Saturday, December 27, 2014


Well, Santa came and went.  Yeah!! 

A bunch of us wandered around the park carolling on Christmas Eve... I think we need to practice a bit next year :-)

Still no snow here and the days are around 40F... although it is 47F at the moment.  Downright balmy. I talked to a friend in Arizona (he lives at Shangri La Resort) this week and it was only 45F there during the day HAH... take THAT you people living in hot places.

You should have received your site fees invoice, membership invoice and your Licence of Occupation by now... or soon. You have to sign the LOC every year.

There is a 3% discount if you pay before January 18.   The invoices are due April 1.

Apparently there was live Christmas music yesterday between 1pm and 2pm.  I could only find two people who knew about it.  I found out today... a tad late.   We need a better communication system here. No one reads the calendar on the events page as it doesn't work.  Maybe a BIG SIGN at the office would work.  Something in the window on a white board?

Also yesterday's Boxing Day pot luck was a HUGE success.  There were 20 people there and everyone had a great time.

This note from Judy:

Dale suggested having a movie night throughout the winter/spring - Saturday evening seems the most likely night. Malcolm has offered to supply movies. At present we would have to just use the TV but we are hoping to find someone with a unit like Paul used to view Game of Thrones - it sent the picture to the movie screen.

The first possible night would be Jan. 3rd if there are interested people.

1. So does anyone have a DVD projector that can project a movie onto a big screen? 

2.  Is anyone interested in going?

3.  Who is making popcorn?  :-)


The park roads are muddy and slippery in spots.  Most of the ice has melted and there is no snow so... keep on walking!

The lake has thawed, mostly.  No skating for a bit.  The ice rink that is being created on the front lawn is not there.  Now, would you rather have an ice rink or 50 degree weather?  I know which way I'm leaning...

A few photos of a passerby... thanks Judy!  No flash was used so they are fuzzy.

Fox is gone...

We have enough trouble with cats killing rabbits here... we don't need a fox.  Haven't seen him in a while though.

Took a walk to the back a few days ago and the river was over its banks.  Strawberry Fields was not flooded though... you could still walk through.

Thanks to whoever put the string of lights on the pathway from Helios to the Clubhouse.  I keep forgetting my flashlight as I keep forgetting it gets DARK at around 5pm.  Blah. 

Darts at the clubhouse every Saturday (and maybe Sunday) afternoon. Quite a few people were wandering around the basement this afternoon, enjoying the fire, chatting.

Not much going on here... but I thought I'd give you an update. 

Fa la la la la... la la... la... la...

Oh, P.S.  it was a half finger day today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I'm melting !! I'm melting !!

And if you don't know what movie that comment is from then I will be forced to throw a house at you.  :-)

What a lovely last few days. The snow is melting... the birds are singing... the frogs are hibernating.

It's 37F at the moment and the good weather is staying for a while.  I don't need a white Christmas, a green one is fine.

Lots for pictures today... thanks Wendy and Kim!!

Below are their comments between the photos... My comments are in the brackets.


What a fantastic day to go snowshoeing. Beautiful...............  (the bunny trail)


We now have about 2.5 km. of snowshoe trail set for the active part of the membership and interested day visitors. Hopefully the mild weather won’t impact the trails too much. (Active what?  (grin) I rarely see anyone snowshoe or ski but, hopefully, they will this year.)

(It looks cold out there...)

Trails loop around both ponds, lake and of course traverse the Bush Bunny trail in the forest. These can also double as cross country ski trails and once frozen in they will make great walking trail for folks.  And..... if the weather holds on the “not too cold side” of things and it’s sunny, all this could be enjoyed au naturel. (Ha ha ha ... like... NO... brrrrr.)


Okay, back to me.  This is Wendy... hmmm, it looks like she is skiing.  Wayyyy too much energy for me. Although I do have skiis...
Here are some lovely icescapes taken at the river in various locations.

The roads are getting soft due to the thaw. 

As a suggestion, and I'm not telling you what to do but... if you drive around the park... it might be a good idea to drive straight to your lot and not wander around any sideroads.  If the roads get really bad, they may be closed.  I'm not saying that the park is thinking of closing them but... it there are too many ruts and holes... they might.

Reminder, darts every Saturday (or Sunday) afternoon in the basement of the clubhouse.  There are now TWO dartboards.

Wii Bowling every Tuesday night.

This year Kim and Missy are also planning an ice rink which will be built and maintained by the members.  Visitors are welcome to use it too. Oooo, I can smell the hot chocolate already.  Way back, around 10 years ago, we used to skate on the pond near the clubhouse.  I have photos but... I don't have permission from everyone to put them here so... there you go.

I need skates. HEY SANTA!!!

The lake is melted, don't go on it. Keep your dog on a leash as it is dangerous. Speaking of dogs, there are two running around the park (together) these days and I think they belong to the neighbor down the road.  If anyone catches one, check their tags. I'm pretty sure that no one in the park lets their dogs off their leashes. Maybe they 'got out'.  I don't know what kind they are but they are covered in fur and ... that's it, I'm done with dog identification. :-D

The office and store are closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 01.  If you are a member and have a fob, you can use the facilities.  If you aren't and don't, you can't.  Wow, my grammar is exceptional today.  If you want to use the facilities, become a member. Go here:  Paying for a membership is only (about) 12 day visits as it is around $50. a day.

Lots of people are out and about walking around these days.  No nudes though (cowards (grin)).

EIGHT DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS ... have you finished your shopping?

On a side note... thanks to all you lovely people for the Christmas cards and goodie bag - which I ate already... my bad :-( 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SNOW !! Snow and more snow !!

