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Posted on 10/22/2019 in Category 1

Autumn at the Cottage

Autumn at the Cottage

By mid-September, when nights begin sinking thermometer readings to single digits, we resign ourselves to the reality that summer has once again escaped our grasp.  Autumn ascends upon us with its splendor of delicately painted trees, refreshing the air with its crisp scent, perfuming our kitchens with apple pie and cinnamon, and inviting us indoors as evenings, as well as workweeks, stretch. A weekend escape to the cottage is ever-so-inviting as we swap sleeveless for warm and woolly; our flip-flops for hiking boots.

The Canadian autumn is arguably the most beautiful in the entire world, and there is nowhere better to experience it but in a cottage by the lake, or a cabin in the woods. Nippy weekends in a kaleidoscope landscape are fleeting moments in which to prepare the vacation home for winter. 

The wood stove is the center piece of most country abodes, around which our family and friends will gather for at least the next 6 months. Securing and storing a hefty stockpile of wood is best done before the snow falls.

Every cottage must be equipped at all times with a few well-energized flashlights, not only for long evenings, but also for the inevitable wind, rain and snow storms. Throw one in the back seat of your car for good measure!  A must at the country cabin is an accessible drawer full of candles and matches.  The solar lights decorating the veranda and deck in milder seasons are very practical in the event of an unpredictable black-out.  Make sure to keep them handy after the snow falls.

How many snow shovels does one northerner need?  The answer depends on whether or not you are a cottage owner. No true country-living northerner would ask why the shovel also should be in the trunk of your car from the end of October through to the last snowstorm in the spring.

A few simple gestures will ease country living as autumn breezes across our beautiful country and sets the stage for the Canadian winter.  

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