Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring !!

Okay I was busy this winter and blogging takes time. 

That said...

1.  We have managed to get rid of all the geese trying to make the lake their home.  No, we didn't kill them, just scared them off with RC boats... Goose 1 (Phil) and Goose 2 (JL).  Phil's boat only turns left (ha ha ha) but it still works.

2.  The road to Beckett Circle has been closed for about a week due to the mud ruts.  They have to dry up before it is opened.  Lots of cars were driving to the back.

3.  It's cold here... just above freezing this morning. The snow is gone.

4.  Time to do your gardening!  I finished the Park gardens... and my own!  Yeah.   Judy maintains the garden in front of the office and the garden beside the Petanque courts.  Nancy maintains the gardens in Beckett Circle.  I maintain these gardens: beside the office, in front of the sheds, beside the pool, beside the 2nd gate and the two at the Outback. Now for the mulch and... things will be bee-utiful again.  If anyone has any plants they want to donate... they would be appreciated.  Hanging plants are needed at the Outback and near the Bistro too. 

5. It's cold, lots of people are still walking around nude. 

6.  Two water pipes were fixed in Helios this spring due to leaks. 

7.  Did I mention it is COLD.

8.  The two Park ducks are back.  They are sooooo cute. 

9.  Wood frogs were very loud the past few days but it was warmer ... now they are gone again.

10.  Have you done your taxes?  From past experience, I have found that it is very difficult to file online the last two weeks of April.

11.  The river hasn't flooded the road this year which I find odd as it usually floods every year.

12.  The pool is not open yet. ;-)

13.  Don't read this item as it will bring you bad luck.  Uh oh... too late.

14.  The grass is starting to grow.  Is there anyone here who cuts lawns? 

15.  I like lists.

16.  I saw a few mosquitoes yesterday.  That's just wrong...

Go for a walk.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


You have probably noticed that I haven't done the blog in a while. 

I'm busy helping a friend move and renovate her house so... I'm not here most days and I've moved from the 'very busy' to the ... 'I don't have enough time to sleep' phase. :-)

Not sure when I'll resume the blog but... there you go.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


It finally rained last night and the night before...yeah!!  Got my lawn cut right before the rain.

I hear someone released a Chinese lantern at Illumination night.

Those things can kill people, animals and start fires. Stop it.


Upcoming events!

Saturday October 8th
5 pm at the Outback.

The Think Pink Committee is providing the turkey and the Social Committee is providing the ham. Everyone else is asked to bring a Potluck dish to share....Everyone is welcome.
Please join us!

Starting on Saturday October 15th there will

Third Saturday each month
Oct. 15th, Nov.19th, Dec 17th, Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th March 18th

7:30 – 9.00 ish
Bare Bistro Dining Room
(eight hands per game, eight games)


From Kim...

Bare Bistro has new hours.
Mon-Fri 10-6
Sat-Sun 9-5 until further notice.

Service may be slow during weekday hours due to limited staff.
Additional times available with advance notice.

I will be doing Saturday night dinners if there is a minimum of 6 people. I will notify you when this will begin.

Thank you for your continued support this summer. I appreciate each and every one of you.

90F today... whoooo hoooo.  Humid and hot.

I got up this morning and it was 60F, crazy weather.  People are still in the lake. 

Very windy too.

Hump Day Happy Hour
Wed, September 14, 4pm – 6pm
Dot & Dean Site 232
The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share (if you like) and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
What happened to all the white chairs at the Outback?  You remember... the ones around the little green tables?  It's very difficult to use the Outback with NO chairs.  I know there are a few lounge chairs but they are usually taken early in the day.
The birds are becoming annoying.  Apparently... if you forget to feed them... they land on a branch near you and start yelling.  Chickadees, yellow finches AND woodpeckers.  The humming birds are better... they just buzz by your head at 200 miles an hour...
The lake is becoming clear with very few weeds.  Now... is this a good thing or bad thing?  A crystal clear lake is not good. No bacteria, no weeds, nothing for the fish and other stuff to eat.  I hear you can see the bottom when you snorkel. 

