I truly love the ability to be able to shed the clothes off to truly feel alive and the liberating feeling that goes with it; for me it’s another step to be a barefooter. For me, it takes it to a whole new level.
I was always barefoot at home because I can’t stand anything on my feet. It’s also more comfortable that way. My first barefoot experience was not at a campgrounds, resort, or the pool… that’s a very common place where most of us are barefoot and that does not count.
I was about 10km from home wearing my old sandals when a thunderstorm came out of nowhere, bringing heavy rain with it. The sandals I was wearing are dangerous when they are wet because it’s like walking barefoot on marble floors with oil on your feet! Not gonna happen or I’m going to hurt myself! So I decided to take them off and walk home barefoot in the rain. It was a really nice feeling on the feet with the rain and the puddles. The whole walk home I got to experience so many new sensations and textures. Walking in the running water along the sides of the streets, wet grass, dirt, mud, rocks, even the painted lines on the roads have a different feeling on the feet. My feet never felt so happy to be free from footware! When I got home I was like a wet rat but that’s when I decided to try combining my love for Naturism with barefooting.
My first all day being truly completely free of the clothes and footwear was at La Pommerie, centre naturiste et écologique. I went there with my buddy Happy Bare one year and decided to spend the whole day naked and barefoot. While there are people there with sandals on their feet (and that’s fine) I wanted to be more in tune with nature by Earthing. (“When we make direct contact with the surface of the Earth our bodies receive a charge of energy that makes us feel better, fast.”) My favorite place over there to truly feel connected to nature was in the forest with the leafs, mud, and running streams. Oh there were some bridges to get over some of these streams, but I took the road — I mean stream less traveled on and walk across the stream, rather than taking the bridge.
Since that day, I find myself going barefoot a lot more back home in the city. However, there are more things to be cautious about when barefooting/earthing in the city. Watch out for sharp objects and other various foot hazards. My favorite place is talking a nice long walk along the water front (River in my case) I really don’t mind if my feet get dirty because I know after that I can clean them. Also, I always carry a pair of emergency sandals where I go.
Of course, if you’re new to barefooting/earthing, your feet will take some time getting use to rough surfaces. With time your feet will adjust and get used to it. I highly recommend barefooting/earthing for all ages! You’ll thank me later when you experience the feeling or sensation of being connected to the earth.
I’m sure you’ve been reading in the tabloids about the flooding along the St. Lawrence river; it’s certainly never good for the residencies who live near the shore of these regions.
A few years go we had high waters but nothing like this year. Usually when you attempt to go to Bare River, you must descend a steep path having to walk your bike (or by foot) to go the next 2km or so to get to the area known as Bare River. The two kilometer trek is usually easy to get to riding your bike because there is a path to get you there — riding between a tree line, rocks and the shore.
This year, I went there a few days ago to find myself descending the path and I was to an abrupt stop. The water line was so high, that it’s impossible with a bike to even go 50m towards to Bare River due to all the trees and having to (at this time of year) walk with your bike in 10°c water. At this time of year it’s pretty cold to walk in that water for 2km. Even if I was even able to man-up the cold, by the time I arrived there would not be any place to lay a towel to enjoy the sun. The only way to find a place to lay the towel down would be inside the trees where the sun is blocked. so not much sun to enjoy. Of course you could enjoy some naked time — just minus the sun; at this time of year the air is cool in the shade. Not really naked weather yet in the shade.
Why not bike the 2km after the decent point you ask? It’s because if I were to do that, there is a large rock and tree line cliff where it’s almost straight down. So bringing a bike and trying to get down will be very difficult to do. Even if one were to manage to make the decent, it would be 4x harder getting back up.
Moreover, Tomorrow (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) they are calling for more rain in the forecast. I do hope it’s not too much. Only time can tell.
Although the video takes place in Britain. It’s easy enough to say this would happen anywhere around the globe. The thing is, everyone has their own views on body image. Some have their extremes and others are carefree in the sense that they are perfectly happy with how they look like. skinny, fat, tall, short — they are happy just the way they look like. Clothed or not, I feel that if you care too much on body image it sort of becomes a mental health problem. Naturists are a lot more laid back on the body image. It’s far more healthy as a Naturist on views with body image. They don’t mind what others look like and that is just fine; even if they have scars, surgery marks, being fat, skinny — we’re all beautifully unique. Naturists don’t judge & a handful of non-naturists do as well. So embrace yourself and love your body! Learn a better self respect for yourself and of others! =)
In the video below, You’ll see all the various extremes when it comes to body image, clothing (or none at all), diet types (food), cosmetics and as well as cosmetic surgery, etc
It’s time to make sure your memberships are all up to date starting now!
I hate to be a bearer of bad news. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Southern Quebec is expected to be a cold and very snowy winter. Today we hit 31°c in October the 18th — enjoy it now! Temperatures will fall to 1°c by Sunday. They are predicting our first snowstorm by around November 20th-24th.
