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Staycation: Create Your Own Retreat Cottage Opening Tips Springing Forward: Design Trends for 2021 HOME & COTTAGE • EVENTS • DESIGN • LAKES • RECIPES • DIY • KIDS CORNER • PETS & VETS • IN THE NEWS

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Staycation: Create Your Own Retreat Cottage Opening Tips Keeping Your Home Organized Springing Forward: Design Trends for 2021 Those Were the Days " 'Til Death Do Us Part" - Russ Sanders Planting Hope Knowing the Seasons with Mike Williams Four Points Construction: Building Your Home for Generations to Come! Lighthouse Real Estate is Growing! Protect Your Personal Watercraft with a Lift Save Big on This Year's Staycation with Lifestyle Design Décor - Colours for 2021 Don't Miss an Ounce of Summer! with Cottage Toys Interco: An Industry Leader for 30 Years Contemporary Art Shines Bright at Colborne Street Gallery Do It the Easy Way with HitcHinge Taxing Times - But Only Temporary?! - The Peterborough Museum & Archives Artist Spotlight - Sarah Quick Terrific Turmeric Weekend at the Cottage Recipes How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Children The Horse Kids Corner Flutterby's: The Magic of Butterflies - Jacob Rodenburg

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Welcome to the Spring Issue of Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine

It’s that wonderful time of the year when your bones start aching for the warmer weather you know is on the way – a sunny day might entice you to take off your winter coat and brave the sun in your T-shirt just to feel its rays on your skin. It has been a long winter, and we are so glad spring has arrived. Welcome to the Spring 2021 Issue of Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine. We welcome you to this issue with fresh reads and fresh ideas for a fresh spring season. Spring brings with it such change, and it will be a welcome sight after a long winter of stay-at-home; soon we will be roaming the lakes and hillsides of Cottage Country with the warm sun shining down on us. In this issue, you will find lots of information about preparing your home and waterfront cottage for the coming summer season. With maintenance and upgrades on your mind we have many trades showcasing their specialties in this issue. With record numbers of new watercraft being sold, docks and lifts have been hot topics and we have information on both for you. We have new recipes that will be sure to make your tummy rumble, and design ideas to freshen up things for the new season. Ready for some fun on the water? There is a great read about the new must-haves for getting active on the lake. So, take some you-time, curl up with the window open and the spring breeze blowing in. Give this issue a read-through and let us know what you think. We love hearing from our readers, especially on social media! We want to offer our sincere thanks to all the hard-working folks in Cottage Country. Without the ongoing support of our "Frontline Workers" in many day-to-day jobs we would be living a much different life. We thank you all for your dedication, your love and strength throughout these tough times.

“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” Doug Larson


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Protecting the Natural Balance of Your Shoreline As the snow begins to melt and we are able to see the ice receding from the shoreline, thoughts turn to sunny days spent by the water. All of us who live and play on the water hold our lakes in high regard – we know we need to conserve and protect in order for generation after generation to fall in love with lake-life the same way we have. Perhaps your shoreline needs a little love – dredging can do wonders for your waterfront, and shoreline work preserves your shoreline from erosion and collapse for years to come. Both must be done while maintaining a delicate balance with the shoreline ecosystem. Dwaine Fisher of Fisher Excavating understands local water levels and the ramifications of changes in these levels. His field of expertise covers things like boathouse and shoreline work, as well as dredging and barge work (not to mention a long list of on-land expertise!). A strong relationship with the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority means Dwaine has a great perspective on shoreline conservation as well as important habitat protection. For every job, Fisher Excavating and their team arranges for all required


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assessments and permits. A new build could involve permits for demolition and septic, as well as those required by the conservation authority. For example, did you know there are rules in place which prohibit disruption of the water sediment during certain months based on your area? With such a delicate balance when working between water and land, details like these are of utmost importance. If you are looking to make changes to your shoreline this year, now is the time to book. Fisher Excavating is a number one choice in the industry - they own a full line of professional machines and equipment; and Fisher is able to access any shoreline easily with their new barge. Before you dig, Fisher Excavating encourages you to check for environmental ramifications with your local authorities; or hire the professionals, and let Dwaine Fisher and his team do the job for you. Check out their website: www.fisherexcavating.ca, or contact them at 705-878-3714 (Bus), 705-878-6474 (Mobile) or by email at fisherex@live.ca

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 We are most pleased to recommend Fisher Excavating for shoreline work. We needed someone with expertise and experience to not only rebuild our frontage on sturgeon lake but to deal with the different government agencies involved. Not only was this accomplished but the actual work was done on time, within the original quote, and the workers and workmanship left our place fully restored with an amazing new look. Lynne Collins

Very pleased with our shoreline and  dredging done by Fisher Excavating. The area was basically a swamp when we bought it and they turned it into a great swimming area. The shoreline retaining wall turned out beautiful and really gave the cottage a great look. Workers always arrived on time, got their work done, no fooling around, very professional. We will be using Fisher Excavating again this spring for our new cottage shoreline on Sturgeon. Can’t wait to see the end result so excited for what they have planned. Tanya and Mark Mitchell

We recently had our shoreline done by Fisher Excavating. It was an excellent job done from start to finish. Everything was done in a professional and timely manner. Dwaine and his crew were always helpful in answering any of our questions and concerns. We would highly recommend Fisher Excavating for any of your excavating needs. Denis and Judy Brown

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Create Your Own Retreat Craving sunshine and fresh air? Wanting to connect with nature and maximize your work-from-home experience? Sunspace by Nortech sunrooms are an affordable and luxurious addition to your home or cottage. Nortech specializes in bringing outside and inside spaces together with stress-free modular sunroom additions that allow you to enjoy nature without the expense of a full renovation. All rooms are custom built and are available in 3-season and thermal models. Once ordered and the site prepared, rooms are assembled in days. Feeling crowded? Looking for shelter from the bugs? Nortech carries WeatherMaster windows and doors which are custom-made to enclose your existing porch or patio area. In just one or two days your porch can become your new favourite room: a place to entertain, relax, or to sleep out in the fresh night air. Nortech also carries the Kawartha Room, a free-standing outdoor living space which is fully enclosed with WeatherMaster windows and doors. It offers a sheltered place to enjoy your backyard or waterfront. The Kawartha Room is delivered pre-built to site where possible. Entertain guests in comfort or enjoy some tranquil time surrounded by the beauty of nature in a bug-free screen room. WeatherMaster track windows open for 75% ventilation and close for 100% protection from inclement weather. Nortech offers warrantied professional installation services, our WeatherMaster windows are a perfect project for any DIY-savvy individual. Feeling inspired? Let’s chat. Please call 705-738-0304 or visit www.nortechwindows.com and book a time for us to meet and help you create your own personal retreat.


