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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….

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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.ย  Residents that are in homes in the area are being asked to leave.ย  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….

The Birds….

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“If you move it, they will come!”…

The Birds (1)...We’ve moved the bird feeder from the back garden, round so it’s in front our lounge/living room window. Just managed to catch them on their. Just before all pegs were full and there were others waiting in the tree for a go on it!

The boys were asleep somewhere, so the birds had some peace without Merlin bouncing up and down in the window….

It was also sunny when I took the photo, as I look now, bad weather is coming up through thvalley. Snow is forecast for later this week, so after much nagging, I finally got the winter tires on….

On the “homesteading” front, our new plan is homemade wine and beer! We’ve even got our labels designed ready. Bottles have been cleaned and are in storage as we wait for the first lager brew in aboutt 4/5 weeks. The wine selection is still to be decided upon. It’ll be red, but which one, we’re not sure. We tasted a ladies latest batch, having been laid down for about 6 months and to be honest, it weren’t too bad. So, fingers crossed, the Chateau le Boom could be on the way! If it goes well, th food bunker may be adapted to incoporate the wine cellar too….

On the wolf cub, sadly we missed out. A bit disappointing, but the original guy who had put down a deposit, decided he did want it after all. I have to say, the guy who was the breeder, was an almost limitless font of knowledge and was the host to beat all hosts, really nice. A glass of wine and a beer were handed out when we sat down, “I’ve had a tough day training dogs for the police. They can be a right pain. The people, not the dogs!” Still, as the kids said, it was an experience they will never forget, holding a cub, as the parents, timberwolves, wandered around us in the kitchen, flopping on top of us and slobbering all over us. “They’re not going to eat me are they?”, said Miss, as Simba decided, the huge daddy wolf, decided she was a comfy cushion and was spread across her lap. Poor little girl, she was half his size…. The next litter is due in the spring, so we’ll get our names down for one now…. we had a great name and everything…

The Birds (2)...

Watching and Waiting….

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The school summer holidays have finally come to and end….

We are entering a “new era”, as they say. Sam is moving up to the middle school now, his first year. His friends in the UK have already had a year at secondary school, I think. So, once again, he’s the new boy…. Holly is excited to be going back. She’s on her own at school again for the first time in a while, a couple of her friends have left for different places, something we thought of doing, but with our current uncertainty, feeling it was kind of pointless to do so.

Bedrooms have been rearranged, stuff has been disposed of, unused items removed, all in readiness for the new term.

A couple of nights back, we took the kids to one of the opening exhibition games for the Westside Warriors (shouldn’t that now be the West Kelowna Warriors?….), tickets were $5 each, so we figured it was worth a night out.

Exhibition Games....

Their opponents were the Penticton V’s. Let’s hope they get better. I’m not a huge follower, but, their performance was a bit lacking, although, they did come to life in the 3rd period, to pull back 2 goals, final score 5-2. The shots on goal tally told the real story, well over half as many as the Vee’s.

Yesterday, we headed up to Armstrong, to go to their fair. Clouds were grey and growing as we arrived with the skies opening jst as we found a parking spot. None of us had rain coats and the numpty himself, was in just a t-shirt, despite being told by both of his parents to grab a hoodie, as we left. Luckily, as we finished our sandwiches and coffee, under cover of the back door on the Jeep, it stopped and the sun came out.

There were the usual fairground rides, along with the rodeo’s and races, petting zoo’s, animal stalls, dog shows, music stages, a hall of what resembled and could easily be described as “the shopping channel on tour” and loads of food stalls. You’d think people were going hungry….

The favourite, for us, was the Chuck Wagon Racing, with what we know to be Shetland ponies, battling it out. And by crikey, can they move!

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Chuck Wagon Racing

As we were ill equipped to deal with the rain as it started to come down, we headed back to the car and headed home, missing out on the rodeo finale, which was a shame, but, maybe next year….

Other than that, there is a definite feeling of waiting for something to happen in the TheBoomerverse camp at the moment. Jobs are waiting to be heard about, having been applied for and a new business idea/venture is on the cards, after a trip to the Armstrong Fair, along with a strange plan for a domed dwelling. We are in a kind of limbo at the moment, as we wait to see if our future is still here, or whether we are again, preparing to move on, something that we’ve been saying about and meaning to do since we got here….

