Saturday, October 25, 2014

Out and About

Starting last Saturday I seemed to be on the go most days, - out and about to lunch, to sing, to knit, and then there were the long, wonderful drives!!!

One of mysweet DILs came and picked me up early on Saturday morning and we took our time driving to Penticton, stopping to take oodles of pictures, and that was a change from taking them on the fly, as I usually do.

I took pictures of soft fading yellow leaves on dark grey trunks and ducks, swimming in the creek that winds along the highway,

We visited parks that I haven't seen in a long while and enjoyed the colours and the sun and light breezes of the morning; and the small children playing on the bright playground equipment.

On our way through the centre of town we came upon this wonderful fall display on a local estate.

and brilliant autumn flowers in brilliant gardener's front yards!

And we caught a glimpse of the Dragon Ladies, practising on the river channel that joins Okanagan Lake with Skaha Lake.  I have learned since that these were the Survivor (cancer) Crew, who are the only ones still practising for an upcoming competition.  I was inspired!

We lunched at the Hooded Merganser, on the lakeshore, and although all we saw in the water fowl category were mud hens, there was a sailboat off shore and the lunch was delicious.

After securing our wallets and putting on the blind-folders we went into Knapps Plantland,  armed against unanticipated purchases and bought some potting soil, vermiculite, a few bulbs and some bunches of Mum's, all wrapped up and displayed along the paying counter at a price nobody could ignore!!!  They don't last forever, being bargain items, but lovely to have for a few days.

On the way home we were enticed up Sheep Creek Road to preview the Christmas Sale that was to start on Thursday of this week, - knowing from experience the great crowd of ladies that make visiting the Red Rooster during spring and fall sales it seemed the wise thing to do, to visit early....

Not only is the shop delightful, - so also is the garden and the numerous bird feeders that attract all the small birds and fill the air with their chirping and contented cries.  I tried to take some pictures with my 'clever' camera, but by then it was starting to rain
 and the camera didn't care for that situation.

I did get some lovely pictures on the way back down the hill, to the highway, and home.

Home is marked by Bear's fruitstand and its wonderful display 
of pumpkins and fall fruit and veggies.

Also by the very distinguishing signage which our eldest daughter designed 
and painted many years ago.

 Well there, that was Saturday, and I haven't even begun to tell what a wonderful time we had driving through the lower Similkameen and the vineyards of the south Okanagan on Sunday,
and here it is, time for supper.

Sunday's adventure and pictures will have to wait for another time.....but this was
a day I enjoyed and appreciated so much.  I miss my drives with Himself......


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The next best thing to the way your drives used to be. (He was with you in Spirit.)

What absolutely gorgeous Autumn colors. So glad your sweet dil stopped for pictures. The one with the yellow and golds and the hills was one I’d put on my wall.

That’s neat to see your daughter’s beautiful work every time you pass the farm store. Did she continue with art?

Penny said...

Such a lovely drive, the colors look fantastic.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hildred, that was a lovely drive we had with you looking at all the colours of Autumn - so thanks to you and to your D I L.

NicolaJean said...

Beautiful Post Mum, as always. So glad you had such a lovely day with T and that you stopped so often to enjoy the colours and sights.

I hope Autumn lingers long for you this year and that the winter is short and sweet and not too deep in snow. XO

Shady Gardener said...

Aren't you so fortunate to have lovely dils? Thank you so much for sharing your trip! Hugs!

Barb said...

Thank goodness for Dil's who will stop so we can snap a few photos! It looks like your fall is just beginning. That lunch spot looked very inviting. Glad you couldn't resist those Mums, Hildred. I bet they make a cheery display at your house. Charles would be happy that your days are so full.

Reader Wil said...

You had a wonderful drive by the looks of it.Thank you for sharing! I hope that your week will be a lovely one, Hildred!
Wil, ABCW Team.