Category Archives: Autumn

Thanksgiving in Algonquin

Story and photo by Cathy Webster

Smoky campfire tendrils float on the rarified coolness of Thanksgiving in Algonquin Park. You can smell it: roasting turkeys, ridiculous and delicious all at the same time, amidst the rich sour pungency of nature’s idea of perfect autumn. Families gather around the fire, generations of pumpkin pies under their belts, dressed not in their best tucker but in buffalo check plaid coats and hiking boots…

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The Dorset Fire Tower Poem

By Martin Avery

A poem should begin in delight,

they say, and end in wisdom. Yes,

wisdom follows delight like

Night follows day. In Dorset,

the night sky is darkest and the

nights are longest in the wintertime.

All the rest of the time it is

hot hot hot, just like Jamaica, but it’s

not not not so well advertised and

I’ll tell no lies…

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What Happens in Dorset…

Illustration by Cathy Webster

By Alison Brownlee

When poets, musicians and artists gather for the annual Evening of Wine, Words, Music and Art at the Dorset Recreation Centre, there’s no telling what might happen.

At the eighth annual event, while another performer was on stage, one nervous-looking poet was standing quietly in the hall with his friend, shuffling papers and waiting to share his work with the community.

One of the pieces he was holding was simply named The Dorset Fire Tower Poem.

Those who know Martin Avery know his work could never be described as simple – quirky, humorous, clever, or risqué would probably be better…

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Secrets of Windermere

Photo courtesy of Muskoka Lakes Museum

By Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva

“Seldom has our eye lit upon a lovelier scene, and never, to our mind, has Nature made a more effective use of her materials. Sky, and land, and water, here all combine to make a perfect picture, the effect of which, particularly when the woods are ablaze with the colouring of a Canadian autumn, is almost indescribable.”

That’s how George Munro described the scene upon arriving at Windermere in October of 1882.

The passage of 130 years has done little to dull the appeal. Whether you’re relaxing on a veranda, gazing out upon the gentle soothing waters of Lake Rosseau, or taking a stroll along a country road, surrounded by a painter’s palette of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows, October in Muskoka is still a time of unsurpassed beauty and surprising peacefulness…

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Heart and Soul

By Sarah Ryeland

Healthy living begins with healthy food.

For Lorraine Morin, owner of Soul Sistas Restaurant in Huntsville, it’s all about taking care of yourself.

“I’ve always eaten healthy food,” she says. “I think it’s so important to be conscious of what you’re putting into your body. It’s fairly simple – if you eat well, you feel good.”

Morin has owned and operated the restaurant for three years and is completely dedicated to serving homemade food that she’s proud of. Nearly every dish is made onsite, with the exception of bread and some baked goods coming in from Windmill Bakery…

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Life with Charlie Bird

Photo by Debbie Bradley

A Lake of Bays woman takes an orphaned raven into her heart
Story by Pamela Steel

No one knows if Charlie fell or was pushed.

Lynn Boothby was working in her garden on Poverty Lane in Lake of Bays on May 10 when two angry ravens began to swoop down on her.

“I said to myself, I bet there is a baby raven out of the nest,” she says.

There have been ravens on or near the property for 30 years, and a large raven’s nest sits in the tall pines near the garden.

Upon investigation, she found a tiny baby raven in the corner of her woodshed. She called her brother, who carried the baby to the base of the pine…

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Operation: Restoration

Breathing new life into a piece of the past

By Gillian Brunette

“If you are going to write about the carrier then you should take a ride in it.”

And with those words (and my one-hour interview concluded) Richard Hatkoski led the way from his office onto the production floor of Commercial Pallet, where a restored 1942 Universal Carrier, more commonly referred to as a Bren Gun Carrier, awaited.

Climbing up and onto what would have been the gunner’s seat and with Hatkoski at the controls, we ventured out into Baysville’s backcountry. Noisy and cramped, the tracked carrier can exceed 30 mph and turn on a dime. After an exhilarating 15 minutes we returned to base, the experience offering a better understanding of the workings of the carrier and a deep respect for those who operated them behind enemy lines…

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