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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Canada has many seasons. Wedged in somewhere between Road Construction and Winter, there is a short-lived season that is well known to anyone with kids and animals. Mud season.
As the snow melts and the ground pushes its way back up into view, there is mud everywhere. The lawns are so saturated that they squish as you walk across them. Vehicles leave ruts in driveways that are normally impervious to such things. Right now, Mud Season is in full swing. Or should we say, in full squish?
Along with mud season comes Muddy Paw season -- pans of water emerge on porches, along with old towels, to clean up the dog's feet before the pet makes it to the couch. In the barn, mud season accompanies Shedding Season. Bailey, the big Irish gray in our barn, leaves a snowdrift in his wake. He loves mud -- if you roll in it thoroughly, the loose hair sticks to the mud as it dries and helps move the shedding process along.
Of course, in the interim, riders have to deal with the aftermath of mud bathing. Laurel is a dab hand with a vacuum cleaner, which is one of the most efficient ways to get a grip on the worst of the mud stuck to Bailey! Horses must be scrupulously clean before a saddle and girth go on. Any dirt under the tack will rub up a sore place... and in the process can get the rider bucked off because of the horse's discomfort. The cleaning methodology involves shedding blades to remove the loose hair; hard rubber curry combs to break up the dirt and loosen more hair; stiff bristled dandy brushes to carry the crud away. And a little massage with the vacuum cleaner to get out dirt that you'd be brushing away for weeks.
The end product today was a quite startlingly clean Bailey! Mind you, tomorrow he will be once again the Colour of Mud. But on the plus side, he'll have just that much less winter hair to lose!
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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 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...