The Big Read: At times whimsical, at others nostalgic, much of this month’s issue of Cottage Life leans to the practical with more than you might ever want to know about septic systems (the inspection of which is becoming increasingly mandatory in many areas). Also in this issue are tips on making your cottage universally accessible to those with disabilities (which may, if it doesn’t already, one day include yourself), as well as a guide to dealing with the behemoth Ontario Municipal Board. Inside: A profile of Algonquin Park cottager Mary Sharpe, a practising midwife and sexagenarian whose favourite pastime is "swim tripping," essentially using swimming as the means to go on longish excursions. Also a look at one family’s dream cottage on Lac Tremblant, near to the "Disneyland North" resort of Mont Tremblant. Plus: On the lighter how-to side, a look at decorative painting and stenciling for wooden cottage floors; building your own flagpole; and a very comprehensive guide to the most egalitarian of cottage meals, the barbecue-cooked hamburger.