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ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
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Where The Heck Did September Go?
Well, folks, Ive completely missed the month of
September and the last part of August on the blog, as
Im sure youve noticed. But hopefully Ill
be back at it now. Ive even missed posting Facebook
updates for the past few weeks because we were away for
over ten days and weve had a lot of catching up
to do since we got back, not least of which is stuff that
has to be done before Fall progresses too much further.
Were in the season now when snow can hit
any time and although the last few years it hasnt
stayed on the ground until November, I still have a bright,
clear memory of years past, so were not taking any
I had to get the RV cleaned up so that Andy could clear
the lines and put the trailer to bed for the winter. I
had to clear out a bunch of green from the greenhouse
because it got a little too moist in there while we were
gone and mold was starting to get a foothold. Not to mention
that the squash and zucchini had to be picked and put
away, with the greenery from that pulled up as well as
a whole lot of beets that needed to be picked. I got the
greens washed, blanched and put down in the freezer but
I still have beets in a paper bag out in the cold room
that I havent gotten to yet as well as a whole raised
box out in the garden that still need to be picked. Same
with the box of carrots, Swiss chard, and a greenhouse
full of tomatoes. However, Im still hoping
for more warm weather and sun to carry the garden on for
a bit yet. Its not looking very promising right
now but you never know.
Andys been on a dead run clearing hoses, pumps,
and getting numerous things put away as well and he helped
me can for a few days. We scored some fabulous grapes
from my sisters garden in Williams Lake as well
as some crab apples, and managed to put down a number
of jars of crab apple jelly and grape juice. There are
also jars of applesauce and antipasto that we just got
done, not to mention loads of jars of tomatoes and peaches,
and peach jam that we put down a few weeks ago. I
think thats about it for the canning now other than
for those bloody beets! I know one thing, Im
going to go down and check my pantry out before planting
any seeds in the garden next time. I definitely dont
need to plant a garden next year!
Our weather this summer and for most of September was
absolutely spectacular! We got very little rain so it
required lots of watering, but there was lots of sun and
heat. Even this fall we saw temperatures hit 32C
or 90F, a mind numbing heat wave in this part of the country!
The Chilcotin is not known for its heat, more for its
cold in winter and cool temperatures in summer, but I
dont think anyone was complaining. Other than our
neighbours and their helpers that were trying to put a
new roof addition on their house in the heat and sun in
the middle of September maybe. You cant blame them.
Roofing in the heat is never fun but I guess its
a lot better than doing it in the rain. :-)
It was absolutely marvelous to visit with friends over
a campfire a few times this fall after the camp fire bans
came off. Its nice when the evenings are warm
and the bugs are gone and more than once weve
sat past bed time visiting around a fire hoping the northern
lights would come out. Sadly our close friends and neighbours
from Kelowna werent able to make it up this summer
so we missed out on some belly busting laughs and the
good times weve become accustomed to with them for
the past five years.
Weve had no time for fishing this summer or fall
but from all accounts the fishing was terrific
and the trout bigger and fatter than usual this year.
I think that everyone that went out did well and Im
hoping we can get out on the lake one day. We have no
fish left in the freezer at all so we need some to take
us through the winter. Right now were waiting for
warmer temperatures because it is Fall now! Brrrr.
I would not want to be out on that water right now without
some sun and warmer air, even if there were a few boats
out there yesterday. It was below 4C or 25F
this morning which means it was probably twice as cold
away from the lake. Weve had our first cold
casualty today. Andy brought in a brass valve that splits
water from a tap to two hoses that we had on the cabin.
Its got a three way split now from freezing last
night so its toast. Im hoping my irrigation
in the garden is still okay but I guess well see
later once it warms up and see if it can be blown out.
I know better, of course because of past experience but
the last few Falls have been long and warm so Ive
gotten a little complacent about getting stuff picked
up and put away from my garden this year. But this year
the cold is coming in a lot faster.
I think that up away from the lake there has been
freezing temperatures at night for a month now
but it still hasnt been too bad here, mainly because
of cloudy nights. But there has been a definite temperature
change since we got home a week ago. Day time temperatures
havent made it above 11C or 52F at best and if it
makes it above 8C or 46F today, Ill be very surprised.
I finally got tired of waiting for the fog/cloud to clear
and started a fire on last nights coals this morning.
The last two nights theres been a lot of hard frost
frozen to the ground in the morning and its been
freezing by late evening so the cold all night long is
what tends to damage water hoses and such. We have also
had a decidedly chilly breeze since we got home last week
and I'm sure that makes the air feel much colder than
it really is.
