Saturday, June 30, 2012

Back to Church


Benvoulin Church

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Canola Conflict


Turns out I'm not the only one happy the rain stopped so I could get at the huge field of Canola in front of  Benvoulin Church.  Unfortunately our goals are conflicting.






I had to be satisfied with using a little creativity to get a perspective that hid the bare patches.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Oh What A Night


Chris Botti with bassist Richie Goods and drummer Billy Kilson at Mission Hill Winery last night.  For a more detailed description of the event and recommendations for live music in the Okanagan Valley this summer, check out this link on my blog From the Valley and Beyond.

One Year Later

Being a member of the United Church was a very important part of my mother's life.  As a young woman she belonged to CGIT and taught Sunday School. She was a welcome addition to her church choirs and when other obligations made it too challenging for her to commit to the choir, she was often praised for her singing by the people she stood behind in the congregation.  She was part of many bible study groups, baked for many bake sales, helped out with the pageants at St. Mark's and volunteered whenever she could.  Yet when it came to her religious practice, she was a woman of quiet faith.  She didn't push her beliefs on her family and friends and never chastised us when we didn't attend with her.

My mom's illness was lengthy and I know her faith gave her great comfort.  Today, on the first anniversary of her passing I'm posting these "Promises of God" from a paper we found tucked into her bible.  Some of you may remember that I read it the funeral service. I suspect these promises summarized her beliefs and helped sustain her through the challenges she faced though almost two decades of life with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

I can't help but think as I read it now, that it's also a message from her to us.  These promises  tell of the unconditional love and support she was comforted by, but they also describe the unconditional love and support we all long for from friends and family, and the unconditional love we long to give back.  In reality, some days it may be harder to share than others.

As I'm typing this out, Paula Cole is on the radio singing "I don't want to wait for our lives to be over..." and I'm reminded of the stories I've heard of people who wait until the end of their lives to share their feelings, admit their vulnerability and imperfections, and share forgiveness.  I'm reminded that we are meant to share the love we have with those around us, whether it's perfect or not.  On this day of personal remembrance, of loss and love, I'm thinking of you, missing you and loving you.



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sharesies

In the spirit of my How Did I Get Here post, I thought I'd share a few of the online places I visited last week before PMC goes back to being just a photo blog.

This site really tugged at my heart strings.  What generous souls these people have.  Heartfelt is a an organization of photographers who volunteer their time and skills to give the gift of memories to families of premature or still born infants as well as kids with serious illnesses.

If you've been inspired by their generosity and would like to connect with like minded people, People for Good is a fine place to start.  They have 209 suggestions for ways to do good, and they've posted a few videos on how small acts of kindness have made a big difference in their own lives.  Their goal is simple but honourable  "...to make the world a better place, one good deed at a time."

Here's an clever way to help get your camera back if it gets  stolen lost.  And if you did happen to lose your camera and aren't as creative as Andrew, you might find it on I found your camera.net.  Kind strangers upload photos from cameras they have found and reunite them with grateful owners.  Here's a response from one lucky person:

That's me!  and my husband, and son.  And my now very ill grandmother.... Thank you for making your site. These pictures mean more to me than you know. My son’s birth is on this camera and he turns 4 tomorrow {Dec 22}.
- Carolyna
Check out the photos of designer Dorthee Schumacher's house near Mannheim Germany.  How lovely and quaint...a sweet little hobby farm with a charming menagerie!


And last but not least, here is my newest youtube discovery.  Stephen Fry is one of my favourite clever British men and I stumbled upon this celebrity game show that he hosts.  It's often funny and always educational.  In this episode, Harry Potter fans will be surprised to discover the muggle definition of muggle.



Where did you go last week?  Post a link in the comments section so I can see too!




Saturday, June 23, 2012

Changing Depth of Field

After much thought and an overview of the posts from the past two months I'm going to make some changes.  Since the blog title and description talk about a daily photo,  after Monday's post, my focus will be on regular (though not daily) photographs.  And since I love Kelowna and love sharing all the things that you can do here, I'm going to revive my blog "From the Valley and Beyond".



