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Flash Back Fridays

This story has a relation to a previous Flash Back Friday which can be read here.


Barbara had a connection to the baby delivery story. The PR was something that Jim didn’t dare miss out on. He took Barbara to the phone that was in our apartment in town. Her task was to phone newspapers and tell them of the amazing story that she had just gotten wind of. It was hilarious as Barbara pretended to have no connection to the Lodge. It is lucky that there was no call-display in those days.

Like many people, the ‘Strathcona connection’ began with Barbara long ago and has carried on in often surprising ways.

I first went to ‘the Lodge’ when I was still a teenager, in the late 70’s. I had been living on the island for a short while and had taken an apartment in Courtenay as a transition until I found a place where I felt more comfortable spending my time., I was idealistic and driven to find ‘my place’ and then to allow opportunities to unfold. Strathcona turned out to be the place. Fortunately money was not my motivator, as money was not part of initial months at the Lodge. I began working at the start of the winter, when there were only a skeleton crew and the Bouldings to maintain the facilities. The atmosphere was warm, intimate, and felt like home.

Nancy Brown with Nick and Josie Boulding

Nancy Brown with Nick and Josie Boulding

I brought youthful defiance, as I smuggled my cat along with me. I lived in a cabin on the waterfront, and naively thought it would be a non-issue. That was until Nancy began to notice her wandering about. It was hard for Nancy who liked birds and did not like cats, not to notice, as my cat decided that Nancy’s balcony was a lovely place to hang out. The more Nancy didn’t want her to be there, the more my cat was determined to torment Nancy. Several times she even managed to find her way into Nancy’s house and take up residency on her bed. She truly thought that she and Nancy were best of friends. Lucky for me, Nancy and I managed to become friends instead. She will never let me forget that cat. Read more

Living City Challenge

Jay Dahlgren is the Gardner at the Lodge and over the winter she was part of a team that submitted a entry in the Living City Challenge.  Currently her teams work is being show in the Comox Valley Art Gallery.  The following excerpt describes the reasoning behind their design

“The metaphor is of a flower:  The underlying principles of the Living Building Challenge is that all development projects should use nature as the ultimate measurement stick for performance.  The Challenge uses the metaphor of the flower to illustrate this principle.

Like a flower, all elements of the built environment are rooted in place.  Yet, a flower has placed-based solutions to meet all if its energy, water and resource needs to maintain balance with its surroundings.  So, image a building, site or infrastructure project that is informed by its ecoregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resoucres, captures and treats its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty; and a neighborhood that has scaled these solutions appropriate to its size and function.”

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? While the human imagination knows no bounds, the Living City Challenge: Design Competition required that entrants model their futuristic cities on existing places – demonstrating how selected city might be adapted to cultivate a rick community fabric that is rooted in its climate, culture and place.  The concepts behind the visualization had to be adaptable to multiple contexts, but grounded in place.  The visualization had to weave new construction and infrastructure into historic buildings and grids that currently define the city in question.  The visualization had to incorporate technology that currently exists, at least as a prototype.  The challenge asked design teams to viualize a truly sustainable city that could conceivably be created over the next twenty-five years.

Jay is having a weekend gardening special here at the Lodge May 12-14 to get you prepared for the upcoming growing season.  You can find out more about the special by going to our Special and Promotions page.

Learn how to be creative with the resources at hand with Jay Dalgren May 12-14, 2011. Here's an exmple of a Canoe converted into a flower box.