Closing the Cottage – A Confession


Hi Cottager. I have a confession to make….

It seems I was so busy writing instructions about how to disconnect the water supply and winterize your cottage, I forgot something at mine…

I left the water supply hose and foot valve in the lake. Completely forgot to take it out until my Father mentioned it. I guess he should be writing this, not me.

However, all it not lost, I returned to the cottage this weekend with him and we got it out of the water, removed the foot valve from the water supply hose, and drained the said same hose. I don’t know how I managed to forget it, but I did.

This was a power day at the camp. In addition to getting the hose out of the lake, I also got my floating wharf secured around the corner in the cove, out of the ravages of winter winds and closed in the veranda to keep the snow and rain out.

Our deck has a roof over it, which makes it a very pleasant place to sit in the hot summer sun, or rather, out of the hot summer sun. It has the added advantage of being able to be closed up with plywood in the winter, which saves the deck, makes an additional place to store stuff, and it also makes the cottage a little easier to heat when we go down in the winter.

We have been closing the deck in since we built it. First we used plastic, but it didn’t prove too effective. First of all it may have prohibited the place from ‘breathin’ properly, adding to, rather than negating the effects of winter dampness. Secondly, after some smart ass threw a rock through it and broke the picture window, plastic lost it’s allure.

So for the last several years we have used 1/4 inch plywood, nailed up with one inch shingle nails, and it has proven quite successful. No more broken windows, and it is almost like adding a room to the cottage. Eventually I think I would like to close the deck in with windows and insulate it completely, making a nice addition to the camp. However, that takes money, and time, and it also means a compromise, of no longer having the outside deck, which is so pleasant a place to sit in the summer.

We also got the water out of the bathtub taps, and fixed up the kitchen sprayer, sometimes it is useful to have a retired plumber for your Dad. Even if he is 89 years old. I want him to start writing a blog about the secret to longevity…LOL

While in cottage country we dropped in to visit an old friend of my father’s who moved down there 30 years ago when he retired. He’s in his 90’s now, and still getting by, although he isn’t as rugged as he once was. However, he still manages to get around a bit, and even mows the lawn with his garden tractor.

I am wondering if it has something to do with the water down there……

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