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Friday, October 16, 2009
We used to have a wonderful cat, Willow, who could not only go up the vertical ladder into the stable loft, but could (very carefully) come back down. It was an adventure, this descent. It's easy for a cat to fall off a vertical ladder built into the wall... So Willow would hop down onto the top rung, then quickly twist his head and front legs down the back of the ladder, so he was held in place by the wall. With front legs on the next step down, it was just a matter of waiting for his rather round tummy to sift it's way down past the rung, then kick his hips sideways, land on the next step... and repeat. It was a hoot watching him in action. Our current cats, Napster and Achmed, have both (dare we use the word) chickened out on this methodology. It is full of risk, and Napster's body shape is not really designed for leaping about in the rafters. Achmed lacks the patience. Up Napster would go -- the summit attempt was usually a success... and then he would peer down with a wistful expression, yowling, until someone climbed up and rescued him. That someone was far too often Nancy. A cat ramp was constructed at the other end of the stable. This was lovely -- it let him climb up at a more leisurely pace, spend some time at the Base Camp getting acclimated before completing the summit attempt. And it let him come sliding back down. That was the issue -- claws don't work well in that direction. It acquired a strip of carpet. And then a hammock at Base Camp, which is a huge hit with Achmed on hot summer days. Now at least one of the chickens has decided that 'Because it's There' is, in fact, reason enough. She has taken to carefully climbing up the cat ramp, all the way into the loft, where she has carefully constructed a wonderful nest. Not easy for us to get to to collect the eggs -- that still requires someone going up that vertical ladder we mentioned... And now she's got some of the other chickens wandering up with her. It's a popular spot, up there in the high altitude.
We were calling her Himalayan Chicken, for her propensity to mountaineer... but with due consideration, she really should be called Her-'A- Layin...
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.
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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.
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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,
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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!