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Monday, September 21, 2009
Bear in the Air
Bears chomp their way through over 20,000 calories a day at this time of year, as they get ready for hibernation. Finding a tree full of apples is a bonus, for a bear.
One of our neighbours was driving home (he lives near Dorset) the other day. The old wild apple tree at the edge of the road gave a sort of a shake as he approached, so he slowed down. Stopped. Rolled down his window, and said "Hello." The branches parted, and Mr. Bear stuck his head out of the leaves, about 15 feet away.
Having said "Hello," the bear went back into the depths of the tree to concentrate on his apple snack. Luckily, Charles had his camera with him in the truck. He spoke to the bear, again, and sure enough out came the head, a polite bear, wondering what Charles wanted. Thanks for sending us the picture!
Another guest, Herman, sent us his photos of a bear near his house, well to the south of here! Also in an apple tree.
We have a lot of apple trees scattered through our back fields. The ones close to the resort, by the office for example, we take care to keep picking the apples -- we have some wonderful apple pie apples here, and lots of crab apples that make a wonderful jelly. Some just create a tasty applesauce. What we don't use ourselves, we shake down. The deer like that... cleaning up any windfalls.
And yes, bear visits are the reason we try to remove that extra fruit. Our apple trees aren't very big, you see. And bears can be. A bear will climb into an apple tree, but being big can only climb so far. The bear will settle comfortably as high as he can go, then pull the branches in close enough to clean off the fruit. Often this will snap the branches. When you have enough branches snapped off, they form a platform, and you (as a bear) can climb even higher, and reach even more branches. It creates a mess in the tree top, called a "bear nest".
Carol took a very dim view of this happening to her ornamental crabapple trees by the office a few years ago, when Momma bear and her cubs were playing jungle gym in the tree, snapping branches all over the place. She plunked the ladder into place, and climbed up, then got into the tree herself and went as high as she could, shaking down the fruit, and picking what wouldn't fall.
In the office, the phone rang. It was Carol. "Need a little help, here," she reported.
So she did. While she was up in the tree, Momma and the two cubs had returned, and were happily sitting under the tree -- under Carol -- cleaning up the apples as fast as she could shake them down.
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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!
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and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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