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10 Dock Life 14 Those Were the Days " More Than Just Buildings" - Russ Sanders 16 White Kitchens 19 Picking Your Perfect Railing Page 12 21 How to Enjoy Maximalism at Home 25 Serving You During a Pandemic The Beauty 27 Why Ultraviolet (UV)? 28 Live Your Best Cottage Life of Post & 33 Anstruther Lake Beam 35 Your Shoreline is Vital 36 Picking Your Pole 39 Got Weeds? 40 Invasive Species 41 How Safe is Your Water? 43 1902 Ontario Historical Society Conference 44 Daytripping 54 The Value of One, The Power of Many 59 Keeping the Turtle Population Healthy Begins with You 60 Kids Corner 62 Artist Spotlight - Marie Gage Page 63 The Wonder of Worms - Jacob Rodenburg 64 Pets & Vets 28 67 Weekend at the Cottage Recipes PUBLISHER & DESIGN Kelly Welsh, Owner

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Welcome to the Spring into Summer Issue of Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine

Welcome to the time of year where we gingerly step outside in our sandals hoping for the warmer weather – whether it is here yet or not! It is the season of renewal and refreshment as the weather goes from chilly and wet to hot and dry. When flowers begin popping up and we start to see our beautiful Cottage Country region in full bloom. The lakes and rivers are shifting and warming, getting ready for those first brave swimmers. Getting the dock in is at the top of the list, and launching the boat is a must to get back out on the water, back to where your soul feels free. The kids are thinking about long days with no school spent on the lake, and parents can’t wait for a cold drink on the dock. Welcome to the Spring into Summer Issue of Cottage Country Magazine. In this issue we have many interesting stories from feel-good news about Lang Pioneer Village and Hutchison House Museum, to ecological articles explaining how to keep your waterfront healthy – there is a warning about the harms of specific algae and vegetation which are impacting our bodies of water, and information on how to protect your boat with a new boatlift. We offer lots of design inspiration in this issue – when it comes to making updates to your home and cottage, our designers have some tips for you! There is a little something for everyone – even the kids! Get them outside with tips from our resident homeschool Mamma, and learn how to call worms with Jacob Rodenburg - this is great news for kids who love to fish with wiggly earthworms. Speaking of fishing, Mike Williams teaches you how to pick the perfect rod and reel for you in this exciting issue, too! Welcome to early summer, Cottage Country – we can’t wait to get out to the lake with you.

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Family Owned & Operated for 45 Years R&J Machine

If you live in Cottage Country, chances are the name R&J Machine is well known to you. This family owned and operated company that has spanned three generations, and started as a smaller fabrication and machine shop, has grown to employ over 45 full-time year-round employees with additional help for the Summer season! The business started in 1975 in the City of Peterborough, carrying snowmobile accessories and repairing motorcycles. Just two years later, they started manufacturing docks, marine railways and boat lifts as well.

R&J Machine strives to maintain full-service crews who install the products they manufacture. They believe by doing this they have better control over the finished product - and their client testimonials speak very highly of their hands-on customer service.

In 1987, the business outgrew its location on Parkhill Road East and moved to its present location on County Road 18 between Bridgenorth and Lakefield, Ontario. There the Hicksons decided to discontinue the snowmobile parts aspect of the business and stick with docks, marine railways and other custom work that R&J Machine had become known for.

“Just a note to say a huge THANK YOU! To you, the welding team and the installation crew that was on site today. Pat and his 3 other crew were awesome! They worked so hard thru heavy rain showers and also braving the cold water temperature to set the dock modules and tighten some screw bolts! Thanks again Derek! I can’t say enough about the crews and the beautiful product that was manufactured by R&J Machine.” – N. Sultmanis

Over 25 years ago the second generation - son Ryan and daughter Katie - became actively involved in the business. Working alongside their parents the family has expanded even more to increase their production shop to over 20,000 square feet. The family believes that much of their success is because they have always maintained a hands-on approach to the business. Along with the manufacturing of high quality docks,  boat lifts and marine railways, the fabrication of boathouse structures permanent docks, and  commercial marina systems has become a large portion of their business.

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Many customers come to R&J from referrals, or because their parents or grandparents had purchased products in the past. There are folks who purchased docks from them 20 years ago who are now coming back to have their framework redocked, or enlarged. R&J Machine prides themselves on having a high-quality product which stands the test of time, all while offering one-of-akind customer service. “What an unbelievable purchase experience we have had with R&J.

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Craig is an unbelievable sales rep to deal with, but his after-sales responsiveness and attention has been even more impressive. Every crew that came out as part of the delivery and install have been such a pleasure to deal with and so good at what they do. There wouldn’t be a second thought to calling Craig and using R&J for anything else dock or boat-lift related in the future. Worth every penny we spent and our finished product is absolutely spectacular!” – J. Lazarus Although most of R&J’s customers reside within a couple hours of their Lakefield facility, the company have been fortunate to take on some custom projects for contracts in the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Bahamas, Netherlands, USA and coast to coast across Canada. They are distributers for well known products like Dock Edge, Wave Armour PWC Ports, Weeders Digest Oscillators, Kasco Deciders, HitchHinge and more! Stop by and check out their indoor/outdoor showroom at 1601 Eighth line, which showcases the products they manufacture. You can also shop a full line of dock accessory items including bumpers, cleats, solar lights, flags and flagpoles and even DIY dock hardware and floats. R&J Machine 1601- 8th Line of Selwyn Township, Lakefield www.rjmachine.ca 705-652-6731

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Dock Life I can remember the feeling of the weathered boards under my bare feet. The dock jutted straight out into the lake. Steadfast, protector of our inlet, guardian of our little cottage paradise. Well constructed by the hands of my dear old grandad and enjoyed by his family and friends. If you sat at the end of the dock, you could hear the gentle lapping of the waves that would roll in from boats passing by. To the right, there was an old stump that stood guard as well, surrounded by golden rods, humming blue dragonflies and the occasional singing bullfrog. On the other side of the inlet where the shadows stayed all day were the trunks of old trees that had fallen long ago and become the perfect hideaway for turtles and fish. It was beautiful. It was peaceful. It was ours. It was the passageway to many memories. Hosting years of barefoot children running and leaping off the edge with cannonballs and bellyflops. It’s the place where we learned to finesse the perfect dive. It was the fortress for tiny minnows and sunfish, their brilliant scales sparkling as they would dart in and out. Occasionally, it was the place where shrieks could be heard if we disturbed a hiding dock spider and it decided to make an appearance. We would quickly jump into the lake and splash as much water as we possibly could at the unfortunate arachnid. It was the place where many sticks were thrown for eager border collies willing to dive and fetch their waterlogged prize.  The dock was a place where displays of bravery were shown as young children took their first swims without life jackets, where we took our first water ski runs from, where proud anglers displayed their successful catches. It was the perfect place for a picnic, where snacks were shared all day; where popsicles dripped, and lemonade spilled and smiles were almost always present. It was the place where cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents spent time together and

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laughed together. At the end of the day, it’s where we would gather all the wet towels and life jackets. Where we would dip our feet in. Where we would watch the sunset and unwind. It was the best kind of life.

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It was dock life. By Danielle McNelly, Nortech Windows, Doors & Sunrooms www.nortechwindows.com

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Post & Beam Building to suit your surrounding area needs to be considered when planning a new home or cottage build; something which complements the stunning scenery that surrounds it, while creating an architectural masterpiece to be loved for years to come. Post and beam construction is a stunning way to combine rustic charm with modern, fresh design concepts. It utilizes large vertical wood beams paired with a series of horizontal beams placed across them to support a second floor or roof. This type of structure offers large windows and vaulted ceilings. Exposed beams create a visual rhythm which is very appealing. Wood is known for its innate warmth and the way it resonates with beauty. There are no bearing walls; the timbers do all the work, allowing the home owner to customize where they would like to put walls, doors, windows, and much more.

of experts in commercial developments, custom home building, restoration, retrofit, renovating, steel assembly, and general construction management. With every step of the process handled in-house from design, to estimating and permits as well as all project management, TCM makes their family of staff available to you for every step of the planning and construction process.

