At the cottagePosted: July 11, 2012
This week I’m writing my White Wednesday post from our family’s beautiful cottage in the Haliburton Highlands, which is really just on the edge of Muskoka in Ontario. We’re on Livingstone Lake- a small, quiet lake near the quaint town of Dorset.
I came up here this week for a few days to relax and help out my dad who is building me a stunning canoe made from a cedar tree on our property that he cut and milled into cedar planks. The canoe has a ribbed interior that is now undergoing coats of clear varnish and its exterior is wrapped in a canvas that is coated with various fillers before being painted its final hue: a brilliant vermilion red! (My colour choice).
Today I share with you a few white things that caught my eye around here and give you a glimpse into the most special place in my life and the canoe that is nearly done.
There are all kinds of species of trees here, including birch (pictured above).
I quite like exploring clusters of trees, especially a magical spot where tall hemlock trees
create a very high canopy that prevents much underbrush from growing. Birch trees
let a lot of light through their leaves and many ferns and saplings grow underneath.
When you’re out on the Canadian Shield you’ll find lots of rocks
and since my dad is a geologist, rocks have always been in our viewfinder.
This is a piece of white granite that is a decoration in my stepmom’s garden bed.
These are the tips of kayak paddles. I grew up in cottage country in Québec and Ontario
and my dad is a perpetual sportsman, having always loved and sought adventure. He taught me how
to ‘Eskimo roll’ back in my early teens and we went down a river in kayaks when I was barely
barely 13 years old. We still have the kayaks and I paddled them last month.
Ta-da! Here is my canoe wrapped in canvas and coated in a white sealant.
It’s sitting like this under the deck drying for a few weeks and then
we’ll apply another coat of sealant
This is a closeup that shows the strokes of the paintbrush from coating the canvas
with white ‘stuff’ that has the effect of an egg shell finish, and the interior ribs sticking
out until they’re trimmed where the gunnels will be.
This is the can of filler that was brushed onto the canvas on the canoe
This is one end of the canoe and if you know your canoes, you’ll recognize the shape- it’s a Prospector.
This boat is slightly modified and built to be strong, fast and hold a good amount of camping gear.
Shifting, gears, we use a four-stroke motor to putter across the lake in an aluminum boat
during the in-between seasons when our regular ‘big’ boat is in storage for the winter.
I really like the type for this number four
This large buoy prevents us from accidentally scratching the hull of the boat
as we dock it. Not that we really *need* the bumpers but… just in case
Our cottage is off-grid and water-access, so learning how to tie knots is important.
Talk to seafaring folks and they’ll never call a rope a rope- it’s a ‘line’. A line can be used
for just about anything- I always keep one kicking around. I’ve been taught how
to tie a bowline knot but I always forget how, and this self-strengthening figure eight
is never quite right when I do it. My dad did this one when I arrived on Monday afternoon
and mine didn’t look nearly as nice.. so it’s not pictured
This is a danger warning sticker on the boat’s dashboard:
Warning! do not put your feet into the propeller. Ouch :S
I’ve been treated to beautiful sun and puffy white clouds this week.
I took this quick pic off the dock while looking for white stuff;
I’m hoping that when Jordana does make it up here for a visit she’ll
show me all the white things I’ve missed in today’s cottage tour for you all.
Happy summer, everyone!