Minden Flood Update – Condo Summer Gardens in Chicago – May 15 2013 (PHOTOS) #chicago #garden #summer

Ξ May 17th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ home, home and garden, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, summertime |

State of emergency lifted for Minden ON.

State of emergency lifted for Minden ON.

Spring is finally here with summer gardens on the way–and outdoor gardens the the Northwest Chicago Suburbs have taken notice.
Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

Ostrich Ferns

Ostrich Ferns

Look quickly though as many residents of these Chicago condo summer gardens will morph until they are nearly unrecognizable as summer moves closer—and it will continue well beyond that, too. I find it fascinating to watch and enjoy and snap shots of all this activity. I’m probably really going to miss it for the six weeks I am in Canada this summer…hope to see that the perennials that were planted at Maple Lake in recent years survived Ontario’s Winter 2013.

 

Halcyon Hosta

Halcyon Hosta with Creeping Jenny in the backgound

Crabapple blossoms (white)

Crabapple blossoms (white petals) Back yard

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple (front yard)

 

In full blossom ( Crabapple tree)

In full blossom (Crabapple tree)

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Minden Hills Flood – How To Help (PHOTOS) (VIDEO) What’s Happening in the Ontario Highlands #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ May 11th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, community services, cottage country, events, government/politics, Haliburton Highlands, home, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, spring, video, weather |

 How to Help the Flood-Ravaged Minden Hills

IMMEDIATE NEED TO HELP people who have been displaced by the Minden Flood: We need items like hand soap, tooth paste, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo.

SOURCE: Minden Food Bank

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Aerial View of Minden, April 2013

Aerial View of Minden, April 2013

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Though last week’s good weather helped to dry things up, the fallout from the 2013 Minden Hills flooding is far from over.

In an effort to bring you up-to-the-minute, I’m devoting this post to the Minden Hills area in hopes that you will reach out and support them in any way you possibly can. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage since they live on a flood plain.

Please read above “Flood related Community Information” about the latest, streamlined way that anyone, anywhere can donate to the flood relief fund. This makes me so happy as I’m 700 miles away right now and want to help and now can do so on payday using PayPal. Since I’m spending a month and-a-half in the Algonquin Highlands this summer, I intend to do as much of my shopping at local Minden businesses as possible and I hope other folks follow suit this year.

The sun coming out also brought this snap of the Minden Bridge opening this week past:

Minden Bridge reopens

Minden Bridge reopens (May 2013)

Coach’s Corner Minden Hills Flood Relief May 8th 2013

A huge thank you to Ron Maclean and Don Cherry for giving our town such needed national exposure as we work to raise donations for our devastated town. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage as they are in a flood plain. Please visit www.pinestone-resort.com and click on the “Donate Now” button to donate to the “Township of Minden Hills Flood Relief” Trust account or visit any CIBC Branch – All Donations so VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

EVERY DOLLAR RAISED IS MATCHED WITH A $2 DONATION FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVT, ESSENTIALLY TRIPLING THE FUNDS

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More damage from high water in Minden Hills.

Fund raising efforts for the Minden Community After the Jump:

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Good Weather News For the Haliburton Highlands! #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands #weather

Ξ May 3rd, 2013 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, community, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, weather, webcam |

Sunny, Dry Days Should Help Alleviate Highlands Flooding Woes

 

Kawagama Lake in Dorset Ontario - May 3 2013

Kawagama Lake in Dorset Ontario – May 3 2013

Minden Hills residents in particular have been hit hard by flooding in recent weeks and though water levels are showing signs of improvement, the community remains in a state of emergency. (For up-to-the minute news about flood conditions and relief click
Get Flood Relief Information.)

Help Your Community!

Help Your Community!

With such gloomy circumstances, good weather news is very welcome, indeed. Today is a good example of what you can expect over the weekend and beyond.

 Highlands’ Weekend Weather
Weekend Weather Ontario Highland's (May 3-4)

Weekend Weather Ontario Highland’s (May 3-4)

But what about after the weekend?

Weather Forecast for the Highlands May 4 - May 9 2013

Weather Forecast for the Highlands May 4 – May 8 2013

*Click to enlarge for detail.

Through next Wednesday, there is NO rain in the forecast and the majority of days will be MOSTLY Sunny.

