The landscape effect

We all know that a lovely landscape makes you feel good, but researchers in the US have shown it does more than that: turning vacant lots into low-maintenance green sites caused depression rates in the area to plummet. The study was done in Philadelphia. Researchers selected 110 vacant lots around the city, focusing on sites […]

Read more

Life in dead trees

When people say that there’s life in dead trees, most of us picture what biologists call macrofauna — birds, bats, raccoons, squirrels, and all the other creatures that make their homes in the holes in trees. Dead trees are certainly useful to these animals — around 40 per cent of the birds that live in […]

Read more

Biking meets snowmobiling

The hottest ride on the snow this winter may be the snowbike. Fast, light and very cool looking, they are the ultimate cottage toy for anyone looking for an alternative to a traditional snowmobile. The idea of having a motorcycle that runs on snow has been tinkered with since at least the 1930s, but it’s […]

Read more

Mexican fireball hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is such a perfect winter warmer that we tend to forget that it originated in Mexico. The Aztecs prized chocolate as the drink of the wealthy, and prepared both hot and cold versions. Hot chocolate is still a big seller in Mexico, but it’s not exactly the same as you’ll find here. The […]

Read more

December events 2018

CAROLLING AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday, December 21 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.. Songs of the season sing-a-long at 6:30pm. Then nestle in for a professional reading performance of Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ adapted by William Colgate. STARRING Richard Binsley, Robin Clipsham, Joan Bendon, Alyssa LaPlume, Steven Jacklin and Michele Ineson. Seating is […]

Read more

Screaming heads

It’s hands-down the region’s most unusual art exhibit: hundreds of acres of farmland, dotted with giant cement statues, looking like they’ve risen from the earth. Screaming Heads – The Midlothian Castle and Gallery is on a farm north of Huntsville belonging to Peter Camani, an artist and teacher (a painter of international reputation, he also […]

Read more

Slow colours are good news

As recently as last week, green was still the dominant colour of Muskoka’s leaves. The colours are coming on strong now, but peak reds and golds will be after Thanksgiving this year, followed by some really underappreciated browns and yellows. Is this later than usual? Yes and no. It is a bit later, but Thanksgiving […]

Read more

Don’t forget to vote

Democracy is based on the idea of one person, one vote. But there is an exception: in municipal elections you can vote at home and at the cottage… and anywhere else you own or rent a residence in Ontario. The principle is simply that you need representation where you pay taxes. Since you pay property […]

Read more

Slow cooker dessert

Coming in from a glorious fall day outside, nothing smells better than a cottage filled with the aroma of fresh peach cobbler. You may not normally think of a slow cooker for dessert, but this recipe works beautifully. It’s been a great year for Ontario peaches, and you should still be able to find some […]

Read more

October events 2018

CRANBERRY HARVEST Until October 31 (approximately). More than 300,000 pounds of berries are harvested at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala. Daily bog to bottle tours, wine tastings, goodies at the Cranberry Café (open to October 15), trails to hike and more. www.cranberry.ca THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE Thursday, Oct 4. From 1957 to 1962 they sold […]

Read more