The Greenwater Report for August 13, 2001

Greenwater Provincial Park - Monday, August 13, 2001 - by: Gerald Crawford

bit over 1°

August 12th, 2001: A beautiful day after a bitterly cold night; warm but not hot, and almost no wind. According to our recording thermometer, it got down to a bit over 1° during the night. We visited some relatives and friends over by the Cove cabins last evening; the bonfire kept my front warm, but my back was very cold. We finally came home when I ran out of Kleenex.




We may not have a mosquito problem, but there sure have been lots of little fish flies lately. I call them fish flies because I don't know what else to call them. They are the size of a mosquito, slightly greenish in color, six-legged and no proboscis that I could see. My office window is covered with them in the evening, attracted by the light. Our yard light is likewise covered. No problem, but getting in the door without letting in a million or so is tricky.




We saw our first combine at work last Tuesday (although we had seen one or two combined fields) combining canola just south of Chelan. By Thursday, we saw lots. I think it's safe to say harvesting is in full swing.


Rose and Jim Steadman live a few miles south of the Park. During the summer, Jim works for the Park, and Rose runs the Park Store. In her spare time, she paints beautiful, bright, upbeat pictures of nature as she sees it, possibly a handful of harebells filling the frame, or the flowers one sees on any roadside. On Friday, she opened a showing of her works in Greenwater Hall, with thirty three of her heroic works on display, ranging in size from 23" x 29" up to 59" x 64". We got there an hour after the show opened; a lot of people had come, and quite a few of the works already had a "sold" sticker on them. How some of those paintings would warm up a living room on a cold winter day!

Rose has been painting as long as we have known her, which is 21 years. Her "Sunflower" show toured the province, and she has had at least one showing in the Ukrainian Museum in Saskatoon. If you want something to brighten up a gloomy corner, give Rose a call.

Another local artist, Nicole Dubé, has a showing of her work at the Kelvington Museum until tomorrow. I understand Nicole is an accomplished artist and has chosen photography as her medium. We drove down to see her work this afternoon, but found the museum is closed Sundays.



cat and
a kitten

I followed a car out of the Cove parking lot yesterday; it no sooner got straightened away to the west than the driver spotted a cat and a kitten in the middle of the road. The cat moved off to the left, but the kitten stayed in the middle of the road, then wandered off to the right. Both cars had stopped by this time, of course, and the cat dithered for a long time, and then finally went after her kitten, which had disappeared into the brush at the side of the road. Some kids on bikes came along and tried to find the cat and kittens, so I left.





Do you remember all the foofaraw about a pontoon boat sinking on Wascana Lake recently? It had a load of handicapped people on board, some in wheelchairs. I couldn't figure out how a pontoon boat could sink, unless it was rammed. Well, we went out yesterday with ten people aboard; on our way home, I gave it full throttle and the bow immediately dug into the water. Loud shouts and everyone headed for the high ground, but as soon as I let off on the throttle the bow came up again. With a regular boat, the bow comes up when one accelerates; with a pontoon boat, it seems the bow goes down.

Lesson No. 1:
With a lot of people on board, make sure most of the weight is toward the stern;
Lesson No. 2:
Don't hit the throttle suddenly when the boat is full of people;
Lesson No. 3:
Even with a pontoon boat it's a good idea to have people wear life jackets.




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