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Cottage Opening Tips It’s spring time, and the snow is melting. I’m sure that your thoughts are starting to focus on your summer getaway, and there are a few straightforward pointers and ideas for getting everything ready. Your check list of items to bring with you should include: batteries for your smoke alarms and flashlights, fresh water and food for the time that you are there, a couple of pounds of inexpensive raw meat, some basic tools and definitely the keys.

checked then fill the hot water tank and turn on the hydro to the heater once it is filled. Flush the raw meat that you brought to reactivate the bacteria in your septic tank. Hopefully you also did this when you closed the cottage last fall.

Upon your arrival you should start with a perimeter check looking for damage to the roof, windows and substructure. Doublecheck your support piers on the cottage and the decks to identify any movement from the winter freeze. After a cottage has sat for months in the cold, things can change. Don’t expect that everything will be as you left it; it usually isn’t.

When first turning on the hydro, reduce the number of circuits used and then turn them on one at a time and check for proper operation. Mice love to chew on wires, and this can become a problem if not monitored at startup.

Once inside, open all the windows and doors to air it out for at least 20 minutes. Complete a visual check for water damage, rodent damage and droppings and anything that may look out of place. Most cottage owners have their own system for energizing the water supply and the hydro. I can’t advise on this other than to mention to close the drain valve on the hot water heater, as well as any drain clean-outs that were left open for the winter. Start opening each tap to bleed the air out of the lines and doublecheck for any sign of a leak. Once all plumbing has been

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Change the batteries in the smoke alarms and change the furnace filter if applicable. If you have a woodstove or fireplace be sure to look for nests in the chimney. It is very common for birds and squirrels to make a home there, and you don’t want to fire up your woodstove without proper exhaust. That covers the roof, the structure, the water supply and drains. From there you are ready to set up camp and enjoy the rest of your time there, dreaming of the warm weather which is soon to come. Resident DIY Guru; Dave Linkert,  Port 32 Marshall Homes, Bobcaygeon   cottagecountryDIYdave@gmail.com

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Home Organized Keeping your home organized can be a very taxing job. A lot of people have more stuff than they know what to do with, much less where to put that stuff.  Here are a few simple tips for getting your home organized and keeping it that way.  First, make sure that everything you have is actually worth having.  We often keep things that aren't necessary to have in the house, and that's what causes the clutter.  Now, all of those meaningful, sentimental items are not what I'm talking about here.  Those are important things to keep, but anything that you have "just in case" that you haven't used in three years or more, has to go.   Next, make sure you only worry about one room at a time - it will be easier to work your way through the house. If you try to do the whole house at once, you will be moving things from room to room which will take much longer - and there may be even more clutter in some places than there was before. Once you have found a place for everything, make sure that those things

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stay in their place, or get put back in their place after using them.   Finally, have a document station. Keep an accordion file folder with pockets labeled for members of the household, bills, and mail. Another key part of this document station is to purge it weekly so that it does not get disorganized and overstuffed.  This can really help avoid having way too many papers lying around the house and it will help you from accidentally throwing out important papers mixed in with the clutter.    Keeping your home organized can be very difficult, especially because our lives are very busy.  But once you have a system for keeping your house in check, it is much easier to get organized and stay that way.

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“In the spring, At the end of the day, You should smell like dirt.”

Springing Forward:

- Margaret Atwood

Design Trends for 2021 Winter begins to give way to spring, and hope abounds. No other season can match its optimism and energy. We become buoyant with new ideas, creativity and high hopes for the summer which hovers just beyond. Never has there been a year with more focus on hope than 2021. By Joanne Clark

Chances are we have spent a lot of time in our individual spaces and from this has emerged new trends, habits and lifestyles. Here is an overview of what we can anticipate when it comes to home and cottage interior design: Cottagecore Cottagecore is not a new aesthetic, however it has become popularized over the past year, offering a sense of escapism and a respite from the hustle and intensity of our overstimulated environment.

with it take your mind off negative distractions and stressors. Whether growing a window-ledge herb garden, taking up a craft or sourcing vintage-inspired thrifted furniture, cottagecore is ecofriendly, sustainable and secure. Think antique teapots, muted chintz patterns, a layered mix of old and new, bashed and chipped furniture and crochet cushion covers.

Why is it so popular? Because the things and activities associated

Cottagecore moves away from minimalism and towards curated collections to make your space warm and inviting. If you already enjoy an eclectic style, you probably have notes of cottagecore in your design; consider layering in a lace tablecloth, patterned wallpaper, floral dinnerware and botanical motifs.

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Natural and Organic Certified sustainable means people are buying furniture and accessories they can believe in. The natural approach means everything has a cohesive and unifying tone. Layering fabrics and textures like jute and wool create interest and fullness in a room. Bringing in wood, greenery and photographs of earthly elements are ways of reconnecting with the earth. Color Combination To continue the theme of natural and organic, earth tones will play an important part in home palettes. Serene hues with bursts of color create warming and optimistic combinations. Eye-catching colors will be popular for accenting front doors, shutters and pieces that inject color into outdoor living and satisfying a desire for warmth and comfort, with contrasting colors nodding to a brighter future. Plantfluence Here comes flora. From hanging planters to miniatures, plant collections all over the world have grown, fulfilling our desire to nurture and care. Plant aficionados have created interesting and visual communities online providing a way for people to connect and share virtually. Renovations and Upgrades Spending more time at home has caused us to turn a more critical eye to our interiors, and revisit those to-do lists filled with odd jobs, repairs and renovation ideas. Home design is seeing a major shift as we take refuge in the one place we truly feel the safest. Multi-functional Spaces: People are willing to invest in their spaces; whether to create home office zones or workout areas, it’s really all about having a multifunctional home. The demand has increased for spaces to look good while being functional and accommodating for all family members. Outdoor Sprawl: The prioritization of outdoor spaces has allowed people to maximize and increase personal space. Gardening and landscaping projects have become front and center. Purchases of new patio furniture and even pools have increased as people look for more ways to enjoy life and family time outdoors. Quality: People are investing in quality pieces and craftsmanship to break out of the same old routine. Our spaces are seeing increased use, and durable and longlasting furnishing solutions are most ideal. From furniture to art, people are investing in their interiors like never before. Splurging when it comes to classic pieces is always worth it and brings a sense of enjoyment over the long term. We have continued to lean towards a simple and collected life, moving towards more purposeful and authentic living in a time of uncertainty. Spring reminds us that new life is possible and provides an awakening for our senses. At the end of the day, there really is no place like home. Photo Credit The Old Tin Shed www.TheOldTinShed.com

