Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 Timmins, Ontario

Earth Hour 2009 Timmins, Ontario. Our first time at participation.

At our place we dug a hole in the snow and placed our fire pit base there. We started the fire a little early so the young ones could roast some hot dogs.

From 8:30 - 9:30 no lights were on in the house and anything else we could think of that used power was turned off. Candles burned in the front window, the bathroom and the living room.

Outside the fire burned to provide heat and light. It was a little cold, minus 5 away from the fire.

Kid number 1 and I sat at the fire for half an hour and talked about life in her fast lane. i really enjoy our talks.
Powerwise, only the fridge and furnace working this earthhour

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wind and Solar Power at Gillies Lake

Gillies Lake now has a wind turbine and solar array that soon will be producing green energy.

It is new!

It is smaller then the wind generators in the wind farm I visited in Sault Ste. Marie, but it is still very impressive.

I am told it is a Skystream 3.7. This summer you should be able to visit it and see how much electricity it is generating. The power is wired in to the building and I think there is also plans to have it into the grid to reverse the meter!

What a great idea. It was pretty windy when I was there today and it was quite, much more quite then the big towers in Sault Ste. Marie. I am really looking forward to all the information it will be able to show. Will have to follow this once it is fully operational and displays in place.

You can follow the link below for more information on the wind generator there is also links to MRCA and Wintergreen Fund for Conservation. There is a picture of the wind farm in Sault Ste Marie.

Wintergreen Fund for Conservation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March 17 a record breaker

March 17th was a record breaking warm day in Timmins.

The old record set in 1968 was 10.6. Much of the snow melted and water ran everywhere.

The mountain of snow in my back yard did not go down very much but seemed to just get a little stronger and slicker.

Today it is one big chunk of ice as the temperature has fallen again to -15. Looking forward to spring, the flowers the birds, the walking trails to explore.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Greenhouse is turning green

Spring has come under the plastic. I love this time of the year. You can step out of the -30C outside temperature and into a tropic moist warmth that fogs my glasses instantly. Soon the benches will be just a sea of green.

We have been seeding in the greenhouse now for month. The little seeds of white pine, white spruce and jack pine are starting to germinate. You can see in the pictures the seed coat has not yet fallen off some of the seedlings. The seed coat will fall off as they get bigger.

I see I will have to work harder at getting better closeup shots.

Timmins Honour Role of Trees