Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday

Well... it is June 30th and it is 62F outside.   It was around 70 this morning but then it rained... and is still raining... a lot.

It rained for quite a bit of the volleyball weekend (this past weekend) but I hear the Bare Bistro was busy. Probably because they have REAL BEER there now :-) Just sayin'.   Canadian, Coors Light... I forget the other brands.  We wandered over for lunch one day. 

Another trailer for sale in the seasonal area:  2004 Custom Cedar Creek 5th Wheel. Site 255. Price: $34,500.

For the complete description go here:  http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/trailer-sales/used-trailers-for-sale.html

The road was scraped again yesterday to decrease the size of the potholes.  I think a DR Grader would work a LOT better (http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/power-graders/). 

We have one at the cottage for the 1 km + road.  It gets a lot of traffic and only takes 15 - 30 minutes to grade the whole road... and a few beer.  :-)

I'm glad they decided to do it on Monday. Usually it is done on the weekend and I've heard that the day visitors (especially the ones at the beach) are not happy with the heavy construction equipment on the weekends.  However, that may be the only time the roads can be done or the holes can be filled. You can hear the Kubota in every part of the park.

The fireworks display that was supposed to happen on Saturday has been moved to family weekend on July 18th.  Too bad for all the people who contributed who won't be here that weekend but... you can't predict the weather.

The Bare Oaks calendar is on the event page now, you don't have to click another link or try to find the event page.

If you want to see what is going on this month... go here: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/events.html

Not many people here today... brrrrrr.  I haven't seen anyone in the lake in a few days.  Perhaps it is necessary to CRACK THE ICE before going in the lake ... (okay sarcasm but this summer is like last summer... cold.)

Here's fun fact... or two.

I've been keeping track of the temperature and whether it rains or not... during June.

Rain - 14 days out of 30.
Cloudy (no sun / no rain) - 3
Sun (or partial clouds / no rain) -12
I missed a day.

Low temperature on June 6 - 44F
High temperature on June 18 - 87F

Now, it may have gotten sunny after the rain but usually it was cloudy and rainy all day.

Stay tuned for July.

I did a bit of gardening at the Outback gardens today... and then it rained.  I tried to brave through it and gave up... as did Kim who was working on the other side of the lake.

We need a drought :-)  I've done the Outback gardens SIX TIMES and it still looks like they have never been weeded.  Blah.  Oh well... enjoy the 'English gardens'. 

Hump day

Wed, July 1, 4pm – 6pm
Site 233 ( Dot and Dean )

The middle of the work week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not come join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and some munchies. It will be hosted at a different site each week. Please bring chairs to site on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.
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Okay, someone asked me weeks ago what sort of  'animal/bird' makes one high pitched whistle/cry ... every now and then... all night.  Multiple nights.
 
I suggested an owl. Here are the owl sounds... it is not an owl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezaBqCf0hv0
 
I've been trying to find the answer and it is not a frog.  There are not many birds out at night but there is the whip-poor-will.   This is their call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sukE9pGayRc
 
I think it is probably something trying to mate... like a raccoon or... fox or ...coyote.  Don't ... go... outside :-)
 
Now for the education part:
 
Bird calls... test yourself on the sounds... very cool.
 
 
Well... that took 10 minutes and I got about half of them...  I'm better with frog calls.  There are only about 10 frog calls in Ontario.
 
I'm going to have to get my ski jacket out again...
 
That's it... take your dog for a walk...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday

No photos today...

Volleyball weekend this weekend.

It is currently 62F and raining.  Brrr.  My furnace just came on.  I had the air conditioning on two days ago.  What the heck is going on?

Now the interesting news is... 'they' were RIGHT about the bad weather this weekend. WOW for once WOW.  Okay I'm amazed.

Speaking of WOW... if you like wings... there is a good place in Mt. Albert.   Wow Wings... on Centre Street, a couple down from the pharmacy / dentist office.  LOTS of selection. They have beer too.  Here's the menu: http://www.wowwinghouse.com/menu.html .   I am SO helpful. Okay, now I'm hungry.

I heard people in the lake having fun at around 2am.  :-D  That's nice to see and hear. 

