Oak Bay Emergency Preparedness
Fire Chief Dave Cockle delivered an important letter and leaflet to all households in the neighbourhood identified as being located within an area that could be affected by a Tsunami.
BOTTOM LINE :
- if you find yourself on the other side of Windsor Park (ie in Victoria or the Oak Bay Village) do NOT come back to Hampshire House due to expected flooding at Windsor Park - Go to Oak Bay Recreation Centre.
- if you are home at Hampshire House follow our procedure.
We have incorporated the directions in our Hampshire House procedure . Please review and print out and store by your radio and flashlight.
Home Hardware on Oak Bay Avenue has wonderful new very low cost ($8.00) LED lanterns. The batteries last for a very long time and they throw out much light.
The Fire Chief suggests a "Grab and Go" Kit well described in his leaflet. I am thinking we might well purchase a "condo kit". This could include a small generator. I am putting together a small budget for this "condo kit" proposal. In the interim you are on your own.
A simple way to extract drinking water from sea water is worth reading and printing out.
P.S. Please note that after an earthquake the power will be out for a long time. If you have 3/4G service you might still have access to the Internet through your Smartphone.
BUT it is wiser to print-out the pages (today) with any useful information you think you'd like to have.
After the earthquake and after you have moved to higher ground (street level or Oak Bay Beach Hotel), please try to send an SMS text message to 2 people you know (relatives or friends) off Vancouver Island. It is unlikely your Internet will work.
Liz Smith raises money to help Firefighters
Hampshire House owner/resident Liz Smith, President of Athlone Travel and of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association has recently organized a fund raising campaign mostly contributed to by Athlone Travel's clients in Victoria. Liz thanks several residents who were extremely generous.
Wipe Problem - Solution Found
Angela Bassage writes : My quest to solve HH's blocked sump pump issue led me to something from the US that may work for us. A similar product is sold in the UK and I wonder if it or WipeAide is available in Canada. If so it may be worth our cost to provide suite owners with a starter bottle along with product info.
See www.wipeaide.com and be sure to watch the video below:
Pine Cone Masonic Symbol
Pine cone masonic symbol appears on Oak Bay Beach Hotel pillars.
The pinecone was at once an ancient symbol of reproduction and regeneration, and a Masonic emblem of enlightenment. Descartes had suggested that the pinecone-shaped pineal gland might be the "abode of the spirit of man", from which the soul "radiates forth through all the remainder of the body". Uglow describes how "the cone's slow ripening and opening to release the seeds came to stand for the expansion of consciousness." The pinecone was also mathematically significant. The arrangement of its scales follows the Fibonacci sequence, in which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13. Occurring in a multitude of biological settings, from an artichoke to a snail shell, the Fibonacci sequence articulates, as Uglow puts it, "the geometry of life".
Storm Damage - December 2012
Dec 2012 : Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa Area : Opening day storm damage In November, saw a huge wave break a glass panel on the sea-front. So it was not totally unexpected when the first big storm saw another monster wave crash into the glass "sea wall" causing the whole wall to collapse into the pool.
Hatties Heist - We've reached our goal
Hurrah and Hurrah instead of Hello Hello
We've reached our goal
as of the time of this writing (55 hours to go) thanks to generous doners like you. Tessie, the Yorkshire Terrier who won the dog audition is celebrating by riding around Oak Bay her in full motorcycle regalia aboard the real McCoy, a Harley Davidson. Not only can she ride a motorcycle, but she does all the doggie tricks in addition to working as a therapy dog. Hattie and Tessie will make a compelling team in "Hattie's Heist."
Tessie wins Dog Star Contest
Drum-roll please ... We are pleased to announce that Tessie has wagged her way into the hearts of Hattie’s fans!!! It was a dog-fight to the finish with lovable Ollie and Arthur close behind. Please welcome Tessie to Hattie’s gang and read about her at http://hattiesheist.com/hatties-pooch-tessie/.
Prudence Emery and Hattie would like to thank everyone who “LIKED” on Facebook and those who “LIKED” enough to donate a few bucks on Indiegogo [http://www.indiegogo.com/hattiesheist].
If you haven’t had a chance to donate on Indiegogo please do. That’s the only way you’ll see this fab pooch Tessie on the big screen!
The Indiegogo fund-raising campaign ends on November 30th. Only 9 more days to go! Visit update to see Tessie.
PS Great news. After a major contribution, $18,408 of the $25,000 target is now pledged. Only 9 days left to reach $25,000. Please encourage your friends to contribute and help this Oak Bay/Hampshire House movie to be made.