Thursday, April 25, 2013

Still cold here...

Greetings peeps!

It's still cold here... 40F / 4C today.

It is currently raining but NOT snowing... which is nice. 

Below is a photo of 4 Bufflehead ducks which were on the pond Wednesday morning - 2 couples.  Judy sent the photo and she said: "The picture is fuzzy but it's the best I could do and it was taken through my binoculars!  This is the second time I have seen them.  They are the smallest duck mentioned in my bird book." 

I saw them too but couldn't get a non blurry shot. 

Don't forget... Volunteer Day is on Saturday May 4 from 10am to 3pm.

The Member's Meeting has been changed.  I WAS right after the Volunteer Day event on Saturday  but it is now on Sunday May 5 from 10am to noon.

Volunteer Day:
  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.
  • There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)
After Volunteer Day event on Saturday:

Euchre Night - 7:30pm. The Bare Bistro hosts their regular Euchre Night

For those of you in the area.  This Saturday April 27, York Region has it's Spring Forest Festival from 10 am to 3pm.  York Regional Forest, Eldred King Tract, 16232 Hwy 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

"Celebrate spring in the York Regional Forest.  Bring your work gloves and shovel.  Explore the storybook trail. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride.  Hold "Sciensational" snakes. Plant tree seedlings. Visit exhibits and displays.  Learn how to identify trees.  Take home a tree seedling. "

Sounds like a fun time for kids too... especially the snake thing :-)  You can register here:  or maybe just show up... I don't know how it works.  Wendy and Kim are going. I think you have to register as space is limited but it says the registration is still open.  Maybe that is because it is FREEZING outside. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Okay ... the roads... they have been scraped and a lot of the potholes are gone but after the rain today... they may be coming back. 

Oooo, the sun is out now. 

The wood frogs were making quite a racket a few days ago but they are a lot quieter when it is cold.  They are in the small ponds beside the road.  They have a duck-like quacking call.

The water at the back is not on yet.  The pool is not open, it still has it's cover on.  I'm wandering about cleaning up the old growth on the park gardens.

There is no one here ... probably because it is COLD.  No one has ventured into the lake again.  Tsk, tsk, you would think there would be some brave souls out there.

The lawns are green and there are NO weeds on the petanque court.  Bruce and I usually touch up the ball holders but I think we will wait as the paint would probably freeze.

It was below freezing last night... brrrrr.

The creek is down, not like the water in cottage country.  Serious problems up there. Record high levels.

As always, if you want any info about your trailer, leave a message here or email me.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Snowing today.

Well... it is snowing here... on and off.  I couldn't see across the lake/pond at 11am this morning.

Blah.  Cold too at 39F.  (no James I am not going to convert it... I like Fahrenheit :-)

Photo of a frog at Wendy and Kim's place.  It looks cold. Thanks for the photo!

Bunny's too!  Thanks Judy!

It iced up last week.  Judy's feeders are a tad icy.

A few geese have been landing on the lake... and JL has been scaring them off.  We do NOT want geese to nest nearby as there will be poo everywhere, like we had the first year.

To everyone using the OLA (Off Leash Area).  PLEASE pick up your doggie poo.  Someone went in it to take their dog for a run and there are around a dozen doggie poos that have not been picked up.

They couldn't leave their dog there.  I hope the office was informed.

I've also noticed on my daily walk that someone has been leaving their dog IN the OLA as some sort of storage unit when they are not around.  What is that about?  Take your dog to your trailer as it makes it impossible for other people to use the OLA.

That is the end of my rant for the day :-)

The road is still open but the back parking area is extremely muddy. 

The potholes are soooo bad due to the rain, freeze, melt, snow, rain, heat, etc.

I saw people swimming IN the lake two days ago when it was 70F out.  Now that is a tad nuts ... but that is only my opinion :-))

No, the back water is still not on... the ground is still frozen in places.

I've noticed a lot of discussion about being tolerant of first time nudists... or in the case mentioned NOT being tolerant of first time nudists.

The Bare Oaks website states:

Do I have to undress right away?

