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.
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
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 !!!!!!