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Monday, March 14, 2011
Art for Memory, Art for Joy.
Many years ago, my friend Lorraine Thayer painted a picture of my dog Holly. It is lovely, and graces the wall of the living room, making me smile every time I see it. Lorraine is tremendously talented, and has a real knack for capturing the personality in her portraits. She lives in Bobcaygeon, with her hubbie, five cows, her talented pony Moses (an artist in his own right), two extraordinary guinea pigs, and her studio. Recently, she's expanded into creating adorable pottery cupcakes, ideal for candles, trinkets -- and just now -- Easter!
The reason we went down was not just social, although it's always lovely to visit with her, and Bobcaygeon is a cute little town to explore even in late winter. When I lost my good friend 'Bacon' late in 2009, at the age of 31, I asked Lorraine to please paint me a portrait of this grand gentleman. It took a little time -- during which Lorraine went back to University to completer a Visual And Creative Arts Degree... but it was worth the wait.
The finished picture is quite stunningly lovely, and has caught this unique horse very very well. Bacon was sometimes difficult, always honest, proud of his strong work ethic, and the bearer of great joy. He stood by me through 28 years that were themselves sometimes difficult, sometimes joyous, sometimes a little too painfully honest... I miss him. I'm happy to see this memory of him hanging on the wall.
Meeting Lorraine's hilarious little housemates, Zeke and Blackie, the two guinea pigs, was a treat. These little guys are terribly social, extraordinarily friendly, and look to be just the job to dust under the furniture...
In her entrance way, Lorraine has a unique bit of artwork, that put me in mind of the great uses for old windows. Which we just happen to have: the Lake of Bays Heritage Committee has a lot of these antique style windows, from historic Bigwin Inn, that they would like to sell to raise funds for heritage projects in the Township. The question always comes up, what to do with them? Well, apart from the obvious -- replace the glass with mirrors, or use them to frame pictures or photos, Lorraine has used this old window, with just a light wash of colour over all the imperfections in the old paint, to highlight a small painting. I thought it was absolutely charming.
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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!
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...