9873
Wednesday, April 2
Haliburton Soccer registration
HHSS gym foyer, 5 – 7 p.m.
$25 for youth, $35 for adults (fees double after May 31)
For more info: http://www.halsoccer.org

(r)Evolution HHSS Portfolio Class Exhibition

Rails End Gallery, 23 York Street, Haliburton
Wednesday-Saturday, 11 – 5, runs until May 31
For more info: www.railsendgallery.com

Highlands Musical Bursary

St. George’s Anglican Church, 7:30 p.m.

More info: 705-748-1991
Sunday, April 6
Monday, April 7
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Tuesday, April 8
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
6 – 8 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769
Wednesday, April 9
Friends of Haliburton County Library – lunch & learn
Janet Hepburn and her book – “Flee, Fly, Flown”
Community Room, Hwy 118, Haliburton
$20/buffet lunch, door prizes
For more info: Brenda t 705-457-2695

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
1 – 3 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769

OSGA 55+ Games Open House & Registration
Learn how to play Bid Euchre, enjoy a game of Crokinole, register for the 2014 Summer Games
Haliburton Curling Club, 4 – 6 p.m.
More info: www.ontarioseniorgames.ca
Thursday, April 10
Those Other Movies – 12 Years a Slave
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
$8

Community Care Movie Day
Minden United Church
1:30 p.m.
By donation only
More info: Cara at 705-457-2941

Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Friday, April 11
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

Places For People – Latest Affordable Housing Community Project:

On March 21, non-profit affordable housing corporation Places for People opened the doors to a fifth unit intended for a family in need. The group spent three months refurbishing a home at 5 Newcastle Street for a local family with two kids.

 

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

These photos show some of the people who stopped by to see the work of volunteers. The doors will officially open to the Minden-area family on April 1.

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

See more PHOTOS/CREDIT: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Download the Haliburton Highlander For Free! Issue 128 – April 3, 2014

 

June Happenings in the Haliburton Highlands Updated! Weekend & Weekday Weather #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ May 31st, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ art/crafts, Canada, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, home and garden, Minden Hills Township, Ontario, Photography, spring, weather, webcam |

Minden Flood Relief Efforts Continue Throughout the Highlands – Find Out More About How You Can Participate!

 

Aerial View of Minden, April 2013

Aerial View of Minden, April 2013

Highlands Weekend Weather = Haliburton Highlands – Algonquin Highlands Weekend Weather

Saturday will be cool and wet. Sunday looks temperate and sunny.

Haliburton Highlands - Algonquin Highlands Weekend Weather

Haliburton Highlands – Algonquin Highlands Weekend Weather

 

Highlandsย  Weather June 8 through June 14 2013

 

Haliburton Highlands Weather June 8 - 14 2013

Haliburton Highlands Weather June 8 – 14 2013

Monday through Wednesday will be cloudy with showers, then mainly Sunday on Thursday, cloudy periods on Friday and back again in time for the weekend: expect isolated showers on Saturday the 15. At least the temperatures are remaining mostly seasonal.

Here are a few of my Highlands Happenings picks for good times in the month of June:

FATHEAD AT THE DOMINION HOTEL

FATHEAD AT THE DOMINION HOTEL

Here’s a show not to miss, the Juno Award-winning Blues band ‘Fathead’ at the historic Dominion Hotel. Be sure to come early and enjoy the Dominion Hotel Buffet from 6-8 p.m. for only $15.99!

The Treasures and Trash Sale at Head Lake Park, which besides the ‘headlining attraction’ will also feature a Buttertart Contest, Glassblowing and a Beer Garden! Sounds like an awesomely good time!

Treasures and Trash at Head Lake Park

Treasures and Trash at Head Lake Park

The 4th Annual ATV Mud Bog – You just can’t miss with food, refreshment, camping and a beer tent on site AND Truck Pulls and Show and Shine.ย  To top it off, all proceeds go to the CF Foundation and to the community!

The 4th Annual ATV Mud Bog

The 4th Annual ATV Mud Bog

The Highlands have much more to offer in the first half of June so please scroll down to read all about the fun times in store for you in cottage country!

 

 

Haliburton Highlands Weekend Happenings May 25-26 – Minden Fundraisers – Highlands Weekend Weather

Ξ May 24th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, spring, summertime, weather, webcam |

Fundraising continues for the flood-ravaged Minden Hills area with several activities on tap for this weekend.

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Kawagama Lake ON CA

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Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands

Haliburton Highlands Weather May 24 and May 25

Haliburton Highlands Weather May 24 and May 25

Haliburton Highlands Weather May 25 and May 30

Haliburton Highlands Weather May 25 and May 30

Minden Flood Relief Fundraisers

Two daytime outdoor Minden Hills events, which include a motorcycle ride and a yard sale/charity barbecue, both run on Saturday. But, if you budget your time, you should have no trouble enjoying both of them. If you don’t happen to be a biker, be sure to tell any motorcycle-riding friends about helping this vital cause.

The Haliburton Hootennanny,ย also benefiting Minden Flood Relief, goes down on on Saturday night. Besides loads of great entertainment you can have your fill–literally–of an all-you-can-eat Roast Beef Buffet between 5-8 pm for only $15.99!

The weather for the Haliburton Highlands both Saturday and Sunday looks beautiful with sunny skies and mild temperatures–perfect for getting out and enjoying all that cottage country has to offer.

Enjoy!

Whitewater Slalom national team Trials

Whitewater Slalom National Team Trials

Purina Walk For Dog Guides

Purina Walk For Dog Guides

 

Haliburton  Hootenanny

Haliburton Hootenanny

In the non-fundraising arena, you’ll want to head to the Gull River on both Saturday and Sunday for the Whitewater Slalom Team Trials. Racing starts at 9:30 a.m. on both days. Don’t miss the excitement of Canada’s top slalom kayakers competing in the National Whitewater Team selection races!

 

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