Throughout the Almaguin Highlands the snow was dissipating, half loads for roads are imposed, and the spring celebrations are being held in most communities. Still large snowbanks are present on north facing slopes and at the end of seasonal roads so no access for vehicles yet for cottages accessed by these roads. Lovely to drive country roads and watch the change of the countryside as it soon comes alive….. Be slow and diligent (to take in the beauty) because the frost heaves are everywhere and change locations daily so they may not have caution signs put up by the municipality.
NEW LISTING ON THREE MILE LAKE
Year Round Access
From Dining Window
Natural Clean shoreline
Temperatures have not been great for the production of Maple Syrup because of the colder days throughout March but last week the temperatures rose above freezing for the day time making the sap flow well. Be sure to explore some of these operations open to the public throughout the area. Maple Syrup Festivities
Well a week into April and Burk’s Falls has been hit with 2 severe winter storms so we are back to snow everywhere much to the delight of snowmobilers. Riding a sled please be careful as the ditches are full of water and there is no ice that is safe. For those of you that have been wondering if the snow has dissipated to view vacant land this week end in our area….bring your snowshoes! The photos below were taken this morning April 7th.
I guess bringing out the lawn furniture was a little premature! Hopefully the next blog in 2 weeks I can show some budding trees. Visit my website most of the photos of listings are nice summer ones.
Puppy update: She is getting big but at six months old Lambig (pronounced lambeeg) still needs the security of lying close or on her big sister Corona at nap time 🙂
Corona and Lambig have a nap after playing in the snow.
Real Estate is still hopping with buyers braving the snow, ice and bitter cold to view properties. I have heard it said that people don’t move in the winter months or no one buys a cottage in the middle of winter….both of these statements are far from accurate. I know first hand that many people move in the winter and there are some benefits. a week ago my Mom and I moved, it was bitter cold and then snowing but the snow brushes off in the cold and all of the things getting moved stay dry. Not so, in a rainy day summer move! boots tramped at the door and the floors stay nice and clean with no dirt sticking and rubbing off on carpets. Not so, in a muddy mess springtime move! A fall move …. well ok …. maybe that is the optimum season with less rain, no mud and plants easily moved with no frigid air but I still have moved in the winter most of the time.
I still have things I can not find and a few boxes to unpack but for the most part most of the stress of the move is over. My daughter and her family of six are moving too, yes another winter move, so her stress is off the charts. My Mom is finding our new location a challenge because it is a the second story apartment above my place of business but I am doing my best to make her as comfortable as possible. Having Alzheimer Disease change is very hard for her. I know as a Realtor® this recent move will certainly make me greatly empathize with my clients knowing what stress they feel.
January thaw happened and we are now back to the cold. Unfortunately all the rain destroyed any snowmobile trails that had a base and the ski hills took a beating as well. Old Man Winter will definitely take care of those issues in no time so we can get back to enjoying sunny crisp days outdoors.
My next post will be more informative…..this one was just to let everyone know now with the moving complete, I can get back to a normal business and life routine Phew!!!
Throughout the Villages of Almaguin many Christmas events and business promotions are beginning as December approaches. The Christmas Tree lighting in Burk’s Falls is held on Friday December 1st and the Santa Parade on Saturday December 2nd both at 6:00 pm. A great opportunity to sing some carols and gather together with others in our community. Our area is comprised of people that I believe have a generous and giving nature all year (there are always those few people who have a negative opinion on everything) but this holiday season whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or other belief or non belief this is a time of acceptance, celebration of life and peace.
My family is preparing for a move mid January and I am moving too with my Mom back to my apartment. It is so difficult moving an aged parent with special needs. So many construction details must be reviewed to make sure Mom will be safe and happy in the new premise. Bathrooms, flooring, door size openings, alarms on doors, bed monitors etc. have to be used when you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer disease. There is very little monetary support to keep a loved one in familiar surroundings and I feel the push is to have them put into a nursing home where I feel they lose their identity completely. My visits to different facilities has made me feel that there are not enough caregivers for the needs of the residents much same as nursing care in our hospitals. Being in a rural setting Mom would be placed anywhere they have room and the present waiting list for the closest one is 2 years, at which placement is not guaranteed. Love my Mom to bits and I will keep her with me until she needs more care than I can give.
The up side to the move is that it will be the apartment is above my place of
work so I am just steps away should I be needed. A shout out to Caring Heart’s providing care during the day when I am at work….Mom’s care giver is such a dedicated, professional and caring person. She is more than competent and completely trustworthy providing amazing care for my Mom. The deck is being built at our new apartment as I write this blog and my son-in law and grandson are completing the renos to the apartment to accommodate our scheduled move in date between Christmas and the New Year. I am so very grateful to have all of these people in my life turning a stressful situation into a workable solution. It is quite the family affair!!
With my personal life falling into place in a positive way, I can concentrate on more Real Estate work. I have taken on a few more new Buyers looking for homes, land and cottages in the area. Our inventory is very low but those listings that are still available
are getting quite a few showings and many buyers are asking for further information packages on these listings as well. All this activity should help sell these properties throughout the winter months. That motto…. “No rain, sleet or snow” can keep a Realtor from there duties certainly applies to the agents in our northern climate…but maybe the icy roads, snow storms and bitter cold temperatures would be worth a reschedule now and then. For the most part our area is the epitome of a Scenic Winter Wonderland to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Puppy update: Doubled in size from 8 lbs to 20 lbs in three weeks and her next vet appointment is scheduled for her shot. Corona and Lambig are inseparable and play constantly…my main stress reliever is watching their antics.
Well I picked up a new Bouvier pup on November the 5th. She is now 8 weeks old and Corona is a wonderful big sister to her. Training a dog (not that there is much training except of the owner at this age) is so much less stressful with an adult dog to teach them the routine and what is acceptable and not. Her name is Lambig pronounced in English “lumbeeg” wikipedia on Lambig
I chose that particular name because of the endearing memory I have of my grandfather giving my husband a bottle of it to return home to Canada on our first trip to see my family in France. Although not my drink of choice Jim cherished the gift and still had
Knight Brothers Factory circa 1896
that bottle long after the death of my grandfather. We finished the last of it to celebrate our move to the Burk’s Falls Knight Brother’s factory building in 1996 twenty years after Jim had received it. It makes me smile and think of them both, every time I say her name.Lumbig has had her introduction to office life this past week. She has gone a few showings, assisted GREATLY when I had to put up my signs and is learning that we do not pee on clients lawns. The burst of energy is always followed by a very long puppy nap. My clients have certainly have enjoyed her puppy antics. The snow covers the ground today and both dogs love the outdoors. More difficult to find the property boundaries when showing property however.
Many Clients have taken this opportunity to view vacant land as the terrain can be assessed without all the foliage camouflaging the lay of the land. Not many listings available in this are so if you are a seller give me a call and I can promote and perhaps bring you a successful offer before snowshoes are required for showings. I sold eight vacant properties last winter and I would think most properties listed through this winter season will be sold as well. I do have a lovely building lot almost 3 acres in size on Sterling Creek Road very affordably priced at $35,000. I will be taking pictures of that property later today with the arrival of the snow. Sterling Creek Road