Moreover, the forecast for 2017 so far is as such via The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
Winter will be milder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- to late December and early to mid-January, from late January into early February, and in mid- and late February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, early December, late January, and early to mid- and late February.
April and May will be dryer than normal, with near-normal temperatures.
Summer will be rainier than normal, with near- to below-normal temperatures. The hottest periods will be in early and mid-July and in mid- to late August.
September and October will be slightly cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.
First off, I’d like to apologize for being so absent over the course of the summer. You can blame it on the Pokemon GO game. I’ve been addicted to the game since it came out and i have been out almost every day playing it. Meanwhile, in between that, I have had a chance to bike to Bare River a few times and have gone to La Pommerie once this summer. I found that this summer wasn’t as hot as last year and that made me a little sad. I was hoping for a much better summer, temperature wise, that is. No matter, I will be renewing our membership with the FQN soon and be taking part in the winter activities they have to offer. (Swimming, Spa, gym, Christmas dinner, etc)
Speaking of the FQN. I’d like to thank PoissonDansLeau for emailing me on information that there are plans — or being talked about… that the FQN maybe working on an English version of the FQN forums for the english speaking members and non-members. I feel this is a great idea. It could help get more members involved in the FQN and help grow the community by making it easier for the English-speaking members to get involved in the community.
I do have an idea for this, and I’m not sure how this would work, but if it did, it would make the forums much easier this way — By implementing a system/code to automatically translate any text from french to english for the english users and doing the same for the french speaking users, english to french (not the whole page. by having the code see each individual post and translate accordingly. This way, no matter who types what in between english or french, either side will see it fully in english for the Anglophones, and fully in french for the Francophones. It’s just an idea I had while i’m typing this blog. It only came to me after i had the email conversation.
The world naked bike ride day time went off pretty well this year. As I stepped down as the co-organizer ‘for now’ due to being a little too busy in my life, Daniel did organize this ride very well.
With around 30 people this year, I was hoping for more people and a better gender balance. Out of the 30 there were only 3 females this year. I’m really not sure why — except the fact maybe they are shy with all the media and the cameras.
None the less, people came and participated in the ride for the cause of security for awareness of cyclists vs cars, body acceptance, body image and promote the human body. I’ve seen comments in news articles where people are disgusted with the whole nudity thing and I have one message for them. The human body isn’t something to be disgusted by. We all have one and it’s time for these people to wake up and realize that everyone is beautifully unique. I’m pretty sure textiles like you would have comments about your body as well. We’re not here to impress people — nor make them feel the opposite. Part of the world naked bike ride as i mentioned is about body acceptance.
The ride took off at 2pm with police escort protecting us from the busy traffic and construction along the route. Jade this year was a very big help with… even if he didn’t realize, co-organize the event with his strong charisma by letting people know what was going to happen and translate it perfectly to the riders.
Jade is a very good vLogger with his own productions and I was happy that he was able to help out this year. Thank you very much Jade!
After the first pass we had a random individual join us from the sidelines — debating fast, he stripped off fast before we passed him, he join us! Bravo!
I think the most powerful street we drove through was Cresent street. The main street where the night life is and the bars, clubs, etc. People there would cheer us on as if we were at some sports game! the vibe was strong there.
Looking forward to the nighttime ride that will happen August 6th at 9pm! Come join us! The is much better to go to if your shy about being natural (nude); moreover, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE NAKED TO PARTICIPATE! Join us for the cause and most of all, have a fun ride!
Yes I’m a Naturist. You ask me to get my clothes on like it’s something wrong. It’s not, nudity to me is natural because we were all born this way. That clothes to us Naturists is for when it’s cold. I don’t come in to your home and ask you to get naked because I’m uncomfortable with clothing. In fact, I’m completely fine if your clothed or not. It’s a matter of choice if you decide to have clothes on or not. Naturists are very friendly and opened minded on lifestyles. Why would you discriminate social and non-sexual nudity? Embrace body acceptance and acceptance of others.
Don’t look at nudity as something shameful. What ‘is’ shameful is, linking social nudity as something sexual and tabooed. People been so brainwashed by media, news and all the porn on the internet/tv/mags — that textiles have had their minds re-programmed to when they see nudity ‘SNAP’ they automatically associate it with sexual-ism. Just as you who wear clothes, we are protective on who we associate with in life because even in the Naturist lifestyle we too have people who pretend or are nudsts who are uneducated in our way of life. Them people we disconnect with. We have the same in common… sexual predators. We’re just simply living on opposite sides of the pond. Textiles and Naturists don’t want to have to worry about having to encounter a sexual predator. Yes, by nature humans are sexual beings but there is a time and place for everything and to have maturity level and ability to control how one behaves in public, like the clothed world.
So please, the next time you visit a Naturist home or in person, evaluate them just as you in the clothed world as we do in the Naturist world and make your judgment responsibly. If you do encounter a Naturist, Talk with them and you will see we are actually very kind and friendly people.