Welcome to The Cottage Wife!

My husband Brian and I have had a cottage on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada for 10 years now, and thought it would be fun to share some of our adventures with you.

Like any cottage, it’s a great place for friends & family and adventures like snakes, bears (real and impersonated), and renovations. And when it comes to those renovations – NOTHING at the cottage is normal! We’ve discovered that’s the most normal part of cottage renovations. I’m sure you’ll hear more about that as these have been some of the greatest adventures we’ve had so far. When we’re not in DIY and renovation mode we go hiking, fishing and exploring.

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closing the cottage for winter

Winter Ready Tips for Cottage Closing

We’re almost here – cottage closing time – only a few more weeks to go. (Insert the sound of heavy sobs here.) We are extremely lucky at our place; we can stay through the beginning of winter and open early in the spring without being uncomfortably chilled for the whole weekend.  Some things we’ve done to make this

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hammock time

What Cottage Life is Really About

The Smells, The Sounds, The Feel of Cottage Life Summer is turning to fall. I’m sitting on the deck at the cottage; shorts and t-shirts are replaced by pants and a hoodie. The blooms in the garden are slowly surrendering to the cool nights and short days; it’s almost time for their nap. The birds, chipmunks,

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rattlesnake sign

Wet Towels And A Rattlesnake

One evening after a full day of fun, the weather was threatening rain so we started to put a few things away and prepare to come inside for the night. At the last minute I remembered that we had towels and swimsuits drying on the line in the back yard. Brian was kind enough to go out back and I wasn’t far behind him to lend a hand.

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cartoon bugs

The Battle of the Bugs

We’re in year #8 with the cottage, and I’m pretty sure we’ve had the same conversation every spring: BUGS! How do we control the bugs? How do we get away from them? We have long conversations about our desperate quest to take our yard back from these invaders. Black flies, mosquitos, deer flies: they are relentless. While we do

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All About the Birds

We’re in the bush, with loads of birds flittering around. Of course we’d want to attract and feed them so we can enjoy them up close. Naturally, we had some concerns about bigger animals getting to the feeders, damaging gardens or worse – finding better goodies in our sheds. Our overall plan: be smart and careful

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Adventures with The Cottage Husband