You can make noise until 4am at the Outback.  According to a survey I did of most of the people who live along the lakefront... they don't care if there is noise until 4am.  Most people have their bedrooms on the road side anyways (not the lake side).

There are a lot of used trailers for sale in the seasonal area.  I'd list them but you can read about them here:

http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/trailer-sales/used-trailers-for-sale.html

Actually there are a few that aren't listed. At least one has changed hands without being listed. You have to be fast :-)

Here is some information on the BOP's... or  Bare Oaks Players.

Sign up for email updates blog here: http://www.bop.bareoaks.ca/

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The BOP's are stepping up to the plate with 5 live theatre productions being prepared for this summer season.  Thank you to all the volunteers thus far.

Two Poetry events have already taken place.

Don’t miss out of our next 2 Poetry and “P” food events.

Mark your calendar now. This year, we are providing a lunch special to augment your experience.

WHEN:       Sunday July 19th, 2015 @ NOON and Sunday August 30th, 2015 @ NOON
WHERE:      Front Lawn
“P” FOOD:   $5/person
POETRY:     FREE

Our complete playbill for this summer is now ready and ticket sales will start shortly.

Our first production Tiffany and The Genie” written by Jeffrey Fiske, inspired by “The Fisherman and The Genie”. From Tales of 1001 Arabian nights.

WHEN:       Friday July 17th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 11:00am
            Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 4:00pm

WHERE:      The Outback
FREE ADMISSION

Playbill One:

“As night to the Day” by Dan Ebbs : Forty-year-old Michael returns home to help his mother who is struggling with memory loss. Over the course of a morning, Michael sees her through the eyes of another and learns that there's a side to her he didn't know. 

“The Death of Me” by Norm Foster : John dies unexpectedly, only to discover that his bucket list in life is a rolodex of missed opportunities. Perhaps he can get a second chance?  This theatrical gem of a comedy is written by Canada's most prolific and produced playwrights.

Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca

WHEN:       Saturday July 25th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 1st, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm

           Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)

WHERE:      The Outback
TICKETS:    $10/person

Playbill Two:

“10,000 Cigarettes” written by Alex Broun : How many cigarettes is enough - 1, 2, 3 . . . 10,000? Four sisters face big questions in this fast paced, imaginative, funny and moving play.

“Upton Manor” written by Dave Amor : English aristocrats find themselves suddenly penniless and facing eviction from their ancestral home. Enter a Canadian entrepreneur who gives them hope.

Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca

WHEN:       Saturday August 22nd, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Saturday August 29th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
            Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 7:30pm

           Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)

WHERE:      The Outback
TICKETS:    $10/person

If you want to reserve for both Playbill One and Playbill Two, you can.

TICKETS FOR THE SEASON:       $17.50/person
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La la la... still raining. 
 
The Toronto Pride Parade takes place tomorrow (Sunday) starting at 2pm in downtown Toronto.  I'm mentioning this because a bunch of people from the Park will be in the parade.
 
I haven't seen a lot of people here this past week... the kids were still in school though. 
 
That's it ... if you go for a walk, wear a ski jacket :-D
 
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday

Phew ... what a week!!

The weather called for thunderstorms and rain all day yesterday...  well... we didn't get any rain and it was a beautiful sunny day.  So for those of you who didn't come to the park and actually listened to the weather guys... who are always wrong... tough luck. Neener neener.

The following 3 photos are from Judy with her comments in " ...".





" This little fellow went into the squirrel trap, tripped it, gobbled PB and seeds, then squeezed between the wires, crossed the deck and cleaned off the stick JL had used to stir the trap mixture!! Saucy fellow!!"




" The bird is a baby woodpecker. Earlier I was trimming the evergreen and it flew from the feeders through the branches above me - its feathers JUST tickled my back. It landed just to the right of me then flew off."




There are a LOT of baby woodpeckers this year.  The parents are exhausted, going between them as the babies have NO clue on how to eat from the peanut feeders.  Judy and I have suet feeders out for them as it is easier and they need the energy food.

It's been hot this week with very little rain.

Volley tournament next weekend so it will be busy.  Fireworks on Saturday night.

The potholes have been filled with gravel so it is a much smoother ride. 

