As June came to a close and with it a happy Goodbye to most of the Black Flies. We are all craving the warm sunshine, fishing, hiking ,bicycling or just enjoying the lakes and forests of the beautiful Villages of Almaguin. Burk’s Falls has had a boost to our business community with a new sub sandwich business Sub Bros opened in the business section on Ontario Street. The chip truck at the outskirts of town is under
new ownership now called the Pot Bellied Stove There is also a new taste in town the pierogi Food Truck outside the Best Pierogi Store inviting visitors and locals alike to come and taste their delicacies.
All good news for everyone as our Village once again begins to thrive and good news for our existing businesses as more people patronize their establishments as well.
July although the warm weather was anticipated, it was wet, wet, wet so many of the outdoor activities throughout the Villages of Almaguin had wet visitors but everyone kept a great smile and all the area events were well attended. Wonderful farmers market are certainly worth a visit all summer long for fresh produce and local artisans. Some Villages such as Magnetwan have covered or indoor facilities for rainy weather. For dates and days clink the link Area Farmers Markets
August is not over yet but the Jamboree is at the Agricultural Grounds in Burk’s Falls this weekend come rain or shine. Great local talent and music for young and old. If you in the area don’t miss out visit this site for details Burk’s Falls Jamboree
Fall fairs are just around the corner here is a site with area events and details for the visitors to the area and locals alike….. Events and Activities in the Villages of Almaguin
Real Estate in the Almaguin Highlands is “flying off the shelf” so to speak as sales continue to stay a sellers market. Listings of every description are selling quickly and the buyers looking in the area are quick to purchase well priced properties. With my knowledge of the area I am happy to assist in you purchase or sale…make me, Louisa Moffit ,YOUR go to person for area information and YOUR go to REALTOR for real estate service. Have a look!!!
In the Heart of Burks Falls on the Banks of the Magnetawan River
Real Estate is still hopping with buyers braving the snow, ice and bitter cold to view properties. I have heard it said that people don’t move i the winter months or no one buys a cottage in the middle of winter….both of these statements are far from accurate. I know first hand that many people move in the winter and there are some benefits. a week ago my Mom and I moved, it was bitter cold and then snowing but the snow brushes off in the cold and all of the things getting moved stay dry. No so, in a rainy day summer move! boots tramped at the door and the floors stay nice and clean with no dirt sticking and rubbing off on carpets. No so, in a muddy mess springtime move! A fall move …. well ok …. maybe that is the optimum season with less rain, no mud and plants easily moved with no frigid air but I still have moved in the winter most of the time.
I still have things I can not find and a few boxes to unpack but for the most part most of the stress of the move is over. My daughter and her family of six are moving too, yes another winter move, so her stress is off the charts. My Mom is finding our new location a challenge because it is a the second story apartment above my place of business but I am doing my best to make her as comfortable as possible. Having Alzheimer Disease change is very hard for her. I know as a Realtor® this recent move will certainly make me greatly empathize with my clients knowing what stress they feel.
January thaw happened and we are now back to the cold. Unfortunately all the rain destroyed any snowmobile trails that had a base and the ski hills took a beating as well. Old Man Winter will definitely take care of those issues in no time so we can get back to enjoying sunny crisp days outdoors.
My next post will be more informative…..this one was just to let everyone know now with the moving complete, I can get back to a normal business and life routine Phew!!!
Throughout the Villages of Almaguin many Christmas events and business promotions are beginning as December approaches. The Christmas Tree lighting in Burk’s Falls is held on Friday December 1st and the Santa Parade on Saturday December 2nd both at 6:00 pm. A great opportunity to sing some carols and gather together with others in our community. Our area is comprised of people that I believe have a generous and giving nature all year (there are always those few people who have a negative opinion on everything) but this holiday season whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or other belief or non belief this is a time of acceptance, celebration of life and peace.
