* Lake Front News: On Saturday Tamarak, and her Carino came out to share local barbecued beef burgers. Our entertainment consisted of a display put on by Mother Nature with a lot of help from the people who have been felling trees and carving out the base of the mountain that borders the road on the other side of the lake. I know nothing about physics, geology or botany but I do know that if you remove a large chunk of the base of a triangle, the top will tumble, and if you remove trees, you will no longer have a root system which help keep shale and earth in place. What they have done is destabilize an already fragile rock face. From about 3 p.m. and on through the night, we watched and listened as small avalanches slid down the ravaged almost vertical slope tossing rocks onto the road and into the lake. On Sunday I rode my bike around (still far too skittish to take a car) and realized that one section of the road was now the exact width of a compact car. Any vehicle larger than that would have one wheel up on the debris as it drove through the narrow opening between the lake and the cliff.
I called one of the councillors and ended up speaking to two of them. They suggested that I file a formal complaint about the dangerous conditions, and recommended talking to the local newspaper people.
On Monday workers arrived with blasting caps and spent the day creating small explosions near the base.
Today they are drilling through rock (and through my skull). Kenya has been indoors for a couple of days now with her paws over her ears.
As I write they are now preparing to do some more blasting. It's quite interesting. They lay the charges and then cover them with huge mats made of old tires. Then they move all the machinery used in the process out of harm's way. Just before they set off the explosion, the biggest machine with the air horn honks several times and then the lever is pushed. The one they are working on now is the site of one of the Saturday night landslides. I expect that it will cause several trees to tumble and possibly take out the hydro lines. So I am closing down for now.
After writing this, I biked over for a closer look and ended up speaking with one of the councillors I had spoken to. They have decided to put off blasting the spot I wrote about and are nibbling away from the left hand side where the work starts. It is slow tedious work ... prepare for blasting, blast, shovel up debris and deal with it, confer, start again.
They have been dumping the debris alongside the road and very close to the creek that feeds the lake ... wonder whether that is environmentally sound, too. But they are running out of places to put it.
While all this was going on a line of cars were halted for about 1/2 hour ... on their way to the 5 Lakes Fishing Club (I know because of the red licence plates). Maybe if they inconvenience the club members enough something will get done. They certainly have more pull than the residents here have. We are too few and not nearly important enough.
On the Social Side: Tamarak, Carino and Ian came and made dinner yesterday. They made their wonderful Island Pork Tenderloin and I made up a dressing using a little oil, cider vinegar, lemon juice, water and herbs, and basted slices of red and green pepper, eggplant and zucchini on the barbecue.
Today I am going to meet Liz at Le Hibou for lunch. She is on her way home from golfing and has some ESL materials for me. I am looking forward to escaping from the drilling.
Neighbours: My next door neighbours have picked the perfect time to install their septic system. They have huge earth moving machines roaring away providing accompaniment for the drills and the blasting caps.
On my way back from biking over to take a closer look I noticed that the new neighbour had parked his car on the road in front of his driveway where his truck was parked. For a couple of weeks he parked his truck on the road directly in front of the mailboxes necessitating about five manoeuvres for anyone trying to collect mail and then turn using the private road across from his place, so I was pleased that the car was less obtrusive than the truck had been. I suspected that someone had finally complained to him. Then I stopped to say hi to Rowboat Flo who told me about the excitement this morning. One of the massive vehicles used for the roadwork got held up by the car on the road.. No one was home to move the car and it took an hour for the big vehicle to make its way past. Several cars just sat there waiting for the the vehicle to move so that they could continue.
So ... between our new inconsiderate neighbour and the demolition of the mountain we are have an exciting start to summer ... I could do with a return to the peace and quiet of Pike Lake's usual boredom.