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Friday, July 12, 2013
Starting the Day
Thursdays at Bondi mean the Marathon Swim. Usually this is a choice of three menu selections: To the Point (500 m) And Back (1 km) or From the Island (1.6 km.)
We are always well provided with safety boats to keep a close watch on the swimmers, whichever route they pick.
Sheri hopped in to keep Ali company as Ali swam to the Point and Back for the first time. Ali aced it. And Sheri had so much fun she did it twice, for a total of 2 km in the perfect calm on the early morning.
Bill kept pace with the canoe until Ali was done, then swapped places with her in the water and swam that second leg with Sheri while Ali and Zack paddled alongside.
They are among our favourite families -- everything they do, they do as a family, and it is all about the Great Outdoors!
Chris and Andrew grew up spending summers at Bondi. School and careers have sprinkled them across the globe. Chris now lives in Seattle. Andrew calls London, England, home. But this summer they were back for the Williams Family Reunion, and how fun it was to see them both again.
The Marathon Swim was at the top of their agenda. It's a long way, that mile from the Island. Taffy gave Chris' friend Kristin a bit of encouragement in the boat on the way there. "You can do it," she said. "And I'll keep a close eye on you to be sure you are safe all the time!"
We were quite right, when we told Andrew and Eric that the lake was warmer than England's North Sea. It was almost 78 degrees that morning. In fact, with the slight breeze, it felt warmer to be in the water than in the breeze!
Taffy is always "on alert" during the swim. She has swimmers near the boat, and farther away, and she feels it is her job to watch them ALL. We have kayaks and canoes that station with each swimmer as well, but of course Taffy feels she should supervise THEM as well...
After all, it is a lovely lonely place, the middle of the bay... Andrew and Eric paced themselves nicely for a fabulous start to a sunny day.
"Wow" Taffy seemed to say, "look how fast Kristin is swimming!"
She was the first one back to the dock, but Chris wasn't far behind...
What a lovely "welcome home" for Andrew and Chris, and their partners who are just being introduced to Bondi. We're delighted to see you here!
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...