It is late sunday night. For those were longing to be at the cottage but were not at the cottage - you were in a better place.
We woke up to cool temps of only 2 degrees, and heavy rain. The rain on the roof probably sounded far worse than it actually was, that new steel roof has a more profound weather announcement than it's shingled predecessor. The outdoor furnace has not been fed for two days - end of season we thought - well, the end of the furnace left us with 19 degrees inside so we built a fire to warm the house. The winds picked up through the day and brought whitecaps toward the marina from the north - we always dread winds from the north.
For those who are anxious for us to open their cottage plumbing, we still extend caution, the night temps remain a risk. We hope over the next week or two it will be safer.
We made significant progress with boat launches over the past few days but the forecast is not promising for the earlier part of the coming week so it may interfere. Maybe the weatherman is wrong.
Technically a boathouse has a roof?! So it's probably not correct to refer to it as a boathouse but, this is a photo of the replacement of boathouse "E", freshly installed yesterday but with still more to do to complete it, one of our staff can be seen in the photo with drill in hand.
We had lightening and rain starting in the early evening last night. We have heard some areas got worse conditions than we did, with a power loss for a period of time. There was no power loss here at the marina and no damage that we have seen so it must not have been as strong by the time it hit North Kawartha.
More new inventory has arrived! A brand new product line to us called CR Plastics patio furniture.
The set below will be on display at our highway location this season. CR Plastics has a 10 year warranty and is Canadian made.
The deep seating Stratford collection (see pic below) comes with cushions made from sumbrella so it is perfect for outdoor use but looks nice enough that you could also use it indoors. Also available...matching side tables, coffee tables, loveseat, sofa & swivel seats.
The adirondack chairs are the flagship product for CR Plastics and are available in a rainbow of colours. Each chair saves 579 milk jugs from going to the landfill. Each chair weighs in at 75 lbs so unless we have tornado winds, it's not going to blow off your dock. Sorry benjamin moore - no need to paint this furniture every few years to keep it fresh, You'll be relaxing in it, not working on it.
If we don't have it on display, we can get it, to see the full line of CR Plastics click on;
Because Canadians are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday this year, Parks Canada has an offer for visitors, see the link below.
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is not part of Parks Canada as it is provincial and this offer is only for Federal Parks. We note this as we have received a few calls. For clarification, we encourage you to contact Parks Canada or Ontario Parks.
We still have all the regular logo shirts & jackets but we are including a line of shirts that reference Apsley instead of the marina. The fabric is good quality and very soft, sizing is for adults or larger kids. Above are a couple of styles, we are still waiting on the others.
Good morning - It is a bright morning but the lake is choppy again today and rain is expected, neither are good for our progress with slips.
The boathouses are being replaced with more stable uncovered slips. This will is a multi year project due to the time commitment to build and the huge cost. Last year, it was boathouse "A" that was replaced as the ice ripped it apart. This year, it could have easily been boathouse "F" but in the end, it was "E". The remains of "E" is now resting patiently beside the barge's usual dockspace.
Staff are now juggling between the priorities of dismantling the old "E", launching/installing the new "E", doing repairs on "F" and getting client docks back in place at their cottages.
Of course boat launching still continues and is in the capable hands of our mechanic. All is taking more time that we would like as the weather is an ongoing factor in our progress for safety reasons. Very few boats have been launched so far, the poor weather conditions being one reason, the other being repairs to slips. Boats cannot go into slips until we know repairs have been done and they are safe.
The changeover of old to new has caused some delay in use of slips, delays that slip users are not accustomed to. It's an unfortunate inconvenience just like the roadwork we all hate every spring.
The photos below are taken from the end of "D" and show the current state of "E" (non existent at the moment) and the second pic is of "F".
Sorry this wasn't reported, everyone had access to the webcam at that point and it became very busy here after that so further posts were overlooked.
It is a beautiful day today, great weather for prepping boats for their spring launch. We have made progress but it has been slow with last week's rain interfering.
As of yesterday, boathouse "e" is gone. It is now resting beside the barge dock waiting to be dismantled. The new docks that will replace boathouse "e" are built but waiting to be put into place...next week's task when all staff are back from the weekend.
We know many of you are following the blog regularly waiting to hear the moment we lose the ice.
This update will not tell you that we have lost the ice but, you can now watch yourself (almost) live.
We are very relieved to tell you that our webcam has been fixed! Our tech friend, David, visited today and found the problem with the dropbox that hosts the photo from the webcam.
For those who have never seen the webcam's photos, go to the home page of this website, scroll to the bottom and there is a spot to click for a photo of the lake. It isn't live but almost as good as live, it updates ever 15-30 minutes.
You will find that the photo looks like the lake has thawed but several large icebergs remain. One is in disguise at about 11:00 as you look at the lake view. It appears as a dark shadow, that's because the ice is charcoal black. Another much larger mass is over toward the public launch, this is not visible on the webcam, it's blocked by the Shop. Then there is the route (not visible on the webcam) down toward the south end.
soon! very soon.
Oh - now that the webcam is working - many of you may not be watching the blog as intent
The still air and warm sun did a little to shrink it but it is thicker than it looks.
Staff managed to position the barge dock back in place and our carpenter Pat takes the title of first in the lake. Chilly still he says, wait a bit longer for it to warm up more before going in. He was out faster than he went in.
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