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Old 11-20-2010, 03:03 PM   #4021
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Wow, that is so pretty but now I am freezing and here it is 63F. I know you are frozen, you need to go back inside and warm your feet by that wonderful wood heat. I love all the pictures but the one especially of the bay I really like, do you mind if I save that one, I may use it as my new desktop background if you don't mind.

I hate that so many of your plants were damaged, that was a lot of hard work. My guess is the soil on your island is so rich the plants and trees grow so fast they haven't had a chance to get thick stems and trunks. Well, that is just a guess.

I for one really do appreciate you going out of your warm home to take the pictures so we can see them, thanks buddy.
I'll email you the full size photo. The little 100 kb pics don't blow up too well for a desktop.

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Old 11-20-2010, 04:32 PM   #4022
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I don't know why this made me laugh so hard.

Keith, thanks for taking the time to take these pictures and for posting them. The snow is pretty, but I'm sorry it caused so much damage.

We had a heavy snow like that one time that took huge limbs off several of the trees in our yard and the entire town looked like a bomb went off. It was a wet, heavy snow and any trees that still had leaves on them were damaged.

In the picture in post #4016, was the tree that's second from the left always leaning like that? Jim's right, that is a pretty picture.

The forsythia should be alright. They grow back fast.

The structures in the Japanese garden look nice.

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Yes...that is a huge Douglas fir and it has been like that since before we got here.

But it's only a matter of time before it will go over. Once they get like that they are pretty much done for. Firs like to grow straight up. Even if they grow on the side of a hill, you will see that the bottom of the tree might come out of the ground at an angle, but the tree will very shortly straighten itself out.

Since we have been here I think 4 of these large firs have fallen and landed in the bay. Then we cut them up for firewood.

I have a leaning fir tree growing in the middle of a deck - big mistake - which I should have cut down before I built the deck. I left a 2" space around the tree when I put the deck surface on, but now that is filled up. It needs to go.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:33 PM   #4023
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This is the fir you are talking about. Its' roots are right down at the waterline of the ocean. Surprising it has lasted this long.
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I'll email you the full size photo. The little 100 kb pics don't blow up too well for a desktop.
Thanks Keith, I really do appreciate the picture a bunch and I appreciate you allowing me to use it as a back ground on my desktop. That picture just gives me a great feeling and I feel like I am right there looking across the bay.
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Just got an email from the new folks at the other end of the island. It seems there are two big trees down by their place - one right across the roadway. So Danny is cutting that one up now.

That means there will be many others as well.
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I have decided to change the flooring in the master bedroom to solid wood as opposed to the laminate that is down in the guest bedroom.

It looks like I will do the hallway upstairs, which is maybe 90 square feet, and possibly the inside of the closet. The rest I will find some solid T & G flooring instead.

The reason is because the laminate needs to be tipped up at 25 or so to be pushed into place. On some of the blind curves or corners, this just isn't possible. Just as well I found this out on a relatively small floor area.

Live and learn I guess.
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I have decided to change the flooring in the master bedroom to solid wood as opposed to the laminate that is down in the guest bedroom.

It looks like I will do the hallway upstairs, which is maybe 90 square feet, and possibly the inside of the closet. The rest I will find some solid T & G flooring instead.

The reason is because the laminate needs to be tipped up at 25 or so to be pushed into place. On some of the blind curves or corners, this just isn't possible. Just as well I found this out on a relatively small floor area.

Live and learn I guess.
What kind of wood flooring are you planning to use? That will be a good change in the master bedroom.

I have been meaning to ask you but can't remember for some reason, have you ever seen any brown cotton? Not dyed but grows brown. I still have some that I grew a couple of years ago. Will cotton grow up your way?
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...and by the way, anyone who is unkind enough to mention temperatures anywhere near 80F while we are about to get dumped on with the white stuff should be shot, hung, drawn and quartered...not necessarily in that order.
Well since I'm about to be drawn and quartered, I should mention that it's a little past midnight and I have my windows wide open! Current outside ambient is a very pleasant 70F.