Watch for their new Design Centre, coming soon to Norwood to serve you better! TCM will provide you with all the support you need to get the job done right! TCM 647 Neal Dr., Peterborough 1-844-476-3300 www.tcm2000.ca

TCM will help you take your post and beam ideas straight from inception to reality, from planning to build, and finish. TCM can be the one company to handle all the details of your build with their expert in general contracting. TCM doesn’t just work with post and beam construction. They’re also dealers of a modular home company as well as Robertson Steel and can walk you through a turnkey project. TCM is also a great choice for your home or cottage improvements. Whether you are remodeling, restoring or adding an addition; TCM has the team to make your dreams come true. TCM brings together a skilled team boasting a combined 100 years of experience to get each and every job done to perfection. TCM ‘s team consists

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THOSE WERE THE DAYS

“More Than Just Buildings” I was born in Windsor, Ontario and the odd time when I visited my old neighbourhood, I would use my advanced years in playful banter. “Those streets?” “Those houses?” “That was all bush when I was growing up.” Well, age has a way of letting us know you can never walk the same path twice, and time does march on. During my late twenties and early thirties, there were three buildings in Windsor that not only had a huge influence on my life but also paved the road to my future; three thriving enterprises that were once there as big as life but have since disappeared into the dust of yesteryear. Wonder Bakeries was where I began my very first paying job, earning 45 cents an hour. I was ambitious and learned most of the inside jobs, eventually earning $1.14 an hour and becoming the second highest paid employee. I applied for a delivery route and was given a horse and wagon servicing the west side of Windsor, the last horse and wagon route in the city. I graduated to vehicle delivering bread and cakes to a large country area earning the princely sum of $38.50 a week, enough money to get married, and in 1954 I did. Al Siegel was a visionary looking to transform Windsor into a Las Vegas-type mecca. His first venture was to build Windsor Raceway, a beautiful standardbred tartan surfaced track that was successful from the very first day it opened on October 21, 1965. Bill Rowe was hired as General Manager; Bill was a true gentleman and horseman, and a man I was proud to call my friend. I worked at the raceway for over ten years, naming the clubhouse the Tartan Terrace and forming many cherished friends and memories. Al Siegel then built Elmwood Casino, looking down the road to hopefully join with Windsor Raceway as the wagering capital of Canada. Government at that time was not in favour of “off track” betting so the Elmwood became one of Canada’s most famous top entertainment supper clubs with headliners Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Durante, Tom Jones and many more. I was a guest of Mr. Siegel and appreciated the best roast beef dinner I have ever had while enjoying the live stage production of “Fiddler On The Roof” starring Topol. They are all gone. I was hired by Wonder Bakeries when bread was eight cents an unsliced loaf, today bread is twelve cents a slice. Horses and bread wagon home delivery? Was it really that long ago? I went on to be General Manager of various race tracks but always had Windsor Raceway in my rear-view mirror. I was saddened by its slow but visible demise and it felt like an old friend had passed when the track was totally demolished by a horrendous fire. Elmwood Casino was a success until the headline acts began demanding outlandish salaries for their performances, expenses the casino just could not afford. Today ironically enough, the building is now Brentwood Recovery Home helping those recovering from alcohol and drug misuse. Three buildings, a lifetime of memories. By Russ Sanders

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White Kitchens Crisp. Clean. Classic. They never go out of style. White kitchens have been a go-to client request for years and will continue to be. As this does tend to be the most expensive renovation project in your home, most people want something that will stand the test of time. Our approach to an all-white scheme? Keep it interesting. Use different textures and materials to keep the eye moving. Fabric can give you the drama you need In this home we added a bold floral fabric to give this all white kitchen the squeeze of zest it needs. This dramatic pop breaks up all the white and provides movement as well as colour. The drapery and roman blind can also easily be changed out in a few years, if another fabric catches your eye, for a whole new look. The timeless white base can remain as is.

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Mix your tones and your metals This warm white kitchen uses many shades of cream and white to keep things interesting, from the backsplash to the counters, cabinets and stools, many shades are combined for a sophisticated, layered and lived in look. The brass and gold accents also provide some contrast to really add warmth and depth to the space, while the stainless-steel appliances provide that impressive chef's kitchen vibe. While this space still reads as neutral and white, once you break it down you can really see just how many different elements are combined here to create depth and dimension in this kitchen. Your all white kitchen doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be all white.

White with a twist In this mostly white space, we added the softest blue to the island and hood just to add a little pop. While still reading as a mostly white kitchen this subtle move suddenly gives the space a whole new look. This space evokes thoughts of the ocean and beach with the light blue watery hue, and the natural and neutral tones of the showstopping stools, and subtly patterned window treatments. The amazing bubble chandeliers are the piece de resistance in this space creating the wow factor. Spraying out all the cabinets in the blue would have been too much for this homeowner, as they still wanted that timeless white kitchen appeal, but this little hit of colour gives the space oomph and creates that special custom feel, so they know they have something no one else will.

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. www.michelleberwickdesign.com

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Picking Your

Perfect Railing Building a deck on your home or cottage is like giving your building a facelift. You are creating outdoor space in which you will make lasting memories. Lots of thought and material selections go into planning your new deck, but there is one selection that should be at the forefront of your mind – the railings. Not only are railings a must when it comes to making sure your deck is safe and up to specific building standards, it is the part of the deck you see when approaching, or while you enjoy lounging. Do you have waterfront that you would like to see from your new deck? You likely want to pick something which will keep the view open and clear. Monaghan Lumber carries a wide variety of railings from which to choose when completing your decking project. Brands like Trex®, InvisiRail™, and Century Aluminum Railings are all available to add an air of sophistication to your new deck. Trex® offers options which include important factors like style, performance, and affordability with their railing options. Trex® Transcend railing offers nearly limitless opportunities to mix and match profiles and colors for a customized look, and it won’t rot, warp, peel so it never needs painting or staining. Trex Select® railing is the simplest and most affordable high-performance system offered by Trex®. InvisiRail™ has a goal to create railings that will never obstruct your view, with their variety of glass railing systems designed with minimal posts and fasteners. Without sacrificing strength or durability the InvisiRail™ glass railing system is designed to maximize visibility through your railing, letting your outdoor oasis shine through. Century Aluminum Railings offer options like scenic glass railings, traditional picket style rails and pipe railings. Pipe railings allow you to design your project with a very versatile product and the aluminum pipe can be cut onsite to your design, making it very adaptable. With easy installation this is a great choice for the DIYer. It is never too early to begin thinking about the finishing touches for your project design, and no matter your taste – whether it be modern or traditional – the team at Monaghan Lumber have the knowledge and expertise to help you order the railing that will finish and complement your deck perfectly.

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How to Enjoy Maximalism at Home while keeping it from looking overwhelming or cluttered Tip #1

Go maximalist with your plants

Layering and stacking plants of various shapes, shades, and sizes can create visual interest that’s striking, but not at all overwhelming. The various shades of green that are found in different plants harmonize naturally with one another, while each plant's unique characteristics combined create a textured, jungle-like effect that really dials up the depth. Play with your pots! Keep your maximalist plant game in check by balancing exotic-looking leaves like on a ZZ plant with an earthy, stone-made vessel and by pairing smooth-lined leaves like on a snake-leaf plant with bold-toned, geometric shapes.

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Curate some chaos

Curated chaos might sound counterintuitive to avoiding clutter, but for the mess-minded maximalist, finding the sweet spot between organized and cluttered can bring through some real magic. Stack your books and magazines in a few different piles on your coffee table or a floating shelf. Organize each pile symmetrically and by colour for cohesiveness, but then mix the pile heights and placements at random to create a statement. For an added touch of boldness, weight your stacks with a potted plant or sculpted candle for height and a vintage magnifying glass or weighted beads for texture. An additional trick for bringing clean lines to quirky paper piles is to connect the colour schemes to other elements in the space. This could be the colour or texture of the frame around a piece of art or the detailing on a light fixture.

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Tip #3

Do mixy matchy, but not matchy matchy

Large-scale, graphic-printed wallpaper can be super fun for a home office or spare room, but it doesn’t mean that every other detail needs to be perfectly matched or muted entirely to work. It’s totally okay to bring in more than one bold pattern or colour scheme to the same space if you want to. When it's done right, mixing your maximalism can actually create an environment that's inspiring and joyful for work, play, or just relaxing. The key to maximalist mixing is to choose a colour from your boldest pattern, and tweak the tone ever-so-slightly and include it in other areas of the space. This could mean that it's the paint colour of an accent wall, a detail on a throw blanket, or a shade in an oversized piece of art. Doing maxy-matchy colour lines instead of matchymatchy will bridge the boldness of your space in a cool, calming way while making the colours pop in all the right places. So go ahead and let your citrine-coloured wall fly freely! And bring in those brass-armed sconces and swivel chair in black bouclé while you're at it.

