Saturday, December 31, 2011


Yesterday we visited Summerland for some last minute 2011 shopping.
Here are a few images from this strangely named town up in the hills, where " The Spirit of Summer Never Ends". Its name was inspired by some lines from an old Spiritual hymn " There no cloud shall dim the sky, in that happy home on high, in that heavenly Summer Land "
"The Happy Home on High?"

"Better than Boxing Day Sale"

Mural on the Anglican Church

Tree Root in the Park
It was first settled in 1887 by a family from Ontario who brought some apple tree saplings, named in 1902, and incorporated in 1906. More history here if needed.
This is the last post for 2011.
A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to you all from Hanne and Michael!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hello 2012

MARCH 2012
APRIL 2012
MAY 2012
JUNE 2012
JULY 2012

Here is your free calendar for 2012. To print it go to this address. Enjoy! Cheers and a Happy New Year from Penticton.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Tree Patterns yesterday in Okanagan Falls Provincial Park

Busy as a Beaver. A freshly-felled Tree....

Hanne wondering where the snow is this year....

A Gaggle Of Geese, Okanagan River
There are quite a lot of ways of expressing surprise in English. Here are a few of them. " You could have knocked me down with a feather!"  " He knocked my socks off!"  "That boggles my mind!" "They stopped me dead in my tracks!" "Wonders will never cease!"  However these days we have to move faster and don't have spare time enough to enunciate long sentences so we need shorter ones, like "Wow!" "Really?" But the one that takes the prize for surprize nowadays is "OMG". This originated in chat rooms and I am told is used by young dumb blondes who can't write in long hand. However I don't think that applies any more as the expression is used now more in long-hand by almost everyone for the last twenty years at least. I think it stands for "Oh My God", and in the religion-non-offending form "Oh My Gosh" or "Oh my Goodness" which seem quite meaningless. There are other translations of OMG naturally. I am not offended by this prize-winning expression but must admit it is getting to be tiring hearing it all the time everywhere. As in eating porridge every day for breakfast. I wonder what the next one will be?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Sometimes it just snows, In 2009 we had tons. This year, it has almost all melted away.
Hanne walking on Otter Lake Rd

Icicles on a partially constructed new house

Snow Patterns

Barn with Snow
Even in Alberta it is plus eight Celsius, and people are out cycling. These are photos from 2009 in Armstrong BC.
 At the Coast, it is pouring with rain.
The solar panel manufacturers are apparently going out of business in many countries. What is the world coming to?....                      

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas For All

Every year there are reports around this time about Christmas being banned, about changing it to Holiday Season or even Winterval, about worrying in case non-Christians are offended, and so on. It was refreshing to find therefore that certain groups are out there encouraging everybody to celebrate the season of Christmas, whatever their faith.
Small old Apple Orchard House, Penticton

Children's Play House on Stilts amongst the Trees

Our Elegant Hostess Ellen opening Christmas Presents

What to do with Christmas Wrapping Ribbons Afterwards! Ellen's son Steven with his wife Jude
Christmas Day was not too white here this year, but here are a few photos from our day to remember it by...

Monday, December 26, 2011


Elise and Adam in Jamaica, Christmas Day.

Wind Damage! Skaha Lake

Happy Christmas from wind-blown Hanne

Skaha Lake Waves on Christmas Day (2 degrees C)

Sunburnt Son David and Daughter Deborah in Te Awa Mutu, NZ (Photo by Grand-Daughter Adel)
Another windy time on Christmas Day yesterday. Some farm buildings had roofs torn off at the coast. We stayed indoors mostly, but went to Skaha Lake for a walk later on, but had to abort it because of high winds. Santa checked in here in spite of all the security and left his gifts. We both are sporting fancy new jackets, new hiking socks, and smelling of New Zealand lavender, with chocolate round the corners of our mouths. We are off to Ellen's today for a Danish Smorgasbord. Hope Santa was good to all of you, and that you have been good to Santa. Our children sent photos from New Zealand and Jamaica! Great!