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    10 Houseboats and Floating Home Designs that will Inspire You
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    10 Houseboats and Floating Home Designs that will Inspire You

    November 13, 2019


    People seeking unique designer type homes
    don’t have to limit themselves to finding that perfect plot of land in which to build. There’s a lot more water than solid ground
    around the world, and that could be the ideal place for would-be seafarers to place a floating
    home. Here are ten smartly designed houseboats,
    or floating homes, ready for the water lover to move in. I’m Glen and let’s have a look Number ten. Amsterdam Hollands +31 Architects have created
    a stunning houseboat which features a hybrid electric drive with solar panels and a spectacular
    modern design. A German adventurer and entrepreneur commissioned
    this dreamboat. Considered halfway between a ship and a houseboat,
    it has large windows on three sides that provide outward views of the ocean and plenty of sunlight
    for its living areas. The house also features direct access to the
    water as residents can jump in from almost every room. After a swim, residents can then absorb some
    sun, either on the roof or on the front deck. A similar sailing model is being designed
    to live on the water all year in an eco-friendly way. The builder’s floor plans range from 16 yards
    to about 26 yards in length with storage under the deck. Number nine. A Czech company better known for designing
    and building small, efficient prefab cabin homes is stepping out with a flexible design
    houseboat. They were asked to use their skills on a cabin
    for the water, and this is the result. Their prefab houseboat is called Freedomky
    No. 59 and it features an adjustable interior design so it can be a vacation cabin or a
    small work office. It sits on the river near the center of Prague. The houseboat was made by combining two modules
    and then were attached to a steel pontoon. Freedomky prides itself on building smartly
    designed portable cabins with low energy usage. Number eight. Here’s a whale of a houseboat. This floating “Villa,” as it’s called, weighs
    in at 165 tons and features six bedrooms with 1900 square feet of living space. Located on the water in the town of Kalmar
    on Sweden’s east coast, the boat has a large top deck garden, a 322 sq. Ft terrace, a high-tech kitchen, and a dock
    for visitor boats. The owner wanted something that was low maintenance,
    low energy, and at-one with nature on the water. Villa Näckros was nominated for the Swedish
    Building Industries “building of the year” in 2003. Number seven. Described as highly adaptable lodging solutions,
    the box-like Punta De Mars is available either plugged-in or unplugged. They offer the cabins as waterfront tourist
    accommodations and as individual small water vessels. The Spanish startup company says it’s a way
    to connect you to the surrounding ecosystem for a memorable experience on the water – an
    ocean getaway! The project was created as a collaboration
    between Spanish architecture firm Mano de Santo and KMZero Open Innovation Hub. The boat is 796 square feet with rooms on
    two levels, with a design using distinct vertical lines. The top of the boat offers a large chill-out
    deck with unobstructed ocean views. Number six. This houseboat sits nearly in the city center
    of Haarlem, in the Netherlands along the Spaarne River. The Haarlem Shuffle FLOATING VILLA ONE is
    a spacious 263 square-yard home with two floors. The outside is covered with horizontal wood
    cladding bordered by aluminum roof trim, which gives it a clean, modern look. It has nearly full-length high windows facing
    the street, bringing in plenty of sunlight to its rooms. The newer energy neutral home collects solar
    energy using PV-panels on the roof, combined with a heat pump in the concrete hull that
    gathers energy from the difference in water/indoor temperature. Number five. Built in the USA, the Arkup Floating home
    by Arkup Livable Yachts is a unique take on a floating home. This luxury 4300 square foot houseboat is
    the world’s only customized self-lifting barge. It can cruise along, or be anchored in a marina,
    AND be hydraulically lifted to stand on its pilings above the water. The vessel is a 75-foot yacht that is eco-friendly,
    fully self-sustaining, and hurricane resistant -withstanding winds up to 1 hundred 55 miles
    per hour. Luxury touches are throughout the boat with
    five terraces and balconies, and a large swim platform. Number four. Taking the tiny house concept to sea, four
    different models of this high styled home are available from an Estonian architecture
    firm. They’re called the “Koda Light Float,” and
    are described as having minimalist luxury in a sustainable house. The original Koda sat on solid ground, but
    now it’s on pontoons. These stylish prefab structures are relatively
    small but live large on design with solar-power, modern kitchens and bathrooms, comfortable
    bedrooms, and shaded terraces. The Koda’s are delivered turnkey and installation
    takes one day. Options include a rooftop garden and a second
    unit above the roof. The Koda’s are sold around Europe and in Canada. I’m Allie, and it’s Mind’s Eye Trivia time. By looking at just these images, do you know
    what this is and where it’s from? Leave the correct answer or your best guess
    in the comment section below. Number three. Floatwing, a smartly designed floating home,
    is pegged as a romantic getaway for two. Alternatively, a mobile house in the middle
    of a lake for a family or a group of friends. The Portuguese based Friday company makes
    water leisure vehicles and homes and will build this house to your liking and ship it
    to you wherever you are. Floatwing is self-sustainable for up to a
    week so that it can float on the remotest waterways. This electric-powered houseboat is 6.5 yards
    wide and 11 to nearly 20 yards long and generates up to 80% of all the energy it needs and reduces
    by 90% the organic load of its wastewater. It also has a barbecue and a wine cellar. It can move in the water using two small outboard
    motors and moves at a speed of five knots. Number two. The SeaLoft floating house is 90% recyclable
    and seeks energy autonomy with solar panels, a wind turbine, and batteries. This houseboat was the result of a project
    for floating supported housing with the Sailwood Shipyard. It features almost 48 square yards of living
    space. The builder is exploring several options regarding
    its sales, some for second homes, or rental property as an investment. The original boat is currently renting, similar
    to a hotel suite, and soon for weekly rentals. The builder says several French ports have
    shown interest in the Channel coasts, as well as river operators. Also, a larger Sealoft, called the XL is in
    the works. Number one. Moving utterly opposite to a box theme, the
    Anthenea Floating Habitat is a luxurious floating round domed pod with a glass bottom. Designed by a French architect, it features
    a rooftop bar, five solar panels, plus a generator that lets the boat stay off-grid. There is no shortage of room on the Anthénea
    as it has three living areas, which comprise a lounge room, a bedroom with a circular bed,
    and a relaxation area for up to 12 persons on the roof. It has 538 square feet of living space. The pod is inspired by the “Atlantis” in the
    1977 James Bond classic film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” This unique hotel suite is floating around
    the south coast of France. That wraps up this mouth-watering taste of
    floating homes. Which one did you like the best? Would you order it for your favorite waterway
    getaway? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you so much for watching. Hi everyone, if you enjoyed this video, leave
    a comment about what you found to be the most interesting and why. Also, to get notified when a new video is
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    R2AK 2016 with Liteboat team – Full movie

