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......