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, April 25, 2016

Update on the Crazy Cat lady Front

Pemberley cuddles with Indigo in a sunbeam

For those of our guests who are following the latest adventures of our indoor animals, here are a few kitten photos...


They grow, as kittens do, practically while you watch.   

Phoebe, hiding in the jasmine
sprawsled kittens
Pemberley - yes he's as much trouble as he looks... :)
The calico, Phoebe, is still a little shy, but has started to come out of herself more. Tonight she pushed Taffy away from her dog dinner bowl because there were some tasty treats in there. Taffy is very tolerant, and I'm thinking that if Phoebe is no longer afraid to share a dish with the dog, then she is becoming far less fearful of that same dog!

Taffy had a party of her own at the stable with visits from
two of the riders who brought their dogs for a visit.

and Squeegee made a new friend, with 2 year old Ox the Great Dane.
Pemberley, in his little black and white tuxedo fur coat, is a hellion and a pawful, and into everything. Good thing he is adorable...

And the big cat, Indigo (sometimes called Indi-ghost for her ability to completely vanish and then reappear...) is a lovely mellow thing, keeping both the 'little kids' in line.

Up at the stable, Taffy was able to host a party when two of the horses' riders came for the afternoon and brought their dogs with them (to go out walking in the back fields.)

Squeegee the pony made friends with the enormous Great Dane.

And Taffy sang the song of her people to her new friends...

Ice. Out. Ducks. In.

The ice left our bay on April 22. Just like that, gone.

The mallards are delighted.  So,it seems is the muskrat.

In a shining moment this afternoon, while putting up a birdhouse near Beaver cottage, several events overtook me in rapid succession:  I saw the muskrat swim past, dropped my cordless electric drill, watched it bounce off my foot and cartwheel down the hill and vanish into eight inches or so of clear, cold water.   I only had boots that were four inches deep...   

and the muskrat was no help at all.     But the ducks thought it was very funny.

Moose in Mist

 Brian and I were at the Red Leaves Marriott hotel on April 21, for a meeting with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Ontario. All interesting stuff.

 On the way there, and on the way home, we met moose along the Aspdin Road.  Which were even more interesting.

They are wonderfully shaggy, as they start to shed their thick winter coats. And they are very close to the road, enjoying the brackish plants growing there.

 Coming home, it was raining, so the moose is all misty and distant, and moody... Still, we enjoy seeing moose -- but remind everyone that this is the time of year they are close to the highways, and to drive with extra vigilance.

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Spring Song Cheat Sheet

at this time of the year, so many birds are returning that the air is loud with their songs. 

This is a little Junco who got stuck in my porch and needed to be rescued.  Check out those tiny little toes!
everyone knows what these bad boys sound like! Our
young mallards are in full breeding colours, and
look magnificent.

It can be really hard to tell just who it is you are listening to, but this wonderful 'thingy' will solve your issues.  Just click on this link:  it will open to a magical page where when you click on the bird's picture, the bird will sing for you. 


and this chap you won't hear -- he is a turkey buzzard, the
give away is those long 'fingertips' at the end of the wing.
Today there were two of them just hanging on the air currents over the
lookout, gliding for ages.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bondi Maintenance Dept. in action as Ice Breakers

Who can resist making like an Arctic explorer in the pack ice come spring on the Lake of Bays? Not us. Certainly not the BMD.

Watching the ice leave (and sometimes helping it go) is an annual tradition here at Bondi Village Resort.
Brian, David and Mike headed out with one of our boats to make some tracks through the thin ice remaining on the bay. Breaking off a huge floe, they then cruised past it at speed, letting the waves lift and shiver the ice crystals -- and hastening the melt.\

You can watch them make their way across the bay and forge through the ice.

Wild About Bondi Village

We never have to go very far in order to enjoy interactions with the local wildlife.  It is one of the wonderful things about living here at Bondi Village Resort, on the edge of Algonquin Park.

The deer were right at the door of the big LODGE today.  

And the geese were looking beautiful at the shore.

Meanwhile, we can hear the wild turkeys gobbling like crazy up on the hillside.

And -- and this is the headline -- THE FROGS ARE SINGING!  Our evenings are now full of song.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Whole New Meaning to Green Energy

Energy efficient? We leave 'em in the dust...

As Brian says, "Greenleaf ratings are for amateurs."  (but he says it tongue in cheek.)

Here we are on April 17, cooking eggs on our solar cooker.

It unfolds and assembles into a lightweight saucer, reminiscent of those used by SETI for searching  for radio signals, only smaller. Easy to carry. Set up on the lawn, the little gadget focuses the sun's rays to an element, which is in truth nothing more than a metal ring where you can set a pot. Or a frying pan. Sun comes out from behind a cloud, and voila, Le Chef de BBQ is in business. And how.

This will boil a litre of water in one minute.  Cooking eggs is a snap.

The engineers figure that this simple device produces 1500 watts of power. Green power. Free, renewable, zero emissions. They are used extensively in China, Mongolia, remote areas where they are so far off the grid they don't know what the 'grid' is. With no emissions except the tasty smell of cooking food, no demands on hydro, coal, propane or oil, this little gadget gives new meaning to the phrase Green Eggs.

It seems impervious to breezes blowing across it, and we can hardly wait to get it to the beach for the next Wiener Roast, where it can join the Potato Cannon as a conversation piece. And, come the next hydro failure up here - which happens whenever we get a storm - we'll be able to make coffee for the masses. Not to mention omelettes.