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December Sunset…

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.

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The Birds….

“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…

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The Boys…

One of their favourite spots after a hectic mad chase round the apartment….

The Boys...

We’ve aquired a new kitten. Merlin. He and the rest of his litter were found in a box, covered with rubbish, waiting for the rubbish men. What some people can bring themselves to do never ceases to amaze me. I mean, let the sodding animal shelter have them if nothing else. But the rubbish men? Abusive words are itching to be written, but I will refrain, not that these morons deserve any less….

Anyway, the good news is, they seem to be getting on more and more, with Mojo acting like the big boss, tolerant of the new upstart, bounding around and nuzzling up against him in his basket. Until, he’s had enough, whereby he pins him down by the throat, amazingly, with no serious injury.

Speaking of the cats, I found this video we did, of Mojo at the fishtank. As with all fishing, it requires a little patience….

Now I just need to catch Merlin at it too. As I type, he’s bouncing round the tank in a similar fashion, as the fish glide obliviously up and down…..

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Halloween, ’09….

A bit late, I know, but I’ve only just got round to uploading from the camera…. so…, er…..

This, I think, is The New Munsters….

Halloween, '09 (1)

I have no idea, don’t ask….

Halloween, '09 (2)

Oh, the larks we have, eh….

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The Chief Tomat Talent Show 2009….

Finally, it’s been long enough in coming….

Back before the summer break, Miss did her Talent Show performance, regular readers will recall.

She’s even in the process of sorting out her web TV channel over at YouTube. A proper site is coming. It’s been added to the list of things for me to do….

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Watching and Waiting….

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…

At last, some produce from the garden….

Tomatos

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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Organic Food IS Better….

So, “organic food is no better!”, I heard you all cry! “You’re mad! You’re being conned!”….

Yeah, right….

Half of all the fruit & veg you buy is contaminated.
http://tinyurl.com/nmuwmk

ALMOST HALF of the fresh fruit and veg sold across the UK is contaminated with toxic pesticides, according to the latest scientific surveys for the government.

Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of apples, grapes and tomatoes were also tainted, as were parsnips, melons and cucumbers.

Alarmingly, as much as a quarter of the food on sale in 2008 – the date of the latest figures – was found to contain multiple pesticides. In some cases, up to ten different chemicals were detected in a single sample.
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Experts warn that the “cocktail effect” of so many different chemicals endangers health. They also point out that some of the pesticides are not only cancer-causing but also so-called “gender-benders” – chemicals that disrupt human sexuality.

I see,…. “cancer causing” as well as “gender bending” chemicals, that “disrupt human sexuality”?

What’s that? Speak up. You’ve gone quiet, you know who you are, you were happy to laud the FSA report at me the other day, what’s happened? Where’s your cocky put downs now?

So, the headline, on the BBC website, from the 29th July 2009;

Organic ‘has no health benefits’
http://tinyurl.com/ngjz27
Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large independent review has concluded.

…. is basically, false, if not an outright lie. It clearly IS healthier, as I’m not ingesting pesticides capable of causing cancer or turning me into a female version of myself, or my son into his sister and vice versa. Not to mention, that the review was so large, it failed to take into account the pesticide issue, one of the main reasons people prefer organic produce.

You can believe the FSA if you want. I don’t. I’m sticking with organic food…. sorry, let me rephrase that, I’m sticking with naturally grown food. You can have the lab/chemically enhanced stuff if you want.

But then I’m going to remind you of it next time I hear you comment about how healthy my kids look compared to yours….

Rant over. For now….