Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas!


Photo: the headless snowman...

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!! ... and didn't spend too much money at the Boxing Day sales. :-)

Not much happening here... it is cold. 25F / -4C at the moment and windy.

There hasn't been any snow here in quite a while. No rain either.

The lake is not frozen yet so don't venture onto it.

There is a Bare Bistro Euchre party scheduled for January 15th. 8pm to 11pm. Description: The Bare Bistro will be hosting a Euchre Night following dinner. Please bring your own snacks and beverages. Everyone welcome.

New Years event: New Year's Eve Social Gathering
When: Dec 31 4pm - 1am
Description: Join your friends at Bare Oaks to ring in the New Year.

Starting at 4pm, we will have a candle light walk (snowshoe, ski) around the park. We will return around 5pm to warm up with Peter's People's Choice Award Chili and play some games in the New Forest Room. Later at around 9pm we will order pizza and watch movies until midnight when we will watch the ball drop at midnight and ring in the New Year together.

All are welcome. Feel free to drop by when you wish. Cost is $5.00 per person.
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Another event coming up is The Winter Nude Volleyball Tournament
When: January 1 09:00am - 17:00pm
Description: 3rd Annual tournament in London, Ontario
Sunday January 2nd, 2011 – Signup 9 am, play 10 am to 5 pm
Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball, 120 Weston Street, London (www.spikes.on.ca)

More info at: http://www.BareOaks.ca/files/NewYears-Tournament-London-2011.pdf
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There is a path shovelled around the lake so feel free to get out and walk :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eclipse

In case you missed the eclipse... below are some photos... (click to enlarge) taken from a very small camera but... this is what it looked like at the park at 2:30 am. It was cold.

Photo: The actual size of the moon with the naked eye.



Photo: the moon before the eclipse started, zoomed in, at about 1:30am.



Photo: a small bite out of it.



Photo: a bigger bite out of it and brown in one corner.




Photo: Half gone.



Photo: Three quarters gone... and slightly red. I like this one. About 2:30am. Click photo to see the red.



Photo: One quarter of the moon remains ... then the clouds arrived. It is blurry as it was taken through the clouds. That's it as it was impossible to do a closeup through the clouds.



There you go :-)

Nothing else to report...

Santa will arrive after FOUR sleeps.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Six sleeps until Christmas

Photo: the clubhouse at night. Yes, it is a bit dark so... turn your lights off :-)



Photo: Christmas lights in the park.



Well... it has snowed every day for the past five days. Not much, but it's still something that has to be shovelled.

Ho hum.

As I heard a few people talk about the path I shovelled around the lake, I decided to make another one... or dig the old one out so ... I did that today. I HOPE to see a few people walking on it... other than Moose. He can walk on it but you humans get out there too!

I haven't done the blog this week as there is not much happening ... other than a few Christmas get-togethers in the park.

The lake is not frozen yet... so don't go on it. The rabbits have gone on it... they are light.

There has been talk about the skating parties (or at least one) on the front pond in January so ... stay tuned for information on that. We have to wait until the pond freezes first.

Temperature last night was... 15F / -10C. Brrrr.

Today it is hovering on freezing... which is the same in F and C... ho ho.

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This week's news:
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The Four Seasons Nudist Resort, in Freelton, Ontario, has announced that they are going textile on May 1, 2011.

In a letter dated December 10th, 2010, Paul Colvin who is the president of the Four Season's owner, Castle Vacations Parks, blamed some of the members for the change. He says "The lack of co-operation of some members in welcoming new managers, staff, guests of the resort and most of all, new prospective members of The Four Seasons Resort has been both disappointing and discouraging. This goes to events as simple and unkind as challenging partially clothed guests in the pool area, making it difficult if not impossible to enrol new members."

The letter explains that clothing will be required starting on May 1st and that this new policy will be "strictly enforced". It is the resort owner's plan to change the zoning to allow for a residential community and a seasonal trailer park.

The tone of the letter suggests that a great deal of animosity has built up between some of the members and the management. A paragraph titled "Security Issues" talks about thousands of dollars of damage to the clubhouse by a resident. It then adds that "even though we know some members were witness to these events or have information that would assist the police, no one has come forward."

In the fall of 2009, Hans and Lisa Steins sold the Four Seasons Nudist Resort to Castle Vacation Parks. It has been for sale since 1999.

