Another nice day on Thursday. Back into the 80F range, moderate winds, and low humidity. Looks like the EC forecast for the weekend was the correct one. Some media were predicting storms for Friday and Saturday, but now there is nothing but sunshine in the forecast through late Sunday. It should be another text book weekend on the lake. After a slowdown in the fishing on Wednesday, plenty of action returned on Thursday with a number of nice smallmouth bass caught and released by lodge guests.
Total fire ban is still in effect. That INCLUDES CAMPFIRES. I had to tell my own campers to put out a campfire. Thank you to the cottager who e-mailed me to tell me they had a fire going.
The boathouse repair in the north boathouse is just about done. The walkways are complete and the slips are re-opened. The caution tape is gone. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this week.
Today (Friday the 20th) is a "free day" at Algonquin Park. No fee to enter the park for day use that day.
From a cottager up the lake: Hand made 17.6 foot "Red Bird" cedar strip canoe for sale. From the photos and description this was a labor of love project years ago. Now time to sell it. Click over to the photos page to see it.
There is still a bit of bandwidth available for anyone who wants internet service on the lake. The power outages and low voltage earlier in the month were a challenge, but when Hydro One performs, the network performs fairly well.
Just a quick reminder that there is no trailer parking in the main lot on weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) through the rest of the summer season. If you bring a utility trailer, or launch a boat, please leave the trailer in the trailer parking field. 5 acres of nicely mowed grass there.
We are down to only one coloring book that features 3 pages generated from paintings done here on Limerick Lake by artist Ketha Newman from the Maynooth area. It is available in the marina store. There are also a handful of the Limerick History books available again. I bought out the remaining inventory of them from a gift shop that was closing in Bancroft last fall.
The LWRA will be doing the lunch time format (similar to 2017) BBQ on Saturday of the August holiday. Hot dogs and burgers starting at 12:30. Kids games around 2:30. Cost is just $6.00.
Saturday evening, August 11th there will be a licensed event here at the lodge. It is a "pay one price" tasting of a 4 beer "flight" from Bancroft Brewing, and tasting of a 3 beer flight from Muskoka Brewing. The only license I could get was a pay one price license (so your reservation and ticket get you 6 craft beer tastings) and we are limited to 75 participants. There will be a selection of Ontario wines and ciders for those who want to attend but are not beer drinkers. Tickets are available in the marina store or you can reserve by e-mail and pick up your tickets any time before the event. Price is $30 per person and includes the tastings and a myriad of appetizers and snacks. Derek Morris and the "Fiddleheads" that played at our August 2016 wedding will be performing from 7PM to 10PM. The event is about 50% sold out.
Things on the real estate front are a little more active these days. #310, water access in Greens Bay is still listed. A very tiny cottage (more like a storage shed) on what should be a buildable lot has gone on the market for $109. Contact Tim Fulford in Bancroft for details. A beautiful 4 season cottage/home has just been listed on the north-east end of the lake. It is road access and had beautiful renovations done this past winter. Address is 380 Tamarack Lane and it is priced in the high7s.