June 2003 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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What's Inside June 2003


  • A Grand Design

    Down to the stud walls and back up again, this turn-of-the-century cottage gets a heritage makeover.

  • The Natural Garden: Part 2

    Ground Rules – The dirt on planting a beautiful cottage garden.

  • All Creatures Great and Small

    A cottage-country wildlife rehabilitator helps needy animals get back on their feet again.

  • Picking Up Steam

    A family’s passion for fire-powered steamboats spans three generations.

  • The Back 31

    We believed the swamp existed for the animals, and birds, and us – and we wanted to keep it that way. An investment in uselessness.

  • Hanging Out

    Suspended from porch rafters or a free-standing frame, our cottage swing really rocks.

  • Grilling Gourmet

    Six BBQ masters share favourite recipes guaranteed to make you flip.


  • On the Waterfront

    Getting some kicks at Thunder Beach; making Cottage Dreams possible; the truth about ketchup and mustard; BBQ hotline; Trixie Belden returns; the classic clothespin

  • Puttering

    Silencing squeaky floors; the all-seeing stud finder; ladders that’ll take you to the top; the fire extinguisher dissected; evicting eave-dwelling bees Great Inventions: Soggy-doggy ramp; dock jack

  • Cottage Watch

    Mossy growth and cracks in the concrete mean your dug well is vulnerable to contamination. What to do when you see the warning signs.

  • Cottage Q&A

    How birds stay bug-free; tracking aerial spraying; keeping ducks off the dock; the skinny on lake suds; removing Rover's ticks; identifying Crown land.

  • Cottage Coup

    Jake's illumination genie: An off-grid cottager's wish is granted with the magical Aladdin lamp.

  • Cottage Finds

    Recycled rustic: Nature inspires these Gananoque artisans.

  • Cottage Designs

    Light fantastic: Three way to banish dark cottage corners.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Night's light brigade: Each species of firefly has its own inner glow.

  • Weekender

    Wild thing, make my heart sing.

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