Stage In The Park ~ Part Two ~ Sitka Log Homes

Sitka Log Homes has graciously partnered with Allan & April Roberts to get “The Stage In The Park” built.  We appreciate this very much.  Brad Johnson & Wally Bramsleven created the design and all logs have been peeled and treated for the project on the Sitka Log Home site on Tatton Road in 100 Mile House.

Sitka Log Homes History ~

Sitka Log Homes was founded by John Johnson. John began building log homes in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada in 1969. At that time there were very few companies prefabricating log homes. The Cariboo was one of the first areas in the province to build log homes and ship them to sites around the world for re-erection. Prior to that time, most log building was done on site.

John began building small log houses on his own, gradually adding a few employees, including his son, Brad. The industry evolved over the years and log homes changed from being fashionable log cabins to the high-end custom homes that we are seeing today. What started as a small, local industry 40 years ago has grown to become a multi-million dollar industry, and Sitka Log Homes has evolved to adapt to the ever changing market.

Excerpt taken from Sitka Log Homes website

John Johnson named his company “Sitka Log Homes” after the Sitka Spruce tree he thought it had a nice ring to it.


from left to right Ken Borne, John Johnson (Founder), Bonnie Johnson, Wally Bramsleven, Brad Johnson, Brett Smith and Jaret Melin.

Left to right Brett Smith, John Johnson (Founder), Bonnie Johnson, Brad Johnson and Wally Bramsleven. Brad Johnson posing with the logs from Allan & April’s Valhalla property. Pat Findlay runs the Mill.Sitka Log Homes site on Tatton Road.

Stage In The Park ~ Part One


Upon getting permission from The Mayor and Council we were able to begin our project with their blessing.  With Brad Johnson & Wally Bramsleven of Sitka Log homes stage plans complete it was time to get things in motion. In the meantime Allan is out and about handing out our booklet for people to help with the project either by physical labor or cash donations to pay for the “stuff” that is needed to complete “The Stage in The Park Project” and what an awesome response we have gotten from the businesses and people of 100 Mile House all willing to participate in this project.

“You start building a good community when you yourself decide that you will be a good neighbor”…  Back in the day it was “Building a Community, Building a Barn” today it’s “Building a Community , Building a Stage for the Park”


First thing that needed to be done was to log some trees. We have some beautiful big fir on our property so that is where we got the trees for part of the project.  Bill & AJ Bjornsen with their professional falling experience got to work. They so generously donated their expertise and time towards this endeavour on a very chilly Sunday morning I might add… Bill & son AJ… “TIMBER” ! Noggy got in on the action too… as you can see it wasn’t the sunniest of days…

Next we needed to haul the trees out of the forest so that Rona (Steve Brown) can transport them to Sitka Log Homes to be peeled and dried… Along comes Wayne Best with his 1965 Loader that works like a charm and he graciously volunteered to do this. One very nice fellow.  Another very cold day in The Cariboo.

Wayne & Allan …

After these were moved by Mr. Best. Rona Interlakes (Steve Brown) offered his services to load them onto one of his trucks to haul them to Sitka Log Homes.  It took awhile but they got loaded.

Erik from Rona loading the logs…

And away they go !

Spider Webs in Spring Mother Natures Doilies ~

This morning was a beautiful one.  Lots of dew on the trees. Anyhow I got a call from my hubby who was going to work and he said “you should see all the spider webs down our road there must be hundreds all along both sides like an army getting ready for battle lol…”  So knowing me I grab my camera (keep in mind I still have the flannel pj’s on ..lumberjack design) off I went.  It was truly awesome… I couldn’t do it justice so I took a picture of part of the road and it looks like there are little aliens on the bushes… That is the first shot the rest are shots of the different webs.  I swear this is where people who crochet got their first designs for doilies… back in the day.

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for some interesting facts on spiders please visit this site

History of Doilies

History of doilies

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