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“'Til death do us part ” The bathroom door was open and I was looking in the mirror adjusting my tie, I had cut myself shaving and had a wad of toilet paper stuck to the cut making sure no blood got onto my starched collared white shirt. Mom stood in the doorway and said it was still not too late to change my mind, I had a long life ahead of me and marriage was a lifetime commitment. I was nineteen years old; this was my wedding day March 27, 1954. It wasn’t that Mom didn’t like the girl I was marrying; in fact, Mom loved and treated Kay like one of her daughters, she just felt we were too young to get married, her common-sense argument was simply if we truly loved one another waiting would not harm our relationship. I was real close to Mom and Dad as were all of us seven kids, always heeding their advice, but although the tinge of doubt had been planted, I never changed my mind. I recall pacing back and forth in the back of the church, I could hear organ music and the din of voices from the large gathering chatting before the ceremony. My brother Len was with me, he was best man, married, a really great wife and three marvellous children, a happy man in a happy marriage. His words were consoling but not convincing. It seemed like hours when we were finally summoned to the church altar, my legs were stiff as if my knees had locked in place and refused to bend. Reverend Watt smiled; I am sure he saw many young guys like me stand before him looking like a deer in headlights. At first, I didn’t even hear the wedding march playing but my senses slowly came back to normal and I turned and saw Catherine Marie Beveridge coming down the aisle. Her arm was locked in her father’s arm, she wore the long-trained white wedding gown her grandfather had purchased for her, she looked like a model on a run-way. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. By the time we heard the words “I now pronounce you man and wife” I knew I had made the right decision, I knew I could never love anyone like I loved Mrs. Catherine Marie Sanders. Yes, that was sixty-seven years ago - and society as a whole thinks that, because we are now old, we have all the answers to a perfect marriage. Well, we don’t. Have we had our disagreements and arguments? Of course we have, we are only human. Have we witnessed richer or poorer, sickness and health? Oh yes, many times over. Have we endured lean, tough times? Certainly, isn’t that what life is all about? Today marriages fall apart so easily, not enough money, the romance has died, the stress was too much, I guess we have heard all the reasons but I prefer to look at the marriages that have survived. The common keys are communication, sharing in all things including family and, as in our own marriage, the most important ingredient - we still love each other today as much as we did sixty-seven years ago. Russ Sanders epigram@nexicom.net


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Planting Hope

I’ve been gardening for most of my years, but last spring was the first time it felt like therapy to me. Freshly into our covid-altered reality, all plans were on hold and the careful balance I had built into my world to support my mental health just... disappeared. Like everyone else, I was left paralyzed, thinking "now what?" Usually, I plant a somewhat disorganized ‘garden’, holding high hopes for its fruitfulness, only to find myself in July, wishing for next year’s harvest. Typically, summer plans, camping trips and long days spent with the kids at the beach slowly snip away at the energy dollars I have left for my sprouted babies, and soon I'm dealing with more weeds than wonder. But this year was bare. Wide-open. So, in the midst of the turmoil that was March-to-May of 2020, I turned to something I could plan…my garden. I quickly mapped out a design and coerced my darling husband to help me expand the vegetable beds, despite his gentle encouragement for me to fine-tune (you know, actually weed) what I already had to work with. What came next surprised me. Almost as soon as my fingers reached into the cool soil, the world around me disappeared. My breathing slowed, my heart steadied, and I began to focus. As a creative, I learned for the first time about the beauty of following a step-by-step system, with very few variables. The rhythm became like a salve to my raw edges—dig, sow, cover, repeat. I planted carrots, greens, eggplant, sunflowers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, zinnias, squash, herbs, and hope. Then, when it came time to water the garden, unlike other years, I remembered. I prioritized. I had purpose. Gardening, it turns out, is simple. It requires few things—some soil, some sun, some water and seeds. It can work in a small pot or a huge plot. It’s a simple formula from seed to fruit, offering value in all of its corners, dreaming, planting, tending, eating, and if we’re lucky, healing. Happy Garden season. Jacquelyn Toupin and her partner Tyler live with their family on a farm that’s been in her family for four generations. You can read about their adventures on her blog, Makin Hays at www.raisinghay.comand @raisinghay on Instagram

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Knowing the Seasons One of the most exciting times of the year for an angler is when winter starts to loosen its grip on cottage country and spring thaw begins. It means the fishing season is nearing and the anticipation of casting a line is most intense. I often get asked what my favourite time of the year is to fish. I usually reply that as a fishing guide and tournament angler it’s anytime I can hit the water. However, when booking species specific tours, I usually tell clients that on or near the opening of a specific season can yield some of the most successful fishing. Opening of fishing seasons for sportfish coincide with the end of their spawning season; fish feed heavily after doing their business of laying and fertilizing their eggs. Some species like bass guard their fry (their young) against predators and can be easily caught, and others like walleye and muskie can be found aggressively feeding on forage in waters which are more shallow than normal. With weed growth minimal early in the spring you can target these fish using a wider variety of lures with a simple cast and retrieve method, or jig without worrying about hanging up in the weeds, which can be frustrating to inexperienced anglers. This is also a great time to introduce young people to fishing as their catch rate will be greater, which means less chance of them getting

bored or frustrated. It is also a good idea to acquaint yourself with the dates of seasons and mark them on your calendar to remind you of when these hot times to fish will occur. You can do this by reading your MNR regulations which can be found on their website - www.ontario.ca - or generally available in a booklet from local tackle shops. Reading these regulations is particularly important to understand things such as daily catch limits, size limits and open seasons in your area to prevent getting in trouble when out on the water. Plus, it is always a good idea to be educated and up to date with any changes so we can all do our part to protect and preserve this precious resource. So next time you hit the water, or when planning your next fishing adventure, try booking it around the opening season date, I promise you will have more success and an enjoyable time on the water. Happy Fishing and Tight Lines By Mike Williams, Pro Angler & Owner of Williams Outfitters in Curve Lake First Nation www.williamsoutfitters.com

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Building Your Home for Generations to Come! There is something to be said for pride of craftsmanship which goes beyond well-placed “bricks-and-mortar”. When that pride encompasses not only the bones of the build, but rather extends to consider the building’s place in its surroundings – its relationship to the land, the rocks and trees on which, and amongst which, it will sit – the builder is inviting the homeowner on a journey towards the creation of a family legacy. Such is the ethos of Four Points Construction. They believe they have created some of the most spectacular homes in cottage country, and with good reason. Working only with the best tradespeople in the area – people and


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businesses with whom they have established a mutual trust and respect – Four Points Construction build custom cottages; unique, finely-detailed and well-crafted. Defining themselves as a boutique construction company, they are selective of the projects upon which they embark. Their “limited edition” business model guides them to take on only a limited number of projects each year. This enables them to dedicate all their resources to creating something very special for their clients. The attention to detail for which Four Points Construction is known cannot be rushed. Four Points Construction understands that each client, each

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family, is unique. They also understand that what they are creating is a legacy which will likely pass down through generations. It will be the family hub, their own unique space wherein they will establish traditions, make memories and create the story of their lives. Four Points Construction take this responsibility to heart and consider it an honour to become part of each family’s story. Defined by their clients as easy-going, the Four Points Construction team does their best to create a no-pressure environment for them. From the very first meeting through to handing over the keys at the completion of the project, there is never a question about the sanctity of the relationship between builder and client – preserving that, is job one. They specialize in distinctive designs, challenging construction and fine finishing details which truly create a one-of-a-kind cottage home for a discerning clientele. Designed and built specifically for the landscape on which it will sit, each beautiful home will settle into and become part of its environment, while meeting the unique needs of the people who will inhabit it, becoming a gathering place for family and friends for generations to come. www.fourpointsconstruction.ca    info@fourpointsconstruction.ca On Facebook @ Four Points Construction   705-740-5740

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Lighthouse Real Estate is Growing! The smell of spring is in the air, which means the spring real estate market is going to take off. But did it ever slow down?

