Friday, January 28, 2011


This solar cooking blog comes to you from Arizona from Dave, Judy and Maggs.

They have a sun oven and says " it is a wonderful thing. It is a dry camper's best friend. It is so environmentally friendly, all you need is the sun to cook, no fossil fuels at all. As long as you get lots of sun the outside temperature does not make any difference. I put the oven out in the sun in the morning to preheat and around 12:30 I put the bread dough into the oven to bake. In approximately 40 minutes the bread is done. Temperatures in the oven vary but usually it will get anywhere between 300-375 degrees. Cooking in a black vessel gives the best results. The other day I did chicken pot pie in the sun oven with only one hitch. I didn't start it until 1:00 so by 5:00 when we got home the sun was going down. The oven temperature was down around 200 degrees so I had to finish it off (biscuit topping) in the oven for 1/2 hour. Yummy!"

Hmmm... it might work during the ONE WEEK of summer that we get... :-D

Here are some smallish photos.

Photo: This one looks like it is pre-heating. The reflectors on the solar oven give the illusion that there are more than 4 reflectors.

Photo: The bread cooking. A close up inside the oven (bread is out of the pan).

Photo: Fococcia bread on the rack cooling on the counter.

Mmmm, I could eat that entire thing...


Park update


We are in the midst of the January thaw!!! It has been hovering around zero, or just above, for days now.

I haven't seen any ice skating so far this year or cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Methinks there is a bit of hibernation going on here.

It snows nearly every day here... not a lot, most of the time, but it still snows.


Events Update

February 5th is the second Euchre night organized by the Bare Bistro. ( ).
February 12th is the Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance.
This year's theme is "Lady in Red". ( )

Start at 6:30 with social time and get caught up on all of the news. Dinner ordered from a local Chinese Restaurant will begin around 7:15PM with Dessert by DOT (aka Dorothy, not the Department Of Transport). :-D

Afterwards, dance your feet off with music provided by DJ DINO.

Tickets are $25.00 per couple, $15.00 single and are available in the office. Sale cutoff is 6PM on February 11th. A 50/50 draw will be held at the dance.

Plus the Ontario Roaming Bares and the Newmarket Nature Bares continue to organize swims; January 29th (wave pool), February 12th, and February 19th.

Check out the Bare Oaks event calendar at which includes the ORB and NNB calendars.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Photo: It's COLD here!! minus 20 F and minus 30 C. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The windchill makes it seem a lot colder!!

Every day we get a bit of snow but nothing to shovel.

Did I mention it is COLD here? Things are cracking and snapping at night. Lots of propane is being delivered.

Not much happening here in the past week. No skaters (I don't think the lake is frozen enough yet)... no cross country skiiers, no walkers. Nothing.

One of the used trailers that is for sale on Helios Circle... has had a price drop. See the Bare Oaks website (, used trailer section for details.

The Wave Pool swim is this coming Saturday! 19:30 - 22:00. Location: The Wave Pool - 5 Hopkins Street, Richmond Hill.

Also, there is a Valentines Dinner and Dance on Feb. 12. 6:30 - ? Check the Bare Oaks site for details.

Next Euchre night is Feb. 5 - 19:30 - 00:00.

That's it... it is very quiet here in the winter. Maybe I'll hear from the Arizona or Florida people and can post some of their photos... as it is probably a LOT WARMER there :-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011


No photo today... it's winter, there is snow. Ho hum.

This morning it snowed... and snowed... but the afternoon was very nice and not too cold with no wind.

A bunch of us got together around two fires this afternoon... and ate... and drank... and chatted. It was nice seeing people who haven't been around since this summer!!

Temperature now is 27F / -3C.

The roads are all plowed but remember, there is no salt or sand on the roads so drive slowly as they are a tad slippery at some of the corners.

Euchre tonight in the clubhouse... I think. I haven't checked to see how many people have signed up but I talked to a few people today who were going.

As far as I know there are no planned Park events for this winter. Anyone planning anything?

54 DTS (days til summer)

Whoa... time is flying by!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Photo: meandering river... tres pretty.

