May 2005 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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  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside May 2005


  • We’ve Got Issues

    Lots of them. A special feature commemorating our 100th edition.

  • Skip to the Loo

    Whether you’re fixing up or starting fresh, make your indoor biffy a bathing beauty.

  • Natural Habitat

    Environmental passion is the foundation of this Manitoba family’s retreat.

  • 25 Ultimate Upgrades

    High-performance solutions to get your cottage in top working order.

  • The Feminine Rustique

    Hattie was a hurricane in trousers. Now, three generations carry on her Salerno Lake legacy.

  • Return of the Raptors

    A spring skywatcher’s guide to our magnificent birds of prey.

  • Here’s Cookin’ for you, Kid

    Easy, fun recipes to satisfy young appetites.

  • High Society

    Do your kids want to live it up? Here's how to get your treehouse project off the ground. Click here to check out the treehouse tower addition.


  • On the Waterfront

    Riverside teepee party; electronic Scrabble saviour; rainy-day doggie bag; our cottage exercise program; blackfly demolition derby; wonderwalls; squirrel worth of Dr. Evil; classic carpet sweeper; field guide for wildflowers

  • Puttering

    Installing a second phone jack; The duct seal solution; How to smooth out sticky drawers; Making tin can patio lanterns; Rot detection in the crawl space; Canoe as dock lift; boat whips

  • Cottage Watch

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Insurance is killing lake activities – and their associations.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Roundup on poison ivy; dealing with a sweaty toilet; how to anchor a swim raft; preventing window well overflow; an overzealous woodpecker.

  • Cottage Coup

    Moodie and the beast: Can a humble cabin dweller and a monster cottage be friends?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Duck à l'orange: The rusty-crested merganser is a stand-out mama.

  • Weekender

    This ridiculous marina.

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