If you are ready to make a move, Lighthouse Real Estate is ready to help you find your way home.

With COVID-19 coming into play in 2020, working from home forced many people out of the city and northward toward Cottage Country. They were looking for a change of pace and an escape from the city limits as well as a home office, property on the water, or a cottage at which to relax while many city amenities were closed.

Lighthouse Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage 17 May St., Fenelon Falls - 705 887 5252 83 Main St., Bobcaygeon - 705 738 1709 www.lighthouse-realestate.ca

If you are looking to relocate, now is the time; interest rates are favourable, and with spring generally comes more inventory in the market. The team at Lighthouse Real Estate Inc. want to help you find the perfect location and check off your list of wants and needs! They have a great handle on what is happening locally and are experts at navigating the buy-andsell market. The family of realtors at Lighthouse have always worked hard to give back to the community and 2021 will be no different; they have made a commitment to the Make A Wish Foundation. A portion of the earnings from each completed deal will be donated to the foundation, allowing a child in need to have their wish granted. Spring 2021 brings more good news - Lighthouse Real Estate Ltd. is opening a new location to serve clients better! The new location, at 83 Main St., Bobcaygeon, brings with it the addition of new team member Ron Dainty. Ron is no stranger to the business of real estate, and will make a solid addition to the Lighthouse family of realtors. Cottage Country is rich in scenery and small-town charm. Lighthouse’s Dave Hardyman maintains,

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2020 was definitely a year for the books, with sales of boats, personal watercraft, and anything that could bring fun to an outdoor situation breaking records. Many dealers reported being sold out of stock long before the boating season even arrived – and 2021 is gearing up to be no different. Many dealers of personal watercraft are reporting that sales are at an all-time high and stock is moving quickly. Were you one of the lucky buyers who now has a shiny new PWC to call your own? Perhaps you are planning ahead and have ordered for the coming warmer weather. If so, you need to think about protection! When tied to your dock or shoreline PWCs often take a beating from wind and wake; a PWC Lift from R&J Machine will prevent the damaging movement and preserve your unit. R&J Machine wants to help you protect your investment, and suggests a lift for personal watercraft. They manufacture a light weight cantilever lift for PWCs for $1,999 unassembled, or $2,169 assembled. The cantilever lift is a freestanding unit that will keep your craft clean and prevent sludge and zebra mussels from

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getting into the jets of the machine. You can also cover and fuel your machine with ease while on the lift, with the option to chain up your machine to prevent theft.  A lift of this nature is a lightweight unit weighing only 150 lbs, so it is easily removed for winter storage. Also, R&J’s PWC lift operates in shallower water than previous designs, needing only 8 inches to operate. R&J also carry the Wave Armour line of floating PWC ports which are suited for areas with deep water or a silty bottom. Wave Armour ports can be attached to an existing floating or pipe dock, and drive-on units are available in 5- or 6-foot widths. Do you have questions about what type of unit is best for your waterfront? R&J Machine proudly employs a team of specialists who are able to help you every step of the way to finding the perfect lift for your personal watercraft. R&J Machine www.rjmachine.ca 705-652-6731

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Design Décor

Colours for 2021 Colour is one of the key foundations of any design; it enhances design in so many ways by contributing to our daily attitudes and emotions, creating contrast and creating an overall feeling in the space. The colour palette for this year is, to me, both energetic and serene. Pantone has released two colours that almost battle each other, and Benjamin Moore has released a lovely calm colour of the year with an even more serene palette. Pantone has announced two colours for 2021; Illuminating and Ultimate Grey. Illuminating - a bright, almost energetic, neon yellow - is bound to make those who use it inspired and happy. Ultimate Grey, on the other hand, is considered to be safe and comforting. Benjamin Moore has chosen Aegean Teal, supported by a palette of warm and familiar tones. Aegean Teal can be quite bold on its own but combined with its neutral supporting palette it is quite calming and serene. What is your take on 2021? Will it be a year to redeem


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and conquer or will it be a year to recover and rejuvenate? There are so many reasons to incorporate colour into a design. Your design can be driven with colour to create a fun and interesting space. Colour can create contrast giving the design warmth and visual depth. Colour can also be used to evoke a feeling within the design. The theory behind why we use colour is quite amazing; it truly affects how we feel and how we live our lives every day. The best way to incorporate these new on-trend colours is to introduce them in small doses. Our design team adores incorporating the colours of the year into our residential projects through our accessories, such as accent pillows, artwork, area rugs and even small, unexpected accents of paint. Get this, our favourite way to add a pop of colour to a home is by painting the interior doors! Do not be afraid, your builder-white

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office door is begging for a new colour… perhaps Aegean Teal? Ah-ha, we knew you’d love it! Painting your front door is a great and cost-effective way to add colour to your exterior as well. A small weekend do-it-yourself project can make a large impactful difference when adding colour in this way to your home.

There are so many ways to incorporate and embrace the 2021 colours of the year into your home without changing the whole design. Don’t be afraid go have some fun with it and discover the influence colour truly can bring to your home interiors.

Award winning Designer Michelle Berwick is the Principal & Creative Founder of Michelle Berwick Design. For almost a decade this notable firm has become sought after for providing livable stylish and uniquely personal interiors. michelleberwickdesign.com

If painting interior doors is not for you, then another on-trend way to add colour to a space is through colour-blocking murals. More and more we are seeing abstract colourful wallpaper which can easily be painted onto a wall using the colours of the year. This design feature can add a punch to any space! Furniture is another great way to add colour to a design. We love a bold colour accent chair or stool in a living room with corresponding pillows on the sofa to tie it all together. If adding colour to a space is scary for you, try incorporating small accents first like throw blankets, pillows, and artwork. Once you are more comfortable with colour then start playing around with drapery, bold furniture, and statement art pieces. The design opportunities are endless!

