Bondi Resort Blog

Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cool Fun

 It was a cool evening on the beach for the Cookout, but there was a big bonfire, and a cosy BBQ putting out the heat, and everyone there (which was the whole resort!!) had a great time.

Nika (3) got the best and warmest dressed award when she came to the line for the Popcorn Seed Spitting contest.

But best of friends Shannon and Estelle got the Style points for their Synchronized Spitting Routine...

First facing forward....

And then the reverse backward bend spit. Which isn't easy. Best left to pros like these...    Shannon just slid past Estelle for the Silver medal spot, spitting 16'2.  The winner was Laura, here from B.C., with years of spitting on the Bondi Beach to her resume, and a distance tonight of 29'9".    Just shy of the evening's record set by her brother-in-law Marcus, at 30'11"

Dress for the weather. Get outside...

Walking with the Wild.

 This old log is supposed to be providing a take-off site line for a galloping horse coming in to jump over the thick hedge behind... It has been rolled about three feet away from the base of the fence. You can see the gap where it is supposed to be.

This is what is left of a yellow-jacket nest that was hidden inside another big, decaying log.  Fabulous designs in that beautiful nest. You just don't want to get close. Yellow jackets don't take kindly to being disturbed. Or eaten.

It is a little regretable that this nest was hidden in another of the older jumps up in our cross country schooling field. It is a good thing that the yellow jacket wasps are no longer there. It is less of a good thing that the entire log has been shredded apart.

And who, you ask, would do such a dastardly thing?  Why, hungry Mr. (or Mrs.) Bear.  It would be the work of a moment to shred apart a log like these.

Elsewhere in the field, we found flattened 'nests' where the deer have been sleeping.

Lots of signs of the wild turkeys, including feathers left in their wake, and a brand new hatch of busy little poults (one of which I was within inches of catching, but then began to wonder what I would do with it once it was in my hands, so it is free).  And this fine example of a slightly unwelcome but very lovely weed, Meadow Goats'Beard.
We also found wolf scat, indicating that the pack has been perusing the meadows too.  Taffy, brave poodle, always 'marks' wolf scat with a bit of her own urine, just to let the pack know who is REALLY in charge here...   (We are not sure that Taffy has thought this through to all its possible consequences.)

Something Old, Something New

 David and Megan are getting married September 13th... it is getting closer faster and faster. Funny how time does that!

In preparation, since they'll need a place to hang their hats, David has been building a house.  It is his design, from the CAD drawings up, and he and Mike have done an amazing job, with help from Brian and various tradespeople.

This week, one of the finishing touches included this piece of railing at the top of the stairs. It is from the iconic Bigwin Inn Rotunda, dating back to the 1920's, and one of the hottest resorts of its era.  People like Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Carey Grant, the Rockefellers, Diefenbaker, and many many more leaned over this railing to look down into the lobby of the huge building.
What a great addition to a new house, bringing with it so much history from the Lake of Bays.   There are still sections of this railing available, through Nancy, to benefit the Lake of Bays Heritage Advisory Committee.

Welcome to Our World

How absolutely wonderful it is to welcome THIRD generation guests to our resort!   It is magical to see the continuity and family connections grow every year. For many of our families, their time at Bondi is the only time they are all together from their busy and far-flung lives.              It is with joy we welcome Noah Button
and Nella Ford-Jones...

And Noah Shantz Piccini.

Welcome to Our World, little ones. We can hardly wait to see you grow at Bondi over the years!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Swim like a duck

For the first time this summer, we had swimmers tackling the Island swim -- 1.6 km.

Six intrepid souls, including Shelley (our star swimmer with a 'knew knee') and Fred (faster than a speeding Orca)

Taffy had help in the spotter boat, from Anjali.  It is important to keep track of all the swimmers all the time.

Part way back, we were joined by a flotilla of young ducks, who thought it was a lovely day for a distance swim.

Arlene has swum from the Island every week that she has been here -- which adds up to a lot of island swim time!  She swims to the Point and back daily (when not engaged in water fights with her grandsons )   Lovely form in the water!


 Nobody finds mushrooms better than Fred and Anne.

They hadn't even been here a day when they showed up at my door with their "haul"  of chanterelles. 

These mushrooms, tasty as they are, seem to just pop up out of the ground when Fred and Anne arrive.  I hardly ever see them -- apparently I do not know where and how to look!

Wild mushrooms can be a wonderful addition to a meal, but you must know what you are picking and eating. If in doubt, leave it out.

fridge art

We love when our young guests bring us their artwork from their stay with us!

Simine did this great picture of her favourite place -- at the stable, with the horses and Taffy (at least, we're pretty sure that's Taffy in the doorway) 
Unless it is, perhaps, a chicken...
Not always easy to tell...

Thanks Simine!