Sunday, July 5, 2015

This and that type of day.


Today folks on Vancouver Island woke to a sepia coloured sky.  When we went out to the car this morning it was covered in a fine ash. Our Province is tinder dry and at stage 4 drought water restrictions.  Summer came early and hot this year, and its bone dry. Currently there are 180 wild fires burning across the Province, 140 were caused by lightning and the remainder by humans.  Campfires and open burning has been banned.  Hundreds of men and women are working hard to contain and suppress the fires and one person today in Sechelt has lost their life.


The light is very eerie and it has felt like dusk all day and we've had to turn lights on in the house.  When you look up the sun when it peeks out from the smoke riddled sky is dark pink. Air quality is poor and we are actually starting to smell hints of campfire in the air. We decided not to ride anywhere today due to the poor air quality. Most of the smoke is coming over from the fires on the mainland which just shows how big the fires are.

This is the colour of our sky today, not blue, but a burnt brownish orange, makes me wonder if this is what living on Mars would be like. Its going to be a long hot dry summer.

Despite all of this we were out and about because my kiddo turned 18! It was off to breakfast and some fun. 



The servers at our fave breaky spot brought a yummy birthday dessert and serenaded her.



Then it was off to do a little birthday stuff & shopping.  


I found this guy at our coolest store in town Capital Iron, its a hybrid hardware/cookware/clothing/outdoor store/garden centre.  To my surprise and delight there was a giant dino sculpture.  I thought about 2 bloggers immediately; Kathy aka ToadMama (Link) and Rachel aka Fuzzy Galore (Link), these ladies find the most interesting quirky things when they are out and about. If I could have I would have rolled my bike into the store & taken a pic. I almost enquired if it was for sale, but thought better of it because I think he would have followed me home & been ensconced in my front yard!



Just a little this and that today

13 comments:

Richard M said...

Cool! Pass on my birthday greetings!

Richard M said...

The fires though are not cool...

Dar said...

Richard have you passed through any of the fire areas?

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Deb said...

Well, happy birthday to your kiddo and I am glad you guys got out and had some fun!

These fires are very disturbing and tragic. My cousin lives in Anchorage and they also had fires destroy thousands of acres of beautiful forest in that area.

Trobairitz said...

Happy Birthday to Diva Jr. A milestone birthday and a graduation too!!

The fires are so bad this year. I follow Global BC on Facebook and have been keeping track. Your skies are surreal.

Edward Kilner said...

I just heard on the weather forecast that Victoria has received only 10% of usual rainfall this year. Now that is really serious. Seems like the West is really dry this year.

Hope no serious fires occur in populated areas, especially near you!

Lynne Goebeler said...

So sorry about the drought and scorching of your gorgeous area! I wish we could send some of the overabundance of rain in some of the saturated south to you.

But on the bright side, happy birthday to your daughter and I love that dino. :-)

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Richard M said...

I've only passed through fire areas in eastern Alaska. There was some smoke in the Yukon Territory.

SonjaM said...

Happy birthday to the (no longer) little one.

The haze looks nasty, I have read online that the air quality is currently quite bad in Vancouver area.

VStar Lady said...

Happy B.Day to Diva Jr.