Photo of the Day

Saturday May 30 2020

How many Trumpeter Swans do you see? Trumpeter Swans have become more common over the last few years in our region. We usually see swans as the ice is thinning as they are migrating north but this year we have seen more of them just hanging around our lake. We are not...

Friday May 29, 2020

Friday May 29, 2020

Allison caught this "eater" when we were out fishing on Sunday, we haven't been out fishing since. Don has been working on the Pettit cabin, he was trying to install the screen on the deck but the wind wasn't helping him. Today is a garbage run day, a good day to do...

Thursday May 28, 2020

Thursday May 28, 2020

Don enjoyed his quiet time on the dock this morning. There is a lot of pollen on the water this morning, hopefully the wind will blow it all away. Today's forecast - Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 19 with temperature falling to 12 this...

Wednesday May 27, 2020

Wednesday May 27, 2020

Our view this morning as the sun is trying to shine through the clouds and fog. It was very foggy very early in the morning. We had a soaker rain yesterday giving the forest a much needed drink. Don's plan today is to head up to Pettit #2 to do some work. Ontario has...

Tuesday May 26, 2020

Tuesday May 26, 2020

Cedar checked out the trout I caught on Sunday. She enjoys coming along with all the other dogs when we go fishing. Today will be another day of working around main camp today as it looks like we're in for a rainy day. Today's forecast - Showers. Risk of a...

Monday May 25, 2020

Monday May 25, 2020

Being that yesterday was Sunday we all decided to go fishing, including the dogs. Don did do a little work on the Pettit cabin while the girls and I went trout fishing. While we were fishing for trout we saw fish swimming on top of the water eating bugs. We picked up...

Sunday May 24, 2020

Sunday May 24, 2020

Our guests have arrived! They're not paying customers but they will earn their keep, we have had 2 eggs already this morning. Ryker and Cedar are very interested in them, Jasper and Hannah are not concerned with them. We had a nice rainfall this morning, things are...

Saturday May 23, 2020

Saturday May 23, 2020

It's pretty quiet out on the lake these days, maybe the fish are enjoying the peacefulness though. Don is picking up some laying hens today so we hope to have our own eggs. Cedar and Ryker have not seen chickens before so there will have to be some serious training...

Friday May 22, 2020

Friday May 22, 2020

Look who took the afternoon off and went fishing yesterday! And yes, we did manage to have some fish for dinner last night, a tasty treat. The black flies and mosquitoes have decided to check in, they are abundant, it's hard to do things outside. Today's forecast -...

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Don spent a little time on the dock this morning before the black flies chased him back to the deck. As you know the official announcement was made yesterday stating that the Canadian-US border will remain closed until June 21st. Ontario (our province) is slowly...

Monday May 18, 2020

Monday May 18, 2020

Don was working on installing the stairs on Pettit #2 but he's taking today off to go shed hunting. Tomorrow he will seriously be getting back to work as will the rest of us, we've been taking it easy for too long now. The wind has picked up this morning so there is a...

Sunday May 17, 2020

Sunday May 17, 2020

Yes, that is Don with a fishing rod in his hand. He took a little time out from working in Pettit #2 to try and catch a fish or two. But just like the girls and I, we all came up empty handed. We couldn't catch a trout or a walleye, we did catch some northern and bass...

Saturday May 16, 2020

Saturday May 16, 2020

Opening day of walleye season, we're usually busy today but instead it's a very quiet morning. We are enjoying our morning coffee on the deck and the girls and I will head out on the water to catch our dinner. Don will head to Pettit #2 to do some more work on the...

Friday May 15, 2020

Friday May 15, 2020

This was our view last night after a rainstorm moved through, it was breathtaking. Head over to our Facebook page or Instagram to see the video, not often do we get a double rainbow. Don spent some time grading our road yesterday, today he's planing on getting up to...

Thursday May 14, 2020

Thursday May 14, 2020

After some rain last night we have a cloudy, grey morning and plus 5C. I can actually go outside without wearing a jacket! This rain will green up the landscape. Don's going to do some work around main camp today. Today's forecast - Cloudy. 60 percent chance of...

