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Re: What have you done "naturally" lately?

Postby Bare_Truth » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:56 pm

Well, I Just Got Back from a "Spring Thaw Walk"
So I suppose that you are wondering what a "Spring Thaw Walk" is and how it differs from any other sort of walk particularly other walks in the spring.

Let me Elaborate, I have been cooped up inside for several days by other activities and the weather outdoors not lending itself to naturist activities. And this afternoon around 2:00 I finished up in the basement after completing a weld repair job, and I observed that it was about 2:00 PM and the weather was up to 57 F (14 C) and I was getting a bit of cabin fever and needed to get outside and exercise. It was bright clear sunshine and the breeze was light and so I figured I could deal with the temperature adequately and woujld soon be in the woods and that would attenuate the breeze even more so that would be even better :D . My assessment of the weather proved to be adequate in all aspects that I had considered..........There was, however, one factor I had not taken into consideration :wink:

Things has been frozen for several days, but it was thawing and most of the ice was now off the pond and I went for a woods walk. The thing is, that the top of the ground was now thawed about an inch deep. This means that all the snowmelt and formerly frozen mud above the thaw depth was quite wet, and the footing was not all that good, but I had bare feet and that is better traction than many if not most shoe soles. But there is this little detail..... Our clay soil becomes a slick mud when the water is not draining away and the frozen clay under the first inch does not allow the water to leave and the top thawed inch does not even run down hill very much either as it is about the consistancy of tooth paste, It oozes nicely, up between the toes and is very slick so careful walking is required. It is not so much the slickness that is a problem, but that oozy clay comming up between the toes is in intimate contact with the ice in the frozen ground below the 1 inch depth. it's contact with the toes it is oozing up beteween between is quite intimate. This slick clay is a wonderful heat transfer medium so the feet and toes are exposed to freezing temperatures on the bottom and the sides, and where the excess ooze spreads out over the top of the foot and toes. So the feet and toes are greatly cooled. The fact that using the muscles of the legs and feet increases blood circulation is a saving grace to prevent the toes from freezing but one will certainly detect a bit of numbness and some encouragement to keep walking lest the cooling mud get the upper hand with respect to the heat transfer trends, (uhh, or would that be the upper foot? :? ?) An occasional hard shake of the foot is useful to shed the half inch (12mm) thick layer of ice cold mud accumulation off the toes and forward foot. Upon returning to the house I walked through the tilled up garden dirt and the grass of the law to clean off the bottoms of my feet on the way to the bathtub where I could rinse off my feet.

Even after having dealt with that issue, I still deem the hour long walk well worth the effort for its benefit in attitude adjustment let alone the good physical exercise.
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Re: What have you done "naturally" lately?

Postby JimShedd112 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:17 am

Bare_Truth, I can verify your description of the clay mud and can imagine how cold it must have felt on the bottom of and between the toes of your bare feet. I’m not sure I could bear the cold but I had no problem with the temperature in the 70s as I once again worked on my all over tan in the backyard this afternoon.

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This changeable weather.

Postby Bare_Truth » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:21 pm

Well, we are about to start 30 continuous hours of freezing rain A bit ago they were saying that we were going to get 8 hours of sleet simultaneously in the middle of those 30 hours, but they have relented on the sleet but upped the freezing rain duration from the former 28 to the current 20 hours. but none of that has started quite yet. It has been overcast all day but it started out in the low 40's and warmed up to 56 a little after lunch time. There was no sunshine but there was also no wind worthy of mention either. Knowing that the weather was to get worse for a few days I decided to get in some more nude time when I could So off came the clothes, but this time I did put on some canvas shoes for a little more thermal protection from the ground. And besides my customary baseball cap I added a neck warmer for good measure, bout otherwise totally starkers. I found that I could have skipped the neck warmer and given that there was no wind that balanced out the lack of sunshine. And so it was that I got in a mile or more of woods walking over 1 to 1.5 hours. It was really quite nice.