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Christmas joke: Just before Christmas, there was an honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus travelling in an elevator of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors opened they all noticed a $50. bill lying on the floor. Which one picked it up??

Santa of course, the other two don't exist!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday

Photo below: Snow



Photo below: My cat's television



It's been snowing here for a few days. There is about 6 - 8 inches still on the ground. In centimeters that is... I don't have a clue :)

Yesterday it was freezing rain leaving a layer of slush on everything. Then it turned cold. Do you know when slush freezes it takes about half an hour to scrape the ice off the windows of your car? Ho hum. My arm hurts. I bought a Magna Shield to put on the front window of my car and it is GREAT. It goes on with magnets, and you just pull it off, along with the snow and ice and ... no scraping!!

It's 10F / -12C at the moment... and still snowing.

The road to the back is open and plowed.

For those of you asking, no, the garbage bins have not been emptied yet ... or the recycling. The bins have been full for around 10 days. I know they were full on the 4th as I tried to put a bag in. If you throw the bags on top of the bin(s) the raccoons will make a mess so... keep your garbage. You can always phone the office and ask when they will be emptied. You can also go to the region? dump at Ravenshoe and Warden (just north on Warden on the left). It is a minimum of $10. for a load (that is usually the maximum too) ... they weigh you in and out.

I shovelled a path around the lake... then it rained (sigh)... then it snowed... a LOT. So now I will be shovelling it again. It is nice to walk on a path, less slogging.

No cross country skiiers yet.

You CANNOT skate on the lake yet as it is not frozen. I hear that there will be skating on the front pond when it freezes. I remember about 10 years ago we all had skating parties on the front pond. Skating, hockey, hot chocolate. Fun. Fun.

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The New Years Eve event is now on the Bare Oaks website:

Join your friends at Bare Oaks to ring in the New Year.

Starting at 4pm, we will have a candle light walk (snowshoe, ski) around the park. We will return around 5pm to warm up with Peter's People's Choice Award Chili and play some games in the New Forest Room. Later at around 9pm we will order pizza and watch movies until midnight when we will watch the ball drop at midnight and ring in the New Year together.

All are welcome. Feel free to drop by when you wish.

Tickets are $5.00 per person
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Cool.

Last week there was one room available but they may all be taken by now. Phone the office if you are thinking of staying over.

The usual person is not jogging around the park anymore... I hear he has moved to the basement gym to exercise. Wuss ;-) A little frostbite won't kill ya ...

I think this is the first day of Christmas...

I had originally posted the 'first day' but removed it as I realize the language in it is not child-friendly (grin)... or Christmas-friendly either. So... I removed the 'first day' from the original post. Perhaps I'll find another 'first day' and post it tomorrow...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday

Photo: A festive sign in the park.



Photo: The lake is not frozen yet. There are springs in different places in the lake so it will be a while before it freezes solid.



Tuesday night it snowed a LOT. Today, it doesn't seem like a lot of snow. Maybe some of it melted?

It is ZERO F outside or minus 18C. That is cold. The snow squeaks when you walk on it... brrrrr. It is 29F under my trailer which means ... the pipes are not going to freeze.

No one is venturing out much other than going to work. It is dark at around 4:30 now. Remember the summer when it got dark at 9pm? Yeah, I barely remember the summer either. ;-)

Nikki is putting on a New Years event !

I read the details in the office today but don't remember most of them as I didn't write it down and the Bare Oaks website does not have the event listed yet.

Sooooo... I think it starts at 5pm with a candlelight walk and showshoeing? wait, how can you snowshoe in the dark? ... and then games... and then something else (grin) and then at 9pm there is pizza and a movie. Okay okay, but at least I told you there is an event. I'll have more details when they post it on the Bare Oaks site or when I get the details from Nikki.

The birds are very hungry these days, it's really cold for them and they take a lot of food to keep warm. If you have feeders out, fill them up. I noticed a few feeders at the back today (seasonal area) that were empty and the birds keep buzzing around them. I just bought 50 pounds of peanuts and have two woodpecker feeders but if anyone has any woodpecker feeders (not the suet kind) lying around that they are not using, you can leave them on my deck :-) The woodpeckers would like you. I have FIVE woodpeckers so far, two cardinals, many juncos and chickadees and THIRTY TWO mourning doves. In the morning the doves sit in the sun on my deck beside the CAT cage and sleep. Fools.

