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Friday, May 3, 2013
Ice is Nice, and will Suffice
Robert Frost has a famous poem that says (in part) 'that for destruction Ice is also great, and will suffice." For some of the docks and boathouses around our Lake this spring, that is certainly the case.
We took a trip out on the water yesterday. Beautiful hot sunny day -- but it was necessary to travel carefully to avoid debris floating in the water (often just below the surface, just waiting for the unwary)
This is what happens when ice decides it is going to move. We've talked about this before in the Blog. You can have all the bubbler systems, ice-aways, and do-dads that you want. That may help keep ice from squeezing against the docks in winter time, but come spring, come the time it really matters, if the ice is on the move, it matters not what you've done. Ice, driven by wind along the shore, is pretty much your irrestistable force. The boathouse is not the immoveable object.
High water will lift the deck boards too, particularly if there is wind. We are told there are a lot of loose docks roaming about out there. Quite a collection of errant Muskoka chairs, too... not to mention the occasional canoe that was left on the dock for the winter.
The water level is dropping, but is still high, as you can see from these pictures. The flow down the Oxtongue has decreased, but it's still running well above its normal levels. Along the river banks you can see some of the impressive erosion that the high water has caused.
This is a natural process for a river -- which is constantly altering its channel over time.
Some of the eroded banks are quite impressive.
You would not have been able to take this picture a week ago -- the river was running so high, so fast, with so much debris that it would have been very foolhardy to venture in with a boat.
The water is still high enough that the Falls look a lot smaller than they are... but look at that beautiful churning white water! So very beautiful -- it is easy to forget the force contained within, and the damage water can do in all its forms.
This Spring, everybody up here got a reminder notice. from Mother Nature.
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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!
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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!
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...