Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday - Hump Day

Hola people!

I heard today that more people read the blog... I guess my rambling are not so bad after all ... or are they... heh heh heh.

Anyways the BIG news of the day is... Bruce emailed me to tell me that a snake was seen in the lake on Saturday.  I've only seen a few turtles in the lake but there is a big one that resides in the pond behind the Outback ... and he is soooo cute.  Actually I think it is a she as she laid eggs a while ago.

Thanks to Nancy for doing the garden beside the back shower building.




Potholes are still bad but I think the number of people driving on them has squishing them down a bit.

Now to something completely bizarre.  There is a new toilet in the shower room at the clubhouse.  I can't use it as you have to push a button on the top of it to flush it.  Yes, I know, most people could push that button but ... what if you have nails?  You want me to BREAK a nail?   Maybe I'll leave a pen or stick on the top of it... what do you think?  ha ha ha. Told you this one was weird.





Doesn't the pool look inviting?  I hear the temperature is high in the pool (80+F) and it is really nice to swim in it. 




The lawns have been cut the past few days and the volleyballers should be arriving soon.  I hope you don't like to sleep in.

Rainy sent me a message about her Relay for Life in St. Catherines this past weekend.  "Kim, Greg and I went to Relay for Life in St Catharine's also this past Friday. Becky's Believers raised over $23,000.00 this year. Becky is our 29 year old daughter who was diagnosed with stage 4 Triple negative Breast Cancer at age 26. She had her breast removed and went through Chemo and Radiation.....Now over two years later it has reappeared in her ovaries and she is on a trial chemo of 4 pills per day.....There were many relays this passed weekend...so nice to see."

Wow... $23,000.  That is great.  I hear Kim walked the ENTIRE 12 hours.  Now ... Kim... it is a RELAY... and you should have taken a break... for maybe... 8 hours!!  :-D

I also didn't know they had chemo "pills"... the things you learn.

A bunch of us were at the Relay for Life in Newmarket last Friday and Rexall Pharmacy was there.  They were giving out bags of sunscreen and such.  But... before you could get a bag you had to have your photo taken by some sort of stereo camera. It spits out one photo, on the left side is a black and white photo of your normal face, the right side is a photo of the sun damage on your face.  Truly bizarre, I look like a zombie. I will never show that photo to anyone.

However the good news is... I don't have any sun damage on my face.  The photo shows you where you have lost the melanin? on your face and where you could have problems.... I suppose they mean skin cancer or something similar.

Rexall is located on Yonge just north of Mulock Dr.  I don't know if they have the camera there but, if they do, you should get yourself checked out.  It's is tres cool.

They also gave us a blurb that says: "Learn more about treatment and prevention at our FREE Sun Clinics.  For dates and times, see in-store or visit rexall.ca/sunclinics."

Just went to the website and there are a lot of clinics in this area: "The Sun Clinic Day will consist of a FREE personal photo taken by a UV camera that reveals areas of potential skin damage that are invisible to the naked eye. Plus you'll receive a $5.00 off coupon in store, for any Rexall brand sun screen products."

This is the picture on a tree beside the bridge past the Outback. 



Just got back from the Hump Day party at Paul's place.  Lots of people were there.  It was sunny and hot.  Stony won the prize for the weirdest hat. Thanks Paul!!  He did tacos for everyone!

It is 56F now / 13C.  The temperature has dropped about 10 degrees F in the past hour. 

Cold last night around 48F / 8C.  Brrrr.  I hope the campers like cool temperatures. 

We drove around  in the golf cart last night around dusk and there were only 12 sites with people/cars staying at them.  Most trailers were empty but most spots are full.  Where is everyone?    It is the middle of the summer.  (snickering at Greg).   Well, I consider it the middle of summer when there are only TWO months left in the summer.

I need a better tan. 

BOOT CAMP STARTS NEXT WEEK... for all you people who want to catch a bit of exercise.  I would have gone but I broke my toe a week ago (phew (grin)).

Here is the blurb that came out in the blog today.  Sorry about the bolding, I couldn't get rid of it.

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Be your own best friend with this unique opportunity to train like the ancient Greeks at Bare Oaks' own Summer Boot Camp!  It's the perfect compliment to yoga and aquafit. Naturism is all about a healthy mind in a healthy body!

Your Boot Camp instructor is Margaret, a Bare Oaks member and a certified Canfit Pro Personal Trainer specializing in running and cardio-strength training. She is also a certified swimming instructor/lifeguard and trained in both CPR and First Aid. (hopefully you won't need the latter)

Boot Camp classes will consist of outdoor exercise circuits for up to 12 participants. For one hour, you will sweat through cardio drills, kettlebell swings, and weightlifting reps while Margaret encourages you with personalized tips. Ropes, resistance bands, and TRX suspension cables all play a role in this exciting and challenging class!

