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Something to do over the long weekend...
The Stoney Lake Art & Craft Show is this Sunday July 2nd. This event includes 75 exhibitors including pottery by Anne Young.
If you were in Ontario last night, you probably had rain. It was fairly wide spread and a significant volume fell overnight on Anstruther, our wheel barrow is close to full of water. What landed in the wheel barrow also landed in the boats and for those without a bilge, or whose bilge had failed, we were busy bailing many client boats this morning.
Well, it's not winter.
Errands called for a trip to Peterborough today and on the way there were two construction zones on Hwy 28 (and 2 radar zones). Not a long delay today but it may be a lengthy job, it's work on the bridges.
Last year's construction on hwy 28 caused significant delays. It also somehow resulted in the reconstruction of the entrance onto Anstruther Lake Road. Botched reconstruction at that. Many people have commented on how tight the entrance is now, it is much narrower than it was previously-almost a setup for an accident. We spoke with the Roads dept with the Township, they have contacted the MTO. We also understand that the Cottage Assoc may have also contacted MTO. We know nothing further in terms of the date for the 'fix' but it is our understanding that it rests with MTO.
The last piece of road news...last summer, our mayor, Rick Woodcock attended the ALCA annual general meeting. A question came up about the road resurfacing that was about to start on Anstruther Lake Road. Mayor Woodcock's reply was that there was no work to be done, this road is in great shape and if anyone's road needs attention, it is his own. Apparently there was a project on the roster that he was not aware of. The following week, cottagers came in to advise that Anstruther Lake Road was torn up and all asked if we knew how long it would take to complete. Call the Mayor's office we suggested. As we all noticed, the entire stretch was resurfaced up until the public launch. Well, looks like they are finishing it up now. We don't know why it's 10 months later. At this point, the road surface has that same loose gravel that was put on the rest of Anstruther back last August. It takes time for it to sink in so drive with caution, it can be slippery.
Each summer, we offer the convenience of picking up either the Toronto Star or the Globe and Mail at the Marina. This is available by way of a 10 consecutive issue subscription beginning Saturday July 1st, 2017 and the last one being Saturday September 2, 2017.
Your paper will be reserved and waiting for you from 9am every Saturday. The cost for the Globe has just recently gone up to $6.30 per issue with HST, and the Star is $4.75 with HST per issue. No credits will be applied for papers not picked up.
Our mechanic Matt passes a store on his way to work and has kindly agreed to pre-order and stop to pick them up on his way to work on Saturdays. We offer this as a service to cottagers and the cost is the same that we pay at the other store. A few additional papers will be available but are usually sold fairly early in the morning so it is best to reserve to avoid disappointment.
Please advise us as soon as possible if you would like to have a reserved paper.
A lesson we learned several years ago when we first moved up here...we had a power failure and waited very patiently and then impatiently. We called hydro and they said they were not aware we had lost hydro but would get right on it. They told us to never assume that hydro knows about an outage and never assume that someone else has called it in because it may not affect anyone but us.
For the third time in the past 2 weeks, we had a hydro failure yesterday afternoon... the difference this time was that it was totally expected given the wind we had. There was a storm brewing all day and a tree went down on a power line at about 2pm, we called Hydro and power was restored by 6pm. Good timing because the rain started about an hour later.
No worries - the ice cream survived.
The pic below was the view of the driveway from the side deck. The vehicle parked at the side of the driveway beside hydro in the pic was in the way. While parking may have been a challenge on the weekend and this spot seemed convenient, the driver probably didn't anticipate a power failure and being in hydro's way...
A neat app that a cottager told us about is called Storm Tracker. It shows a storm on a map and identifies how significant it is.
Another cottager emailed with concern that the food in their freezer may have been compromised. Here's a tip so you will know if your freezer has failed and then refrozen...place a small bowl or a baggie of square ice cubes in the freezer. On returning to the cottage - if your ice cubes are no longer square and are now one lump, you know it has thawed and refroze.
ShorePorts are the rectangular shaped docks that we have lined up just past the end of the deck near the road. Anstruther Marina is the largest ShorePort dealer in Ontario and they are so popular, we have just taken our second delivery of the season to meet demand.
A ShorePort is essentially a dock for a Personal Watercraft (PWC).
A ShorePort will prevent dockrash on your PWC that is inevitable if you were to tie it up to the dock until the next rider is ready to use it. A ShorePort will also mean that you won't have to launch/pull your PWC out every time you use it, your PWC simply stays on the ShorePort until you are ready to use it again. If you have two PWCs as in the photo below, coupling hardware can be used to mount them side by side.
Ever hear of a Vole? Be thankful if you haven't.
We began noticing holes in our lawn about 2 years ago. A few holes turned into many, a terrible mess of our newly landscaped lawn.
We saw a very fast critter, scurrying in/out of the holes. So fast, we had to watch to see it again. Then we had to google to figure out what the creature was. We narrowed it down to a vole. We called Jack at Kawartha Pest Control to ask if there was a remedy. Nope. He can make ants, mice and ladybugs disappear but not voles. They are impossible he said. Back to google, there's an answer for everything there. Well, let's just say that some of the suggestions there may have been stolen from Wile E Coyote's adventures to catch the roadrunner - appropriate for a 60's cartoon but not in a back yard. While we did give up, mother nature rescued our lawn.
Fast forward a year and the food chain hit our yard. What may have otherwise been feared became welcome when it moved in...a Garter snake. Gotcha Voles -- so Hoover is now his name since he seems to have hoovered up all the voles! As grateful as we are for his hard work and irregardless of however harmless Hoover is, just this morning, like other occasions when slithering by, he still provokes a scream.
Step up your fire pit with a fire ring personalized to the lake it is on, Anstruther. See this on the deck outside the store. A CHANDOS and JACK version are also available for our friends on neighbouring lakes.
Optional accessories are available such as a spark suppressor and a spark suppressor lid, a safe way to go with so many trees surrounding us. Prefer a full on Fire pit with the floor? Those are available as well in two designs, a treescape or wildlife.
Got an email today from a cottager with "runaway boat" in the subject line. A boat has appeared near his cottage and was loose with no driver. If anyone is missing their boat, please contact the marina, describe the boat and we will ask the current guardian of the boat to connect with you.
Note - there are still a few docks 'missing' after the winter thaw. If you have seen a dock where it doesn't belong, please contact the marina and we will forward details of it's location to those still missing their dock.
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