Wednesday May 13, 2020

Wednesday May 13, 2020

Allison has been working from our home, setting up her "office" in our loft. Yesterday, after her work day, we went trout fishing on Pettit. She landed this most delicious lake trout, without a net. It was the only trout we caught but it sure was nice to get out on...

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Our view this morning but it was too chilly to sit on the deck, one of these days though. Don has a bit of work to do around here before he heads up to Pettit #2. Today's forecast - Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 10. Wind chill minus 8 this morning. Tonight Clear....

Monday May 11, 2020

Monday May 11, 2020

Here's hoping that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Mine was extra special as I also celebrated my 65th birthday, yes I'm a senior now. Don, Allison, Alex and Jared spent most of the weekend walking through dense bush shed hunting. This is what...

Friday May 8, 2020

Friday May 8, 2020

The sun sparkles on the lake, makes it look really inviting but at minus 5C it's cold. We sure didn't sit on the deck this morning. The wind has also picked up once again this morning so I don't think Don will get any lumber freighted to Pettit today. Today's forecast...

Thursday May 7, 2020

Thursday May 7, 2020

Mount Lake Outpost looks like it did well over the winter, the docks are all good. Don was hoping to haul some lumber to Pettit #2 today but we have a good wind blowing out of the northwest so he'll get some things done around the main camp today. Even though it was...

Wednesday May 6, 2020

Wednesday May 6, 2020

First boat to go across the portage! Don't know how many boats will be making the trip this year but we are beginning to get things ready for the season. The ice is gone from Pettit and Mount and Don boated up to both outposts and things all look good. It was still...

Tuesday May 4, 2020

Tuesday May 4, 2020

Don had some assistance from Cedar as he moved the main dock and dock for cabin 2 into their summer position. Today he's going to hopefully get to Pettit and Mount Lake to see if there has been any damage to the docks. It has been too chilly to have our morning coffee...

Monday May 4, 2020

Monday May 4, 2020

Well we are finally getting rid of all the old backhoe parts. Don spent Saturday hauling the parts out to the main road where someone will be picking them up, hopefully tomorrow. He's been wanting this done for a long time. Today he's hoping to get our main dock moved...

Sunday May 3, 2020

Sunday May 3, 2020

Our chilly view this morning, plus 1C, there's been some light snow flurries. We're not sitting on the deck this morning! Today's forecast - Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h. High 8. Wind chill minus 8 this morning. Tonight...

Saturday May 2, 2020

Saturday May 2, 2020

And just like that the ice is out. It was all gone by dinner time yesterday. The ice that was there was very slushy, the wind came up and it started moving and before we knew it, it was gone. Ice out is always a welcoming site, now we wait for the leaves to come out...

Friday May 1, 2020

Friday May 1, 2020

There's still ice on the lake. We've had a few calm days so the ice isn't moving much but there's lots of holes in the ice so it will all be gone soon. It was another gorgeous morning to enjoy our morning coffee on the deck, listening to the many birds, geese, swans,...

Thursday April 30, 2020

Thursday April 30, 2020

Our view this morning as we enjoyed our coffee on the deck. The lake still has a lot of ice but it's bound to go quickly. April certainly went by fast despite being in a lock down, of course our routines really haven't changed much. Don is beginning to think of things...

Wednesday April 29, 2020

Wednesday April 29, 2020

Our view this morning as more ice disappeared overnight. The lake continues to look darker and darker, evidence of thinning ice. Don did some work around his shop yesterday, that's a never ending job. Today's forecast - A mix of sun and cloud. High 16. Tonight A few...

Tuesday April 28, 2020

Tuesday April 28, 2020

Don spent yesterday wandering the bushes in search of deer sheds. There's less snow in the bush now so the sheds are a bit easier to spot. The ice on the lake has a number of dark spots and we can see open water between islands, it won't be long now till it's all...

Monday April 27, 2020

Monday April 27, 2020

A little fog rising off the lake this morning. We had a bit or rain overnight so that has had an effect on the ice, it should go fast now. Yesterday I tagged along with the group shed hunting but didn't find any saw a lot of new country though. It was nice to get out...