I've been keeping my ears and eyes out for things I'd like to do and thinking about experiences I'd like to repeat.  Over the next few months you can look forward to one photo per post that links to more detailed posts on From the Valley and Beyond.  I'm hoping for posts on biking the Kettle Valley Railway Trestles, an outdoor concert in the Mission Hill Amphitheatre, kayaking with friends, wine tasting and picnicking via bike through East Kelowna, birthday celebrations in NYC,  and events put on by Festivals Kelowna and Parks Alive.  Cross your fingers there's still room at the weekend photo workshop at Cathedral Lake, and as always there'll be lots of shots of hiking through our beautiful valley.   It's looking like a great summer in the Okanagan.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Brick by Brick

Ran some errands along Bernard Avenue this afternoon and took a couple of shots of the downtown brick work.


The Bean Scene is part of the Bernard Avenue Heritage Store fronts between Pandosy and Abbott.  The funky coffee shop's rustic sign fits in perfectly.



Across from the Sails, new brick that looks old fronts the line up of popular eat-in and take out restaurants.  For all you ice cream fans out there I can tell you with great certainty that Moo-Lix is open for the season!



Thursday, June 21, 2012

What To Do Next Wednesday

I was planning on posting this next week but since this "What to do..." has an option that can only be done on a Wednesday, I thought I'd give you a chance to plan ahead.

Last night, what started out as a chore (albeit a pleasant one) turned into a great Wednesday night date.  We planned to hit the 5:00 pick at Benvoulin Road Strawberries but when we arrived at 5:07 there wasn't a parking spot to be had.  We decided since we were already half way there, we should grab an early dinner at Poppadom's, my personal favourite for Indian food in Kelowna.  June 23rd, just had to add this terrific video just posted on their fb page.

The announcement of their new menu turned up in my email box earlier this week and I was keen to see what they had to offer.  The good news is they're still committed to sharing traditional flavours from all corners of India using fresh foods and healthy cooking methods, but the focus is now on local ingredients. 

My husband had a coconut crusted ling cod that even I enjoyed, and there's not much fish that I'll eat.  It was a tough choice for me but I made a good one with the the mildly spiced Butter Makahni and brown batsmati rice.  

As my husband attempted surreptitious glances over my shoulder at the EuroCup game above the bar,  I noticed the parking lot slowly fill with hot rods and gleaming, vividly coloured cars and trucks from the 50's and 60's.  Beginning May 16th, Cruise-in @ the Corner is held Wednesday nights in McCurdy Corner's parking lot from 4 to 9, weather permitting.


There's something about the rounded corners, vibrant colours and shiny chrome detailing that draws me to these gorgeous machines from a time when a vehicle truly was a work of art... and I'm a sucker for all things red and shiny.    


If you're not a fan of Indian food, you might prefer Freddie's Brew Pub next door to start your evening.  Freddie has a great selection of pub and roadhouse style food along with a variety of beer brewed in their onsite micro-brewery.  I recommend the one with a hint of corriander - wish I could remember what it's called.

If you don't have to work Thursday morning, head a few steps over to the anchor of the McCurdy Corner Mall to The Grand Ten cinema.  Arguably the most comfortable movie theatre in Kelowna, it boasts high backed, plush chairs and ten theatres to choose from.  It would have been a great way to end our spontaneous date night, but there were dogs at home with the run of the house since we hadn't planned on being away for more than an hour...next time!

As we passed by the strawberry patch just after 7, the parking lot had emptied quite a bit and we figured it wouldn't take us more than a half hour to pick a couple of buckets.  We scooped up lots of juicy ripe berries and left lots more to ripen.  As we filled our buckets one of the employees stopped to see how we were doing and showed us a berry that had cooked in the sudden heat this afternoon.  Turns out the cooler temperatures have been more helpful than I thought.  Today's predicted 29 degree high will not do these berries any good, so if you're in Kelowna and keen for some local fruit the next pick is 8 a.m. this morning, or you can call 250-860-2964 to hear a recording message with the schedule for the next couple of days.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What To Do Wednesday


Thought I'd start a regular Wednesday feature to share some places that you might like to visit.