    November 12, 2019


    Here it is, 3rd day on sea, 5.30pm The race started on sunday and today is tuesday, The essential thing, for now, is that there’s no wind so I’ve just rowed with no sailing yet so it’s pretty hard… You need to pull the boat at very low speeds The good thing is that the weather is good, very warm, I already drank 5 liters of water today and you have time to look at the stunning landscapes of British Columbia and Vancouver Island… We started from a standard Liteboat hull, a LiteRace for coastal rowing and we decided to transform it into a sailing boat. To put a sail we needed to stabilize the boat So we put floats on each side, from single hull to trimaran Sam Manuard, Liteboat architect, has designed all parts, and the boat was fully built at Liteboat boatyard. So from a hull from a standard rowing boat, from a monohull rowing boat, we built a row & sail trimaran while keeping Liteboat pillars : Stable, and Light (the boat all rigged weights 100kg). This boat is full-carbon made with vacuum infusion technic, and either epoxy and vinylester resin For the R2AK, I needed to get experience and knowledge about sailing because before now, I used to do some long solo rows, but without sailing so I get no skills about managing sails I went to Brittany with Germain and my brother Thomas who had a good experience of sailing races with several solo Atlantic crossings They teach me about sailing during two weeks Giving me tips about how to manage sails and routes. The Race To Alaska consists in rallying Alaska from Canada (Victoria BC, south of Vancouver island). It’s a trip of aproximately 700nm, so 1400km You can choose your route, there’s just two mandatory passing points You can have a 15ft or a 50ft boat You can be alone or with a 12 person crew, The two only rules from the organisation are : NO MOTOR NO ASSISTANCE How do I feel ? Very happy to start, Very happy but in the same time not reassured ! There’s some wind, they plan rain, I cannot say that I’m not scared but I think it’s a good thing ! I have a beautiful, well prepared and reliable Liteboat But I need to manage external elements, it’s a very light boat We’ve been working hard at Liteboat workshop to build this great boat Very pleasant to row But it’s not made for very harsh weather and storms I’ve discovered here that weather forecast is not reliable The forecast is just OK for the next few hours, not more and the other uncertainty is currents because there are strong ones, and alone it’s difficult to manage all of that : route, row, sail, currents… This race starts with a prologue, 3 days before the start It consists of reaching Victoria, south of Vancouver island, from Port Townsend, Washington, USA It’s like crossing the Channel with a distance of about 40 NM (70km) in unprotected sea. The day was good, the goal was to reach Victoria ! After all there was no wind, I’ve rowed almost all day long I was really stressed for departure, with a lot of wind, but then it has disappeared ! I was a bit lost because I didn’t knew the place There were opposite currents, whirlpools But it was overall good, just at the end, I was a bit late, and so tide changed so it was hard to get into Victoria harbour One hour before the start, It’s a huge stress for me, I’m happy to start, but very stressed, I haven’t slept very well ! There’s not so much wind, from North-West, we’ll have front winds, but I soon as we’ll be in open sea we’ll have front current too… So my strategy is to follow the coast around Victoria cape The start is like for “24h du Mans” car race we are all up there on the square, and at 12.00pm there’s a gun shot, and we’ll go out of Victoria harbour without sails. The first day of the race is now over, we’ve got a very nice day it’s now 9.10pm We’ve got pretty strange conditions, light front wind, and front currents so it rowed all day long and I have a nice blister under one of my fingers. This evening I stopped on a small pontoon, and the man kindly invited me I’ve attached my boat, pitched the tent, and I’m invited to take a shower in his house, I won’t decline ! It’s 2pm, 4th day of the race, as you can see, there’s no wind at all… There was some wind, but always front. Nothing to help… It’s not the worst, because it’s very calm I’ve done approximately 50% of what I planned but it’s not very important… I’ve done long rowing days, but after 50km you’re done ! The boat weights 250kg 120kg for the boat, and 80kg for the rower… maybe 75kg now… And then there’s 50kg of clothes, anchor, onboard equipment, food and water I’m happy of these first days of the race The boat is going well The rower would need a bit of rest I will arrive around 5pm Every day I wake up at 4.30am because the daylight starts at 5am so I prefer stopping early in the evening, around 6-7pm Night comes around 10pm So today I rowed 8.15 hours without any stop I’m now finishing my day, just 4 NM left, so approximately 2 hours to go. My race had two very different faces : the 10 first days, you’re protected with Vancouver Island so there’s a lot of houses, pontoons and I’ve quickly understood that the final ranking wasn’t interesting because in the end everybody has a different boat, and that wasn’t my plan. But I had the possibility to meet Canadians and their welcoming was fantastic Each time I was stopping at a pontoon, I was invited, so I never slept on my boat People were getting at me “Mathieu, we’ve seen you