Classes start with an introduction on Monday July 2nd at 1pm. (a holiday for most) After that, they will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:20pm (except for the week of July 23rd) on the lawn in front of the Bare Bistro. (if you miss the intro or the first classes, you can still join in anytime) The class will start with a review of the new exercises and the workout begins at 6:30pm sharp! The cost for each session is $10/person. If you sign up for at least 8 sessions in advance, you will also receive a half hour of personal training with Margaret.

What do you need to bring?  Please bring a small hand towel to use with some of the equipment and to wipe your brow! You will also need to bring a 1L container of water or electrolyte drink with you to keep hydrated. Bring a yoga mat or large towel as you will finish each class with a cool down and stretches that are more comfortable if you use some sort of mat.

Dates:
July: 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 31 August: 2, 7, 14, 16 

Because the sessions are limited to 12 participants, please sign up with the office in advance to ensure that you get a spot.

The first time you participate, you will have to fill out the health form.

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I don't know who Margaret is... I don't think I've met her.  

Hey, let's sign Biker Steve up for this!  I'll throw in a buck!

On a sad note, we lost one of our own this past week... Jack Baker.  He owned the trailer where A and P now have a trailer, beside Herman and Mia.  So sad.  I hear the funeral procession today was HUGE and had a LOT of motorcyles in it... and they closed off a LOT of roads.  Sigh.

And WHERE are the petanquers??  I hear the horn go at 10am but only 4 or 6 people show up to play.  Come on out to the pentanque courts in the center of Helios... someone while show you how to play if you don't know anything about the sport.  (I hope they will - I don't know this for a fact but I bet they will :-D ).

If you want anything posted in the blog, email me.  Send me photos too!!  Please make sure they are under 100kb and you have permission to post them in the blog.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rainy Sunday

Raining today... it just started about 6pm but it is pouring!  Look out potholes :-)

I know some people in the park (sorry I don't have permission to mention their names) went to London for the Relay for Life... well... a few of us went to one in Newmarket. Now, I know that it has nothing to do with the park but... it involves quite a few members of the park. 

Here are some photos, taken by me.  I didn't walk due to a broken toe.

Here is Phil and a friend from the park. You can tell Phil by the bizarre hat/hair, behind the guy in red.  I think Phil is waving.



They are releasing doves here in memory of people who passed away from cancer. One of the doves is in front of the face of the girl in red.  One of them is just above the box where the girl in yellow is looking. 



Here is Phil and Shelley doing a lap.  Shelley is in white and blue with black pants.


This event was at Pickering College in Newmarket.  Geezzzz. do you know that it costs 50 thousand to board a kid for a year there?  ... and 15 thousand tuition?  Sorry not on topic but that is right up there.  The kids come from 30 different countries and are GUARANTEED a place at University. 

Anyways, on to park news.

The temperature at the moment is 62F / 16C.  Last week it was over 100F / 39C... phew.  Quite a difference.

Judy states:

"Ports of Call was a well attended event that involved appetizers from the Mediterranean area, entrées from Asian countries and deserts from Switzerland.

The weather was fantastic - a light breeze offsetting the hot sun and not a rain drop in sight. This meant that the final event of the day involved a bit of relaxation on the lake and in the pool.

Thanks to the event planners and those who prepared the yummy food and to the people who joined us to celebrate good eating.

As far as I am concerned there's no dinner or ANY food for me for the next several hours!

 A couple of the young people entertained themselves with a bit of creative body painting."


Here are two water lilys ... nice.  The white is in front of Judy's... the pink is in front of my place.  





This is from the Bare Oaks blog...

"As many of you have undoubtedly noticed, we now have two defibrillators – one outside the office and one at the shower building in Beckett Circle.  This is all thanks for the incredible fundraising efforts of our members. While we hope they never need to be used, if they are, they just might save a life!

If you are interested in learning how to use them (anyone can do it) there will be a training session next to the Beckett Circle Fire Pit on Sunday (June 24th) from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. If you can't make it, there is a training DVD available that you can watch. Just ask at the office. There is also an online Flash demo
here.

The AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) that we selected is the Philips HeartStart OnSite (HS1) Defibrillator. A lot of research was done on selecting the right one including consultations with York Region EMS.
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I hope a lot of you went to the training session.  It was wayyyyy too early for me. I mean, who gets up early on Sunday?

About the photo of the 'blue flowers' on the last blog... Kim and Wendy said they are 'Spiderwart'.




Here is more information on Poison Ivy.   Kim and Wendy sent this information but I couldn't extract the photos.


"Jewelweed and Poison Ivy co-exist together. Where you find one, you’ll generally find the other. First Nations People used Jewelweed (Spotted Touch-Me-Not) as a remedy for Poison Ivy by crushing or chewing the leaves and then spreading the broken leaf material on the body where the Poison Ivy was a problem. Jewelweed is an important source of nectar for Hummingbirds. The fruit of the Jewelweed plant when ripe is explosive at the slightest touch, thus Touch-Me Not............  It will begin to flower late July, so look for the orange trumpet type flowers. The plant can be found either side of the path between Helios and the Clubhouse, in the wetland area on the north side of Helios, behind these trailers: M and H,  S, S and L, C and Ron, K and B and Wendy/Kim trailers and in other locations around the Park."  (names are omitted as I don't have permission to print them).


