August 2007 Issue


Cottage Life will help you enjoy life at the lake even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

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  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside August 2007


  • One Hot Party

    Celebrate Cottage Life’s 20 years with 20 ideas for a great campfire fest: s’more tips, smoke charmers, music makers, flame facts, and our anniversary cocktail. Plus…

  • Pick The Perfect Spot

    And finesse the perfect fire.

  • Play By Smokie's Rule

    No point in burning down the neighbourhood.

  • Tell A Really Scary Story

    It was a dark and stormy night…

  • Honour The Fire

    Why are campfires so captivating?

  • Take A Shot In The Dark

    Make memorable fireside photos.

  • A Diamond In The Rough

    How a dedicated cottager, fresh paint, and lots of elbow grease brought this little Lake Joseph gem back to life.

  • Theory of Relativity

    These families stayed together by moving apart, into cottages on the same lake.

  • Your Waterfront's Secret Service

    Build a dock seat double agent. It also hauls your canoe up out of the water.

  • First Principles

    Great new recipes for the campfire, where cooking began.


  • On The Waterfront

    Muskoka running mates; A boat reno surprise Tiny cottages; Canoes from the House of Windsor; Potato gun initiation; Beach mystery; S.O.S. for Clean Marine; Cedar waxwing babies; What you didn't know about beer; A decoy for wasps; Post Cards from Lake of Bays book review; Zimmer rants on the apocalypse and family feuds

  • Puttering

    Outdoor ground-fault circuit breakers; Professional-grade wire strippers; One-time exterior wood finish and preservative; A compact, timber-frame tower; Are dollar-store tools worth the savings?; A substitute for pilot-hole drill bits; Backwoods AC; bungee-cord plant hangers

  • Cottage Q&A

    Telephone party lines; tax breaks for forests; how to fix slippery steps; rules for road rights; sheeko or chicot?

  • Cottage Finds

    All bases covered: By the dock or on a deck, choose from a variety of umbrellas to fit your cottage needs.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Peel me a grape: Fruit is the food of love for courting cedar waxwings.

  • Cottage Classic

    Michelle Kelly: Want some corn on the cob with your butter?

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