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Friday, August 14, 2009
In Praise of Dark Skies
You can't see Orion's Belt in the sky this time of year -- unless you happened to be up at 3 a.m. watching the meteor shower peak on Wednesday morning.
Or unless you were out with us on the lawn looking at the stars this week -- and Nicole was with us. Nicole, you see, has wonderful freckles that describe a perfect miniature "Orion's Belt".
That's a fantastic constellation, both for the unaided eye, binoculars, and telescopes. It contains all sorts of clusters, and the famous Orion Nebula. This is the closest 'star factory' to us, and the only one you can see with the naked eye -- The nebula is visible with the naked eye even from areas affected by some light pollution. It is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion, which are the three stars located south of Orion's Belt. The star appears fuzzy to sharp-eyed observers, and the nebulosity is obvious through binoculars or a small telescope. And Orion isn't just cranking out new stars and planets -- Orion's giant interstellar gas cloud measures a trillion miles across and contains enough water vapour to fill the Earth's oceans sixty times a day.
Orion's belt is held to represent the Three Kings, following the Star of Bethlehem, as well as being the sword belt of Orion the Hunter. Orion also is home to the big red star Betelguese (the name means -- and wait for this -- 'armpit of the mighty one', and is pronounced "Beetle Juice". So now you know about that!
At this time of year, however, while the Perseid meteor shower was streaking overhead, we were enjoying the spectacular Scorpio, stretched across the southern summer sky. At the beating heart of the Scorpion is our favourite summer star -- Antares. It is big, bright, red, and it pulses. Also, for those with sharp eyesight or a set of binoculars, you can see a thin green flash along one side of the star. That would be Antares B, the double star behind Antares, playing tricks with your colour vision. What it means is that this star is easy to spot, colourful, and funky -- great for star watchers! Antares is also, well, freaking HUGE! Makes us Earthlings humble...
Summer is so perfect for star watching, especially this time of summer, when the remnants of the Perseid meteor shower are still lighting up the sky. Seems like everyone likes to see shooting stars. Quick... make a wish!
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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...