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Monday, January 11, 2010
Film at Eleven... how did we miss THAT???
I have fallen behind in blog posts, as my loyal readers may have noticed. This is not for want of material. There is never want of material... It is because my internet connection has been at first sporadic and more recently defunct. Which means that I have to borrow Brian's computer, and it's not always convenient, timewise, because, well, simply put, because he's using it... Jim from Brendish Computers assures me he is working on the problem. And it is a problem. It's been going on for a month now...
And am I steamed. You see, I usually post in the evening, and I'm in the habit of tossing my newsclippings, snippets, etc. beside my own computer. That computer, incidentally, is the one that is geared up with all my photos, etc.
And so, and so, and so... I have missed out on two GREAT blog posts. And if you think YOU are disappointed by that, imagine how I feel...
First of all, last Wednesday afternoon, Brian's snowmobile coughed, gagged, and died while he was grooming ski trails. Luckily it chose the moment of its demise carefully, and was close to the road. David arrived with truck and tools, but it needed more intensive care than they could render roadside. However, while they were tinkering, along came the van from Barrie's A-Channel News. The reporter, Trina Maus, hopped out and interviewed Brian for a piece she was doing on cottage break-ins in the area. Film at eleven, as they say... The lad did himself proud, commenting on some of the things cottager owners should be doing when they go away for long periods to ensure their cottages are as safe as possible. The really obvious? Well, maybe being able to see the big-screen tv and associated electronic theatre system through the window is not such a great idea. BBQ's left on decks. Tools in unsecured garages. That sort of thing. When Brian is out grooming the ski trails, or driving in the area he, like all our neighbours, is always on the look-out for suspicious activity. So, there he was on the six p.m. news... and the 11 p.m. news... and I didn't get it on the Blog. Dang.
The second biggie was the airing on TVO of the program: Muskoka, Life on the Edge. This was produced by Ontario Visual Heritage, and our good friends Zack and Yvonne spent a lot of time in the area conducting interviews, collecting archival photos and film, which they have crafted together into a very interesting show. It skips along through Muskoka's history, right back from the ice-ages. Both Brian and Nancy were interviewed, and edited into the story. There's a great 'bit', where the film uses little vignettes -- such as The Homesteader in Muskoka, brought to you by the Ministry of Agriculture -- in a grainy, black and white newsreel style that open with a photo of a family in front of a farmhouse -- that farmhouse would be Bondi. Those folks would be Joseph and Elizabeth, their two eldest children Douglas and Percy, and the year would be 1905. It's a little unnerving when the interviewers tell you they are looking for folks with memories of the old days... but then we realized that we didn't have to be the old-timers ourselves, we only had to remember the tales our parents told us!
You can search through the Stories section. Check out my favourite 'bit': the animation of my description of Farming in Muskoka, in the section: Free Grant Land. And, naturally, my old dog Holly is the Star of the piece...
You can check it out on-line. You can buy it on-line, as well, or you can buy it from us if you want to keep a copy. Or, you can ask your Library to get it for you. So maybe I didn't miss that one out quite so much...
Jim tells me he's coming today to climb up the antenna and try to figure out what's not working. Keep your fingers crossed!
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 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...