The front parking lot has new signs.  When you drive in, most of the parking spot on the RIGHT is now reserved for RV's arriving in the park. You cannot park on most of that side.  I think there are still a few spaces that aren't between the no parking arrows.

Cars are now parked on the LEFT (as you enter the park).  The area has been widened.

There are also signs when you enter the park (I really should have photos) that say 'video surveillance'.  That does NOT mean the park has VS, only the entrance.  There is a new entrance area... keep right when you pass the concrete slab. 

Now for some flashbacks... these photos are from Doug who has been coming to the park for a very very long time :-D  The photos were taken in 1980... whoa. THIRTY FIVE years ago.  I started coming to the park in 1996, almost 20 years...

Helios Circle.




Center of Beckett.


Doug's trailer in 1981. His trailer was at the back closer to where St├ęphane has his trailer now.





Jarvis pond... near the Outback.  Back in 1980, people swam in the front pond (near the Clubhouse) as it was warmer than Jarvis pond.  However people did swim in this pond too. (I swam in this pond in 1996 as it had a flow through from the creek.  The flow through/culvert is blocked now.) 


The Outback in 1980... wow...



Helios.  Nice barrel... whatever it is.  That is a shed on the right.  I remember a shed on the path towards the Outback... right were Wendy and Kim have their trailer now. It looks like a concrete pad in front of the barrel. Hmmmm...



THANKS DOUG for the photos!!!  I've got a few from 1996 but... their location is a mystery.

Cloudy today. 

The turtle loves the new berm.   It tried to plant it's eggs in one of them but gave up.  Not sure why it gave up as it is the perfect place.  The turtle moved on... and succeeded in planting it's eggs in the garden beside the Outback. In fact there are FOUR turtle holes in that garden.  I covered the holes so hopefully we will hatch some turtles in the fall.

Now for the educational part:

SNAPPING TURTLES.  (Stolen from this website: http://www.ontarionature.org/protect/species/reptiles_and_amphibians/snapping_turtle.php  Thanks to the website ... where you can read more.)

In Ontario, females do not begin to breed until they are 17 to 19 years old. They dig a nest in late May or June in an open area, usually one with loose, sandy soil. The nest site is often the side of a road, an embankment or a shoreline, but the females will use almost any area they can excavate. A single clutch usually consists of between 40 and 50 eggs, which hatch in the fall. Hatchlings are two to three centimetres in length. The incubation temperature of the eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings.

Snapping turtles only occasionally emerge from the water to bask. Despite their highly aquatic nature, they do not swim particularly well and are often observed simply walking on the bottom.

They are omnivorous and feed on various aquatic plants and invertebrates, as well as fish, frogs, snakes, small turtles, aquatic birds and relatively fresh carrion. Approximately 90 percent of their diet consists of dead animal and plant matter, and this species plays an important role in keeping lakes and wetlands clean.

Adult snapping turtles have few natural enemies, but both hibernating and young adults are occasionally victims of opportunistic predation by otters and mink. Raccoons, foxes, skunks and opossums often eat snapping turtle eggs.

Unlike most other Ontario turtles, the snapping turtle has a very small plastron and cannot withdraw into its shell for protection when threatened. Therefore, on land this turtle’s only defence from predators is to snap repeatedly and scare them away. In water the snapping turtle rarely snaps at people or other potential threats and will simply swim away if threatened.

The snapping turtle is currently listed as Special Concern under the Ontario Endangered Species Act, 2007 and Special Concern under the federal Species at Risk Act. The species has also been designated as a Specially Protected Reptile under the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. These acts offer protection to individuals and their habitat. The habitat of this species is further protected in Ontario by the Provincial Policy Statement under the Planning Act. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has not assessed the global status of the snapping turtle. The species’ status was confirmed in January 2010. 

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Not many people in the lake these days. 

Check out the restaurant ... lots to eat there and extended hours. 

http://www.barebistro.ca/

Oooo, new menu!   I just signed up for the newsletter. 

Time to cut your lawn...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday

Phew... it has been raining ALL DAY.  I'm tired of the rain.  I need to paint outside. Tell it to stop.

Anyways... the gardens are growing so much, it is very difficult to keep up. My Cup plants are 5 feet high already.  This is craziness.

