Owl ~

Caught this fella looking for his supper last night.  It was fascinating to watch his moves.    Every time he heard a chipmunk or squirrel he would move his head around. One fact I looked up is they have incredible hearing FACT 15 The last of our owl facts relates to their hearing. It is believed their hearing is so powerful that if they were placed in a 30-feet square room, with a mouse hidden in it somewhere, they would be able to detect where it was purely from being able to hear its heartbeat! They have an amazing ability to sense the slightest movement and sound. Their ears are located next to their eyes in what is called their facial disc. This part of their face filters and funnels sounds and gives these creatures their ability to detect prey at such great distances.

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He is not a barn owl but the facts are interesting just the same.     For more “Owl facts” please visit…


Barn Owl Facts


Remembrance Day 2016 ~

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. As Remembrance Day is just around the corner.

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.  dadblog

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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.  In July of this year I received this in the mail. It is an Ambassador For Peace medal from the Minister of Patriots & Veterans Affairs , Republic of Korea. I know Dad would be honoured to have received this medal in recognition for his time served in the Korean War. medal-1 dsc_3110wdsc_3114biggerdsc_3111biggerdsc_3112biggerdsc_3120w

I have included photos from Dad’s album from the time he was in Korea. I thought they might be of interest to some.

dsc_3142-copy dsc_3144-copy dsc_3143-copy Building bridges ~dsc_3141-copy dsc_3140-copy dsc_3139-copy dsc_3136-copy-copy dsc_3134-copy-copydsc_3138-copyExcerpts from Dad’s journal ~ On the 25th of April 1952 ~ Cleaning up and turning in all equipment (except weapons) getting set for rotation home. 3 May 1952 ~ Left last area for “Brittania Camp” where our replacements (23 FD. SQN.) (C.A.REG) were waiting to exchange with us CDN. Army (regular)  5 May 1952 ~ Left Seoul by U.S.A. (E.U.S.A.K.) (8th U.S. Army Korea) train for Pusan, fired on several times on the way South by Guerrillas (North Korean sympathizers nobody killed or wounded) 7 May 1952 ~ embarked Pusan by troop transport (Chinese Nat. Navy) arrived Sasebo Japan, embarked troop train. 8 May 1952 ~ arrived Camp Hiro Kure Japan spent approx 2 weeks.  23 May 1952 ~ Left Kure by train for Yokohama Docks .  24 May 1952 ~ Boarded Troop transport U.S.N.S. MM Patrick for Pacific Ocean crossing. 5 June 1952 ~ Debarked Vancouver today 13 days at sea.  24 August 1952 Returned to 11 P.S. after 60 days leave admitted to Shawnesay Military Hospital (Malaria & Bronchitis) after sick leave posted back to regular Army @ Camp Chilliwack. 5 Feb. 1953 posted to 21 wks. Coy R.C.E. Camp Shilo Manitoba .  24 April 1953 Married today to the girl of my dreams !

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Canada in Korea


Daylight Saving Time Ends ~ 2016

Nov 6
Back 1 hour
Nov 6, 2016 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00:00 AM clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00:00 AM local standard time instead
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

100 Mile House Fire Rescue ~


This past week I had the pleasure of photographing 100 Mile House Fire – Rescue Team


When you hear those fire truck sirens do you cringe at the thought that someone’s home is on fire or there is an accident involving fire? I do but at the same moment I am thankful and proud of the brave men and women who are 100 Mile House’s Fire – Rescue Team. Who at a moments notice drop whatever they are doing and come to the rescue of complete strangers … mind you in a small town like ours chances are they will know the people in peril.


These dedicated members who go to fire practices amongst other things are there for us. Comforting to know. Thank you !

History on 100 Mile House Fire – Rescue 

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue History Excerpt from 100milefire.com

The Early Years
100 Mile House Fire-Rescue began as an unofficial brigade in 1954, after fire engulfed the Bridge Creek Estate Garage and 100 Mile’s first movie house burned the previous year. In 1956, the official volunteer fire department was formed with Ross Marks as 100 Mile’s first fire chief.

Throughout the years, garage sales, dances and other events have been held by department and ladies’ auxiliary members to raise money for fire service necessities. In 1979, members raised $10,000.00 in only a few months toward the purchase of the Jaws of Life; and many vehicles, such as Rescue 11, have been purchased with dollars raised by the department.

The Department Today
Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of annual calls. With this increase, the average paid-on-call member spends approximately five hours per week completing fire department duties such as weekly training and responding to emergencies.

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue has evolved from not only fire suppression, but now includes rescue services, medical aid, and public education and awareness programs. The department also has its own training facility that is fully accredited by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The continuing commitment and dedication of our past, present, and future members enables 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue to provide the community with a high level of service.


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