Richard and Georgia, our son and granddaughter went home to Victoria this morning after spending eleven days with us. Richard had offered to help with things around the house so I took him up on it and worked him hard. He helped assemble a BBQ first off then a storage shed. With our continued high temperatures the gravel spreading and hauling with a wheelbarrow was grueling work. Richard moved a large number of rocks as well since that is what contains the flower bed soil from spilling out. The last bit of gravel couldn't be placed on the west side as my neighbour is having a fence built and I need to wait for it to be finished before doing that.
Other than these record shots posted herein, I haven't done any photography. Too hot, then too smoky and too busy. The smoke got worse today with large chunks of ash floating in with it. Richard and I went to Salmon Arm yesterday for another load of stuff from storage and it was smoky the whole way.
Three hours after the Thomas Creek fire north of us started on July 11
Thomas Creek fire five hours after starting. This photo was taken a couple of miles north of us.
Thomas Creek fire July 14
The start of the Nk'Mip Fire on the left and the main smoke is coming from Washington State. This was July 19
The Nk'Mip fire from in front of the town hall in Oliver, BC July 19
Nk'Mip fire July 19. That's a four engine water bomber that little speck top left. Can you see it?
Further south on the Nk'Mip fire you can see some retardant being dropped.
Oliver town hall July 19 with Washington State smoke in the background
Looking north up Hwy 97 through Oliver July 19. That is Washington State smoke again.
Just up the road from us yesterday and it is worse today.
Rays in the smoke last night
If you click on the image to make it larger, you can see our location marked with an X.
The Oliver Wine Village, purported to be the first in Canada. This is a pano with my phone showing the whole site. I think there are to be twenty wineries installed upon completion. Six or seven open so far.
If you look through the center, you can see McIntyre Bluff in the distance. Our house is this side of the bluff so not far to the wine village.
The front yard finally raked level awaiting the landscape fabric
Sparkle rock delivered
Two loads of paving stones hauled from Penticton with my little trailer
Stones in place
Flower bed soil delivered and raked
Aileen and me on an evening walk up the river a while back