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Monday, May 18, 2009
gone with the wind
This follows on the last post, about the trees tilted over by the lake.
We can get some big storms here, and if the winds are high enough, trees will fall. Their leaves act like gigantic sails to hold the wind, and sometimes they simply cannot bend enough to let the power of the air pass through.
Last year, about this time of year, we lost a huge white pine at Cedars cottage. Luckily, it fell out onto the lawn, and there was no damage, just plenty of cleaning up and splitting of firewood to be done.
We replant trees, but it takes a long long time to grow them to anything like a replacement height for these forest monarchs, so when we lose one, it is a time of grief.
About ten years ago, a small tornado hit Dwight, ripping up a lot of trees. Some of the damage is still visible as you drive along the Boyne River flats on Hwy 60, but most of it has been cleaned up, and the new trees are growing well. A little whirlwind twister split off from that tornado came through Haystack Bay, touched down near the Cook-out beach, and skipped up through our maple sugar bush. En route, it took trees and literally twisted them off their trunks. One of those that fell was a giant hemlock, near where the airplane hangar is. Brian saved a slice out of this tree, which was about 200 years old. He dried it, polished it up, and it now hangs over the fireplace in TAMARACK cottage.
On a dull day, you can entertain yourself for hours by counting the rings to get the actual age. And then you can consider what was going on in the world at the time of the various rings. This beautiful old tree saw the timelines for a whole lot of history...
There is a stand of old hemlocks on one of our hiking trails, the kind of trees you cannot get your arms around the trunks, and you cannot see all the way to the tops. They are beautiful things, and hopefully will survive the windstorms for years to come!
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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...