Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hot weekend

Yesterday, Saturday, the temperature was over 90F or 32C or more.  Humid. It rained for a few minutes in the afternoon.

Today it is still hot!!  Yeah! 

Everything is very very DRY, so water your gardens. We haven't had real rain in weeks.

If anyone wants a square foot garden, talk to Bruce, lot 113.

Here is the information that was posted yesterday in the Bare Oaks blog (http://www.blog.bareoaks.ca/2016/05/want-to-do-bare-gardening-at-bare-oaks.html) :

Since Bruce first built the community gardens in 2010, we have been doing Square Foot Gardening.  It's a more environmentally friendly way to garden where you get the same production but in only 20% of the space. It is easy plus it saves water, resources, time and effort.

This year Bruce rebuilt the 4' x 4' raised beds and he 4'x4' and are now available for planting.  He provided the labour and Bare Oaks paid for the materials so using the garden is free for members. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve your garden plot, send an email to: NakedGardens@BareOaks.ca.

Participation in The Naked Gardens is easy. There are just a few things to keep in mind:
This is an organic garden.  No pesticides or herbicides may be used.
  1. Only the Square Foot Gardening method is permitted.  
  2. Each gardener is responsible for their plot(s).  Any naked gardener who does not maintain their plot(s) will forfeit the use of the plot(s) and any access to the produce.
  3. If this is your first time trying Square Foot Gardening, please limit yourself to a maximum of 3 plots.
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There are 5 gardens remaining.   Bruce said that after next week it may be too late to plant them so if you want one, do it now.  If no one wants them then the current gardeners will use them just to keep them in use.
 
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Lots of people here yesterday... in the lake.  I don't know if anyone was in the pool but ... probably.  I was out most of the day.
 
Time to wash to mold off the side of your trailers. 
 
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If anyone has a dog or cat here (or in this area) and needs a Vet... try Dr. Mehi at nancy@mehiveterinarymobile.com or 905 830 8406.  Kim and Wendy and I use her ... she makes HOUSE CALLS.  The office knows her and you only need to tell them the day of, or the day before and they will let her through the gate.
 
She is really really good.  Mention our names.  The cost of the home visit is $45. which is around the same as taking the pet to the vet... which is extremely annoying. They are more comfortable in their own home.
 
If anyone wants a free bottle of floor stripper, let me know. I'm making a run to the hazardous waste place next week and will take it there if no one wants it.
 
 
Today... so... if you didn't go, you missed it (grin).  Read the Bare Oaks events page.
 
Sun, May 29, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Front Lawn
All welcome. Theme today is: "Dead Poet's Society" Bring a poem from a deceased poet. Read it, have someone else read it.... Why not write one... or simply join the group and enjoy listening.
 
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Hump day is starting on June 15!!  At D and S's lot in Helios...  4pm to 6pm.
 
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 sit on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice.
 
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Don't forget the birthday party bash on June 18.  EVERYONE WELCOME. Bring a snack to share, a chair, BYOB and ... that's it! There will be chairs but probably not enough...
 
 
 
 
Not many events scheduled here. 
 
Lots of 'fluffies' floating around in the air.  Probably from the poplar trees.
 
Please don't try to scare the geese and keep your dogs away from them.  The babies AND the adults do not have flight feathers so they cannot fly.  We had 2 adults and 4 babies... we now have 4 adults and 9 babies.  They seem to get along well as they hang out together. 
 
There is a lot of goose poo around.  If you are bored, feel free to pick some up. I pick the poo off my lot every day. The staff should be raking the beach every morning (like they do at all the resorts in the Caribbean and Florida... etc. ) and picking up poo.  One of the members raked the beach every morning last year (when he was here).
 
I noticed there are red cigarette butt bins on the roads around the park.  There are only THREE designated smoking areas in this park.  Other than your own lot.  One to the south west of the pool, one behind the clubhouse near the path and one to the south west of the Outback. 
 
Smoking is not allowed on golf carts either. 
 
It is very dry here.  If someone throws a butt in the forest, the result may not be good.

Snorkelling in the lake today...

Have you heard the frog noise at night?  They are grey tree frogs.  They are loud.

We also have some thrushes here this year ... which is rare.  You can hear their musical singing near the Quonset hut.

The grass is dry... and crunchie.  Not many people walking around...

