Monday, 26 May 2014
Right on the heels of major problems with the hot tub, the pool is giving us more trouble.
As most people know, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down for the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!
We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needs to stretch as the weight of the water goes in but that doesn't work well if the temperature is low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it last week. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out.
We are now trying to determine if there is a stronger patch available (a faster fix) or if we need to get a new liner. That would be slower since it has to be custom ordered. On the other hand, it will have to be replaced for next year anyway.
Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
The cabins are ready!
To encourage some early use, we're offering half price until June 16th. Don't worry if it's cold – they're fully heated.
The cabins sleep up to 6 and feature a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. Outside there is a picnic table and a BBQ with a side burner. The cabin comes with linens, basic dishes and utensils. Since you don't need clothes either, packing will be very light and easy!!
But there are only 4 available. So make sure you call ahead and reserve.
Get the coupon at: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/offers.html
Details and more photos at: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/cabins.html#cozy
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Bitcoin is now accepted for payment at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and The Bare Boutique. It can be used to pay for purchases both in person and online. A virtual currency is perfect for people without pockets!
Privacy is a concern for some of our members and visitors. They fear being judged because of their beliefs. We could certainly debate whether that's a real issue in today's world but we can't argue that is how some people feel. The anonymity of bitcoin can provide some reassurance. From a business standpoint, bitcoin is very easy to use and has a low transaction cost. (much better than credit cards) It's like cash but without the trouble of counting it and transporting it to the bank.
We actually set up Bitcoin payments several months ago. Now that the process has been properly tested and we've had our first transaction, we can officially announce it.
The security of bitcoin is not a big concern. The recent failures that grabbed headlines were more about security breaches in currency exchanges; not weaknesses of the currency system itself. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and the Bare Boutique will be holding their bitcoins in local wallets which avoids that issue. They will only be stored briefly in exchanges while they are being converted into Canadian dollars.
One criticism of bitcoin is that it is not backed by any government or institution and has no inherent value. You could say that about gold as well. That is basically just a shiny metal with very few practical uses. It is not essential to our survival in any way. Yet we all value it because for thousands of years we have been taught to treasure it.
Another criticism is that it is used for criminal activity. It is true that criminals like the anonymous nature of a bitcoin transaction. But you can say the same thing about cash. In fact, cash is even less traceable yet nobody is suggesting getting rid of it.
Initially most bitcoins we receive will be converted into regular currency. It is a reality that the vast majority of our suppliers do not accept bitcoin. But acceptance continues to grow rapidly so that may change in the not so distant future.
To learn more about bitcoin, visit bitcoin.org.
Friday, 2 May 2014
The FCN has organized a private showing of “The Love List” at Herongate Barn Theatre on Friday, May 23, 2014. (that's not the Victoria day weekend – Victoria Day is May 19th this year)
This showing has been specially arranged to allow the audience to be clothing-free.
Synopsis of “The Love List”:For more details and to reserve your seat using our online order system, go to the reservation page:
Remember the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Leon and Bill write up a list of qualities defining the perfect woman, and much to their surprise, she appears. This hilarious and thought-provoking play examines the quest for perfection.