Our cottage's remote and rural location, combined with its age and some questionable building techniques, means that we're often sharing our property, if not the cottage itself, with many small and uninvited guests.
Mice, moles, ants and wasps are just some of the invaders we've had to deal with (or simply suffer through) in the past, and there's plenty more critters where they came from. Learn what you can do to get rid of these and other kinds of potentially harmful freeloaders.
I've been tracking the nighttime temperatures closely recently, and early last Tuesday, for less than two hours, the mercury dipped below freezing. That means that time has run out and this is the final cottage weekend. It's not that we'll really be staying at the cottage for the fun of it, mind you, we'll just be closing it up for the year.
The most important part of the winter shutdown is, of course, disconnecting the pump and getting all the water out of the plumbing system. Failing at this task can have expensive repercussions, as Neighbour Dan can attest to.