Sea Turtles for Your Swimming Pool?

Swim with turtles In your pool

Swim with turtles In your pool

Looking for a special touch for your new swimming pool  or pool remodeling project?  These 3d mosaic tile sea turtles are awesome!

Created by master tile artist Robert Vogland, they add a lifelike dimension to your pool that will elicit ohhs and ahhs with their realism.   Robert’s sea turtles and other creations can be added to existing pools during remodels, or added to new pool construction.  Robert’s custom tile art while not “cheap”  provides incredible dimension and interest to your swimming pool.

Tile Shower Floor

Shower Floor for Outdoor Shower

Robert doesn’t only do turtles, although he states it is one of his most popular creations.  He’s created amazing lifelike mosaic  dolphins, sharks and more.  If you’d like to know more or get a quote for your pool, contact HydroPro Sales at 813 444 2771 for more info.

For an idea of cost, the basic pricing for the Momma and Baby turtle is around $2700 not including freight from Hawaii or installation.

Robert’s work is not confined to swimming pool installations.  He creates  indoor tile tapestries,  signs, bath and kitchen designs as well.  He loves a challenge and to be able to create what some people say can’t be done.   Check out this tile floor for an outdoor shower!

Ed Stafford Completes Amazing Amazon Trek

I’ve always been fascinated by the the Amazon River.. who isn’t?  However, walking the entire 4000 miles of just didn’t seem to be an option for me.   But, In what must be one of the most amazing adventure stories ever, 34 year old  Ed Stafford a former Captain of the British Army has completed a 4000 mile trek of the Amazon.  He started the trek in April of 2008 and has completed it TODAY, 848 days later!  What an adventure this must have been!  I admit I have not been following Ed’s journey, I actually heard of it only today but I went immediately to his blog of the journey and started reading.  It is a fascinating account and highly recommended. Start here to read completely. The server is crowded with visitors right now and crashes are frequent but it is worth it.. some highlights are below with my review.

Ed began  in Southern Peru at the Pacific Ocean, with a friend Luke.  The first month of the trek took them on narrow trails through the Andes,passing  ancient Inca  ruins and small communities of people living high in the Andes Mountains.  While in the town of Unon, High in the Andes with no roads to connect them to civilization, the villagersthere discussed the  noticable  effects of climate change on their way of life.  Instead of 4 rainy months, the rainfall was reduced to one month with crops becoming affected by the change, despite their interesting irrigation system.   Read their blog post on this here. Continue reading

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Knows How to Get Things Done

Taking a break from the never-ending story of the BP/Transocean oil leak disaster, I came across an amusing, often forwarded email regarding Arizona’s Maricosa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.   Sheriff Joe is a controversial figure with many,In fact the website is all about “getting rid of him.”  but you just cant deny the fact that his prison programs work.  The email, printed below is peppered with links I found about “Sheriff Joe” as he is affectionately known.

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN! (Wikipedia info regarding Joe Arpaio)

You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well……… Continue reading