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October 14, 2007

Book review no. 1

Filed under: Gardening,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 6:20 pm

This new book is specifically for West Coast gardeners and is an indispensable tool for dealing with all the common pests found in coastal gardens. The excellent photos, drawings and descriptions make it easy to accurately identify pest problems and what to do about them. The emphasis of the book is on prevention through good growing practices and pesticide free solutions to problems that do occur. – Susan Tice, Russell Nursery, 1370 Wain Rd., N. Saanich. To order the book go here: West Coast Gardening

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 5:54 pm

Strange clouds build over Saturna Island as viewed from South Pender.

Photo by John Jones.

October 11, 2007

Preparing for winter…

Filed under: Home projects,Nature watch — Jocko @ 7:47 pm

My view of Pender out the kitchen window one morning last winter. Photo: Jocko

CRD Environmental Services would like to remind residents of Magic Lake Estates to winterize their service. The winter of ’06/’07 was particularly severe, with freezing weather, snow and frequent wind storms. This resulted in an extended power outage during a period of severe freezing weather. After the thaw, volunteers were rallied to go door to door and look for split pipes spewing water on the ground and inside homes. Thirty one household services had to be turned off at the street. To avoid similar problems recurring this winter, all residents are encouraged to:

1. Turn off all outside taps, disconnect and drain hoses.

2. Turn off and drain irrigation lines, if any.

3. If you are going on vacation, ensure you get a neighbour or someone to check on your heating and plumbing daily.

4. If you are a seasonal occupant, turn off your main water at the house and drain the in-home system.

5. Plumbing routed through an outdoor or unheated area should be insulated or that section drained. The best solution would be to have a plumber relocate it.

If your water has to be turned off at the street by the CRD because of ruptured plumbing, you will be required to have the plumbing inspector verify that the repairs are acceptable before service will be restored.

October 8, 2007

A life worth living…

Filed under: Commentary,Views — Jocko @ 12:21 am

I am wondering: “When our lives inevitably draw to a close, how would each of us sum up our time of being “Me”. Various measures could be applied, but ultimately, the best scale is the one that we apply to others who have come before us. Lets simplify the “life test” by having a positives and negatives column under which we can all give ourselves star ratings. To get the bad stuff out of the way, here are some not so great behaviours.

judgemental; self-centered; ethnocentric; short-fused; covetous; snobbish; (fill in the blanks)

On the plus side, we may have our survivors comment on how (this) we were:

generous with our time and things; spiritual; eccentric; irreverant; humourous; wicked (in a ha-ha sort of way); kind to animals; open; loyal; colourful; impulsive; provocative and (fill in the blanks).

The message is actually not really that complicated, but in our cluttered lives, the signal is subject to considerable interference. I hope all of us will deserve a positive remembrance.

October 7, 2007

Tai Chi classes underway…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:31 pm

Taoist Tai Chi Internal Arts and Methods:

New beginner classes have just started at the Pender Islands School Gym, 5714 Canal Road. Classes will continue until January 2008 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Sundays.  For information call 629-6989 and visit for more information regarding membership and other class schedules.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

Knowing our place…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:50 pm

Photo: Jocko

Check out “A Place In The Islands”, a new publication produced to provide information to people who are new to living in the Islands Trust Area and the San Juan Islands and to generate awareness of the benefits and challenges of living on an island in this special part of the world.

“A Place In The Islands”

October 6, 2007

Short term vacation rental update:

Filed under: Governance and Legal,News — Jocko @ 4:23 pm

The Pender Islands Vacation Accommodations Association (PIVAA) has announced a victory in their defense of short term vacation rentals (STVR’s). A circular just issued by the PIVAA states: “In a recent Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) made up of Gary Steeves, Ken Hancock & Giselle Rudischer, lost its bid to stop property owner, Robert Conconi, from providing short term vacation rental accommodations. The Honourable Mr. Justice Hinkson dismissed the Trusts charges with “costs to the defendant”. This means that our tax dollars will be used to pay Mr. Conconi’s costs as well as the Islands Trust’s prosecution expenses”.

October 1, 2007

Save the planet?

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:06 am

From the “Top 50 things to do to stop global warming”, here are 10:

1. Use a clothesline or carousel in nice weather, instead of the dryer.

2. Buy products in packaging with re-cycling or re-use in mind.

3. Plant a tree.

4. Buy locally.

5. Eat less meat.

6. Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking, biking, carpooling, and planning shopping trips ahead.

7. Check your tires to ensure recommended pressure is maintained.

8. Choose a fuel efficient vehicle.

9. Fly less. Consider taking that holiday closer to home.

10. Invest ethically.

For the complete list, go to: Global warming facts

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