Closing the cottage requires a long, long to-do list. Check, check, and check. The most time-consuming activities center around the water system, draining and setting it up for winter cold in such a way that no pipes or valves are cracked or broken. However, there are myriad other chores, plus it’s nice to get the floor swept and other cleaning accomplished that isn’t strictly necessary. We did everything we could think of. Bien hecho.