My family is preparing for a move mid January and I am moving too with my Mom back to my apartment. It is so difficult moving an aged parent with special needs. So many construction details must be reviewed to make sure Mom will be safe and happy in the new premise. Bathrooms, flooring, door size openings, alarms on doors, bed monitors etc. have to be used when you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer disease. There is very little monetary support to keep a loved one in familiar surroundings and I feel the push is to have them put into a nursing home where I feel they lose their identity completely. My visits to different facilities has made me feel that there are not enough caregivers for the needs of the residents much same as nursing care in our hospitals. Being in a rural setting Mom would be placed anywhere they have room and the present waiting list for the closest one is 2 years, at which placement is not guaranteed. Love my Mom to bits and I will keep her with me until she needs more care than I can give.
The up side to the move is that it will be the apartment is above my place of
work so I am just steps away should I be needed. A shout out to Caring Heart’s providing care during the day when I am at work….Mom’s care giver is such a dedicated, professional and caring person. She is more than competent and completely trustworthy providing amazing care for my Mom. The deck is being built at our new apartment as I write this blog and my son-in law and grandson are completing the renos to the apartment to accommodate our scheduled move in date between Christmas and the New Year. I am so very grateful to have all of these people in my life turning a stressful situation into a workable solution. It is quite the family affair!!
With my personal life falling into place in a positive way, I can concentrate on more Real Estate work. I have taken on a few more new Buyers looking for homes, land and cottages in the area. Our inventory is very low but those listings that are still available
are getting quite a few showings and many buyers are asking for further information packages on these listings as well. All this activity should help sell these properties throughout the winter months. That motto…. “No rain, sleet or snow” can keep a Realtor from there duties certainly applies to the agents in our northern climate…but maybe the icy roads, snow storms and bitter cold temperatures would be worth a reschedule now and then. For the most part our area is the epitome of a Scenic Winter Wonderland to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Puppy update: Doubled in size from 8 lbs to 20 lbs in three weeks and her next vet appointment is scheduled for her shot. Corona and Lambig are inseparable and play constantly…my main stress reliever is watching their antics.
Well I picked up a new Bouvier pup on November the 5th. She is now 8 weeks old and Corona is a wonderful big sister to her. Training a dog (not that there is much training except of the owner at this age) is so much less stressful with an adult dog to teach them the routine and what is acceptable and not. Her name is Lambig pronounced in English “lumbeeg” wikipedia on Lambig
I chose that particular name because of the endearing memory I have of my grandfather giving my husband a bottle of it to return home to Canada on our first trip to see my family in France. Although not my drink of choice Jim cherished the gift and still had
Knight Brothers Factory circa 1896
that bottle long after the death of my grandfather. We finished the last of it to celebrate our move to the Burk’s Falls Knight Brother’s factory building in 1996 twenty years after Jim had received it. It makes me smile and think of them both, every time I say her name.Lumbig has had her introduction to office life this past week. She has gone a few showings, assisted GREATLY when I had to put up my signs and is learning that we do not pee on clients lawns. The burst of energy is always followed by a very long puppy nap. My clients have certainly have enjoyed her puppy antics. The snow covers the ground today and both dogs love the outdoors. More difficult to find the property boundaries when showing property however.
Many Clients have taken this opportunity to view vacant land as the terrain can be assessed without all the foliage camouflaging the lay of the land. Not many listings available in this are so if you are a seller give me a call and I can promote and perhaps bring you a successful offer before snowshoes are required for showings. I sold eight vacant properties last winter and I would think most properties listed through this winter season will be sold as well. I do have a lovely building lot almost 3 acres in size on Sterling Creek Road very affordably priced at $35,000. I will be taking pictures of that property later today with the arrival of the snow. Sterling Creek Road
The leaves are on the ground and many of us are preparing our yards, gardens and installing winter snow tires for the anticipated cold and snow. I don’t say cold and snow in a derogatory way because winter is fantastic throughout the Villages of Almaguin. Lots of winter activities, sports and recreation of all kinds as well as Winter festivals all over the Almaguin Highlands. Our area is truly a “Winter Wonderland” when the snow arrives.
November brings soft grey hills exposing the lakes, rock cliffs and marshes the have been hidden with summer’s foliage. This is also a time for exquisite sun rises and sunsets illuminating the hills with a coloured light show only nature can provide.
