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MicroFIT rebates slashed

By Penny Caldwell, posted Jul 16th 2010

In Cottage Q&A in the current issue (Summer ’10), we explained the potential returns to be made by installing a solar photovoltaic system at your cottage. And we warned that “the sooner you can get your project started, the better,” because the fee the Ontario Power...

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Inspiring space-saving solution

By Michelle Kelly, posted Jul 16th 2010

I can't say exactly what this idea has to do directly with the cottage other than it's an amazingly clever way of making great use of a tiny space. It comes courtesy of one of my favourite websites, design*sponge. When these homeowners were looking to making better use their...

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Family Weekend Challenge #2: Learn and perform a magic trick

By Liann Bobechko, posted Jul 15th 2010

Well, it's almost the weekend (hooray!) so it's time to announce this week's Family Weekend Challenge. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to: Learn and perform a magic trick. In our summer issue we mentioned a book, Campfire Magic, by renowned magician Mac King. To...

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July: a summer poem 9

By Liann Bobechko, posted Jul 15th 2010

Sometimes I visit the Owlkids blog written by Craig, Owl magazine's editor, and today when I stopped by I was happy to find a poem written by an Owlkids blog reader. The poem is called "July," and it nicely captures the feeling of summer. I think you'll enjoy it! Are there any...

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Take a hike

By Liann Bobechko, posted Jul 14th 2010

When we want to go for a walk at the cottage we put on our long sleeves, hat, and either rubber boots or running shoes, depending on the season. Then we strike out, on autopilot, onto one of our tried and true cottage routes. When I walk, I'm following an invisible trail that...

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Finding God at the Cottage 1

By Penny Caldwell, posted Jul 14th 2010 Finding God at the Cottage

I was delighted to receive this photo from Bonnie Bunting, whose family attends St. Peters-on-the-Rock church. She was inspired to send it after reading the article “God‘s Country,” by Jay Teitel in our June 2010 issue. “We live in the Kawarthas on Stony Lake and...

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What to do with vintage hankies 3

By Michelle Kelly, posted Jul 14th 2010 What to do with vintage hankies

My name is Michelle and I am a vintage hankie addict. I have been collecting them for years, picking them up at flea markets and junk shops in singles or pairs. I've accumulated a fairly tidy collection. Up until now, they've been living in the back of a drawer in...

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Bug sighting 2

By Liann Bobechko, posted Jul 12th 2010 Bug sighting

At the cottage, not all the bugs are those that hunt for you—some bugs you have to look for. On the long weekend, my nephew and nieces had a great time looking for interesting insects and examining them in their bug viewing boxes. We saw some really beautiful moths and...

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Adventures in cottage country 1

By Michelle Kelly, posted Jul 12th 2010

Hope you all had a great weekend! I've just returned from a glorious, relaxing visit to Bruce Beach, Lake Huron, south of Kincardine, Ont. If you've never spent time on Lake Huron's eastern shore, or heard about it's world-famous sunsets, you should pay a visit, no matter where...

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Family Weekend Challenge #1: Go fishing 2

By Liann Bobechko, posted Jul 9th 2010

Introducing the Family Weekend Challenge! Every Friday this summer I'm going to present you with a Family Weekend Challenge. You will have until Monday morning to complete the challenge and post a comment about what you did. The first five people to comment will win a...

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