position on the tracking website” ! Meeting people when you’re all day alone and exercising it’s a very particular thing I have had very beautiful encounters with shared moments and that was the first part of the race : a human adventure ! Most of the time, when it’s not raining (every other day) the best time of the day is the bivouac Just have a look at this dream place ! The idea is to find a place well protected from waves or wind We can’t easily do better than here ! I first lowered the sail and then I put the anchor Now it’s very soon, 7pm just 13 hours of row today… and I will set my bivouac for the night. Again, a beautiful but hard day I’m getting closer to the end, Alaska ! I’ll take 50% of salt water for pasta I just have 1,5 day of water left so then I’ll need to go in the forest to get some water, but I don’t like it, leaving the boat Chinese noodles with herring fillets and it’s not bad at all, I can tell ! I’ve a good inflatable mattress so it take 10min each evening to inflate it.. crazy idea ! a good synthetic sleeping bag, because it’s a bit wet, so not OK with down and here are all of my clothes in waterproof bags It’s very early but as I wake up early it’s good to go to sleep early Bonne nuit ! Here is the dinner, cooked onboard with a low drifting of 2 kt I’ve done already 38.8 kt so 70km, so not too bad Behind me : Seymour Narrows ! Each evening, I recharge all of my batteries and all navigation devices This is how I navigate all day long here is the place where I’m now here and then I can see my track When you leave Vancouver island, the change is important : I haven’t seen almost anyone, any boat a hundred of kilometers alone so I slept 8 nights in my boat, putting the tent on it A quick visit of the boat : here is my rowing place I put a mirror to see where I’m going to I have a small portable GPS which indicate the speed, distance from the start So today I rowed 28.4nm so 50km my average speed is 2.6kt I printed pages with all of my route with approximately 100 maps Here is my VHF, mostly for safety and I also got a satellite phone for security At the front of the boat is the localisation tracker We can also use it for emergency In the orange bag, all of my security equipments with just a carabiner to remove if there’s any problem Here is the beautiful 5.3 sqM sail made by North Sails On the right side, a big bag where I put all of my equipment for the day and there, a bag for the gennaker, 8 sqm I have waterproof compartments with all food, clothes So it was a quick guided tour regarding the size of my apartment : 2 square meters ! Here is where I put the tent each night It’s close to 10pm and I’m installing my improvised mooring I’ll pitch my tent but first, hot water ! So here is the end (I hope !) of the trip I haven’t seen anybody from 3 days now It’s not easy A lot of time to think… I just call Thomas,my little brother, with my satellite phone And I don’t call anyone else, as it could take a week to reach Ketchikan It was north wind all day long from front so I’ve done some miles with the sail The weather was cloudy this morning, now it’s becoming sunny It’s difficult to row, because of the wind which creates little waves So I row slowly, 1.5 to 2 kt Again a dreamy place for a bivouac I won’t be surprised if I see grizzlies, most of all with the smell of the meal I’m cooking I’m 75nm away from Ketchikan, with some ocean parts si I planned another route following the coast, longer but safer It’ll be more than 2 weeks I’m on this race so I really need holidays ! Most of the people says “It’s his holidays”… but …not at all ! Physical commitment is the easier part you train, you have some pain, but mental commitment is much harder Keeping the distance you can be discouraged by the length and difficulties : currents, route, dangerous sea… I’ve just crossed the Grenville channel 100km long like a tunnel surrounding by mountains and I’ve just seen 3 boats ! and today, nobody again… hopefully there’s no problem ! I think that British Columbia is three times France size with around 5 millions of inhabitants, most of them in cities The end of the race was terrible. Very physical With a second part of the trip alone “into the wild” so I have had to pitch the tent each night, the temperature was low I was really exhausted, mostly the two last days when I rowed 15 and 17 hours straight, with a light front wind I lost 7kg during the race even if I was eating a lot ! Rowing uses a lot of energy, you use all of your muscles On the 13rd of July, 2016, I arrived in Ketchikan, after 17 days and 10 hours after the start I rang the bell, the same as for departure It was a terrible emotion First of all, physically : I’ve rowed a lot I’ve got the pleasure of discovering sailing and that was fantastic It was an experience, a learning It was good to combine sailing and rowing Thanks to Thomas and Germain who helped me with trainings I keep in my mind stunning lanscapes, but most of all encounters and shared moments with Canadians or Americans Thanks to Daniel Evans and Jake Beattie for organising such a crazy race like that Thanks to Sam Manuard for the conception and design of this great boat Thanks to the Liteboat team which built a beautiful and reliable boat Thanks to Nicolas for his help at the start and thanks for these great shots and this video and in the end, thanks to my wife Anne for supporting me, and encouraging me in such crazy projects