Beyond that, in the 14-Day Weather Outlook:

Highland's 14-day Weather Outlook

Highland’s 14-day Weather Outlook

Well, it is spring but from what we see here, the Highlands will be getting a full week’s respite from rainfall with 9 of 14 days calling for no precipitation. The few days with a chance of rain are followed by sunny days, so with any luck there won’t be much back-sliding on the recovery from the flooding. There certainly is reason to be grateful. Low temperatures remain across-the-board higher than normal and the high temperatures, when averaged out, look just about spot-on normal.

Chapleau River Ice melting

Chapleau River Ice melting

After all the mucking about it would be nice to get out and have a little fun so here What’s Happening in May in the Highlands.

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Highlands Happenings – Earth Day – Live Art Here – Hike For Hospice – Grow Your Own ‘Shrooms #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands

Ξ April 26th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, art/crafts, boating, Canada, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, nature, Photography, spring, weather, webcam |

In the Highlands – Free showing of THE LORAX and White Pine saplings for you to take home and plant!

Kawagama Lake- Dorset - ON April 26

Kawagama Lake- Dorset – ON April 26

 

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As usual, there are a tonne of activities to choose from this weekend–and beyond in the Highlands of Ontario. From Earth Day celebrating to learning how to grow your own mushrooms via the process of harvesting and inoculation of the host log(!) (I really want to do this!!!) to doing your part for your community in the Hike For Hospice–have fun choosing! So read on and catch up on some of  the fun things to do in the Ontario Highlands!

Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands April 26 - April 27

Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands April 26 – April 27

 

Highlands Weather April 27 through May 10

Highlands Weather April 27 through May 10

It’s spring so yeah, it’s rainy–that’s what we all know we need. The temps look really good though–very normal highs and geez, how many more times am I going to note this(?) –higher than normal low temps. I have a problem with neither. 🙂

Also to note–the boats are back in the water in Kincardine Harbour as well as some other locations, while places like Kawagama Lake still look at least partially frozen. Diversity is good, right?

 

Kincardine Harbour and Kincardine Channel to Lake Huron Ontario

Kincardine Harbour and Kincardine Channel to Lake Huron Ontario

With any luck and the cooperation of our beloved Mother Nature, the rain should bring good conditions for summer–you know, lots of green and hopefully a low chance of fires in the Highlands. Fingers crossed!

 

Haliburton Highlands Spring Happenings – Ontario PHOTOS – Long Term & 14-Day Weather Outlook #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ March 29th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, business, Canada, community, cottage country, entertainment, events, family, film, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, weather, webcam |

The Complete Guide to Haliburton Highlands area Activities and Weather for the Upcoming Week and Beyond!

 

Kawagama Lake Ontario March 29 2013 (Cr: Weather Network)

Kawagama Lake Ontario
March 29 2013 (Cr: Weather Network)

Well, there’s no denying that spring is here, though Mother Nature seems to be slightly uncertain as the temperatures flit upward in the normal range and then flutter down, slightly below normal. (This applies to both the high and low temps this week.)  Though the calendar assures us that it is indeed spring, in truth we are beginning the transition between winter and spring and so will continue to experience weather that can best be described as ‘unpredictable.’

14-day Haliburton Highlands' Weather Outlook: Simply unpredictable?

14-day Haliburton Highlands’ Weather Outlook: Simply unpredictable?

 

Steenburg Lake Gilmour Ontario - March 29 2013

Steenburg Lake Gilmour Ontario – March 29 2013

 

What you can plan for however, is what you like to do to occupy your time and  there is plenty to experience this week and in the weeks to come. Have a look:

 

What's Happening This Week in the Haliburton Highlands Credit:

What’s Happening This Week in the Haliburton Highlands Credit:

 

Sugar Shack Shuffle

Sugar Shack Shuffle

Maple Syrup Production in the Highlands

Maple Syrup Production in the Highlands

Dorset Book Club

Dorset Book Club

There is much more coming up this week and well into April in the Haliburton Highlands area so please click the thumbnails (below) to enlarge them and read all about it!

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Niagara Fall Ontario - March 29 2013 (PHOTO)

Niagara Falls Ontario – March 29 2013 (PHOTO)

 

 

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