Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lilac Time

It is Lilac Time in Penticton. The pleasant perfume wafts around us as we wander around our area....

 The cup battles are over, soccer is almost done for this season, and the flower photo of  two colors reminds me of the stadium at Wembley today, as it appeared on TV, half pale blue and half red, reflecting the team colors of Manchester City and Stoke City respectively, as the two sets of supporters cheered on their teams.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Linden Gardens

Reflections in the Lilly Pond
Walking by the Blossoms

Tulip View over Skaha Lake to Penticton

Abandoned Spider Web
Yesterday we went with our friends Paris and Ellen to Linden Gardens again. It was a perfect Spring Day with blue sky and warm sun. Lots of color and shadows, always a challenge in photography! We had coffee and later lunch together. Enjoy the photos!
PS Where do all the flowers come from? That is a philosophical question. Maybe from the same place you came from Alan! ( A philosophical answer, not a biological one....)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Greenery

Greenery. It keeps on appearing. New shoots, buds, flowers, leaves. Different trees. Some have fully developed leaves, like the poplars, but others still wear their winter mantle of dark brown twigs and branches, with little buds only just now starting to show.
Okanagan Falls Provincial Park

New Maple Leaves and Flowers

Peach Bluff seen over the Okanagan River

More New Maple Leaves
Here are a few examples of what I mean, taken on our walk in Okanagan Falls Provincial Park yesterday. It is hard sometimes telling a dead tree from a late one. You just have to wait and see!

Monday, May 9, 2011


Peach Blossom, Summerland

Clay Cliffs, Summerland

Larch, Willow, Mahonia, and the most-photographed girl in Penticton, Lakeside Walk.
Yesterday, after watching Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 (I predicted Chelsea would beat Manchester United 2-1) we explored new territory, the lakeside area of Summerland, discovering cherry, apple, peach, and pear orchards, lovely beaches, parks, and camping grounds, and beautiful clay cliffs along the Okanagan Lake shore. There were signs all along the road saying "Beware, cliffs unstable". However, we survived. A few garden parties were in progress, to celebrate Mother's Day, and back home I am pleased to report that fathers were allowed in to share a special Mother's Day evening meal at the Lodge, including salmon, stuffed turkey, and pecan pie with ice cream....

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Our Friend Johann Planting his Vegetable Garden in May
Saturday Shoppers

Our Cherry Lane Shopping Center Yesterday
I may have told you this before, but we are so old, things were done very differently in our childhood days, not only because of World War Two. My mother used to shop for groceries on the telephone.( I was allowed to add a few bottles of pop to the weekly order). The groceries were delivered to our door in a van. We didn't have a car. We didn't have plastic bags or shopping trolleys. They weren't invented yet. We grew a lot of our own food in an "allotment." Now look! We don't walk to the shops, we arrive in splendor in a four-wheel drive SUV, polluting the air with our fumes. We use our cars as an extension of our living-rooms, sitting around in parking lots with our feet on the dashboard, sipping coffee, reading a book, and admiring the view, some of us in a no-parking zone (they always have the best scenery), whilst the engine idles to keep us warm, or cool, depending on the month. No, I must admit, I am on the wrong track. The main problem with our World we should be addressing is that there are too many people, and there will be more and more exponentially as time goes on, so we will all starve to death, die of thirst, or of overheating, or freezing cold. Thank goodness we won't live to see it, which is a most selfish thing to say, but it is true.