    Magnet fishing s04e07 – Dömsöd 2.
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    Magnet fishing s04e07 – Dömsöd 2.

    November 10, 2019


    Are we ready? Start the camera! Its on Hello We are here at Dömsöd, we have been here once last year we checked like 40 piers, but this beach is huge, very long What we have noticed, that we are not the first, but there will be catches, just have to be good I’ll go with the 280kg double-sided magnet knotted from top No, not the 650kg I’ll go with the 400kg magnet then. Okay, the 280 magnet, we need a bucket 2 gloves and we have some new items We managed to get this scraper with our logo on it. If you have a lot of scraps on the magnet with this you can we will show it in action It doesn’t fit It should There you go It should fit It should, but it doesn’t Meanwhile I show you our new bag, sack You can pack a lot in there and If you have a really long rope, you can just put it in and take out as much as you need. I think it looks great The eyebolt is on We could start to go You bring the sack? I bring the bucket We have the 650kg magnet with us if we catch something really big I hope we will need it I’d say lets go! Typical case, a lot of scraps on the magnet. This way you can clean it easily, don’t have to use hands I’d like to say the reason we made these in white color is because you cannot see the dirt on it We got the first rod holder very cute pocket size one We thought we won’t catch any rod holders because last time we didn’t have any, and there you go, 10min and we got our first one. A knife. Who has a lot of them? Béla Konecsni! we can do it also kisses from Dömsöd This time, when you stuck on a metal like this you are able to use the magnets with it Here is a little area what you can play with sure you can still catch a lot, good luck with it. we spent 3 hours here, had a very nice weather, lot of fishers, and kids We had like 5-6 piers 2 knives, few rod holders, cans, and some big round item from which we struggled to get the magnet off we thought we have to take it home, and get off the magnet with a rubber hammer Luckily we caught something which was helpful to get it off We will come back again, don’t was to miss the rest of the piers We hope you liked the video if so, please subscribe we will come again with a video soon Bye!

