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Saturday, August 9, 2008
Most of Ontario has had more than its fair share of rain this year -- which is probably preferable to the drought and fires they're getting out west. All the same, this was the first day this summer that we had prolonged rainfall. Usually the storms have just breezed through, leaving most of the day suitable for spending time at the beach, hiking, exploring and all sorts of outdoor activities. Saturday, however, was a pretty steady rainfall.
Rain shouldn't keep you indoors though. It certainly didn't slow down this huge flock of mergansers fishing along the beach. There were 40 ducks, mostly kids, learning how to fish. These ducks are very co-operative, with the females sharing some of the babysitting duties, so while they rarely have a clutch of more than 17 eggs of their own, seeing them out with huge flocks is not unusual.
These ducks are cool, with their distinctive slender beaks with serrated edges -- they are also called Sawbill, or Sheldrakes because of these 'toothy' beaks that are perfect for snaggling a fish. The females and the youngsters wear this gray outfit, with a reddish crest and a white chin. The males are noticeable by their absence when it's time to teach the kids to fish, but they are spectacular when they do show up, with green heads and immaculate black and white plumage.
It was well worth standing in the rain under umbrellas just to watch the ducks fishing, the water boiling as the ducks vanished underneath, only to pop up moments later. The moms don't feed the young -- they just supervise while the kids catch their own fish. It's fascinating to watch them swim along, heads underwater like loons, looking for fish.
And the rainy day was a good excuse, once we came back inside, to light the fireplaces, and pull out some board games.
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Christmas is coming ! Bring the kids to the great outdoors (and you as well).
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1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
We are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages duringOctober -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...