Enough about birds... I have probably put you to sleep :)

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'Twas the night before Christmas...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jingle Bells !!



Photo: Snow at the Outback



Photo: Snow across the lake



Photo: Merry ChristMoose!

It's snowwwwwiiiinnnngggg !!!

I have shovelled twice today but then, I like to shovel the LIGHT stuff.

We have gotten about 6 inches of snow so far. It's still snowing. Lots of car tracks though so people are still coming and going.

It is 23F / -5C but it doesn't feel that cold when you are shovelling. There is no wind.

This is not snowman building snow so... no snowmen this time around.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday - TGIF

Photo: the lake is freezing. This is from a few days ago...



Photo: a rock on the ice.



It's still warm(ish) out!! Which means it is not below freezing. Temperature at the moment is 41F / 5C. Ooooo. Suntanning weather! Okay it would be suntanning weather if there was sun... but there isn't.

There is NO SNOW here. We did have some but it was a few days ago and is melted now.

The potholes are back due to the heavy rains a few days ago... all day and all night.

I just finished my Christmas shopping... na na na na na. I suggest you go out and do it now as there were NO crowds, NO lineups, no one in the malls, no one in Princess Auto!! yikes. Parking was good too. If you are looking for DVD's, sets, books... and the like... I suggest you try Amazon.ca. (http://www.amazon.ca/) Delivery is 5 days and they have a sale on now for up to 65 percent off. They are reliable as I've ordered from them for years. Hey, I just thought I'd save you money as BestBuy, Chapters, and similar are wayyyyyy too expensive. Email me if you want more information.

Oooo, the sun just came out.

Not many people walking around the park these days except for Moose and his parents... and me. I will need to do it more often due to Christmas parties/open houses/general eating Christmas goodies. I'm sure a lot of you are going to similar events so get out and walk everyone. :-)

I haven't seen any trailers come or go recently so I guess everyone is settled for the winter.

Karen asked me to post this: The Naturally Nude calendar is also available at the Bare Boutique, which is the Bare Oaks store, and online here: http://www.bareboutique.ca/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=208

Have a great weekend and, if I remember, I'll post some photos from Judy and Dave from Arizona!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CUBA SI !

Photos: Cayo Largo in Cuba this year. Click photos for a larger picture.

Snowing here today, nice there today...

Ho hum.



Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29



Photo: At the Mandarin ... the birthday boy Marc and Suzy the organizer.



Photo: Marc had a small accident. (There are a lot more photos but I don't have permission from the people to put them on the blog.)

Around 30 of us went out on Saturday for Marc's 50th birthday party!! It was a blast. We went bowling and even though a LOT of people had not bowled before... we all gave it a shot. Hey, I got a strike and two spares :-))) It is not as easy as it looks throwing a 3.5 pound ball down a lane. However, the good news was... it was ALL electronic, no manual scoring which was a good thing as there were drink tickets handed out... heh heh.

Then on to the Mandarin... great food!

No, it was not a nude event. Although we ran into about 50 Glen Echo people who were there for their own party. Small world.

Someone was talking about having a nude bowling night in the future.

The lake is freezing over ... photo's tomorrow as I don't want to put too many photos on the blog as it would take too long to load for some people.

Today it was about 43F / 6C all day with no wind. Temperature now is 32.3F / 0.1C. Underneath trailer it is 41F.

No snow or rain in the past few days and the snow we did have (about an inch on Friday night)... melted.

I woke up Saturday to my walks being shovelled. Very nice. If anyone wants their walks/deck/driveway cleared this winter, email me. Or, if you are coming up on any weekend and want your walks/deck/driveway cleared, let me know and I'll let the shoveller know. You will arrive to a nice clean entryway.

The Bare Oaks events calendar is loading now. I just checked and there are no park events planned for December.

I know I promised some Cayo Largo photos last week... I'll get to them... soon.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Travelling Home...

Here are some photos from Judy and JL. They are making their way from BC and travelling across the top of the USA... through Washington, South Dakota, Iowa, and on.

Below are some photos (as always, click photo for larger photo). Sorry for those of you on dialup... these may take a while to load.

Below is Snoqualmie Pass on November 21, the trucks have chains on the tires. Oooo, snow. It is nice here.



Below is taken before Missoula. I have no idea where that is but it looks like fun :-)



Below is taken after Missoula. Heh heh. Imagine going through here with a trailer...