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Tomatos…

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At last, some produce from the garden….

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The “Tiger Tommies” are especially good!

It took some chicken manure from the new neighbour to kick the damn things into gear, and since surrounding the bases of the plants, they’ve gone into overdrive. Even the pepper plant is entering “warp speed”! The soil clearly needs a bit more than just regular manure and compost to provide the right nutrients, something to bear in mind for the future.

Blogging has taken a bit of a back burner for the last couple of weeks, thanks to summer holidays, keeping the kids entertained and trying to get our future plans in order. I hope to be back “on the ball” now, as school is gearing up to begin again.

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Video Evidence….

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Oh my….

Just found this after being told it’s “out there”….

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West Kelowna Glenrosa & Rose Valley Fire, Day 3…

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We’re heading into the 3rd afternoon….

I may have to eat my words. There was a calm over West Kelowna earlier this morning, as I said, things ticking over as normal, well, as normal as can be expected. People were heading off to work, if they’d been evacuated, in the clothes they were evacuated in and things looked promising. As the radio lady just said, “one thing that’s great about the people here is there relative calmness right now.” I agree. It felt like that this morning!

As the morning has gone on though, what started out as a fairly clear morning, blue sky and so on, has become a hazy smoky afternoon. From my viewpoint, I can’t see much, other than smoke right now, but I just got this from one reader, who lives, almost between the 2 fires…

The Glenrosa fire seems to be stronger on this side in the last 1/2 hour, it was predominately on the other side of the mountain last night and this morning. It is at the top and not close to any homes that I can see. I can see glowing orange and at times black smoke. They are working hard and fast with the helicopters and buckets, sometimes flying over our house.

I think they may have a direct view between the 2 hills, straight along the highway almost, so can see a lot more than me from their angle.

The helicopters are aggressively water bombing the Rose Valley fire right now, and evacuation orders have been extended for another 72 hours, I think for areas around there. It’s holding at 150 hectares they say, although due to the steeps sides of the valley, it’s still too dangerous to attack the fire fromthe ground

Also, on the radio, I just heard that the fire is moving up over towards Peachland, with no containment of the fire on it’s southern flank, about 400 hectares. Nothing to worry about just yet though. I’ll keep listening….

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Early Evening Update…

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Here’s what I’m seeing right now….

6pm Shot...

Not a huge difference to this afternoons shot, but it is clearing slightly, although through the afternoon it has been see sawing backwards and forwards. If you look carefully, of click on the photo to get over to Flickr and see a larger version, smoke is starting to billow up from behind Goats Peak Mountain, heading over to Peachland. And if you look really close, you can see the 3 helicopters hovering above the smoke.

I’m still trying to get some shots of the Fintry fire. If anyone know a good site I can link to or recommend, it would be much appreciated. From what we’re hearing, it’s really got bad this afternoon, doubling in size in a matter of hours and expected to get much worse.

A reader has asked me about sorting out a Google map of the area, which I’m going to have a crack at. Any advice, greatly appreciated!

I hope everyone is OK. We’re getting there, slowly, but it’s not over yet.

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This Afternoon’s Update….

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Currently, 1.30pm, this is what I am seeing, over West Kelowna….

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Haven’t been able to see much, so the pictures aren’t changing a whole lot at the moment, which is no bad thing… Rose Valley sounds like it is getting bigger, half of West Kelowna has been evacuated and smoke is in the air, we’ve been told to stay inside and not do anything to strenuous outside. You can smell the smoke, obviously, everywhere. Eyes are starting to sting, ever so slightly, throats are drying out a little, but we’re hanging in there.

Thanks for the comments and emails I am getting. It seems hardly anything to keep adding the odd picture and write a bit here and there, but from the feedback you’re sending me, you’re finding it useful just to see what’s going on as you are finding it hard to get in touch with families and friends here. So I’ll keep going!

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West Kelowna Forest Fire Latest….

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The view, from the front, tonight….

Forest Fire 1

10,000 people evacuated or effected, 4000 homes and now over 300 hectares.

We’re still waiting for more news on the Rose Valley fire and how it is developing, although it’s being reported as over 20 hectares and parts are now being evacuated….

Forest Fire 2

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