Sunday, July 23, 2006


The "hay shed" is complete, and the hay moved in. It's actually a temporary metal framed structure with attached tarps...and considering there were no instructions and we didn't have a clue what we were doing, I'd say we did a fine job.

The garden shed is almost ready to assemble, we unstacked it today, and moved the walls into place ready to put together. We're going to insulate the floor before we put it together, so if we choose, we'll have the option of heating it in the winter.

The heat has been driving us indoors by noon...and unfortunately by about 3 pm it's as hot inside as outside...there's a "severe thunderstorm watch" for our area on Environment Canada's weather reports, but at the moment it's not really looking like much will happen. We shall see.

Jasper and Gillis had cool showers to a) get clean, and b) cool off this afternoon. Lucy (who loves swimming and goes into every possible body of water) finds being bathed very traumatic and cause for hysteria. She went without.

Treats this evening from Carter's Cones - gotta try and beat the heat somehow.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


It's getting very warm again.

In the way of progress, Mike finished insulating and reskirting under the house last night. It was a much bigger job than we'd anticipated, but it's now done, and is one more thing to cross of the to do list.

Today, we're putting up a temporary hay shed, just a metal pole structure with tarps - it was free! We've found some terrific hay at 70 Mile, and have about 30 bales here sitting under a tarp. We bought a total of 200, so we need somewhere to keep it dry.

Next project up: putting together the 12' x 16' cedar garden shed we had made at Fawn Lake Lumber. After that, it's time to tackle the porches and deck.

The divine Lucille is making a very good recovery from her ligament surgery, and is being very patient and putting up with being on a leash whenever she's outside. Only 3 1/2 weeks and she'll be able to go outside off leash for very short stints.

Stu has asked for some general perspective pics...I'll post some in the next couple of days.

We're going to declare a "no work" day on Sunday, and take a drive complete with dogs and a picnic to Horsefly to check it out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Nature's Garden

I'm going to create a rock garden in this spot next the meantime, Mother Nature is doing a fine job. Posted by Picasa


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Faded Beauty

Gilly is sunbleached! He spends so much time outside that his coat has gone from a rich rusty copper to strawberry blonde. He's still as goregous as ever. Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 10, 2006

Things are cooler and damper now...still lots of thunder & lightning in the afternoons and evenings, but not such a huge worry after lots of rain. We were sent indoors this morning due to a sudden downpour, but not before we were soaked through. Last evening we had heavy hail the size of marbles. It's stopped raining now, so time to go back outside.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

By Thunderin' Jesus...

We have a big thunderstorm going on outside...huge claps of thunder every few moments, and plenty of lightning. No rain here, although we just drove through a torrential downpour at Green Lake on our way home from picking up a truckload of hay. Ordinarily, thunderstorms are one of my favorite things...but with the number of forest fires burning in BC at the moment, this one is making me nervous. In suburbia, forest fires are something you watch with a detatched interest on the telly. Here, you can see the smoke on the horizon when you're going down the hill on Hwy 97 into 100 Mile. People are saying it's from the fire near Anahim Lake.

We've unloaded and tarped the hay in the midst of gale force winds, and have our fingers very firmly crossed, hoping the lightning doesn't ignite any fires in our area. Please keep your fingers crossed too. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 01, 2006

New Lives

The robins' eggs have hatched...we could hear the little ones peeping in the nest last night! We don't know how many little ones there are.

When we picked up Rupert from his previous home, the cat who lived there was quite pregnant. We'd just lost Sushi the week before, and offered to adopt a kitten when they were ready to go. The lady just called to say that there are three new in about 8 weeks, we'll have a new little addition to our household!