We left hot, sunny weather here in mid-September
to go down to Slocan lake for a few days, then over to
Kelowna and then back home. We took our own sweet
time going down and did very little except some exploring
and hiking while we were down in the Kootenays and not
even much of that. Mostly we just relaxed. I had an appointment
in Kelowna and we decided to go down a week early and
have a little break. If we stay at home, we do nothing
but work. When youre away from home you cant
work, so we decided to get away from home, even though
the weather was great here and we could have gotten lots
of chores done. But Ill tell you, the little break
away was just what we needed to refuel after one heck
of a rock and roll summer. I dont think weve
worked that hard for that long in years and while the
feeling of accomplishment is nice, it sure is tiring!
We were lucky and had a couple of nice days in the Kootenays
and then it started to rain, especially as we headed to
Kelowna and then the days there and then home. But we
were just travelling so it didnt really matter.
But that rain heralded a big change in weather and it
has been darned cool since. We have had some rain here
too but not really enough to set everything in well for
the winter yet, so Im hoping well get our
fall rains soon or I'll have to start watering again.
This summer was our best yet running our guest cabin
as a B&B or just as a cabin rental, and we got to
meet some really terrific people. Our first guests
in June were a couple of gals that were headed down to
Bella Coola to do some hiking and they were wonderful
to have meals with. One lady was 70 and is a dragon boat
racer and the other is 76 and retired but she now manages
condos down on the Mainland. All I can say is, Wow! I
want to be like that when I grow up! Other favorites were
a family from Switzerland whom we really enjoyed getting
to know, a couple from California that were so sweet we
became immediate friends, and a couple that we met from
Victoria that we just hit it off with as well as a couple
from Williams Lake who have become regulars and that we
love sitting around the camp fire with. There were
many others as well that we either were so busy we couldnt
get to know them, or they werent B&B and
looked after themselves so they kind of kept themselves
busy doing their thing and we ours. Especially since we
were both gone so much this summer with Andy working over
at Charlotte and me down at the end of the lake on the
bathroom reno. It was a great summer for the cabin and
Im glad we got it finished on the outside because
I was really proud to rent it out to folks.
Even the new lawn took and hopefully will make it through
the winter. It was a little awkward explaining to people
that it couldnt be driven on or walked on while
it was new and it had to be watered a lot but our guests
were very understanding.
Over all this has been a productive year with great
weather and after my calendar season this fall Im
looking forward to a break this winter, although
being stuck back in my office chair isnt necessarily
my favourite place to be. I expect Andy is looking forward
to the break even more although we have some minor kitchen
renovations to look after indoors but other than that,
he can start having naps again. Hes been working
even harder than I have and hes supposed to be retired!
Im hoping that this also means I will get
more blogs and Facebook posts done and I really appreciate
everyones patience waiting for something to be uploaded.
A few folks that read the blog that are part time residents
here stopped in this summer to say hello and it was a
pleasure to meet every one of you. Although I suspect
that in some cases the visit might have been a subtle
reminder to get on with the blogs again, it's nice to
get to know those folks that check in for a new post from
time to time.
Ill try my best on more regular updates. :-)
Ill explain the three lower photos on the right
since they obviously dont fit in with anything around
here. One photo is of the womens salon in the paddlewheel
boat SS Moyie that is now a museum in Kaslo, BC, and the
only complete remaining ship of its kind in Canada with
everything intact, including engines. We popped over to
Kaslo from Silverton one day simply because neither of
us had ever been there before and its a really pretty
little community with a lot of amenities. We toured the
little town as well as the boat, which is now a fascinating
museum and the oldest of its kind in the world open to
the public. Everything on the boat had been carefully
and faithfully restored to its heyday when it was first
built and put on Kootenay Lake in 1898. The mens
smoking lounge and bar was very interesting and I spent
some time crawling around on the floor taking photos of
the underneath part of the circular bench. Its ingenious
and I want to copy it for my future gazebo.
The ladies salon was beautiful and decorated in
the light woods and heavy velvets of the period as you
can see from the photo on the right. They sure knew how
to build things in the old days! The other photo is of
Slocan Lake and the mountains as seen from my Brother-in-laws
fire pit deck at his summer house in Silverton. I think
that fall there is also the best season because its
super quiet and as pretty as it is here.
I would definitely suggest a visit to Kaslo and the SS
Moyie if youre ever over that way and if youre
on a motorcycle, youll find the winding road from
Kaslo to Silverton to be hog heaven!
The month of September has been missed but youll
find August's blog at August
Lake Highway cam looking West.
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!