    EarthCare Minute – Lake Friendly Boating
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    EarthCare Minute – Lake Friendly Boating

    November 9, 2019


    Hi, I’m Stephen Monet, Manager of Environmental
    Planning Initiatives with the City of Greater Sudbury, and this is EarthCare Minute. Invasive
    species are non native plants and creatures that take over natural habitats with devastating
    effects. Stop their spread by removing aquatic debris and draining all water after boating.
    Before putting in some place else, rinse your boat and trailer with hot water, and dry them
    for at least five days. When fishing, never release live bait in the water. Instead, empty
    your bait bucket on land. High speed boating can also harm native wildlife. Young birds
    are especially vulnerable to being struck by watercraft or drowned when wakes overtake
    their nests. Reduce speed near shallow shorelines where water birds are nesting and steer clear
    if your encounter a nest. Enjoy the water and, remember that we share it with plants
    and animals that are affected by our actions. EarthCare Minute. One minute is all it takes.
    Brought to you by the City of Greater Sudbury.

    TAKE ME FISHING 101: Safety for You & the Fish [Official]
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    TAKE ME FISHING 101: Safety for You & the Fish [Official]

    November 7, 2019


    (music)>>YEE-HAW!>>COMPARED TO MOUNTAIN BIKING OR ROCK CLIMBING, FISHING SEEMS PRETTY TAME, RIGHT? WELL, CONSIDER THE FACT THAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH SHARP HOOKS…>>WHOA!>>DEEP WATER… AND LIVE CRITTERS! LIKE ANY SPORT, THERE’S A SAFE WAY TO PLAY. FOLLOWING A FEW SMART GUIDELINES WILL KEEP YOUR FISHING TRIPS INJURY-FREE FOR YOU AND FOR THE FISH. LET’S START WITH HOOK SAFETY. TRY USING BARBLESS HOOKS WHICH ARE SAFER FOR BOTH FISH AND PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY’RE EASIER TO REMOVE THAN BARBED HOOKS. IF YOU DON’T HAVE BARBLESS HOOKS, YOU CAN MASH DOWN A BARBED HOOK WITH A PAIR OF PLIERS. ANY TYPE OF HOOK FLYING AROUND CAN BE DANGEROUS. THAT’S WHY IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO WEAR A HAT AND EYE PROTECTION WHEN YOU’RE OUT FISHING. TO AVOID HOOKING SOMEONE WHEN YOU CAST, KEEP ABOUT A ROD’S DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER ANGLERS.>>OKAY, GUYS, LET’S STAND APART JUST A LITTLE BIT SO NO ONE GETS A HOOK.>>AND CHECK THE AREA BEHIND AND AROUND YOU BEFORE YOU CAST TO MAKE SURE IT’S CLEAR. NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT WATER SAFETY. EVEN THE CALMEST LOOKING BODY OF WATER CAN HAVE HIDDEN DANGERS LIKE DROP-OFFS OR UNDERWATER CURRENTS. TO BE SAFE, PUT LIFE JACKETS ON THE LITTLE ONES, OR ANYONE WHO DOESN’T SWIM WELL. COAST GUARD APPROVAL, WEIGHT AND SIZE INFORMATION ARE PRINTED INSIDE THE JACKET. AND REMEMBER, LIFE JACKETS MUST FIT SNUGLY TO BE EFFECTIVE.