Old school barbecue

There was a time when it seemed that charcoal grilling was going the way of the eight track tape and the manual transmission, a throwback that no longer had a place in the modern world. Gas was the way forward: charcoal was only for old-school dads who wore black socks with their sandals, and smoked […]

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The glory of colour

You can see this article in the spring-summer edition of Dockside magazine All winter, our world was a sea of white. In spring, it turned to muddy brown with occasional splashes of green. But now it’s beginning to erupt into a sea of glorious colour. And if you think you’re happy to see it, just […]

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Gardening heritage

Gardeners tend to have a strong sense of history. We tend plants that were established by others, and we know that the perennials, shrubs and trees we plant may well be growing long after we’re gone. So when an anniversary like Canada 150 comes along, we’re keen to take part. Last fall, many people happily […]

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Working in snake country

As people who spend a lot of time crawling around on the ground, our maintenance crews encounter a fair share of wildlife. It’s always a thrill to spot toads or snakes in the plant beds – it’s a sign of a healthy ecosystem. And every now and then, if we’re very lucky, someone will catch […]

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Great great great grandmeres salad

Early gardeners were a practical bunch, growing food that kept well and matured properly in our short growing season. Beets were a staple in the 18th century. According to the researchers at Parks Canada, beet salad was probably served at most suppers and banquets at Chateau St. Louis, a historic site which was the home […]

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Canadian Army Molasses Cookies

The Canadian Army Cook’s Manual was the official way to feed the troops in 1946. The recipe was designed to feed a lot of people… well, to feed an army. This is a scaled down version. Ingredients: 1 cup molasses 1 cup shortening ½ cup sugar 1 cup sour milk 1 ½ tsp baking soda […]

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June events 2017

Old Wives’ Tales To July 14. A hilarious look at mother-daughter relationships, this play is filled with wit and insight. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and feel wonderfully human again. Recommended for mature audiences. At the Gravenhurst Opera House. www.gravenhurst.ca, 705-687-5550 Second Wind: Daniel Gallant To July 8. Since 2014, Daniel Gallant has been transforming […]

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Beaver woes

It’s a rite of spring, that first walk around the property after the winter has ended. Unfortunately, for some cottagers, that’s when you discover what nature has done to the place while you were away. Heavy snow and high spring waters can take their toll, but few natural forces can change the look of a […]

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Local knowledge

Every year, it seems, we hear of someone who has run into problems because they hired building contractors from outside the area. The job has gone over budget or hit unforeseen delays, and now the cottage season or the entire project are in jeopardy. Most often they’ve hired a contractor from the GTA – someone […]

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New trees new climate

Ash and beech trees are vanishing from Muskoka. The emerald ash borer is slowly making its way north into our region, wiping out ash trees as it goes. Beech bark disease has already begun claiming huge numbers of beech trees. Neither of these foes are a direct result of climate change, but the warmer summers […]

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