Archive for June, 2005

The Gallery

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Ian

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve added a gallery to the website. It’s pretty slick and configurable, but let me know what you think. I MAY modify it to fit the website “theme” a little better, but it’s not too bad right now.
In terms of logins so you can POST pictures, I’ll set up the passwords to match the website posting passwords, but I don’t remember what I set each of yours to. Can you mail me the password you use to log in to the blog? I’ve got your usernames, so don’t include that in the email!

The weather, now with 100% more Bala!

Monday, June 27th, 2005 by Ian

Yes, I figured Vivian might be looking for the Bala weather, so I added it. Turns out she was going to ask for it anyway. How’s that for service from your friendly Webmaster?

I did some research on the turtle, and it indeed does look like a “Common Snapping Turtle”. Quite old actually, judging by how worn the carapace is. I hunted down a fairly good reference for them, which says “Incubation time, longest in the northern region, ranges from 55 to 125 days, but 75 to 95 days is more typical”, so I’d be on the lookout for young’ns in mid-September…not that anyone will be there!

In other news, we bought a new tent trailer today. I’ll get some pictures online. It’s a 2000 Starcraft 2407, but I really couldn’t find any good layout diagrams or anything online. Basically, it’s a standard 12′ trailer, king bed on one end, double on the other, an eating area that folds to a bed, a “couch” that folds to another bed, and all the standard amenities…fridge, stove, heater, yada yada yada.

I have a related question for the reading public, and please comment in the comments….I now have promised a large number of pictures to be posted for all to see, but it takes a long time to setup each picture and post a comment about it, etc. Should I set up a gallery? I think I’ll look into it, but tell me what you think. Another option is uploading them to Flickr and then redirecting people there…what do you think?

Bala Babies?

Saturday, June 25th, 2005 by Vivian

Is it just cooling its bum? Or does this mean new snappers are on their way? Seen from the verandah window yesterday morning. The creature sat there for more than an hour and she was not sunning herself (wx was cloudy). [Edited by Ian: Made the front image smaller, click the image to see full sized]


Flooded Calgary

Sunday, June 19th, 2005 by Ian

Calgary has declared a “State of Emergency”, but it’s not really effecting us directly. Fish Creek has totally overflowed onto Banister Road (if you remember where that is…right by the Funeral Home on McLeod). In fact, Quinn and I tried to go down to Fish Creek to take some more pictures of the latest flooding, but a police car was parked there turning everyone around. I can only assume that it must be higher than it was last week.
In terms of Calgary, the Elbow River overflowed into property that backs onto it, so 2000 people were evacuated from the downtown area, and while the Bow River is certainly running very high and swamping Prince’s Island Park, I haven’t heard of any local flooding of residential areas.
The local news is full of road closures, backed up sewer lines and flooded towns (Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, etc…) but today, the sun is shining and we’re forcasted for at least a few days of sun. The water levels should be going down soon. If Quinn and I can get down near the creek, I’ll take some more pictures.

Also, Happy Father’s Day to any fathers that are reading this. Our plans for the day include going out to “visit” Dad, and then dinner at Joan’s house.

Flooded Cottage Front

Saturday, June 18th, 2005 by Vivian

Some pictures of the high water at the cottage: