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yes, remind the weather has been wierd this season. way too long cold . imagine next week we'll get 40 degrees and no rain til sept.
Not so sure of that, and not so sure I would want that, given I live amidst thousands of hectares of standing kindling, and raging fires across the province would happen. This has been forestalled because of non-normal weather patterns of cold weather and increased rainfall.
This keeps up and there will be no support for "global warming" initiatives, and perhaps not even for other environmental issues, as already skeptics are mocking those who insist it is the greatest environmental issue facing us.
Damn, it's cold again here. Hasn't been above 11C here this year, most of the time (since winter) it's been between 5C and 7C. And damp!
On the other hand, there's been flooding in one part of our village - far away from me, thank goodness - as the snow in the bush starts to melt. If it was much warmer, I suspect half the village would suffer from flooding, so it's a mixed bag.
Don't tempt the gods by mocking global warming - I suspect any rise in sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps will really affect us here.
It's been wet here, and maybe a bit cooler than normal. Today looks like a warm June day from inside, but there's still a nip in the air right now.
I zoomed to Toronto yesterday, and spent some time with our two eldests daughters in the Junction. Along the 401, the ditches are full of water, and low areas are full of water. It's part of a cycle-- we are just rebounding from a serious drought which saw lake levels go way down. Now, they're coming back up.
These kinds of cycles aren't linked to global warming, but the frequencies and extreems of them are.
Just returned from a quick turn around the backyard. I'm astounded how quickly everything is growing. Seems the gardens look significantly different from one day to the next. The oak sapling in the back has six inches of new green shoots from last years woody branches.
I cut the grass on Friday, and already it looks like it could use another cut by tomorrow.
I've been half following the media coverage of the dissapearance of Tori Stafford from Woodstock. The Freeps has been taking an unusually tabloidesque style of coverage on this-- which I think is forgivable because it keeps the public eye open to the case. I'm not sure if it helps or not, in the finding or Tori Stafford, but it can't hurt, and, it's all that can be done.
But I've noticed that as time goes on, as the media focuses on salacious drama around the parents, Tori Stafford's picture appears less and less frequently.
Well, when one explains to them here, cold weather notwithstanding, that indeed we see direct effects of global warming, by way of the pine beetle devastation, and "climate change" impacts like colder springs, it pretty much falls on deaf ears these days. And that is not a good thing, so now when I discuss it, I mainly use "climate change" as a descriptor, as opposed to global warming.
What salacious drama? Have not heard a thing.
Well, it is local.
It is raining again here with some snow, news reports said last evening that rainfall in BC has been increasing every year since 1930, and it is now 20% more than it was back then.
Apparently climate change started long before the advent of excessive fossil fuel use.
I was really hopefull that Victoria Stafford's dissapearance was some family issue, and she'd be found alive with relatives in another province or something.
Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.
And the story is no longer local.
If her body hasn`t been found, how do the police know she was murdered - haven`t heard an answer to that one yet.
The population of our tiny village is set to double as the wharf and road projects get underway. Barges are bringing trailers for workers to live in for the next couple of years. I might take in a small trailer on my lot for one of the workers building the new wharf. It`s unbelievable how much equipment has arrived already, and much more to come.
No, but this is all still breaking news. It's my guess that we're seeing the effect of the prisoner's dillema at work. One of the two has already confessed and has cut a deal. I'm going to watch the T.V. news in a few minutes-- or as much of it as I can stand-- I expect that the O.P.P. have found her body by now.
This little girl went missing back on April 8, and the surrounding area has been highly aware of this dissapearance. You can't go into a Tim Horton's or variety store without seeing her picture. As time went on, people became pessimistic, but I didn't. I really felt that there was a good reason to hope for a better outcome.
I don't even know what I feel right now.
One of the two has already confessed and has cut a deal.
I didn`t know that. Thanks for the update.
Sorry, when I said "One of the two has already confessed and has cut a deal" it was still part of "It's my guess". I don't know that for sure.
I'm sorry again, I'm not terribly articulate. I shouldn't even write about this, because it's left me depressed. And then again, I can't not say something.
Sorry for trying to work this through this way.
I guess it'll be on the news tonight.
Don't be sorry, Tommy, there's reason for it. I was so hoping for a miracle. She's about the same age as my Tigger. I felt sick to my stomach when I saw the headline.
Another clear sky day here, and am going to plant some more garden.
Made rhubarb jam and processed some into the freezer yesterday, it seems like a bumber year for it. Very tasty too this year.
