Exploring with Ed (ebook)
On the grasslands overlooking Kamloops, there was once a small but thriving farming community. Time has taken its toll with only a few of the buildings remaining, long after people have moved from the land. High alkaline ponds edged with the bright red Pickle Weed bloom, against a wide open vistas of undulating landscape that is met by the sky. The old school house still stands; it is slowly being pushed down by the hands of Mother Nature.
Providing habitat for and assisting the protection of the Burrowing owl is happening in selected locations across BC. We walked among the small patches of wild flowers and grasses covering the land. Discreet nests having grasses close to them produced a challenge in getting a clear image. Under constant observation from the owl, there knees would bend just before take off if you got too close
This small community consisted of a number of houses, a school house, maintenance garage and a storage place for a tractor, it grew up to support the saw mill operation. The one room school house shows the classic design, with a wall of windows usually facing North to allow light, while protecting the building from overheating in warmer weather. Taking the opportunity to explore and capture images before more is lost at natures rate unless someone decides to reverse the decline.
Steam days Westwold:
Being long time residents of this small community, and having had steam powered tractors, draws one to the days of yesteryear. Visitors are invited to enjoy a look into our past. This one day includes all manner of steam tractors, machinery, and small engines to make farm life easier. It also includes the pumpkin canon, black powder shooting, vintage cars, hay bailing, threshing, and excavation with a steam powered shovel that was pulled from the Germansen Creek, and restored to full operation. In every nook and cranny are small trinkets and old household wares.