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Tip #4

Bring on the layers

Layering different textures, colours, and materials is a unique way to bring maximalism into a space without it feeling cluttered, and an easy place to test this is in bed. Start with smooth, crisp cotton sheets and fold them overtop a sateen-quilted or linen-woven coverlet. Layer this with a turkish-style blanket and a thin-striped patterned or plain-coloured duvet. For a clean, uncluttered look, keep your colour scheme similar here, but play around with textures. Finish with a waffle-comb throw blanket and long, lumbar velvet throw pillow in a dark, contrasting colour. Velvet is luxurious, and has a weightiness to it that makes a bed feel cozy while tying everything together. Shag and fur-textured pillows also work, but I personally love velvet because its soft, rich texture is perfect for bedtime vibes. Stack your sleeping and top pillows two-by-two, and add one oversized or two decorative pillows to make a bold but clean statement. No 50 pillows on the bed needed! Joanna Smeeth, Founder & Principal Designer www.indainteriors.com

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During a Pandemic Lockside Trading Company is more than just shopping…it’s your one-stop shop year ‘round. A way of life since 1987, it’s the place where friends and family have been meeting for years, making it the destination in Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and the Haliburton Highlands. The bricks-and-mortar locations are ready to serve you: Young’s Point in the heart of the Kawarthas, offering over 7,000 sq. feet of shopping and downtown Haliburton with over 5,000 sq. feet. Lastly Lockside’s online store is here for convenience, helping serve you from any location. Lockside offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with a mix of home décor to help you create a living space in which to sit back, relax, and entertain throughout the year. Selections are constantly changing during the course of the seasons, offering a multitude of choices from indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, giftware, mattresses, bedding, and window treatments. Staycation With many of us spending more time at home, we instinctively want to improve our surroundings, and perhaps will be inspired to refresh our living space. What better way to

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do that than with Lockside’s Save the Tax on All Furniture Orders, plus receive our Interior Design Service complimentary with your purchase, a service that is worth hundreds of dollars for FREE! Here at Lockside we understand that many of you are doing your best to ‘flatten the curve’ so we have expanded our design services to include virtual consultations requiring little or no contact. Simply visit www.lockside.com, then email us at shop@lockside.com or call us at 1-888-714-0484. You can start by sending us your floor plan, wish list, wants and needs and we will take care of the rest. Backed by their team of qualified interior designers and their outstanding product lines, Lockside caters to customers on any budget, in any location with any look and style, to give direction and confidence to help them create their dream space. Be prepared, act now for later. With the pandemic affecting worldwide production, wait times have increased in all manufacturing areas. Most people start shopping for furniture a couple of weeks to a month before they intend on having it in their home.  Given current delivery delays, it is recommended to start planning for these

purchases even earlier. By planning and ordering ahead, you are more likely to receive your purchase by the time you need it. Shop Local & Buy Canadian Made Lockside is dedicated to supporting Canadians by offering superior quality Canadian-made products at great pricing. In particular they specialize in custom Canadian-made furniture. Their motto is “Quality by Canadians, for Canadians, keep it local”. Shopping locally and buying Canadian-made has never been more important, especially during this pandemic. By supporting your community and fellow Canadians we make our country stronger, because where you spend your money affects us all, instore and online.

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Why Ultraviolet (UV)?

This is the time of year we see bacteria counts jump in surface water, and in wells influenced by surface run off. If you’ve taken water samples to the local health lab you know the drill; maybe you’ve received an adverse result before, but what does it all mean? Hard truth: “Bugs” are in our water and all around us. Most microbacteria are harmless, but some can make you quite sick. Avoid consuming water which is untreated. Bacteria gets bad when your water source is compromised, be it from a septic breach, surface runoff or even a little critter getting in your well! Public Health says a bad sample is >5CFU (coliform forming units) or the presence of any E. coli. UV light neutralizes harmful bacteria like this by breaking the DNA bonds so they can’t reproduce. Unlike chlorine or peroxide treatment, with UV there are no chemicals entering the water. Ultraviolet is a cost-effective way to ensure safe, clean drinking water. Most UV lights use between 20-60 watts of energy, and need to be changed once a year (twice if you winterize your cottage). After about 9,000 hours the intensity starts to drop off, and the bulb isn’t as effective. The glass tube or sleeve should be cleaned and the unit sterilized when swapping out the bulb. This can be done by the homeowner (if they’re comfortable) or by a knowledgeable service technician. Whether you’re on a well or drawing from the lake, the responsibility of providing safe drinking water falls on the home owner. Know what’s in your water and ensure you have the right equipment to treat it. Get your water tested and talk to an expert if you’re unsure. Rowan Fleming - Owner of McLeod’s EcoWater 1-855-625-3637 (855-MCLEODS) info@mcleodsecowater.com www.mcleodsecowater.com

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Live Your Best Cottage Life with These Top 5 Must-haves! Summer in the Kawarthas is upon us and many are taking in vacation days and weekends on the various waterways and lakes. Some may be doing so in family cottages and others in new builds or all the in-between ways in which cottaging has evolved for many of us. By Joanne Clark Stoney Lake

These top five things will ensure your cottage is a reflection of traditional cottage spirit for both family and guests!

Canadian Flag There is a certain patriotic charm that comes with flying the Canadian flag in the true north. There is something about the crisp red-and-white paired with Adirondack chairs, docks, and campfires. Our national anthem has strong ties to cottage country as the most popular version was crafted in 1908 by Robert Stanley Weir. Weir was a practicing lawyer who was spending his summer on Lac Memphrémagog in Cedarville, Quebec, when he took to his piano and, inspired by the lakeview, created the English version of "O Canada." One can almost picture the cottage named "Cedarhurst", which was a former 17-room hotel, and how the idyllic surrounding vistas would have conjured up the patriotic sentiment that would ultimately result in our country's anthem today.  

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Birdhouse How about a wee representation of what cottage life can be for our feathered friends! A birdhouse brings character to any cottage setting. At the same time, birdhouses attract birds to your area at a time when, unfortunately, many regions have experienced habitat loss. There are many styles of birdhouses to choose from and you can often find them for sale at craft shows or handcrafted by local woodworkers roadside. I found over 900 birdhouse ideas on Pinterest that will start the creative process for adding beauty and design to your garden!   Tucked away, this birdhouse offers an interesting discovery while walking down a path.

This wee house matches the overall cottage design!

A Map of the Lake Having a map of the lake will provide context for your guests. These can be framed, laminated or plaque-mounted. Either way, a lake map is a personalized touch for any cottage and can be used as a reference tool and conversation piece. Laser carved maps provide a stylish touch to your cottage décor and can be found in both metal and wood finishes. Vintage maps add even more character and your local cottage association can often help with sourcing and printing copies. A cottage lake map makes for a focal point in a guest room 

Campfire There is something about that woodsy scent of a campfire which completes the cottage experience. Campfires are also where our best audiences are found for all sorts of story-telling lore. From the big one that got away to comedic accounts of cottage shenanigans across the generations, campfires are where we get sentimental for the past and inspired for the future. Campfires guarantee memorable events and today you can find many portable options on the market, meaning you can pretty much have a campfire anywhere.

Family Heirlooms As cottages pass down to family or new ones are built, having a nostalgic connection to the past in your décor is an ideal way to inject character and personality into your cottage space. Often these are items from the original family cottage which have been passed down or are special keepsakes that have been in the family for years. Finding a way to feature these finds in your cottage means it will always feel like a part of your roots. Cottages provide an opportunity for a little more whimsical freedom and offer an eclectic approach to decorating. Heirlooms can also be repurposed and reinvented by painting them or finding an alternative use. An old quilt can be used around the campfire or above a bed as a wall hanging. Old books can be used as doorstops, piled for height on end tables - or consider framing special pages. Keeping cottage memories alive through heirlooms is unique to each cottage and always a joy to experience in someone’s space.  An antique crock heirloom makes for a handy fishing rod storage solution. Vintage milk glass from a family cottage used as a vase for summer wildflowers adds heirloom charm. 

