Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday

It's very hot here... 98.2 F with a humidity of 65%.  Phew.

Tried to trim a few trees today but it's wayyyyy too hot. 

Air conditioning is good.

From Rainy...

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RIB DINNER presented by the B.O.S.C
Saturday July 30 at 6 pm - 7:30

Note: the Bare Oaks website says it is at 2pm... ignore that, it is at 6pm.

Beckett Circle near the Community Fire

BBQ Back Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Salad, Baked Beans, Dessert

$20.00 per person
12 years or under $10.00
Family $50.00

Tickets available at the Front Office or at Rainy and Greg's site 227 or Shelley Site 200A
Don't miss out!!!!!

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HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR

EVERYONE WELCOME!!!

Wednesday July 27
4-6 pm

Hosted by James
Site 221

Please bring chairs, beverage and a snack to share, if you wish ! Shade/Shelter always provided!
The middle of the week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon beverage and some munchies. Socialize with other members and guests, see old friends and meet new ones.

Hope to see you there! Everyone Welcome! Bring your neighbours and friends!!!1

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BARE OAKS OLYMPICS

Saturday July 30th 1 pm
Front Lawn Everyone Welcome. Details on events calendar

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The Variety Show last Saturday night was great. Singing (including French songs), musical accompaniment, gymnastics, and a hilarious MC.  (I can't give you the names as I don't have permission to list their names here).

Another Bare Oaks Variety Show will take place on July 30th from  8:00pm – 9:15pm. Tickets: $5.00.

It will feature members and staff doing Monty Python, a Skit by a member and friends plus there will be a tribute to recently dead music artists complete with sort of costumes/makeup (David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince plus) and other stuff.

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Phew... a busy Saturday.
 

Coming up on Aug 5 – 15, 2016
 
An Art Residency exploring the Nude Human Body in context of Nature, Culture and Art.
 
NOTE: This event is NOT organized by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. It is an independent, 3rd-party, event that is happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
 
Naked State is a 10-day residency to create artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art. For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency Facilitator live as *naturists (in the nude) within the Bare Oaks naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc.
 
Artists will have opportunities to socialize and integrate with the Bare Oaks naturist community at campfires, swimming, and sharing meals. This programmed residency offers facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, group discussions with naturism advocate *StĂ©phane DeschĂȘnes, a special guest workshop with multi-disciplin​ary artist Johannes Zits, guest visits by artists and members of the Bare Oaks community, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur on a regular basis, individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. There will be a closing event, whereby artists present their creative explorations to the Bare Oaks community. Naked State art residency welcomes people in all walks of life and genders into a journey of creative exploration and self-discovery.
 
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There was rain last night, thunder and lightening too... fun fun. The grass is green again!!
 
The new gate system is not working yet but the guys were here installing stuff today.
 
The jets on the hot tub are not working.  They should be fixed by mid-August.
 
The gardens went crazy this summer, too much growth!!  ack ack. The square foot gardens are doing great!  Some tomato plants are 4.5 feet tall... and there are red tomatoes on them!!  I planted 2 plants that have sweet teardrop yellow tomato... those plants are not doing well.  Ho hum.  Oh well, I have 9 other tomato plants.  Beets, beans, peas, carrots, ... the spaghetti squash are coming along nicely and crawling down the paths between the plant boxes.  I should take photos... if I remember...
 
Tree cutting guy was here today.
 
Sun is out!!  Yeah!!  Too hot to sit outside though... unless you are in the shade. 
 
Time to go for a walk...    
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday

Busy busy weekend.  It was family weekend and there were a lot of kids everywhere.

There are still a lot of kids here... playing in the lake.

HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR

EVERYONE WELCOME!!!

Wednesday July 20 4-6 pm

Hosted by Don - Site 200

Please bring chairs, beverage and a snack to share, if you wish !

The middle of the week is fondly referred to as Hump Day. So why not join us each week throughout the summer to kick back and enjoy a late afternoon beverage and some munchies. Socialize with other members and guests, see old friends and meet new ones.

Hope to see you there! Everyone Welcome! Bring your neighbours and friends!!!
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There were some potholes in the roads and they have been graded again.

Every Saturday from 11am – 12pm

Nikki is back for the Summer with Yoga classes for any level yogi. Weather permitting, it will take place on the front lawn under a slice of shade. Yoga is a beautiful way to connect with yourself. The classes offer a balance of moments to challenge yourself and deep relaxation. No class Aug 20th, Ends September 3. Class price: $10 Mat Rental: $2
 
There was only one person at the class on the 16th.  I didn't know about it and I'm sure a lot of other people didn't know.
 
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The lake is so warm, the fish are now at the bottom. 
 