We understand that people new to naturism need some time to adjust. If you or someone in your party chooses to stay clothed during the adjustment period, please be respectful of others. Be discreet. Find a quiet spot where you can take some time to adjust. Clothing is never permitted while swimming or using the sauna, whirlpool or showers.

There you go. Although this is a 'nude only' facility and not a 'clothing optional' facility... there is some leeway towards new naturists. 

Try to remember your first time.  I do, it was almost 40 years ago at Glen Echo.  Plus I attended the Miss Nude World Pageant at Four Seasons Nature Resort in Freelton on July 27, 1975.  Now THAT was a show... so many non nudists were there but everyone had a great time...  although it was 'Couples Only'.

Not much tanning going on today (grin).

I've had a lot of people ask me for the URL of this blog.  If you want to easily remember it, go to (  ... as in inter'NET' NUDE.  The link is on the top left for the blog.  I own and run that website.   Or you could just write it down (

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Road is open !

Well gang, the seasonal road is now open. Time to come up and do some gardening :-)

Here is a photo Judy took a few days ago.  A swan on the lake!  It is long gone now. 

I guess I've started the blog for the summer.  If you wish to know anything, email me or post a message at the end of this blog.  I receive all messages that are post via email so I won't miss it. Unless I don't get the email...

The lake is up about 3 inches.  It is still cold.  The garbage bins are out.  Royce still has a pink bin in front of his place but I'm not 100 percent sure he is collecting liquor/beer bottles this year and when I find out, I'll post it here.

A few trailers are missing, probably being repaired or new trailers are moving in or they are still down south or... they were waiting for the road to be opened.

This is the longest period of time the road has been closed.  I think someone told me 6 weeks.  Hey, that is not bad, some parks close their entire seasonal section for the winter ... from Thanksgiving to the long weekend in May.

According to the amount of times I have shovelled... there wasn't much snow this year.

No, the seasonal water is not on...  the ground is still frozen in places.  I'll let you know when I find out.  There are currently 4 trailers in the overflow area... or Glen Echo Fields.

It's muddy in the back parking lot so drive slowly so that you don't create a further mess.

The creek is up a bit.

There are a lot more picnic tables around the park.  The tables have been placed on the transient sites and the public sites.  I don't think they are for the permanent site holders. I, of course, could be wrong.  :-D

Temperature at the moment is 68F (convert it yourself).  That is not cold but it is not swimming weather.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the ramp that was built at Larry's place (aka Gummy). Total cost of the deck and ramp was $1400.  (lumber, hardware).  This did not include the food ... provided by Kimmy and Missy and the beer provided by lots of other people.  Donations for the cost are still welcome.  See Jan.

The potholes are still pretty bad coming into the park and going around Helios.  If you don't drive slowly, you will need an alignment.

Two photos taken by Judy on Sunday... reflections.

Thing are starting to green up around here. 

Phil's words of wisdom for today:  "FIVE DAYS BEFORE BUGS".   I don't think he is talking about a rabbit.

On a final note:  where the heck is Outback Bruce?  Haven't seen him for weeks now.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A few updates...

For everyone who is asking via email (waving) ... the road to the back (Beckett) is still closed.  If you drive here you will have to park at the water hut and WALK to your trailer... through the mud. 

It rained heavily tonight so I doubt the road will be open tomorrow... but you never know.

There is still ice on the lake.  The temperature at the moment is 38F.  Brrrr. 

The tulips and crocuses (croci - no seriously, it IS croci ) are starting to appear in the gardens.  Lots and lots of birds are back. 

On a good note, the potholes in the road are a LOT better than last week due to the Kubota scraping it's way around the park. 

Volunteer day is on May 4, Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition. Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office).  We really appreciate the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to.

The Member's Meeting is on May 4 - Volunteer Day ... from 3pm to 5pm. All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.

Euchre night is also that night (May 4)... from 7:30 ... on.  Hosted by the Bare Bistro.  Please bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Everyone welcome.

Bare Oaks Calendar is here:

If you want me to give you an update on anything, post here or email me.

That's it, carry on.

Spring is here... sorta


Anyone reading this?  :)

I have had three requests to start this up again for the summer ...