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Raising Country Kids Thoughts of living ‘in the country’ often conjure images of total isolation, being forced to travel long distances to find even so much as a grocery store, let alone a large department store. Our 'Cottage Country', defined as the area in which we distribute our magazine, is the stunning region extending from Peterborough up to Haliburton, and from Campbellford across to Fenelon Falls. Each community within that area is within a reasonable distance of bigger cities, which means minimal travel time, and scenic drives.With many communities available to call home - from cities and larger towns to tiny hamlets and small townships – you have the freedom to enjoy as much, or as little, of the country lifestyle as you wish. We truly do have the best of both worlds. Parents may choose from Public, Catholic, or French School Boards, and for further education, the prestigious Trent University and the highly respected Fleming College. The City of Peterborough boasts many conveniences, a thriving downtown, a lively entertainment district, and beautiful walking trails. Imagine leaving work in the city centre at 5pm and being on the water kayaking by 5:30pm. Where else can you leave the city centre and, literally within minutes, be surrounded by nature? With excellent indoor fitness and recreational facilities you can stay

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active; Peterborough is home to the YMCA and the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, as well as many beautiful parks and beaches. Looking for Summer Camp? The award-winning Summer Discovery Day Camp program, hosted by the Peterborough Museum, offers week-long themed camps for kids. Only 30 minutes away, on beautiful Clear Lake, is award-winning Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre, offering camps for kids in kindergarten all the way up to leadership camps for teenagers with both day camps and overnight camps. Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, housed in one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings, located on Trent University’s wildlife sanctuary lands, also offers day camps and class trips, too. Locals and visitors alike are spoiled with year-round festivals, concerts, museums, theatres and art festivals. Farmers markets, bistros, bakeries, cinemas, art galleries and theatres are also a loved, local pastime. Outdoor enthusiasts revel in camping, boating, fishing, golfing or simply exploring nature in the beautiful countryside. With striking green space, and access to a culturally diverse community, rich in both arts, entertainment, and adventure, Cottage Country truly has something for kids (and adults) of all ages, whether you are a citylover or a nature-lover - or somewhere in between.

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Anstruther Lake Anstruther Lake is a scenic medium sized deep-water cottage lake that will always be preserved. The lake will not face growth and urbanization because it is part of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Anstruther Lake has about 230 cottages and one full service marina, all of which are protected by law from expropriation for the park. Two thirds of the cottages are water access only. Anstruther Lake is in North Kawartha Township, just west of Highway 28 near Apsley and east of Catchacoma. It is about 6 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide. The lake has depths up to 120 feet and a few deeper spots, but the average depth is about 40 feet. Motorboats are allowed on the lake, and fishing is good with bass, walleye and lake trout. Water flows into the lake through Camp Creek and out through Anstruther Creek. Anstruther Lake is an active lake for residents year round. In the winter, the Apsley Trail can be accessed by snowmobilers from just behind the marina. Ice fishing is not allowed, which helps protect the lake trout and preserve quality fishing in the summer. Anstruther is the largest lake on a chain, which includes smaller lakes where the Serpentine Loop is an excellent user-friendly canoe route. Campsites can be reserved online through the Ontario Parks website. Anstruther Lake is an excellent starting point for a canoe trip in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. The park has 121 back country campsites and all are only accessible by water. A few of the campsites are at the north end of Anstruther Lake but most are on smaller lakes and will require a portage or more for access.

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Why Naturalizing

Your Shoreline is Vital to the Health of Your Lake!

Many Canadians put a lot of effort into creating their lush, green lawns. It’s often a labour of love that involves multiple steps – the mowing, raking, weeding, fertilizer and pesticide applications. We take pride in our grassy spaces, but did you know manicured lawns on shoreline properties can impact the health of our lakes? Up to 35 per cent of precipitation can run off lawns and enter lakes – carrying with it sediments, pesticides, fertilizers and other harmful pollutants from our properties. “Your shoreline was meant to be naturally beautiful,” said Terri-Lee Reid, Freshwater Researcher with the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) who helps oversee the Love Your Lake program. “Naturalized shorelines are cost-effective, low maintenance, ecologically responsible and stunning. They also add value to your property and help support healthy habitat along the shore and in the water.” What does a natural shoreline look like? According to Reid, it should contain native vegetation, known as a buffer, which extends back at least 30 metres from the shoreline. While a buffer strip of this size is not always possible, any size buffer is better than none at all. These buffers have many important benefits. “For starters, shoreline buffers help to maintain and even increase property values,” she said. “The natural vegetation allows for filtration, which helps remove many nutrients, sediments, and other dangerous contaminants before they enter the lake and harm aquatic life and water quality.” In comparison to the short root systems of lawns, the vast network

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of roots under a natural shoreline holds soil in place and helps prevent shorelines from slumping and washing away. A buffer can reduce flooding by slowing the velocity of surface runoff so it has time to absorb into the ground water rather than flow directly into the lake. A natural buffer helps create wildlife habitat for reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, insects and mammals that use the shoreline for mating, rearing young, for food, shelter, and protection from predators. Plus, natural vegetation is beautiful! You can easily create an attractive oasis that will provide privacy and beautiful views to enjoy. Reid says that there are multiple ways to naturalize your shoreline and create beautiful buffers designed to help wildlife. “A natural shoreline can also have stones, boulders, snags, and branches found along the shoreline,” said Reid. “Not only do these features provide important wildlife habitat, but they also help reduce erosion.” Reid suggests that if you have a retaining wall, consider planting native vegetation on the landward side. This will help provide all the important benefits outlined above, protecting your lake for you and your loved ones. Love Your Lake is a shoreline naturalization program developed by CWF and Watersheds Canada. For more information on ways that you can love your lake, be sure to visit LoveYourLake.ca!

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Picking Your

Pole

A question I get asked often is, what kind of rod and reel should I get? I think I get that question because people feel overwhelmed when they walk into a tackle store and see a vast selection of rods; it is easy to be confused when choosing the right pole. The answer can be broken down in many ways. Factors can include the skill level of the angler, what type of fish you are targeting, and what type of fishing technique you are using. In this article I will try to break this down and simplify your choices so you can easily narrow your search, and select the proper fishing rod for you.

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First, start by choosing a rod and reel combo that is suited to your skill level. If you have a young child or are new to fishing, I suggest using a spin cast type of real which is a closed face spinning reel commonly known as a push button. These reels are the easiest to learn how to use and will prevent you from encountering a lot of tangles and keeping your fishing experience fun-filled worryfree. When selecting a beginner type rod, consider the height of the person using it. The shorter the person, the shorter the rod. This will make the rod easier to control when casting. As your skill level increases you can move on to an open-faced spinning reel with a more technique-specific rod. This type of combo is super versatile and will allow you to target bigger fish, and learn several different techniques from jigging to casting, and everything in between. When you get to this step you will start encounter more technique-specific gear. To keep it simple I would suggest a 2500 series reel with a mediumheavy action rod. The 2500 indicates the spool size and line capacity. This is a mid-range reel that can be used for almost any type of fishing. Medium-heavy indicates the action of the rod. This will allow you to use it for many different types of fishing. If you look at the rod it will have an action and a length printed on the blank space near the handle. For example, MH66 stands for medium-heavy action and 6’6” length. Again, I would suggest choosing a rod length that suits the angler’s height. These rods usually come in sizes from 6’-7’3”. 6’ if you are shorter and 7’3” if you are taller. When thinking you are ready to get into a baitcasting reel is when things get a lot more technique-specific and complicated; mix that with potential backlashes, and it can be a daunting undertaking. But please do not be intimidated by these reels even if you haven't casted them before. A lot of companies have come out with ways to combat and minimize the potential of a “birds’ nest”. Quality reels with this feature include the Daiwa SV series and the Shimano DC series. These reels may be a little more expensive than an average baitcaster but will allow you to learn how to cast without the frustration of backlashing. These reels will allow

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you to target bigger species of fish, and fish more powerfully. With the reel being positioned on top of the rod it gives you more leverage when setting the hook and fighting the fish in heavy cover such as lily pads. These reels come in different sizes related to spool size and gear ratio. I would suggest a 150 size with a 7:1 gear ration which simply means that for every rotation of the handle the spool winds 7 times. These reels commonly come in 6:1, 7:1 and 8:1; 8:1 being the fastest reel picking up the most line per turn. A medium-heavy rod will allow you to be versatile in your techniques. I hope this helps narrow your search for your next rod and reel and makes the decision easier and less complicated. See you on the Water!! Tight lines!! Happy Fishing!! By Mike Williams, Pro Angler & Owner of Williams Outfitters in Curve Lake First Nation www.williamsoutfitters.com

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Got Weeds? Long cold winters leave cottagers looking forward to summer and swimming, but as the weather warms up, weeds become noticeable. Aquatic weeds are taking over the shorelines in many Ontario lakes and waterways, and can become so bad that swimming isn’t enjoyable, or even safe. Weeds B Gone offers solutions to eliminate unwanted aquatic weeds with services and products that solve problems like excessive vegetation in water. Over the past twenty years, they have acquired a reputation for delivering excellent customer service, and are very proud of that. Weeds B Gone has made significant contributions to improving water quality by installing continuous laminar flow inversion oxygenation systems; a land based compressor with sinkable tubing running to 5 non turbulent micro porous diffusers.

bottom muck per year; less weeds, cleaner water, more fish and a better overall waterfront experience. The Weeds B Gone Do It Yourself Screening Kit is also a great way to control weed growth on your own. The most immediate elimination of weeds is to have them harvested. Weeds B Gone uses a Mobi-Track to harvest weeds and clean them out of the water; you can be swimming weed-free the same day.

