The Bondi Babes are back. The girls come over in November, from Oakhurst Farm, near Ashton. Oakhurst is one of Ontario's premiere eventing stables, and Ruth and Joan like to have this weekend to step away from all of that and have a Girls' Getaway.
Lots of games, challenges, chilling and good food is on the program. They vary the experience every year. This year Emilie, our on-call masseuse, set up in the library on Saturday to ensure those who arrived a little stressed soon were converted into being very mellow.
A nature hike is always on the agenda -- and this year we had lovely weather, with the sun breaking through, not very cold, and not too wet. The artists in the crowd - which was most of them - were quite taken with the abundance of the Artist's Fungus, and since there was so much in the forest, we brought home several. Nancy is looking forward to seeing what gets created on these!
There was a lot of lichen on display, too, including this lovely 'British Redcoat', and the plentiful 'Staghorn'. Both take their name from their appearance -- the British Redcoat is said to represent the British troops, in their bright red jackets, during the American Revolution, lining up in the green fields. The staghorn needs litte explanation - it looks like a tangled field of antlers.
Sunday the girls blitzed Huntsville - where they found great shopping, unique stores, and plenty of Christmas gift ideas.