Monthly Archives: July 2009

West Kelowna, On Fire….


Parts of West Kelowna, over 200 hectares, say the news, are tonight, on fire…

West Kelowna Fire 2

As we got onto the beach, on the opposite side of the lake, we saw a plume of smoke rising from the Glenrosa area of the Westside, about 10 miles from TheBoomerverse Estate….

West Kelowna Fire (1)...

We left shortly after arriving, figuring that we ought to get back to prepare for the worst.

The night is coming in, the temperature is going down, as is the wind, that seemed to whip up, in direct defiance of the fire fighters, and as I type this, from the deck in the garden, there are flames still lighting the West Kelowna night sky, from here merely dots, but nonetheless, flames, dangerous flames, with the dry trees and brush of the Okanagan…. they may even be starting up again….

Worryingly, reports are coming in that another fire has started nor far from us, in Rose Valley, from embers floating from the main one. Right up behind us in fact, a lot closer than I’m comfortable with.

We’re packed and ready to go if we need to evacuate….

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The Gymnast…


After umpteen attempts, I finally managed to flip and dive in like a pro…

The Gymnast...

…. but by crikey, does my shoulder hurt this morning! Somewhere along the line, my upper body strength seems to have gone in the opposite direction to my lower body mass, eh!…

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Westside Daze, ’09….


Canada Day celebrations began on Wed 1st July, here at Westside Daze, on the Westside, in Westbank…. er West Kelowna,…

So we went to the fairground and let the kids go on some of the rides.

Fun Fair 1

The kids are on this one somewhere…. I could hear Holly screaming as I took this….

Fun Fair 2

$5 or $6 to go on the rides normally, which is pretty pricey I thought, for a small funfair, $2 a ride on Canada Day seemed far more reasonable.

And then, Friday night, music….

Neil Diamond (1)...

In the sunshine, I met Nigel, friend and foil, for a couple of beers in a "local", to prepare us for the double tribute sets of Tusk, the Fleetwood Mac tribute and headliner, Double Diamond, BC’s Neil Diamond tribute act….

Neil Diamond (2)...

For once in my blogging "career", I’m at a loss for words. I’m in need of some comments, Nige….

As the night got dark, towards the end of the set, I couldn’t resist getting up with the kids and dancing to the classics, Sweet Caroline ending it perfectly. I missed Love On the Rocks though. Me and Nige popped to the pub for a quick pint inbetween the sets.

The kids enjoyed themselves as did the crowd, so that’s the important part I guess.

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