Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast

Minden, Ontario, Canada

Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

enjoyed playing the player piano and singing “under the boardwalk”

Filed under: Guest Testimonials,Sights, Sounds and Observations!,Woodrush Fallasview Suite Guest Messages — Sally at 10:19 pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

We needed a break from the hustle and bustle of life in general and found it here at Sunny Rock B & B. Love the scenic surroundings and the cozy, comfortable room as well as the ambiance on the main floor lounge area with all the comfy chairs, couches and many windows to look out on the outdoors. Great food, accommodating hosts, lively conversations and many a book to provide restful entertainment. Thank you for our tour of Pine Studio and enjoyed playing the player piano and singing “under the boardwalk” & “lean on me” with Sally. What fun!
To top it all off we saw two beavers and the majestic Blue Heron. Fascinating!
Look forward to coming back in July!
Linda & Gates
Timmins, ON

Love Tunes by Sheri Hawkins

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock — Sally at 11:40 pm on Sunday, April 16, 2006

Sheri Hawkins is an incredibly talented vocalist who lives in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario and has recently produced a CD – Love’s Sad Stories.

This production has tunes such as “My Funny Valentine” and “Blue Skies” and puts a Jazz and Blues smile on your face.

It’s the 40’s to the 60’s timeframe – Imagine yourself in a piano bar with an atmosphere of relaxation and romance.

If you would like to learn more about Sheri Hawkins and order her latedst CD Love’s Sad Stories go to

The Value of Life

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 6:26 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Food for thought…how rich we could really be!

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried over no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent of course!

Well, you do have such a bank, and its called “time”. Each morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it rules off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purposes. It carries over no balances. It allows no overdrafts. If you fail to use the days deposits, the loss is YOURS.

Author unknown.

Which Way is North? Use your watch to find out.

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 1:28 pm on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

If it is a sunny day, and you have a watch that is reasonably on time, you can locate directions by following these steps:

Hold your watch with the flat surface parallel to the ground. Keeping it parallel to the ground, rotate it until the hour hand points in the general direction of the Sun.

In the morning, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and twelve o’clock, measuring clockwise.

In the afternoon, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and twelve o’clock measuring counter clockwise.

North, of course, will be on the same line, in the opposite direction. This method isn’t entirely accurate, but if you are wondering which way to turn at a highway crossroads, foe example, it may serve to give you the appropriate direction you need.

There have been a couple of ocassions when this has come in handy for me when I explore a new road going some where. It really works. Only one ocassion did I use it while out walking on a trail (it wasn’t that I was lost or anything).

Although I do not considere myself directionally challenged and having practiced this technique more than 10 times now I feel confident that knowing this direction finding technique will get me out of future lost situations. Hope it will help you also.

Useless but Interesting Fact: What does “One Inch of Rain” amount to?

Filed under: General Interest Odd Stuff — Sally at 11:48 am on Monday, April 10, 2006

Found this and thought it was worth sharing.

An acre of ground contains 43,560 square feet. Consequently, a rainfall of one inch over one acre of ground would mean at total of 6,272,640 cubic inches of water. This is the equivalent of 3,630 cubic feet. As a cubic foot of water weighs about 62.4 pounds, the exact amount varying with the temperature, it follows that the weight of a uniform coating of one inch of rain over the acre of surface would be 226,512 pounds, or about 113 short tons. The weight of one US gallon of pure water is about 8,345 pounds. Consequently, a rainfall of one inch over one acre of ground means 27,143 gallons of water.

Somone had too much time on their hands that they would take the time to figure this out. And you have too much time on your hands if you read this. Gotchya!

Stanhope Heritage Day, July 15, 2006

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 9:28 am on Monday, April 10, 2006

The Stanhope Museum inth Haliburton Highlands is getting organized for its 4th annual Heritage Day on Saturday, July 15. The day highlights a variety of historic themes like steam engines, old tyme music, the Laundry Lady, Heritage Gardens and a long list of interesting demonstration trades and crafts such as tinsmithing, tatting, chair caning, carving, bobbin lace-making, soap-making, candle-making, blacksmithing, felt-making. It’s fun! Call Betty Moffatt at 489-3021 to find out more.

