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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Traditions, Family, Friends and a Walk in the Woods
Everyone has their own traditions at Christmas.
One of ours is to go for a hike after lunch. Brian and David always climb the mountain. You can't beat the view from the top!
I didn't join them this go round, because I had a group of guests with me from the Resort, and two of them requsted something shall we say, less hilly. So we tramped out through the sugarbush. We found all sorts of cool things, as one does, whenever one gets out into Nature. Taffy was happy to be tour guide, pointing out the tree that the hairy woodpecker had been carving up.
We found trees where deer had polished up their antlers. Lots of woodpecker work. Lots and lots of tracks -- rabbit, squirrel, deer, fox... A tree the bear had broken down at the top to reach the apples... there is always lots to discover.
And no sooner where we back at the Resort office, waving and shouting up to Brian and Dave on the mountain top, than David phoned me. "Eagle alert," he said. "He's circling just to the left of you, over Longside cottage." And so he most beautifully was. This time several of our guests also had the chance to see him.
Bondi Bay has now frozen all the way across. That is not water now gleaming around Clover's dock, but clear, hard ice. Almost enough, but not quite... Keep fingers crossed, we could be skating on our bay very very soon!
There were lots of visitors at the stable today too, to meet the horses and collect eggs from the hens. And speaking of the hens, it was a mild day today, so out they ventured -- in fact, we got a picture that proves that sometimes, just sometimes, we can get all our hens in a row.
Our day is bracketed with a family breakfast -- again thanks to the hens for providing the eggs, and to David and Nancy who prepare the meal. Dinner is down to Carol, and there is nobody better at preparing a feast.
In between, there are presents under the tree, phone calls with friends, relaxing together...
Oh, and yes, it just wouldn't be Christmas without at least one 'silly hat.'
We hope that your day was as lovely as ours, with your own traditions.
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
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...