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)

 

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 – Minden United Church, 9 a.m. – 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 – 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 – 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

 

Summer and Winter in the Haliburton Highlands – Vacation at Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #haliburtonhighlands #maplelake #ontario #canada

Ξ January 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, family, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, United States, weather, winter |

 Making Plans For Maple Lake!

Gorgeous Puppy! Found at: http://gallery.experiencehaliburton.com/?farenhb-gallery=user-submitted-gallery-item-196

Gorgeous Puppy!
Found at: http://gallery.experiencehaliburton.com/?farenhb-gallery=user-submitted-gallery-item-196

Photo Credit

We don’t have to have bone-shaking, brutally cold winter weather  here in the Midwestern United States to start longing for time spent in the Haliburton Highlands area–but it has certainly helped drive the conversations that my spouse and I have each year about when we want to go (NOW), how long we wish to stay (FOREVER), and the things we wish to do during the precious time we have at Maple Lake/in Southern Ontario (EVERYTHING) as well as the things we must do to maintain our little spot on Maple Lake.

The practical way to view things when planning our vacation time in the highlands of Ontario happens during our first trip to our cottage on Maple Lake–the assessment period. We check to see how the property and the cottage itself has fared in our absence. The type of winter and spring that has passed has everything to do with what we discover.

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January 28-29  2014

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January -  2014

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January  28-29 2014

Last year, the repeated melting and refreezing of the ice on the lake made a mess of the beachfront and the hill above it. There is a natural amount of weathering–then there is what is above and beyond “normal.” We did pretty well overall in ’13 as Roger put energy into “repurposing” the existing boulders and stones that my grandfather put in long ago as steps down the 20 ft hills from cottage to beach and the bigger rocks that function as support for the hill. He has built in some new bushes and hardy foliage not only directly in front of our cottage but adjacent as well. This is a process that is ongoing and one that I love as he does the hard work and then I stick around to make sure everything stays watered and exposed to the right amount of sunlight. Sometimes, certain flowers just won’t take even when Roger enhances the soil so I’ll dig ’em up, move them, and try to salvage them.

This year, I think he’ll stay up for a solid month. I’d like to go for 2 months, minimum. We may try to see if we can squeeze out another week from his schedule. There is that pesky “work thing” that he has to consider. Since all my work–other than tending to our abode stateside, is done on the computer, how long I stay is really up to me. It was 5-6 weeks last year–my best summer ever at Maple Lake. I’ve got to be honest tho, I get torn leaving our college-age son behind here in the States, though he is quite capable. It’s the mother thing. Never really goes away.

So anyway. There were some unanticipated repairs/work that happened towards the end of our stay last year and the planned repair of the bathroom ceiling (water damage) has now taken on the proportion of a ceiling replacement as the original tile thickness cannot be duplicated. Lots of investigating went into determining this last year before the poop (almost literally) hit the fan.

Not wanting to turn his vacation into a working vacation, besides the yearly outside maintenance, I think we’ll stick to the ceiling replacement and then try to work in lots of time for exploring the Highlands, perhaps at some point taking a weekend down in the city (my first hometown, Toronto). We are still very much in the tossing ideas around stage.

Cheers! Cyn

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

 

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

Updated Long-Range and Snow Forecast Maps

Today the “real feel” at Maple Lake Ontario is warmer than here, 25 miles Northwest of Chicago, Illinois!

Warmer at Maple Lake Ontario on  January 28 2014 than near Chicago Illinois! Credit: Accuweather

Warmer at Maple Lake Ontario on January 28 2014 than near Chicago Illinois!
Credit: Accuweather

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm (PHOTOS) #goebbertsfarm #gourds #pumpkins

Ξ October 14th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Autumn, Canada, fall colours, family, health/happiness, holiday(s), home, home and garden, nature, Ontario, Photography, United States |

 

Roger and me Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Roger and me Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

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Our younger son – Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013 –Off the charts tall!

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Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

Goebbert's Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois - October 14, 2013

Goebbert’s Farm in So. Barrington, Illinois – October 14, 2013

 Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family, Finding the Perfect Gourd

Not much goes on in the way of celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving here but since it does often co-inside with the American Columbus Day school-and-government holiday, we use that as a reason to go to Goebbert’s Farm in South Barrington. We usually start our visit by finding the perfect gourds to decorate the house with. Each year, there seems to be a new colour or bizarrely-shaped gourd. This year, there were red pumpkins–as in a full-on Christmas-like red. I passed on them. As far out as I like to go is white mixed with greens, oranges and yellow. Roger always picks the Indian corn for hanging on the door. Since we have no little kids anymore I don’t go all-out with the spooky decor, though I do have some porcelain favorites, with a farm-scene scarecrow, and a little witch and ghost. We have a pretty life-like/life size looking raven, too, but my days of spreading fake webs around are over– so horns-o-plenty with colourful gourds it is.  Oh, we put large pumpkins outside to gives thing some colour. And if I found a cool zombie I would get it to hang up.

To celebrate Thanksgiving without the work we stopped by the always-delish Goebbert’s bakery which is conveniently on site with the gourds, the kid stuff  like animal rides, hay rides, the haunted house and the ones we don’t pass up–the animal farm and the corn maze.  Hot cider and fresh apple pie is my standard and the boys do pumpkin pie. We brought home apple cider donuts, apple butter and pumpkin butter, too. It was a beautiful, temperate day–totally different than how it will be in six weeks for American Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone had as nice a day as we did!

 

 

2010 10 06 011458 425x305 Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! #haliburtonhighlands #canadianthanksgiving

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week!

History of  Thanksgiving  in Canada

 

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been futilely attempting to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This event is widely considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first official Thanksgiving to occur in North America. More settlers arrived and continued the ceremonial tradition initiated by Frobisher, who was eventually knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay now known as Iqualuit.

It should be noted that the 1578 ceremony was not the first Thanksgiving as defined by First Nations tradition. Long before the time of Martin Frobisher, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings. In Haudenasonee culture, Thanksgiving is a prayer recited to honor “the three sisters” (i.e., beans, corn and squash) during the fall harvest.

Source: Wikipedia.org

 

Maple Lake Mist (PHOTO 2006) – Maple Lake Sky Labour Day Weekend 2012 – (PHOTO) #chicagoland #haliburtonhighlands #maplelakeontario

Ξ September 13th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, United States |

Maple Lake Mist (PHOTO) new camera–on wrong setting, result pleasing.

 

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