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Friday, December 30, 2011
Solid Water and Tracks in the Snow
The bay is frozen. Not just here in Bondi Bay, but all the way across, beyond the Island to the far shore at Vimy Ridge. Which is not, we hasten to report, to say that it is safe for travel, but it has begun!
The main lake, down by Bigwin Island, is still open. We're fortunate that our smaller bay is sheltered from the main currents, so freezes sooner. There's a really good chance we'll be able to clear off a rink during the coming week, in close to shore, if the weather stays cold!
Two of our young guests this week have been having a blast at the Ski School at Hidden Valley. They are now proficient at both skis and snowboards. Another set of guests have been tearing up (or should that be down?) the toboggan and tubing hill. The more these get packed in, the faster they get! Brian was able to groom a cross country ski track around the back fields -- we do need more snow before most of the trails in the woods are in good shape, but you can get a great ski in through the Pioneer Fields, with rolling hills and open spaces.
While walking along the shore to check out the conditions, we also found where the deer had been napping peacefully under the cedar trees at Beaver cottage. I love this shot -- which shows where Bambi's knees marked up the snow as the deer got up, and even shows the imprint of one hind leg where it was all tucked under.
It's a lot of fun to decipher the animal tracks in the snow at this time of year!
But not nearly as much fun as making those tracks. Be that with hiking boots, snowshoes, skiis - or paws...
I love this shot of little miss supermodel Taffy, sporting the ChillyDogs jacket she got for Christmas, tearing up the shore.
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...