It’s been hard for me to find time to write new blog posts – we have so much going on here right now. Here’s a quick update – we are still on evacuation alert, but all is well. There is still quite a bit of smoke here at times, but not so much that we aren’t able to work outside.
We have been following the various Cariboo Facebook groups for official information. Today we are delighted to hear that residents of Cache Creek will be able to start returning home! Wonderful news, and let’s hope 100 Mile House residents won’t be far behind.
The town is ensuring the infrastructure is in place – the hospital needs to be reopened and other things in place before people will be able to return to their homes.
We have been working hard – Graham has been installing new cattle fencing to ensure our 3 Black Angus steer get enough grass to eat. The pastures around us used to provide a lot of hay, but they all need work. Fencing needs to be resurrected, old barb wire needs to be either pulled or freed from grass and nailed again to the posts.
I have been watering, watering, watering…the garlic. We will water for another week and then it will be time to turn off the sprinklers (yippee) and let the ground start to dry out. A week or so after that, we will begin harvesting the garlic.
Here’s a video I made a couple of days ago. It shows some of the work that has been completed and you can see the smoke in the Valley. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and you will be notified when we get a new video posted!
That steel thing in the picture is a cattle squeeze Graham made so we can attend to the cattle when needed. We just put up fence panels around it to make a corral. Right now, it is being used as fence post storage.
Our hearts have been full with appreciation for so many things lately that we have often taken for granted. All the firefighters who are coming from other provinces, and even Australia to help all of us in BC. They work 12 hour shifts, in extremely dangerous and hot conditions. What wonderful people!
So many others have shown such a community spirit! From delivering hay to people with livestock, to people picking up strangers to bring them to get their medical prescriptions filled, it is so wonderful to see so many people helping others.
It is only mid July. We have a feeling these hot conditions and wildfires could be happening all summer long. We have been fortunate that the weather has been quite cool these last few days. We were down to 3C this morning! These cooler temperatures are going a long way to helping with the fire controls. Let’s hope it lasts so the firefighters can get these fires under control.
We are to the left of Canim Lake, on the outer edge of the evacuation alert area. We keep up with the fire activity and remain vigilant – so many people have had to leave their homes and have been displaced all over the province.
Bear with us, as we work hard daily here. I’ll be back to posting more regularly as soon as I possibly can.
Our food garden is doing quite well! We have had our first peas for dinner and it won’t be long before I can start digging around for a few new potatoes. We have been eating greens for quite awhile now and the strawberries have been fantastic this year!
Look at those berries! So delicious and so good for us too. I could just sit in the garden and eat fresh peas and some strawberries.