Well it started snowing yesterday and is still snowing. 

These photos are from Judy... THANKS!

6 inches on their deck.  Shoveling has been fun... NOT !!

The plow has gone by once but then it disappeared.  It should be back... I hope. 

Here is Judy and JL's  deck.

Plus breckie time for birdies.  They have been fed twice today... and probably again later.  Lots of birds have arrived that I haven't seen before today. I guess they remember.  That's a mourning dove.

Here is Helios.

And Christmas balls!!  I decorated my trees with HUGE Christmas balls this year.

I have NO idea what the potholes are like today :-D

I haven't seen many people shoveling... they may want to start soon as I don't think this snow is going to stop... yack.

It is 24F at the moment and it is supposed to warm up this weekend ... and ... rain. Now that will be fun. Remember to leave a thin layer of snow on your car if it is going to rain as ... it will freeze and then you will have to scrape for HOURS AND HOURS.

I hope the Texas people and the Florida people and the Jamaica people are having fun... GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

My cat doesn't want to go out for a walk... I wonder why...

Now a little bit of humor to end an otherwise short blog.  Don't steal this cartoon as it is copyrighted to me. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Nothing much going on here. 

It snowed about a quarter of an inch last night... and then it disappeared today.

Currently it is 28F at the park and 36F in Mt. Albert... that is what my phone says :-)

It is not snowing.

No photos as I keep forgetting to take them.

The lake has a very thin crust of ice on it.  Keep your pets away from it.  Do not walk on it. 

The road to the Outback is closed off and has been for a few weeks.  A load of gravel was dumped in the middle of the road and I think it is too cold to move it.  Some of it has been spread though.

The path from Helios to the Clubhouse has been fixed.  It had a nasty ditch in the middle of it at the Helios end and navigating it at night without a flashlight was an ankle turner.  It is now flat. I really should remember that I have a flashlight on my phone :-)

If you want to look at the events calendar on the Bare Oaks website there is a message: "The embeded calendar is not currently working. Google has disabled the API used by our plugin. We will be updating the website in the next few weeks to fix this and several other issues. In the meantime, you can view the calendar directly from Google by clicking here."
Of course the link doesn't work in the blog so you have to go to the Bare Oaks site. Oh also... 'embedded' :-D

Darts in the basement of the Clubhouse on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  There are TWO dart boards now and you can borrow darts from the office.

There are no Christmas or New Years events this year.

The cat is bored... and it is only December. 

I'm not bored... wayyyyy too much to do....

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The temperature has been hovering around zero for the past few days.  Things are freezing up again.

Due to the rains, the potholes are bad again.  Not many people here now so it doesn't really matter.

The road to the back is open.  I doubt it will be closed until the spring but... I just thought I'd mention it. :-)

We walked around the park yesterday and couldn't see any wind damage to any places.  A few rugs were blown around and bins ... so we put them back on the sites. 

If you have a golf cart... you need to keep it charged over the winter.  Just because you leave it plugged in, does not mean it will charge.  You have to unplug it and plug it back in in order for it to charge.  This is true of all the carts except the really new expensive ones.  (Feel free to phone Bennett Golf Cars to confirm.) I look after one cart now when walking around the park so if you want me to unplug and plug in your cart, email me.  I think most carts are put away though.

The side door of the garbage bin was frozen shut this week and the top was closed.  I am too short to open the top so... a hammer works well when you want to unstick the side door :-) 

Get your flu shot.  If you aren't getting a shot because of the 'egg culture' used in the vaccine... you can get a vaccine without the egg in it... you just have to either ask, or order it.  The Shoppers Drug Mart at the corner of Davis Drive and Leslie... gives shots.  Just walk in and ask... but they said you should come in at around 9am or after 7pm in order to avoid the 40 minute wait.  I got mine at the walk in clinic in the No Frills plaza on Leslie (south of Davis).  It's free...

I know someone who was in the hospital with H1N1 last year... he was very sick.

That's it... no photos, no news.  Ho hum.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Cold this week!!  However it warmed up today and was around 50F... it is now 45F... nice, very nice.

The snow is mostly gone.  Too bad about Buffalo... which has about 4 - 6 feet of snow.

It rained a bit today too.

The roads are a mess... very muddy in places.  I heard that one of the roads at the back is BAD.  If you don't have to drive the roads at the back... then don't.  Take the shortest route to your trailer.

Lots of people have mice in their trailers this fall.  I've released 18 so far ... and I've stopped 'releasing' them as they kept coming back.

Don't touch the outside taps, don't turn them off or on.  Peter is dealing with the water and if you mess with the taps... it makes it more difficult for him to blow the lines... and do whatever to the water system.

The lake was frozen on Wednesday November 19 so that will be our 'ice in' date.  Last year it was frozen on the 20th so we are a day earlier this year.

Now, after today, the ice has melted a bit but that doesn't count.

I still can't find a good radio station without TONS of Christmas carols (sigh).  I'm not against carols but I AM against them playing carols SIX WEEKS before Christmas.  Or should I be calling it 'the Holidays' ... nah... it will always be 'Merry Christmas' NOT 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greetings'.  That idea was probably created by Hallmark heh heh.

Okay I googled it and there is a whole Wikipedia blurb on it.

Read it yourself, I started to nod off a few inches into the writeup. 

Pictures from Judy... thanks!! Cold.


I should get my skis out... maybe... or maybe not...

So... if you get 'Going Natural' magazine... check out the Letters to the Editor at the back... specifically page 38.  Enough said...

I don't know if the third well is up and running. 

Don't try to walk the roads... I did that today and they are ICE and mud.  I need to clean my shoes now...