My square foot garden is still producing a ton of tomatoes!  Yeah.  BLT's for weeks!!  Heavy on the 'B'. If you don't know what a BLT is... google it.  Did you know that the BLT is the second most popular sandwich in the US, after the ham sandwich. There are actual RECIPES online for BLT's.  Seriously...

Moving on... the frogs have moved on too.  No frogs in the lake anymore.  I better not catch the Blue Heron on the lake. ... he eats frogs. I have a pop-gun that scares the crap out of him :-D.  No, not a real gun... it has a cork in the end and when you push the leaver in, it makes a loud pop. 

Not many people here today ... not sure why as it was hot and sunny for a while. 


On a completely different note... and I know this applies to some people in the park.

The Newmarket Prostate Cancer Support Group ( is starting their meetings again.  They meet on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month (September - June) from 6:30-9:00 PM (meeting starts at 7 PM) at the Newmarket Seniors' Centre which is at 474 Davis Drive, Newmarket.

September 15th meeting (next Thursday):
Presenter: Dr. John Preiner, Urologist, South Lake Hospital.
Subject: What is the Next Step now that my PSA has started to rise after treatment?

Yeah yeah it has nothing to do with Park news but... prostate cancer is very common these days so you should know there is a support group out there.  Everyone welcome including spouses and friends.


If you have something you want in the blog, email me.

Wow, lots of weird fonts in this blog... I'm not fixing it :-D

I've been extremely busy this summer so I haven't been doing the blog as much as usual.  Ah well, not much to report on this summer. 

Monday, September 5, 2016


Summer is over!!  Okay maybe not as it is very hot today. 

No rain for a long time.  I haven't mowed my lawn as ... it's barely grown.

Illumination night was fabulous!  Lots and lots of sites participated. 

Congratulations to Judges Choice winners Jeff and Shelley and to Peoples Choice Winners Jeff and Carolyn for their wonderful displays!

Congratulations to the New Social Committee, Greg ( Chair), Don ( Vice Chair ), Diane ( Secretary ), Shelley ( Treasurer), Stony ( Stuff Guy ), Suzy ( Member at Large) and Rico ( Member at Large), newly elected at the AGM on Sunday morning.

Hmmm, I didn't see any announcement about the social committee meeting.  It's not on the website.

There are no frogs left in the lake.  Either the Heron ate them, or they got out as it was too hot in the lake, or they died.  Ho hum.  I liked the frogs.  It was so nice to listen to them at night.

Thanks to Tony for fixing the aerator.  There is now a new lock on it as someone was screwing around with the timer. 

Lots of people on the lake today.  Plus a LOT of very loud screaming kids.  Playing and having fun is nice but when kids start to scream 'HELP HELP' ... I'm not really keen on that.

What's with the really young kids (3) on the paddle boat WITHOUT adult supervision and without life jackets?  I know that a few members here babysit other people's kids all the time but they have to be watched when they are in the pond. 

The box of film/hard drive equipment that went missing after artists week has not been found.  I'm assuming that if someone found it, it would be posted somewhere.

Yeah, yeah, I haven't been doing the blog on a regular basis.  There haven't been many events here.

That said....

Hump Day Happy Hour
Wed, September 7, 4pm – 6pm
Hosted by Manon and Bryan  Site #116
The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share (if you like) and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.

Someone posted this and I'm reposting... I did not write this but the person will give me permission to post it... so I'll email him after I post and tell him I did it lol.


Yesterday, some members came across a soldering tree stump beside the path which goes around the pond behind the Outback. Fortunately there was no open flame yet. It was extinguished and the staff brought the pump to wet down the surrounding area.

The Fire didn't appear to be caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. There were at least 5-10 different spots smouldering in a 5 foot radius, not a single point source.

Another member said that a Chinese lantern had been set adrift the night before. It's a small hot air balloon powered by a burning candle. These things will land anywhere.

It's hard to say if this lantern was the cause of this fire because of the time delay. However it doesn't seem like a good idea to me to be setting these lanterns adrift in a forested area.