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Customers… Who Needs Them? Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism B.O.S.S. Webinar How you ‘Show Up’ to your customers can make all the difference in whether they stay your customer. Whether your business is preparing to reopen or expand your services after lockdown or you are emerging from your usual winter closure, it is vital to examine how your business is showing up to your past, existing and prospective customers. Join the Kawartha Chamber for an inspiring and engaging webinar event with speaker Sharon Worsley, Senior Manager Chamber Success for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, who will energize you to ‘Wake Up’ to your current reality, ‘Shake Up’ your mindset and ‘Show Up’ in a more significant way to your customers and within your business. With over 25 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, Sharon understands not only the importance of customer service but of customer excellence! Sharon will share relatable real-life experiences and strategies you can add to your business to help you get back on track and provide customer excellence in ways you might not have considered before. Join us virtually for ‘Customers… Who Needs Them? on March 23 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm! We are also planning other great professional development and networking events this year; stay tuned for more information on social media (@KawarthaChamber) and on our website kawarthachamber.ca/events – we hope to ‘see’ you there! The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism proudly serves members in Curve Lake, Douro-Dummer, North Kawartha, Selwyn, and Trent Lakes.


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Don’t Miss an Ounce of Summer! Cottage Toys

Fun on the water - the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and practice physical distancing. Do it on a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or behind the boat on a surf board. Want to try something new and fun? Try out a Hobie Eclipse board - this is a stand-up paddle board that also has a pedal-drive system that propels you with a stepping device, like a stair master on the water. The Hobie Eclipse board is a great workout, it is super stable, and fun for all ages! We also carry the Hobie pedal kayak which has the same pedal-drive as the eclipse system - you drive the boat by pedalling with your feet in the kayak; handsfree kayaking for fishing, and great exercise!

Another great new water toy is called the Zup Board. This board is great for the whole family, you can stand, kneel, sit, ski, or surf - this board does it all! Guaranteed success, the Zup board will get everyone up first try… ok maybe not everyone, but you get the idea. Super easy, and super fun for everyone!

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For the more expert water sports enthusiasts we have the new wake/surf foil boards. This is a foil that sits below the water, and

has a mast with a wake surf board above that you stand on. The foil board can be self propelled or towed slowly behind the boat. The foil rides in the water and feels like you are flying above the surface of the water. It takes a bit to get the hang of the foil’s sweet spot. We recommend googling a video on how to foil; Shaun Murray has a great one on YouTube. This water sport is mind blowing when you try it for the first time! Water trampolines and accessories have come a long way; there are so many options available from climbers to runways with massive slides; you can piece together a complete park that can anchor in the lake. No summer camps? No problem - keep them busy and happy this summer with your own setup on the lake. Plus, at Cottage Toys we know the how and what to do when it comes to the install. It’s easier than you think to set up this type of toy season after season, and if you buy a good quality one you will never need to replace it! Need some advice? Give us a call, and we can help guide you through the options available, and what is right for you and your family. Don’t wait until summer, inventories are limited. Cottage Toys is celebrating 32 years in business in the Kawarthas, with three stores located in Peterborough, Lakefield and Stoney Lake. You can also buy online and pickup in store at www.cottagetoys.com Cottage Toys is serious about fun and can fill all of your needs for fun on the water. Be summer ready, don’t miss an ounce of summer 2021!

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Interco: An Industry Leader for 30 Years One of the best investments you can make in your waterfront property is a well-built docking system. With a dock built specifically for what you need – whether it be entertaining, or just simply docking your boat – Interco Docks has the right fit for you. Interco specializes in designing custom fabricated docking systems and has been a leader in the industry for over 30 years. A familyowned business, Interco strives to create a one-of-a kind customer service experience; from design to installation, they ensure a precise and seamless interaction for their customers. Interco’s dock systems are custom designed and hand crafted with only the highest quality made hardware – made to last generations. They offer many options from floating docks, lifting docks and aluminum pipe docks to permanent docks and dock accessories. With options for every shoreline and every budget Interco is sure to have the right dock for your cottage. Each dock is finished with your choice of decking to suit your taste – sienna or cedar wood decking in 2-inch or 5/4-inch boards or Thru Flow panel decking which comes in 1-inch, or PVC in 5/4-inch. Deck boards are secured to a marine grade aluminum frame, and fastened with galvanized or stainless-steel hardware. Size is no issue with builds available up to 12 feet wide and in seamless runs up to 24 feet long. Plus, every dock that Interco builds comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, which means peace of mind for your investment. Need a lift to go with your new dock? Interco also manufacture vertical, overhead, cantilever, hydraulic and PWC lifts.

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Happy customers have a lot to say about Interco, and it’s not hard to see why! “The Interco team designed, built and installed a truly amazing dock system for us this year. They brought a lot of creativity, engineering know-how, and skilled experience to deliver a system that included: an on-shore walkway, stairs, and a water ramp leading to a fabulous 20 by 20 dock. Everyone at Interco did and exceptional job accommodating our needs, including great follow up on customer service. I would highly recommend Interco for any job – big or small. In my mind they are all about quality and big-time value.” – D. Humfries “We’re so impressed with the service we’ve received from you…you supplied exactly what we wanted at a decent price, delivered when promised and went out of your way to make sure we were happy with everything. We make sure to tell everyone on our lake (and anyone in the market for a dock) to call you if they’re looking for a great, reliable dock company. Thank you so much for making this such a wonderful experience for us.” – C & L Puma Contact them today and let their wonderful team direct you in the right direction for a new, better dock before summer arrives! Interco Docks 1368 HWY 7, Keene 705 295 4555 www.intercodocks.ca

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Contemporary Art Shines Bright at Colborne Street Gallery


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A contemporary art gallery in a town with a population of about 2,000 people? Why not? When Tim Wisener and Chris Van Lierop moved to their cottage full time in 2017, they had a vision: use their extensive experience to show Fenelon Falls how much they love living in the country. They met Darcie Kennedy at a dinner party one fateful evening and bonded over their appreciation of all things art. The seeds were planted for Colborne Street Gallery. The team includes Tim, Chris, Darcie, and local author and illustrator, Kevin Frank. The gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre, and mixed media arts. Their programming includes local, Canadian, and international emerging, mid-career, and established artists. They also host artist talks, interactive workshops, school tours, community meetings and concerts. Since opening in 2018, the gallery has hosted over 30 exhibitions and events and is currently gearing up for their fourth season. Upcoming programming highlights include: - SPARK Photo Festival. For the month of April, the gallery will feature Cheryl Rondeau, La Chute. The exhibition is a series of photographs that capture the gesture of falling in a variety of scenarios; a moment of collision wherein culminates the forces of gravity, balance, judgment and fate.

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- Obsession. This group exhibition will feature artists who use repetition, rhythm, and uniformity of surface in their practices. - Architectonic featuring work of local artist Alexander will be a varied collection of drawings and paintings celebrating historic architecture throughout the Kawartha Lakes region. The gallery is keenly aware of the incredible amount of talent found in the area and is proud to partner with a wide variety of local artists to showcase their work. The combined passion and experience of this team is diverse and multidisciplinary. Always delighted to share their knowledge with students, teachers, art lovers, and the community, they look forward to bringing arts and cultural programming to Fenelon Falls for years to come. Exciting news, the Gallery is moving! Currently at 44 Colborne Street, the move will take them to 36 Colborne Street.

