Posts Tagged With: sun

Solar Roadways…

Check out this amazing video from a small company in the U.S.  What a novel idea with so many applications.  Apparently they are in full test mode with a parking lot at the moment and hope to have other projects up and running shortly.  The basic premise is using a new type of solar panel to build roadways (and/or any other area which is exposed to sun and currently made of concrete/asphalt).  There are many applications around the world and I hope this company really succeeds.  Maybe local government will see this and do a test or trial with it.

Enjoy your Labour Day weekend!

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Pet owners – please view and share

Summer is here and with it the heat!  One of my pet peeves is when I see animal owners leave their pets in a car, even if for only a couple minutes.  I confronted one dog owner who was just running in to get some milk at a local shop; “I’ll only be two minutes” he said, perhaps ignorant of the fact that his dog could die in those short two minutes.  I now have some posters printed which I keep in my car and I put them on the windscreen of anyone leave a pet in the car, even if it is shaded and has the windows cracked.  Anyway, I saw the video below on youTube; if you are a pet owner or know someone who owns a pet (hell, just watch it anyway) then take a couple minutes to watch this vet as he spends 30 minutes in a car.

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Boccé 2011…

Saturday, Aug 6th: The Pitches @ Knight Rd.

The 3rd Annual Boccé Bash presented by Flip Flop Shops took place Saturday afternoon at the boccé pitches at Knight Road.  Twenty-four teams of two arrived seeking to capture the coveted Boccé Bash Cup.  Last year, teams battled the elements with the finals played in driving rain under cover of darkness.  Fortunately, the weather gods were on our side this year and the only concern was running out of sunscreen.

Four pools of six teams commenced round robin play in mid-afternoon.  As summer came late this year, the pitches were in prime condition, green and lush, a perfect firmness for those rolling balls.  Competition was fierce with wiley boccé veterans outpacing many of the newbies.

Following pool place and a well-deserved meal break, playoffs commenced with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the finals.  Heated play saw TEAM PRG (Colin Cunningham, Tim Davies) versus LOVE YOU LONG TIME (Tony Gibson, Russ McLean) in one semi while defending champions PALLINO NECKLACE (Lucien Bellamy, Ton Trieu) battled THE CLANSMEN (Steve Blacklock, Steve Andersen).  PRG and THE CLANSMEN ended up in a tie for 3rd while LOVE YOU LONG TIME defeated PALLINO in a hotly contested final.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors; Flip Flop Shops, Ben Davies Financial Planning, Blackfin Pub, Coastal Physiotherapy, Budget Brake and Muffler, Gordon Hearing Services, The Head Shed and Grant Floors and Interiors.

Stay tuned next summer for details of the 4th Annual Boccé Bash!

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It’s official..time to FREE YOUR TOES!

Free your toes everyone!  Well, it took lots of work, negotiations and a million emails but we finally can officially say we are going to open the Flip Flop Shop in Woodgrove Mall probably in the last two weeks of June (stay tuned for the official date!).  Josée just returned from a week in California where she did the training on all facets of the business from ordering to staffing, inventory to marketing, bookkeeping to product knowledge; needless to say it was very comprehensive.

We’re just waiting for the building permit to settle then we can start the construction phase.  Josée has contracts set up with all our brand reps so we’ll be ordering shortly.  Some of the brands include Olukai, Reef, Sanuk, Havaianas, Flojos, O’Neill, Sole and Cobian – to name a few!  We’re both excited about the new business and think it will be a fun store for our friends to visit!  You can stay in touch with us directly by visiting our store Facebook page here.

Flip Flop Shops – Live, Work, Play…with your toes exposed!

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Scenes of Knight

Nice morning stroll out the back of our property with dogs and cat; Monty was too busy grazing in the front to join us. We had a quiet half an hour sitting in the back field, sun blazing down on us while Tegan, Jack and Julius patrolled the perimeter. What a nice place we have!

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The Great Wall of Knight (Phase I)

If you want to cause yourself some frustration, angst and general “I’ve had it with this !&#(%@ project” feelings, just build a wall and try to get it level in three dimensions.  A project I’ve tried to get underway for the last two months finally came to fruition yesterday.  I’m wrapping the front and side of our house with a small retaining wall, behind which I will plant various flowers, shrubs and even banana trees!  I did a bit of reading about retaining walls and the most consistently repeated advice was “make sure the first course is level”.  What I did not know (until I spent several fruitless hours on my knees, cursing like a trooper) is that in order to have a level first course, one assumes that the bricks/blocks being used are of a consistent, exact shape.  This really helps.  Anyway, I set and re-set multiple bricks only to find that they were level horizontally but not front to back; or level front to back but not against the lie of the land ~ very frustrating!

Eventually I came to the realization that I was not going to be able to make a perfect wall and that once it was set, planted and settled with some rain, it would look just fine.  So I began digging a trench lined with gravel, setting the bricks of the first and second courses, filling them with gravel, re-grading the driveway and filling the bed with dirt, ready for planting.  It took quite awhile but after fifteen or twenty bricks, I started to get into the swing of it.  The wall still has a little tilt but overall it is not bad.  Bob and I moved a bunch of gravel to make the driveway look better plus we filled the space behind the retaining wall with dirt, ready for planting.

Now I just have to start the other side of the house!

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Re-Buttle

It’s been a long time since I last ventured into the beautiful Strathcona Park, ages since visiting Buttle Lake.  We haven’t made the best use of such a magnificent resource, only a short drive away from us; we’ll try to do so more in the future!  We left Comox Thursday lunchtime and drove to the launch site, just past Strathcona Park Lodge and the turn-off to Gold River.  We packed the kayak and within half an hour we were paddling down the lake, basically in a southerly direction.  The sun beat down on us, the whisper of wind and drops of water from our rhythmically dipping paddles just enough to keep us cool.  The lake was dead-flat calm making for speedy paddling.

It took as about an hour, with one brief reconnaissance stop, to reach our first stop, Titus Site.  It was at the base of a mountain, tucked into a twisted stand of cedars and oregon grape and appeared to us to be shadow bound for most of the day so we continued on to stop two, Wolf Creek.  This was a nice looking campsite, on the edge of a glacier fed stream but for some reason it spooked Josée, the woods surrounding the campsite reminding her of the Blair Witch Movie.  We moved on.

We paddled for nearly two more hours, enjoying the scenery, drifting alongside green forest and towering granite hills.  The occasional stream rumbled down from the heights, glacier-fed and cold as ice.  We were looking for Philips Creek marine campsite but either didn’t paddle far enough or paddled by it; several of the sites are hidden in the dark of the forest, difficult to find with even a conscious effort.  Eventually, as we were in the gloaming, we decided to bunk down on a small spit of gravel.  Unpacked, supper eaten and tent pitched, we enjoyed the quiet of the late evening, the random call of a loon, echoing in the hillsides and across the still water.  It was a beautiful night.

Josée was up early the next day and located a better campsite for us, a tiny island, perhaps half an acre in size.  It turns out (after reviewing google maps post-trip) that this island was only a kilometre or so away from Philips Creek but it was a great site so there was no point in moving.  We enjoyed the day, reading, napping, and reflecting.  Perhaps the best thing about being in the great outdoors is the quiet and feeling of ‘big-space’.  It was great to just sit and be; no thoughts, no phones or computers, no chatter, no work.  Just be.  As the Italians say: La dolce far niente.

Saturday saw us pack up and paddle out, three hours, the last of which was hard slogging into a strong nor’wester.  The trip was a nice little break; disconnection is a good thing!  Next trip – Sayward Lakes!

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