Now, what you should do when you run into a baby bird on the ground... from the Toronto Wildlife Center:
"We get approximately 30,000 calls to TWC's wildlife hotline every year. In the spring time, many of thosee calls concern a wild baby bird. It is natural to feel helpless when you find a baby bird, but often it's perfectly normal situation and you shouldn't do anything. This is what you need to know about baby birds.
Baby birds are either precocial (out of nest after hatching) or altrical (stay in nest after hatching). Goslings, ducklings, and killdeer are examples of precocial babies; they hatch fully covered with soft down and walk/run within hours of hatching. If you find one of these babies and no parent is in sight, contain the baby in a cardboard box, put it in a warm, dark, quiet place and contact a wildlife rehabilitator. http://torontowildlifecentre.com/pages/programs/ducksandgeesefaq.html
                                
This merganzer is an example of a precocial baby

Altrical baby birds go through two stages as they grow, and it’s an important distinction. They start out as nestlings (they stay in the nest all the time because they can’t really walk yet). They don’t leave the nest until they are old enough to jump around. If you find an unfeathered or sparsely feathered baby bird on the ground that doesn’t appear to be sick or injured, but can’t hop around on its own, it is probably a nestling. If you are sure that you know the nest it’s come from, you can replace the baby in its nest (for more details: www.helpbabybirds.ca)"

That baby is soooo cute.

Not many people around today due to the cold temperatures and rain. 


I got this information from the people at Ponderosa Resort near Hamilton.

NUDEstock North is being held there July 6, 7, 8 of 2012.   Visit their site for details: http://www.nudestocknorth.ca/


Rock bands... rah rah rah...  !!


I went to one Nudestock in the U.S of A.  back in the 70's and it was fun!!!  I was also at the FIRST Miss Nude World Pageant on Sunday July 27, 1975.  Wow... here's my ticket stub.  No cameras.  It was a LOT of fun too.

Okay, back to park stuff.  Here is a visitor tonight to my seeds. He is at the right of the back of the seat, above the firepit. Bunny!!  (as always, click photo for bigger image).



This coming weekend....

6th Annual Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament

June 29th – July 1st, 2012 (always on the Canada Day weekend)

A, B, Novice Plus, Novice, and Teen Novice Divisions
(No co-ed restrictions)
Bring your own team!
Show up and find a team!
Everyone plays!

Euchre Night is on Saturday June 30. The Bare Bistro, along with Marc & Suzy B., will be hosting a Euchre Night following dinner. Please bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Everyone welcome.

Not much news...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First day of summer!!!

Hot the past few days... as you can see by the thermometer below.





I've had my air conditioning on for days... phew.  I don't think I could survive without air.  I hope everyone with pets has air.

Sorry this blog is so late.  I've been a tad busy this week.  On Monday I broke my toe, snapped it in half (gross, I saw the x-ray), reset (reduced) it myself, had it x-rayed yesterday and it was perfectly reduced. The doctor said I should have been an orthopaedic surgeon.  HAH.  Limping now... with 6 weeks of healing time ahead of me.  Thanks Bruce for watering my plants for the next while (grin).

Ho hum.

On to the news. 

The day visit fees at the park have incresed to $48.67 + HST  or $55. effective June 28th.   I don't remember what they were before.  Hold on, it is still on the website - $40.71/day (family or single) plus HST = $46. for the day. So the fees have gone up about 20%.  I found this on the Rates page on the Bare Oaks website.  I also found this at the bottom...

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Fees that we’d prefer to never charge:

Late payment: (more than 30 days overdue) $40 admin plus 2% per month from invoice date.

Mowing the lawn on a permanent site: $20/week (unless other arrangements are made in advance)

Seizing a vehicle/trailer for non-payment: $500 + expenses

Reconnecting electricity if disconnected for non-payment: $50

Site cleanup: $250 - $500 plus expenses

Trailer/vehicle storage or parking: $20/day (unless other arrangements are made in advance)

Parking a vehicle improperly or without a valid permit: $100

Visiting without registering: $50 plus applicable visitor fees (and possible expulsion & permanent ban)

Driving (in any type of vehicle) at an excessive speed or dangerously: $50 - $200 (and possible driving ban)

Rowdy or extremely inappropriate behaviour: $100 (and possible expulsion & permanent ban)

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So, mow your lawn and register your visitors.

Below is a photo of a white admiral butterfly.  Thanks J and D for the photos!


This is the butterfly on an arm... very tame! 




Judy sent me the photo below of the first lily pad flower!  Pretty pretty.  It is in front of their place in the lake.  I had a flower coming up on the lily pad in front of my place a few days ago.  I haven't been down the stairs to check yet. 