The photos are from Judy... thanks!!  Click any photo to enlarge.

" Geese - taken yesterday - thought an adult had become dinner due to flight feathers seen earlier on the beach and elsewhere but it wasn't one of these"





(They'll be gone soon... just pick up the poop.)


"Twigs of willow taken from in front of Sandy's - might have been floating in the lake for 1 - 4 weeks from the look of the roots"
 
 
(Those suckers will re-grow anywhere.)

"Toad - on the other side of the lake"



(Oooo what a cutie.  I have one in my garden too.)

"Beach - Kim & Wendy have removed bullrushes and common reed to increase beachfront"



(It is a lot better now.)


"Hummer taking a lunch break"
 
 

The lily is in bloom !!  That reflector looks stupid but... it has protected the lily pads ... so far... if people don't mow them down with canoes and kayaks. If I see you near it, I'll yell at you :-)  I've done that already this week.   We had FOUR and now only have one.  They are very expensive to buy.  If you feel like buying one, I'd be happy to plant it in the lake for you.
 


 
 
"Irises at lake edge"
 
 
(Pretty... pretty.)
 
Did I mention the water was back on?  Ha ha ha.  The outage only lasted for around 27 hours. 
 
Did I mention it has been raining all day?  :-)  I haven't turned my furnace off yet.  I've had my air on twice.  Blah.  This summer's weather sucks so far.
 
There were people up today despite the weather.  That is because 'they' said it would be a nice weekend.  'They' lied again. I don't listen to 'they' anyways (grin).
 
On an unrelated note... if anyone is looking for a physiotherapist... there is a really good one in Mt. Albert.
 
I was out and about today and I didn't run into any mosquitos.   I find that odd.
 
I think there are still some plots available in the square foot gardens.  They are FREE to use, check with the office.
 
It is 65F at the moment.  I did see some people in the lake today.  Brrrr.  Lunatics. :-)
 
Yesterday it was a lot warmer... around 85F and there were quite a few people in the lake.
 
If you like to walk around the park barefoot... watch out for the clover.  The bumble bees love to hang off the clover and you do not want to be stung by one of those suckers. There are a lot of bumble bees here this year. 
 
Here is a fun fact: "Bumblebees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Colonies are smaller than those of honeybees, growing to as few as 50 individuals in a nest. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals. "
 
Okay... 'generally'?  What does that mean?  If you step on one, will it say... 'oh a human, can't sting that'.  Nope, I'm going for the annoyed bug and stinging repeatedly thing.
 
But I'm only speculating.
 
The potholes are bad again... due to all the rain... and rain... and rain.
 
I almost made it to breakfast at the Bare Bistro this weekend.  The eggs benedict looked really really good.  Not a calorie there :-)
 
Oh wait, I have a picture of them. Oooo, ahhhhh. (I stole this photo from Facebook).
 
 
Perhaps tomorrow will be warmer... :-D
 
 


Monday, June 8, 2015

No Water

Well... the water went off last night (Sunday) at around 7pm.

It was off all night.  The pump was replaced today.  The new pump kept losing its prime today.

So, as of 10pm tonight (Monday) we still don't have water.

The cistern in the seasonal area was full today but when that water runs out... the seasonal area will not have water either.

Not sure when it will be fixed. The notice that was sent around tonight said: "We are still working at fixing it but we may not be able to and will have to acquire another replacement pump tomorrow."

If you are coming to the park... phone first to see if the water system is up and running.

The restaurant was open and the pool was open but... how do you use the pool without taking a shower first?  or the hot tub?

Tonight the water came out of the tap... black... and then turned brown and s l o w l y stopped after a few minutes.

On a brighter note... it rained most of the morning and was a nice day today.  The sun came out at times. 

Due to the rain, the mosquitoes are still HUGE and there are a lot of them.

There are still some plots available in the square foot gardens... as in... some of the plots don't have names on them and no plants in them.  They may belong to someone so if you want one, check with the office. They have a 'list' of who has which plots.  (Is that grammatically correct?  ah who cares, it is late.)

Not much else to report...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saturday

Well... it's Saturday and it is HOT... 85F and sunny at the moment. 

