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Sunday, April 17, 2011
One Step Backward
Spring has been struggling a little this year. The weather has been cool. The wind, funneling in from the west, has been downright cold on occasions.
So when we woke up this morning to find that everything was white again, it should have been no big surprise.
That it continued to snow all day long, however... THAT is beginning to be a bit much. It is, after all, the beginning of Holy Week... almost Easter. Spring flowers, bunnies with baskets of chocolate eggs, bonnets, all that stuff. All of which is much improved by sunshine and warm breezes blowing.
It is almost the opening day of Trout Season. Vic called to say hello, and to check in on ice conditions. He is heading to Kiosk, at the north of Algonquin Park next week with some buddies for the start of the fishing season. My advice? Take an ice auger along with you.
Taffy is on goose patrol. Chasing them off the lawn, she is a bit disappointed by their habit of not playing fair... they climb up on the ice and honk at her from a safe distance.. And on land, unlike the chickens, they fly away from her. Still, she's pretty sure they could be playmates if she could just catch up to them. She couldn't -- geese are notoriously not very friendly. We have our fingers crossed that these will continue their northern migration. They are lovely to see floating by, but if they set up housekeeping and invite over friends, they can be a real problem.
The mallards are back, too. They are never an issue -- oddly enough. Every summer we can look forward to having Momma Duck float by with her little ducklings, scouring along the shoreline for food, and pausing to entertain our guests at the dock.
The mergansers, also, will sweep past in big flotillas, much to everyone's excited admiration, and then move along. It's the geese who tend to sit on the lawns, rafts, docks, and generally make themselves unwelcome.
I've been told that they are not migrating as far north now because of the abundance of snow geese -- who graze down the tundra until there is not enough left for the Canada geese.
All the same, I don't think we've really seen the back of them. I think this pair are planning to stick around.
I just hope the snow doesn't have the same intention.
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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
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