I received the newsletter from the Toronto Wildlife Center (to which I subscribe).  This month they had this blurb.

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Keeping all animals safe

Domestic animals aren’t mentioned that often at TWC (apart from our own, of course, and they are mentioned embarrassingly often) but the truth is that they play a role in many of the hotline calls we receive at this time of year. Calls regarding small birds and mammals attacked by cats are flooding the hotline.
We’ll start with cats, but don’t worry, dogs aren’t off the hook. Cats are stealthy and strong and will hunt and kill for sport not survival. Each year, they decimate small mammal and songbird populations, killing more than a billion in the U.S. alone, some of which are species-at-risk.
 

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Baby cottontails are often attacked by cats

Our cats have an unfair advantage over wildlife, because they are immune to the ways that nature controls her populations. The standards: famine, disease, and predation hardly affect them—not when they can come running home. They are fed well, given medicine when sick, and can curl up inside when the weather’s bad. A catch scratch or bite, even if very minor, will kill a baby wild animal because of infectious bacteria present in their saliva. Baby wild animals don’t stand a chance.

Keep your beloved cat safe inside. Species population decimation aside, cats are unfairly matched against car tires, coyotes, or cruel humans. On average, indoor cats live much longer lives than outdoor cats.

As a cat lovers (and many of us owners) we know that it can be difficult to keep a determined cat inside; consider a leash (if you’ve got a tolerant cat) or cat enclosure for outdoor time. At the very least, keeping them indoors or closely monitored outside while summertime babies are taking their first hops will make a big difference.

Visit keepanimalssafe.ca for tips

Dogs. With an incredible sense of smell, they can root out sleeping baby bunnies, when other predators can’t. Their love of the chase can frighten many species of parents away from their babies, orphaning a litter. As a society, we already don't allow our dogs to wander the  streets alone. But remember to keep them on a leash, unless at the dog park, and watch them closely when they’re in the backyard.

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Just got this photo from Judy...  I have NO idea what kind of flowers these are but they are pretty. They show their flowers every day and close up at night.





Potholes are bad again, go slow.

Due to a speed complaint, S. is not riding his bike around the park anymore.  I think they should continue this but telling certain staff members to slow down on the golf carts.   Not all staff, only the ones who are SPEEDING.

Is the main floor shower open yet?

I hear the monument is done... but I haven't walked over to see it yet.

Thanks Bruce for watering the flowers around the pool and office and front entrance.

If you would like to see a list of events at the park... go here: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/events.html

There is a photo exhibit on Friday June 22: "We are pleased to present Never Not Naked: Natural Nudes, a solo exhibition of Art Nudes by award-winning Oakville, Ontario photographer Michael Willems.

The exhibition is open from June 22 to July 8, 2012: please join us Saturday June 23rd from 11AM-2PM for the official opening and to meet the artist."
Also on Saturday June 23:   Ports of Call Progressive Pot Luck Lunch
When: 12:30 - 16:00

Join us for our annual Ports of Call Progressive Luncheon. This year we will be starting in the Mediterranean for hors d'oeuvres, followed by a visit to the Orient for the main course and wrapping up in Switzerland for desert.

If you would like to participate but are unable to contribute a dish of your own, you can purchase a Passport at the front office for $10.00 from June 16 through June 22 (this Friday). After June 2, you will only be able to purchase a passport prior to the cruise staring port in the Mediterranean from 12:30 - 1:00 on June 23 for $15.00.
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Well... as you need to walk during this event, I won't be going.

I'm also supposed to be walking in the 'Relay for Life' this coming Friday.  Maybe I will still go and watch :-D


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Today was a tad chilly in the morning but it was warm this afternoon.  The wind died down.

Temperature at the moment is 59F / 15C.

The main floor washroom is being repaired ... here is the notice. 





Bruce and I spent hours putting lovely pots of flowers around the park.  Here are some of them.





Thanks to Missy for the plants!! ... and Royce for the pots!!  ... and Marc for the plants!!  We had to move the pansies from the front of the office as it was too hot there for them.  They are now around the pool.

The square foot gardens are coming along nicely...



The path to the washrooms has been cleared and you can now find it. This path is beside the square foot gardens, which is to the right of the dog run, which is in the field just across the bridge to the back.  These are the steps down to the path.




This is the path to the washrooms.





Ulli (note the two 'l's' - I posted his name with one 'l' the last time... sorry Ulli).... has been building a monument on the other side of the pond behind the Outback.


Closeup view.  It is not done yet, he is putting in the big stones.  Cool.




Below is Bruce's third and final installment on 'FISH'... or rather, fishing in the lake and what to do... and what not to do. Oooo, big font, I like that font.

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Fishing Part 3:  Catch & Release

So you're going to let that fish go to live another day.  Are you fishing barbless to make it easier on the fish to get the hook out without injuring it?  It's easier to remove when the fish is hooked deeper in it's throat.

Pinch down the barb with needle nose pliers but don't break off the barb.

