Monthly Archives: July 2010

Scuba Diving….

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Miss has reached 11 years old and the age old question arises, “What does she want for her birthday?”….

So, I suggested scuba diving….

Diving Mermaid

It went down a treat. She loved it. After getting over the initial nervousness of being in a new environment, she was hooked. I saw her go under at 7pm and she didn’t surface until 7.30pm!

Diving Mermaid...

Diving Mermaid

Diving Mermaid

Next time you’re looking for something to get your kids, or grandkids, or even your friends kids, forget the usual gadgets or crappy item that’ll be forgetten the day after and go for something memorable, that they’re going to remember for life. The lesson cost $50, or 25 quid for UK readers. A DVD is nearly $30 if you get a new one, and books here in Canada are nothing short of extortionate. A trial piano or drum lesson, a painting class, a scuba diving session, or even a flying lesson is not going to break the bank, especially if you all club together, whatever. It doesn’t even need to be something they ever do again, but it’ll be something they remember. It may even be the unlocking of a lifetime hobby or passion, which will always be worth more than a new iPod or cellphone, trust me.

Do it. They’ll thank you for it.

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Two Brush Fires, in Kelowna….

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So, after we had the Peachland fire a couple of days ago, an ominous plume of smoke strated rising on the horizon, on the opposite side of the lake, about half an hour ago….

Kelowna Fire

Kelowna fire department and Ministry of Forests crews are at the scene of two separate brush fires near the end of Lakeshore Road at the border of Okanagan Mountain Park.

Forestry has sent one attack crew and two helicopters.

The fires, described as rank two out of six, were called in shortly after 1 p.m. They are in the area of the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire.

The nearest home is several hundred metres away, however, residents in the area are not being allowed to access their homes.  Residents that are in homes in the area are being asked to leave.  RCMP have set up roadblocks on Lakeshore Road at the entrance to Bertram Creek Park.

Winds in the area are relatively calm, coming out of the south at 17km/h with gusts to 37km/h.

More news, as we get it….

Peachland Update 3pm’ish…

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So, checking the news channels, I’ve got this for now….

Ministry of Forests and Range say fire is 18 hectares in size and is contained below the highway. 14 firefighters, 5 helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment are on scene. Calm winds are slowing fire behaviour.

The plumes of smoke have certainly dissipated, (I think that’s the right word!) and is nothing more than small’ish white cloud of smoke.

So, for now, we’re kind of out of the woods, as they say…..

Peachland Fire, 11am…

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The word is that the fire is now at 15 hectares, so it’s still growing.

And to make matters worse, some people are taking the logging roads to try and get round the Hwy 97 closed route….. then getting lost, stretching the RCMP resources further.

More news as I get it….

Peachland Fire, 2010….

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Peachland Fire, 2010

Peachland Fire, 2010

I don’t see any planes, or "water choppers", so it would appear, from our view, that it’s under control for now…. it’s been very hot and dry for a few days now though, so, we wait and see. We have had some serious winds over the last 24 hours, but fortunately, they have died down a little for now, which will help….

Fire crews are currently battling a wildfire that is burning in the Drought Hill area just south of Gorman’s Mill.

The fire, which appears to have started near Seclusion Bay has crept up the hill close to Highway 97.

Reports indicate people are being evacuated from Seclusion Bay Road. Evacuees are being taken to the Westbank Community Hall.

There are reports the fire has crossed the road, forcing some residents to go back to the lake.

Rescue crews are evacuating residents by water utilizing two rescue craft.

Air tankers from the Ministry of Forests have been called in.

Weather conditions are extremely gusty. They appear to be out of the west.

The forecast for Monday is calling for winds gusting from the southwest at 50/km an hour.

Traffic is stalled southbound on Highway 97 at the Okanagan Connector.

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Water, Water….

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So, those transmitting wifi water meters were not just about "making it easier for the customer" after all….

Limits in place for watering systems

Stage 2 sprinkling restrictions have been rescinded and Stage 1 restrictions have been implemented in some areas of West Kelowna.

The Board of Trustees has implemented Stage 1 Sprinkling Regulations (even/odd) as per Bylaw No. 635) on residential, commercial, and institutional customers, and will be monitoring the water use by agricultural customers.

WID has completed its universal water metering program and is now able to monitor the quantity of water consumed by all customers.

Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/2563ct3

Funny that, eh. Still, "I told you so"….

…. I see the car washes are still doing a roaring trade though, all day, every day. Never mind the veggie plots, you gotta keep those cars clean….

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Bear Creek Hike….

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Finally, a bit of decent weather, so we decided to go for a hike round the Bear Creek Provincial Park….

Bear Creek is about 20 mins drive from Castle Boomerverse, heading north along the lake.

Hiking Bear Creek (2)

The walk certainly gives your calf muscles a work out, that’s for sure. Make sure to take some snacks for the numerous pit stops you’re bound to be making.

You can get a great view of the city of Kelowna, especially when the sky is blue, and the size of Lake Okanagan has never yet ceased to amaze me, in 5 years, it’s simply vast.

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