It was fortunate that the fire wasn't located further from the path making it harder to discover before it became a more serious problem.

So if you see someone playing with a Chinese lantern, perhaps you can suggest that it's a bad, bad idea in the park!


Chinese lanterns are banned in a lot of provinces.  Ontario is working on a ban.

It could be a lot of things:

1. Chinese lanterns.
2. One of those bags filled with sand and a candle but there was no evidence of that.
3. A cigarette.
4. A deliberately set fire ... not sure who would do that.
5. Magic.


Anyways... there has been a fire ban in a lot of places all summer due to lack of rain.  Please be careful.

The petanque court has not been used all summer.  Where are you guys?  I was used to the horn/announcement going off.

This is the court now. (Click image to enlarge)

The bottom left is a few corn plants, the top center is a sunflower plant ha ha ha.

The roads have been good this summer.  Very few potholes.

The river is nearly dry... whew.

Time to get your fall chores done.  I considered gardening and weeding but... I...  just ... didn't ... get... to ... it. 

Crickets and grasshoppers and white cabbage butterflies everywhere!  I've only seen two monarch butterflies all summer.  :-(

The new Salto gate system is working well with only a few glitches the first week.  Don't forget to turn your old fobs in for a $10. credit on your account.

Marg and Larry's owl has not been found.  K&M's compressor has not been found (that I have heard).

If you are looking for any missing shoes, flipflops, sandals...  go to Royce's lot and check the fence.  A certain feline drags them home.  ha ha ha.

According to the Used Trailers for sale page (  most of the trailers have been sold... except for one.

Some long time residents are moving out (sad face).

I've been here for almost 20 years!!  People are coming and going constantly.

If you see a Toronto Star at the entrance to the park on Saturday (any Saturday).  Please do NOT pick it up.  I had to cancel it for the summer as people kept picking it up and either taking it to the office or putting it in their car and keeping it. 

I hear from the farmers that it is going to be a BRUTAL winter. 

Must stock up on wine... heh heh.

Go walk your dog.  I'm assuming you have one as I think there are more dogs than people here these days.   It's lovely that everyone picks up after their dog too.  The dog run got a LOT of use this summer.  We have frisbee dogs !! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Just a quick update for this coming weekend...


Saturday August 27, 2016 at NOON.

There will be a silent auction starting at noon on the Front Lawn.

At 3 pm the items will be moved to Beckett Circle and be there for the Potluck!

This is an auction where you bid on items by writing it down on the paper for the item... your name, your bid and contact info...then you keep an eye on the item bidding as often as you like, hoping your bid is the successful one.

Items for auction include:

Surround Sound Stereo, donated by Tyssen's value $300.00,
Trailer vent covers value $50.00 each,
Goliath Club Divider Golf Bag, donated by Kim ( Bare Bistro) value $125.00,
Initial Consult with Naturopathic Doctor, donated by Mount Albert Chiropractic and Wellness Centre value $180.00,
Initial Consult with Chiropractor, at and donated by Mount Albert Chiropractic, value $125.00,
Pressure Cooker, donated by Home Hardware, Mount Albert, value $60.00,
Set of Bare Oaks Towels with Logo , donated by Stephane, limited edition,
Gift Certificate from Bare Bistro value $25.00,
Gift Certificate from Zuccas $ 50.00,
Gift Certificate for massage, donated by Elena,
Gift Certificate from Foodland $25.00,
Hoodie and Sweatshirt donated by Moose Caboose value $50. each
Big Bone Gift Certificate and more. Come out and see!!!!!!


Appreciation Potluck and Silent Auction
Saturday August 27, 2016
6 pm
Beckett Circle Fire Pit area
Everyone Welcome

The Bare Oaks Social Committee ( BOSC) will provide the roast beef and gravy. If you plan to attend please bring a potluck item to share!

If you bring your reusable table service your name will go in for the Eco Friendly Draw!


Play at the Outback
Sat, August 27, 8:00pm – 9:45pm
Bare Oaks Players presents a comedy in two acts, Buying the Moose by Michael Wilmot.
For ticket reservation, email​.
I hear there are still some tickets available.