The bump will help keep the hook in but still make it easier to remove.  A barbless hook is also easier to get out of you own finger if you happen to get hooked.  From personal experience, it hurts to remove a barbed hook from your hand, or other body part for those fishing au natural.  Ouch!

Did you remember to wet your hands first before handling the fish.  Dry hands will remove the fish's protective slime and make it more susceptible to disease.  You don't want sick fish.

On larger fish don't put your fingers in it's gill plates under it's lower jaw to hold it up.  It's gills are delicate and any contact with your fingers will injure the fish.  It's won't live.  You can hold it by it's lower lip, put your thumb in it's mouth and close your finger on the outside.  Don't do this with fish with teeth, i.e. Pike, Walleye, Muskie, or Piranha.  The lip of fish like Bass or Perch will feel like it has bristles.

Lipping the fish is a good way to avoid handling it without removing the protective slime.  Don't do this if you're going to get the hook in your hand if the fish thrashes (is your hook barbless?).  Let the fish hang vertically.  Holding it horizontally only by it's jaw will injure it.  Put your hand under it's belly

If you have to use a net get one with rubber rather than nylon netting.  The rubber is gentler on the fish.  The scales get caught in nylon netting

The fish will probably need reviving if you've kept it out of the water for a long time, while you proudly take pictures.  Gently hold it in the water and see if it's gill plates are moving to pass water past it's gills.  If it's gill plates are not moving then gently move the fish back and forth in the water until it's gill plates start moving.  Then you can let it go.  It may not try to swim away until you remove your hands.  Another method is to gently torpedo the fish head first back into the water.  The forward motion of the fish will force water past it's gills to revive it.  This works for fish that are out of the water for only a short time.

Lastly,  while you have the fish out of the water, you hold your breath too.

When you need to take a breath the fish probably does too, especially after it's fought to get free.  Try running for a block then hold your breath, and see how long before you need to breath again.  Get the fish back in the water quickly.
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Okay, hands up ... who carries needle nose pliers around with them other than me? (grin).   I thought if you got a barbed hook in your own hand, you just pushed the barb through... okay okay, (waving smelling salts).

Thanks  Bruce... that was interesting.  I don't like to kill fish so I don't fish.

On a final note... as you walk on the road towards the clubhouse, right before the gate, on the right, you will find poison ivy in the bush.  There is a lot of poison ivy around so here is a photo of it.  If you touch it, wash your hands (and whatever else touches it) with soap and water... as soon as you can.  This should wash off the oil.  See the three leaves?  They are a bit shiney too.  You can see it from the road so don't go wandering off into the bush... as ... you have been warned :-D




Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hot Sunday

What a day!  At 6:00pm it was 107F on my driveway.  Now... that is hot. 

At 7:30pm it was 99F / 37C.

At 9pm it was 80F / 26C.

I've been working for 3 hours so kept checking the temperature.

All the photos today are from Judy.  Thanks Judy!!  Wow, she takes a much better photo than I do. (Judy - think about entering a photo contest ... or two.)

This is a swallowtail butterfly on her lilies.





I found out yesterday that Nancy put in the flowers beside the back washrooms.  Very nice.
Did I mention that it was also really REALLY humid today.  It was a multiple shower day and, as far as I know, we didn't run out of water!!
It rained last night for about 2 hours, heavy rain.
Lots of people have been mentioning this point so I thought I would let you know.  The lawns haven't been mowed because there is something wrong with both lawnmowers.  At lease one of them have been in for repair all this week.
Lots of people here today, the parking lot was FULL.
Very busy volleyball game at 2pm. (I think it was 2 - I don't wear a watch)

Photo: the slime that was mentioned in the last blog (or two blogs ago).



The petanque horn was heard at around 10am but they only played for about an hour as I think it was tooooo hot for them.  Someone brought an umbrella, it may have helped.
LOTS of people in the lake today!  No sightings of turtles or snakes.  The fish were fed last night (I only do it once a week or when someone asks).  There are 6 HUGE carp in the lake this year. They are reddish and about a foot and a half long.  No, that is not an exaggeration.

Photo of the lake at the south end:



Photo of the lake at the south end in the little bay (click to enlarge):