Today is a blue and sunny first day of summer, a perfect day to visit Kelowna's Waterfront Park; the collection of asphalt, red brick, wooden and concrete pathways that wind along Okanagan Lake through downtown Kelowna.

You can start at Hot Sands Beach near the W.R. Bennet Bridge,

and meander along the lake through City Park  continuing past the Spirit of the Sail.

I recommend a quick trip across the street to Moo-Licks for an ice cream to keep your strength up for the rest of the trip.
Follow the red brick path towards the Yacht Club across from The Bear in Stuart Park and continue along the pedestrian/bike path.  Walk past the smiling faces at Rose's Pub Patio, through the locks, past The Delta Grand Hotel
and along the lovely wooden boardwalk that leads to Tugboat Bay.  

A walkway continues between the sandy beach and condos leading to the picturesque Rotary Marsh where you never know what you might see.  

We walked through the marsh on Father's Day this week after a very filling breakfast at Soul De Cuba (where you can enjoy the only authentic cafe con leche in Kelowna).  Despite the fairly urban location we saw lots of wildife, from ducks and red winged blackbirds, to baby beaver and this young mule deer enjoying its own leafy breakfast.

The boardwalk ends at Sunset Drive.  Here, you can turn around and head back the way you came for a different perspective, or walk south along Sunset to Water Street where you'll take a fifteen minute stroll, past The Dolphins,  following Water Street back to The Sails and wherever you parked your vehicle.  Here's the link to a map if you need help.

For a few more photos taken by someone who lives in the waterfront park area check out this blurb book I stumbled upon this morning.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Slowly Getting My Ducks in a Row

Mallards at Rotary Marsh
Here I am at week 22 of my public declarations of gratitude.  It's a great way to start the week especially when Monday can be such a down day.  I'm feeling grateful for all the tasks I completed today.  It's amazing what I can accomplish when I get away from the computer for a while.

I'm thankful I was able to sort through the spare room closet, while visiting with Val on Facebook (Ok, I wasn't away from the computer the entire time!)

I'm thankful it stopped raining long enough to take the dogs to the dog park.

I was worried the butcher was closed on Mondays but I'm thankful it was open so I could pick up a few things while I was out this afternoon.

I'm thankful I was able to get through bunch of housework, including Mount Washmore (even thought it really doesn't look like I did much).

I'm thankful I was home when my sister called so we could have a nice chat.

I'm thankful that before the rain fell again, my neighbour let me know I'd left the car's passenger windows open.



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Some of the Best Dads I Know

On this Father's Day I wanted to recognize all the Dads in the Wood-Young family.  They are the kindest, most caring, generous, honourable, smart, funny men that I know and I love them all. On behalf of their wives, children and grandchildren, I extend a heartfelt thank you!

Cyril and Sandra Wood on Cavendish Beach PEI
Reg Young in Sidney, B.C. 
Bob Young with Caroni and Adam

Peter Young with son Andrew

Bradley and Shane Poole, Paul Lake B.C.

Mike and Nicole Young, Paris France

Mike and Adam Young, Drumheller Alberta



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Moo!


I posted this as my Facebook cover photo the other day cause there's something I really like about it so I thought I'd share it with you.  I don't know what it is that's so appealing.  I'm not a big lover of cattle (medium rare please!) but there was something so very compelling about this little herd that moved ahead of us along the first leg of our Black Knight Mountain hike a couple of Sundays back.

This guy scares me a little, kind of like Health Ledger's Joker in that Batman movie.

I love how they all have the same expression on their faces.  This guy is my fave with his horns that point sideways.  What purpose would that serve?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Max Grows Up

Wednesday June 13th was Max's first birthday.  I really tried to get some photos of he and Pitou to post but they were most uncooperative.  Probably because I'd woken them from a nap and the sun was blinding them.  Yesterday was also a write off, but I finally got them to cooperate a little better today.  It has been a challenge to get them to hold still while I make adjustments and as a result it's been hit and miss on the quality.  Still, it's nice to compare and get an idea of how Max has changed over the past year and grown in relations to his little Big Brother.