Lots of dart players on Saturday afternoon in the basement.  15 people were there (not all playing darts though).  That's a lot of people for Saturday afternoon.

No weekend events on the Bare Oaks calendar until mid-January.  There is an error on the calendar where you can't display details of any event... plus on the main page it says: "Simplepie detected an error. Please run the compatibility utility."   Simplepie needs a reboot :-D  I'm not running any compatibility utility on my machine.  Those errors have been there for at least a month.

The office is closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 1. 

Not much else going on here...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow !!

Lots of snow today... and PICTURES.

Jingle bells... jingle bells   o/~   o/~  o/~    (those are musical notes)

I've shovelled  once... (as always, click to enlarge)

Hungry birds.  I scared the others off taking the photo but this one is too hungry to leave.

No plow yet... hope you have your snow tires on.  It is heavy packing snow.

The little bay on the main lake has a layer of ice on it... so the lake is starting to freeze.

Last year there was ice on the lake on November 20.  So we are early this year.

It is still snowing a LOT.

The good news is... my snowblower is all charged and ready to go... but... it can't do heavy packing snow or it will clog so... I have to shovel by hand.  ack ack ...

BLAH... snow... BLAH. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I think I've said this before but I will only be doing the blog once a week for the winter.

Send me pictures...

So I have this bottle... and I wanted to keep water out of it for the winter so... I had a rubber glove in my pocket and put that on... temporarily.  (Rubber glove = gardening).

Anyways, when it gets warm... this happens (ha ha ha).  Depending on how warm it is, it will display a certain number of digits.  When it is below freezing, it shows a fist only. 

Hey, I have no photos so I'm going to put on whatever I have.

The pond behind the Outback has a thin layer of ice on it now.  There is ice around the edge of the lake ... every now and then.

It has been very very cold out.  Currently it is 30F ... below zero.

Lots and LOTS of mice this year.  I'm not the only one with mice inside... even though I have sealed up ALL THE HOLES under my trailer. Obviously I missed a hole... ho hum. 

It snowed today.  Brrrr.  The snow did not stay on the ground though.

I was in Orillia on Thursday night and when I came outside... there was a FOOT OF SNOW on the ground.  That was fun as I had to dig out the car in running shoes and a thin jacket (duh).  How was I to know it would snow!!  (No Bruce I'm NOT going to start watching the weather (grin).)

A lot of truckloads of gravel have been spread around the roads. The potholes are slowly disappearing.

Kim has been removing weeds from the petanque court. 

I managed to do a bit more gardening last week when the temperature went up to around 50 for a day.  Then BAM... cold again the next day.

Not many people here these days... I was in the Clubhouse Saturday afternoon and couldn't find anyone. There were a few cars but the people were probably visiting other people in the park.

A reminder, if anyone sees the Toronto Star at the entrance to the park on Saturday or Sunday... please LEAVE IT THERE.  It is in a blue or grey plastic bag. It is not the park's paper, it is my paper.  Thanks. I hate chasing it around.  My golf cart has gone to bed for the winter so I have to WALK... yikes! 

Lots of birds are back.  Very hungry birds. 

Forgot to put on this photo of the lake from a few weeks ago ... thanks Judy! Lake serenity.

The third well at Herman's place was going online... last week... but it didn't go online... so now it is going online this Wednesday... or sometime this week.  Or whenever :-)  

A huge amount of gravel was dumped in the road beside the Outback... as it is always wet in front of the gardens and this might help.  Maybe.  Can't guarantee it as somehow the gravel that is put on these roads...  get sucked into the roads and disappear forever. 

If you want to read a good book... The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  Excellent and she won the Pulitzer prize for it.  Usually the Pulitzer prize winning books are crap... but this one is good. Only my opinion. 

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO tired of Christmas carols... and they just started. What is WRONG with radio stations that have to play ALL Christmas songs from mid November until Christmas... that is SIX WEEKS.  Stop it!!  :-)   I've done some emailing :-)))

Okay now I'm getting entirely off topic. 

Alrighty, I'll summarize.  I have no news. Ha ha.  Go for a walk.

Saturday, November 8, 2014



Back from vacation. Great time!!  Around 80F every day ... na na.  Not humid.  No rain.  I have a nice nude beach tan.

Soo... it is snowing here.  I have my shovels and snowblower ready to go.

It's around freezing at the moment.... brrrrrrrrrrr.

While I was away the water froze at two sites in the seasonal area.  I'm going to assume that the water is either off now or will be off soon.

Potholes are bad again.  The new gravel that was put down is now at the bottom of the potholes. There isn't much traffic either.  There are a few people still driving 60 to the back.  I guess they are trying to stay on top of the potholes (grin).

Note: there is NO salt used on the roads in the winter.  I think (if I recall) sand was put on the area at the gate as too many people were sliding into the gate last year.  It is not time for that yet.

Snow, rain, snow, rain.  Nice day. 

Due to the increasing demand, another dart board is being installed in the basement of the Clubhouse. Yeah!  There is usually a game or two going on on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon downstairs.  Lots of dart players in the park.

Isn't this the cutest owl you have ever seen?  Thanks Judy for the photo, it was taken in front of their place in the tree.  Judy said: "A little barred owl (a young one) came to visit this morning. It had a breakfast of mouse :)"

Nice photos... mine would have been blurry.

There are a LOT of mice around.  I've managed to catch 9 of them.  I don't like to kill them so I'll keep putting them outside... for the owls. :-)

Not many people are here now.  Lots of people have gone to their southern home. (pttttttttttttt)

Feed your birds and if you DON'T feed them ALL winter, stop feeding them as there are other people in the park that feed them year round and the birds need to find those feeders before the snow.

