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Cottage Coup

The B-Team

When a nasty fall sidelines the family handyman, who steps in to take his place?

The morning had the makings of what is known in my family as a “perfect Georgian Bay day”—bright, clear, a hint of a breeze. My seventy-something dad was on the south side of our small island, scrambling, as one does, over juniper bushes and rocks. He planned to unclip a motion-sensitive camera strapped to a pine tree just above eye level and slightly out of reach. The camera was focussed on an open compost pit that he maintains near the cottage—despite requests to move the pit (or lose it) because of its history of attracting bears. There had recently been some, uh, deposits elsewhere on the island, and he wanted to confirm that Yogi was visiting not just to relieve himself but to enjoy the delights of the free buffet.

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