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Colours of July

July 31, 2010
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This British Columbia day long weekend in the town of Grand Forks is hosting Firebells & Fanfare – A Showcase of Antique Fire Apparatus.  There are all sorts of fire apparatus from B.C. and Washington State.  Today was the parade with the oldest steam pumpers from Victoria (in working condition) and Grand Forks  being pulled by Carlaw Clydesdales of Cranbrook.  It is wonderful to see so many beautifully restored pieces in one place.   Tomorrow there will be a display of the pumping abilities of the ancient Victoria steam pumper as well as various others.   They say it takes quite awhile to get the Waterous Steam Pumper up to steam and then cool it down – wonder how they managed in the days when they needed a pump quickly.

We waited for the parade near the end of the route.  Here comes the head of the parade with the G.F. pipe band, then the oldest hand drawn devices, the horse drawn followed by the motorized apparatus.

The Kelowna Antique Fire Apparatus Society Hand Drawn Firefighting device and hose cart.

The horses were a little annoyed with the pipe band ahead of them and were a little agitated.  They were kept back  from the band and the trucks.  It was hot already before lunch even with a slightly hazy sky so they weren’t too pleased!

The end of the parade with the newer fire and pumper trucks, the horses and old pieces already gone round the corner to the main street.

The grassy hills are dry and golden, dark green trees tucked into the valleys.  So far there aren’t any grass or forest fires nearby.  This morning though,  I could smell smoke in the air coming down from the north and the sky was that hazy blue that means a fire burning somewhere.

My Colours  for the month of July and Sue has  links to more from around the world to enjoy.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2010 3:55 am

    Love it! It’s unusual to see a three in hand team but what lovely Clydesdales. That’s a lot of horsepower.
    Golden brown here too and no nifty fire apparatus parade either!


  2. August 2, 2010 4:01 am

    Very colourful indeed!


  3. August 3, 2010 8:13 pm

    I love how red punctuates everything. Isn’t it interesting that we live on different parallels, but living in the West regardless means that we live under threat of wildfire.


  4. August 4, 2010 3:43 pm

    One thing I love about blogging is how it brings us in touch with different viewpoints around the world. I never thought of fire season before reading different western blogs.

    Nice job, as always, with your photos capturing interesting fire equipment and the dry landscape.

    Thanks for showing your colors of July!



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