With the two staircases the dock wasn't any good for swimming, lounging or fishing from. In fact there was hardly enough room left on the dock to fit a single Muskoka chair. Not to mention the dock was pretty old and rotted out. It actually was so old it had a small sapling growing out of it. So at the Spring Cottage Life Show, we ordered the show special from Dew Docks. We spent one weekend, demolishing the old dock. In the process we discovered why it sat so low in the water. Over the years critters had built a home under it, by gnawing a large cavity away at the styrofoam floats. Another weekend was spent loading up the dismantled dock so that it could be carted away. And then that wonderful day arrived, when the folks from Dew Docks put in our brand new cedar dock. I can't tell you how nice it was when the email arrived from the installer, the email had no subject and no text, just a picture of our new dock floating on our tranquil, peaceful bay. And with the heavy duty plastic floats no more worries of critters gnawing away at it.
We now start and end our cottage days on the dock (and spend a lot of time in between fishing, swimming and relaxing). In the mornings we walk down to the dock to have coffee and enjoy the stillness of the water with the mist rising off of it. And in the evenings we usually end up having a glass of wine and waving to the neighbours as they return from a day out on the water. People often say that the kitchen is the heart of their home. Up here i would consider the dock to be the heart of our cottage.