Sunday April 26, 2020

Sunday April 26, 2020

Our view this morning, we lost some ice yesterday and the ice is looking darker. Don spent yesterday shed hunting. Today's forecast - Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 16. Tonight Partly...

Saturday April 25, 2020

Saturday April 25, 2020

We lost some ice yesterday although it froze overnight. Don and I enjoyed coffee on the deck this morning although we had to have our jackets on. Today's forecast - Mainly sunny. High 16. Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. 40 percent chance of showers...

Friday April 24, 2020

Friday April 24, 2020

It was 0C this morning, sunny and no wind. There's still a lot of ice on the lake but it did melt more along the shoreline. Yesterday you could see some darker spots in the lake a sure sign that break up is happening. Today's forecast - A mix of sun and cloud. 30...

Thursday April 23, 2020

Thursday April 23, 2020

Another chilly morning, minus 2C with a mix of sun and cloud and windy. I could hear the ice making noises as I took this photograph and you can see that there has been some movement of the ice. Temperatures are suppose to warm up this afternoon so perhaps we will see...

Wednesday April 22, 2020

Wednesday April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day! It's cloudy and minus 3C this morning, oh and add in some snow flurries and wind as well. Yesterday, Don went for a walk about in the bush looking for minnow ponds, he found this tree stand. It's not the safest of trees now at least I wouldn't want to...

Monday April 20, 2020

Monday April 20, 2020

Allison spotted this otter, from her "office" in the loft, popping up along the shoreline this morning eating minnows. Temperatures continue to be on the cool side so there hasn't been much movement on the ice conditions. We will be above freezing today with a strong...

Sunday April 19, 2020

Sunday April 19, 2020

We had more open water along the shoreline yesterday but it dropped below 0C last night so we had some freezing going on. Hopefully it will warm up and we'll see more ice melting. There's been a lot of snow melt around the yard and the lake is beginning to get that...

Friday April 17, 2020

Friday April 17, 2020

This pair is waiting for warmer days and more open water. They've been hanging out at the portage where there is open water. Don is back at the Pettit cabin today, hopefully the wind won't be blowing as hard as it has been for the past couple of days. The wind really...

Thursday April 16, 2020

Thursday April 16, 2020

Yesterday, I went to the new Pettit Lake cabin to help Don put up siding on the back of the cabin. Although it was a sunny day it was very windy which made it cold. This photo is at the portage, it was so nice to see the sun sparkling off the open water. There were 2...

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Last night was a windy but beautiful night. Isolation and staying at home has not been difficult. We are looking forward to the time when the ice is gone and we get to see our wonderful guests again. That day will come, just don't know when. Today's forecast - Mainly...

Monday April 13, 2020

Monday April 13, 2020

Got some more siding completed on the Pettit cabin yesterday. As you can see there's less snow and although the lake is still covered with ice it's getting a little challenging to get across the portage with the snow machines. It's another cold, windy morning minus...

Sunday April 12, 2020

Sunday April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! We hope everyone is staying at home this Easter weekend, staying safe and healthy. It's a cool day, minus 3C this morning, mix of sun and clouds. We've lost a good amount of snow but there's still lots of ice on the lakes. Today's forecast - Mainly...

Saturday April 11, 2019

Saturday April 11, 2019

Yesterday, Don, Allison, Alex and Jared went shed hunting and came up with these finds, a very successful day. There's still a fair bit of snow in the bush so there will probably be more sheds to find one day. It was minus 1C earlier this morning with very light snow...

Friday April 10, 2020

Friday April 10, 2020

We're losing snow and ice daily as you can see in this photo. It froze overnight but when it warms up there will be a little bit of open water along the shore. Don spent yesterday getting supplies - gas, diesel, food. Today's forecast - Cloudy with 30 percent chance...

Wednesday April 8, 2020

Wednesday April 8, 2020

Another gorgeous full moon over Manion Lake last night, it never gets old. 0C this morning and light snow, I'd much rather see the sun shine. The ice is mushy on top but it's still good for a few weeks yet. Today's forecast - Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of...