Gorgeous June Day at the Havens

Have you booked your holiday yet?  It’s a gorgeous day to be on the water, soaking up the sun, enjoying the beach, tossing in a line.  We still have some openings in July – make sure you are booked!

How Very Lucky We Are

With so much death, destruction, and unrest in the world I have to admit how wonderfully lucky we are to be able to spend some restful time at Peaceful Haven.  The creek is very still, the birds are singing, a robin has nested in one of my hanging flower pots and is warming her four eggs right now, and the bonfire is cracking.  I must take this time to be grateful for the wonderful people and things I have around me.

Too often we wish for more…different…better; when with a brief pause to reflect on our “today” and the “now” may just be all that is needed to slap us back to reality and make us stop wishing and start saying Holy Moly – I have all I need right here and now.  The future is important; the future will come and will be – but today is here and what you make of it is up to you.  Make it a positive choice.  Today is a good day -that is my decision!

Decide to ENJOY yours!

The Havens Are Booking Up

I believe our Havens and the bookings are directly related to the amount of time the sun comes out in Manitoba!  The emails don’t come in and the phones won’t ring, but give us some sunshine and warmth and I can’t seem to keep up.  Many people are considering staying at the Havens and we are definitely starting to turn some away.  We are family oriented cottage rentals and are working very hard at booking groups that understand about letting people have a peaceful relaxing time.

Our docks are in; our pontoon boat is being cleaned up and getting ready to go; the grass is green; and the water is warm.

Just yesterday we had reports of many fish being caught!  Things are geared towards a wonderful summer.

We have had 22 bookings in May and June alone among the four cottages – this has kept our amazing cleaning crew , Judi and Ernie, and maintenance guy Hans on task pretty solid for sure!!!  I say it’s a good test run for a great summer!!

Be sure to get your bookings in before you miss out!  Love to have ya!

Amazing April

It is so hard to believe – the dock is in, the pontoon boat is in and we have enjoyed some “relax” time and it is only April 29th!  Today we saw a Long Tailed weasel with the cutest white mask scurrying around our yard, a beaver swimming by the dock and many ducks enjoying a swim! Last year at this time many of us were sandbagging to protect our places of peacefulness – and this year we have a beach!  Very very special April – our son got married, our daughter living in BC announced she is coming home, our daughter and daughter-in-law announced they will be working as massage therapists together ….. life is good! The pic is an amazing sunrise from April 22!!! Gorgeous!

Beautiful sunrise and BEACH!! April 22, 2012

What a MARCH in Winterpeg

The world is granting us the warmest winter I can EVER remember.  We pulled the ice shack off on the 11th with a lot of slush to run through.  Eaves are running, items that are buried under the snow are showing, people are getting a spring in their step and bookings are coming it.  We have had great people staying at the cottage off and on all winter and now the summer bookings are filling.  Haven’s 17, 18 and 20 are scheduled to open June 1st and Peaceful Haven is in full swing.  Enjoy your day all!!!

Winter Rentals? You BET!

Winter has definitely arrived in Manitoba and can you say BA BA BA BRRRRR????  Art has been enjoying some wonderful times building himself an ice shack; getting things ready for a day on the creek; putting tracks on his Argo and cruising the Creek with it.

Argo and Ice - January 2012

Argo and Ice - Peaceful Haven January 2012

I – being a wimp – have been staying in the city preparing for our daughter’s grad party; crafting and pretty much not venturing outside.  We expect some brave souls to visit soon so we will be entertaining at the cottage with skates; ice fishing; Argo rides; wiener roasts and more on January 28th weekend – and THAT I LOOK FORWARD TOO.

Below is an article from Cottage Life that kind of explains how we manage to keep our cottage going year round!  We rent and use Peaceful Haven during the winter because we LOVE LOVE our little piece of heaven year round – but heating that shell can be costly week after week – especially if not there all the time.

