New Firewood Frame from Old Fence Frame

finished firewood frame from re-purposed fence panel

One of the many things we like to do at the cottage is re-purposing building materials. While we don’t go around salvaging items willy nilly, for the one day we might use them, we do sometimes find ourselves with projects that are perfect candidates for re-purposing building materials. Sometimes we seek the items on local … Keep reading…

Winter Ready Tips for Cottage Closing

closing the cottage for winter

We’re almost here – cottage closing time – only a few more weeks to go. (Insert the sound of heavy sobs here.) We are extremely lucky at our place; we can stay through the beginning of winter and open early in the spring without being uncomfortably chilled for the whole weekend.  Some things we’ve done to make this … Keep reading…

The Battle of the Bugs

cartoon bugs

We’re in year #8 with the cottage, and I’m pretty sure we’ve had the same conversation every spring: BUGS! How do we control the bugs? How do we get away from them? We have long conversations about our desperate quest to take our yard back from these invaders. Black flies, mosquitos, deer flies: they are relentless. While we do … Keep reading…

Cottage Opening: The Best Day of the Year and How to Keep it That Way!

spring at the cottage

We live in Canada where technically there are 4 clear seasons. For cottage owners, we really only have 2: cottage season and wish we were at the cottage season. This is the start of Cottage Season. Cottage opening day brings with it equal parts apprehension and exhilaration. You just don’t know what you’ll be walking into. If you’re … Keep reading…