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Paragliding….

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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….

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It Was This Big!….

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Honest….

It Was This Big!....

“Caught” in the Enterprise Shopping Centre in Eastbourne, which has a number of nice little, independent shops, from crafts and health, to a fishmongers and a butchers. If you’re in the town, take the trouble to wander along and discover it yourself. You’ll find it up behind the railway station.

The Thames @ Twickers….

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Spent a grey day in Twickenham, on out current vagabonding experience in the UK….

A bit of a grey day, but thought I’d try the effects on the camera. Swans and pigeons and, of course, Canadian geese!

Thames @ Twickers(2)

Thames @ Twickers(1)
Just to the right of the shots, is a pub, where many a summer evening was whiled away, as the sun went down, with a pint in hand.

In fact, along the Richmond/Twickenham stretch of the River Thames, many a pub was frequented as we strolled along, or cycled. Not that it’s all ab out the pubs, but after a days fishing on the water, or a walk on a sunny afternoon, some pub grub and a pint can’t easily be beaten.

I’m on the lookout for a decent Ploughman’s now. Any suggestions?

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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.

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, 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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Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says….

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Genius….

Thanks for asking if we wanted them, government of Canada and thanks for doing the homework on them before you forked out the cash, OUR cash. Let’s hope someone kept the receipt….

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

Read Full Article @ http://tinyurl.com/384jrob

Oh well, it’s not like we need the cash is it. I mean, who needs skool buses anyway….

December Sunset…

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Caught the sun going down…

December Sunset....

…. bit like the temperature. We’re expecting -20’odd any day now. No snow though, which is odd for December in Canada… we now need the temperature to go up a bit now, for the snow.

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)...