Photo: wouldn't this be great to skate on!! Too bad as it has snowed since this photo was taken a few weeks ago.

It's been very very cold for the past week. Currently it is 25F / -4C. Last night it was 12F / -11C. Brrrr.

The only person (although he is not really a person) who is enjoying this cold is Moose... but then he has an R300 fur coat on.

Visited the clubhouse in the early evening a few times recently and there are usually people in the basement watching TV or upstairs in the hot tub or sauna.

I haven't seen anyone skiing... no one can skate as the ice is still thin... no one walks except for Moose and his parents... ho hum. Is it summer yet? I think I will start a countdown. I think spring should start on March 11. It is sometimes warm in March so... that means there are only 56 more days of winter. Now that sounds a lot better :-)

The next Park event is this coming Saturday: Euchre after dinner (7:30 - 11:30) in the clubhouse. Bring your own snacks and 'beverages'. (see the Bare Oaks event page for more information). I don't know how many people have signed up.

No other events scheduled for February or March as far as I can tell. The social committee page on the Bare Oaks site has nothing listed (that page always displays) and I'm still unable to get the calendar on the Bare Oaks page to display (it never displays). Perhaps it is linked to another site... which is slow.

Outside of the Park... this Saturday, the NNBares will be holding the next monthly nude swim at the Aquacenter, 1215 Stellar Drive, Newmarket. Swim time is from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the cost is $12.00 per person (Children under 16 FREE with parent/guardian). Please confirm your attendance for the swim with Sandy via the website:

56 DTS (days til summer)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Photo: Scenic river shot in the park.

Photo: 6 inches of snow. The photo is cloudy as it is snowing at the time.

Photo: There are very annoyed birds when the birdfeeder is this full...

The temperature is 10F / -12C. Not too bad. We had about 6 inches of snow last night and today but it was fluffy snow. I took a walk after that really bad hockey game. 3 - 0 in the second period for Canada. 3 - 5 ending score for Russia. Boo hoo. Ah well, the Russian team played REALLY WELL in the last period.

Not much happening here, so I'll post photos when it is quiet. I saw some cross country ski tracks this afternoon so... I'll be going out tomorrow and will try a bit of skiing. The snow is fluffy so it should be nice.

The next event is the Euchre game on the 15th of January (see the Bare Oaks event page for more information). So far only one person has signed up for it so if you want to play there is a signup sheet in the office.

Quiet winter... we need more events.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

January 2011

Photo: Yesterday... it rained and the snow melted. Now if it doesn't snow that lake would be fantastic to skate on... but it snowed a bit today.

Photo: The tree over the creek near the bridge has been removed so there is no danger of losing the bridge this spring due to ice backup. The tree just fell over one day :-)

It was warm yesterday... 50F / 10C whoo hoo.

It is cold today 27F / -3C. Nice while it lasted.

The roads were very muddy and rutted yesterday but you have to drive on them in order to go to and fro...

New Years Party report (thanks Sandy). Eight people were in attendance. They watched the movie SALT. A few people brought food and they all had a fun time!

I don't think they walked around the park as it was REALLY muddy that day.

A note for anyone who wishes to stay overnight at the park. There are only two rooms available this winter, a king room with your own washroom, and a queen room. The other four rooms are in use for the winter. So... phone the office early if you wish to book a room.

Frank wishes everyone a Happy New Year (grin).

If someone wants to get me a gift... this is what I want :-)) 4 minutes on YouTube.

People are leaving for vacation, people are arriving back from vacation.

Only 357 more shopping days left to Christmas!

Only TWO more months of winter left to suffer through. I consider March... spring.

Next Bare Oaks event: Euchre Night
January 15 - 7:30 - 11:30pm
Description: The Bare Bistro will be hosting a Euchre Night following dinner. Please bring your own snacks and beverages. Everyone welcome.
For more information, please contact the Bare Bistro at or check out the flyer at

Now comes the important question of the week... how are you going to work off those extra pounds you put on over Christmas ;-)

It's very quiet here in the winter. If anyone wants me to post any comments / opinions / information... just email me at As always, you will remain anonymous as I know some of you don't want your names posted on the net.