Friday, May 31, 2019

ALL OF MAY

The spring months are ending today and already summer's heat wave is pushing in on us.  I was thinking of writing some poetic lines that encapsulate May when I came across this already written by Terri Guillemets, so why tax my brain today.

Spring is the green
      is the peace
      is the breeze
      and the blossoms
      and the blues
      past the buds
      to the pinks
      on the brink
      and the warmth
      and the warbles
      and the weeds
      all the yellows
      and the bees
      and the buzzing
      living branches
      and the grasses
      and the gardens
      and the growing
      and the blowing
      of the pollens
      oh! the purples
      and the chirples
      of the birds
      and the beauty
      and the butterflies
      in the skies
      and the sun—
Springtime's fun!
~Terri Guillemets, "Jovial vernal verse," 2016




MAY IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD FOREST


CHATTERBOX

To whom does the stream speak
with is burbling and rippling 
day in and day out?
Is it babbling in delight to itself
as it rushes along, or
with reassurance to the egg in its bed
that will hatch and return as a fry to the sea?
Or could these murmuring, cheerful, chattering sounds
be a remarkable, yet ordinary song
meant just for me.

Trudy Peters













SPRING AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS




























SPRING  FUNDRAISER AT GARDOM LAKE BIBLE CAMP













 Six members of my family ran or biked in the annual fundraiser that helps kids go the summer camp who could not afford it. A great day of cheering on our participants, enjoying the camp activities and to sit around dining tables feasting on delicious camp food.





A WEEK AT THE OKANAGAN GLEANERS IN OLIVER

 Such a privilege to spend a week serving alongside other volunteers to prepare veggies for dried soup mix - over 5 million servings in a year from this little plant in Oliver. We tackled the ugliest, dirtiest and sometimes rotten giant parsnips  and huge sacks of beyond seed potatoes from Grandforks. We also enjoyed packaging apple chips, a yummy snack for hungry tummies.

























THE END OF MAY IN MY LITTLE GARDEN

 London Prides tiny flowers on long stems wave in the breeze.

 Dianthus 'Pinks' have the aroma of cinnamon.


Getting my fingers in to rich loamy soil to plant hanging baskets, pots of sunny annuals and others for my shade garden was therapeutic and rewarding as already a few weeks later there are blossoms brightening my days. 


Salvia

Dahlias 

Felicity 


 A new rose bush has already produced about a dozen vibrant blooms.


As we enter our summer months tomorrow and in the days and weeks to come this little garden will be a riot of beautiful blooms.  
And now I say goodnight to May



Monday, April 29, 2019

EASTER WITH THE FAMILY 2019


HAPPY EASTER

" God's love did not begin at Calvary.
Before the morning stars sang together,
Before the world was baptized with the first light,
Before the first blades of tender grass peeped out
God was love."

Billy Graham



What a joy and privilege to celebrate Easter together with our church families and with our biological family.  A weekend full of joy.


Paska is one of the traditions that I like to share with my family. I enlisted Miss A to help with icing the dozens of buns and do a taste test before taking them to the family potluck lunch. 
She approved!






Our family of 20 is difficult to capture on a photo but I seized this quiet moment where Lisa led us in a wonderful prayer of thanksgiving.


The food was plentiful and delicious.


Our oldest grandson needed all this food and more as he had just competed a half marathon run, proving he was ready for the May 5th BMO run in Vancouver. Together with his parents who are part of team CHILD of MINE they are running to raise funds to complete a boys dormitory in northern India. Our family is cheering them on.




























A wonderful day of family togetherness and expressions of love for God and one another.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

ANNIVERSARY ROAD TRIP




Just 48 years ago we went on a road trip to California and have been on many more since then.
To celebrate on April 10th 2019 we went on another road trip north along Okanagan Lake to Fintry and then south to Summerland.
It was a cool rainy day in Vancouver 48 years ago on our wedding day and we were not surprised by the same this year although we had hoped for sunshine.


We packed a picnic lunch and coffee to warm us up as we enjoyed the view of Okanagan Lake from a campsite in the Provincial park.  The narrow road snaked alongside the lake for an hour till it met up with Hwy 97. We chatted about our first road trip and about plans to celebrate our 50th in 2 years. 


Summerland Sweets and Sleeping Giant winery was our next stop where we did a tasting tour and came away with some Strawberry Rhubarb wine. CHEERS to us.


Time for an afternoon nap, reading and a scrabble game at Soorimpt Provincial Picnic site.




Looking back at Giants Head mountain.


Then the rain came and foiled our plans for a walk.



Dinner at Zias Stone House restaurant, in a little nook of the 103 year old house. 


We arrived home 11 hours later in the dark and declared it a great date.

Until the next day!
We discovered that we had a stow-away hitch-hiker who created havoc in our garage, knocking down things from shelves, denting and scratching the car, tearing away insulation around the window and leaving a stinky mess. NOT NICE to find a marmot hiding under the hood. how the marmot was extricated is another story.