Lots of weeds, fish spawn and algae. 
This could be due to the fact that the lake is down over a foot this year ... there has been very little rain this spring and very little snow last winter.  Plus it has been HOT HOT HOT.
And now... for your educational blurb... a few of us were talking about them yesterday so ... today we will talk about bumblebees.
A bumblebee is a honey bee and they feed on nectar.  Did you know: " Non-fertilised eggs grow into males, and only fertilised eggs grow into females and queens."  She makes the decision as to whether to fertilise it or not when she lays the eggs as she already has the sperm in her body... somewhere. 
Bumblebees do not have ears; however, they can feel the vibrations of sounds through nearby materials. 
(Can you tell I'm only passing on the neat stuff? )
" Unlike the workers of more advanced social insects, bumblebee workers are not physically reproductively sterile and are able to lay haploid eggs that develop into viable male bumblebees. Only fertilised queens can lay diploid eggs that mature into workers and new queens."
"Queen and worker bumblebees can sting. Unlike a honey bee's stinger, a bumblebee's stinger lacks barbs, so it can sting more than once."  (bet you didn't know that...)
"One common, yet incorrect, assumption is that the buzzing sound of bees is caused by the beating of their wings. The sound is actually the result of the bee vibrating its flight muscles, and this can be achieved while the muscles are decoupled from the wings. This is especially pronounced in bumblebees, as they must warm up their bodies considerably to get airborne at low ambient temperatures."
"Only the queen survives the winter."
Well, I don't like that part :-(
I finally found the answer to the question:
"What to do if you find a bumblebee that cannot fly?"

"The bumblebee is either sick, too old or too cold to fly. If it is sick or infected with a parasite then I'm afraid there is not much that can be done.

If you find a grounded bumblebee early in the year, just at the start of the first warmer days, then it is probably a queen. She may have been caught out in a sudden shower or a cold spell. If the temperature of the thorax falls below 30 oC the bumblebee cannot take off . The best thing you can do it pick her up using a piece of paper or card, put her somewhere warmer, and feed her. When she has warmed and fed she will most likely fly off. You can feed her using a 30/70 mixture of honey and water in a pipette or eye dropper, or just a drop of this on a suitable surface within her reach, but be careful not to wet her hair or get her sticky. By saving a queen you may have saved an entire nest. If the weather is really unsuitable for letting her go, or if it is getting dark, you can keep her for a day or so if you are willing to feed her. "

Okay, hands up... who wants to feed a bumblebee?  NOT ME.

"A grounded bee found at the height or end of summer is another matter. Look at the wings. If they are ragged round the edges then you have either an old queen or an old worker. There is little you can do as really it is their time to die, however you could take them in and feed them if you wish, but let them go if they start to fly. If the wings are fairly intact then you have probably got a male that is either cold or has been so busy patrolling that he forgot to drink. As above you can take him somewhere warm and feed him, then let him go."

NO...

This research was difficult as I kept running into: Bumblebee the Transformer!!  (great movie).
Lots of people at the park today, wandering around, visiting other people.  It takes about 3 hours to travel around Beckett chatting with everyone (grin). 
Bruce and I are working on the flowers around the pool and office area.  It was too hot to do it today so... tomorrow maybe.  Thanks to everyone who said they look really nice.
Well... back to work... I love airconditioning.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday... hot

Hey peeps and peepettes,

So, where is everyone... it was HOT today.  There was a bit of a wind this morning but not this afternoon.  Surely you can take a Friday off in the summer???  :-)

Okay on to pressing matters... this new blog format is beginning to annoy me.  It posts without the line breaks and is very difficult to read.  I’m trying to sort that out so bear (bare?) with me.

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We’ve been slimed!  No, I don’t mean slimmed. Anyone remember the Alanis Morissette show where she got green slime dumped on her head?  Sorry, I digress...

At numerous places around the park we have ‘slime mold’.  Thanks to Judy for doing the following research on it...

The black blobs are on our lawns (where we park). Apparently it is actually a slime that acts like an amoeba, it can move and eats bacteria. Fungicides don't work and according to several sites it will just disappear when it dries up. But by then the spores will ensure more next year.



Well... that is just weird... it moves.  Reminds me of the movie ‘The Blob’ (grin).  I liked the first version.
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No rain for a few days. Due to a request, I watered the plants at the Outback on Thursday ... which look lovely.
(waving at Bruce and Ursula.)

The road was scraped so the potholes are much better!
At 10pm Wednesday night it was 62F / 16C.  That is cold.  Not tanning weather... of course, who would want to tan at 10pm?

It was sunny and warm yesterday... around 80F. No wind.
The lily pads in the lake are doing well!!   Thanks Marc and Suzy for putting them in!