There is a white string along the bank of the west side of the lake.  That is to keep the geese off the lawns.  IT WORKS.  Maybe stringing the entire lake in the spring would keep them out of the water.  The dogs are very good at going over the string as it is only about 4 - 6 inches up.  The geese will not go over it as they don't want to be cornered and can't hop that high and can't fly.

Nice day today, not too hot, not too cool... 86F with a breeze and not a lot of humidity.

Don't forget to pick up your new fob. Deadline is this coming Sunday. The new system turns on on Monday July 25. You will NOT be able to get in after hours.

Someone let their dog off the leash to chase the geese the other day.  Whose fault would it be if the goose attacked the dog?  eh?  Methinks the dog or perhaps the owner who let it off the leash. :-)

My lettuce in the square foot garden is 4.5 feet tall for the leaf lettuce and 3 feet tall for the romaine.  I can't eat it fast enough ha ha.  Lots of beets and carrots and beans... yum.

Sat, July 23, 8:00pm – 9:15pm
 
At the Outback is  the Bare Oaks Players: Variety Show
 
Admission $5. 
 
For more information: http://www.bop.bareoaks.ca/
 
On July 30.... Saturday
 
11am Yoga with Nikki
1pm Bare Olympics
6pm Rib Dinner
8pm BOP Variety Show
 
Busy day.
 
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Nothing much going on... people are cutting lawns... watering gardens... walking dogs.
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday

Hot hot weather.

Family weekend is this coming weekend.

From the Bare Oaks website:

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A weekend of events with an emphasis on family fun! Activities, challenges, contests, entertainment, crafts, games and all-around fun for kids of all ages. Discounted rates for visiting families. If staying overnight, reservations are strongly recommended.

Event web page: http://www.bare​oaks.ca/index.p​hp/en/family-we​ekend.html

Rates: http://www.bare​oaks.ca/index.p​hp/en/about-bar​e-oaks-family-n​aturist-park/ra​tes/family.html

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The event web page and the rates page display the front page of Bare Oaks so I'm assuming both pages are invalid. 

If you want a list of events, the list is posted outside the office on the bulletin board.

No rain for a while.  Grass is still crunchy. 

I received an email (to post in the blog) that some members noted ... there were kids at the pool who chased the geese around the pond.  The adult(s) (I'm assuming parent(s)? ) did nothing.  Now if the kids are attacked by the geese... whose fault would it be? ;-)  Perhaps the parents should tell the kids that the GEESE CAN'T FLY. 

There have been a few fires at the Outback firepit in the evenings.  GREAT!!  Use the firepit... there are a lot of chairs and picnic tables there.

Hump day today  (and every Wednesday).

Wed, July 13, 4pm – 6pm
 
Brenda & Gary Site 213
 
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 site on, a snack to share and the beverage of your choice. Everyone is welcome.

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Get your new fob (small bracelet) at the office.  Your old fob WILL NOT WORK after July 25 (Monday).  If you come to the park after hours... you will not be able to get in.  It is fast and easy to get a new fob and it costs you $16.95 including tax.  It is a sale, if you lose it you will have to buy another one.  Turn your old one in for a $10 credit (no cash) after that date. The fob will open both gates.

I think one set of geese have flown off.  One set to go...

Water your flowers...

People in the pool yesterday and one in the hot tub so I'm going to guess that the hot tub is now up and running.  Nothing posted on Twitter, that I can see.  I don't use twitter so...

That's it... have a nice hot day.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday

It's been HOT the past few days with no rain. 
That said... it is raining now!!  and 67F... which is a tad chilly compared to the 110F yesterday... phew.

The lawns are crispy, the weeds are green. After the rain, it might green up but... it didn't rain long.

Has everyone noticed there have been virtually NO insects the past few weeks?  No mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies... and only the occasional horse fly.

I've seen CRICKETS and they don't show up until August.

Weird weather.

Problem:  I posted before that someone removed the two plastic watering cans from the Outback.  Well... I was approached yesterday and someone has now removed the pink watering can from the front lawn near the smoking area.  KNOCK IT OFF... and put them back.  They are there for a reason.  Get your own :-)

If you are out in one of the boats... please don't run over our only remaining lily pads.  They are on the west side of the lake.  TWO boats ran over them this past week.  I mean... you can SEE the flowers people.  (click to enlarge)



Lots of people here this past weekend for the Volleyball tournament. I hear they had 18 teams... I'm going to assume a team is 6 people so... lots of action on the courts.

The Bare Bistro was very busy this weekend... which is a good thing :-)

We were there yesterday for lunch (at 2:30... okay late lunch) and most of the tables were full with people eating.  Prices are cheap, food is good and prepared quickly. They need to fix the ink in the register machine though as it is impossible to read your receipt.  (Yes, we have mentioned it).

According to the Bare Oaks Blog:

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The hot tub is down because the heater has failed.

Yes, you read that right. This is the heater that was replaced last fall under warranty for the THIRD time!!

