At last, a sunny afternoon….
On our weekend wander over the South Downs, we came upon a sky full of paragliders as we reached Beachy Head.
One of the ladies undertaking an afternoon of this, happy to chat about it, told me after getting her licence (You need a licence to paraglide? Who knew…..) about a year ago, this is one of the first chances she’d had to get out. August apparently had been a wipe out, due to it being too windy.
As flier after flier zipped past, before gently drifting upwards, the obvious thought crossed my mind,…. I fancy a go….
Found Merlin fast asleep on the floor, after a hard days mousing….
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.
Miss has reached 11 years old and the age old question arises, “What does she want for her birthday?”….
So, I suggested scuba diving….
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!
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.
Trust me, this won’t end like you think…
Just found this after being told it’s “out there”….
Tags: Westside Daze, Westbank, West Kelowna, Tusk, Fleetwood Mac, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
We pulled over, hopped out, got the rod and tried our luck….
…. nothing taking though. We were hoping for at least one kokanee salmon to take, being the first day of the salmon season and all. But, it wasn’t to be. I’ve got a couple in the freezer now, so that’ll keep us going for a couple of weeks.
Other news? The temperature out here is now in the high 20’s, predicted 31C tomorrow, so we’re hoping for the lake to hurry up and warm up. A few hardy souls have been seen jumping in, not us though, not yet.
School has a couple of weeks left and Sam is off on the school camping trip next week, his mum going with him, which should be good. Kayaking, swimming in the lake, if it’s not too cold, zip lines and so on.
The plants are coming on, the tomatos starting to appear and the strawberries too. They seem to like the organic compost we’ve used this year, so that’s good.
Looking forward to seeing my uncle this Friday, who I haven’t seen since coming out to Canada, nearly 4 years ago. Not sure what we’re going to be doing, although rumour has it he’s going to be off on my mountain bike, so I guess we’ll be going to some “runs”….
With nothing much planned, the kids thought it time to update their online clothing store,…
If it keeps them off the Wii and the tv turned off, it’s got to be a good thing, plus it means they get to play around with different colors and styles developing their artistic side. They’ve got NoGoingBack ones, 100% Organic ones and more coming after dinner…. Click Here to visit the NoGoingBack Online Emporium!
Actually, I might have a little play with this myself, when they’ve gone to bed….
There’s a certain quality to black and white photos, that can make anybody look like film stars….
…. isn’t there. Quote of the day, I think, attributable to Hunter S. Thompson;
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, shouting GERONIMO!
I’ll try to bear that in mind, over the coming few months….
Tags: Life, Photography, Canada, The Boomerverse
Just read that Patrick McGoohan has passed away, aged 80 (Click Here to Read More)…
Never did get to the bottom of his series, The Prisoner. Just discovered you can watch all 17 episodes online for free,via the official The Prisoner website, by the looks of it. Might have to take another look….
Be Seeing You.
Tags: Patrick McGooghan, The Prisoner