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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

many canoes

 As part of a fundraising campaign called 1000 Canoes, raising money for the new Health Hub in Dorset that will benefit not only all our residents but summer visitors as well, we launched four canoes in Bondi Bay.

Dave had one. Mike had one. Nancy (and the camera) had one.

And of course, Taffy had one, too.  She is an expert at the Dog Paddle.

Our four canoes joined numbers with others all around the Lake of Bays and Kawagama Lake, and while the weather that day was cool and windy, which kept numbers down, and while they did not reach the goal of 1000, the fundraiser did in fact generate $15,000 for the Health Hub.

Which makes it a winner, no matter how many canoes...

BMD Hipsters

 Hipsters... well hip-wading BMDers...

Mike was here this weekend, and he and Dave got a LOT done, including repairing one of the dock cribs and re-planking the surface.

The water is still chill enough that hip waders are the fashion statement.

That, and plaid.

Try Anything

This is Wiley. Coyote.

His mission is to keep the geese away from the lawn (Taffy can only do so much!)

He sways in the wind, and his tail is fluffy so it blows out sideways.

The geese don't like him.  But it's a big lawn, so they have a bad habit of just landing as far away as they can.

So far he has scared away 8 geese and given a real start to two tourists who were walking back across the lawn by moonlight...

Robin's Egg Blue

 We seem to have a plethora of robin nests this year. Everywhere.

One built just inside the stable, above the door.

One has set up housekeeping over the electrical box at Springside cottage

And this one chose the wooden ladder in the lean-to shed at the 3 car garage.

Four perfect robin's egg blue eggs...

Robin in the stable already has one hatched.  These won't be long!

We had guests here from England this week, who were enchanted by our robins -- the English robins are so very different!

Napster, Big Time

 Napster is delighted to announce that one of his paintings has been commissioned for an office in Gravenhurst -- and they don't fool around. They have big wall space, and they wanted a BIG Napster.

The company is called The Network, and they will be featuring Napster's work for sale there.

He's pretty chuffed.

Marianne posed with the 'big print' of Dolphins Chase the Moon.  We think it looks spectacular when it is large like this...

Go Napster!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Painted Waters

The sunset last night painted the lake.

Bailey, it was an Honour

 It has been a terribly hard week for me.  On May 13th, I had to say good-bye to my beloved thoroughbred, Blizzard, at the age of 23. He had been with me for 18 years, all of them wonderful.
On Monday, his stablemate and best pasture buddy Bailey began to colic, and it went sideways fast. We worked on him throughout Monday, with the vet, and throughout the night.   

.At 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, following complications from a colic, our beautiful 26 year old Bailey (Diamond in the Rough) laid down in green pastures.He did not wait for the vet. He heard the distant call, and followed his stable buddy and best pasture-mate Blizzard out of the whinnying green stables. 

This was a horse to dream about, his entire life, from his start in Ireland, to his jumping career in the Eastern US, to his eventing days in Ontario. 

He came to us to teach Kelly List to be a fearless cross country rider. He handed wings out for free to his other 'jockeys' and that list is long. Special hugs to Krystina Clarke, who loved him so, and who helped him on his final journey. As age shortened his stride, he went on to teach so many more people so many things. Gracious and forgiving with beginners, fearless and bold with the more advanced, he taught with patience and good humour everyone who was honoured to sit on his back.

 In the stable, he was beloved of all, with his constantly wobbly nose that he used to give the best back-rubs ever, his cheerful sense of humour, and his unfailing attitude to please, this horse will be most sadly missed by very many. 

Myself included, as he collapsed from toxic shock and died with his head in my arms and took a chunk of my heart with him where he's gone. RIP Bailey.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means,
And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.
All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay
Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air
And playing, lovely and watery
And fire green as grass.
And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark.
And then to awake, and the farm, like a wanderer white
With the dew, come back, the cock on his shoulder: it was all
Shining, it was Adam and maiden,
The sky gathered again
And the sun grew round that very day.
So it must have been after the birth of the simple light
In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking warm
Out of the whinnying green stable
On to the fields of praise.