Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dry Dry Dry

We're getting lots of smoke from huge forest fires in Washington State, just to the south of us.

Looking west, visibility less than 1.5 km.
I think many of those fires were started by lightning, as were many of ours, but far too many are the result of human carelessness. The sign above is on Highway 97 near Whispering Pines, after a cigarette started a devastating fire in 2003.

Aug. 27 afternoon.

Mid-day the sun is a weak yellow, but at sunrise and sunset, it's a deep orange. Beautiful and haunting all at the same time.

Looking southeast towards Vernon
Last night, I took a multitude of photos, trying to capture the awesome, awful beauty of the sunset sky.

The colours, like the photo below, are intense with all the ash in the air.

We're reminded ever again about how helpless we are in the face of nature's fury.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Looking Back Over the Summer - We've Had Fun!

This is a bit of a photo journal entry, because so much has happened this summer. I've loved every moment of it, but there's been little time to sit back and contemplate

We attended 'The Raft of the Medusa' in Kelowna. Friend Hal's granddaughter was in the cast. Fabulous live theatre.

'The Raft of the Medusa' - live theatre in Kelowna.
Pre-show screen is the painting that influenced the play.
Many friends spent time on the veranda with us, not all represented in photos. 

The Son and his family were down the very first days of July, and extended family in the region came to spend time with them. We also enjoyed time with Cheryl, Brian and Marilyn; Mike and Jim; Tanya and Cliff; Don and Renee; Fay, Karen and Valda; Monique and Kirk; a host of local friends... deep sigh of contentment.

My favourite spot all summer long, with evidence of beach life!

Grandpa and Zach at Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake in Vernon.

Big sister Abby showing her awesome swim style.

The lilies were in full glory to welcome loved ones for a visit.

Buns o' steel in the 'cooling off tub' on a 44C day.

Abby and GG (Great Grandma).

Family picnic time, catching the breeze in the back yard shade,
heading off for fun with Auntie Di.

The Son and his Lady.

Heavy smoke in the valley, looking over Otter Lake on a late afternoon.

Friend Hal and his skid steer working the fill used to
level our turn-around/parking area.

Mabel Lake marina - stopping for a picnic.

On another picnic run, this time to Shuswap Falls.

The joy was tempered somewhat by the Bolean Lake fire, a wildfire that was started by lightning and was very close to town. We were fortunate that the winds were in our favour and kept the flames up on the plateau. No homes or infrastructure were damaged. Others have not been so lucky. It's been a brutal fire season not only in BC but also Alberta, Saskatchewan and immediately across the border in Washington and Idaho.

The Guys watching smoke billow over Gyp Mountain
at the beginning of the Bolean Lake Fire.
Garry needed a beer to calm his nerves - he's not a wildfire veteran like we are.

Bolean Lake Fire, just over the ridge about 5km from town.
It grew to over 350 hectares before getting under control,
and still not the biggest fire of the season.

On Rob Roy Forest Service Road along the south base of Estekwalan Mountain,
across the valley from the fire on a Saturday evening drive.

Falkland, looking east from Rob Roy FSR.

Some of the many, many lovely people who've come to visit us this summer -
Cliff and Tanya. Like the bike/shirt co-ordination?!

Friends Fay and Karen came down from the north country to spend a holiday week with me,
and childhood friend Valda was over from Calgary to join us for the weekend.
What a wonderful week! I love these women.

Some of the lovely ladies at this year's Somethin' Red supper.
The weather was unsettled so we had to set up inside,
but were able to enjoy the evening outside as well. 
So, this is a gingko tree ... and Fay ... and three other women in a small SUV.
Never let it be said that we leave any opportunity for bizarre behaviour untouched.

Monique and Kirk - a surprise visit but still very welcomed.

More fun - scooter rides up to Pillar Lake.

I love these women - Karen getting in snuggles with Bryan.

All our company left in one day, and it was time to catch up on laundry ... but not right away. Saturday was given over to the Vernon Dragon Boat Festival. I worked the beer garden.

Vernon Dragon Boat Festival. Lots of wind and high waves.
These are intrepid people!

Early morning crowd.

Most recent acquisition at Splash of Red. I think it works here, don't you?

Dry conditions and smoky skies - it's been a challenging season but still so lovely.

I think this about sums us up, and those we love ... and perhaps why we love them!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Splash of Red 2015

I know … I'm way behind on this blog, and I have many valid reasons in the form of many wonderful friends and visitors these past 6 weeks. Pics of them to follow another day. Shortly.

In the meantime, because I was processing these photos for a Sunday newspaper article and have a bit of time on my hands on this late Friday afternoon, thought I'd take the opportunity to post them here. They are my photos, after all!

Splash of Red is the annual fundraiser for the Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon. The current goal is to bring the 120 year old heritage home up to code so that they can eventually open it more to the public as well as increasing the number of artists' residences.

Salute to Sveva Caetani

Holly Smith welcoming the guests with music.

Doug Alcock is a fabulous blacksmith artist who has
donated a piece of his art to the sale every year.
Janet Gibbs and Dianna April to either side.

Appies in the art viewing area.

Some of the items donated to the sale.
Another favorite of mine - fused glass using recycle-repurposed items.
Floral people will note the two vase 'frogs'.

Viewing art on display.

Schmoozing with Mohamed and Ginevra

Melissa, Melissa and Maureen - beautiful ladies having a great time.

Ashlea and Lynsey in front of Heidi Thompson's painting that I lusted over.

Maria Besso measuring Bryan for a strip of raffle tickets.
Judy Rose presenting the Toast to Sveva Caetani
An Italian-themed meal served family style.
Paul Bielby was the fabulour auctioneer who
moved the sale along at a brisk pace.

Paul's lovely wife Renee did a great job catching bids.

Randy and Anne Maria watching the auction action.
Don't you wish you'd been here with us?