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Saturday, March 2, 2013
A Lake with Hills!
The heavy snow has made keeping the rink open a little more challenging than is strictly necessary. The weight of the snow pushes down on the ice. The water beneath floods up through tiny cracks in that ice, and soaks the bottom layer of snow. The snow on top acts as insulation, keeping that wet watery layer from freezing -- and voila: you have slush.
You can see it creeping in on the outer edge of the rink in that top photo. Once cleared of snow, that water will freeze up into good ice, but it is the clearing that is the challenge. Brian used the big tractor this time round.
Slush is nasty stuff. If you get into it, with skis, boots, (or gosh forbid) a snowmobile, you'll soon discover that the almost super-cooled water layer will freeze to you almost as soon as it gets into the open air. It clumps onto whatever is coated with it, getting heavier and heavier, and getting you wetter and wetter. I made the serious mistake years ago of trying to short-cut across a beaver pond about 1 mile from home on cross country skis. The skis were so thick with slush that it wasn't possible to lift them. Boots were soaked through... and efforts to scrape off that slush with sticks of wood still left the skis too sticky to glide. It was a truly horrible experience, and one I have ever after endeavored NOT to repeat. This middle picture gives you a good idea of what slush looks like. Brian drove tractor here, making ONE pass... one was enough. Let it be.
Luckily MOST of our rink is no longer actually on the water. When the lake first freezes, the water is touching the shore. Over winter, the lake levels are drawn down by the MNR, leaving most of our rink sitting on the lake bottom, where the slush doesn't go. The slush may cause our rink to become longer and more narrow, but it won't shut it down completely!
It does have advantages. On the other hand, it leaves us with one of those rare skating rinks built on a slope... If you look closely, you can see where the rink starts to slope down to the right.
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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...