Renovations are under way and the hope is to be in the new space by the beginning of May 2021. Please note that the current storefront is closed until the move to the new space. 36 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, ON, K0M 1N0 705.887.0997 | colbornegallery.ca

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Do it the Easy Way with HitcHinge

The time of year is creeping up when getting the dock back in the water gets to the top of your to-do list. Spring water is cold – and getting the dock back in can be an enormous job.

parts, offering a simple process that supports the dock ramp load in alignment while you tighten the bolts into place. This also means no loose parts to drop in the lake! In order to provide a friendly dock surface the HitcHinge allows for only a small 1 ½” gap between sections depending on your dock system. A typical dock hinge has you fishing for pins in your pockets, all while trying to hold your dock and ramp in line long enough to get the pin or bolt into place. HitcHinge is designed to use gravity instead of a balancing act between loads, flotation, wind and waves to connect the sections of your dock. This also means no lost pieces – you simply transfer weight from one side to the other and the HitchHinge connects as you tighten in the selfcontained bolt with a single tool. Change the way you do things with your dock this season, and get that dock in with as little sweat as possible. You can use all the time you save to sit on the dock savouring the nature that surrounds you.

Andy Assinck has completed the arduous task of installing and removing the dock, preparing for seasonal changes, and he knew there had to be a better way – so he made one! Andy was able to create a dock coupling system which is self supporting and self aligning, allowing folks to remove or install their dock with ease. The HitcHinge is a revolutionary dock coupler with self contained

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Canadian-made HitcHinge is quickly becoming a well-known name in Cottage Country; with ease of use, and impeccable build, it isn’t hard to see why people are falling in love with the ease of HitcHinge! HitcHinge www.hitchinge.ca, 705-933-8439

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#LoveLocalPtbo Helps Peterborough Businesses You can’t turn around without hearing a “buy local” message these days; or in the case of the Chamber of Commerce, #LoveLocalPtbo.There is a good reason for it. This pandemic has been unfairly harsh on small local companies, and the more we can do to support them, the better. Top 10 positive effects of “Buy Local”: 1. Discover interesting things and people: one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants are part of what makes our community a great place to live. 2. Support for not-for-profits: support local business owners, who in turn provide significant support for not-for-profits and charities. 3. Reduce environmental impact: by shopping locally, you are contributing to less pollution, traffic congestion, habitat loss and resource depletion. 4. Personal connection: getting to know the store owners and employees is a great reason to shop local.  5. Make a personal  investment in the  community: when you shop locally, you are making a personal investment.  6. Support future growth: shopping locally is the best way to show pride in your community and help protect the businesses that make our City and County unique. 7. Keep money local: local businesses are more likely to shop with other local  businesses, keeping money in our local economy longer. 8. Local businesses invest in our community: local businesses are owned by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community's welfare and future. 9. Competition and diversity lead to more consumer choices: local competition and diversity lead to more product choices for customers. 10. Locally-made products: when you shop at local businesses, you are likely getting something unique and exclusive! By Stuart Harrison, President & CEO of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce


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But Only Temporary?! March and April are months when Canadians prepare their federal income tax returns. While “death and taxes” may be inevitable, income tax has not always been a part of Canadian life. Prior to 1914, most federal revenues came from customs and excise duties, with most provincial money gathered from permits and licenses, while municipalities levied property taxes.

The First World War created a tremendous debt for the Canadian government. As a result, Parliament passed the Income War Tax Act in August 1917. It applied to companies, associations, and individuals (including women, who as yet could not vote) with annual earnings of $3,000 – or $1,500 for unmarried persons and widows/widowers without dependent children. The 1917 base rate was 4% with additional surtaxes on incomes of $6,000 or more. Although income tax was introduced as a temporary measure – Finance Minister Sir Thomas White stated at the time "I have placed no time limit upon this measure . . . a year or two after the war is over, the measure should be reviewed” – the Act remained until its replacement in 1948 by the permanent Income Tax Act. The Peterborough Museum and Archives holds a completed 1917 income tax return for North Monaghan farmer Harry Giles Webber. While the return is shorter than today’s, apparently the new tax paperwork presented a challenge for this one taxpayer: in the file with his return is correspondence between Mr. Webber and tax inspectors over two years. The first government letter

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informs him that his improperlyfilled-out form is being returned, then continues “If you will pay more attention to the sheet and less attention to trying to figure out the difference between horses and cows it will make matters easier for both yourself and me.” A bit snarky, since farmers would be much more familiar with horses and cows than a newly-introduced tax form. I certainly will think of Harry Webber in the next few weeks as I am surrounded by tax forms and documents, hoping that the only correspondence I receive from Revenue Canada will be quick and include a refund cheque. Good luck with yours. By: Don Willcock The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough, 705-743-5180 www.peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca

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Fenelon Falls District Chamber of Commerce As the long nights of winter fade into the hope of spring it’s an exciting time in Fenelon Falls. Behind the scenes business owners have been dreaming big, moving to new locations on Colborne Street, or opening their doors in Fenelon Falls. A welcome addition to the diverse and fun shopping experience you know and love. Whether it’s a spring outfit, unique home decor or a great new read; all this and more is available online from our local shops. Of

course, our local eateries are always ready to tempt your palette with creative menu items. Are you a theatre goer who also loves the outdoors? Then the Grove Theatre is just the ticket. Nestled in the forest, away from the bustle of the village you’ll find a picturesque amphitheatre. A five-week professional production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be this summer’s inaugural show. Visit www.grovetheatre.ca for tickets.

Is technology more your style? The Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with Driftscape, Fed Dev, and Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Dev. Corp. to launch the Fenelon Falls app. Use the app to discover what Fenelon Falls has to offer before you plan your trip or learn about our past on the historical audio/walking tour. Learn more about Fenelon Falls or download our app at www.explorefenelonfalls.com.

Lindsay Chamber The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) represents more than 330 businesses and associations in the southern half of the City of Kawartha Lakes including the communities of Lindsay, Dunsford, Omemee, Pontypool, Bethany, Little Britain, Cameron, Oakwood and Woodville. It is a voluntary member-based non-profit organization of businesses who join to advance the economic, commercial and civic interests of the community. It is a public relations vehicle, a legislative monitor at the local, provincial and federal levels of government as well as a member information bureau. The LDCC has been working diligently for our members and community. We have a number of member benefits, Chamber Plan Benefits, B2B Networking Club, M2M Breakfast meeting, access to member-only discounts from local businesses as well as affinity programs with the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce. The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is still available to employers seeking post secondary students that have a work experience component to their course. The program includes remote workers as well as in-person work if that is happening for the employer. This program offers up to $7500.00 in wage subsidy to the employer. It is a wonderful opportunity to help someone learn and train in the field of work they are interested in. To reach us call 705-324-2393, email info@lindsaychamber.com or visit www.lindsaychamber.com.