>>YOU’RE ALL SET. (music)>>NEED TO SEE A LIFE JACKET FOR EVERYBODY ON BOARD.>>IF YOU’RE OUT ON A BOAT, TEXAS LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU HAVE A LIFE JACKET READILY ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY PERSON ON BOARD, INCLUDING CANOES AND KAYAKS. KIDS AGED 12 AND UNDER MUST HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON WHILE THE BOAT IS UNDERWAY. NOW THAT YOU’RE SAFE, WHAT ABOUT THE FISH? THERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP FROM INJURING THE FISH THAT YOU CATCH. TRY TO HANDLE FISH AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. ALWAYS WET YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING A FISH SO THAT YOU WON’T DAMAGE ITS PROTECTIVE COATING.>>GO BACK AND GROW!>>BIG FISH SHOULD NEVER BE HELD LIKE THIS. THIS TYPE OF HANDLING CAN HURT THE FISH’S JAW, HINDERING ITS ABILITY TO EAT.>>OKAY NOW, SQUEEZE YOUR THUMB IN THERE…>>WHEN HANDLING A LARGER FISH, USE BOTH HANDS TO SUPPORT ITS BODY WEIGHT. IF YOU’RE NOT PLANNING ON KEEPING YOUR CATCH, RELEASE IT GENTLY BACK INTO THE WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. KEEPING YOUR FISHING SPOT CLEAN HELPS BOTH FISH AND HUMANS. PICK UP YOUR TRASH, INCLUDING DISCARDED FISHING LINE. FISHING LINE CAN TAKE HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO DECOMPOSE AND FISH AND OTHER CRITTERS CAN GET TANGLED IN IT AND DIE. IF YOUR LIVE BAIT CAME FROM A BAIT SHOP OR ANOTHER BODY OF WATER, DON’T THROW AWAY ANY THAT YOU HAVE LEFTOVER INTO THE WATER.>>NO SWEETIE, THOSE MINNOWS DON’T LIVE IN THIS LAKE. LET’S TAKE IT WITH US.>>CRITTERS THAT ARE NOT NATURAL TO THAT WATER BODY CAN INTERFERE WITH THE PLANTS AND ANIMALS THAT LIVE THERE NATURALLY. IF THERE ARE OTHER ANGLERS NEARBY, ASK THEM IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO USE YOUR LEFTOVER BAIT.>>EXCUSE ME, WE’VE GOT SOME LEFTOVER MINNOWS. WOULD YOU LIKE THEM?>>YES, THANK YOU. I’LL PUT THEM IN THIS BUCKET RIGHT HERE.>>OR, IF NO ONE WANTS IT, DUMP IT IN A TRASHCAN OR ON LAND AWAY FROM THE WATER. OH, AND ONE MORE THING-WHEN FISHING IN THE HOT TEXAS SUN, BE SURE TO BRING ALONG PLENTY OF WATER AND SUN PROTECTION. FISHING CAN BE RELAXING… OR THRILLING!>>WHOAA!>>DON’T LET AN ACCIDENT RUIN YOUR NEXT FISHING TRIP. KEEP IT SAFE AND YOU’LL KEEP IT FUN.>>WHEN FISHING YOU HAVE TO BE VERY PATIENT. YOU MIGHT BE STANDING OUT THERE FOR A WHILE WAITING FOR A FISH TO TUG ON YOUR LINE.>>IT’S STILL GOOD IF YOU DON’T GET TO CATCH A FISH. IT’S GOOD THAT THEY LIVE.

    Using Dragon Boating to Fight Breast Cancer (VOA On Assignment July 12)
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    Using Dragon Boating to Fight Breast Cancer (VOA On Assignment July 12)

