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The last few days have been test­ing.

On Thurs­day I burned my toast, forc­ing about 100 peo­ple to evac­u­ate Brown­ston House, in Wanaka. About 12 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers downed tools and re­sponded in two fire ap­pli­ances.

On Sun­day I took a late af­ter­noon lake swim with friends.

In the mid­dle of the lake (about 12 de­grees), our kayak es­cort demon­strated the qual­ity of the moun­tain echo.

He didn’t yo­del or coo’ee. He roared. We thought it was funny and asked him to do it again. You could al­most count to 10 be­fore the sound bounced back.

In­evitably, some­one thought we were in dis­tress and called 111.

The po­lice and the Wanaka Coast­guard greeted us as we came ashore.

News trav­els fast in a small town. By Mon­day I was toast. The kayaker has left the coun­try.

Sorry. Thank you to Wanaka’s vol­un­teers for be­ing there so quickly.

- mar­jorie.cook @fair­fax­me­

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