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Sunday, September 18, 2011
On Thursday afternoon, there was a sudden crack... then a shudder... than a crash.
An enormous branch had broken off a basswood tree near Springside cottage, thundering to the ground. Luckily, it missed the cottage, and there was no-one nearby to leap nimbly out of the way.
That however left the rest of the tree -- over 100' tall, unbalanced and with an ominous lean. Inspection of the broken region discovered some heartwood rot. Not good.
We hate to lose our big trees. We hate even more to have them fall and cause damage, so there was nothing for it but to bring it down. Which sounds so simple, but isn't.
The tree was anchored to the tractor, well out of the way on top of the rise, so tension could be applied to coax the tree to fall "our way". The thing is, the tree outweighs the tractor... so if things so wrong, they can do so fast. Brian has a favourite story of the chap who, thinking he'd save some money and Do It Himself, elected to take down a big maple leaning over his summer cottage.
Attaching a rope to the ski boat, he directed his 'better half' to "hit it" when he yelled, and pull the tree harmlessly into the lake. The tree had other ideas, sliced the cottage neatly into a duplex and dragged the boat backwards up over the rocks and lawn.
Armed with that mental image, the boys took plenty of precautions. And Brian does have extensive experience in felling timber.
Watched by some of our guests, visiting from Ireland, and Taffy on a leash, the process began. The big thing is to cut a wedge out of the trunk, in the direction you want the tree to fall before you start the main cut. Even so, with a twist in the trunk such as this tree displayed it is quite possible for the tree to turn on its base and ignore the directive...
It went like clockwork. Thankfully. The giant came down with a rush of leaves and a crash of breaking branches and stretched up the hill toward the tractor. For well over a hundred feet... Big tree.
The Maintenance Dept. took full advantage of the celebration that all they had to do was clean up the firewood and not rebuild the cottage to clamber about in the branches.
"Don't think that was easy," Brian cautioned... The three of them spent the rest of the day cutting and hauling wood to clean up. A favourite of carvers, Brian kept some of the trunk for the local artisans. Basswood is a member of the genus Tilia -- with about 30 different species. In England, it is called a Lime (not related to the fruit) which is a variation on the name Linden -- which you will recognize from the famous Berlin Street Unter den Linden. German mythology considers it the 'tree of lovers'. Basswood can count age in centuries -- there's one in Gloucestershire that is 2000 years old. We haven't counted the rings on our beautiful lost tree, but at that height, it's been here a long long long time. In North America, these trees are called Basswood -- taking the name from the inner bark, or Bast, which can be stripped, soaked and woven into garments. Should you feel the need.
Flowers of the basswood produce an excellent honey. The leaves and flowers have a long history of being used medicinally. The wood not only carves well but is favoured by makers of guitars for its acoustic properties. Beautiful, revered and valuable trees, we're going to miss that particular basswood at Springside.
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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 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!
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and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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