Before lunch I got on a gardening kick and planned out what goes where in the garden comp planting which will start mid april and run through mid March. As that was indoor activity I did not need clothing for that either. When I got back from the woods walking, I decided that I had not had enough naturism for the day yet and still being on a gardening kick. I decided to get the tractor ready for the coming garden preparation by mounting the rotary tiller. It weighs about 600 lbs (273 Kg) and has to have the PTO drive shaft mounted as well. I have made mount and dismount fairly easy as the tractor shed has a concrete floor and I have made cradles on casters for my implements and I can just roll them up to the tractor to mount them. Even that 600 lb tiller is rather easy and I don't even have to start the tractor to manuver it or raise/lower the hitch in the mound/dismount process.

After "off with the grader blade" and "on with the tiller", I then got to thinking, "Well why wait? I can go ahead and till the garden now.", and while I was about to do that I walked around a bit to decide if I wanted to continue nude. and then made sort of compromise based on the temperature. I went and got my "shop coat", sort of a thin cotton robe like affair down to mid thigh but made of a tight weave materia about like a cotton work shirt. and that tight weave that would break the breeze if it sprang up. But I ended up just folding it up and putting it on the tractor seat because the vinyl is a bit cold on the tush, But I remained starkers. I tilled up the whole 900 sq ft (83.6 square meters) of the main garden and about half that much more on an auxilliary patch I am bringing under cultivation. I was perfectly comfortable the whole time. Then I came in the house and have remained wearing no more than a robe part time. I even went out to the garage and got a 20lb propane bottle (approx 15 Liters) and took it down to the basement to warm up a bit. If the ice build up tonight knocks out the power, a warmed up propane bottle will get the portable space heater lit up and up to heat a bit quicker as it will be easier to start up.

As nude days in February go, this has been a pretty good one! :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Re: What have you done "naturally" lately?

Postby Bare_Truth » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:45 pm

It seems that last night's predicted ice storm really did not happen because when we got up this morning, other than a very thin film on the deck behind the house there had been no significant accumulation. But as the morning wore on, we started to get some. On and off there was a light mist falling which started to accumulate some ice, and then it switched modes and the ice seemed to simply condense on things directly out of the air. By noon it was getting well under way and the slight droop of the bamboo groves became substantial. The trees and power wires started to get some but the champion accumulator proved to be my bamboo, which retains its leaves until the spring growing season gets under way. The large surface area of the leaves seems to be an ideal collector. By noon the temperature was about 20F (-7C) and the bamboo groves were starting to sag and had now bent down by several feet.

Just to make sure that no problems were developing I slipped out for a brief, very brief inspection. But as the ice was making things take on a "winter-wonderland" look I set the camera to time lapse to make a record.
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That is my large grove behind the house, and that is not snow on the ground, it is ice on the grass, and it made for tricky footing.
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On the west side the ground falls away steeply in places and as I said the ice on the grass was making the footing a bit tricky. So that may explain my odd stance as the grass and even the clay was substantially iced so I had to work to maintain adequate footing.
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This is the west side of the Grove and you can see that as the bamboo along the sides arches under the weight of the ice it forms tunnels on each side.

For a few minutes a slight breeze arose, and I was able to put the ice tunnel under the arching bamboo to good use. Not that the breeze was all that significant but at the temperature at the time a little extra shielding was welcome.
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This is the east side of the grove, toward's the house and the tunnel was useful due to the momentary breeze that had come up. But the breeze abated rather than building up, which was a good thing because when the branches become ice-laden, the tree can be damaged

For what should be obvious reasons, this outdoor examination was merely a brief sortee and as I write this up it appears that the ice build-up is continuing apace. If it gets to be too much I may have to spend part of the day with the chain-saw clearing fallen branches or trees, but that will be done in textile mode. Fortunately the bamboo is so flexible that the ice can mash it down to about 4 feet and it will pop right back up as if nothing at all had happened, ...... The trees not so much :shock: It was fun and refreshing getting out but that sort of refreshing needs to be taken in moderation, especially when the breeze picks up. :wink:
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