Whether enlisting their services, products, or both, Weeds B Gone works hard to make sure that customers receive the specific results they want. Visit www.weedsbgone.com and learn how the DeMarco family can help you and your waterfront. Weeds B Gone – Enjoy a Weedless Waterfront 905 373 4422

Muck at the bottom of lakes provides perfect breeding grounds for unwanted plants. Adding natural, beneficial bacteria and enzymes to consume the muck works two-fold; enzymes eat the muck, bugs eat the enzymes and fish eat the bugs. Without the adverse environmental impacts of chemicals, aeration systems are the most natural and effective longterm solution to water quality problems - they can result in a 4" to 6" reduction of

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INVASIVE

SPECIES Starry Stonewort – it sounds pretty, even harmless, but don’t let the precious wee white flowers fool you. SSW is an aggressive invasive macroalgae found throughout the Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence and the following lakes: Simcoe, Scugog, Sturgeon, Buckhorn, Rice, Big Cedar and Lower Stony Lake. According to the Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes, SSW spreads easily and rapidly by the dispersal of plant fragments and bulbils (little white stars that grow on the plant like seeds) – a process accelerated when boats travel through infested areas, their propellors tearing strands of SSW and redistributing them throughout the lake. The ecological impacts of SSW are dire, and include disruption to healthy functioning ecosystems, displacement of native aquatic plant communities, displacing habitat for fish, frogs and turtles while creating an environment in which zebra mussels thrive. It has been determined that the long-term impacts of SSW are irreversible. The Environment Council has some suggestions to prevent the spread of Starry Stonewort: Avoid boat travel from infested areas into non-infested areas. If you absolutely need to travel in or through an infested area, stop and lift your boat motor and remove all weeds. The weeds that you remove must be placed in a bucket and taken to dry land and disposed of away from any water. Clean, drain and dry your boat whenever launching or trailering a boat to another lake. This will prevent the spread of SSW out of infested lakes and also prevent other new invasive species from being spread into lakes currently unaffected. Ensure that any commercial harvester hired to remove weeds on your waterfront has a permit from Trent-Severn Waterway to remove weeds on your waterfront and is not moving in and out of SSW infested areas. For more information about SSW and what you can do to prevent its spread go to https://www.environmentcouncil.ca/starry-stonewort

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Colonies of microscopic blue-green algae appear on a lake during a bloom. Blooms occur mostly during late summer and early fall.

How Safe is Your Water? The iconic Cottage Country setting includes the big dock with the Muskoka chairs situated to look out on the lake – with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine as the sun goes down. Perfect, right? Chris Eaton, Public Health Inspector with Peterborough Public Health, advises that your idyllic waterfront setting may actually be in a danger zone created by blue-green algae (BGA), an ever-increasing occurrence in our lakes which can often be present long before it is visible. There are several conditions which contribute to “algae blooms”, but Eaton says lakefront property owners can take steps to help mitigate their own impact. “They should avoid the use of fertilizers on their property. This can contribute nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus to the lake. They must maintain their sewage system as this can also contribute nutrients to the water which promote algal blooms,” he says, adding “other factors determining whether a bloom will occur include the temperature of the water, water depth and movement, and whether the lake is nutrient rich or

nutrient poor.” The condition of your shoreline can also contribute to BGA. Mother Nature’s plan is best – maintain a natural shoreline on lake and riverfront properties and reduce agricultural runoff by planting or maintaining vegetation along waterways. A shoreline left unconstructed and unobstructed will assist in better water flow. Your local Conservation Authority can provide you with more information on shoreline health, particularly if you are considering modifications to your own shoreline. If you suspect your lakefront water is impacted by BGA, Eaton says, “the typical home/cottage water treatment system would be unable to deal with the algal or the toxin they produce. Cartridge filters may become clogged with algae. UV is not able

to break down the toxin. Chlorine runs the risk of rupturing cells and releasing more toxin.” He does say that granular activated carbon and reverse osmosis are effective at removing toxins. He adds, “If a homeowner sees an algal bloom near their intake, they should shut off the pump. The water should not be used for drinking, food prep, bathing, or swimming. Those using groundwater should be unaffected, provided their well is not a GUDI (groundwater under the direct influence of surface water) well near the lake. For more information on BGA, visit the website of your local Health Unit or Conservation Authority.

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During an algal bloom such as this, avoid swimming and bathing in water near the bloom, to reduce the risk of exposure to algal toxins.

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Blue-green algae thrives in warm, shallow, slow-moving water. Blooms are commonly found near docks and shoreline areas.

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1902 Ontario Historical Society Conference In recent years May has been designated annually as “Museum Month” in Ontario. In 1902, however, it was June because part of the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) annual conference was hosted by the Peterborough Town and County Historical Society (PHS). In 1888 the Pioneer and Historical Association of Ontario was founded as a federation of community groups to promote of the study of British-Canadian history in Ontario. In 1898 it was re-organized, renamed the OHS, and granted an expanded mandate to co-ordinate the preservation of archival records and historic sites in the province. The OHS is North America’s only non-profit organization authorized to incorporate other non-profit groups (i.e. local historical societies). In December 1896, a group of Peterborough citizens met to create a museum to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee. The Town and County Historical Society of Peterborough was formed to fulfill this task, with Colonel H.C. Rogers as President, Catharine Parr Traill as Honorary President, and Thomas A.S. Hay as Secretary. The Victoria Museum, named for the monarch and located in the now-demolished Inverlea House, was officially opened on 22 June 1897. The 1902 OHS conference (4-5 June) was divided between Peterborough and Lindsay, but in a rather innovative way: the first day was in Peterborough, with overnight billeting for outof-town delegates; an early morning train ride took everyone to

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Lakefield where they caught a steamboat to Lindsay, via Stony and Sturgeon lakes. In Peterborough, the OHS business meeting was held in the Victoria Museum; an evening public meeting was held in the YMCA Hall, with a member of the Peterborough and Victoria County historical societies each presenting a paper. Meetings were held on board the steamer and two papers were given. In Lindsay, an evening public meeting was held in the Academy of Music; again two papers were presented, one from each society. According to accounts, this was a very successful historical conference. The most amazing thing about it – to today’s event planners, anyway – is that it seems to have been organized in about two months, and only cost the PHS $97.50! How times have changed! By: Don Willcock The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough, 705-743-5180 www.peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca

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A Perfect Getaway for All Occasions

Imagine a cozy cedar lodge nestled amongst towering majestic pines rising from pink granite, all at the water’s edge. This is Westwind Inn, a third-generation family-owned-and-operated business, open year ‘round, only 90 minutes from Toronto, via the 407 connection to Hwy 115, with COVID-safe protocols in place. Westwind Inn offers over one-quarter mile of scenic natural waterfront, an 80-foot lakefront deck, 200 feet of boardwalk, and 400 feet of docks and boat launch. Buoy #276 Trent Severn Waterway Lock 31, Buckhorn. It is ideal for quiet romantic getaways, small weddings, conferences, group retreats, or a family reunion. A total of 34 rooms are available for your exclusive use. The lobby/reception area greets you with soaring cathedral ceilings, a baby grand piano, a comfortable sofa and chairs, making it the perfect place to relax and read a book or plan your day’s adventures. The Inn has many new upgrades throughout the 30-room main lodge including hardwood floors and walk-in showers. A small swim spa is located on the 2nd floor of the chalet with a wall of windows overlooking Lower Buckhorn Lake, available for your private use in the colder seasons. The cozy lodge rooms also come with individual climate control, comfortable seating area, sofa, fireplace, a walk-out to your private balcony, and a large washroom, many with a two-person heart-shaped jet tub. The chalet, located on a private waterfront

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point away from the main lodge features four upgraded honeymoon suites, all with a big plush sofa, winged back chair, fourposter bed, pine floors and cedar ceilings, an air jet tub, fireplace, coffee maker, kettle, and small fridge. All suites have a private balcony with a lake view. These are

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beach. In winter, you can go crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing in a spectacular wilderness setting. Go skating or ice fishing and enjoy fireside dining. Westwind Inn offers complimentary seasonal activities—canoes, kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, bikes, an outdoor swimming pool, putting green, driving net and sand trap, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes and explore the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park located at our doorstep. Relax and do as little or as much as you wish. Meal packages include superb lakefront dining with a panoramic view of the lake. If you enjoy daytrips, Buckhorn and the surrounding area offer wonderful attractions. Explore quaint villages, galleries and shops. Enjoy lunch by the water’s edge at one the many restaurants or pubs. The quiet beauty of this lakeside setting offers the perfect atmosphere for guests. Book your stay today and experience the true peace and relaxation that nature and good food provide. Westwind Inn 1-800-387-8100 info@westwindinn.net   www.westwindinn.net

