Updated as the days / weeks go by...
And the New year has arrived in style... sans Cottage # 1...
Brandy's style, break-dancing on the lake...
Brandy and I spend much time on the bush trails near Torbay
A relatively slow start to the winter season brought
a couple of groups
Beardmore group, the first snowmobilers of the season had perfect conditions after a fresh snowfall ...
Catching the sunset, 29th January is the Cooper clan near the end of January
Sunset Point in b&w
The Hopkins Party ... and it was indeed...
Part of the Manthel group during the thaw Feb 16-18
We went from thaw to snow ... and from quiet to busy...
... and the trails were fabulous ... but only for a few days at a time...
... and then from busy to quiet as the rain returned...
Some Guests were luckier with the weather than others !!!
Sunset 19th Feb
After the wetness... which seemed to be most weekends
Middle of March already and the season is over as
Sunset March 14th
Mid March it came time to remove some trees. I did this with a very heavy heart, however the large Maple by # 3 was lifting the foundation of the cottage the last few years and it was only a matter of time before it would cause serious damage to both the footings and the entry-way.
And the big Ash by # 5 also had to be taken down because the root system had been compromised due to the digging on two sides for the waterline and the underground hydro. Not only would there be significant die-back on the branches, but also the tree was at risk of being blown over onto the cottage by a strong off-lake wind storm. This Ash also had a huge hole in it's center further compromising it's integrity. It looks Very different around here now!
The good news is that the wood goes to a local mill where the usable parts will become floorboards and counter-tops etc while the balance becomes firewood in trade.
And of course the sunsets continue to amaze...
Brandy and I continue our walks in the bush every
Sunset April 24
Through April and May business was also brisk with Cloture3Saison and Daviault here taking several cottages while they worked on completion of the fencing for North Bay's new Sportsfield just down Lakesore Drive.
Torbay provides a niche market during the off-season for a whole variety of families and workers requiring a 'home away from home', especially suitable for extended periods where eating out every day is not only expensive but also unhealthy for the most part.
Brandy is happiest chasing the bunnies and deer on our daily bush walks...
I hired professionals to move the Blue Spruce from the front of the
Way too many great sunsets... this one April 29
In May new decks were installed for Cottage 3, 4 & 5 ...
May 14 2011
Fiddleheads by # 7
Trillium on one of the Brandy walks...
Terrol & I, with Sadie and Brandy make many walks in the bush and trails etc... here are some of the wildflowers...
Sadie.... and Brandy off in the distance
Rene Morin from Montreal (Cloture3Saison) returned for
final inspections to the work performed on our new Sportsfield.
Later in May the work began on twinning the driveways, eventually to be separated by a row of Cedar trees (hedge) to deliniate the new property line. Here my friend Kent is saving me much backbreaking...
Wet Brandy thinking about the ducks... again !
Early June this huge silkworm moth was at Cottage 5's front step.
Sunsets continued to be wild... this June 8th
Mark Martin from Otis elevator enjoying a late evening angling for the pike
First week of June I hired a crew to dig the trench and fill this with soil to be the new home for the Cedar tree property line. Since Torbay is ALL sand, we dug a trench 2ft deep and 1.5ft wide and removed all the sand and filled this with topsoil.
Then some bone meal followed by the planting of 190 fresh high-plains Cedars that came from the highlands near Peterborough.
Mid June Bday Party for Moe McGuinty
Prepping the area for the motorhome and shed ...
Middle of June ducklings
... and the loons ... not to be left out...
Witch's broom on the trails ...
Late June the Shad flies returned, as did Al Hoffman from BC (below)
As we head into summer... many guests returning for another year, some have been coming to Torbay since the early 1990's !
The Downard Families returned this year, here a game of Lacrosse on the beach early July
July 3rd Passion flowers near the bbq area ...
Spectacular, no? hard to outdoo Nipissing Sunsets imo
The Beachamp Family mid July
8th of July
The Seles and Gregor Families return...
The Family of Phil & Nicky Doucette
Chief Commanda II
The only sandcastle that was built this summer ! & I dunno who dunnit!
Frank & Adam Gregor braisin' up 'dem ribs
The Forget clan tailgating...