We have not had any snow and hopefully it will stay that way until after Halloween for the wee ones to get out Trick or Treating. Walks outdoors are refreshing with the lovely forested hills and trails blanketed with leaves and animals quietly preparing for winter. Many of the lakes in the area now are visible from the roads with no foliage to shroud it’s view. A great time to visit and drive around the area, visit the quaint shops, walk the marked trails and it still isn’t to cold for an adventurous bike ride.
Most of the area municipalities allow ATV’s on back roads trails but access is clearly marked so please respect the areas not designated for that use and stay out. Some trails are only used for snow machines giving the wild life a natural use of these areas during the other seasons. The Almaguin Highlands is also a destination for hunters whether it be bow or rifle there is an abundance of crown land and privately owned properties that have hunters
in the bush during the Bear, Moose and Deer seasons. Hunting for small game is also done until well after the snow flies. Be careful and dress appropriately in
bright colors if you are walking in any bush and remember to make your pets visible too.
This weekend marks the end of many seasonal properties being available on the market. They have been winterized and the roads are not maintained for winter making the accessibility difficult. The Sellers will again list in the spring so they are free to travel and be Snow Birds as many spend the winter months in a warm climate. The availability of these types of listings will be few and far between and our market sales will switch to mostly vacant land, commercial and residential sales. This has certainly been a Sellers market this year in the Almaguin Highlands and I myself am looking forward to a more pro-active rather than re-active business in the coming months. The cottage on the last post is sold but I still ave many interesting listings so visit my website.
On a personal note any ideas on a name for my new puppy? My one granddaughter came up with Ellie and Lexi so I think Ellexi could be a contender. My dog names have been my alcoholic beverage of choice but those names have been used such as Corona and Cognac ( I guess my variety of alcohol is some what limited) although Bordeau, Seasalt and Lime have been recommended LOL. The picture I have here, is of Corona watching TV…she has
never done that before but Mom and I were watching a documentary on the Arctic with wolves, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Corona was attentive for the entire hour watching them move on the screen and when they walked off the screen she checked behind the TV to make sure they were not coming into our living room. She was more entertaining than the program!
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The length of time our sun is out is getting shorter and the morning frosts have been more severe but Fall is still my favourite time of year. The darkness coming earlier makes evenings long and enjoyable in front of the fireplace…a bit more time for conversation, TV programs, reading books or just quietly brushing out my dog. As our busy season transitions into schedule appointments, instead of last minute urgent showings, my days are much less stressful and allows me to spend more time with each of my clients.
As I stated in my last blog I was about to list a cottage on Lake Cecebe. It is on the MLS now and my web site to have a look at the great value this property has to offer. Listed at $379,900
Two weeks has past since my sweet dog Caz past away and Corona and I miss her every day. I have decided to get another Bouvier puppy and have picked one that will be coming home with us on November 16th. She is all black and cute as a button but she will grow into a big strong Bouvier like Corona. I had a difficult time finding a breeder that leaves the ears natural instead of cropping. I think Europe may be right not allowing the natural dog be altered…it is considered cruel which I believe is very true. Just my opinion and I still have the tail docked as most breeders have them done before they are 4 days old so I have never had the option of being able to make that decision. Removing the tails on puppies is also not so traumatic ( elastic bands on the tail just a few hours after birth to restrict blood flow so the end of tails fall off) however surgery on the ears is done when the puppies are stronger and weigh enough to be safe with the surgery so it is much more painful.
Enough on Dog stories, on to technology. At the office today we all had a very challenging morning. My email was hacked and sent out a virus email to all my clients, colleagues, friends and family. What a stressful task to contact as many as we could via
Great job today Michelle…You Rock!
phone and text to warn them not to open that email sent that appeared to be business. Thanks to Michelle my admin who quickly contacted most of the targeted people and I corrected the issue to stop anything further from being sent. Then this afternoon my clients came in to sign an offer and my one computer would not connect to the printer. I depend so heavily on technology that when it doesn’t work it practically sends me into a panic. With everything resolved this evening I certainly hope for a quiet, boring day tomorrow.
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