Now, come Thanksgiving day we are going to get a shot of that cold air, high temp 54 low temp 32, cold air will arrive sometime during the day on Wednesday. I am going to a football game on Thanksgiving night (Texas vs. Texas A&M) and it will be chilly by our standards.

You have to understand too that it's around 95-100 all summer here, the heat is relentless. But the other 9 months of the year it's usually pretty nice :D
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the forsythia will come back stronger here if you cut it back to the ground. we have black bamboo here at our home with stalks 3/4 to 1-1/4" thick and 30' tall. Heavy snow last year bowed stalks on most, should have cleaned snow off cause they don't bounce back. Cut them this spring and gave to neighbors for trellis material. Day after I cut had new sprouts that were 3' tall in 4days. timothy
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What kind of wood flooring are you planning to use? That will be a good change in the master bedroom.

I have been meaning to ask you but can't remember for some reason, have you ever seen any brown cotton? Not dyed but grows brown. I still have some that I grew a couple of years ago. Will cotton grow up your way?
There is a tree here called Cottonwood which grows to a large size. It is considered a junk tree here and is used for papermaking. I haven't heard of it being used for flooring. Perhaps because Maple is so common up here, and that is what is commonly used for floors.
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Well since I'm about to be drawn and quartered, I should mention that it's a little past midnight and I have my windows wide open! Current outside ambient is a very pleasant 70F.

Now, come Thanksgiving day we are going to get a shot of that cold air, high temp 54 low temp 32, cold air will arrive sometime during the day on Wednesday. I am going to a football game on Thanksgiving night (Texas vs. Texas A&M) and it will be chilly by our standards.

You have to understand too that it's around 95-100 all summer here, the heat is relentless. But the other 9 months of the year it's usually pretty nice :D
Usually at this time of year our daytime temps are up around 7 to 9C, so this is an unusual cold snap for us this early.

In fact yesterday - the 20th - broke snowfall records all over Vancouver Island for that day.

The previous snowfall high for the Nanaimo airport was only 4 cm. That's only just over 1 1/2". Yesterday they officially recorded 24 cm, or about 9.6". There were higher amounts recorded at various other locations.

We often hear about the very high summer temps down in Texas, usually associated with deaths of older folks who can't escape the oppressive heat.
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Did Ruxton Island get 9" of snow too?
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the forsythia will come back stronger here if you cut it back to the ground. we have black bamboo here at our home with stalks 3/4 to 1-1/4" thick and 30' tall. Heavy snow last year bowed stalks on most, should have cleaned snow off cause they don't bounce back. Cut them this spring and gave to neighbors for trellis material. Day after I cut had new sprouts that were 3' tall in 4days. timothy
The black bamboo is one of the very few that I don't have here...yet.

I was tempted to buy some from the store up at Coombs a few years ago, but the plants looked to be in such poor shape that I decided otherwise.

You obviously picked the perfect time to cut the bowed bamboo. I have noticed that my bamboo plants here - which are nowhere near that mature - will grow a few inches in one day. I don't have any of the really big growers, as we simply don't have good enough soil to support that kind of growth.

Perhaps when we get back to Vancouver Island I will be in a better position to get some of the larger plants. I think I have about 30 different types here right now, almost all of them the lower growing varieties.
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Did Ruxton Island get 9" of snow too?
It's hard to say how much we got. By the time it was daylight, water was running everywhere and the snow pack had obviously diminished.

Judging by the amount of snow on the trees around midnight, I would say there was about 6" in total on the ground.

I expected it to be gone this morning, as it barely got down to below freezing overnight - only about -1/2C, but there is still 3" on the ground in the untouched areas.
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There is a tree here called Cottonwood which grows to a large size. It is considered a junk tree here and is used for papermaking. I haven't heard of it being used for flooring. Perhaps because Maple is so common up here, and that is what is commonly used for floors.
Buddy, I may have mislead you talking about your floor then about cotton. I am talking about the cotton that cloths are made out of. 99.99% of cotton is white but I have some brown cotton.

Talking about cottonwood trees, the bark on them is much sought after here buy wood carvers, it sells here for around $10 a pound. Here is a carving I did on cottonwood bark and a picture of the brown cotton.
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