The “Crane” famile at Valhalla

I pulled into my driveway yesterday and what did I see? A family of Cranes… I have never in all the years we have lived here seen these curious birds on our property. What a delight it was to see them & photograph them. They were cruisin’ for quite awhile on the property.

Mom Crane Dad Crane Baby Crane

 

Crane (bird)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Crane
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Sandhill cranes
(Antigone canadensis)
 
 

Cranes are a family, the Gruidae, of large, long-legged, and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. The 15 species of cranes are placed in 3 genera, Antigone, Balearica, and Grus. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.

They are opportunistic feeders that change their diets according to the season and their own nutrient requirements. They eat a range of items from suitably sized small rodents, fish, amphibians, and insects to grain and berries.

Cranes construct platform nests in shallow water, and typically lay two eggs at a time. Both parents help to rear the young, which remain with them until the next breeding season.[1]

Some species and populations of cranes migrate over long distances; others do not migrate at all. Cranes are solitary during the breeding season, occurring in pairs, but during the nonbreeding season, they are gregarious, forming large flocks where their numbers are sufficient.

Most species of cranes have been affected by human activities and are at the least classified as threatened, if not critically endangered. The plight of the whooping cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.

 

Remembrance Day 2018 ~

Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice 100th anniversary – 1918-2018

Go to this link for some interesting facts ~

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/last-hundred-days/100-anniversary

This blog is in memory of my Dad fondly remembered as TIB, Tommy or Ian.  Who at this time of year I think of a little more often. 

My Dad was accepted into the Canadian Army in November 1948.  He was 18 years old. He was sworn in to The Royal Canadian Engineers March 3, 1949. He retired on August 6, 1980.

Dad served in the Korean War from April 1951 to May 1952.  He was a Sapper /Field Engineer.  He deactivated land mines and built bridges while serving there. In my opinion he had nerves of steel.

Dad ~ January 5, 1930 – July 31, 1992 ~ 

 

Korean War (1950 – 1953)

The Korean War was fought from 1950 to 1953. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict in a rugged land so far from home. Sadly, 516 Canadians would lose their lives. The Korean War was an important chapter in Canada’s military history and part of our country’s proud tradition of defending peace and freedom around the world.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the active fighting in the Korean War. How will you remember?

 excerpt from www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/korean-war

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Stage In The Park ~ Part Five

The final jobs to be completed for the stage were the shingles on the roof and the electrical.  Jim Liddle and Allan completed the shingles & Shawn Parkins did all of the electrical. The weather held up for them. Thank goodness.

Jim Liddle thanks for all your solid work !Allan & Jim finishing up.Great job guys !Now for the electrical … Meet Shawn Parkins.Shawn Parkins Electric

CONTACT

Address:
5131 Able Lake Road
100 Mile House
BC V0K 2E1
Canada
Phone number:
(250) 395-0428

Shawn said that the Stage needed plenty of power enough to cover any venue.  920 amp service / 100 amp service to the Stage and LED lighting. Thank you Shawn for your professional skills & equipment needed to supply  the power to The Stage.

Now the star of the show….  “The Stage In The Park” completed…

Part Six coming up soon .  We will be thanking all of those involved in making this idea come to fruition..

Stage In The Park ~ Part Four

 

Progress Report ~

Pre staining the logs and wall planking  at the Sitka log yard…  very thankful for the volunteers from “The 100 Mile Cruzers” and Allan as well…

Tom Lund, Dan Jackson, Allan Roberts, Mike Case Beauty logs from our property at Valhalla … Dan the Man & Tom Lund (oh ya Allan in the middle at the back)

Dan Jackson , Tom Lund , Allan Roberts , Mike Case.

Prestaining the wall planks… Mal Wood &  Jimmy Kulyk … look at all those wall planks… holy Hannah lots of rolling… Thanks guys !!

Next setting the logs on the stage…Rona ( Glen McBride ) Brad Johnson & Sitka crew once again…. lovely day if it doesn’t rain… but it did anyway. Thanks for the cel phone shots you guys !  This process took approximately 4 hours…

Brad & his Sitka Log Home Crew…Brad & some of his crew…Allan & Brad.   It looks great so far !

Next step… the walls and roof… Allan & Richard Liddle , Jimmy Young & Jordan Durk ( Jimmy & Jordan took off before I could get a photo of them must be camera shy eh?! Thanks guys ! ) Brad Johnson, 100 Mile Cruzers, Wally & Anna Bramsleven…

Starting on the roof… Richard & Allan Tom & Mal

Left to right … Tom, Dan, Mal & Mike… on the roof… Allan on the left and Richard on the right…
The sides and back of the Stage In The Park look amazing…Anna & Wally … Thanks you two !  You work so well together must have done projects together before !!

Roof & Walls done in one day . Boom…We are almost there.  I cannot wait to see the completed project it has been very exciting to see this come from an inspiration to a reality . Last but not least look at that view from the stage… Looks like it could be a perfect postcard . Such a beautiful park.  Wow !  We are so lucky to have this in our little town !

Next on the agenda Ralph (Most Wanted Contracting)  will be back for the plywood & shingles on the roof and Shawn Parkins (Shawn Parkins Electric) will be doing the electrical and Benjamin Moore will be using their wonderful product to paint the floor. Will keep you posted !