I think the heat burned off the mosquitoes... but the deer flies are out... they take a chunk out of you.

There have been a few bonfires at night.

Watch out for the frogs when you drive to the seasonal area at night!!

Time to go for a walk...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday

This is a short educational blog...

There has been some concern about the red mulch around the rhubarb at the clubhouse.

Website 1: "Colored mulch can lend an additional decorative touch to your landscaping, helping highlight special areas and offset the color of your flowers. But controversy sometimes centers on dyed red wood-chip mulch in particular, with some people believing the dye leaches dangerous chemicals into the soil. That isn't true, according to the Mulch and Soil Council."

Website 2: "Red dye used in modern mulches is made from iron oxide, a material deemed safe for use around pets and humans. It's used in many other products, including makeup and paint. It can actually help your soil by adding small amounts of iron as the mulch decomposes. Organically dyed mulch typically uses vegetable dyes, which pose no harm to your garden."

Website 3: "Most manufactures use non-toxic dyes, such as iron oxide, in their mulches. Iron oxide essentially rusts and pose no threats to humans or animals."

The natural mulch that is used came from an Aggregates company in the area and it "Helps prevent weeds, retains moisture and adds nitrogen."

So... even though it is not a problem... I'm going to remove the red mulch from around the rhubarb.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sun-day

Hot today... 74F or 24C (approximately).

No park events this weekend.

The rhubarb is ready at the Clubhouse.  I know I've said that before. There is a lot of it.  Pull it out, don't cut it.

Lots of purdy flowers all over the park.

There have been a lot of toys, air mattress, noodles, buckets... floating in the lake this weekend.  Please put them onshore when finished with them... or pass this along to any kids you see.

The fishing signs keep blowing down so they are now laminated, glued to boards and screwed to posts.  There are three of them.  I was only going to put up two but someone requested one at the other side of the lake.  Please have your kids read one of the signs, and I will also ask them to read it.

The kids are catching the fish (bass) with nets along the shore and removing them from their nests.   This causes the other fish to come into the nest and eat the babies.  So... we lose the bass.  I asked them to read the sign.  They are also constantly walking though the tadpoles. I see the caution tape is working... heh heh.

I also pointed out that... as they were under 12 years old... they had to be supervised by an adult if they were going in the water.  It is in BIG PRINT on a sign right beside the lake. I'm very popular now :-D   Hey, I don't make the rules.  It does not take long for a child to drown.

I usually feed the fish around 6:15pm ... or when the aerator goes off.  It is going off around 6:40 these days but will be adjusted soon.  The aerator is off from 6pm to 9pm every day to give some quiet time and allow people to sit outside, chat and have dinner.

Speaking of feeding fish. 

Educational moment...

Please... do not feed bread to the fish or birds !
Bread contains yeast and when eaten by fish, it will expand and can cause constipation for most fish. The most resilient fish will survive however others will disappear as they suffer.

Also...

Bread tends to swell up several times its initial volume in water. It may cause intestinal blockages if the fish swallows a large piece (which may even be a tiny piece - remember, fish stomachs are generally no larger than their eyes.)

Bread is also very very bad for many birds for this reason.

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No rain for the past few day... everything is very dry.

There are 19 square foot gardens.  5 have trees for the park in them (I think they are for the park).  7 are now planted with veggies.  7 are still available.  B.  removed the rotted wood from most of the gardens, replaced it, and put in really good soil and manure.  If you wish to use a garden, feel free to give B. a donation. I'm not sure how it works. B. lives in Helios.  Can't post his name here as I don't have permission but I think there is only one person with the initial B. in Helios. :-)

I replaced my own wood and soil as I wanted to get my veggie seeds planted early as did another two people.

I don't think the office is in charge of the gardens this year as I've mentioned them a few times with no interest on their part. 

"Square foot gardening is the practice of dividing the growing area into small square sections (typically 12" on a side, hence the name). The aim is to assist the planning and creating of a small but intensively planted vegetable garden.

One advantage of densely planted crops is that they can form a living mulch, and also prevent weeds from establishing or even germinating. Also, natural insect repellent methods such as companion planting (i.e. planting marigolds or other naturally pest-repelling plants) become more efficient in a close space, which may reduce the need to use pesticides. The large variety of crops in a small space also prevents plant diseases from spreading easily."

