A walk on Florence’s quieter side… Globe and Mail.

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The Unquiet Librarian: An Epilogue

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Be happy Canada just not too proud!

Perhaps consider this for our Canada Day weekend? Patriotism or nationalism are not virtuous in of themselves. Our nation needs to fix many things. Most notably the sins of the father. 



100 yrs before Canada birthday, the British spoils from 7Year war, were ‘given’ land that wasn’t France or Spain’s to give. A peace treaty with an alliance of First Nations prevented face to face violence with Britain. Forts and settlements were under siege. The great British army was weak. Pontiac and others who were quite happy to fight for their rights, but laid down arms. They were not the defeated but the peacekeepers. 
The treaty, recognized FN independence, etc , was obviously ignored by the growing British colony even before Confederation. Colonial zeal had greed not valour in its heart. Aboriginal people ultimately have an historic and valid cause of injustice long before Canada150🇨🇦 -Al Smith

Listen to CBC interview: Sunday Edition


“250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF NIAGARA.” COO Website. Web. 27 June 2017. 

CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 09 Dec. 2016. Web. 27 June 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/june-25-2017-the-sunday-edition-with-michael-enright-1.4171552/canada-had-three-founding-peoples-not-two-1.4171577

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Kicking off summer 2017

I planned to kickoff summer with another fishing trip. I got the camping part down and most of the fishing logistics( ya right) but I can’t control the weather.

I was camping near KenruckyAllyne Park and put the boat in nearby but the darn wind was near gale force. I tried several times in day/half but was confounded by winds so gusting my anchors wouldn’t hold nor my fisherman patience endure. I marked many fish in a dropoff at 40′, opting for an HD line and chironomids. I released one and it was full of the little pupae. A friend landed a 5lb silver rainbow but after a lost hat and double anchors being moved I figured the whitecaps were a sign to retreat. 

After several new attempts with the same result, I built a fire and retreated to the folding lawn chair and a book. ( Doc by Russel- an adaptation of Holliday/Earp western. I highly recommend Doc by Mary Doria Russell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8911226?source=ebfg_tw

We were comforted by a terrific venison/moose supper cooked by friend’s and enjoyed a night around the campfire. After a night falling asleep to the wind and worrying about trees deadfall) I had to return home early in the morning. The wind was already picking up so I wasn’t too distraught. Cheers to the start of summer. 

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Last days of spring fishing 

Just had a couple of days flyfishing at Kump Lake near Aspen Grove, BC. It is always nice to get out in the outdoors even if fishing is mixed. We had moments of active chironomid hatches broken by the mystery of rainbow trout feeding habits. 

It is smaller stocked lake with a large deep centre and a few shoals of dark water. There was very little signs of hatches but mystically fish would show themselves for size 16 brown, green and grey patterns- but, with little predictability. A dozen  2-3 lb and a couple 6lb were released but fishers had to watch for a very aggressive loon that  even attacked the nets. 

The water was extremely high with trees fallen but Kump is a nice rustic FSR site. It is a self serve wilderness site much like many in BC. No fire bans at this time….

We met an eccentric couple from the US who had much fisher knowledge to match their amusing behaviour. No offence  to my US friends. 😉

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Fishing Peter Hope in the sun…

Had a couple nights at Peter Hope Lake near Merrit BC. We had the first taste of Okanagan/Nicola summer- sunshine wa, heat, campers, and mosquitoes!! We did catch and release many nice rainbows mostly via indicator lines and one ‘special’ chironomid pattern ( or at least my fishing partner did 😉
I caught supper but honestly– lost 2 >5-7 lb rainbows from fisher error mostly but bad luck thrown in the challenge. Had one large bright trout at the boat before it wisely dove into my anchor and sustained a sore mouth and my fly! 🙂 ( don’t panic, they rust out quick and they live to fight another day) 

We scouted and fished the lake but two spots on the shoal in shallow found nice fish foraging in cycles. Wind was only testy on a few occasions. Calm water was intermittent attracting a few paddlers. 

This BC FS campground has no services but hosted and clean. It was nice to see large accessibility pit toilet and ramp available. No fire ban currently with damp ground and still water accounting for the mosquitoes. 

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