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(Google Doodle New Year's Eve 2012)
What a Wonderful World.... 2 minutes of your time
The Story of Little Black Sambo is a
children's book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first
published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of
small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children.
Early January winds bring out the kite-boarders ... while Brandy shakes of the Old Year to make room for the New !
January turned into a month of extremes... record mild temperatures during the first half with most of the snow melting away & periods of rain keeping snowmobile trails closed and the lakes unsafe for anything heavier than foot traffic.
By the third week we flipped to record cold, with the bitter cold lasting a full week, preceded by a major snowfall. This allowed some of the trails to open and ice fishing to proceed, in spite of a new and reduced limit for Walleye
North Bay is blessed with so much commercial construction and development going on from which Torbay continues to benefit with corporate clients filling the void caused by reduced ice-fishing and snowmobiling activity.
Our latest partners braving the January cold are :
The flippin' weather did not stop there... during
the last week of January we endured a second 'January Thaw',
Ice Shacks at Sunrise ... the fishing has been the Best in Years !
Sunset 08 February
Finally the YoYo weather stabilized and all the trails opened,
Here the Westin Group who sledded in from Pettawawa
The Ferringer Group out of Pennsylvania had
The NBSSR activities had perfect conditions Feb 9/10 ... next one Mar 2/3
The Haisers back for another week...
Lake traffic after sunset 'returning home'
(snowmobiles and cars/trucks)
Interspersed with weekend snowmobilers and
ice-fishers, Torbay has become home to two families - victims of house
fires in town...
Seen in passing, typical Canadians going to the Beer Store eh?
Nice to see some new(er) sleds around
... come a long way in 30 years and many look (and perform) like exotic cars
Late - day return off the ice (from fishing) ...
conditions and catches
Ice Fishing is over as of the 15th of March and now the shacks are lining up along the shore. All shacks have to be off-ice by end of the month...
... although it sure looks and feels like Winter is hanging on well past the beginning of Spring on our calendar
Sunset April 20 Our Lake level is very high
Ice @ Sunset Park April 22
... and then it happened.. the wind shifted and with the high water allowed the ice to move close to shore and it simply and annoyingly destroyed the dock!
Nice to see the birds back... well, some of them...
Here it was, 8.30 in the eve of April 24 ... me
scrambling to get
Egon Theodore Landsberg 09 Feb 1917 - 30 Apr 2013
I have not updated here much in March & April as my father's health deteriorated rapidly as there were many visits to doctors and specialists with various efforts to control increasing pain. Dad knew that without chemo and radiation (he felt his quality of life was more important - and rightfully so) his days would be numbered, and so the cancer discovered last year (when he was 95), along with the stroke last July, together took their toll early in the morning of April 30th.
My father lived a long and rich life full of wanderlust, adventure and intrigue, caring, generosity and love. He was gifted with intelligence and talent, sharing all his attributes willingly and freely to everyone who traversed his path. A good listener, he spoke his mind and expressed a distaste for incompetence. Egon was a student of Man, or perhaps more precisely the 'Mensch' in Mankind.
The last two years Dad spent 'living' and entertaining on a cruise ship (MSC Poesia), feeling that he was not to spend his time in a 'home - waiting for God', Thus he went traveling - from Greece and Italy to Iceland and Norway, the southern Carribean to Quebec all the while playing the white Grand Piano in the Atrium of the ship. While he spoke five languages, he was a master at scrabble for some 40 years, seldom missing an opportunity to trounce his opponent even with English not being his mother tongue.
Egon also maintained a blog on his website and had many thousands of fans on Cruise Critic. Within the hundreds of contacts of Family, Friends, and Acquaintances in my father's email groups (where they received his reports directly), many were touched by his travels in later years, while some graced his life for 60 years and more. Some of 'his-story' is found on his website at the link below, a site rather incomplete but with sufficient representation of his last sixty years or so. Egon lived his last months near me in a retirement village here in North Bay.
photo Hans Kern
Dad's wishes were simple, the lowest cost cremation possible, no memorial service, no fuss, and scatter his ashes, together with those of his third wife, Heidy (2006), over the Lake at Osoyoos in British Columbia where they enjoyed living for over 30 years.
I will miss you Dad, may your music and our memories console us. Love ~
Dock rebuild coming along in June
Sunset June 6
Storm June 16
Bob Morrow's group was a super time for a short weekend...
Scott Hamel and Family enjoying some early heat on the beach
July First (sailboat regatta in background)
Leversedge extended Family enjoying first day & night
Peter Lourenco Family July 8 Josh Speagle with daughter Landon
Albino Mallard and lots of baby ducks around early July
2nd week of July we entered into a
Heat Wave ... temps moved into the 30's for a full week and the lake
soared to match!
The Jutras family - mid July
Evening Storm of July 17th Sunset July 21st
July and August both saw an increase in
corporate/business clients so Torbay was very busy overall
The Seles and Gregor families both returned for an extended stay ... along with the Doucette family too... ... mid July
Good times for the Leach family ... ... and also the Fournier family ... early August
The Pedwell Family came back to North Bay to visit Family & Friends ... and the ducklings on the Beach...
Sunset August 9th The Leef family also returned for a quieter rest & relaxation
Pettigrew/McLeod family returned for another year of Family and Beach Fun ... several windy days brought out many of the kite boarders
Sandra Coyle group - mid Aug. ... more treats??? (Brandy is a little mooch-pooch)
Sunset 16 August Chris & Dan Ross having a fabulous week here
Near the BBQ area.... by Cottage # 3
Extended Family of Smith s assembling for group photo...
the corporate group of Bombardier employees relaxing Goodwin Family enjoying Beach & Treats
Joyce & Steve (moi) w. Brandy ... first (and likely last) dinner on the
dock for 2013 - September 1st
Sunsets continue 'special' from our vantage point ... below is Sep 23
Lynne Harris & Family @ beautiful mid October
Fall was fabulous and Torbay's extended-stay guests enjoyed our super weather for much of October and even November
Robert & Lise Mueller
Srinath Guaranath from India
October 12 - last canoe ride...
Some new Corporate Clients ...
And new signage ...
And Fall turns colder - shore ice forming by November 23
We wish for You and Yours a
Merry Christmas & a Wonderful 2014
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