Maple Lake – When You Don’t Want To Be There – Part 2 #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake

Ξ September 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, flower porn, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, nature, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, Travel/Vacation, weather |

So there was normal, planned maintenance of the Maple Lake cottage and there was the seal in the ceiling keeping the rain out of the bathroom leaking, a different category entirely.  

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That was an unpleasant surprise but since the leak was just above the shower, unless it gets very bad, the rest of the ceiling and bathroom should be OK.

It rained for the 2.5 days before we left Maple Lake. The night before we left a ceiling drip hit my shoulder.I knew it was from the semi-sealed chimney flue for the wood-burning stove. Stove is long-ago removed (which is too bad). Hole in the roof stills exists to cause trouble.


That is going to take a proper looking at and fixing. Roger doesn’t fancy doing so as it used to be how the bats got into the cottage. Plus roofing is really far from being a PCB designer. He fears bat’s nests and little bat corpses too, I suppose?

I fear a leak. It has to dealt with properly. For now, fingers crossed that that bucket does its job!


I think this may be among my favourite lake pics for 2014. It’s really more of a cottage-view picture. I love being able to see the lake while I have my coffee in the a.m.!


RIP Raven, who died this year at the Lake at age 18, with 3 days left of a three-week stay. This is among the last shots of her.


It got stormy this summer but unbeknownst to (anyone? or just me?), cold winds blew, as far back as summer 2013.


Pretty peacefulness – Maple Lake 2014


Maple Lake – When You Don’t Want To Be There #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake

Ξ September 13th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

This hastily-planned trip to Maple Lake Ontario was to be a week of little time for fun and instead, trying to get a lot accomplished: We had mixed success and a couple of surprises.


Roger, fixing up one of the uppermost windows, one of two that are crucial for good airflow.

Google+ auto-added the old-fashioned finish to Roger (above) and strung together a series of across-the-lake shots I was attempting (below). Pretty sure the lake GIF has a duck “moving” in it as well.


It’s been said time and again that Maple Lake is a great place for kids (of a certain age) and dogs (of any age). And “retired” people as well, I suppose.

But as an adult trying to get outside things done in a very narrow time frame … when the weather just won’t cooperate long enough…it’s a bit frustrating–ultimately out-of-one’s hands.

Didn’t get done this year?

“Next year,” is our motto.

By necessity.

Leaving a day late and leaving in the evening sucked. We were very expedient in our driving –11.5 hours is good time for us for the 700-miles between here and there–and we needed to make good time. So that didn’t suck.


This time I drove from the cottage, south to the Sarnia-Port Huron Blue Water Bridge crossing, and to Lapeer, Michigan. Exactly halfway.

We made this round-trip three times in 2014: this spring, summer, and almost-fall–for a total of 5 weeks–staying for 3 weeks, a week and-a-day, and 5 days. Zee Business matters called us back to the States but I hope to have that all worked out by next summer. As I’ve said previously, I wish to be the old lady of the lake.

Roger has no love for my swim raft so he was happy (he cheered!) when a barrel came off, enabling him to tie the thing most securely to a section of the bank. My idea for next year is a raft-ramp-to-storage-thingie. Haven’t worked out the details yet. Defo having a third person helping would make a huge difference and cut back on (basically superficial) injuries.

The refurbishing sort of happened based on “need to be done” to preserve the cedar wood, which the cottage is made of both without and within. Aesthetics mostly is taking a back seat until the maintenance work is caught up. I’m kind of excited tho, that we’ve settled on a labour-intensive but otherwise cheap restoration of the outside wood areas that are currently in need of much TLC.

Next summer, no ladder for Roger– I’m only requesting that he refinish and/or repaint the outside kitchen window. The two windows in front were a time suck at about 10 hours apiece.

I’m going to take on the the small bathroom window. I’m sure the stripping and sanding is harder than it looks, and know I’m not well-suited to painstaking tasks, but the lack of getting it done is driving me up a wall. Also, putting on the new glass panes hasn’t in fact, been a pain as I figured it would. Once the old glass goes out and the next in,it really makes everything brighter and cleaner with the old paint and caulking gone.

Now, if we could just find some time to paint some walls on the inside of the cottage!

And then it got colder...

And then it got colder…

As Roger was trying to finish the upper cottage window refurbishment, the weather got really active and became unpredictable. Winds got high, skies considerably darkening and storms were visible and active in the distance. The storms pretty much passed us at first but the day and night before we were to leave were COLD, rainy and windy. We were both in the lake to get the swim raft tethered, Roger was in for the water line as well. And bloody hell, it was bloody cold.

I totally wanted to go to my (winter) home.

