May 2004 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 May 2004


  • Out of the Box

    A 1940s bungalow is transformed when an unconventional cottager pulls down the walls.

  • Taste Buds

    The top dishes from our 10th Annual Recipe Contest – guaranteed to win friends.

  • If We Had All Been Lakes

    Celebrated author, lauded poet, notorious family prankster – Michael Redhill draws on the cottage landscape as a backdrop for his art.

  • Crib Notes

    What do to with that bashed-up, rotted-out box of rocks below the dock.

  • Masters of Disguise

    Can your eye spy these cottage-country disappearing acts?

  • Cut to the Chaise

    When it's time to put your feet up, look no further than the versatile lounger.


  • Cottage Life Boating

    Fishing Boats; Confessions of a rookie sailor; Set up a sailing race course; Cruising with the OPP; What's new in outboards; Wakeboard gear

  • On the Waterfront

    A real-live paper doll; webcam captures waterfront; the Patio Pal; tall trees tragedy; Manitou salmon on the run; classic cottage key chain; toxic toads

  • Puttering

    Fixing crumbly pointing; A smashing good sledgehammer; Medullary rays in lumber; A room divided out of doors; Tight rope trick; Gangplank; canoe caddy

  • Cottage Q&A

    Grasshoppers in the garden; finding a buried septic tank; dock bumpers for odd corners; defining an island; de-alcoholized beer - is it A-ok on the water?

  • Cottage Finds

    The latest outdoor fabrics face the elements in style.

  • Environment

    Core of the matter: Sediment science plumbs a lake's bottom for clues to what's happening on top.

  • Real Estate

    Lots on the block: How to get your hands on cheap cottage land - bargain hunting at tax sales.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The pelican brief: A short story on our biggest bird.

  • Weekender

    The bald truth.

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