    November 6, 2019


    ALRIGHT, WE ARE MOVING ON NOW TO ANOTHER KIND
    OF MOBILE ACTIVITY. DRAGON BOATING IS A TEAM SPORT THAT HAS ITS ROOTS IN ANCIENT CHINA.
    NOW, SOME BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR GROUPS HAVE STARTED TO USE THE SPORT TO REBUILD THEIR
    LIVES. VOA’S JUNE SOH CAUGHT UP WITH A TEAM ON WASHINGTON’S POTOMAC RIVER AND TALKED WITH
    ME ABOUT IT. WE BEGIN WITH THE START OF HER REPORT, NARRATED BY AMY KATZ. “ONE, TWO, THREE,
    FOUR, —-” ON A SATURDAY MORNING, A GROUP OF 20 WOMEN PADDLES IN SYNC TO THE COACH’S
    CALL ON THE ANACOSTIA RIVER IN WASHINGTON. THEY ARE MEMBERS OF GO PINK! DC, A DRAGON
    BOAT RACING TEAM. LYDIA COLLINS JOINED FIVE YEARS AGO AFTER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A BREAST
    CANCER. “I LOVE THE TEAM SPIRIT, I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. IT IS LIKE A FLOATING
    SUPPORT GROUP ON THE WATER.” THE PADDLERS ARE BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS.SO
    JUNE, HOW DID YOU FIND THE STORY? I JUST HEARD ABOUT THE WASHINGTON, D.C. DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
    AND I DID SOME RESEARCH. WHILE I WAS DOING RESEARCH I FOUND THIS GO PINK! DC DRAGON BOAT
    TEAM, BUT THEY ARE NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DRAGON BOAT TEAM, THEY BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS.WHAT
    STRUCK ME IS THIS DESCRIPTION BY ONE OF THE GO PINK! DC TEAM MEMBERS OF THE GROUP AS BEING
    LIKE A FLOATING SUPPORTING GROUP ON THE WATER. CAN YOU DESCRIBE – YOU WERE THERE WITH THEM,
    YOU SPENT SOME TIME WITH THESE WOMEN – WHAT SENSE OF CAMARADERIE AND SISTERHOOD DID YOU
    SENSE? MOST OF THEM ARE BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND SOME OF THEM ARE SUPPORTERS, THEIR SISTERS
    OR CLOSE FRIENDS THAT JOINED THE TEAM…AND EVERYBODY HAS ONE COMMON THING – BREAST CANCER
    – SO THEY START THIS JOURNEY WITH DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER. SO EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS
    WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH, WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH, SURGERY CHEMOTHERAPY OR RADIATION,
    ALL THIS STUFF SO THEY UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO GO THROUGH THESE STAGES. SO THEIR
    UNDERSTANDING IS BETTER THEN OF THE OTHER PEOPLE. RONDA HARTZEL RECEIVES CHEMOTHERAPY
    TREATMENT EVERY THREE WEEKS. “IT IS HARD BUT I THINK YOU HAVE TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN
    LIFE. THIS IS SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO. I GET TO BE OUT HERE WITH MY SISTERS AND SUPPORTERS
    THAT UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH AND HELP MOTIVATE ME. SO IT MAKES ME STRONGER
    AND IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER.” SO LET’S TALK ABOUT DRAGON BOAT RACING ITSELF. IT IS NOT
    A VERY WELL KNOWN SPORT HERE IN THE U.S. AND WE’VE SEEN IT ON THE RISE, BUT NOT A LOT OF
    PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT. SO WHAT IT IS ABOUT DRAGON BOATING THAT ATTRACTED THESE WOMEN?
    THEY SAY IT IS VERY HELPFUL PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY BECAUSE THEY PRACTICE TWICE A WEEK.
    THEY ARE TOGETHER ON SATURDAY AND ONE DAY OF A WEEK IN THE EVENING AND MOST OF PEOPLE
    COME ON SATURDAYS. WHILE THEY ARE DOING THIS PADDLING, THE MOTION OF THE PADDLING HELPS
    REDUCE THEIR SWELLING OF ARMS. MANY PEOPLE WITH BREAST CANCER END UP WITH THIS SWELLING
    ON ARM SO THIS MOTION HELPS.”WHEN I AM PADDLING, IT HELPS WITH MY LYMPHEDEMA, WHICH IS SWELLING
    OF THE LYMPHATIC FLUID. WHEN YOU HAVE MASTECTOMY, SOMETIMES YOU WIND UP WITH THIS CONDITION.
    WE HAVE MANY PADDLERS WEAR COMPRESSION SLEEVES.” IS THERE ANYTHING, IF YOU WERE TO SAY, YOUR
    MAIN MESSAGE WITH THIS STORY WHAT YOU HOPE THAT PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM IT? I THINK IT
    IS VERY HARD TO GO THROUGH THESE ACHIEVEMENTS BUT THERE IS A WAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME KIND
    OF SUPPORT AND WHILE THEY ARE DOING THIS, THEY FEEL…THEY FORGE THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND
    THEY… FEEL THEY REBUILT THEIR LIVES. THANKS TO VOA’S JUNE SOH FOR THAT STORY WHICH IS
    FAR FROM JUST A LOCAL PHENOMENON. IT’S ESTIMATED THAT ACTUALLY THERE ARE AS MANY AS 400 BREAST
    CANCER SURVIVOR DRAGON BOATING TEAMS NOW AROUND THE WORLD.