The lakes are freezing up north... not that you care but it is only a matter of time before the lake here freezes.  Get out your skates and hockey sticks.

The GTA Skinnydipper wave pool event is tonight from 19:30 to 22:00.  I don't attend the wave pool as the water is HEAVILY chlorinated and the fumes are bad for the lungs and eyes.  However it is well attended and a lot of fun. 

No other events for the rest of the year except for Wii bowling on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm.

The pool is closed.  There is a critter/frog ladder in it which is VERY smart.  Last year a critter tried to scatch his way out... through the liner. 

I won't advertise any events you have to PAY for unless it is a social committee or park sponsored event.

If you want me to put anything on the blog, email me!!  I will put it on as I don't have very much to put on the blog these days except:

It's cold.
It's snowing.
No one is here.
The potholes are bad.

Information you could care less about but I'm going to tell you anyways.

The Wendy's at Leslie and Davis is closed for renovations. 

The Harvey's at Leslie and Davis is tooooooo cold to eat in.

The Shoppers Drug Mart at Leslie and Davis gives flu shots.  There is a 40 minute wait during the day so the pharmacist said to arrive either around 9am or after 7pm.  Take your health card.  Stop being a whiney baby and get your shot. 

The Metro at Leslie and Davis sells cat grass year round.

If you get on the new 404 extension to Queensville to get to the park (from Green Lane)... it is FIVE MINUTES faster than going along Woodbine, Mt. Albert, Kennedy.  It has been timed.

Friday, October 24, 2014



What a great week.  You could actually lay out in the sun this week... if you stayed out of the wind.

It is currently 70F and sunny!!

A lot of the leaves are off the trees... the birds are back... all my winter chores are done!!

Good thing as I'm leaving for Cuba in a few days with a bunch of people from here (and Ponderosa and Four Seasons)  and... I hope y'all are going someplace warm this winter.  I know a LOT of you are...

There will be NO blog next week as I won't be back until the week after.

The speed bumps have been removed, I think I said that in the last blog.  The aerator is out of the lake and it is sooooo quiet... you can actually hear people talk from a short distance away :-)

Now, I know the aerator is necessary or the lake would be a swamp but... just sayin'... the quiet is nice too.

The park brought in a LOT of gravel to fill the potholes and most of them were filled.  And then it rained... and now the road to the back is really potholey.   That does not stop the people from driving at around 40k on that road (grin).  (Black car, blue car... you know who you are.)

Halloween Dinner & Dance

October 25. Dinner (pork souvlaki) starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).
Dance only is $5.00

All members are welcome to attend. 

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishes to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.

Prizes for best costumes. Spot dance prizes. 

Buy tickets from office.

Hmmm, not much else is going on here.  I haven't seen anyone in the lake this week (snickering).  It has been COLD at night... the lake has a layer of fog on it every night.

My snowblower is ready to go...   

Monday, October 20, 2014


Rainy days and Monday's.... o/~  o/~  sung by the Carpenters written by Paul Williams... brilliant man.

Anyways... it is raining.  It is also cold... 44F... blah.

Stay inside and read a book... or go out and vote early :-)  I voted today as I'll be away next Monday. 

Propane truck was here a few days ago so everyone should be ready for the winter.

If anyone wants a free pair of men's Wilson white/navy golf shoes (rubber nubbins on the bottom), size 13 (China 13)... let me know.  They are new, never used. 

Here is a renovated garden on the front lawn. The bench and planter have been removed from around the birch trees. The front pond is in the background which should give you an idea of where it is.  The playground is on the left.  Thanks Wendy and Kim for the photo!

The Helios outside water is now off.  It is getting colder.  The Beckett water will PROBABLY go off after the Halloween party this weekend.  I'm not saying it will, but that is when it has been turned off in past years.

I won't be doing the blog next week as I will be in Cuba with a bunch of people from the park... and from the Ponderosa... and from Four Seasons...  warm... nude beach... rum.  What else can I say...

Most of the trailers in Beckett have been winterized now.  Lots of people are heading south. 

The speed bumps are gone and, today, at least one car was doing 40km down the road. 

Halloween Dinner & Dance

October 25. Dinner (pork souvlaki) starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).
Dance only is $5.00

All members are welcome to attend.  (I guess that means if you are a day visitor, you can't attend.)

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishes to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.
Prizes for best costumes. Spot dance prizes. 

Buy tickets from office.


That's it for now...


Below is a blurb on being 'green' that someone sent to me.  It has nothing to do with the Park so you can stop reading if you only want to read Park stuff :-D

A lot of you 'older' people will understand this blurb... and I remember a lot of this stuff myself.  

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and  sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of
Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing
away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one  electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off...especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash  register telling them how much.


Now that is funny... and true.   

Monday, October 13, 2014



Cold last night 27.9F... freezing is 32F... so it was cold in Celsius too.

All photos are courtesy of JUDY!!  Thanks!! (click photos to enlarge)

Thanksgiving potluck... was this Saturday and over 50 people attended. Permission was giving by all people in the photos.

Yum yum.

This is MINE... MINE!!

Rainy and Royce did a great job organizing it !!  (I think that was it... if I missed someone... sorry.)

One of the three tables with the food. 

JL and his dessert.  Mmmm. Chocolate cake, and date squares, and butter tarts, and soooo much more ...

I don't know when they are turning the water off.  As far as I know, no announcement has been made.  They are playing it by ear.  It's been below freezing a few times but not enough for a deep freeze.  Lots of people have closed their trailers now.

As it is COLD at night, the lake gets steamy.  Here are two night shots looking at the Outback, over the lake.

Ooooo, cool.