Photo below is Wyoming in the morning. Looks a tad boring there.



Photo below is Wyoming in the afternoon. Still looks a tad boring. Snore. Does anyone live there?



Photo below is South Dakota. Judy: South Dakota red soil topped by snow - like meringue on a layer cake!



Then they ran into freezing rain in Iowa... and so it ends... and that was last night. More photos when they get back.

Did I mention it is nice here with no snow??

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday


Photo: trees are removed to make way for a few more lots.



Photo: the other side of the lot.



Photo: some limbs have been removed to open up another lot.

I was asked for photos of the new drive through (drivethru?) lots so... here they are! Last I heard they were drivethru lots but things may change...

The weather has been very nice these past few days... 50 - 60F / 10 - 15C. There is a cold wind at times.

Tonight it is 28F ... that is below freezing. It's 39F under my trailer... Ooooo... climbing down to the freezing mark.

It snowed last night but only a bit and it melted today.

Since I posted about the potholes... they have been fixed!! The road is really nice to drive on now. Guess it was not too cold to grade.

There aren't many people around these days... but then... most people who are here work so they aren't around during the day. Leave in the dark, come home in the dark. Winter sucks eh?

I think I'll post a few photos of Cayo Largo tomorrow :-))) I haven't been there but it looks like one of the nicest beaches I have ever seen. Probably still has sharks though... :-(

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday


Photo: a memorial bench beside the lake, in memory of Karyn Chase.


Photo: the tree that fell beside the bridge has been cut down. It is across the river now and it will be very interesting in the spring if it is not removed. The bridge area floods every spring.

Wow, it is Sunday already!!

It snowed on Thursday night... about an inch but it is gone now. No need to put away the golf carts yet :)

There was a poker tournament on Saturday, not sure how that went so if anyone has any details, email me or post it as a comment here.

A few fires at the back on Saturday (which I attended) during the day and into the evening. It was a tad (read = a LOT) chilly but we persisted!! Just because it is cool, you can still come up and have fun!! A few events are being planned for the winter months.

There are two areas of potholes left ... one by the hut at the front and one just after the gate. Other than that... it is clear sailing on all other roads. For those of you asking, I have been told that it is too cold to grade the road. Wait until the snow fills them.

Lots of Christmas lights are going up around the park. Unfortunately, as this is a trailer park, they will probably stay up all year long. There should be some sort of rule on the planet that lights should come down a few weeks after Christmas... except for the lights on the really tall trees... but I ramble... I'll stop now. :)

Sorry, one of my pet peeves. I have a few... ;-)

Now, where was I. The temperature here is 34F / 1C. Under the trailer it is 41F. Not bad... still not freezing underneath.

No rain or snow Saturday or today. I don't have a clue what the weather was like on Friday. I should do the blog more often...

The birds are hungry and a few people are feeding them around the park including Beckett and Helios.

The free range cats are hungry too as I keep catching a few in front of my place chasing birds and mice. I thought 'all pets' were supposed to be on a leash? Yes, I've brought this up before and I guess I'll keep doing it :-) Wow, it is one of those 'opinion' blogs...

Coming events... none. I can't get the November calendar on the Bare Oaks events page to display (actually not for the past few weeks) but if you click the Social Committee link on the events page and then click the next event link, that page displays.

So... there are no park events planned for the rest of November and December... or January.

Lots of people went to Cuba this month!! It is very very cheap... between $400 and $600 per person ALL INCLUSIVE. Two groups went from the park... plus a couple went to Jamaica. I need a tan.

For all the USA turkey day people out there... have an extra helping!! You can never get enough stuffing... or pumpkin pie. Mmmmmm.

Email me if you want any other news...

On a final note... get your snow shovels out!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday



Photo: sky over Bare Oaks. (I'll walk around the park today and take a few pictures without people)

Temperature is 55F / 13C. Not bad for mid-November. In case anyone is interested, it is currently 48F under my trailer. I am monitoring it to make sure my water line doesn't freeze this winter as I have removed the 'box with a light in it' and am only using heat tape.

No rain or snow recently. 'They' say it is going to rain tonight. Hah. 'They' have been wrong a lot.

Lots and lots of trees are being cut down in the seasonal area to make room for more trailer sites. 25 to date is what I have been told. It looks like they are currently working on the tree that fell over near the bridge. Good plan, if that sucker is not removed and falls into the creek there will be one major flood in the spring.

