Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart. www.bondi-village-resort.com
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We confess to a fondness for chipmunks. Perhaps it's that they are so little, yet so bold. And busy. Perhaps it's those cheek pouches, which give it an endearlingly comic aspect. Or the fact that they will come sit on your hand, without offering to bite.
Maybe it's that they got a cute Latin name: Tamias. Or that there is only one species that lives outside of North America (in Northern Asia).
Perhaps it's because they have individual burrows -- and spend up to 3 months stuffing those burrows with food supplies -- but still allow their territories to overlap. They also stash food in holes dug in the ground near the burrow, just in case. Chipmunks like to plan ahead. As long as other chipmunks stay away from the actual burrow zone, a space about 50' in width, they can get along quite well. Those burrows can be up to 30' long, too! While 2 to 4 chipmunks per acre is an "industry standard", there can be as many as 10 per acre where food sources are good. There's a bunch of them that enjoy the garden. And we forgive them as they nibble on the discarded corn cobs, and strip out the sunflower seeds. We plant those sunflowers for the birds and the chipmunks, if truth be told, and because they are beautiful to see.
Chipmunks hibernate -- but with a difference. All those seeds they have stashed under their warm fluffy nests serve a purpose. With the onset of the cold winters, chipmunks retreat into their nest, and snooze. It's called a 'torpid' state, a form of restless hibernation, but they wake up every week or so for a snack before going back to sleep.
Diligent little conservationists, Chipmunks are important in the dispersal of seeds because of their habit of storing the seeds beneath the layer of decaying vegetation on the forest floor. Any buried seeds that are not consumed stand a better chance of germinating than those remaining on the surface litter. In this way, chipmunks assist in the spread of shrubs, trees, and other plant. But at the end of the day, they are just plain cute, appealing, and fun to have around. Which is why it is important to ensure safety measures are in place. We have several sites where drinking water is available -- for the chickens, for the cats, for the horses. These are refreshed regularly, but for a thirsty little chipmunk, they can be very dangerous. So all our water sources include chipmunk-rescue devices. The horses' water trough has a raft. The water bucket by the main office -- well, it has a chipmunk ladder.
With March Break behind us and enough heat in the Sun to tempt us to sit outside and enjoy the melt, our thoughts are turned toward the coming summer.
On the way there we'll have Spring -- April and May virtually guarantee great moose sightings in Algonquin Park, and bird watchers swoon as new species arrive daily.
But Summer -- and claiming that crucially important Family Time -- takes a tetch of planning. If you are looking for an authentic Muskoka cottage experience, with the services and conveniences of a Resort included, we are your destination.
We have a selection of cottages still available through July and August, including one week at summer's start in our big LODGE which is ideal for a small reunion group of up to 18 people. We also have two, three and four bedroom cottages scattered through the season still available.
The water toys and boats will be in the water for the May Long Weekend. Algonquin Park is open, there is plenty happening in the area for those who want to be active... Or just hang out with us, enjoy the lake, watch for our wildlife, listen for our wolf pack, come out and meet our stars at night. There is lots to do, for all ages, plenty of room for kids to roam, games to happen, quiet spots to be discovered.
Give us a call. We've got your cottage waiting.
Availability and Reservations
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. 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!
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
Join us on Facebook!
"like" us? Please share this with your friends. Ah... social media...
There was an error in this gadget
We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Note cards, lovely bracelets, 8X10 and 11X14 prints are all affordably available, and make great conversation piece gifts. They also look great on the wall!
Now sold around the world, he has been raising funds for Charity Since he began his new career, he has been honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Read about his artistic journey, and follow him at his own Blog site,
Search This Blog
Take a Peek at our Cross Country Ski Trails
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 Click Here for just one more...
Slide Show -click to enlarge!
Stuff for Sale!
From time to time, we've got funky stuff that needs to be 're-homed.' Check HERE to see what Brian's got for Sale at Bondi!