The BIRDS flew by today... "Was going to take a pic of the hundreds of grackles that were on the pentanque area this morning but missed them so opted to click them eating at your place - not 100s but LOTS!"

Get... off... my.... lawn. 

I put down grass seed a few weeks ago...  grrrrrrr.

They left quickly. 

Now some news from the Bare Oaks Players.... (BOP's)

Although the peak season at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park has ended, some members of Bare Oaks Players continue their journey. SBITS Productions has been asked to produce The Vagina Monologues again this winter, to present on one of the upcoming Bare Necessities Nude cruise.
We are pleased to tell you that:
·        We have 2 new Bare Oaks Players members in the cast (Judy and Lise)
·        We have a young new naturist from Toronto (Chantelle)
·        We have new content to work on and present: 3 new monologues!

We are just starting our rehearsals and I can tell you that our directors are already pushing all of us outside our comfort level.
Reserve Saturday January 24th, 2015 in your calendar for a Bare Bistro and Bare Oaks Players 'benefit' rehearsal presentation of The Vagina Monologues 2015.

Ticket sales will commence soon. Standby for details.

All profits from TVM 2015 will be donated as per the official rules of the VDAY organization. Our chosen local beneficiary is YRAP again this year, York Region Abuse Program.


Yes, Bare Necessities has asked SBITS Productions to also run theatre workshops during the 4 "At Sea days", during our voyage. In association with Bare Oaks Players, SBITS Productions we will be offering 4 theatre workshops for the passengers.

More on the newsletter, if you wish to sign up for the newsletter, go here:


The Halloween Dinner and Dance is on October 25.
Dinner starting at 6:30PM with dance to follow.
Cost for Adults is $15.00 & for Kids $5.00 (under 10).

All members are welcome to attend. (Does that mean if you are not a member and only a day visitor, you can't go?) 

There will be a photographer available at the party for those interesting in having a picture taken of themselves in costume. If you would like to have a photo done, you will receive a high gloss hard copy of the image that evening.

The photo shoot area will be set up in a suitable location within the New Forest Room. Only those wishing to have their pictures taken will be photographed. There is no charge for this, but tips are welcome.


It is 62F at the moment... not bad.  I was wearing a ski jacket this morning and a t-shirt this afternoon. 

The office is closed today. 

A few people have been moving their plants into the hot tub room for the winter.  It is nice and humid there.

I heard from two people today that the fumes in the hot tub room are heavy and eye sting-y.  One person had to leave.  I checked it and, yes, phew, very chlorine-y.  If you put a fan on, the fumes would be gone but the room would be cold.  Same thing if you opened a window.  Hmmmm.  (Nice grammar eh? :-D )

I will leave you with a spider chart... ha ha ha.  I had to enlarge it so you will have to click on it to see the bigger chart.  I guess I should stop killing spiders with my bare hands...

I can hear the screaming now...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Nice sunny day here... and 67F... a bit of a wind though.


4 PM at the OUTBACK
"Think Pink Committee is providing the turkeys and Ham"
Please bring a dish to share!

If you bring your own table setting your name will go in for the ECO friendly draw!
Everyone welcome! Hope to see you there!

 The event will be held rain or shine.
So in my last blog I mentioned that the walkway was block from Helios to the Clubhouse.  It is FIXED. Now you can use the path.  :-D  Yayyyyy. 
The leaves are turning pretty colors... very nice.
Time to get your snow tires on... well... I'm putting mine on next week.  There is NO WAY I'm going to wait until November this year.  Calgary has had snow. 
The potholes are mostly fixed so I can't do that anymore.   The park bought a big trailer for loading sand / gravel / dirt.   They truck it around the park and fill holes.  Easier and faster than the Kubota.  
I think I will do a 'best places to eat in Newmarket' thing. 
Let's see... if you want really good pork souvlaki (not chicken)...  there is a place across from the re-store on Davis Drive.  It is the last place at the west end of the plaza.  It has a BIG souvlaki sign out front.  Get the dinner, about $10. It comes with a greek salad, pop, fries or rice, white sauce, the dinner is huge.  Yum.  It's a hole-in-the-wall place and NOT fancy. Get take out. Delicious food. They have gyros too which a lot of people come in and order while we are waiting for the souvlaki.  I always order extra white sauce as I eat half the meal the next day. Now that is probably more than you needed to know ...
That is your first restaurant suggestion ...   now I'm hungry.
The new water pump house is being worked on.
Not many people around.  No one in the lake this week.  No photos. Ho hum.

Friday, October 3, 2014


Rain, rain, rain... and windy.

So...  there is not much on the calendar except....


4 PM at the OUTBACK
"Think Pink Committee is providing the turkeys and Ham"
Please bring a dish to share!

If you bring your own table setting your name will go in for the ECO friendly draw!
Everyone welcome! Hope to see you there!