Still too cold and windy to do any gardening here. Looks like we'll do our planting the first week of June, as usual. I should be used to this weather by now, I've lived on the Quebec Labrador coast since 1995.
Not to rub salt in, but Snarfy the Wonder Girl and I were walking through the neighborhood yesteday, through pools of lillac scent. Everyone's lillac bushes are in full bloom, and it seems to be a mast year for them or something. I have two large bushes. I was lying in bed a few days ago, and every once and a while a light breeze would waft lillac into the room.
Wow. I love the smell of lilacs. Too cold and windy here for me to go outside without two sweaters and thermal underwear in addition to a heavy jacket, tuque, and gloves. The fishermen and those building the new wharf and road are all grumbling about the weather here. I went for a ride in the truck, but otherwise I'm staying inside today.
Just finished painting some more fencing, and a gate, my lilacs are just coming out, next week should see the bush full for the first time ever.
Peonies are up, as are the Iris.
But there was fesh snow yesterday on the moutains so...we are no where close to a spring melt off and the end of slide season.
Well I have had to give up the idea of my no cost/low cost garden. I just couldn't get the irrigation correct and my veggies were being overwatered. With no one who knows about pop can gardens etc I am at a a loss. They looked very poorly today and I didn't want to kill them for experimental purposes so I translplanted them into soil. Maybe I will wait a few weeks and buy some extra plants and try again on a small scale.
CTV affiliate, CFTO-TV, in Toronto had its save local television open house yesterday. It was held in Scarborough at the TV station. I didn't go to it because I did some shopping and later went to the laundromat. Later, I went home to see if I could watch some local programs on CTV and the A-Channel. I couldn't find any.
Obviously, it's those big bad cable providers at fault here.
In another thread, Skinny Dipper, you mentioned how news is about the only local programing. There must be more, burried somewhere, as there's a CRTC requirement for so many hours of local stuff.
Having said that, I bet a good chunk of that includes the full hour of news as local, when if you put a stop watch to the news hour, I bet you only get about 15 minutes of actual local news.
today, saw the first swallowtail land on a yellow celandine.
and i've almost finished the first main planting, still some to go as i'm shifting some things around, weeding, and doing other stuff.
planting is risky. weeding is very satisfying. both involve lots of digging. its like this every spring- sore muscles i haven't used all winter and long days till the sun sets and the mossies get me. wouldn't have it any other way though. if you don't work close to the soil you miss all the little things popping up and the miraculous little critters carrying on their lives..you don't catch a whiff of sweet oxygen or the geese heading for their evening meal.
anywy, back to it
To Tommy_Paine, I have seen the CRTC licencing conditions for some of the stations on the web. It would take me awhile. I might be able to dig up some dirt.
To thanks, I hope you had fun digging some dirt today.
I did go into a Walmart today. I didn't buy anything. Phew!
SD, i did a bit today, going back out again.
Hate weeding, :)
Going to plant somemore today, plus may mow a bit of the taller grass. And perhaps even rip some old shakes off of the barn.
Went to the Yorkton Short Film Festival on Friday, ate lobster and shot skeet. Spent the day at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival on Saturday, where the wild girls raked in some dough for making music and then spent it. Closing exercises/performance day for our kung fu school on Sunday, including a screening of our new doc, The Path to Shaolin. Full weekend!
How did the screening go?
Very well! Lots of positive comments.
Great! When is the broader release happening and where?
Just premiered on Equator HD and regionally on SCN. We are still waiting for an air date on VisionTV, which will be the most accessible for people with regular cable outside Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Okay, let us know, perhaps I will be in the city when it airs on Vision, or make a point of being there.
Tried to put in wave two of one of our market garden this afternoon. Got about three rows and the engine fell off our rototiller. Bolts snapped in half. I will have find out if some of our cattle have been joy riding on it. On a more positive note- we are having fresh lettuce from the garden with supper tonight.
Yes, Timebandit, be sure to let us know when the documentary airs.
Broken bolts could mean that one had vibrated loose, leading to more vibration, and more loose bolts before they finally broke. Particularly if the roto tiller was fairly new, and the surfaces under the bolt heads were painted. The paint rubs off, leaving a few thousands of an inch clearance. This is how truck wheels come loose on the highway, and why the bolts holding on the wheels on a new truck have to be retorqued after just a few initial miles, particularly stud mounted wheels. So, when you replace the bolts, run the roto tiller for just a while, under load, then re-tighten the bolts.
