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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Barn Swallows -- almost time to Go
The 'littles' are out of the nest. Last Friday, Mom and Dad Barn Swallow welcomed their five fledglings into the air.
There has been tremendous commotion in the stable, as these tinies figure out how to work those pesky wings.
They come to rest on the extension cord, on the gate, on the fenceline, while Mom and Dad swoop back and forth feeding and encouraging them.
They are the last of this summer's swallows. The tree swallows have already gone South, following the insect population. The other barn swallows, older, stronger, have also begun that dangerous migration.
Our sky is now limited to the seven members of this wonderful little family, scribing the air, and filling the stable with their cheerful voices. We look forward to their arrival every Spring -- the swallows are the surest sign of the change of the season. We don't look forward to their departure. They leave our sky more silent, and that is the harbinger for the cooler weather.
So we're enjoying them while we have them. All too soon, the stable will be silent, and these little ones will be off on a huge adventure.
Swallows are in a perilous decline, with attack on their habitat, pesticide use and climate change. It was encouraging this summer that we had three nesting pairs here in July, and that one came back for a second nesting. We saw seventeen new barn swallows graduate from Flight School -- we hope they live long, and prosper. And hurry back next April...
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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!
Summer is here. The lake and the loons are calling, the cottages are ready... and Environment Canada is predicting a hotter than usual summer -- so where better to spend some of that than at the Lake of Bays, in one of our lakeside cottages. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
We also have some vacancies for the summer still --
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...