I was anticipating a quiet afternoon at the lake with my staff team. We were coming up for lunch and a few hours of relaxation...
(Truth be told, I was mostly worried everyone would be bored.)
(What do I know about twenty-something-year-olds? Nothing, I tell you.)
Alot of them don't have vehicles, so we carpooled up. With me driving a borrowed mini-van. Like a mom. Taking a class of kindergarteners on a field trip.
We got here at noon and saw this.
And another, larger one, in the fan.
And a whole lot of emergency vehicles on the beach:
And I knew, that for me at least, this wasn't going to be a boring afternoon.
CBC News was there. And had been there the night before as well:
There was a fire in the hills.
Nothing like a forest fire close by to get the neighbours out. Chatted with a few of them to get caught up with the latest news. One of our neighbours died two weeks ago... and there is a landslide occurring on the mountain above Teapot Hill:
It was pretty amazing. I watched a chuck break off and rumble down to the valley below.
Regardless of all the natural disasters happening around me, lunch needed to go on:
Was the hottest day of the year so far.
Like, it was really hot.
People chose to swim.
Which I didn't take pics of, on account of me promising those in bathing suits that I wouldn't take photos.
But here is part of the team, enjoying the sunshine:
Oh, and while I was sitting on the beach, I noticed the McB's new cabin, right on the water:
When the Creative Kids left at 3:30, I zipped upstairs and put on my bathing suit and sat in the sun for 20 minutes BEFORE IT STARTED TO CLOUD OVER.
At 6:00, Sandra and Val arrived. For supper. WITH supper.
I Am Spoilt.
We ate chicken satay and mango salad on the deck, watching the helicopter go back and forth from the beach to the fire site.
And then we went for a long walk.
And know what?
Three things I'm thankful for:
1. THIS place.
2. The people who come to this place.
3. Tonight's rain. It Sounds Awesome. And smells good.