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Antique Boat Show

July 5, 2014 in Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

Hold on! I'm coming ...

Hold on! I’m coming …

Today’s the day. Woody lovers from all over North America descend on Gravenhurst for the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s Boat Show. Traffic across Lake Rosseau has been brisk as woody owners coverge on their way to the locks in Port Carling. This gentleman’s racer roared by in a flash, spray flying. Exhilarating! One beautiful day in Muskoka and not a better way to spend it. Gravenhurst! It’s worth the ride …

Summer pastime!

July 4, 2014 in Joseph, Muskoka, summer

a little r&r this weekend

a little r&r this weekend

Even though it’s a shortened week with Canada Day, now’s a good time to kick back, let the gentle breezes blow and listen to gentle lapping on the shore of Townsend Bay, Lake Joseph. Summer’s here!

Summer’s in Muskoka

June 22, 2014 in Bala, Muskoka, summer

 

On deck!

On deck!

Bridge at Bala Bay

Bridge at Bala Bay

We were invited to a Summer Soltice party on Bala Bay. The cottage was a true summer cottage built in 1912 with a magnificent covered porch. Our host had recently completed a 1000 hour restoration of a 1970 Greavette. He took us for a ride. The mahogany gleamed, the engine purred and the ride was smoother than silk. To top it off, we saw a ‘double crossing’ at the railway bridge then back to the old cottage for a mess of fresh lobster. Summer in Muskoka ….

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Patiently waiting

June 12, 2014 in Gravenhurst, Lakes, Muskoka

We go both ways!

We go both ways!

 

Arriving in Gravenhurst this morning it made sense to check on the ships. There they were. Patiently waiting. Each going its own way. I could imagine the slogan ” Coming or going we’ve got you covered. We go both ways!”

Old Muskoka

June 10, 2014 in Lakes, Muskoka

Unmistakable Old Muskoka

Unmistakable Old Muskoka

On weekends Muskoka is a busy place. Weekdays it settles back to a languid pace. Gone are the big boats with hemis. In their place the puttputt of one bangers, burbles from 4’s and sixes and the occasional roar of a lycoming are the mechanical backdrop to scenes of Old Muskoka

 

Freezing fisher

May 19, 2014 in Muskoka, Muskoka, spring

The morning after

The morning after

Up to his waist in COLD water. It wouldn’t take long to develop a chill or worse. In the days of wetsuits and diving, we learned to warm ourselves by peeing in the suit at depth. Maybe that’s where all the beer went yesterday? Something has to be keeping him warm ….

Boathouse

May 13, 2014 in boathouse, Rosseau

Ferndale Boathouse

 

This boathouse sits on lower Lake Rosseau. It’s one of the largest on the Big 3. Currently, it’s being refurbished for an important event this summer. The building is magnificent. The barge in front has been on site now for more than a week. At $2000 a day, that’s quite a parking bill. There are about 10 painters working on it too. Their gig runs for 6 or 7 weeks. Phew!

Spring sunrise on Lake Muskoka

May 6, 2014 in Muskoka, Muskoka, spring

May sunrise Lake Muskoka

 

Barely a ripple. The only sound – and quite intense too – is birds. They started before sunrise and greeted the dawn individually. No thought of harmony. Raucous. Joyful.

Blue evening

May 5, 2014 in Muskoka, Rosseau, spring

Bkue evening 001

 

It has taken a while. Cloudy skies have prevailed for quite some time. As of last night, we had a respite in time for sunset. The blue of Muskoka is back! Right now it’s -2C. A tad chilly for shorts. By the end of the week, the longs will be gone! The blue is back!!

Lake Joe afteroon

May 4, 2014 in Joseph, Muskoka

Misty layers

Misty layers

Sitting on the covered porch, listening to rain on the roof is one of life’s great pleasures. It de-compresses everything. Combine that with a 2 km view across Foot’s Bay, highlighting layers of islands on the the one hand and, a Muskoka dark one in the other, you’re pretty close to heaven!

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