God’s country

My father used to call the area where our cottage is located “God’s Country” for a reason.  Palmerston Lake is a clean, beautiful, serene lake in Ompah, Ontario where we refer to as the middle of nowhere.  Approximately 90 minutes southwest of Ottawa, Ompah is a sleepy, uncommercialized town, perfect for getting away from the headaches of big city life….

 

Moving into the era of modern technology, Ompah now receives cell phone service and Wifi thanks to a tower recently installed by Bell Canada…

tower

 

Even though the tower sticks out like a sore thumb in pictures of beautiful scenery, this service is great for cottagers that need to be connected to the rest of the world.  I must admit the cell phone service is great for keeping in touch with my sons when they are not with us.

A modern version of God’s country!

 

 

 

 

 

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Signs of spring at Palmerston Lake in Ompah, Ontario

We took a drive up to our cottage on Palmerston Lake in Ompah, Ontario today to see if spring has arrived up there.  Although there is quite a bit more snow up there than here in Ottawa and it was 5 degrees cooler, there were a few signs of spring…

the snow levels have subsided and the wild turkeys have been to visit:

 

the ice is breaking up on the lake:

 

and the water levels are really high:

 

Looks like it may be a while before we will be swimming in Palmerston Lake!

 

Riverhill farm maple syrup

Maple syrup, a popular Canadian treat, is produced close to our cottage at Riverhill farm.  I have seen the lines running between the numerous maple trees in the area, but just discovered that Riverhill farm in the Ompah, Ontario region produces and markets this delicious maple syrup.

Did you know that maple syrup is a healthy alternative to sweeteners in your diet?  Stick to the pure, 100% maple syrup (sorry Aunt Jemima) though for the health benefits including antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese.  Although it is better for you than refined sugar, maple syrup is full of sucrose (sugar) which should be consumed sparingly for optimum health.

Just how cold was this past winter in the Ottawa area?

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This past winter was so cold our buried water pipe running between the lake and our cottage froze in Ompah, Ontario.  This has never happened before and the cottage was built way back in 1972.  Apparently the frost line was deeper than normal for this area of Canada this winter.  Digging down to find the buried water pipe, we found the ground frozen solid six feet down!  Fortunately, the soil at the cottage is sandy rather than full of clay as it is here in Kanata, although it was still a big job.  The pipe was rerouted so it no longer goes under the covered patio, but instead will be snow covered for better insulation in winters to come.

The good news is we had planned (eventually) to rebuild the patio, so the frozen pipe turned out to be motivation to start the patio project…

Palmerston Lake

 

We won’t be swimming anytime soon in Palmerston Lake.  This past Sunday we drove up to our family cottage on Palmerston Lake at Ompah, Ontario to check on the cottage and to see how much snow is left up there…

The lake is still ice and snow-covered; not very inviting.  The top of a birch tree on our property had snapped and fallen onto our wood shed; fortunately its fall was broken by two small deciduous trees, so there was no damage to the roof of the shed.

Like my gardening season,  cottage season (at least the swimming part of it) may be delayed a bit this year thanks to the long, cold winter we have endured here in eastern Ontario…