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 Madness #myhaliburtonlife #maplelakeontario

Ξ September 2nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Summer at Maple Lake: Closing Chapter

Got some beach, finally! (Photo by me--effects auto-generated by Google+.)

Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

As I mentioned, Roger has been in a protracted job-hire scenario. Wednesday is the uber-big meeting with, as the HR lady describes, a “high-mucky-muck” in this international company. The fellow just happens to be in the country visiting from across the pond. Normally, there may have been a teleconference, but I think face-to-face is good. We are feeling pretty darn positive. But, depending on how the interview actually works out, it could further delay our leaving (it already has). Only about 36 hours before we know, so packing will commence tomorrow.

Our plans for the cottage include the final coat of paint for the completely stripped and repainted porch window and then a climb up to one of two windows that were wisely strategically placed to allow good airflow straight through the cottage. Since this is our second go at this type of work, we are prepared to have to replace the panes of glass as well as strip, repaint and re-caulk.

Roger got a “great deal” on a hand-held paint stripper at Canadian Tire–just $35 is probably cutting the stripping time to about one-third of what it would be otherwise. All-told, just a single window took 10-hours in total.

I’m kinda warming more to the idea of refurbish rather than replace whenever possible. We will remain on a a shoe-string budget so we need to be creative. The first window came out beautifully and as long as we don’t run out of time, window #2 should as well.

Time just flies when we are at the cottage–it always seems to run out pretty darn quickly, so we need to start to really focus on what the cottage needs most versus what I’d like to do next. And so, getting the trim around the windows looking new again, it is.

Of course, we’ll be closing the cottage for the season too, which makes me a bit sad. Though with this trip I’ll have spent portions of May, June, July, August and September on Maple Lake, September is one of my favourite times of the year and I would gladly spend the whole month there. It’s just not feasible this year.

We decided to change up our closing scenario so we can get on the road a bit earlier (we hope!) A big time-c0nsumer is waiting for the hot-water tank to drain so we decided to do it the day before and just sort of rough it the next day when we leave. Roger is also going to drain the second toilet the night before…details that cannot be overlooked.

Anyway, I wonder if the bears are still populating the Maple Lake dump due to the dump expansion’s need to take down the electric fencing? These (below) were among the last bears Roger saw before we left but he has seen them every time he’s gone, as have I. It does make for a hasty toss and jump back into the car!

Bearz at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bearz at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bear at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Bear at Maple Lake Dump August 4 2014 (R. Corrao)

Message in a bottle:

 

Maple Lake: So this happened… #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands #highlandslife

Ξ August 12th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Education, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Maple Lake cottage two summers ago but haven’t finished the trim (around doors and windows, windows everywhere)

Raven treed a chipmunk back in the day. My mom would yell at her to "leave Chippie alone!" All the chipmunks were "Chippie." Raven liked chasing them equally. ;)

Raven treed a chipmunk back in the day. My mom would yell at her to “leave Chippie alone!” All the chipmunks were “Chippie.” Raven liked chasing them equally. ;)

 Update 8.11.14:

Our little Schipperke dog Raven died tonight. At about age 18, she was ancient–we’d adopted her in the late summer of 2000.

All-in-all it was pretty quick, stroke then massive heart attack.

RIP RAVEN

chrisravenaug042009A boy and his dog (Haliburton Sculpture Forest)

Putting up new trim on our cottage on Maple Lake in the Haliburton Highlands would be a big job no matter what, but it is made even more impressive by two facts. The bottom layer of 15 or so layers of paint was original (lead-enhanced). The cottage, with its at least 15 coats of white paint, hadn’t been painted in at least 25 years (maybe more) and never, to our knowledge, been stripped of old paint before new was put on. Also, 3. We are starting with the areas of worst peeling and unfinished wood-exposure–the side of the cottage that faces the lake, about 20 feet from it.

Nitty-sand-gritty.It is sandy place to live here in the cottage so close to the lake. Right now,  sandy and paint-chippy:This is pretty much what was and is. Some very fun times in 2.5 Weeks.
Have to finish the window before we go as we don’t know how long we’ll be able to stay next time (Labour Day). Come on up/over and help!First, a couple of these these ancient glass window panes broke when Roger tried to remove old paint. I told him that the paint was the only thing keeping it together.Now we both know.Good news. Panes of glass are not really expensive at the local hardware place.I have a notion that they will be a bitch to get in properly.

EDIT: Roger says they should be “no problem.” Hopin’ he’s right!

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014
From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014
From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014
From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014
From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

 

Maple Lake – Too Many Super Moon Shots – Good Thai in Minden – Riding the Gull River PHOTOS #haliburtonhighlands #haliburtonlife

Ξ August 12th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, boating, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, video |

Photos, notes and videos of our Haliburton Highlands, Ontario holiday on Maple Lake through August 12 2014



From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

 

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Above: Minden, across street (and river) from Suwan’s Thai Cuisine.

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Supermoon is everywhere, all the time

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Gull River between Green and Maple Lakes.

 

 

Black Bears at the Maple Lake Dump #haliburtonhighlands #ontario #holidays

Ξ August 2nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

BEARS! at the dump!

 

Male bear chases off a juvenile at the Maple Lake dump - 7.31.14

Male bear chases off a juvenile at the Maple Lake dump – 7.31.14

Lots of bears at the dump on this run. A male, a female and two teenagers. “Daddy” bear got annoyed with the kids and drove them off–as you can see in one shot (above). Then he showed his patience waning with the advent of a number of dump photographers. Several snaps appear to show him about to eat humans instead of his delicious “bagged” lunch.

Male bear at the Maple Lake dump - 7.31.14

Male bear at the Maple Lake dump – 7.31.14

 

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