Last year I jammed so many plants into the 4 x 4 area that I had to give away veggies, everything grew!  Tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, carrots, cucumber, parsley... plus more.

Lots of motorcycles here this weekend.  Lots of campers in Glen Echo fields.

Plus... dogs everywhere.  It's becoming Bare Oaks Dog Park ha ha.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday

The rhubarb at the clubhouse is ready.  It is on the golf cart parking side.  When you harvest rhubarb, do not cut it.  It needs to be pulled out (without pulling out the roots).  If you do that it will keep growing.  If you cut it, the plant will think that it is done and quit growing.

Take as much as you need for your own use, it is for everyone.

Wouldn't a rhubarb / strawberry pie be nice?

It's still cold ... but the temperature is rising.  It is around 65F at the moment.

Sun is out, no rain. Cold wind.

A friend sent me this photo:



So I put a few oranges near my feeders.  So far, nothing, but I'll keep checking. I have Orioles.

Long weekend coming up!

No events scheduled for the weekend.  There will probably be a lot of bonfires...



The mosquitoes and black flies have gone back into hibernation...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday

Thunderstorms and rain Thursday night...  lots of rain today and it is cold - 45F.

The dust is down on the roads.

Five more birds at the feeders which makes a total of 21 ... in one day.

Heron (not exactly ON the feeders)
Hawk  (chasing birds away from the feeders)
Cardinal
Red-wing Blackbird
Red-breasted Grosbeak - male and female

You probably don't care but I think it is great that we are getting so many birds here.

To the person who is feeding the fish bread off the dock... or to anyone who might think it is a good idea.

Fish will eat a lot of stuff, however:

"Bread contains yeast and when eaten by fish, it will expand and can cause constipation for most fish.  The most resilient fish will survive however others will disappear as they suffer. "

Also...

"Bread tends to swell up several times its initial volume in water. It may cause intestinal blockages if the fish swallows a large piece (which may even be a tiny piece - remember, fish stomachs are generally no larger than their eyes.) Bread is also very very bad for many birds for this reason."

Don't feed them bread, it will kill them. Eat it yourself or throw it out.

There is a bit of caution tape at the beach, it is the area where the toads are spawning so please don't go in the water at that location.




Here are a pair of toads, the male is on her back.   All the eggs are around them in a string. (Click to enlarge).




There are lots of them!!



Watch for toads crossing the road and either get out of your car and point them in the right direction or ... don't run over them.  There were quite a few unlucky toads on the main road in the past few days. Drive slowly. Yes, they are difficult to see at night but make an effort. They are only here for another week.

There is a nice big fence being erected today in the staff area.  It should give them a bit more privacy. :-)

I found a bucket with minnows in it at the beach yesterday.  Left by the kids as they were playing with the bucket.  I put them back in the lake. Also, there were toys floating in the lake with no one around. 

Very windy today... brrrrrrrrrrr.

Highlights of the Members Meeting. There aren't any, you should have been there :-)

The rain has stopped...



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday

It was 90F today... whew... very nice.  NEKKID weather!!

No rain for a very long time.  The place is really dusty so drive slowly.  I'm sure you will not have a problem driving slowly as there are TEN speed bumps (two bumps in each location) all over the place. 

A bit much in my opinion.  I say, just fine the speeders and they won't speed again.  $25. first time. $50. second time... and... so... on... heh heh.

The golf carts AND bikes should all be under 11kpm also. Note: any car or truck over 40 years old cannot drive under 20.  Good chance they would stall.

There are American toads laying eggs on the east side of the beach.  Please stay out of that area. Right now I had to yell at two kids (females) who were playing in the toad area. Time to put up a yellow tape.

The aerators are on.  There goes the peace and quiet.  The south aerator is off between 6:00pm and 9:00pm, during dinner hour, to give everyone a break from the noise.  The aerators help to oxygenate the lake so they are necessary.   Not sure why the fountain is on as it is usually only on during the weekends.

Congratulations to Stéphane for the:

THE EAST GWILLIMBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2015 Business Excellence Award

Environmental Leadership Award: Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park - Stéphane Deschênes

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Cool.

I'll repeat this as it is THIS SATURDAY.

Saturday, May 14

Volunteer Day.

10:00am – 3:00pm
We're hosting our annual Volunteer day. Day visitors who volunteer come in free! Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. Lunch is provided by the Bare Bistro for free!