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Sarah Quick

“Theatre isn’t supposed to be elitist.” So says playwright and actor Sarah Quick when talking about Globus Theatre at the Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB), located outside Bobcaygeon ON. “We are accessible, geographically; people don’t have to travel to Toronto to see the best performers in Canada. They are here on our stage, performing shows written mainly by Canadian playwrights. We are accessible, cost-wise; going to see a live show shouldn’t break the bank. And we are accessible to kids; they can experience live theatre, and sometimes even participate in it,” she goes on to say.

solve the problem by starting a new business, making knickers. They even make giant pair as a roadside attraction.

In fact, the annual Christmas panto at LAB affords Sarah, as the playwright, the opportunity to write specifically for the local children who take part. She smiles as she says, "I see something in a child and I write their part to allow them to shine.”

Looking back on her chosen path, Sarah Quick concludes, “Working in the arts is a legitimate career – if you excel and enjoy it, why would you not make it your career.”

Quick grew up in Manchester, England, and by age 8 she was bitten by the acting bug, saying "I had found my place in the world. My niche became making people think and making them laugh." The “proper all-girls school” she attended encouraged its students to be what they wanted.

When “Knickers” came back from being on tour, Quick decided LAB needed its own giant pair of knickers on display. She recalls it was a community effort to make them – and hang them - and at 70’ wide by 40’ high they ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest pair of underpants.

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Her career as a playwright began in 1999, “because I was an actor and I wanted to produce my own works. It's never been about making money, but rather having an impact and making a difference." In Winnipeg in 1996, during the Canadian leg of the International Fringe Festival circuit, Quick met James Barrett, an actor working in theatre, film and television. His work kept him grounded in Canada while Sarah was often on tour for five months of the year all over the world. “It’s hard to maintain a relationship under those conditions,” she recalls. Barrett, raised in Fenelon Falls, and Quick set out to re-establish a summer theatre in the Kawartha Lakes area. In 2003 they founded Globus Theatre (and got engaged the same day), in 2004 they purchased the Lakeview Banquet Hall and in 2006 opened Globus Theatre at the LAB (Lakeview Arts Barn) where Quick took on the role of artistic director. Her canon of works includes six one-act plays, eight pantos, half a dozen murder mysteries and eight full-length plays, including “Sunshine Express”, a comedy about a busload of snowbirds going to Florida. “To fully appreciate the experience James and I actually accompanied a group of seniors on a bus trip to Florida,” she explains, “and the play wrote itself – the people and the situations became the story, in a nonspecific way.” “Sunshine Express” has since gone on tour and been produced by other theatre companies. “Knickers”, another of Quick’s successes across Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand, is about a small town which loses its main industry; while the men weep and wail over the devastating loss, the women set about to

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Terrific Turmeric Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of my favourite herbs to work with, in my clinical practice and for in-home remedies. As an herbalist, I would be hard pressed to find a plant that can match Curcuma in its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat inflammation in many areas of the body from the cardiovascular and digestive systems to the liver and gallbladder. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. Oxidative damage in the body, caused by free radicals, leads to cellular damage and inflammation. Therefore, Curcuma can treat existing inflammation and damage, as well as help to prevent further damage. Turmeric can be used in stir fries, curries, soup stocks and other recipes, but my favourite way to consume Curcuma is with Golden Milk. Golden Milk Step One: Turmeric Paste • ¼ cup powdered turmeric • ½ cup of water Combine the turmeric and water into a saucepan. Simmer and whisk until a paste forms. This paste can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Step Two: Golden Milk • 1 cup of milk of choice • ¼ - ½ tsp of turmeric paste • 1 tsp coconut oil • 1-2 grinds of fresh black pepper • ½ tsp of cinnamon • Maple syrup/honey to taste Note: the oil and black pepper are both necessary to increase the bioavailability of the medicinal properties of turmeric. Turmeric milk is a favourite herbal nightcap of mine and I hope it becomes one for you too. Enjoy! Correne Omland, Clinical Western Herbalist Spiraea Herbal Clinic + Apothecary spiraeaherbs.ca facebook.com/spiraeaherbs youtube.com/spiraeaherbs instagram.com/spiraeaherbs


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EASY CHOCOLATE SLAB CAKE - moist and rich, this easy chocolate slab cake will be your new go-to cake recipe. Ingredients For the cake: • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 2 cups granulated sugar • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 2 teaspoons baking soda • ¾ cup cocoa powder • 1 cup vegetable oil • 1 cup homogenized milk • 2 eggs, room temperature • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 cup regular or decaffeinated coffee, room temperature Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Preheat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Add the dry ingredients in the order listed, whisk after adding cocoa powder. Continue adding the wet ingredients in the order they are listed. Whisk everything together to thoroughly combine. Pour batter into pan. Tap pan two or three times on work surface to eliminate air bubbles. Transfer to oven and bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan at the 20-minute mark. Bake until a cake tester comes away clean. Cool in pan before decorating with EASY CHOCOLATE FROSTING. Decorate in the pan or use parchment to lift cake out onto work surface, then frost. Cut and serve.

For the frosting: • 3 ½ cups Icing Sugar • ½ cup Cocoa Power

Stir and then sift together • 2 sticks of butter (room temp)

Beat in a separate bowl on medium for 1-2 minutes. Add Sifted Cocoa & Sugar Add 2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract Add 4 Tablespoons milk

Beat low for 1 minute then add ½ teaspoon kosher salt Beat on high for 1 minute

BACON EGG BREAKFAST WRAP - serve this tasty wrap any time of the day! Ingredients

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1 tablespoon butter 4 eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten 4 strips of bacon, cooked 1 field tomato, seeded and diced ¼ cup cheddar cheese, grated 2 soft flour tortillas salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter on medium heat in a medium-sized skillet. Add the eggs and scramble gently. Place the tortillas onto your work surface and divide the scrambled eggs between the two, placing the eggs across the centre of the tortilla. Add 2 strips of bacon onto each stack of eggs. Divide the chopped tomatoes between the two. Do the same with the grated cheddar cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Tuck the sides of the tortillas in and roll up to form a tight roll. Transfer to a griddle and warm until cheese melts, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cut in half and serve. www.weekendatthecottage.com

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Local Humane Societies Lakefield Animal Welfare Society 2887 Lakefield Rd. • 705-652-0588 www.lakefieldanimalwelfare.org

Humane Society Of Kawartha Lakes 111 McLaughlin Rd., Lindsay • 705-878-4618 www.hskl.ca

Animal Rescue Krew (ARK) 3307 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-651-0069

Peterborough Humane Society 385 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough • 705-745-7676 www.peterboroughhumanesociety.ca

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There are many benefits to children being around animals, including developing compassion, reducing risk of allergies and teaching lessons in responsibility. All that being said, it’s important to know how to properly introduce the two together. Here are some important tips to remember. Tips for that first meeting between your cats and children • • • • • • •

These meetings should be adult supervised. For cat and children meetings, introductions are made best in an area where a cat is comfortable. Children should be sitting down and refrain from yelling or grabbing at the cat. Children can give the cat treats or play with the cat, depending on how comfortable they are. If the cat seems to be getting too excited or anxious, have it focus its attention on something else (e.g. a toy) or take the cat calmly and quietly away from the child(ren) without punishing it. Do not force the cat to interact with your child(ren). This can make a cat feel anxious. It is best to have the cat interact with the child(ren) on its own terms. Cats should have a “quiet spot” where they can choose to withdraw from interactions and be left alone.

