Word travels fast around Lac des Roches of yet another instance of a neighbour helping stranded motorists.
Sporadic cellular coverage and the distance from populated areas makes local assistance a must to travellers on Highway 24. When we hear about how much effort our neighbours will expend to help out strangers in need, we really must be thankful for living in such a generous community.
Idle chat is focused on gardening, yard work and firewood.
Many residents are tackling the heavy task of cleaning up debris left by the contractors downing hazard trees near power lines. Forest closures during previous summers has prompted resident to focus on gathering next year’s firewood early in the spring.
Vegetable gardening seems to be gaining popularity as several residents are planning greenhouse construction to extend their growing season in our harsh climate.
Gerardine van Doorninck, former Webb Lake resident, has left her artistic mark in the South Cariboo.
At the urging of her friends, Gerardine’s submission of one of her paintings depicting wildflowers growing in a South Cariboo forest was published in the commemorative magazine, Our Backyard, celebrating the Cariboo-Chilcotin as the forest capital of Canada 2010/11.
Free copies of the magazine can be obtained through the Cariboo Regional District. Gerardine now resides with her husband, Borre, and their dog Romeo in North Vancouver.
Lake ice behaving
Little Lac des Roches was clear of ice on May 9, and shifting wind directions on May 15 took the last of the floating ice off the west end of Lac des Roches.
Several boats appeared on the big lake with anxious fishers trying their luck, as there was plenty of fish activity showing on the lake’s surface.
Minor dock damage was noted on several waterfront properties at the west end of Lac des Roches.
High water has dislodged shoreline debris that is cluttering the lake and posing a hazard to boaters.
Birding excursions, led by Wendy Marshall, will continue on Mondays in June.
Early morning outings are scheduled for June 6, 13 and 20. While the early bird catches the worm, the early birder catches a glimpse of the early bird.
Call Wendy at 250-593-2327 for more information on times.
Lots for sale
Several new “For Sale” signs have been posted in the community.
It’s an indication we will be losing several longtime residents who have lived both permanently and part-time at the lake.
It is hard to think of having to say goodbye to so many friends, but we wish them luck in selling their homes.
After enjoying several local garage sales during the May long weekend, residents are invited to participate in the new Farmers’ Market at the Bridge Lake School on May 29.
Sellers can book a space for $10 through Wendy at 250-593-4538. Locally produced goods are available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
Lac des Roches members of the Bridge Lake Book Club will be organizing a car pool for the year-end meeting at 108 Mile on June 4.
The meeting begins with a lunch at the 108 Heritage Site, followed by dessert and the book discussion at a home on Sepa Lake.
The June reading selection is Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. The 2011/12 book list will also be determined.
Call Wendy at 250-593-4538 if you would like to go along.