P. was swimming in the lake today and yesterday and tanning on the raft.  He said it was ‘brisk’.  My translation ... brisk = very cold.  You can't fool me.
Thanks to Bruce for helping me plant the urns and planters in the office and pool area.   He said he was 'voluntold' to help (rolling eyes).  Well, he looked bored to me just sitting at the Outback.  It took us FOUR hours to shuttle dirt and plants and we forgot to water the ones at the entrance to the park.  I'll do that tomorrow. 
Thanks to Kim and Missy for the two flats of flowers last time and the EIGHT flats tonight.  Whoa.  More to plant tomorrow.  We ran out of colored flowers (we only had white at the end) so some of the planters are not done.  Had to move the pansies as the heat was killing them.  Although they are soooo pretty at the entrance to the office.  They are now around the pool area.  Please water them (not with pool water) if they are dry and wilting! 
Also, thanks to Royce for the planters and some perennials and hostas!
The black flies were horrible tonight... and biting.  Bring bug spray.  I have one of those 'Off' lanterns and it is great for mosquitoes.  You can sit outside at dusk and they don't bite. Really, seriously, I'm not kidding.  I don't know if they will work for black flies though.  I'll let you know.
Yet again, I forgot to take my camera around to take photos (sigh).  I don't take photos of people, just other stuff.
Uli is building a monument on the other side of the pond behind the Outback.  It is very cool, drop over and have a look.  It is made of bricks and stones.  Bruce and I yelled across the pond that it looked crooked... I don't think he likes us anymore lol.  (no it is not crooked).  It is a monument to all the people who have been members of the park who have passed on.  Uli built the firepit at the Outback.
Where is my other fish writeup?  eh?  You know who you are...
No rain yet... where is the rain?  I was down in Ajax on Wednesday and it POURED all afternoon, I came home, no rain.  I talked the Kim and Missy tonight and it POURED on the way up here... no rain here.  Are we in a black hole?
(I just changed this to arial font... it looks better.)
Okay found a few photos from way back when. This one was taken about 10 years ago. It is standing on Beckett Circle looking south. On the right (which you can't see) is the laneway to the bridge to the Outback. In front of you, that small road with the cones is Vais Lane.


Another old one... cool, I can see my car! (click to enlarge).

'They' said it was going to rain two nights ago, 'they' said it was going to rain last night, 'they' say it is going to rain this weekend...  HAH.  Idiot weather people... don't believe them.  
I think I burned my back a bit today... I like summer.
No more dead fish in the lake and I pulled the garlic mustard out of my gardens... which are full and very wild looking.  I find them difficult to weed as they are full of flowers. I don't like to pull up flowers so... I think they will have to stay wild this year. 
Thanks to Mary for the hot sauce... the horseradish will be made this coming week.  I love hot stuff but I will not eat a scotch bonnet... that is just sick.  I have a jalapeno pepper plant in my garden, Royce has a scotch bonnet... given to him by Mary.  Here is an interesting fact: "Most Scotch Bonnets have a heat rating of 100,000–350,000 Scoville Units. For comparison, most jalapeno peppers have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville Scale."  Ooooo. Ouch.
A few of us were discussing frogs today so here is the info on hibernation.
"Aquatic frogs such as the leopard frog(Rana pipiens) and American bullfrog(Rana catesbeiana) typically hibernate underwater. A common misconception is that they spend the winter the way aquatic turtles do, dug into the mud at the bottom of a pond or stream. In fact, hibernating frogs would suffocate if they dug into the mud for an extended period of time. A hibernating turtle's metabolism slows down so drastically that it can get by on the mud's meager oxygen supply. Hibernating aquatic frogs, however, must be near oxygen-rich water and spend a good portion of the winter just lying on top of the mud or only partially buried. They may even slowly swim around from time to time."
(stop reading if you are bored...)
"Terrestrial frogs normally hibernate on land. American toads (Bufo americanus) and other frogs that are good diggers burrow deep into the soil, safely below the frost line. Some frogs, such as the wood frog (Rana sylvatica)and the spring peeper (Hyla crucifer), are not adept at digging and instead seek out deep cracks and crevices in logs or rocks, or just dig down as far as they can in the leaf litter. These hibernacula are not as well protected from frigid weather and may freeze, along with their inhabitants.

<>American Toad (Bufo americanus)
American Toad
And yet the frogs do not die. Why? Antifreeze! True enough, ice crystals form in such places as the body cavity and bladder and under the skin, but a high concentration of glucose in the frog's vital organs prevents freezing. A partially frozen frog will stop breathing, and its heart will stop beating. It will appear quite dead. But when the hibernaculum warms up above freezing, the frog's frozen portions will thaw, and its heart and lungs resume activity--there really is such a thing as the living dead! "
(now that is weird...)

Here is something you don't need to know but I thought it was cool...

"Estivation is similar to hibernation. It is a dormant state an animal assumes in response to adverse environmental conditions, in this case, the prolonged dry season of certain tropical regions. Several species of frog are known to estivate. Two of the better-known species are the ornate horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) from South America and the African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus).
When the dry season starts, these frogs burrow into the soil and become dormant. During the extended dry season, which can last several months, these frogs perform a neat trick: they shed several intact layers of skin, forming a virtually waterproof cocoon that envelopes the entire body, leaving only the nostrils exposed, which allows them to breathe. These herpetological mummies remain in their cocoons for the duration of the dry season. When the rains return, the frogs free themselves of their shrouds and make their way up through the moist soil to the surface. "

So there is your frog lecture... there will be a quiz on Sunday... unless you are at the park and don't have internet access :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A comment...

I would like to make a comment on the ‘dog incident’ that was posted June 4th.  The owner of the dog in question (let’s call him dog B) was told by the person walking his dog that dog B did not touch the other dog.

So... this is sorta like witnesses to a car accident, 3 different people saw 3 different things.