No trailers have changed hands recently so if you are looking for a trailer here... check the used trailer link on the Bare Oaks website.

If you are a walker, it is around 500 steps around the lake. If you want to maintain your current weight, you should walk 10,000 steps a DAY. Yes that is a DAY. I'm not making this up, ask Dr. Oz. :-)) So... get out there and WALK. Volunteer to take Moose for a walk.

The water has been off 4 days this week. Not all day but for a while in the mornings, once in the evening.

Not much else. If you have news, email me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday


Photo: the petanque court is growing weeds again... (as always, click photo for a larger picture.)

Nothing much happening these days.

A few new 'pull through' sites are being created at the back in the seasonal area.

Temperature is 61F / 16C at the moment, sweatshirt weather. Ski jackets are not necessary ... yet. It goes below freezing at night though.

No rain in a while. No snow in a while.

Not many people around these days... ho hum.

Dave, Judy and Maggs have arrived in Arizona!! So they have a nice warm(ish) winter to look forward to. I will post photos of their area when the weather gets very very cold here :-)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday



Photo: an angry spider cupcake.



Photo: an army of angry spider cupcakes.

Shelley made these cupcakes for the Halloween party. The eyes are cinnamon hearts, the fangs are marshmallows, the legs are licorice and the cupcake is chocolate. Mmmm, delicious.

It snowed all day Friday, the weekend was sunny at times but chilly. Today it is NICE... and sunny! 60F / 15.5C.

I just finished the last of my outdoor chores today... phew.

It probably won't snow until December... which will be great.

Not much to report on, there are only a few people in the seasonal area now. Some people have gone south for the winter, some have gone to Cuba for a week... it's really cheap at the moment. $400 - $500 including air, taxes, accommodations, food and alcohol.

Still no evening Park events for November and December.

There is a day event on November 20 at 1:00 pm (until 5:00 pm), Poker Tournament. Actually it is at '13:00 - 17:00'. Does anyone use the 24 hour clock other than military and medical people? (Note: the 24 hour clock on the Bare Oaks calendar was discussed at the Halloween Party so I'm bringing it up here.)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday



Photo: the first snow this week!!! It didn't stay on the ground long.


Photo: A few spiders left over from Halloween.

It's been nice this week... for November.

At the moment it is 45F / 7C but it has gone down to well below freezing at night this week. One night it was 18F / -7C.

Not much rain all week... or snow.

One trailer at the back has changed hands this week. No other trailers going in or out. Most trailers are winterized now. There are a few trailers for sale in Helios Circle, listed here: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/trailer-sales/used-trailers-for-sale.html. The first one on the list has been sold, I hear.

No swimmers in the lake anymore but Dennis is still running... around and around and around... he tires me out just watching him.

Do you know we can get Pizza delivery here from TWO places? One in Mt. Albert called... Pizza 77 Phone: 905-473-7700. One in Sharon called ... Papa D's Phone: 905-478-2018. If you order, you have to go to the office area to wait for it. Cool eh? Pizza 77 has fabulous pizza and I like the wings at Papa D's. Takes about 45 minutes for delivery.

The next event at Bare Oaks is November 20th at 1pm. Poker Tournament in the New Forest Room. $5. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Nothing else is listed for the park for November or December. There are two swims listed, one on the 13th and one on the 20th.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloweenie...



Photo: A very well decorated Halloween place at the park.

It's been a very busy October for me so ... I'll be posting the blog more often this winter... and thanks to all the people for their photos. I don't usually post the blog unless I have photos so, shrink them and send them to me. Preferably only a few per email... and less than 100kb each.

It's been a tad chilly this week and it SNOWED TODAY... and hailed, and the sun shone, and then it snowed again, and then sunny... a very confusing day.

It is 35F / or just above freezing C. To those of you not from Alaska... that is COLD.

Not nice for the trick or treaters tonight but... not raining either and I'd rather take cold then rain.

It's been raining off and on all week.

The water at the back was turned off on Tuesday (or Monday?) but, as far as I know, the showers and washrooms still have water. Due to the cold, I doubt they will be on for much longer but... who knows...

The potholes are back in force but the roads are getting a LOT of use from a few people so that is probably the reason for the potholes. I can't believe the small amount of rain can cause that much damage.

The Halloween dinner / dance was sold out. 65 - 70 people attended. I have never seen such a great quantity and variety of food. The pool table (aka buffet table) was still full of food at midnight. Phew. I ate a lot as did everyone else.

