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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 ….

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

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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!!

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!

Bala Performance

May 16, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala, Muskoka, spring, summer

Dan Mackinnon came to Bala and performed at Trinity St Albans Church as part of the New Actors’ Colony Theatre spring program. Dan was engaging and those who attended came away proud to be Canadian. Here’s  a sample of Dan’s mastery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsjsckL6s9c New Act, as it’s known in these parts, is launching its 3rd season in July with 6 different production. The theatre is an exciting addition to the cultural life of Muskoka for cottagers and residents alike.


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Life’s a beach?

April 27, 2013 in Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

People love to sit at the water’s edge at Turtle Jack’s in Port Carling. Trouble is, the edge has moved. To sit there now, you have to go beyond the edge. Life’s no longer a beach. It’s awash.

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It’s for real

April 19, 2013 in Muskoka, spring

Yesterday was the warmest day since October. The warmest day of the year. Rain was heavy. The worms were out. This morning it smells like spring. Muskoka has broken the back of winter – the smell of fresh earth mingles with pines and cedars awakening from their winter slumber. A chippy rubs his eyes and deer, some with swollen bellies are grazing in forest clearings. Even in town we see the signs. Two days ago this lawn was a barren patch of thatch, Isn’t it wonderful?

blue spring

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Not Spring yet

April 6, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, spring, winter

Here, in Muskoka, spring arrives with crash of sorts. It’s never the same day – it’s not a date thing. It’s an ice thing. We know spring has arrived when a contractor’s truck goes through the ice on one of the Big 3. This year, spring is a long time coming. The ice is still pretty thick. We went for a drive – to see if it was spring yet. The answer? Nope! Not yet. At least, not on Lake Muskoka, by Milford Bay …

Not Spring yet

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Spring Detour

March 20, 2013 in Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, snow, spring

First day of spring and with it almost 15 cm of snow and a little excitement too. A fuel transport jackknifed in the centre of Port Carling, spilling some of its load. The main road was closed for hours whiloe Hazmat did the cleanup. People travelling to Glen Orchard, Bala and Lake Joseph from Bracebridge had to detour – not just around the block. Around a lake – either Lake Muskoka or Lake Rosseau – adding at least 40 km to the journey. Some people didn’t get to work and kids travelling to highschool got the day off. Welcome to spring!First Day of Spring

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