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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Summer Visitors here Already!
Jerry Schmanda photo
There was a tree swallow sitting on the hydro wire on April 8. That's early. Last year, the swallows came back April 4 -- about three weeks before they usually cruise on in. This year, with Spring not arriving quite so soon as it did last year, we worried about this harbinger, hoping this little bird will be able to find enough to eat while the weather warms.
There is something infinitely cheering about watching swallows in flight, and while it is true that one swallow does not make a summer, a summer without swallows is lacking in joy, so we are always happy to see them. Now we've got to get cracking and get the bird boxes back up, ready for the rest of them to arrive! They like to have a choice of houses.
Within four days, the weather changed. A big storm blew through on Sunday. Monday presented with strong winds that dried the land. Our lawn transformed from a blanket of white to a patchwork of shades of green.
Flowers pushed up through the wet ground in gardens that were buried under snow a week past. A pair of Canada geese arrived in the bay. This was a bit of a yawn after seeing literally thousands of them while in Winnipeg, a major stop-over on the main migration fly-way. All the same, those brave V's flying north announce the season's change more clearly than any calendar.
The ice on the bay darkened. This is the first step to melting: the darker the ice, the sooner it is about to leave the bay. It's later than last year, when it was gone by April 1, but earlier than other years when it has lingered into May.
And at 5.30 today, a pair of loons took advantage of the open water by the main dock. One overflew the lake last week, calling in flight. Of the four main loon calls, there is only one they use when flying, and it is that lovely, haunting laugh.
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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 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...