Clones in the woods

Poplars, or aspens, are one of our most common trees, and it’s not unusual to see a group of them all growing together. But look closely and you may just find that you’re not looking at a group of trees at all. You may, in fact, be looking at part of a clone network, the […]

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Healthy and lucky

It’s great on pizza and essential in spaghetti sauce, but oregano has long been prized as a bringer of good luck and good health. It’s even been reputed to cure overdoses of opium and hemlock. Like many ancient herbs, oregano goes by a variety of names, including dittany and marjoram (which is a mild form […]

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Caring for your buoy

The classic bleach bottle buoy isn’t as common as it once was, but there are still plenty of private buoys on the lakes, marking hidden rocks or keeping boats away from water lines. But do you know what you need to do with yours come winter? Like most things on the water, buoys are governed […]

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A versatile spice blend

Za’atar is an essential part of middle eastern cooking, and every cook has their own version. You can buy it pre-made, but why not put together your own blend, and customize it to suit your tastes? It’s easy, and once it’s done there’s so many ways to use it. The word za’atar can be used […]

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September 2019 events

BLUEBERRY BLUES FESTIVAL Aug. 31. Music and berries at the Muskoka Lakes farm & winery. The Soul Brothers and other musical talents and performers throughout the day. There will be tours, wine tasting. Sample blueberry theme product and enjoy a BBQ. PIRATE CRUISE Sept. 1. The good ship Wenonah II sails from Gravenhurst through pirate […]

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August 2019 events

THE ARTFUL GARDEN – FINAL SEASON Until August 11. An outdoor gallery featuring the works of over 40 artists. Sculptures, ironwork, stone carving, jewellery, birdhouses, pottery and wall hangings; all displayed in the gorgeous Muskoka gardens of Jon and Suzann Partridge. Partridge Lane, Bracebridge. www.theartfulgarden.ca DEAN & JERRY: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN – CREATED BY […]

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A property for all seasons

Watch for this article in the summer-fall edition of Dockside Magazine, being delivered to docks in Muskoka this month. The sunlight gently filters through the tall pines and hemlocks on the point as a gentle breeze ruffles the blooms and leaves of the plants growing below. It’s an idyllic scene, but it’s also one that […]

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Tomato, corn, potato and basil salad

One of the delights of cooking at this time of year is how simple dishes can taste amazing. It’s really just a matter of getting the freshest ingredients you can find and treating them with respect. This simple salad from the Food Network is a perfect example. You could make it at any time of […]

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Toys on the water

Getting a bit bored with lounging in your giant inflatable unicorn? Give a little novel boost to your waterfront with something new: how about a motorized surfboard, a slide that attaches to your boathouse roof, or perhaps an inflatable coffin? There’s always something new being developed for waterfront fun, and it doesn’t take long before […]

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Help the bees

To help the bees, find their homes For bees to thrive, they need food, a summer home, and a place to winter. The flowers we plant are fantastic food sources, but what about their homes? Researchers at York University are asking for help to figure out what we can do to create and protect summer […]

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