The dance was still going at 2am with DJ Dean. Thanks Dean for the music!! And thanks Dorothy (and helpers) for decorating!

There were spot dances, door prizes, prizes for best male costume (he was dressed as a female), best female costume (fancy costumes) and best couple (corpse bride and groom). I can't tell you who won as I don't have permission to blog their names.

50/50 draw was for $77.

The only complaint/problem I heard about the dinner/dance (and I have heard this before in the past about the last few dinner/dances) was the way the tables were arranged. It is not conducive to socializing. When the tables are arranged in the 'church dinner' fashion (in long rows) it is difficult to get between them and difficult to talk to any other people other than your direct neighbors. When the round tables were arranged all over the floor with six chairs around them, it was much easier to get between the tables and sit and chat with people. I heard the excuse ... you can't sit 65 people when the tables are arranged that way but... we have had parties with over 80 people in the basement and there was never a problem with seating. Note: Don't yell at me, I only report what people have told me and if I hear about any particular problem more than once. If you wish to officially complain or ... discuss it with management... approach them. BUT, management will state that they don't arrange the parties so speak to the people arranging them :-) I agree with that.

The next event at Bare Oaks is November 20th at 1pm. Poker Tournament in the New Forest Room. $5. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Nothing else is listed for November or December for the Park.

I'll try to post if (and when) the road to the back is closed this winter. It would only be a temporary thing due to high water levels (grin) or mud... etc.

November starts tomorrow!! Winter!!

We need some events like: skating, skiing, snowshoeing, euchre, darts, port tasting, beer tasting, wine and cheese social. Remember you do NOT have to go through the social committee to organize an event but you may want to check the calendar on the Bare Oaks site to see if an event they have scheduled will conflict with an event you have planned.

There are a lot of people reading this blog so if you want anything advertised or any questions answered either email me or post a comment to the blog.

Carry on...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday


Photo: The birds are back! Time to start feeding them for the winter.

Lovely day today!! It was in the 70'sF!!! or 21/22C

No rain but it did rain last night for a while.

Did you vote? If you didn't vote then you can't complain about the politicians until the next election. ho ho.

Halloween dinner and dance is this Saturday and it is SOLD OUT. Dinner starts at 7pm and the dance starts at 9pm. If you didn't get your ticket... there is always next year. You don't need a ticket to go to the potluck but you need a ticket to go to the dance.

One of the members here has a small child and he would like to bring the child around to the trailers on the afternoon of October 30 (between 4pm and 5pm) and collect some goodies. Perhaps there will be more kids that night... or maybe there won't... anyways if you want to participate... have a few treats handy.

I bought some and I made sure the treats are the kind that I like so I can eat the rest... heh heh.

The next event at Bare Oaks is November 20th at 1pm. Poker Tournament in the New Forest Room. $5. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Nothing else is listed for November or December for the Park.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell





Photos: Bare Oaks at sunset. Thanks Catherine for the photos!! (Click on photo to see larger picture)

Well... it snowed last night. I wanted to get a photo of the snow but... it has melted now... and it is 52F / 11C outside.

That is good news as there are still people trying to get the 'before winter' chores done... including me.

The water is not scheduled to go off in Beckett Circle until Monday the 25th so hopefully everyone will finish closing up this weekend.

New plastic pipes have been installed over the water turnoff valves in Helios Circle. This should prevent people from driving over them... longer pipes will be installed for the winter. Very good idea.

The Wave Pool swim is on Saturday.

Halloween Dinner (Potluck) and Dance is on October 30. This past Wednesday there were only FIVE (5) tickets left for sale. Not sure how many are left now but you should contact the office if you want to go. As I said before, it is a potluck dinner and a dance afterwards. If you go to the potluck, you will not be able to go to the dance unless you have a ticket as only 65 tickets are being sold.

I've had a few people email me and ask about the members meeting and whether the membership fees are increasing. No, they will not be increasing except for the new HST tax. Blame the government.

People are busily making arrangements to go on vacation... Cuba, Florida, Nude Cruise... gotta get away from the COLD... brrrr...

Not much else happening here.

If you would like your driveway and/or walkway snowblown this winter, let me know as I may be able to arrange it. No, I'm not doing it myself ... that is wayyyy too much work :-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday


Photo: Last night... a photo of the lake. Click on photo to see a larger picture.

