Saturday, September 29, 2012

Butterfly Houses and Jerseys Galore

There isn't much of a theme to this post, just what's been up the past few days.

I spent part of last Sunday afternoon at the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream, for no other reason that they were hosting a special event and I was tired of cleaning house and garden. It was a hot day - we've been unseasonable warm for weeks now - and I soon lost interest in the event.

I did find one item that tickled my fancy - a butterfly house in their butterfly garden.

A butterfly house. Useful or not, it's a lovely piece of garden art.

From Coldstream, I took the long way home on the east side of the valley, up Pottery Road, then north to Hartnell and Dixon Dam roads.

There were several forest fires in the extended region (down in Washington State, up to the Cariboo and Tweedmuir Park) lending a blue hazy gauze to the Southern Interior.

The north end of Okanagan Lake seen in the distance from the top of Hartnell Road.
Every day during my commute, I witness the gradual encroachment of housing at the top of the Foothills subdivision. The route I was traveling this day came onto Silver Star Road, so I turned up Phoenix and sought the top of the current development.

I can see why people pay the big bucks - the view is spectacular, even on an overcast day.

Looking over Vernon from the top of Foothills subdivision:
Kalamalka Lake on the left, Okanagan Lake on the right,
the Commonage in between.

Just to the right of the above photo, looking to Turtle Mountain and The Rise.
Soon there will be houses filling the area in the foreground.

Look up at Foothills subdivision (at the intersection of L&A Road and Dedecker):
the previous two photos were taken from
beside the houses right at the treeline, just right of centre. 

It is of course apple season ... and plums, oh the plums ... and pears - my soul for a red Bartlett!

Yesterday was Sports Jersey Day in Vernon, sponsored by the Morning Star. People were encouraged to wear their favorite sports jerseys to work for a $2 donation to the KidSports fund.

The Morning Star is a sports-crazed place so there was no shortage of participation: hockey (local & NHL), football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball ... vintage, collector and game day wear.

Carol (seated) front office and Classified Dept manager, with Sue,
one of our sales people and a big sports fan of all genres.

Roger, reporter extraordinaire, modelling one of four jerseys he wore throughout the day-
this one for the Armstrong Shamrocks Lacrosse team.

Sean and Lisa, my just-behind-me workmates.
You can tell they are a sober, serious bunch.
Lisa's Vernon Viper's jersey was a special Breast Cancer game jersey.
I think Sean's doing a shot block, not jazz hands .... just saying.

Kristen and Graeme showing international flair.
Did you notice everyone seemed a little excited in these photo? Hmm. I realize it is the end of a long week and there's a full moon on Saturday, but there's a fine line between enthusiastic and manic, my friends.

Some of the Hometown crew, source of inspiration for the day and fully involved.

Vernon Hyundai got into the spirit - seems to be a lot of basketball fans here.
The woman in the Raptors shirt is with KidSport Foundation.

Some of the staff at Service BC.
A fitting end to Sports Jersey Day was time at the Vernon Curling Club taking in a few draws at the Prestige Inn cash spiel. This is a World Curling Tour event so pretty high calibre playing, many international teams and Canadian/World champions.

Yes, curling season is underway. The true mark of autumn!

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