Tuesday, April 07, 2009
We had an early morning appointment today, - an hour's drive up and over the pass to Summerland for Charles to keep a seven o'clock date with the eye surgeon.
What better place to get new and improved sight than in Summer Land!
We topped the hill before descending into the Okanagan about 6.15, just as the sky was gathering in the morning light and the trees that rimmed the mountains were delicately silhouetted against the pale glow.
Making good time, - we passed Skaha Lake where a faint skim of ice disturbed the clarity of the water, and the reflection of the hills.
Down the By Pass and then we turned towards Summerland, following the winding road that skirts Okanagan Lake.
The bluffs that rise along the other side of the road remind me of friends from our newly married days, - artists who introduced me to the beauty and colour in these sculpted walls.
We turn towards the hill approaching the hospital site, and Giant's Head mountain is bathed in the morning sun. Unfortunately these pictures are all taken from a moving vehicle, and Giant's Head is a little out of focus, but look, there on the left hand side at the top is the Giant's head that surveys the southern part of the Okanagan Valley.
We arrive at the Hospital. Charles goes off with a kindly volunteer to have drops put into his eyes at ever increasing intervals, and then it is his turn to watch for the great light show that seems to accompany this type of cataract operation. In the meantime I am comfortable in the waiting room with a good book and interesting company.
No pictures on the way home, - I am driving and the patient is being tender with his blurry eye.
But when I get home the daffodils are out to greet me and the baby Daphne has small, beautifully fragrant pink flowers. The Delphinium were first past the post, and are a lovely mound of greenery, whilst the peony tips are just showing, pink and promising.
A long day, - we are off to bed....
BTW - in the 1930's when my grandmother had cataracts removed from her eyes she had to lie for weeks in a darkened room, with sandbags surrounding her head, to keep it still. Blessings surround us!