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Hutchison House

Scottish Tea

Built in 1837, Hutchison House is a living history museum in downtown Peterborough. Built by the community for Dr. John Hutchison and his family as a means to keep the doctor from moving away, this building has long been an important piece of local history. Beginning in July the museum will host our popular Scottish Tea program. Served on the terrace in the period garden the teas include fresh baked scones, preserves, whipped cream, oatcakes, and tea, lemonade, or iced tea. Complimentary tours of the 1840s restored stone house are included. The cost for tea is $10.00 for adults and youth, $5.00 for children under 10 years of age. Scottish Teas will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sittings are at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration for the Teas must be completed at least 12 hours in advance. The museum is wheelchair accessible to the terrace, the historic 1840s open-hearth kitchen, temporary exhibit space, bookshop and an accessible washroom. A virtual tour of the upper floors is available. At Hutchison House, we regularly host events that are open to the community. For more information about upcoming events, consult our Events Calendar online or contact us to register or if you have questions about the Teas or the museum’s COVID-19 procedures. www.hutchisonhouse.ca 705-743-9710

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Introducing

Further

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Upcycle your Heirloom and Vintage Furs to Contemporary Luxury! We are proud and excited to introduce Further™ by Cahill, an upcycled fur design brand that has been in development for some time. At least once a week, a customer will ask what can be done with their fur coat that is no longer à la mode (in style) or an heirloom coat they have just inherited. At Cahill’s, we have remodeled fur coats for years, and over the last year we have broadened our fur upcycling program to include a range of fashions, accessories and home décor items. The response has been overwhelming. Fur is the opposite of fast-fashion, it is one of the most versatile and sustainable textiles that can last decades and, if looked after, can be reworked into something completely new. We are all becoming more mindful about the impact of over consumption on the environment, and the opportunity to upcycle a vintage fur coat has great appeal. This is what Further™ is all about. Under our custom Further™ program, your coat can be restyled into a fur lined or reversible coat, jacket, parka or vest, a K-Way lined jacket or smaller items such as scarves, hats or pom-poms. Growing in popularity

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are the home decor items, where we combine fur with luxury fabrics such as cashmere, alpaca, merino wool, leather or suede to create magnificent pillows, throws, teddy bears or even wall hangings.   Every piece is bespoke, a one of a kind, made to suit each customer with the furs they bring and the outcome they desire. The options are unlimited! Upcycling a sentimental heirloom can give it decades more use and enjoyment. To showcase the virtually unlimited options, you can see and purchase the Further™ collection samples in-store or online, crafted from our vintage furs, or they can give you some inspiration for the re-design and transformation of your furs. Go to the Further™ page on Cahills.ca or call us to discuss your needs and book an appointment for a free, no obligation consultation on what can be done with your vintage, heirloom furs. Further™ by Cahill - Re-made in Peterborough Upcycled fur for another generation.  134 Hunter Street West 705 745 5245 www.Cahills.ca

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Take a Trip Back In Time Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Are you ready to travel after a long winter cooped up at home? This summer take your local travels in a new direction by travelling back in time to the years between 1800 to 1910. Established in 1967, Lang Pioneer Village Museum brings Peterborough County’s history to life on 25 acres along the banks of the Indian River. At the Village, you become the explorer of more than 30 historic buildings from a wigwam, to a rough cabin, to a Victorian home; from a blacksmith shop to a General Store to a Weaver Shop and more. With safety precautions a priority, a costumed interpreter will guide your group through some of the homes and businesses within the Village, introducing you the people and events that have shaped local history. Not only will you learn about the hardships and joys of local settlers, you will also discover the history and culture of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg at Aabnaabin Camp, a partnership project with Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation. Beginning on Father’s Day, the Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday until Labour Day weekend. Lang Pioneer Village Museum is Safe Travels certified so you can rest assured that your visit will be safe for your whole group. Tours must be booked in advance by visiting www.langpioneervillage.ca. For those that would prefer to visit the historic Village virtually, you can do so by purchasing a Live Q & A with a Museum staff member. Spend 30-minutes engaging virtually with a costumed staff member in the building of your choice (select buildings available) and enjoy a live private virtual tour of the building, its artifacts and stories. Virtual visits can be booked at www. langpioneervillage.ca/plan-your-visit/virtual-q-a/. With a virtual visit, there is no need to wait- bookings for Live Q & A sessions are available now! Make Lang Pioneer Village Museum your next day trip from the cottage or your home and enjoy a fun and educational day of exploration. For full 2021 operating dates, special event dates or to book your visit, please visit www.langpioneervillage.ca. It’s where history is happening safely!

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The Spirit

of Black's Distillery Walking into Black’s distillery you cannot help but be immediately turned on.

being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel.”

Behind the rich smell of leather, wood and undertones of gin, you quickly learn the attraction is in the story, a story full of history and alignment, a tale worth telling.

That definition isn’t far off from listening to Robert explain the process of creating his spirits; he makes you feel nothing less then spiritual. The ‘spirit’, he says is pulled, and vaporized from the essence of the grain. Using the Medieval Latin- term “Aqua Vitae” literally means the “water of Life” – origin of spirits.

Robert Black allows the pride and passion for his business to shine from him, the truth lies deep within history, heritage and his love for this region; along with his essential ingredient – Red Fife wheat. His proud Scottish heritage links back to the Duhb (Duff) clan, and the town of Fife. Yes, as in David Fife – the curator, the creator of Red Fife wheat – first grown from these lands, just southeast of Peterborough (Lang Pioneer Village) in the 1840’s. The impact that Red Fife wheat has had on the history of the agriculture and the ability to grow a decent yield speaks boldly in history. Before Red Fife Wheat there was no decent yield of wheat here in Canada or the USA. Red Fife was the first rust resistant wheat – developed and grown right here in Ontario. Still used by artisanal bakers today, the strength of this wheat has stood the test of time, even with newer strains coming into play. The Old English Definition of Sprits: “The undying essence. The soul. A supernatural

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“There is no compromising when it comes to our distilling process,” says Black. It starts with all-natural ingredients, “our ingredients have always been selected with the intent to create connection – raw, authentic connection to mother earth.”

full circle, that’s why Black’s spirits are so special; they are created, not produced they are a result of science, art and life’s purpose. It doesn’t matter which spirit you try – each sip is accompanied with a slow head shake, a nod, and a “wow…that’s somethin’ special!” www.blacksdistillery.com 705 745 1500

Like their signature gin; it combines a beautifully balanced wave of floral, herbaceous, peppery and juniper notes with hints of licorice and spice. Robert’s journey, and his now life-long relationship with Red Fife, began long before his connection of lineage was made, before it was realized this path might have been chosen for him; honoring his ancestors, without even knowing it. That’s where you truly start to feel the alignment – feel the true meaning of purpose and connection coming

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The Value of One, the Power of Many As National Volunteer Week has just ended, what better way to honour the volunteers who make the trails possible than by thanking them for what they do. “The Value of One, the Power of Many” is a theme that was previously used for National Volunteer Week in 2001 and it very much summarizes the individual and collective efforts of volunteers in our communities. If not for volunteers many trail systems and organizations wouldn’t exist today. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a municipal trail or a crown land trail, there’s usually a hard working group of volunteers behind the scenes taking care of the trails. Motorized trails are no different. All off road vehicle clubs in Ontario are made up of volunteers who take time out of their busy personal lives to manage and maintain the trails for others to enjoy. Many of them still have full time jobs but make the time to do their part to contribute to the betterment of their organizations. In the case of Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) and Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association (KORMA) there is a collective team of over 60 volunteers that work every year to keep the trails open and safe for all users including walkers, cyclists and horseback riders and of course their own ATV, SxS and motorcycle members. The volunteer teams who work directly on the trails do everything

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from patrolling to checking for trail permits on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor to clearing trees and brushing back the trails in the Somerville Forest and the 5 Points trail system. They go out and help bring stranded riders to safety and, on occasion, they go out looking for missing people. There are crews who travel the trails every week in the dedicated SxS used for trail maintenance, carrying their chainsaws, pruners and shovels to keep the trails in pristine condition. They’re always ready to clear a fallen tree off the trail or replace a missing trail marker. If you’ve ever attended a community event you know that countless hours go into the planning of that event. Trail events are no different. Every year KATVA holds an ATV Poker Run to raise funds for the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation. In three years $30,000 was raised for the charity. Countless hours of planning go into creating an event such as that and everyone behind the scenes is a volunteer. Back at the KATVA/KORMA office there is a team of people who work on the less exciting but necessary administrative jobs. They

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spend their spare time answering questions about the trails via emails and phone calls. They process the membership applications and manage the website and social media. While these volunteers may not be out working on the trails or hosting a charity event, their tasks are no less important. They keep the organizations running smoothly and they are the glue that holds everything together. The next time you take a walk or ride on a trail, be sure to stop and thank a volunteer for what they do for you. To all the volunteers out there, thank you so much for the immeasurably valuable work you do for your organizations and communities. Your dedication and spirit of volunteerism makes this world a better place. Submitted by Carolyn Richards Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) and Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association (KORMA) www.katva.ca

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ATV

Associations in Cottage Country Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) 705-328-0931, info@katva.ca, www.katva.ca Kawartha Lakes is a year-round outdoor playground with over 600 km of trails and exciting ATV trail riding.

