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Waiting for a Queen to Fly



A country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country. We can smell the honey on the comb as we leave the cool shade of the forest and walk into the sunny bee yard, the whine-buzz of bees so loud in our ears it drowns out the metallic whir of cicadas. Darla Trumble starts pulling apart a hive, frame by frame, to take the honeycomb back to her house. Robber bees from another hive join the heist. The workers seem too busy to notice, too intent on bringing home the fat orange globs of goldenrod pollen.

The summer has been cold and wet, but oh this golden September day is sweet and hot. It catches us by surprise, this warmth, ater digging out hats and mits from the boxes in the basement. Darla calls it an Indian summer day. But then she calls herself an Indian too.

Darla is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, on Lake Simcoe, Ont. I am a white woman, a cotager from the mainland, uncomfortable using such language, words I grew up with and repeated thoughtlessly for years. Because who doesn’t love an Indian summer, I might have said once. Such transgressions are especially insidious when they go unrecognized by the transgressor. I am struck by how language, a bridge between people, can also drive a wedge between them.

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Find your wild side with the June/July 2019 issue of Cottage Life! The lake is where we let loose and get in touch with nature. In this issue you’ll hear from Canadian writers Heather O’Neill, Andrew Pyper, Lisa Moore, Clive Thompson, and Elamin Abdelmahmoud on how they go wild at the cottage. You’ll get inspired by a cottager who forages his woods for dinner and meet the people behind the (thriving) honeybees of Georgina Island. Want to know how five people share a 720 sq. ft. cabin? We’ll give you a peek inside a tiny East Coast cabin. We’ll show you the coolest swim raft we’ve ever seen and tell you about the best (ready-made) Caesars. You’ll get to know wetlands: how they help manage floods and keep our lakes clean, and how to protect them. If you’re planning a big party, we’ll tell you what permits and insurance to get. You’ll find fixes for your hot and stuffy sleeping loft and a sagging shelf. Plus, we’ll get you up to date on how vacancy taxes could affect cottage properties. Pick up the June/July issue of Cottage Life…ready, set, let go!