 The event will be held rain or shine.
There is a LOT of discussion about the jam sessions in Beckett (people with musical instruments playing loud music and singing on specific days). 
Lots of pro's, lots of con's.  No side will win with a discussion :-D   The only way to win is to talk to management... who have already given their opinion in a flyer which most of Beckett received.  Not sure why Helios people didn't receive the flyer as they are members of the park too and spend a lot of time in Beckett...  Perhaps they didn't think we could hear the noise in Helios... but we can :-)
The path from Helios to the Clubhouse is under construction.  It has been this way for over three weeks... I think it is three.  I'm not sure what the problem is but it is not being worked on.  A LOT of people walk through the path and it is a LONGGGGGGG way to walk if you have to go around.  Someone painted orange X's on our Helios reindeer to stop people from walking through.  Why would anyone deface the reindeer??!!  Bad people, bad.
Did you know that if you signed a License of Occupation, you are required to put your garbage in the bins at the entrance to the park?   Campground rules:  "Your site's trash must be deposited in the dumpster on the entrance road. No metal, wood or large items are to be deposited at the container or elsewhere on the grounds.  Disposal of large items can be arranged with the office for a fee."
I see a lot of people taking their garbage to the garbage pails around the park.
Why not?  They are there and it is easy.
I know that Caliente (a naturist resort in Florida) instituted curbside pickup (for a fee!) as people were too lazy to go to the bins to take out their garbage.
I'm thinkin' maybe they should eliminate the bins around the park and only pick up the garbage at the rental units.  That would save a LOT of time for the staff as I see them constantly going around the park picking up garbage.  I haven't seen this at any other park.  Actually, I haven't seen any garbage receptacles at any other park (except for the public areas) and I've been to a LOT of parks.
The rain has stopped, it is 64F at the moment. 
The pool is 74F... warmish. 
The potholes are almost gone.  Now, after the rain today, they might be back.
Here is a photo of our resident Barred Owl in the Park. The Owl was in a Poplar Tree earlier this evening by the entrance gate and kindly posed long enough for these shots.
Thanks Kim and Wendy for the photo!!
Well, this is a controversial blog...  :-)  There is not much to blog about in the 'winter' so I added a few interesting comments.
Maybe I should get a 'guest' blogger for a few blogs over the winter.  Email me.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


What a FANTASTIC weekend.  We are finally getting summer!  It was in the 80's to 90's for the past few days. 

Lots and lots of people were up here... members and day trippers.

The band played Sunday afternoon and it was watched by tons of people just sitting around and enjoying themselves.

Royce asked me to post this.  A lot of people might miss this notice.



4 PM at the OUTBACK
"Think Pink Committee is providing the turkeys and Ham"
Please bring a dish to share!

If you bring your own table setting your name will go in for the ECO friendly draw!
Everyone welcome! Hope to see you there!


Lots of people will be attending... I've chatted with a bunch of people today about it.

Note: it is NOT on Sunday as they figured people would have family commitments on Sunday.   Plus it is NOT on the Bare Oaks Calendar or the Social Committee Calendar.  Hey, who's in charge, eh?  (grin).

No rain this past weekend. 

People in the pool and people in the lake.  I hear the pool was 78F... I hear the lake was 61F.  Brrrrr. 

Here is a photo of a turkey I cooked last year ... Mmmmm.  I love turkey... I could eat that whole turkey ... Mmmmm. 

That's it.  Not much to say.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Another great day!!  78F and sunny. 

I've been informed that the potholes are a '4' out of '10'.  The rains did a number on them this week.

In the last blog I advertised some metal shelves ... free to a good home :-)  They are gone.

Also, I saw this notice in Ben's Pharmacy in Mt. Albert.


Do you need a local family Doctor?

Why not call or drop in to see if Dr. Shawn Whatley's new practice might work for you?


Mt. Albert Medical Clinic, 38 Mill Street.

Space is limited.  See you soon!


Propane truck is here... filling everyone up.

I was just sent an article about the Great Blue Heron eating chipmunks.  I gotta say that it better not show up on my lot.... :-D  I prefer chipmunks...

Now what is with all these cats running loose in the park?  I chased away two of them yesterday stalking the chipmunks, birds and rabbits.  Keep your damn pets on your own lot!!!  Read your license of occupation... which I'm sure you ALL signed.

"Pets must be kept under controls (i.e. on their leash) at all times..."

A cat is a pet.  No one wants to see animals killed and their heads left on the lawn... which has happened. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


It's a lovely day.  75F and sunny.  Time to lay out in the sun and get a tan :-)

Or not.

A few things I forgot ...

If anyone wants some FREE metal shelves, let me know. Here is a photo.  They were in my last shed and I'm going to get rid of them this week. They don't fit in my new shed.  Email me or post a message here... I can leave them on your site if you wish. There are two sets, one in the back too that you can barely see. (enlarge the picture).   You will probably have to paint them as they have been outside for a month or so.... and it has rained :-) 

Also, if anyone wants some dogwood bushes, let me know.  I have 5 plants.  I am going to pull them and throw them away.  I have too many and they are taking over my gardens.

If you would rather transplant them in the spring, I can give them to you at that time.

That's it for today.

Wii Bowling tonight at 7pm.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Lots of rain yesterday and last night.  Phew. 

It was sunny most of the day with a high of around 80F... yeah!  It is now 59F.  It dropped like a stone.  The good thing is... the mosquitoes quiet down when it gets COLD.

I checked with the office yesterday and the seasonal water will stay on until late October... UNLESS it gets really cold.  They are playing it by ear.

A lot of the potholes have been fixed!  Lots of gravel was brought into the park and distributed around... the main road to the gate is mostly done.  :-)  However, after the rains last night the main road past Helios ... to the back... is bad once again.  Not much can be done about it...  as they worked on it a LOT this week and... there you go.

People were swimming in the lake yesterday and said it was 57F.  Yikes.  Not REALLY cold but cold enough.  I heard the screams when they first went in.

The winter birds are back, get out your feeders.  If you don't usually feed birds all winter, now is the time to start cutting back on seeds.  A lot of us DO feed them all winter. 

As of a few days ago the humming birds were still here.  I think the HB's that were up north are passing through so keep feeding them for another week... or so.  That said... it is very difficult to feed them as the wasps have taken over the HB feeders.

Don't forget Wii Bowling in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night at 7pm.  It may be upstairs, it may be downstairs.  It seems last week, due to a scheduling conflict, the bowlers were moved upstairs... even though they had booked the downstairs (grin). 