We hope that you will come and stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast as we are only 30 minutes from the Stanhope Museum.

Rails End Gallery and Art Centre

Filed under: Highlands Links — Sally at 2:11 am on Monday, April 10, 2006

Rails End Gallery and Art Centre is gearing up for its busy summer season, and is our local public art gallery. For more information please follow this link.
call 705-457-2330

York Street Internet Café in The Haliburton Village Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links — Sally at 10:46 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2006

The York Street Internet Café, Haliburton’s new hot spot for surfing the web, gourmet coffee and treats, concert venue and host for the Haliburton Folk Society’s successful open stage, is pleased to announce the addition of a new exhibition space for visual artists working in all media. Artists wishing to exhibit, and for more information, please contact Peter Smith at The Internet Cafe, 457-8880 or

Dorset Arts Festival, July 29 & 30, 2006

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 10:28 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2006

Call for artists to participate in the Dorset Arts Festival
Date: July 29 (Sat.) & July 30 (Sun)
Contact: Ron Challenger (705.789.5801)
and Henry Farnsworth (705.789.0398)
Locations are – large tent will be located in parking lot beside Bill Johnson’s building on west side of road across from Robinson’s Store. Individual tents will be located alongside the south side of Johnson’s store leading down to the waters edge. The Dorset Boat Show will be on the Sat. July 29 /06. We are working with the Dorset merchants to make this a successful annual event. We welcome those who would like to participate in this show and hope our fellow artists and artisans from the Haliburton Highlands will be interested in participating.

We hope that artists and those who wish to visit the Art show will consider staying at the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast as we are only 40 minutes away from Dorset Village.

Haliburton Highlands Arts Council Membership Benefits and Information

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,Highlands Links — Sally at 10:03 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2006

The Arts Council in the Haliburton County serves to bring artists, folks and businesses supportive of the arts events and programs in Haliburton County. The Benifits of membership and who to contact to be a member are listed below. The Arts Council website is under constructiuon and will be active soon.

As a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands you receive:
 A listing in the Arts Directory (published annually – 25,000 copies distributed throughout the County and at Tourism Centres in Central Ontario) and on the Arts Council website (in production – coming soon!).
 An opportunity to purchase an enhanced listing in the Arts Directory which includes a photograph or logo and description of your arts practice, business or organization; directions to your studio/place of business; plus a locator marker on the map (if you have a location that people can visit).
 A discount on Arts Council workshops.
 An invitation and free admission to the semi-annual Arty Party.
 The opportunity to promote your events, workshops, website, news, and job postings in the Arts Council monthly listings – an e-bulletin distributed to over 350 e-mail addresses.
 Promotion at the Art-in-the-Streets demonstrations held throughout the summer on the main street of the village of Haliburton and at special events throughout the County.
 Information about funding, resources, competitions, requests for proposals for artists and arts organizations and arts businesses.
 A vote at the Annual General Meeting.
 A voice for arts, culture and heritage in Haliburton County – the Arts Council has representation on the Economic Diversification Committee of Haliburton County and on the Haliburton County Tourism Coalition and is involved in provincial and national organizations.
 An information service to the public about the services, skills and products provided by members of the Arts Council. The Arts Council responds to requests for information by the public received by phone, mail or e-mail.
 Business to business connections among Arts Council members.
 Collaboration with other organizations to promote the arts, culture and heritage.
 Use of Arts Council Membership Logo on your promotional material
Other benefits
Artists who wish to be involved in the Arts Council’s Art-in-the-streets or Artists-in-the-schools program must be members of the Arts Council.

Membership Fees:
$25 – Artist
$50 – Arts Business or Organization
$25 – Individual Supporter
$50 – Supporting Business or organization

To become a member call 705-457-3555 or e-mail:

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