Sunday, February 15, 2015

This, that and the other.....

I woke this morning to a bright blue sky - oh heavenly, heavenly...

Soon there was a rosy cloud hugging the mountain tops to the east,
 and the day was beginning to look quite promising.

Well, it was quite promising.

I had a date to go for lunch with Margaret and her daughter Susan, 
who each Sunday drives down from Kelowna to take her mother out and about 
and to a new place for lunch each week.... 

 A splendid daughter!

Margaret is one of my dearest friends from newly married days,
 and farming days, and raising a family at the same time days, 
so we have many memories to share.

Today I was included in their Sunday adventure
 and we set off to Osoyoos, and lunch at Spirit Ridge, 
the wonderful venture that the Osoyoos Indian Band has achieved under the direction
 of their exemplary Chief, Clarence Louie

We set off down through the Lower Similkameen Valley, with the sun shining on snowy peaks, and the meadows suggestive of the colours of spring.

Up over the Pass that skirts the US border

Soon we were overlooking the lake and the vineyards and orchards as we descended into and through the lovely touristy town of Osoyoos.

and up the hill to Spirit Ridge and  the NK'MIP vineyard and resort

Lunch was delicious.  We sat by the window and chatted and admired the view.

we took the back road to Oliver, awash in vineyards,

The sun on the mountains shadowed the contours of the hills and vales
and revealed the small rills and valleys, hidden so gloomily by the last months' 
mists and pewter sky.

 We went past  Macintyre Bluff, whose geological past is
absolutely fascinating -

and I was thrilled to see the shadows cast by eager limbs, the grass turning green
 and the sap rising
spring-time yellow in the willow trees

Around Vaseaux Lake and the Bird Sanctuary, we came at last
to the turn around spot and went westward again towards the Similkameen
and home.

Well, that's the this and that.....

As for 'the other' I have been dressing the loom in left-over cotton,
and now I am weaving!!!!

Very prosaic tea towels, but it gives
me much pleasure and relaxation to have the shuttle moving
from hand to hand, through perfectly lovely sheds,
and the pattern growing
under my hands.

Weaving and Sunshine - what more could one ask !!!!!!


Penny said...

Sounds brilliant, enjoy.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs Hildred.
I recognise the name Kelowna - the farmer and I went there on one of the many visits we made to your lovely country.

Snapperoni :: Photography said...

What a lovely day that was. The view looks so beautiful, from where you had lunch.

And that is such a wonderful hobby -- I'm sure I would enjoy it if I knew how!

Barb said...

What a nice drive into the promise of spring, Hildred. You're lucky in friendships. The weaving looks so complicated. I like thinking of Peaceful Rhythm Towels.

Dina said...

Shalom Hildred. It looks like you have a beautiful place to live your good life. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful day -- spring's promise in the air, good friends, good food, beautiful scenery. (Almost) Perfect in every way.

And weaving and sunshine... (I would have to substitute another absorbing hobby) but I know the feeling -- sunshine enhances happiness!