Ruby McBeth: Giving thanks to flourishing gardens and old friends

In the middle of the summer I thought that nothing good could happen this year – I had developed a doom and gloom mindset.

Then the weather changed from nonstop rain to sunny days. I was amazed. The hay crops came off, and our garden flourished. It was still COVID times, but I no longer expected it to be all bad.

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Garden roundup

The vegetables are now in the root cellar or in the deep freeze. Lorne took down the bean poles and our son-in-law Matt dug up our garden so that our daughter Barb could plant her garlic. We are ready for winter. And we are very thankful that Barb and Matt have moved to our farm. 


Listening to the radio recently I heard that two people from our area were finalists in a contest about pioneers. Valerie Lucas told about her grandmother Cora Ventress who co-wrote the Peacemakers of the North Peace. Arthur Hadland talked about Jack Abbott who started the experimental farm at Baldonnel. Arthur’s story took first place. Abbott was significant as he showed that good crops could be grown this far north.

Friends leaving

Ross Pomeroy and his wife Linda are moving to Vernon. You may remember them from the Pomeroy (Coop) Insurance which Ross took over from his mother. Ross and Linda’s daughter Beth lives in Vernon with her husband and children which is a good enough reason for them to finally move totally to Vernon.

Ross and my husband Lorne go back a long way. They were ski buddies and Ross was Lorne’s best man when we got married in Vernon my hometown. We look forward to seeing them once this pandemic is over.

Hall happenings

- Oct. 15: Social time 9-12. Bingo - doors opening at 6 p.m.

- Oct. 16: Seniors’ exercise at 10.

- Oct. 27: Line dancing starts up again.

Flu shots

The Northern Health free flu shots are expected to be available by the end of October. All of the pharmacies will be offering this free service as well. Shoppers Drug Mart has private flu shots available for $25 right now.


If you are concerned that your mail-in-ballot may not reach its destination on time, you can deliver it in person to the electoral office in Fort St. John at 10334 Alaska Road North.

Quote of the week

“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it would be enough.” - Meister Eckhart.

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John. 

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