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A Change Was Needed….

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Having been in a bit of a rut, unsure of what to do next, decisions have been made and we’re off on a bit of an adventure….

”It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” Alan Cohen

Faced with 2 options, neither of which we were keen to go ahead with, the 3rd “definitely right” plan, failed to present itself. So until it does, what better than an “extended holiday”….

Breaking the cardinal rule of “never go back”, we’re heading to the UK for a bit, visit family and friends not seen for too many years whilst we have a bit of a rethink as to our next destination. It should be interesting, as those same family members not seen for 6 years, are being descended upon, unaware of our plans, which we kept “shtoom” until now.

So, for now, we bid farewell to the Okanagan as the snow on the tops of the mountains, seen from the windows, hint at the return of winter. Although warnings of imminent –20Deg in the UK mean we ought to pack the big coats and snowboot cleats.

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.” Amelia Barr

Whilst there, in the pipeline are football camps, stage schools, recording sessions and live gigs. So, for now, stay tuned. There’s a change a’coming…..

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Hummingbird….

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As we sat on our little deck amongst the trees, sipping a glass of wine, a multitude of hummingbirds were diving, fighting and playing around us.

This guy seemed to be the boss though….

Seemed like a good opportunity to test out the HD video on the little Canon Elph300 we just bought, so I sat patiently just by the feeder, as a number of hummingbirds hovered so close to my face, I could feel the draft caused by their wings.

Expect more of the same, should I remember to have the camera to hand, now I know how to use it….

And Happy Valentines Day….

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Once, I thought Valentines Day was for the special someone in your life, or for unrequited love of, but no, it seems it’s a big deal here in Canada….

Every year, the kids seem to be making cakes and what not, for everyone in the class, the teacher, the principle….. the list seems endless. If she had her way, Miss would have made something for the entire skool.

Valentines Day....

Needless to say, once more, the Missus slaved over the oven for the darlings producing these delights. I managed to sneak one or 2 when she was otherwise distracted with her daughter, arguing as to the amount made.

The one thing I do find a little much, is the Valentine Telegram thing the skools do, where by you pay 50c up to $2 to send some a message, announced, I think, in front of the class. Now, not wanting to be a killjoy, but, if one person, the popular boy or girl, receives all the notes and the lesser, none, how is that helping the kids self esteem, that we all seem obsessed with for the rest of the year? And bullying? You want to stamp it out, you go on and on about it at Parent Teacher meetings and yet, you encourage this . Strange, but, maybe that’s just me….

So, that’s another “celebration” knocked off the list for the year. What’s next? By my reckoning, it’s Easter, although, if I’ve missed one, do let me know…..

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Garbage….

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Oh, marvellous…. and there was me thinking I’d left all this behind….

Big Brother Interested In Your Garbage (Castanet)
Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/28sszbm

Kelowna Council will be asked Monday to pony up approximately $1.50 to $1.70 per household per year for on-board computers, software, data collection and data hosting services not included in the initial phase of the project.

In his report for council, Utility Services Manager Don Degen says along with collecting basic data, the system makes it easy for collection drivers to gather additional information that may result in further contact with the customer, or constitute an offence such as an illegal item in the cart, a cart in a bike lane or an overloaded cart.

Er…. “illegal items” in the cart?

Now, assuming they are still going to be unlocked allowing them to picked up and emptied, and they are still left at the roadside, what happens when someone walks down the street and decides to put something in the nearest bin, being mine, for example, not intentionally, but nonetheless “illegal”? What happens? I’m fined? It’s happening in the UK, so please, get your head out of the clouds….

Also, when you tell me it’s for all our benefit, making life “easier”, bear in mind that’s also what you told me when the radio transmitting water meters were installed, only to find out a couple of months ago that there were after all, ulterior motives….

Best Pals….

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Found Merlin fast asleep on the floor, after a hard days mousing….

Best Pals....

Blogging has been a bit light. Not much has been happening….

Although, the big news, I’ve been “selected” to be the assistant football/soccer coach for the boy’s U14 team this year. We’ve had a couple of training sessions and a friendly, exhibition game against the U15 girls team…. who came out ready to take no prisoners….. but we managed a 1-0 win, with the boy scoring the only goal. The season begins proper in the Spring, when the league play begins leading up to the provincial finals in June, which we hope this year to through to.

Other than that, “work” has taken hold, websites have been built and some music has been made.

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.

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….