PTBO Trails ATV Club info.ptbotrails@gmail.com, www.ptbotrails.ca Formerly known as the Havelock & District ATV Club, the Peterborough County Trails ATV Club welcomes riders of all skills levels – from brand new to experienced riders of both ATV’s and Side by Sides. Our guided rides feature comfortable speeds, frequent stops, and beautiful destinations within Peterborough County. Singles, couples, men or women, young and old…we promote safety and comraderie to ensure everyone can enjoy recreational riding.

Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA) (705) 457-8780 , info@haliburtonatv.com www.haliburtonatv.com Over 1700km of HATVA Ontario ATV trails; Covering Haliburton, Kawartha, Madawaska, Peterborough & Muskoka regions.

Northumberland District ATV Riders Club (NDATV) ndatv@northumberlandatvriders.com www.northumberlandatvriders.com Northumberland District ATV Riders Club is an ATV club in Northumberland County, with over 330 kilometers of trails to enjoy. Presently, the club has over 300 members and is growing strong. Come explore and be part of the club.

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Keeping the Turtle Population Healthy Begins with You You’re out exploring, having a great time when you come upon an injured turtle. Maybe its shell is cracked or it’s been injured by getting tangled in rope or debris out in the lake. Thankfully, there is a facility dedicated to getting this turtle healthy and back in the water again. The Ontario Turtle Trauma Centre welcomes injured and sick turtles for drop-off at its Peterborough clinic. You just need to call ahead first so they can meet you outside and take the reptile into care. Turtles are particularly vulnerable since only 1 percent of hatchlings survive until adulthood. Even then, it takes eight to 25 years for them to get to the point that they can reproduce, depending on the species. That means for every turtle that is killed or injured, the population will not bounce back and we lose more of these native creatures.

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Donate to the Centre so it can continue its valuable work. Donate old-school 40-watt bulbs (for heat lamps), paper towels, medical gloves and masks. Adopt an older turtle rather than buying one at a pet store. The Centre’s site tells you how. Never release a pet turtle into the wild.

The Ontario Turtle Trauma Centre operates out of Unit 4, 1434 Chemong Road, Selwyn (just north of Peterborough) and call be reached at 705-741-5000. You can find helpful information on its website: www.ontarioturtle.ca

The Trauma Centre is gearing up to move into a larger facility to house the 1,500 turtles they are nurturing. The Young family has donated land and a further $1 million is needed to build a new clinic. The Centre is committed not only to caring for turtles but educating the public on their value to the ecosystem via programs and tours for students and other groups. This year, those programs are offered on virtual platforms. How can you help turtles remain part of our landscape? • • •

Avoid them when they cross the road. Put up a sign to alert people to watch for them. Shop for swag at the Trauma Centre’s gift shop to support their programs.

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Birthday Cake Slime We’ve been through so many slime trends in our house. We’ve bought some, and we’ve made plenty. I’ve even found it pressed into carpet (vinegar saved the day!). The great thing about this slime is that it's less slime and more dough. It’s great for kids with heightened sensory awareness because it cleans up so easily and doesn’t leave a gooey mess on their hands. Birthday cake slime is loved by everyone in our house, from kid to adult. You can feel comfortable playing with it with younger children because it’s taste-safe. Now, now, those of you reading this who are able to do this activity without supervision, I wouldn’t recommend consuming this much icing and cornstarch even though it sure does smell yummy! What You’ll Need: • • • •

1 Can of Vanilla Frosting Cornstarch Food Colouring Optional Sprinkles

To make this birthday cake slime, I combined roughly 1 part frosting with 1.5 parts cornstarch. I’ve found that my measurements vary depending on the temperature and type of icing, so feel free to add more cornstarch until you find the desired consistency. It should be soft and pliable without sticking to your hands. If you’d like, add in a

few drops of food colouring, and for an extra birthday punch, try mixing in sprinkles or coloured sugar. We had fun making play cupcakes with ours, but you could also roll flat and press into pretend cookies, use as a stress squishy, or leave it white and shape into tiny snow people. We’ve also divided dough into many different containers and coloured each a different colour of the rainbow. Our next plan is to make this recipe using chocolate icing, so I encourage you to play with the recipe. If you pop it in the fridge it will last longer, but it will also come out hard as a brick. We store our slime in an air-tight container and leave it at room temperature for fun that lasts for days. Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farm house which been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on YouTube @oldfarmnewfarm or on Instagram @raisinghay

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Kids Outside We live on a quaint piece of rural acreage. Sunny days are invaluable for gardening, cutting and stacking wood, and other outdoor projects. There’s only one problem; our kids gravitate towards the sunshine in the early summer, but once the novelty wears off, they quickly return to the bear cave.

bubbles, jump ropes, a new ball, a magnifying glass, mini kites, a flower press etc. This is something I keep tucked away, rather than stored in the mudroom, otherwise, they lose their shininess. This often entices the kids to head outdoors while their imaginations keep them there.

Here are a few ways we encourage our kids to get into the sunlight once the newness of the season wears off:

3) All hands on deck. Sometimes, we split and stack wood together. When we involve the kids, we outline how long we’ll dedicate to the project and then make sure everyone knows what’s on the other side, a warm house in the winter and popsicles today.

1) Build outside time into a rhythm. Humans are creatures of habit. Even though we often fight consistency, our bodies are cyclical. In our house, we have two basic days in our repertoire when it comes to spring and summer living. We either wake up and lounge, heading outside after lunch, or we wake and eat a quick breakfast and burst outside. It helps our kids when they expect the flow, so we’ll often chat about the plan the night before to prep them. 2) Keep a few tricks on hand. I have a small stash of things like

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4) Respect. Our kids are people too, and because we hope to raise them to have their own voice, we have to start now. If they can hold a stellar argument, we’ll honour their opinion, even if we wait to tackle to wood tomorrow. Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farm house that's been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on YouTube @oldfarmnewfarm or on Instagram @raisinghay

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Artist Profile

Marie Gage Grandmother’s promise ring and Grandfather’s journal collide with a writer’s imagination to create “A Ring of Promises”. By Belinda Wilson

Minden-area writer Marie Gage took up the craft upon retirement in 2010 by first writing children’s books, before her interest turned to a family mystery which was contained in the pages of her grandfather’s journal.

overall picture of conditions on both sides of the Atlantic, but Gage found herself with more questions than answers. “I had to piece together historical events for understanding, accuracy and details, but there wasn’t enough to write the story as a memoir.”

Her grandmother’s promise ring, which she has worn since the age of 19, had been pulling her to know more about her grandparents’ story; soon the romance between Janet Calder and William Parker would become an epic historical narrative.

“I did have reservations about turning my grandparents’ story – or what I knew of it – into a work of fiction, which is why the author’s note at the end of the novel delineates the fact vs. fiction. The risk is that 200 years from now people might mistake the book as fact,” Gage explained.

The pages of the journal tell of the Scottish immigrant’s unbelievable, and often dark, adventures in the wilds of Canada, but the out-of-character action of stealing a canoe and using it for a daring escape raised alarm bells with Gage. “The man I knew as my grandfather was not a thief, and I had to know more about the circumstances in which he had found himself.” Two trips to Scotland helped piece together her grandmother’s story and extensive online research and visits to the National Archives in Ottawa helped to establish an

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“A Ring of Promises” is the brilliant product of her research, her instinctive ability to craft a story, and her flawless attention to detail. Author Ruth E. Walker writes the following review: “In the tradition of Susanna Moodie, a saga of immigration, adventure and tragedy build on a foundation of abiding love.” Currently nearing completion of the first draft of her second novel, based on another compelling family story, and with plans for a third to complete the family trilogy, Marie Gage offers words of encouragement for anyone with a yen to write. “Just do it. Age is not a factor; I’m living proof of that.” To learn more about Marie Gage you can visit her website - www. mariegage.ca - or follow her on Facebook @grandkidbooks. There you can discover her children’s books, which are illustrated by her sister, Audrey Ramsay, and find information on where to purchase any of her works.