We had announced that we would be installing a backup electrical heating unit. That is now a rush job. We are aiming to have that done within a week.

We are so sorry to disappoint you! 
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I'm not sure if it is back up and running but it was on yesterday.

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The 4 larger geese babies and two parents are now flying.  Hopefully they will decide to leave soon.  The 5 smaller geese babies and two parents are not flying yet.  They can't leave soon as they can't fly. I heard that someone was going to try to 'relocate' them. Too late to do that. I don't know why people think killing animals solves problems (relocating would probably kill them).  Find ways to deter the animals ... that would solve the problems.

Check this out... put one on each pond and... no more geese: http://www.awaywithgeese.com/how-it-works/  The downside is... they are about $400. each.  Blah. 

However, if over $2300. was collected for the fireworks... I don't see why we can't collect $1000. for geese lights, we would only need three.  Guaranteed to work or your money back.  They only work when geese don't have goslings.

Speaking of killing things.  I'm hearing a LOT of complaints about the free roaming member's cats killing bunnies.  Cats kill the wildlife for sport.  Bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, birds... you name it, if it moves, they kill it. 

What happened to the Licence of Occupation rule... 'ALL PETS MUST BE LEASHED'. 

Heard another complaint yesterday from a 'visitor' who was camping.  She could not get rid of a member's cat from her campsite (it went in her tent too!).  I suggested she phone the office... but then, I've talked to the office (as have other people... a few times over the years) in the past about free roaming cats and... they don't care ... whoa, I can see dark clouds on the horizon from that comment ;-).  I figure, if cats can roam free, why not dogs?  :-)  Lots of dogs are going in the lake but at the end opposite the beach. It's hot, they need to cool down.  Tents don't have air conditioning.

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Pretty flowers




According to the LOO (Licence of Occupation), you are not allowed to wash your car or water your grass with the tap water.  That said... I heard that management told a member that they could water during the week but NOT on the weekends. Update: Okay, that is now sorted out... that was for one member only, not the entire park so ... don't water your lawn with tap water.

Lots of people here on the weekends, not as many here during the week. 

The aerator is now going off at the correct time 6pm ... and on again at 9pm.  Thanks T. for helping reset it!

Blurb from Bare Oaks Players
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Our fourth season is in full swing with our first 2 Poetry in the Park held.
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POETRY this year
                Sunday July 17th @ 1pm:  “Friends and Family” during Family Weekend
                Sunday Aug 14th @ 1pm:  “Inspiration, words of wisdom”

Format for this season
Saturday July 23rd, 2016: Variety Show $5
Saturday July 30th, 2016: Variety Show $5
August 6-14: Linkage with Bare Oaks Art Week.  Check out the art residency details at http://nakedstate.ca/apply.  Bare Oaks Players will present something special at various locations in the park from “Model Behaviour” by Jeffrey Fiske
Friday Aug 19th, 2016: A comedy in two act “Buying the Moose” by Michael Wilmot; $10
Saturday Aug 27th, 2016: A comedy in two act “Buying the Moose” by Michael Wilmot; $10
Saturday Sept 3rd, 2016: A comedy in two act “Buying the Moose” by Michael Wilmot; $10
Box office is now open or email bop@bareoaks.ca for reservations

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So... yesterday we put up a white string across the front of my lot... and the geese will not cross it.  Ooooo.  So, I will be picking up more string and putting it across the entire section west of the lake.  It is only about 4 - 6 inches up and on the lake side of the path.  Hah. A human can step over it. They won't cross it as they think they may get caught it in and need easy access to safety. I herded them yesterday and tried to get them to cross it but they ran to the open end... which is why I need more string. Dollar store here I come.

Now, to get them flying.  No geese on the lake this morning.

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Found a whole bunch of spent fireworks on my driveway and near my car the past few days.

The lawns are not growing, no need to rush up here to cut them.

Enlarge this... it is sooo beautiful.




Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday... CANADA DAY !

Raining and cold today.  60F... or something Centigrade.  :-)

It might be a perfect day to play volleyball... if the rain stopped.  It is slowing down now...

ROAD DUST CONTROL

A solution of Magnesium Chloride to minimize road dust was applied this week. Unlike other dust control agents (e.g. Calcium Chloride) it:

• Generally does not cause skin irritation
• Is less toxic than salt and baking soda
• Does not damage plants
• Will last the entire season with only one application

An MSDS sheet is available in the office for anyone interested. The GHS Classifications are:
• Physical: Not Hazardous
• Health: Not Hazardous
• Environment: Not Hazardous
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I clocked someone going over 60KM on the road to the back yesterday... female, silver car heh heh.
She went right over the speed bumps. Then a few minutes later another car at around 40KM... then a few minutes later another car came up from the back at the same speed.

Maybe it is time to put the potholes back ha ha ha.

The 5K Color run is today...