Louise Queen

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Frost Heaving

In My day to day on April 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

It may sound like a nasty disease but do not fear. Frost heaving (or frost heave) is the process by which the freezing of water-saturated soil causes the deformation and upward thrust of the ground surface.

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As the ground surface is thrust upwards this in turn has an affect on trees, plants, driveways, house foundations and other similar structures.

So what actually is happening…
As the mean air temperature drops in the fall of the year, the surface of the ground will freeze. With the lower air temperatures of approaching winter, the freezing plane slowly penetrates the soil. In a fine-grained moist soil a peculiar phenomenon occurs. At the freezing plane, the water in the soil turns to ice. This is, in effect, a drying action and water in the unfrozen soil beneath moves toward the freezing plane in the same way that water will move from moist soil to dry soil. This water, on reaching the freezing plane, is able to flow through and around the soil particles there and to join the ice crystals above, thus adding to the growth of a lens or layer of pure ice. Pressure is developed so that the ice and soil above it are lifted.

All I really know is that a lot of the roads around these parts are not all that much fun to drive on at the moment. However, as things gradually keep warming up the roads supposedly even out again (well at least until next winter).

Curling

In My day to day on November 5, 2008 at 6:00 pm

We decided that being new to the area we should get out and meet some of the locals and what better way to do it than at a beginners curling course. Tonight was our first night and I must admit initially I was having none of it. You put a slider over one shoe and have your other one just as it is – they are then referred to as your gripper and slider!

After a wee tutorial we then warmed up before heading onto the ice to partake in drill practice. Drill-practice involved 1) making your way from one end of the rink to the other (not as easy as it sounds, but I succeeded without ending up on my ass) then 2) pushing off the hack (like a starting block) with your gripper whilst sliding on your slider with your brush held horizontally in front of you along the ice (minding your fingers in the process 3) same us number 2 but holding your brush out to the side at 45 degree angle which was perhaps easier but looked far more complicated 4) same as 3 but with the stone in your other hand! After much practice I was finally starting to get the hang of it.

Next Tuesday is rememberance day and in Canada this is marked as a holiday hence no Curling for 2 weeks but I promise to get some photos on then!

Promised photos….

Curling

Curling

On the ice

On the ice

Mooseheads Vs Sea Dogs

In My day to day on October 31, 2008 at 11:53 pm

My first real ice hockey game… and the Mooseheads actually won for once! Oh not to mention the big punch up right near the end!

The Rink at the Metro Centre, Halifax

The Rink at the Metro Centre, Halifax

We arrived early and manged to get some good shots of the emptry ice rink. After taking the snap shots we sorted ourselves out with some popcorn and a couple of beers… Read the rest of this entry »