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.

If you wish to buy a 2011 Naturist calendar created by Mike and Ruth (they have a trailer in the seasonal section) ... go here: http://mikesphotographix.blogspot.com. PayPal only. If you don't have PayPal, email me.

If you wish to buy a naturist Nudie Toons cartoon book called 'The Funny Side of Going Naked' go here: http://www.nudietoons.ca/ I accept PayPal, credit card, check/cheque, money order... cash... :-D

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.