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Annual Members meeting runs downstairs. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.

6:30pm - 7:30pm : Join us for a Pot Luck dinner. Stay for the auditions, music and enjoy the start of a new season. Don't forget to bring a dish to share. We will set up after the Annual Members meeting.

8:00pm – 8:30pm
New Forest room, Clubhouse (Downstairs)
 
Bare Oaks Players is calling for the 2nd round of auditions for our forthcoming Variety Show, 2016-2017 season. All welcome. If you cannot attend, please send an email to bop@bareoaks.ca with your audition piece. Dance, Juggling, Singing, Shadowing, any form of art. Note that we will start at approximately 8pm, following the Pot Luck dinner. Stay for music with Dean and Dot after the auditions.
 
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Phew, busy day.

Don't forget the birthday bash on June 18, 2pm, lot 126.  Potluck snacks (like Hump Day). BYOB. Rain or shine. There will be cake!  Yeah! 

Not many people in the seasonal area this week.

The ducks are gone. Probably moved on to their summer home up north.

The area in the forest north of the parking lot has been cleared and it looks nice plus it probably cuts down on mosquitoes.  Not the trees, they are still there, just the leaves and such.  Lots and LOTS of trilliums.

Don't put any large items behind the dumpster without checking with the office.  Most of the stuff there came from a staff trailer so the park is going to remove it whenever the spring cleaning is done.

THE HUMMING BIRDS ARE BACK.  This is too early.  I fill two feeders daily... someone else better start feeding them as I'm tired of it.  Okay not really, the season has just begun so I better not be tired of it.  :-D

The lawns look lovely, thanks Missy.  The roads look lovely, thanks Missy. 

There are now gates on the front gatehouse.  Plus cool potlights.  The fob system is not in place yet so the gates are not working.

The ladder is on the raft.

If you are walking around the lake, feel free to sit on my benches and watch the birds. Please use a towel as I have reminded a few people to not sit there (or anywhere) without a towel .  Yesterday we had 16 birds:

Blue Jay
Yellow Finch
Sparrow
Nuthatch
Baltimore Oriole
Hummingbird
Chickadee
Barn Swallow (eating mosquitoes)
Cowbird
Starling
Red-headed Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Robin
Mourning dove
Grackle

Expensive birds who are very hungry. Ha ha.

A reminder not to fish in front of my place.  I feed the fish around 6pm or so... after the aerator is off.  I don't do it every day but if you see me, ask, and I'll feed them.

Go for a walk...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday

The sun was out today but the wind was chilly.  It rained for a few hours.  That is the weather report for today ... :-)

There are fishing signs on posts at both ends of the lake. Please read the signs before fishing.

Birthday Bash coming up on June 18!  2pm. EVERYONE WELCOME.


Potluck snacks and ... you might want to bring a chair. 

A while ago we used to have the Hearts and Flowers Committee.  I think that is what it was called.  Every month we would have a birthday party for that month's 'babies'.  It was fun, a nice get together.  Plus cake... cake is good :-) 

We have the Hump Day on Wednesdays but not everyone can get here on Wednesdays.

Speaking of Hump Day... thanks Rainy for sending this.

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Hump Day Happy Hours are coming soon to a Bare Oaks Site near you.
Wednesday's 4-6 pm....Everyone Welcome ...Please bring chairs, beverage of choice and a snack to share if you wish...

First scheduled Hump Day Happy Hour ... EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!
June 15th Dave and Sharamine's Site #114 ..Happy Birthday Dave ( Gilligan) Hope to see you there...More details to follow!!!!
If you wish to host a Hump Day Happy Hour ( all you need to supply is the Site as everything else plates, tents, tables, etc supplied by the Bare Oaks Social Committee), please contact Rainy #227 or rainywolfe57@gmail.com to book your dates now...(Aug 3 and August 10th are booked ). If you have no site it can be hosted at the Outback!!!!

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Oooo another June baby.  If you are a June baby or know of someone at the park who is one... email me, or tell me as I drive by in the golf cart. 

The square foot gardens are looking lovely, thanks to Lance.  He rebuilt two gardens, whippersnipped the entire area and removed the junk wood. We rebuilt two other gardens last week and put short fencing around them to prevent bunnies from eating the veggies.  Pictures next time as I keep forgetting to take them. 