Plus the Hump Day Happy Hour on Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm ... is at James' place this week... which is across (almost) from Rainy and Greg's place.

Well... I was going to post a blurb that Wendy and Kim sent me but ... the event was yesterday (grin).  Sorry about that.  I'm only doing the blog once a week now, probably on Sunday or Monday.

There isn't much going on here. Although a LOT of people were up this past weekend, probably winterizing their trailers.  I only saw a few people laying in the sun. Brrrr.

Frost on the roofs this week.  Some of the hanging plants around the park are frozen. (Thanks Judy for the photos!)

Been doing some gardening... From Judy: "there's a wheelbarrow under here - somewhere!"

The plants were around 8 feet tall... Ooooo.  Next year we will have really nice mulch... or maybe the year after.

 Here is something a lot of you might be interested in... do you have enough money to retire. Yeah yeah, I know it has nothing to do with Bare Oaks but it is a cool utility.
I hope that link works, if not, cut and paste it into a new browser window.

The leaves are starting to turn now. 

No snow yet... :-D

That's it.  I know a lot of you like to read the blog in the winter but there is not much to post about in the winter so I may, or may not, put the blog on hiatus... haven't decided yet.  I did stop the blog in 2012 for a few months in the winter.

3 months until Christmas (ho ho ho).

Monday, September 15, 2014


Well... let's see...

It was a quiet weekend here, not many cars, no one in the lake.  Come on people, it's September... it's not that cold.  :-D

Okay, that said, it is 68F at the moment. The wind is a tad cool but I just saw two nekkid people walking about.  I had my sweater on this morning.

The hydro bills are in.  Now, they still have the red 'pay' stamp on the bottom but it is a new system so you can't pay with Beanstream.  You have to go to the office to pay your bill. 

Time to get ready for winter.  I will check to see when the water is going off (no, don't panic)... it usually stays on until after the Halloween party which is on October 25 this year. HOWEVER, it was snowing in Calgary so... if it gets really cold, they will shut off, and drain,  the water.

The potholes are still bad... someone stopped me whilst I was driving around in the golf cart and said they are a '2'.  They will probably stay that way until the spring.

The green blow up raft is still tied to the stationary raft in the lake.   One of you has to go out and get it before it gets too cold heh heh.

Bird seed is on sale at a lot of places... as is grass seed.  I figure the only way to get rid of the weeds is to overseed the lawns.  I bought 10KG of grass seed... yeah!

Here is some information from Kim and Wendy... in case anyone is interested.  It was a pdf and you can't post those here so I just cut out some of the information.

Ash trees in York Region are dying because of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees.
(Here's a little photo of him at the bottom. Click to enlarge. His name is Ashley.)
Discover how EAB will affect your woodlot. Talk with experts and learn about local forest management resources.

September 22 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lemonville Community Centre13454 McCowan Road Whitchurch-Stouffville

October 6 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mount Albert Lions Community Centre 5057 Mount Albert Road, East Gwillimbury

Note: The same workshop will be given at each location.

For more information and to register, please visit or call 1-877-646-1193.

The trees still have their leaves so it is not THAT cold at night... even though I have my furnace on every night now.

The solar flares caused aurora borealis' (es) (or however you spell it)... these past few nights.  But, we have had cloud cover so you can't see it / them.  Check tonight.

Don't forget Wii Bowling in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night at 7pm.  Plus the Hump Day Happy Hour on Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm ... at Rainy and Greg's place this week.

That's it... go for a walk...

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It is cold here... 52F this morning with a brisk wind.

It is 60F midafternoon.

No snow yet ha ha ha. 

There was Wii bowling on Tuesday night.

Hump day yesterday was a success.  Probably not as cold as today.

Not much going on and no pictures.

No events until the Halloween Dance on October 25.

It says on the dance flyer "All members are welcome to attend". 

I'm going to ASSUME that day visitors have to leave when the office closes so, if day visitors want to attend the dance,  do they have to stay overnight?  What if there is no overnight accommodations?

That said, if you wish to attend the Halloween party, book a room now :-)  Phone the office to see if there are rooms available.

A note from the Bare Bistro (the restaurant at Bare Oaks): "NOTICE: Please note that there will be no regular dinner entree offered on Saturday September 13th and Saturday September 20th due to a conflicting personal commitment.  An extended lunch menu will be offered through until close. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

Hours of Operation for September


FRIDAY                                11:00AM - 7:00PM

SATURDAY                              8:00AM - 11:00AM
                                               12:00PM - 3:00PM
                                                 5:00PM - 7:00PM

SUNDAY                                  8:00AM - 11:00AM
                                              12:00PM - 5:00PM

Wear a coat if sitting outside ;-)

Oh, it has been raining off and on today.  No one has been at the beach... where are the diehard nudists? 

Sunday, September 7, 2014


What a day!!  Sunny, 85F, not humid and SUNNY!

Did I mention sunny and hot?  :-)

Okay I post this every September... if you see any newspapers at the entrance to the Park on Saturday or Sunday PLEASE LEAVE THEM THERE.  I am the only one who orders a Toronto Star (Saturday) and the New York Times (Sunday).  It is not helpful if you deliver them to the office or drive around with them in your car 'forgetting' to take them to the office.  I had to cancel delivery for the summer months as they were 'disappearing'.  It costs $6.40 a week for the papers and I'd like to read them.  Thank you.  Enough ranting ...  