The nights are getting COLD here... it was 34F or 1C last night. Brrrrr... It is currently 55F / 13C at the moment and was a bit warmer today.

I hope you have winterized your trailer or are winterizing next weekend. The water on Beckett Circle will be going off on October 25 which is a Monday.

Lake is cold but there were still people tanning at the Outback today.

The members meeting was yesterday and quite a few things were discussed. The most important (for everyone I asked) was that the site fees are not going up in April :-) If you want a copy of Heather's minutes of the meeting, email her or ask at the office for her email address.

All the changes to the Park were discussed at the meeting, the Social Committee discussed a few things, Eric Jarvis gave Stephane a photo of the original Outback (very nice!), the potholes will be addressed (I think).

The most important thing for me was that someone (I'm not going to mention his name) asked if something could be done about trailers where the owners never really got to cleaning up the junk in the front yard, in the back yard, in the side yard... or trailers that needed to be powerwashed (for example) due to the green mold/dirt. So... if that is you, think about cleaning up your place. It doesn't take long to put the junk in your shed or take it to the dump. Let's try to make a good impression for the visitors of the Park. Okay, I'll get off my pedestal now :-)

There were a few campfires after the members meeting as it was warm and sunny... after a few hours it got a tad cooler... then it got cold... and it was time to go inside and warm up. I know I was cold... I don't like winter. But, it was nice to see groups around the Park... even if a lot of people had ski jackets on :-)

The hot tub is running.

No petanque this weekend.

People are mowing their lawn for the last time.

Snow soon... I have my snow tires on :-)

Halloween dinner / dance is on October 30. Last I heard a few days ago ... there were only about 20 tickets left. If you want to go, get your ticket. It is a potluck dinner and a dance afterwards. If you go to the potluck, you will not be able to go to the dance unless you have a ticket as only 65 tickets are being sold.

If you would like to know anything specific that was discussed at the members meeting, email me or leave a comment.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday



Photo: Turkey!!! I don't have any Park photos. (If anyone has a photo, please send it to me... UNDER 100kb.)

It's been quiet the past few days. People are getting ready for winter and I hear it is going to be a long one. Temperature at the moment is 37F / 3C. A tad chilly.

I haven't been up to the Clubhouse since I heard the hot tub was down so I don't know if it is working or not.

The lake is down about an inch and there has been NO one swimming in it the past few days.

Don't forget... last I heard the water is going to be shut down on the 16th (Saturday). I haven't heard anything different.

Hope y'all had a HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday


Photo: Ten years ago when there were very few trailers in the seasonal area. It's busier now :-)

Well... I haven't done the blog in a few days as ... I've been too busy and there isn't much going on...

I was out on Saturday and wasn't able to go to the Thanksgiving potluck but 40 people attended. They had the traditional turkey and ham, plus caribou sheppards pie, chili, carrot cake... and more!

I have been told that the circulating pump on the hot tub is broken again so I'm going to go out on a limb and say... the hot tub is not working.

There are people still swimming in the lake ... and it is only around 50F.

If you want to go to the Halloween party on the 30th, you might want to consider buying your $5.00 ticket for the dance early. I was at the office 3 days ago and 25 tickets had been sold and it is still 3 weeks to the dance. There are only 65 tickets available. I have no idea how it will work though... you can go to the potluck but you have to buy a ticket for the dance (which I think is a good thing). So... just going to the potluck doesn't ensure that you can go to the dance...

The weather here has been in the 80's F for the past few days... BEAUTIFUL!!!

You know the weather is nice when you see Dennis jogging around the park.

Members meeting on Saturday.

The speed bumps have been removed and people are now travelling the 50 kph speed to the back... again. S... L... O... W D... O... W... N.

The aerator has been removed and it is very very quiet. I think I mentioned this before. You can hear the birds and crickets again :-)

Time to think about putting your snow tires on. I didn't say it was time to DO it... just time to think about it.

Fall is great... nice weather and no biting insects.

The pool is closed for the season ...

Does anyone know how to run a book club?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday


Photo: A field of colors. This is not at Bare Oaks but it is not far away. Thanks Kim and Wendy for the photo. We thought you would like to see some fall colors.

Note: Click on the image and you will see a much larger photo.

Today's news: I have been told that the summer water will be turned off on Saturday, October 16. That is the day of the member's meeting... a week and a half away.