5 gardens have been spoken for plus Kim and Wendy have three... two with trees in them ... for the park I think.  There are still 8 or 9 left. Check with the office. I have asked a lot of people and so far no one has shown an interest in using one of the gardens.

Blackflies are biting.  I haven't seen many mosquitos but I know they are out there.

Lots of junk being left behind the dumpster.  Swings, a sofa, wood, two mattresses... plus more.  Not sure who is leaving it there... could be staff, could be people from outside the park, could be members.  If you are a member, arrange with the office to pay them to take your stuff to the dump or you can do it yourself.  Going to the dump is easy.  Georgina Transfer Station, Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot, 23068 Warden Avenue, Georgina, Ontario. I've been many times. It is north of here, just north of Ravenshoe on Warden. They weigh you in and out. Usually it only costs $10. if you don't have really heavy stuff. Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm. You can only drop off household hazardous waste on Saturday.

It also looks like crap and is the first thing people see coming into the park. 

That said... the park said they would be taking it to the dump soon.  :-)

The pool is open... it looks cold brrrrrr.  There is a heater so... it may be warm soon.  The lake is always open.

Potholes are mostly gone due to the new grader.

Missy cut the lawns !! 

Not many people up this weekend, probably due to the COLD weather. 

The American Toads are mating at the beach... and were very loud today.  Please do not touch them. 

Fun fact.  Did you know “Ravenshoe” is actually an English abbreviation for the Scottish name “Ravens Hoe”…..Home of the Raven.  So the street is pronounced 'Ravens hoe'  not 'Raven shoe'.  However, most people in the area call it 'Raven shoe'...

I'll repeat this one...

It's time again for our annual volunteer day. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day - Saturday May 14, 2016
10am to 3pm

Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers by the Bare Bistro.

Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition. Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)
  
Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.
   
4pm to 5:30pm – Members' Meeting
   
All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.
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The front gate building is coming along nicely. The stonework is done, the siding is on, the window and doors are on and there is electricity.  Common knowledge... when the drywall is up, the project is half finished.

That's it!  Clean your trailer and your site... SUMMER IS HERE.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday

It's HOT outside... okay 71F... that is hot.  Suntanning weather!!!

Not many people here at the moment although people are bringing in stuff for their trailer.

The wine is done!  I stated months ago that we were making a batch of red and a batch of white wine at Cam and Sherri's wine store... which is called Wine Kitz in Newmarket. (http://winekitznewmarket.com/)

Started Feb 23, bottled today... 62 bottles. The red has to age for 3 months... the white less.

Gotta love it for under $6.00 a bottle.  Everything included, except the empty bottles.

Visit them at the Newmarket Store. Located just west of Bayview and Mulock at:

Wine Kitz
Unit 10, 559 Steven Court
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 6Z3

Call them at: 905.836.8240 or drop them a line using the form on the website. 

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June Birthday Party coming up on June 18th in the afternoon!   Details to follow.

We have some baby bunnies in the park which are really cute.   Too bad the cat owners feel it is necessary to let their cats roam free and kill a lot of the park animals.  According to the License of Occupation... ALL PETS MUST BE LEASHED.  A cat is a pet.  This year I've seen three cats roaming around and a lot of people that I have talked to are not happy about this.  I guess there are rules for some, and not for others. I know Wendy and Kim walk their cat on a leash and it is soooo cute.  They are very good at herding a cat.  End of this weeks rant :-)

The mulch on the park gardens is DONE!  There are a few gardens at the entrance that need plants so if you are out and want to buy an extra plant... :-)  Some of the perennials are coming up but there aren't many plants at the entrance and the annual are quite dead.

Missy was grading the roads again today... they are very very nice now.

The hot tub is up.  There was a cracked pipe earlier this week but it is fixed. 

Last July there was talk (in the Georgina Advocate) about putting a solar facility above the swimming pool.  Ground breaking in 2016.  I haven't heard anything else about this project recently.

I don't think the pool is open yet. It was quite full last night during our walkie.

The American Toads are out and vocal...

Mommy, daddy and 5 baby geese are swimming around the lake and front pond.

We also have Mallard ducks in the lake! Their nest is nearby... usually on the ground.

Fun facts.

The mallard or wild duck is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, and other places that I am not going to list.
 