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Subterranean Submarines

The Wonder of Worms After a long, cold winter, there is something rejuvenating and comforting about turning over our garden. With each shovelful, we smell the moist, damp earth rise up and we rejoice in the promise of a new season of growth. And, although we take them for granted, we frequently come across those wriggling pink and brown tubes of life. Worms. There can be over 1 million of them in one acre of land. Their secretions, rich in nitrogen, help enrich the earth and as they burrow, they mix the subsoil with the topsoil bringing oxygen and water to the roots of plants and trees. While worms don’t have eyes, they can sense light and instinctively move towards darkness. In fact, a worm left exposed to light for too long will become paralyzed. And did you know: •

Worms are hermaphrodites meaning that they have both male and female organs.

How to tell which end is which? To tell a worm’s head from its tail, look for a raised band called the clitellum. The head and mouth are located closest to this region (this is where worm eggs are formed). And despite what you may have heard, if an earthworm is cut in two, both parts will not survive. The bit that is closest to the head may grow back if the worm is severed below its clitellum. Please leave your worms in one piece!

Egg cases are small and yellow in colour and when they hatch, out pop tiny worms.

Worms move like an accordion, one body section at a time. Each section has a band of circular muscles and a pair of setae or bristle-like structures which help to grab onto the soil as they wriggle through the earth.

The biggest worm in the world, from Australia, is called a Gipplsand Earthworm and it can grow over 12 feet long!

Worms eat decaying vegetation. While they have tiny mouths, worms don’t have teeth. Whatever small bits of food they swallow moves down their intestine and through a gizzard and eventually passes out as worm poo, or castings which is very healthy for your garden.

Worm fiddling. Also called worm charming or worm grunting, you can coax worms up to the surface by making yourself some worm fiddlesticks. There are competitions throughout the United States and in Canada to find the best worm charmer. Maybe it is you? Want to find out? What to do: You’ll need two hardwood dowels – each ¾ of an inch thick or so, one 4 feet long and the other 2 feet long. Use a saw to cut notches in the longer piece, every few inches or so. Find a moist wooded location. Place one end of the longer dowel with ridges into the ground. Hold the dowel firmly in the upright position. With the other stick, rub back and forth vigorously just like a fiddle player playing a jig. You should hear a distinctive rasping noise. Keep at it for at least 5 to 10 minutes. The vibrations attract worms to the surface. Some scientists believe that the sounds mimic rainfall and the earthworms rise to avoid drowning. Can you fiddle up some worms? •

Earthworms are not native to northern parts of the United States and Canada. They were brought over intentionally in the earthen ballast of ships by settlers to improve soil quality.

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By Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director, Camp Kawartha www.campkawartha.ca

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Meet the Macaws Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo is the only free admission accredited Zoo in Canada, home to 150 animals and 55 acres of parkland. At the Zoo we do several different things to keep the animals engaged and healthy. The Zookeepers use a variety of enrichment devices as well as training techniques while working with animals. For our macaws, things like block chew toys and phone books are used to promote positive play within their enclosure. These items allow them to exercise their beaks and talons, stimulating natural behaviors and instincts essential to their health and wellbeing. Since macaws are extremely intelligent, they respond well to the interactive training our Zookeepers provide for them. Training helps make routine health check-ups fun for the macaws and reduces the stress put on them during examination. Training is beneficial for the animals and Zookeepers! The macaws have been trained to present their wings, beaks, and talons to the Zookeepers; doing this helps us get a better look at the animal’s physical changes with participatory interaction. Recent advancement and growth at the Zoo have been made possible through generous donations by community members, local businesses, and visitors.

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

Home Again Bancroft 613-474-3450 • www.homeagainbancroft.ca

To find out more visit: www.riverviewparkandzoo.ca or @riverviewzoo.

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A Gift Horse Have you heard the saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”? Is this saying really about a horse? Well, in the beginning it was and this is why: A horse’s age can be determined by inspecting its teeth. Thus, looking a gift horse in the mouth could be considered rude because the person is essentially examining the horse to see how old it is - it might be so old that they don’t want it!

Sally is the dam of the stallion that went to visit her now-deceased owner at the hospital. That picture went viral as the stallion arrived at Peterborough Regional Hospital and her owner was brought from the Palliative Care Unit to see him. It was a surreal day. Can you put a dollar value on taking a beloved horse which has served its humans well, who looks at you with an appreciative eye, and who gives you a sense of doing the right thing? Sally (Majestic Sal) is 32 years young this year, which translates to over ninety in human years. She has lived a good life, raised several foals and had a successful show career. Sally is a registered Quarter Horse and as such, was considered deceased by her Registry since 2014 when she attained the age of twenty-five years.

And to put it into perspective, we know just such a horse. She walks slower, her eyes are not as bright, but she eagerly runs to the gate at night knowing that a warm dry stall awaits her! Her owners were gifted her through an Estate, and they knew that if they didn’t take their dad’s old horse that she would not receive the care and love that she had earned through her life of service to him. She was special to him and continues to be special to them.

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After her owner passed, his daughter took on the care of old Sally and in honour of her father and the “gift horse”, she continues to give old Sally everything she needs for a comfortable retirement. Submitted by Janice Ecclestone, Inukshuk Farm www.inukshukfarm.ca

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Springing into Nettle Season Sap flows, birds sing and the trees bud with the promise of growth renewed. This time of year brings with it so many joys, and for the herbalist it also brings the promise of wild foods. Nettle teaches us the valuable lesson not to judge a book by its cover. How often have we created an idea of this person or that situation, only to discover we were wrong? Nettles (Urtica dioica) may have a prickly reputation, but inside that hard-to-approach exterior is a nutrient-dense plant we should all take the time to get to know. The best time to harvest nettles for food is in the spring, before they start to flower. Later in its life cycle it has a potentially irritating amount of silica content, which is why we aim for those tender young plants. Now why would I want to risk being stung to harvest this plant when I could just buy greens from the grocery store you ask? Nettle boast extremely high levels of iron, calcium, potassium, silica and vitamins A, D and K. In fact, one cup of cooked nettles easily contains 10% of your daily iron and 35% of your daily calcium! Sauteed as a side, as a substitute for basil in pesto and as an egg replacer in homemade pasta and gnocchi, nettles may quickly become your favourite new food. Correne Omland Clinical Western Herbalist Spiraea Herbal Clinic + Apothecary spiraeaherbs.ca facebook.com/spiraeaherbs youtube.com/spiraeaherbs instagram.com/spiraeaherbs

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Recipes

BARBECUED SALMON - healthy and delicious. A favourite summer grilling recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to make! Ingredients • • • • • • • •

1 24-ounce fresh salmon fillet 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted 1 lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons each fresh dill and tarragon, or other herbs, finely chopped salt and pepper to taste more chopped herbs and lemon for garnish

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Preheat barbecue to 500°F. Place salmon into a foil-lined barbecue basket or rack. Place into barbecue. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat. Stir in the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika, salt, pepper and chopped herbs. Stir. Pour sauce over salmon after it has been cooking for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Leave for one minute, then remove salmon from barbecue. Transfer to service dish, garnish with a sprinkling of additional chopped herbs and lemon. Serve immediately. Watch the video on the Weekend at the Cottage YouTube Channel.

TANGY LEMON SQUARES - A buttery shortbread base topped with an extra tangy layer of golden lemon goodness. Ingredients For the base: • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour • ¼ cup granulated sugar • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

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For the filling: • 1 cup granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 3 eggs, room temperature • 3 yolks, room temperature • 2 teaspoons lemon zest • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice • 4 tablespoons butter • icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350°F, rack in the middle position. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with two sheets of foil laid criss cross in the centre with an inch of foil overhanging each side. Make the base: Stir flour, sugar and salt together in a medium-sized bowl. Add melted butter and stir to combine. Transfer into baking pan, pressing the mixture down into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until surface is lightly golden. Make the filling: While the base is baking, place sugar, flour, cream of tartar and salt and stir. Add eggs and egg yolks and whisk. Transfer to a medium-sized saucepan on a low-moderate heat. Heat slowly, stirring continuously until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat, add butter and stir until butter. Pass mixture through a fine sieve to remove lumps. Assemble squares: Remove base from oven. Pour warm filling on top, tilting the pan gently to get an even layer of filling across the surface. Return to oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the filling sets. Remove from oven and cool for at least 1½ hours, preferably cooling completely. www.weekendatthecottage.com

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