It is still a tad chilly every night... down to 46F a few nights ago and last night it was 56F.

During the days it is sunny!  ... with a chilly breeze so... stay in the sun.

The area around the Quonset hut has been cleaned up and it is looking a lot better.

Lots of people in the seasonal area yesterday.  Plus there are "new" people wandering around the park which is nice to see.

The deer flies are out and are very annoying.  Mosquitoes are still HUGE.

Note from the official Bare Oaks Blog (http://www.bareoaks.ca)

"We are very pleased to announce that Kevin Linkie is now the independent operator of the Bare Bistro at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Kevin has been a regular for many years. He is very excited about combining his enthusiasm for the park with his passion for food. Not only does Kevin have a friendly and engaging personality but he is also a professional chef with years of foodservice experience. He has many ideas and has already implemented a few of them. But it will take some time for him to catch up with all facets of the business he has taken over.

Of course, this means that after more than 5 years of dedication to the Bare Bistro, Liz has decided to try something new. Being an entrepreneur can be rewarding but it can also be very challenging; particularly when running a restaurant that is mostly seasonal. We wish her all the best with her next venture.

Until the fall, the Bare Bistro is open for lunch and dinner every day. It is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. For complete details, visit the Bare Bistro's website: www.BareBistro.ca or contact Kevin by email: info@BareBistro.ca. "


We were there for lunch yesterday... the toasted western sandwich is very good... however, the beer is very expensive :-)  A normal beer like Canadian, Blue, etc... would be nice.  Not into that imported stuff.  (I was going to say 'crap' but I suppose that would be a tad rude... or not ;-))  (I suppose I should be less opinionated... or not ;-) )

Anyhow... I haven't seen many people walking around today... hey people, it is the absolute BEST day we have had this year!!

Saw someone on the raft today...

If you are out in the lake paddling around in canoe or other watercraft... please stay at least 10 feet away from the lily pads on the west shore.  We have been trying to grow them for FIVE YEARS and they are finally growing!! There is even a driveway reflector on a post in front of them. I had to tell a staff member TWICE to paddle wide... I tell ya once should have been enough...  and I was very polite... the first time (snort).

Not much going on... I think I will go for a walk and check out the poolllll... maybe try another brand of (so called) beer ... ha ha.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday

Well... it was 46F when the day started.

It is 70F now, with a bit of a cool wind and a cloudy day.  Not many people are here... even though it is a beautiful day.  Come on people ... it is JUNE.

From Judy: " Here's a picture of the mink as it came out from under our deck (where it had hidden when it saw me) this morning."


He's cute.  I don't like him, he eats frogs. 

There is a lot of wildlife in and around the lake. 

The fountain is now running on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The aerator is running 24 hours, every day, except from around 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  Quiet hour(s).

The driveway guys are back dumping dirt on the roads in big piles.  Those dirt piles are going to stay where they are placed... so you have to drive around them.  It is very difficult to drive around the one beside the volleyball court as a lot of people park beside it.  Go slowly and have fun with the wide trailers :-D

They are also widening the parking area and putting down some gravel.

There are a few trailers for sale in the park.  Go to the BareOaks.ca website and check the sales if you are interested in a trailer (WITH site).

Mosquitoes are BAD.  No black flies but the deer and horse flies are here.

Kevin (a former member who left a few years ago) is BACK and is now running the Bare Bistro. 

There are no 'events' scheduled for the coming weekend except: volleyball, yoga (you have to pay), aquafit (you don't have to pay).  Check the bareoaks.ca calendar for more information.

If you get the official Bare Oaks Blog (accessed through the front page of the Bare Oaks website)... there is a survey to fill out: 

Bare Oaks Blog - WIFI Internet at Bare Oaks – Survey

If you don't get the blog, fill it out, if you are  interested in WIFI at the Park.  You can be anonymous... or not.

The plants have gone crazy and they are huge in all the gardens... weeding is fun and slow.  The Outback gardens are FULL of flowers and flowering weeds.  It is supposed to look 'busy'... it is an English Garden.  Please don't weed it... but if you notice it is dry... feel free to water it :-)

If you want me to post something here, email me the details.   

Well... that's it.  Not much happening...