Penny Caldwell has worked in the magazine industry as a writer and editor for more than 30 years. In 2000, she was named Editor-in-Chief of Cottage Life, which has won numerous awards under her guidance.
A passionate boater, Penny likes to kick back and enjoy cottage life at the family cottage she and her husband share with their two children and a golden retriever on an island in Georgian Bay.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
Where to find cottage chat
One of our terrific Forums members noted that we just passed 8,000 posts on the Forum since it relaunched in January 2007. Wow, that’s a chatty group of cottagers!
Global warming or seasonal blip?
Guest post from cottagelife.com Online Manager, Sharon Donaldson:
Ah, those crisp fall days. Or not. How did you feel about the the weather over Thanksgiving Weekend?
Instead of the traditional apple picking and pumpkin...
The burger and poutine capital of Canada
That’s what we like: readers who are passionate about their cottage area. For Gilbert, who rides his motorcycle around the North Bay area and beyond, that would be Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.
As soon as the October issue of...
A bear in the cottage?
“It’s a good thing I came up,” DH says on the phone today. He tells me there are large claw marks in the back-porch screen, which he found on the ground in the woods behind the shed. We knew there had been a bear prowling...
The great solar oven experiment
Cottage Life’s Senior Editor Martin Zibauer became interested in solar ovens last year. This summer, he took one on holiday and he shares his experience in a guest blog:
For a camping trip a few weeks ago, I brought along the...
The real reason we should protect the environment
Protecting the environment is about self-preservation, according to Robert Roach, the Canada West Foundation’s director of research. A self-confessed city slicker, he explains his observation in his “Letter from the Editor”...
Paintball goes to the cottage
A friend tells me there is a new cottage activity for teenagers: paintball. How do we feel about paintball at the cottage? Personally, I hate the idea of being hunted through the woods and then pelted, when I least expect it, with...
The dog who wouldn’t go home
Is anyone else having trouble getting the dog to come home from the cottage? When we call Taylor to hop in the boat, he lies sadly at the top of the stairs to the dock. Then he slinks reluctantly to the bottom and plants himself,...
Teach your children well
This was the summer of our content. At least, it was our first summer sans kids in 19 years.
Not that we didn’t want them at the cottage. I would have loved the girls to be with us. But one had her dream job as a counsellor at...
Rainy day crafts at the cottage
Why you shouldn’t throw out single socks: Because their lost solemates will turn up years later under the bed in the sleeping cabin.
Cleaning is a rainy-day activity for sure. But when our children were young we had more fun...