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 at  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 their  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

 

Haliburton Highlander, local Sun Media papers sold to Maple Key Media #haliburtonhighlands #weather

Ξ December 16th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, weather, winter |

New, locally owned group acquires region’s newspaper group

Haliburton Ontario Canada Photo - early 12/13 via Weather Network

Haliburton Ontario Canada Photo – early 12/13 via Weather Network

Photo Credit: Weather Network

 

Haliburton-based company Maple Key Media has announced its acquisition of the Haliburton Echo, Minden Times, Bancroft This Week, and Barry’s Bay This Week from Sun Media. It has also purchased The Highlander Newspaper.

Maple Key Media’s director, Bram Lebo, will head up the group as publisher. He confirmed the company will retain existing staff and has no plans to close any of the newspapers.

“We are excited to bring these papers back under local ownership,” said Lebo. “These newspapers are vital to our communities and we accept that responsibility. Our focus will be on delivering the news through quality and innovative editorial content.”

“We are asking our communities to bear with us during this period of transition,” said Lebo. “This is a big change, but we’re confident in our decision to make this purchase and hope our readers are as excited as we are for what the future holds.”

SOURCE: Press release: The Highlander, local Sun Media papers sold to Maple Key Media

Boshkung Lake Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada Photo - mid 12/13 via Weather Network

Boshkung Lake Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada Photo – mid 12/13 via Weather Network

Photo Credit: Weather Network

 

Maple Lake Ontario Weather Dec 16 through December 20 2013

Maple Lake Ontario weather Dec 16 through 12/20

Maple Lake Ontario weather Dec 16 through 12/20

*Snow possible Thursday evening through Friday afternoon

 

Maple Lake Ontario – Boating – Cottages – Sunset (PHOTOS) 9.04.13 #maplelake #ontario #canada

Ξ September 5th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Autumn, boating, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, sunsets |

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset - Sept 4 2013

Maple Lake Ontario Sunset – Sept 4 2013

The weather here on Maple Lake has been iffy for the past three days but late today, the sun came out and we all rejoiced, including our dogs, who otherwise were content pretty much with just sleeping.  The cherry on top was the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in the 7 weeks total that I’ve spent here this summer.

Now that Labour Day has officially passed, Maple Lake is super-quiet.  I like it that way though I admit that I get overly- carried away   because I have so much fun and I can be pretty noisy at times.

Obi near the western cove on Maple Lake 99.4.13)

Obi, near the western cove on Maple Lake (9.4.13).

 

One thing in particular that I enjoyed about trolling about on Maple Lake is the diversity in lakefronts and the buildings on them. There are examples of structures less than 5-10 years old right through those that look at least 75 years old. I end up getting all kinds of inspiration for what I’d like to do with our lakefront in the future, ideas both big and small.

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking

Love this little set-up here. Very cottage-y looking.

Wildflowers that bloomed in August

Wildflowers that bloomed in August.

 

 

At the Cottage on Maple Lake Ontario (PHOTOS) Maple Lake Ontario Weather July 25-26 2013 #cottagecountry #ontario

Ξ July 25th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, business, Canada, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, weather |

 Spending All of July on Maple Lake For the First Time Since I Was a Kid

Maple Lake Ontario--July 24 2013

Maple Lake Ontario–July 24 2013

Woke to a chilly morning which contrasted sharply with about a week’s worth of mornings earlier this month. By late afternoon however, the insistence of  a predominately sunny day warmed us within and without. The presence too of extended family, my own and that of my cousin’s, made the day yet another that reminds me of why I love it here so much. The setting is conducive to comradery and easy conversation.

Roger, my cousin-in-law and his sibling rebuilt the landing to the 2nd beach here. It had been torn apart by the unusually harsh winter conditions. I have no talent whatsoever for such things, so had a lovely conversation with my cousin’s in-laws, who were lakeside observing, as the trio got the job done in just about an hour. It’s neat when people just come together and make something cool that everyone enjoys doing so ‘just because’.

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Maple Lake Ontario weather July 25-26 2013

Accu-weather says it’ll be another cool morning  today but a lovely day overall. I plan to make use of the swim raft and crack open  Martin’s A Feast For Kings, which I finally broke down and bought after not finishing it twice after taking out from the library back home. It’s always on a wait list and I just want to get the darned thing finished.

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living --the swimming, the chipmunk chasing--having loads of room to walk off-leash--plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Obi in the cottage. He loves lake living –the swimming, the chipmunk chasing–having loads of room to walk off-leash–plus a steady stream of doggy visitors to play with!

Ooh, almost forgot. We’ve been sampling local baker’s buttertarts for me to bring to a gathering in Toronto this weekend. I think we’ve settled on The Country Bakery in Carnarvon. The pecan buttertarts are excellent and the blueberry scones delish as well.

Picture time:

Roger planting some flowers that a visitor had left--plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the garden is situated

Roger planting flowers that a visitor had left–plus several that are more suited to the sun conditions where the new (old) garden is situated.

 

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

Maple Lake Sunset July 23 2013

 

Maple Lake Ontario – July 11 2013 (PHOTOS) – Weekend Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ July 11th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, weather |

After some wild weather on Maple Lake–a welcome change  this weekend

Maple Lake at sunset July 11 2013

Maple Lake at sunset July 11 2013

Toronto had a great deal more destructive weather, with a month’s worth of rain failing in a 24-hour period this week, but Maple Lake did not escape unscathed.

Over a couple of days, we had high winds scattering debris, taking down tree branches and leaves and in our case, swamping our little red rowboat with it’s tiny new motor. The weather moved so fast that I checked the boat at 12 noon before I took a nap (dang insomnia struck again) and 2 hours later when I went back down the stone steps to Maple Lake–the boat had broken free of it’s anchor and was almost swamped with water, waves crashing upon it again and again. I was here alone and I tried to ‘rescue’ it but the waves were much speedier than I and all the bailing I did was for naught as for every bucket out, 2 more came in. It was simply impossible in those weather circumstances to gain headway so I waited for the lake to settle down–which it did not do until today. The battery to the little electric motor was fully submerged and there were minnows swimming inside the boat when I set to bailing. I was surprised that sans the big wave action, it took almost no time at all to rid the boat of the water and debris. I secured the boat to to an ancient tree on the  bank and sat the battery up where it is dry. Maybe tomorrow we’ll see if it is going to ‘come back to life’ or if it is dead.

Maple Lake at sunset July 11 2013

Maple Lake at sunset July 11 2013

Meanwhile, I had a very nice visit with a neighbour today. It was lovely out and our dogs were racing about with abandon. Good news! there’s more great weather coming!

The weekend here in the Highlands is going to be about as nice as it can possibly get.  Here’s a thumbnail picture, courtesy of AccuWeather.com.

Weekend Weather Forecast Maple Lake Ontario Canada

Weekend Weather Forecast Maple Lake Ontario Canada

 

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