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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!

Double Take

May 2, 2014 in ice, Rosseau

Walking past the living room window this morning I had to do a double take. My stomach flipped. “say it ain’t so!” The light and smooth surface of Lake Rosseau conspired to create an eerie sensation. The ice was back!  Fortunately it was only momentary.

say it ain't so!

say it ain’t so!

Opening in the ice

April 28, 2014 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, Wildlife

Any opening will do

Any opening will do

 

In front of our place on Lake Rosseau the ice parted. It wasn’t open long, a matter of minutes. This waterfowl came along and started fishing. It’s a beautiful bird – looks loon like. But it’s not the loon that’s common around here. Any ideas?

Sunset melt

April 24, 2014 in ice, Rosseau, spring

sunset meltLast evening’s reflection of setting sun in the pools of melt on lake ice gave us hope we’d soon be boating. This morning those pools of water are gone. Last night’s low of -9C made more ice. Rather than being darker today, the lake’s hard covering is a brighter, lighter colour. Last gasp? We certainly hope so!!

 

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Submerged dock, floating boathouse?

April 23, 2014 in boathouse, Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

Not a sun deck yet

Not a sun deck yet

Not all docks are built to the same elevation. There are docks on Lake Muskoka still above the water level. Unfortunately this dock isn’t. Currently it’s submerged by 5 or 6 inches. Duke’s Patio in Port Carling is high and dry at the moment…. a great afternoon to sit by the water!

Muskoka Marketplace – Annual Report 2013

February 7, 2014 in Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Snapshot

The Muskoka marketplace in 2013 was close to 2012 performance. Dollar volume was higher across Muskoka- Haliburton by almost 4%, District of Muskoka was up by 6% and, the Big 3 lakes by 8%. The number of sales over $3 million was up as the high end of the market performed strongly. Entry level and small lake property moved well. Properties between $1 and $2 million were not as strong as in the previous year.

The number of properties sold was down from last year by 2%.

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. For the last several years, roughly 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year (1115 in 2013).  In the District of Muskoka, about 620 properties trade each year while the Big 3 lakes have about 180.

Even though we had a long, cold spring last year with lower sales than usual for the first half of the year, both the summer and fall were strong selling (July was 50% ahead of the year previous). In fact, the average days on market (DOM) declined from 90 to 80 days for the year. Typically island and small lake properties take longer to sell than larger lake mainland ones by 15% or more.

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