It is Monday, April 8, 2013. The sky is overcast & it is starting to rain. There’s a slight breeze and Lake Simcoe is looking very dark grey in colour, with big watery puddles and cracks in the ice everywhere. Everyone is betting on when the ice will go out.

All the ice huts are off the lake and the daring/foolish fishermen have stopped walking out to catch perch. Ice fishing is over for the 2013 season.  From what I have heard, this wasn`t the best year for white fish.

Now people who live on the lake wait to see where the ice will pile up. It depends on how the wind blows. On Lake Simcoe folks never leave their boats or docks in the water for the winter. It would be foolhardy.

Pretty soon boats will come out of storage, motors will be tuned up, life jackets will be looked over and new ones purchased and all the garden furniture will be dragged out, hosed off and placed on the patio.

Yesterday I saw a robin singing in a tree so I guess that it is safe to say that spring is here. It is always fun to see what has survived in the garden as the green shoots start poking their heads out of the earth.

The executive of the Heritage Lake Simcoe project met recently and discussed where we are in the process for designation and how to proceed from here. We are preparing to put together a draft presentation. I’ll be able to tell you more when we are ready.

In the meantime, we are still interviewing folks for their stories of the lake. We find this very interesting and will submit all the stories with our data for designation. I would think that it will be a very important part of the criteria.

Until next time, "Happy Spring" and my bet for the ice going out is Friday, April 12, 2013. We’ll see!