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Up to the Cottage - Memories of Muskoka

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Up To The Cottage

Memories of Muskoka

by Grant D. Fairley

Journey back to a time to the Muskoka of small family cottages through the stories of what it was like to spend your vacations at a family cottage on Mary Lake near Huntsville and other places in the Muskokas.  Beginning with the family renting a cottage in the 30's through the purchase of land and then building the cottage in the 50s, the Cowans, Meusers and Fairleys all became part of the story of the lake just as the cottage became a rich part of their life story too. These first-hand accounts reflect both a bygone era and the new world of cottaging in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. For those who remember those rustic days - you will warm to the happy memories of cottage life in the 50s & 60s & 70s.  The stories continue through the development years of 80s & 90s. The tales continue up until 2004.  Pull yourself up by a fire at the cottage to read this book.  If you are not at the cottage, this book will take you there through these enchanting memories and stories of the people and places of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.

Chapter Titles

Into The Mist The Cottage Go North Young Man – Somehow
A Greater Purpose The Road More Traveled What's That Smell?
Warm Thoughts Cottage Worthy Sounds of Silence
On The Surface All Creatures Great & Small Cottage Types
Clammed Up Mission Impossible Bugged
The Waltons The Guest Book That’s Entertainment
For The Birds Well – Well – Well Measuring Up
Slip Sliding Away Something’s Fishy Don't Let The Rain Come Down!
Look Up – Way Up! Many Wanderings Please Pass The Salt
Ahoy There I Know A Secret Not For The Faint of Heart
Ready - Set - Fire! One Dark Night Shaboo
The Man In The Green Can Take A Letter Courage
Far and Wide and Weird The Road Less Traveled Jackson’s Falls
Half A Mile To Halvastraw Clean As A Whistle A Fine Port
Nothing To Fear Creative Licence In To Town
Rainy Day People Beyond The Sunsets The Other Way
Put The Worm On Tighter Uncle John Moose Wars An Old Seabreeze
What Do You Mean By "There"? Saluting The Generals The Muskoka Blues
A New Age Was Upon Us Watching Scotty Grow Blessings Received
The Turkey and the Church Fond Farewell Sandy Feet
James Alexander Cowan Cousins By The Dozens To Whom Much Is Given

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwoods Publishing a division of McK Consulting Inc. (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897202164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897202166
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 404 g

From the Author

The cottage for our family was one of those constants in a changing world.  As we grew older, married and had children, it was a place where the extended family could visit and enjoy times together.  It had played that role for the generation that preceded us too. 

For me, it was a connection to the earliest parts of my childhood memories.  The cottage was a place where memories were added every year.  Many were building on the same experiences while others were new.

It was also a special place of quiet.  In a life that often was filled with people and commitments, the cottage was a place where there was only a time to arrive and a time to leave.  Everything else was flexible.

We also enjoyed watching the children grow up there.  It was away from the city and gave them a wholly other kind of experience.

This book was intended to share some of our cottage experiences.  From the early feedback on the book, it seems that it has also created a place where people can insert their own memories that were like this chapter or that.

The chapters were written as short expressions to connect with one facet or experience of cottage life.

I hope that whether you are still a cottager, were a cottager or had some other special place to get away that this book will bring back some happy memories.

Please email your comments or reflections.  It is great to hear about other people and their cottage life.

September 2011


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