That said, I may have given dog B a bad rap for this without getting details from all parties involved so I apologize for this. I wasn’t there so I can only take the word of the people who were there.

I tried to contact the other person who was there at the time... with no reply. So there may yet be another version to pass along to you.

I have always known dog B to be a gentle dog ... and he hasn’t even gone after my cat once... which is weird as he IS a dog  (grin).

So everyone quit panicking. Both dogs are ... well... just dogs.  They bark at each other and they pee on everything :-)

I agree with what Judy said (I have permission to post this)... both dog owners should reintroduce the dogs to each other so that there isn’t a problem in future...  not that there would be...  I’m just saying...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cold this weekend

No photos today as... I forgot to take any.  Where is Judy, she usually sends me some ;-)

On that topic, I was out this morning at 5am and there were robins on my lawn and I distinctly heard the squeal of baby robins.  You all know what that sounds like?  Yes, it is very high pitched and annoying.  The mother goes... 'chirp' 'chirp' 'chirp' and the baby follows with 'eeeekkk' 'eeeeekkk' 'eeekkk'.  Hey, I'm not a bird so that is what it sounds like to me.  There is also a robin in 'the' nest.

This past weekend was the 'Sports Weekend' in Mt. Albert.  It was cold and rained most of the weekend. Brrr.

It is now 61F / 16C.  At 5am this morning it was 43F / 6C.  Hopefully there are no campers at the back.  It is a tad chilly for camping.
16 birds seen at the front feeders between 7pm and 8pm one day last week.
Baltimore Oriole
Hummingbird
Kingbird
Chipping Sparrow
Swallow
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Grackle
Red wing Blackbird
Robin
Duck
Mourning Dove
Yellow Finch
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Chickadee

Plus one huge turtle in the lake in front of the feeders waiting for fish food.  I am not feeding the fish EVER DAY at 5pm this year like I did last year.  However, I still have fish food so if someone asks me to feed the fish on any given day, I will, so just ask if you see me.
There are a LOT of weeds in the lake.  That is probably good for the fish.  There are also a lot of 4 inch fish which were only minnows last year.
The potholes are bad as it has been raining for THREE DAYS.  It hasn't rained yet today.
The big dirt piles on the road right before Beckett are disappearing onto a lot which is being leveled.
Lots of rabbits around in the woods ... nice bunnies.
Thanks to Missy for the annuals that she left on my deck.  I will be putting them in the urns around the clubhouse unless someone else is doing that.  Also thanks to Royce for the plants from his gardens.  I'll be doing that when it warms up... hopefully soon.
We needed the rain, but not that much!!  I can't believe how much my gardens have grown.  My bamboo/cane plant is about eight feet high now.  That is way too high... but my raspberry bushes are doing well as are my tomato plants... mmmm.  
A couple have been doing the front garden in front of the clubhouse and it is looking great!  The red mulch is back :-)
There is a trailer for sale in Helios.  L. and D.'s trailer. 

2008 Quailridge - Lot #107
(rare site with year-round water, sewage and 100 amp electrical)
Price: $53,000
2008 Quailridge Park Model, 4 season trailer 2 bedrooms, air conditioning All season affordable living New floor in living room / kitchen

So if you want to move to Helios... now is your chance. Contact the office.

I didn't hear any petanque horn this weekend.  Hey, what is the matter with 
playing in the rain?

Euchre this past Saturday night with 2 tables (8 people).

There are a few turtles wandering the grounds looking for places to lay eggs.  Don't bother them and they won't bother you :-)

Not many black flies this year but I bet the mosquitos will be bad for a few days.

According to the latest theory... from a member... about needing a licence to fish in the lake: "Sounds like you can fish Lake Beamor but not the pond... the lake does not drain into the river, but the pond does.

However, the lake may be on a regional flood plain, and you need a licence to fish in a regional flood plain.
Also sounds like the private fisheries could get an aquaculture licence."

WATERS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY - APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS (from the MNR website).
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Question Re: Private Property

I own a large parcel of land with a good sized spring-fed pond on it, the pond drains off of my land into a near-by river. I know there are fishing the pond, do I need a licence to fish in the pond and do the seasons apply on my property?

Answer:

Because your pond has an outflow the laws requiring a licence and the various fishing seasons would apply to your pond. The Ontario Fishery Regulations, which contain the rules for sport fishing in Ontario, apply to all water in the province with the exception of National Parks, waters that are licenced under an aquaculture licence and waters that occur on private lands that meet all of the following conditions:

.The waters are not on a regional flood plain,
.The waters lie wholly on privately owned land,
.The waters are not connected to natural waters,
.The waters contain water from run-off, springs, ground water or water pumped from a stream or lake;
AND
.The waters have been artificially created.

If the pond meets all of the list above the fish must then come from a licenced aquaculture facility or a licenced commercial fish operation; they cannot be caught by sport-fishing and transferred to the pond.
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Can you just feel yourself getting smarter? (grin)

Are you tired of reading about fish?