THE HEAT OF JULY 21 !!! 36.4 C in the shade by the Office...
Kim McCabe & Bandit waiting for another sunset
Monarch @ cottage 5 Sunset July 24
Brandy's friend Michael (Mikey) ... Joyce's daughter's puppy.... Joyce stayed in the Motorhome for the summer...
Clematis @ Cottage 5
Threatening Clouds and Weather with the storm that came through July 29th
On the trails... Indian Pipe
... Spotted Dick ... ... that storm of July 29th ...
Hannah family stopped for a visit, having a terrible time of it too...
The Bernier Group enjoying super summer weather
Barb & Randy Brokloff (neighbours Tammy & Darryl in the background)
... the PaddlebreakerboyZ ... thanks for the Canadian Eh?
The M&M girls, Maureen and Marlene Howard Joyce Boetger & her 94 year old Mom (who loves the beach....)
The Lazy Dayz of Summer zzzz
Paddling with Joyce & Brandy
Alex & Marco enjoying the company of Rayne & Brynn ... while Randy & Barb are chillin' at Sunset
Sunset Point down the beach
The 4th of August
The Younis Girlzzzzz below
& the whole family out for a swim... ...with a couple of rainy and cool days possibly not the nicest week of this summer...
Garden @ Cottage # 6
On the trails...
Since fires are not permitted in the City, this one was snuck down the beach...
The Chadwicks on the dock
Gerry & Janet Coulter with friends and former owners Terrol & Martin Newland
Photo time at dusk for Lauren & Mathew Chadwick
Turning out for the super sunset August 14th
Rocky up the neighbour's tree...
Marie Beaupre & Erick Verhelst here for another week
Mandeville by Cottage 2
As August progressed Brian and Monica Sheldrake came by for another week
Delta came back to soak up the Heat!
Hordur and Chritiane visited from France
Blue Heron leaving the dock area Aug 28th
New flower gardens at Cottage 4 and 5 (thanks Terrol ! )
The Van-Lith's and the Zinner clan
Some of the flowers of Torbay... Passion Flower by the BBQ's
Dartura pods forming
... The End of Summer
Summer sort of ended after a busy Labour Day weekend, activity with guests slowed though September and October. The sunsets remained fabulous and the weather superb.
While working on some detailing at Torbay, much time was also spent on the trails with Terrol and Joyce, Sadie and Mikey and of course Brandy.
Here are some trail photos and sunsets...
Hummingbird by the bbq area
Sunset September 8th
Terrol & Joyce with Sadie and Mikey ... Brandy is out there ... somewhere !
Part of the Trans Canada Trail Network
The fabulous fall weather continued through our Thanksgiving end of first week of October, and in fact we went swimming on Thanksgiving Monday it was such a beautiful and warm day.... the water was just a tad on the cool side lol
On the local trails near the Marina
On the Duchesnay Falls trails early October
At Sunset Point...
It was so warm leading through Thanksgiving weekend
that the bees came out again,
Mid October I picked up my father (Egon) in Quebec City (he is 94 !) plucking him from his year-long Odyssey aboard the MSC Poesia. He had been 'cruising' for a whole year! and I was able to spend the last night on board with him.
You can follow his escapades on
his website .
Once November hit things got busier in the Guest department, and somewhat surprisingly there were quite a few days when we had no vacancy. Clients comprised families renovating their homes, local temporary work assignments, studies & education, and so on. Some guests were local, others from Iceland, France, Greenland and Quebec, BC, Alberta and of course various parts of Ontario.
I was also busy finalizing some more items dealing with the severance of the property, among them the widening (again) of the driveway to accommodate the needed extra access and also the relocation of the telephone pole that was now in the middle of the drive for the 585 Banner side. There were also site plan finalizations for the City to be completed and submitted before mid November.
First serious snow ... November 30
busy times continued to mid December before a short break
Now, here we are a day before Christmas and there is no snow!
Very unusual for North Bay to have a Green Christmas!
Sunset Dec 23rd
...our Christmas Tree ... and the Christmas Cactus blooming once again...
We have many Guests for the Holidays and Torbay
We are supposed to get a few cm of snow on the
eve of Christmas
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