NOTE: There are products available that mimic natural cat pheromones, creating a sense of familiarity in the environment, and can be used to help reassure and comfort cats during stressful situations. This product may be helpful during cat-child introductions. We hope these tips help you introduce a new cat to your children! By Emily Cook Ontario SPCA & Humane Society, www.ontariospca.ca


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The Horse What does he see as he gazes to the night sky? Can a horse imagine life beyond that moment given to him? Does he know how important his ancestors were to the development of human societies and civilizations through the ages? We can only imagine what he is thinking, as we put our human spin on his thoughts. Our modern horse is described in the dictionary as: “A solidhoofed plant-eating domesticated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.” That description appears inadequate when we look back through the ages and understand that the horse had a substantial influence in transforming the world. He moved from being an ancient food source, being slaughtered by Botai hunters, to being recognized as an animal useful to humans due to his great speed and strength. Since that discovery, horses have pulled our chariots, ploughs, wagons, carriages; carried our mail, our soldiers, doctors, and each other. In the end they became a companion, loyal friend and family member. When horses were domesticated is an important question. Although difficult to put an exact date on this event there is evidence coming from burial sites where horse bones and skulls were discovered with the remains of chariots in southern Russia spanning 2100-1700 BC. These horses were buried in teams of two with chariots and harness items, providing persuasive

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evidence that these horses were domesticated. The high value placed on the horse in ancient times is found in particular cultures where the horse was interred in human graves. Our modern horse continues to fascinate us! We look into their eyes and imagine the depth of their thoughts. We fantasize about their connection with us, and ours with them. An author, Keith Overstreet, put his two cents in on defining the horse: “A Sacred Being with great intelligence, strength, beauty, and heart – often misunderstood by the humans they have served and loved so faithfully for thousands of years.” You can decide which definition you think best suits The Horse. Submitted by Janice Ecclestone, Inukshuk Farm www.inukshukfarm.ca

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Sock Bunny I don’t know about you, but it seems no matter how many socks we have in our family, there are always more unmatched socks than pairs; in fact, sometimes we just dig into the basket and pull out two of the same size and wear them just like that. Over the years, we’ve been pretty creative with how to manage the overflow of odd socks kicking around. We’ve tried them out as dust rags (although they do a pretty great job, they almost always get mixed into the odd-sock pile again), we’ve tried wearing them mismatched, and we’ve tried hanging them on a sock-line while they’re still single and looking for a mate. Ultimately, we just end up tossing them out like the useless little devils they are, which hurts my earth-loving soul. Occasionally, a cool little craft like this one comes along for that one special odd sock who needs a forever home. You can make one too! If you can, use an odd sock like we did, a clean one, of course, and soon enough, you’ll have a hoppy little bunny of your own instead of a random sock. You’ll Need: 1 cup or so of dried grain (like rice!) A marker Rubber Bands Ribbon One clean, random sock A glass or plastic cup Cotton ball or pompom (optional)

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1) The toe of your sock will become a set of ears, so snip them down to the desired length. 2) Reach into the sock through the hole you’ve just cut in the toe and close the other end of the sock with a rubber band. 3) Put your sock in a cup and fold the ears over the edge to secure. Pour your grain in. 4) Shape the neck of your bunny with another band, giving it a smaller head than body. 5) Use a rubber band to tie the top of the head closed before the ears. 6) Use a small rubber band to shape a small tail, or glue your cotton ball or pompom on its bottom 7) Add a cute little face and tie a bow around its neck or even at the base of its ears, and give your bunny a name. Ideas for your sock bunnies: Make a sock bunny family Make large ones with large socks, and baby ones with baby socks Leave them at your neighbour’s doorstep as a gift Use them the decorate your table for spring or add them to a spring wreath Use one to decorate the top of a special gift. Jacquelyn Toupin and her partner Tyler live with their family on a farm that’s been in her family for four generations. You can read about their adventures on her blog, Makin Hays at www.raisinghay.com and @raisinghay on Instagram


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The Magic of Butterflies Who has not been enchanted by the delicate and colourful wind dancers known as butterflies? There is something heart-warming about the gentle flutter of a butterfly, or as one poetic person rephrased it - a “flutterby” - sailing from flower to flower One of the first butterflies to emerge in spring is the Mourning Cloaks. Their reddish-brownish colour is reminiscent of traditional cloaks worn by people who were in mourning. Mourning Cloaks spend the winter frozen as adults in tree crevices and underneath bark. Their body produces proteins with anti-freeze in a process called cryo-preservation. When the warm spring sun thaws them out, they begin to flit about looking for food. If you can sidle up close to a Mourning Cloak, watch how its curled tongue called a proboscis, unfurls as it sucks up nectar or sap. Amazingly butterflies taste with their feet. You can attract butterflies like the Mourning Cloak by making a magic butterfly potion. Magic Butterfly Goop Butterfly visits, however, can be few and far between. But you can increase your chances of seeing butterflies by creating your very own magical potion. This recipe can attract such beauties as mourning cloaks, viceroys, and swallowtail butterflies as well as a variety of moths. The concoction even works on a balcony. If you examine the ingredients you might think - hey, that’s a bit strange! It turns out that some butterflies love fermented fruit, tree sap,

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mud and even mammal dung. Beware for this recipe may also attract yellow jackets and other stinging insects. But with a bit of patience, you’ll be amazed by the visitors to your potent butterfly bait. Have a camera ready so you can take some pictures. Moths may visit the goop at night. You’ll need: 1 cup of white sugar, 1 can of beer (non-alcoholic works too), 4-5 overripe bananas, water, 2-liter jar with lid. Here is how: Mix sugar, bananas and a little water in a blender. Pour mixture and beer into jar. Top off with just enough water to make it gooey and sticky. Place lid on jar loosely (mixture will ferment). Place mixture in shallow dish outside or paint on trees, rocks, etc. You can even soak a sponge in this mixture and hang it from a tree branch. Check your bait sites (at night, too) to see what winged splendors are enjoying your magic potion! Submitted By Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award winning outdoor education centre and summer camp.

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Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine - Cottage Country Connection publishes 6 times a year, the print edition stands out for its community con...

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