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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Napster goes to Legendary Cowdray House

Earlier this summer, Andrew, one of our long-time Bondi Family, was here for the annual Williams/Hadden Family reunion.

He confessed that there was a big event in his future: he had been invited to 'ride out' at Historic Cowdray Park, in West Sussex, and he didn't know how to ride.

Nancy gave him some very basic basics...   And since Cowdray Park is legendary for the Polo played there, Bailey introduced him to some elementary 'stick and ball' techniques, so he might at least speak the language...

He took a Hostess Gift home with him, to present to Lady Cowdray. Appropriately, he selected a Napster print: Autumn Fox. We love this one. We think it is one of the Cat's very best.

Cowdray is an impressive place -- and one of the World's great polo centres, so the horsey set congregates there and we think they will appreciate this painting of a fox in the autumn colours...

We don't know just where they will hang it in the 44,000 square foot 'house', but hopefully there will be room somewhere. 

Perhaps in the room devoted to meditation... or to the courses in Animal Communication that they regularly offer.  

Wherever... we hope that the Cat's artwork brings a smile.  It has brought a lot of smiles to his charities -- for whom he has raised thousands of dollars over the past four years.

Just Beachy

 David gave a little coaching to Tony, who shot that popcorn kernel an impressive 22'8"...

While in the 'bull pen', warming up, Molly and Kira demonstrated Synchronized Spitting of the popcorn.   We were impressed.  The ducks were over the moon with glee.

And Isaac?  He was too entranced with the exploring in the lake to take part... This year...

Painting Inspirations

 The flower gardens are looking gorgeous this summer, even if the vegetables would like some steady heat to help them shove up out of the ground faster...

Recently, we have a visit from a local group of artists. They call their group the Palette Packers, and they arrive with not only lunch to make a day of it, but all their easels, paints and equipment.

Setting up in various spots around the resort, they were drawing inspiration from the hollyhocks, delphiniums, hawk sculpture and the lake views.

Of course, as soon as he saw the easels, Napster (our painting cat) hiked over to say a friendly hello.  And Taffy had to carefully inspect all the gear.

Shirley, Gill, Marie and Carol were the artists here that day.  Their work, and that of the rest of the club, will be on display at their Annual Art Show, held August 6th and 7th at the Huntsville Library.

The styles and subjects are as varied as the artists themselves -- although we hope we'll be seeing a few hollyhock and delphiniums represented at this year's show!

As you can see from this sample, their work is lovely. So put this on your calendars!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lawn Ducks

 There are about a dozen of them, when they all show up... Mallards who boldly stride up from the lake all the way to the Resort Office, where they can help themselves to some of the grain Carol puts out for the free-range hens.

And some of the grain David offers, by hand...

They fly back to the lake, but they arrive on foot.  That's a long walk for a small duck...

Elm Sawfly

 This little guy was climbing up the door to Carol's garden shed. 

This is the larvae of the Elm Sawfly.  Now, we don't have a lot of elm around here anymore, but we do have willow, which will apparently serve in a pinch.

Sawfly larvae have more than the five pairs of stubby abdomimal limbs (prologs) typical of most true caterpillars, the prologs lack the hook-like crochets found on caterpillar prolegs, and sawfly larvae usually have only one simple eye on each side of the head as opposed to the six eyes typically found in caterpillars. Caterpillars mature to become butterflies and moths. Sawfly larvae produce wasp-like insects. However, both elm sawfly larvae and some true caterpillars feed in the open on foliage. Elm sawfly larvae cause sporadic defoliation of elms and willows. They are also known to feed on foliage of several other tree species. Adult elm sawflies also cause damage by cutting gashes in the bark of small limbs with their mandibles in order to feed on tree sap, sometimes resulting in girdling and death of the limbs.

We left him to go on his way, but we hope there aren't that many more of these guys around this year.  We like our trees, too...

Cutting a Rug on the Deck

 The folks in Lantern cottage were getting into the swing on Thursday, after their cocktail party get-together. 

Colin started it off with Carolyn...

But Mello soon took over... (when he saw how smoothly she could dance!!)

And not to be left out, Carol got out on the 'dance floor' as well.  Fun is always where you find it, and what you make it!

In Pursuit of the Trivial

 The Bondi "Eh" Team perhaps didn't have all the answers... but they far and away took the award for the best dressed team at the Dwight Public Library's annual Trivia Night last Wednesday.

Careful attention to detail included such wardrobe items as Mike's camoflaged shoes, and Dave's sock'n'flops (flip flops with socks).  High fashion indeed for the red-neck look.

With a little help from Jay, they had a full team of six, and acquitted themselves very well indeed.  Jay was the one who knew which country's airline is known by the letters LOT.   Of course, Paige (photobombing this shot) and her own team also knew that, since they had flowin in from Poland on that very airline!

Trivia Night is a great evening out. For $10 /person, and the price of some pizza and snacks, you get five rounds of 20 questions, lots of good humoured argument and debate, and the highs and lows of knowing and not knowing...

This year, nobody could catch the What Nuts team, however, who marched home with the coveted trophy and a whole handful of medals!