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Early Evening Update…

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….

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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Wow!!!….

Sitting on the beach, last weekend, in the Okanagan Campsite, just past Peachland….

South Campsite...

There’s 2 parts to this site, a north and a south. Both a great little sites, but the north part is terraced down to the lake, although the beach is beautiful. The south is all flat and the beach ain’t too bad either. Take your pick, the sites in both parts were excellent in my book, all with tables, fire pit/BBQ’s, some secluded, some open allowing you to meet your “neighbours”.

In true Canadian fashion, as we walked round the bay, back to our bench, we got talking to a couple of guys, a pilot and his old man, down on the dog part of the beach, with a couple of labradors. It didn’t take long before we were offered a beer and we stayed chatting for an hour, as the kids joined in keeping the dogs entertained. They were regulars, on this stretch of beach every weekend, hurling huge sticks into the lake for their dogs to fetch, whilst drinking a few cans and chatting, even apparently in the depths of winter.

We walked back along the beach with them and got the campstove crank’d up and fried some organic smokies, that we have discovered at the Farmers Market, homemade by a German couple. (They make a great breakfast roll, which has now become part of the whole Saturday morning market experience, forgoing the usual toast and cereal. A bit of a habit now actually….)

Organic Smokies...

Sam took this one, as I was handed mine….

Wow!

…. they were bloody tasty though! Wrapped up with tomatos, lettuce and cucumber, a definite hit.

And as we ate them, we had this view, from the camp table, as the sun went down behind us….

South Campsite Beach...

With sites like this, the tent is great, but I’m considering a caravan. Nothing fancy, just with 4 beds is enough. All we need is somewhere to sleep and store the food. Just being able to pull in to sites like this one, for $12 a night, (6 quid, in the UK, roughly….) is tempting. Think about it, a lakefront property for $12! All summer holiday long. Some of these sites even have wifi now, which means I can get some work done as well, whilst the kids play on the beach….

…. I’m off up the caravan showroom tomorrow.

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A Jetty @ Peachland…

We pulled over, hopped out, got the rod and tried our luck….

Peachland Jetty

…. 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”….

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“Oh no!”….

So, the soccer….

The team have been doing pretty well so far. They drew their first match, although they were winning 2-1 after losing the entire game, only for the ref to overrun by almost 10 mins and the other team equalising. Oh well, that’s soccer I guess…

But the next match, in Kamloops, was a win, 5-1, with “The Tank” not scoring, but beautifully setting up his team mate on 3 occasions.

Then, last weekend, another 5-1 win. We were comfortably up by half time, so, looked good.

And then panic set in, as I turned to the missus and she uttered the dreaded phrase, “Oh no! Go and tell them, go on!”….

The Goalie....

He’s been on about going in goal for ages and you could see as he called out to us from the other side of the pitch, cheeky grin on his face, that he was determined to give it a go. He’s good at being an ice hockey keeper, but a soccer goalie is not what he’s cut out for.

Luckily most of the action was up the other end, but he did make a couple of good saves and didn’t do too bad. But, it was the longest second half yet….

Unbeaten so far then, they seem to be getting a lot better as we go through the season. We’re looking forward to some rematches coming up over the next week, to avenge the IceBreaker Tournement we played a few weeks back….

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Heading Home…

Heading east out of Kamloops, which is north west’ish, of Kelowna…

Heading Home....

Took it through the windscreen, hence the odd colour, on the way home from the soccer match in Kamloops a couple of weekends ago.

Been having some trouble with my login and blog editor, hence the lack of posts. Still not sorted out, so it may be a bit sporadic for a while, to say the least.

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The Sunshine….

Couldn’t resist another shot of the view…

Lake Okanagan...

This one is from the deck of the house opposite us, so same view, just a different angle.

Much as the winter is good and my favourite season being fall in Canada, when it gets warm and the sunshine comes out, this is not a bad place to be. Can’t wait for the lake to warm up so we can go swimming again….

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Photography 101….

There’s a certain quality to black and white photos, that can make anybody look like film stars….

Faces....

…. 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….

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