Overview

Cottage Daze celebrates life at the cottage where the cottage is the main character, and family, friends, pets, and fellow cottagers are the supporting cast. Whether writing about cottage routine ("First Ski," "Of Mice and Men," "Cottage Guests"), cottage tasks ("Splitting Wood," "Boat Launch"), nature ("A Gathering of Loons," "The Sting," "Autumn Spell"), cottage fun ("The Cottage Duel"), or cottage touchstones ("Start the Day," "Bonfire," "The Perfect Storm"), the stories are ...

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Cottage Daze

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Overview

Cottage Daze celebrates life at the cottage where the cottage is the main character, and family, friends, pets, and fellow cottagers are the supporting cast. Whether writing about cottage routine ("First Ski," "Of Mice and Men," "Cottage Guests"), cottage tasks ("Splitting Wood," "Boat Launch"), nature ("A Gathering of Loons," "The Sting," "Autumn Spell"), cottage fun ("The Cottage Duel"), or cottage touchstones ("Start the Day," "Bonfire," "The Perfect Storm"), the stories are told with humour, compassion, insight, and nostalgia.

Who doesn't remember sitting in a frigid lake, trying to help a youngster get up on water skis for the first time, launching a boat while the whole world seems to be watching, or getting caught up in a nest of wasps? This collection of stories, elegantly organized into four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), will make readers laugh, cry, and long to be at the cottage a "must have" for every cottage bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

Lakes of the Woods
The thread runs chronologically, from opening the camp to closing it and everything in between tells staple stories that transcend the cottage culture across Canada and through generations.
The Echo Haliburton County
Filled with amusing anecdotes of previous summer shenanigans, Cottage Daze explores the feeling that a cottage adds to a relaxing, enjoyable summer.
From the Publisher
In 160 pages this engaging journalist chronicles episodes at his Muskoka cottage. Ross’s Muskoka island cottage is a place where he enjoys adventures and misadventures in all seasons. His robust sense of humour and adventure are nicely balanced with insight about nature and the human condition.
Lloyd Robertson
James Ross takes us deep inside the Canadian cottage experience, savouring its endless wonders, laughing at the frustrations. You'll hear the loons, marvel at the golden sunsets, and smell the firewood.You are at the cottage.
Muskoka Magazine
In 160 pages this engaging journalist chronicles episodes at his Muskoka cottage. Ross’s Muskoka island cottage is a place where he enjoys adventures and misadventures in all seasons. His robust sense of humour and adventure are nicely balanced with insight about nature and the human condition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459704473
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Ross has a degree in journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter, cowboy, mountain guide, museum curator, dogsledder, movie stuntman, animal trainer, photo double, and freelance writer. He enjoys adventures and misadventures at his Muskoka island cottage and lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.


James Ross has a degree in journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter, cowboy, mountain guide, museum curator, dogsledder, movie stuntman, animal trainer, photo double, and freelance writer. He enjoys and misadventures at his Muskoka island cottage in Bracebridge, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Prologue - The Writer’s Life

Springtime - Back to the Cottage

1.         The Opening                            2.         Opening Checklist

3.         Of Mice and Men                    4.         Hello World

5.         The Rescue                              6.         Flying Piranha

7.         Game of Tapes and Ladders    8.         Forever Young

9.         The Breakdown and the Brat   10.       What’s Eating You?

11.       Nature’s Guardians                  12.       Farewell to a Cottage Friend

13.       Boat Launch                            14.       The Robin

15.       The Nesting Box                      16.       Time Moves On

Summertime Escape

17.       Leave it to Beaver                    18.       First Job

19.       The Perfect Storm                    20.       Holding the Fort

21.       Death of a Dog                                    22.       First Ski

23.       Life is a Game                         24.       Cottage Guests

25.       The Food Chain                       26.       Island Kingdom

27.       Puppy Love                             28.       Lost in Translation

29.       The Handyman                                    30.       The Cottage Duel

31.       A Gathering of Loons              32.       The Sting

33.       Who Has Seen the Wind          34.       Start the Day

35.       Pirates of Muskoka                  36.       Are You Afraid of the Dark?

37.       Bonfire                                    38.       That 70's Show

39.       It’s a Dog’s Life                       40.       Cottage Renovations

41.       Our Garden Patch                    42.       Chirpy’s Diner

43.       Hunting for Hidden Treasure   44.       In a Fog

45.       Nature’s Stage

Autumn Colours

46.       End of Summer                       47.       I’m a Lumberjack

48.       Inspector Gadget                      49.       Splitting Wood

50.       Season’s Change                      51.       Three Men on a Dock

52.       Autumn’s Spell                        53.       To Fetch a Pail of Water

54.       The Closing

In Winter Snow

55.       Cottage Country Christmas      56.       The End of Claus

57.       Gone Skiing                             58.       In Stitches

59.       Winter Journey                                    60.       The Cottage Rink

61.       Cottage Dreaming

Epilogue - My Happy Place

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