Hope this isn't coals to Newcastle, B.A.
It is a rather old, but if I do say so myself, well maintained rear tine tiller. All the bolts sheared off at once. It is the damnedest thing really. No idea what caused it, other than just fatigue, which as we both know can be an issue, causing one to go, which then made the others say - screw that I am not doing all the work.
On the upside we planted the last round of our potatoes tonight. That was 150 lbs in total of 3 different varities of potatoes. I was a bit lagard in ordering this year and they were sold out of my favourite Purple Viking. It is simply the best potato going, but really hard to get certified organic stock for. So we had to settle for the last round consisting of Yukon Gold, Chieftan and Superior. The first two rounds had some fingerlings, Red Gold, Shepody and a few others.
Oh I love purple viking, and we have not grown them now for 2 years, as 2 years ago they did not produce for some reason, so we were not able to store any and we would to go to VIsland to get more. But we are thinking they do not grow well in more northerly climes.
My last few days have been filled with weeding, cutting grass, cutting down tall grass to put down smothering mulch for future garden beds and a more weeding. I've also discovered that I'm going to have to build raised beds for the veggies if I'm ever going to be able to plant anything earlier then end of May,early June as the ground is just too wet. Not a big deal but it just means more work that I wasn't planning on and a bit of a planting delay.
I now really understand where the that person is 'chicken', as in scared comes from. Yesterday I opened the gates to the chicken pen to let them roam out a bit onto the grass. I was outside but still am wary about predetors. I was around the front of the house and suddenly a cry went up and the whole lot of them started going nutz. I ran around the house with my shovel in hand not knowing what to expect and there they were all bunched up together, frightened and yabbering, as they were being attacked....by a butterfly.
LOL, too cute ElizaQ, reminds me of my No Fear ball cap, One side has a "fraidy cat" and the other side has a "chicken"
London City Council voted last night to abolish the Board of Control. London is the last municipality in Canada to do so. The four member Board of Control was elected city wide, and was allways dominated by the pro-development, Chamber of Commerce types.
It's been a long time in comming, and it marks another marked shift away from developer control of the city. With the loss of board of Control, the business sector looses three votes, and the progressives one.
It will be interesting to see who on board of control runs for council or perhaps mayor next election.
oops - double post
The fishing season here which began in April is well under way, with a couple of boats already reaching their quota of snow crab - it's been a good year, with about 75,000 pounds of Snow Crab being brought in every day when the weather is good. At least one of the boats that has reached their quota is getting ready to drag for large ocean clams here in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Later in the year there will also be boats out for scallop and a limited cod fishery. One of our locals with a lobster license brings in lobster occasionally, but he also fishes for crab so will have to finish his crab fishing before harvesting lobster in abundance.
The construction of the new wharf is well under way (here in Kegaska, on Quebec's Lower North Shore) and I think another construction company finally has the contract to build the road from Kegaska to Natashquan, which will finally connect at least one village on the LNS with the provincial road network. I think it's a three year project - and difficult conditions, as a lot of the land here is marsh and swamp which provides unique challenges for road construction.
No signs of the new Coast Guard boat yet, but it's still scheduled to be here this month.
Someone suggested to me recently that with a new road and wharf (and a new supply ship coming next year) that Kegaska may be the new base of operations for the company that serves the coast with the supply ship - but that hasn't been anywhere near close to being confirmed yet. We're certainly getting a lot of federal and provincial money this year.
This is the first week this year when the forecast gives us mostly sunny warm weather - and I have my gardens all planted, hoping that this week everything will start growing again. It's been the coldest and wettest spring I can ever recall.
Though not as cold and wet as yours, S/W Ontario has been wetter and cooler than usual, and more so than people would like. Funny, though, the cool temps haven't seemed to have effected the plants both cultivated and wild. Although we've had our share of rain and then some, we've also had a lot of sunshine with the cooler temps. Looks to be another year where it's impossible to be a bad gardener.
Hot hot hot here, expecting dry lightening too. If rain does not happen soon, even if there is still a whack of snow on the mountains, the province will burn.
Gardens are doing wonderfully, and am hoping for a bumper tomato crop.
Granddaughter is coming today for the summer, yehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
We had our St. Jean Baptiste day fete last night at the schoolgrounds. We've missed the last three because of kids' activities, so it was nice to hang out thre again.
The fireworks this year were sublime.
Let's continue in a new thread, we're almost at 100 here.