The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black speculum feathers which commonly also include iridescent blue feathers especially among males. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes.
Scientific name: (No one cares)
Lifespan: 20 years (Adult)  (gezz, I did not know that)
Clutch size: Female: 8 – 13 (Adult)
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population decreasing)
 
 
Female left, male right.
 
 
... and here you thought you were going to get away with no educational blurb today.
 
Too bad about Fort McMurray and the fires.  It is worse than you think.
 
Below is a map of the current wildfires burning in Alberta.
 
Showing current wildfires larger than one hectare by severity and size of fire
 
 
 
 
That is a lot.  Canada is on fire.  The red is out of control, the green is in control.
 
Just thought I'd throw in some news for you.
 
Alrighty... go read a book.
 
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday

It's still cold out but people are gardening.

The water is ON in the seasonal area... !!

The power was off on Sunday morning for a bit.

We have a geese family in the park.

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Geese facts.

Everyone wants to get rid of the geese on/near the lake that have nested nearby and now have 5 babies.  Here is something you probably don't know...

"If the geese stay and lay their eggs, they lose their flight feathers for a while so can't fly. In the spring, while young are maturing, adult geese molt. All flight feathers are lost at once, so these now-flightless birds must remain hidden or seek refuge on open water while new feathers grow. By (whenever.. 6 weeks later), both adults and young are able to fly. In September or October, they begin their fall migration."

Now you have learned a new thing today :-)  THEY CAN'T FLY... and you do not want to kill them by chasing them... and keep your dogs away from them.

You also might want to know this little fact: "Canada Goose is protected in Canada under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. Commercial transaction (such as buying or trading) are prohibited. The possession, hunting, and interfering with the activity of the animals are restricted by law. Environment Canada's Wildlife Enforcement Officers have the responsibility for enforcing the legislation."

Now I know you don't like goose poo but the only thing that can be done is chasing them into the river to get rid of them.

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I'm going to be hanging the fishing facts on posts at the lake in two places.  Please read before you fish... and have your kids read it.

Everyone who fishes MUST HAVE A LICENSE if you are between the ages of 18 - 64.

Here are some highlights.

1. Observe the closed season for the species listed on the flyer.
2. Fish with artificial bait not worms and minnows.  Don't use the frogs from the lake or around it.
3. Don't use stainless steel hooks.
4. Don't use corn as bait as it will kill the fish.
5. To put a fish back, gently lower the fish into the water. Don't toss it 10 feet as I witnessed one kid doing.
6. Keep the smaller fish and let the big ones go.
Most important. 
7. The parent fish are guarding the nest when spawning. If caught, the predator fish will eat the babies.  The nests are in the shallow water so fish the deeper part of the lake AWAY from the shore.

Now, read the flyer. :-)

Thanks to Bruce T. for researching and writing the flyer document.

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The roads are still in great shape but it rained so we have a few potholes.

Did I mention it is cold?  It is around 44F.  You can plant your seeds outside now unless they germinate in less than 2 weeks.  Don't plant any plants as some nights it goes below freezing.

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The park gardens are mulched... very very pretty. This is half the load of mulch, the trailer was full!  It carries about 5 cubic yards.  Blah, heavy.





Thanks to Missy for picking it up!  Thanks to Shelley for helping distribute it.  Thanks to Judy for spreading it on the front garden.  Thanks to Kim for pointing out a few places where it was needed (eg the mini putt). Phew... lots of people helped.

Very few leaves on the trees but there are some buds!

World naked gardening day (http://www.wngd​.org/) is on May 7... the first Saturday in May.  I think it may be a tad chilly.

Nothing else on the calendar except for May 14... see the last blog for details on that day.  It is very busy.

Check out this toy helicopter!



Cool eh?  Not really... (click for bigger photo)



They dropped pellets over the river/lake this week ... trying to cut down on the bugs.

The black flies are out!!  Plus a lot of mosquitos at dusk.  Be prepared.

Someone asked and I haven't heard anything about RS Bulk Propane picking up the rest of the tanks or giving us our credits for the propane.  Ha ha ha. I doubt the credit will happen but ... that is only my opinion. I have three tanks here ($500. in propane)... two were picked up a VERY LONG TIME AGO.  One is still in front of my trailer.

Did I forget anything?  Probably... oh well... go take your dog for a walk...