This does not apply to the two people who pick them up and throw them on my driveway right away.  Stop in for a beer as I appreciate that :-)

I checked out the aquafit in the pool just after 2pm (I think) with instructress JUDY.  Excellent.  Lots of people and they were actually working (yak).  I'll think about it after my toe heals (I broke it last weekend)... okay maybe I won't think about it as the pool will probably be cooler mid-October.  Next aquafit is on Tuesday at 1:30pm.

I'm sorry to say we have lost a long time member of the park. Stony's kitty Princess passed away today :-(  So sad.   She was 24 years old and a real cutie. 


Peter is fixing potholes today! 

Thanks Judy for the pictures!!  I'm NOT posting a photo of the Blue Heron as that sucker eats frogs and I like to chase it away.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

We had a really bad storm here on Friday night... check the black clouds.

It rolled in quickly and made a lot of noise... then the power went out at around 7:30pm ?  It came back on about 5:30am... TEN HOURS LATER.  I slept well that night... it was very quiet and Helios was very pretty with all the solar lights...

Phew, lots to post about today.

There is a used trailer for sale in Helios.

A true four seasons park model with lake frontage at Canada’s premier naturist park.
118 Helios Circle - Paul's trailer.

Year round water, sewer & 100 amp electrical services!

Price: $119,900

This fully furnished log sided “le model” is loaded with top of the line features offered by Breckenridge. Fully insulated with vinyl thermal pane windows, front bay window, metal roof, high efficiency furnace, 2 x 4 sidewalls, 2 x 6 floor joists, 5/8” full width plywood flooring with seamless galvanized under belly, 26 oz carpeting & hardwood laminated flooring in kitchen and bathroom.  Custom built bar & entertainment area. huge 12 x 16 insulated add-a-room drywalled and ready to decorate. lower entrance Features an 8 x 8 mudroom with huge storage closet. Double french patio doors lead to a large 800 square foot wrap around deck with extra seating, ideal for outdoor sunning and entertainment.  Also there is an outside shed for tools and gardening supplies, and a double wide driveway, plenty of room for 2 cars and golf cart.  The front yard faces the lake with circular fire pit and moonrays to light up your evenings enjoying the illuminated fountain in the lake. Combined there is over 1400 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space.

This is truly a unique year round vacation home.

Price includes all furnishing, appliances, dishes, linen, flat screen TV, stereo, DVD, satellite dish, patio sets, barbeque and lawn equipment.

Move in ready!!!!!!

Picture is here:

Two other trailers are for sale in Beckett:

2005 38' Wildwood park model
Site 239B
Price: $36,000


1994 25' Jayco fifth wheel
Site 226
Price: $16,500 $11,000 o.b.o.


Now I know I shouldn't have mentioned the music notice that everyone got at Beckett Circle (ha ha) ... as pdf's are not allowed in this blog.  I have been asked by a few people to put the music notice in the blog (or email it) ... ack... so... I had to type it up.  Good thing I'm fast.

Here it is... no graphics. The first part from Steve appeared in this blog on August 28. 


August 29, 2014

Steve posted the following on Facebook:

"There are many many parks in this province that have radio free zones. The sites have space and brush between them to help create the illusion of solitude. Children, teens and pets are expected to remain with parents and to not walk on another's site unless invited. Group campfires are strongly discouraged and are patrolled. Privacy is held as a virtue and it is customary to give a stranger no more than a polite nod. Friendliness is considered annoying and each campsite is expected to be self sufficient. Alcohol is often banned on long weekends. Park activities are minimal and attended by few. It's a place to "get away from it all".

Bare Oaks, on the other hand, is a community. Sites are tight in an effort to make room for just a few more. The park is shared and there is help when you need it. Strangers are recruited, kids and pets are protected and known by name. Families are defined by affection, yet relatives can be represented by three generations, including in-laws! Friendliness is held as a virtue and those that would cause harm are banished. Talent and creativity abound, activities are the best anywhere. No one should need to feel alone. Society can be cruel, and that's why I love to go to Bare Oaks to "get away from it all". I love this park!"

He's right - we are more than a campground; we are a community. But recently, there's been rift forming in the Beckett Circle community with people polarizing into pro-quiet and pro-music camps.

The Member & Visitor Agreement stages: "Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. However, excessive noise that disturbs others is never appropriate". The problem is what is excessive to one person is reasonable to another. As such, it has become impossible to please everyone. We are either viewed as insensitive or as party poopers. So we need your help.

Pro-quiet: Before you complain, please review the points below.
Pro-music: When we inform you of a complaint, please review the points below.

Daytime (7am to 11pm)


Has this been happening for a long time or is it just one or two songs?
Is there a special event/celebration happening?
There are many quiet places around Bare Oaks where you can escape.


Are you playing just for you or the whole campground?
Remember that your style is not everyone style. Not everyone likes Rock/Country/Classical/Opera and wants to hear it all the time.
Some people enjoy the sounds of nature.

Nighttime (11pm to 7am)


Are you talking with a normal voice? Could you whisper?
Are you playing music that can be heard beyond your campsite?
Remember that tent & trailer walls are thin.
The Outback firepit was setup for late night music and socializing. Can you go there? But even there, sound levels must be reasonable.


Is there a special event/celebration happening?
Note that perfect silence is impossible.


If it is too noisy, the great first step would be talk to them. Remember they are not doing it to annoy you. They probably don't know you can hear them. So don't be angry.

After the office is closed, there is no staff member available to help. However, if you have concerns, please report it to the office the next day we will be happy to try and mediate a solution. Next year, we plan on having a staff member on duty overnight on the weekends. But I doubt that will solve the problems. We will still need everyone to be reasonable and try to work things out amicably.


What do you mean ... not everyone likes Opera?  EH?  That can't be right :-)

So... it's still sunny out ...