    HUGE FISH AND CHIPS CHALLENGE IN WALES!!
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    HUGE FISH AND CHIPS CHALLENGE IN WALES!!

    November 4, 2019


    Mother Hubbards…and chip butty. I’ve been saying it wrong all trip. I was saying “boutty” but they were all laughing at that hard too Hey everybody this is Randy Santel “Atlas” with Atlas & Zeus Promotions and proud owner of foodchallenges.com! Very very excited tonight I’m finally back in North Wales I am in Wrexham, Wales at Mother Hubbard’s Fish and Chips! I’m taking on Mother Hubbards Challenge! Now this thing looks freaking delicious! I’m going for overall in number 408 I’ve got 32 ounces of fish to eat right here along with about 15 ounces of chips and then I’ve got four sides here I’ve got some mushy peas, I’ve got beans I’ve got some curry and I’ve got some gravy along with a bun which I will make a fish butty with our or botty with later once I finish some of this fish but the challenges I’ve got 20 minutes to finish this thing if I fail it’s going to be 14 quid but if I win I’ll get the meal free and I’ll be only the second person up on the wall of fame so let’s get this challenge started! Thank you to Mother Hubbards for having me and take the challenge today very excited now the winner of the one he did it in just over 19 minutes so I basically want to be 19 minutes which I hope so, but I’m gonna need some of the fish first I’m going to make a chip butty, I think that’s how you pronounce it and then will dominate the chips on the side! Alright I’ve also got to finish now they have to go with a bottle of Cola and to stay healthy just kidding I went with Diet Coke but let’s eat! 1, 2, 3. . . Boom! Still very hot so I’m going to have some of these mushy peas first Making a sandwich, or a fish butty get the rest down! We’ll even put some gravy on it! It’s buttered on top and bottom as well looks freaking delicious so let’s enjoy! Last bits of the sandwich! For anybody wondering that fish I just finished was cod! It was pretty delicious but let’s get the beans down now with, plenty of time then we’ll get the chips delicious using the chips with the gravy but very unproductive! so now let’s get the chips down! Beat 15 minutes! 14 minutes and 45 seconds the new record for the fish and chips challenge, here at Mother Hubbard’s in Wrexham, Wales! Delicious delicious meal, loved that cod especially obviously the fish was so good but the sides, mushy peas, curry, beans, gravy, chips, everything was so good, but I set the new record with 14 minutes 45 seconds I’m going to be the second person of the Wall of Fame with the new record and I will get the 14 quid meal for free so thank you to Mother Hubbards here in Wrexham, Wales, win #408 Thank you guys for watching!

    Fishing and Boating Week
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    Fishing and Boating Week

    November 4, 2019


    [Rowan Gould]
    I’m Rowan Gould and we’re down on the Anacostia River with Secretary Jewell and we also have
    some other luminaries, Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris is with us so a lot of folks that really
    enjoy the outdoors and recreation. Getting together with a bunch of kids from the local
    area. [Student]
    I don’t know I think it was a baby. [Rowan Gould]
    Everybody is out fishing, having a good time. You can probably hear all of the laughter
    and fun that is in the background. Getting kids connected with nature. Getting kids enjoying
    the outdoors, that’s what it’s all about, especially for the fish and wildlife service.
    That is our future, and if we’re involved with our future we see that future, each one
    of you will understand that you need to take some time to get out there and spend some
    time with kids and let them know how important our job is, and how important what they should
    enjoy is for this country.

    Flower Trends Forecast 2019: Ethereal Bliss with Accent Decor
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    Flower Trends Forecast 2019: Ethereal Bliss with Accent Decor

    October 19, 2019


    Soft pinks and other misty tints,
    suffused with a hint of light warm gray, dominate the Ethereal Bliss palette,
    along with rich, warm base tones. To pull it all together, look for versatile
    containers in muted neutral tones, with simple, classic shapes, a time-worn
    texture, and a soft sheen – like the Zelda Boat, an elegant oval washed in gold, or
    the family of Beverly Votives, round bowls and cylinders in faintly
    translucent mercury glass, milky on the outside and reflective within – capable of
    serving beautifully either as votives or as vases. For more about the emerging
    trends for living and decorating with cut flowers visit Flower Trends Forecast dot com