Winter visits damaging to lightly insulated cottages

By Cottage Life

snowyicecream_CassiePhoto by Cassie Harris


Is it true that opening a lightly insulated or un-insulated cottage and heating it for brief winter trips can be damaging, since moisture that develops when the building is warmed can be harmful as it freezes? Is damage likely to occur to drywall or insulation?


Typically, the first thing we do on a winter visit is crank up the heat or get a good blaze going in the woodstove to warm the place up. Then we set about enjoying ourselves – heading outside to play in the snow (and tramping some of it indoors). Cooking, showering, breathing in and out. In other words, loading up the air with moisture.

Then we turn off the heat and leave, and that’s when trouble can start. Cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air, so the moisture condenses, especially where it meets cold surfaces. It forms on places like single-pane windows, doors, and even the inside faces of exterior walls. That’s where damage is likely to show up first: water-stained window and door mouldings and mildewy drywall. If this scenario is repeated often enough, it could eventually cause structural damage, rotting out floor sills and the bases of wall studs. Damage to existing insulation is unlikely. In fact, if it’s practical, adding more insulation and a continuous vapour barrier should lessen the problem by moderating the abrupt temperature difference between inside and outside, and preventing moisture from entering the wall cavity.

But if you’re only visiting the cottage a couple of weekends per winter, there’s another way to clear out moisture. Once the heat’s off, and while you’re packing up to leave, open up all the doors and windows. In 20 minutes or so, the air inside should be as dry and cold as the air outside.

In any cottage that’s un-insulated or lightly insulated, cottagers should expect to periodically carry out minor repairs to interior finishes and drywall. Even the sun’s heat will create cycles of warming and cooling that will produce some condensation indoors. The only way to avoid damage completely is to insulate and seal so that you can keep the heat on at a low level year-round.

Summer During Winter – in Winterpeg

We are experiencing the finest balmy weather you could EVER imagine – January 5th 2012 and it’s 6 degrees Celsius here!!!  The Creek is slowly getting slushy and we hoping everyone will pay attention to the thin ice warnings and be cautious.  We love love love this break in our normal frigid cold weather but do feel for those wishing for ice roads, seed cover, ski trails and more snow.


HELLO 2012

New Year's Eve 2011

Netley Creek New Year's Eve 2011

What an awesome 2011.  We have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some fantastic people; all our family is healthy; we have our jobs; our roof over our head and I see nothing but good things ahead.

Last year was a year of planning; preparing; adjusting; deciding; exploring and setting the stage for a year of doing; acting; re-adjusting; moving forward; putting the exploration into action and BELIEVING.  That might sound like a whole lot of hoopla to you – but to me and my closest it means YAHOO!

All the cottages have worked out their kinks and will have some new changes.  We hope to bring sunshine to all that cross our paths and our goal is to make your vacation as wonderful and memory filled as possible.

Attached is a picture of our New Years Eve at Peaceful Haven – blessed with wonderful weather we got to ride on the creek in our Argo; slide on the ice rink that our neighbors built and explore some new ice shacks on the creek this year.  It is amazing to me how we can have such mild weather yet have the creek solid enough to have trucks skating up and down it as if it is the highway!

Happy 2012 all and we hope to be sharing a lot of wonderful experiences with you!

Art and Sharon


Prize Display November 2011We would like to congratulate Alana on winning one of the grand prizes at Martial (Art’s son) and Erin’s wedding social!

A full week vacation at Peaceful Haven !

Thank you to all that purchased tickets and to all that spent an awesome night to help out the young couple soon to be married.

It was a fun fun time and we are so excited for Alana and friends to enjoy a week at the cottage in the near future!!


Prize Display November 2011

Make This Your Holiday Get Away

Waiting for my sister to visit!We are excited to share all of the information on our cottages with all previous renters, future renters and visitors to our site.  WE have had a successful year in 2011 with a few rentals still to come for those that like the winter beauty.

Thank you to all for taking such good care of Peaceful Haven and Haven’s 17 -20.  We have enjoyed sharing our special little spots with you and look forward to you enjoying more time as we do.

Sharon and Art

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