So all was simultaneous at the end. Getting the window finished for winter before we could leave. The clean-up after and with all the stripping and sanding and actual sand tracked-in is always a consideration.  The clean-up wasn’t so bad, mostly because it was an effort by the two of us, obviously with Roger doing all the really heavy lifting. I did the heavy brooming. And covering and uncovering things to protect them. And pic snapping. Always that.



(Above) The most aggressive ducks I’ve ever encountered!

Ducks that obviously miss the many free lunches that the summertime tourists provided. These guys came out of the water, pecked at and chased me!

Yeah, baby!

Yeah, baby!



Duck butts!

More to come, including: Reveals Of Surprises!


Off The Grid on Maple Lake? PHOTOS #myhaliburtonlife #maplelake #ontario

Ξ September 9th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Autumn, beach, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, flower porn, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation, weather |

 I did something in honour of this trip to Maple Lake that I’d not done before: I forgot my laptop charging/power cord. And, it is a Samsung computer, deliberately made for the short time they were making computers, to not be compatible with anything but a Samsung cord!

Sept 6 2014 Maple Lake Ontario

Misty early dawn Sept 5 2014 Maple Lake Ontario

Now, I didn’t come up here to be on the computer–we had work-in-progress jobs that needed doing, I wanted to shoot more photos and of course, we need to seal this place up tight for the winter.

After I get back from Minden today, I’ll be working on closing up our Maple Lake cottage. Going to try to get as much done as humanly possible (slight exaggeration) tonight before heading back to our winter home, south of the border.

In the meantime, I’ll share this. I’ve taken a couple of leisurely strolls and gotten some great shots of some beautiful work done by my cousin’s spouse on the back field. It’s never looked as groomed and ready for walking about–or running–than it ever has. There are a number of healthy birch trees there as well that I’d not taken notice of. They are, as I explained to my spouse, my favourite tree here on Maple Lake, besides of course, the maples. 😉

Obi enjoying Maple Lake Sept 2014

Obi enjoying Maple Lake Sept 2014

My step stones :)

My step stones :)

Early Dawn Maple Lake Sept 5

Early Dawn Maple Lake Sept 5 (no filter)




Front window refurbishment - Roger Sept 2014 - Maple Lake Ontario

Front window refurbishment – Roger Sept 2014 – Maple Lake Ontario

Ermahgawd, this took forever!

Ermahgawd, this took forever!

It was, as anticipated, impossible to get the window out. Therefore all the stripping, all the sanding, and finally, the painting had to be done on a ladder–both inside and out. And, as is typical when you get started on a job like this, we’ve found much more to do regarding trim-painting outside. We’ve done all we can do for now. Fingers crossed for drier weather next cottage season!

Yes, there's been wind.

Yes, there’s been wind.

I care not! It's MAPLE muthafrackin' LAKE!

I care not! It’s MAPLE muthafrackin’ LAKE!

P.S. Many  more shots of flora and fauna to come… in the weeks and months to come!

Message in a bottle:


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


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.


The Last Time – Part Deux – Maple Lake Ontario – Late Summer 2014 #myhaliburtonlife

Ξ August 22nd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather |

Late Summer on Maple Lake Ontario (cont.)

So…The Civic Holiday is over and “everyone” has gone home…except us. We are trying to get as much done as we can under the circumstances, before we need to be home for multiple you cannot miss appointments/occasions.

The dog has died and been properly “disposed of.” But, the task which come hell or high water was to be addressed, hasn’t.  It’s an outside job but the weather has only sporadically cooperated. Not coincidentally of course, the conditions we are working with are not optimal. Specifically, we need to fix this:

The glass panes shattered--there was no removing the old caulking paint and god-knows-what without replacing the glass.

The glass panes shattered–there was no removing the old caulking, paint and god-knows-what without replacing the glass.

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.

Some positives:

The window latch works again!

The window latch works again!

Glass windows panes don’t have to be fearfully expensive!

Dude is a perfectionist. Which is why this cottage is in excellent hands.

Dude is a perfectionist.
Which is why this cottage is in excellent hands.

It is not actually done-done. Needs another coat of paint, which Roger will put on during Labour Day/closing week.

And this isn’t even the window that was “supposed” to get done (a bunch need doing–all the trim, actually).

The window with a cracked pane and many years of paint must be accessed by a long ladder and…my man has a fear of heights. I don’t, so in this lovely little window of time (pun not intended) I’m gonna learn how to do it or at least the worst of it, then let Roger do the parts that are important ascetically (later).

As some of you know, Roger’s life situation took a turn and just as I was content to spend more and more time at the Lake since it has what I need to work when I want, the man put the kibosh on Roger’s just-earned month-long breaks. It’s ultimately a waste of energy to try to do the crystal ball-thing but if I had to guess, I’d say it will be me and hired help getting stuff done on the Maple Lake cottage for the next few years. The paltry two-weeks vacation that he will be juggling just won’t do it.


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