7 weeks
10 weeks
4 months
5 months

6 months
7 months

8 months
9 months

10 months
1 year old!!!!
.......and I had to add this one 'cause it made me laugh with the "corporate eyebrow" raise.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Belated Mother's Day via iPhone

Mother's Day fell during the time I spent in Whitby last month, so my daughter promised we would spend a day together when I got home, starting with a hike over Knox Mountain.  The weather has not been cooperating on her days off and so we have been spreading out our time together over the past two weeks and it's been a never ending celebration.  Today was the highlight.  Since the weather was iffy we decided against Knox, and headed to the Farmers' and Crafters' Market with umbrellas stashed in the car.


The Wednesday market is pretty sparse compared to the Saturday morning one, but we managed to see some gorgeous pottery, sample some tasty treats and I purchased the cutest little photo album from a vivacious young woman named Emily (stay tuned for more about her and The Tangled Fox in a future post).
As a mother's day treat, my daughter bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of the vendors.  The peonies smell incredible and I was surprised to discover there was a noticeable difference between the scents of the white and fuchsia.  

After the market we made a quick stop at Orchard Park Shopping Centre as my daughter had recently ripped her good jeans and they have reasonably priced clothes at this particular chain clothing store.  

Going into these places always freaks me out a bit. It boggles my mind to think that this is just one corner of a huge store and it's just one of many stores just like this in Kelowna and Kelowna is one of the many cities in Canada hosting these many stores that contain so much stuff!  Do we really need all this selection?  Sorry if it sounds "judgy", I'm just sayin'.  



Our final stop was Milestones where we had a leisurely lunch.  I had the California salad with peppery goat cheese, juicy strawberries and a really tangy Champagne vinaigrette.  

My daughter chose the triple cheese veggie burger with curly fries, finishing it off with the  cheekily named Break-Up Tub - a mini ice cream tub containing a mix of cookie dough ice-cream, caramel and chunks of double chocolate cookie ....guaranteed to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth or make you forget that pesky ex.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How Did I get here?


When my sister and I were very young we shared a bedroom.  On the nights when we couldn't sleep (and I wasn't reading a book by the light from the hallway), my sister would tuck her pillow under one arm and jump across the narrow gap between our twin beds.  We'd snuggle together, whispering and giggling late into the night. Our conversations would cover the gamut of subjects and when it seemed we'd run out of things to say, we'd stop and try to figure out how we'd arrived at the final topic of discussion.  We'd trace our way back through each subject, trying to remember what tidbit of information had prompted one of us to head off in a different direction..."oh, that reminds of the time.." or "wasn't that the same place that we..." It was a kind of forensic deconstruction of the conversation.  

The way the mind works amazes me, and I'm also amazed we were able to remember the conversations to allow us to do this.  These days there are times when after a short gap in the conversation my husband asks "What did you say?"  and I answer, "I wish I could remember."  I need access to a drop down menu with a conversation history.  Unfortunately my brain has already moved on to the next thing in my mind and it's wiped out the cookies.

These thoughts put me mind of the way we stumble upon things on the internet.  We might start out looking for one piece of information and then we click on links that interest us until we arrive at something we wouldn't have otherwise discovered.  I was inspired by these thoughts of conversation and net surfing as well as Dooce's "Stuff I Found While Looking Around"  posts to list a few things of interest I've discovered while searching the world wide web.  

I have no idea how I stumbled upon this site, uk moo, but my daughter came across around the same time so it must be making the rounds.  For the artists out there, check out the "printify" option.  I've been wanting to make myself some new business cards for ages and the fact that you can put photographs on the back of them is an awesome way for artists of all stripes to showcase their work.

Photographer Katie Lloyd gives you suggestions to improve your photographic skills on 31 days to releasing your inner artists.  Good for beginners and a good refresher for more experienced shutter-bugs.

Walking a mile in another man's Nikes - A personal trainer gains 70 lbs to identify with his clients, then loses it all to show them it can be done.  I found it on Becoming a Better Man but read the link within this link to get the whole story.

A series of links from one site to another led me to a blog all about rainbows, which led me to this peppy little tune by Kristin Andreassen called "Crayola Doesn't Make the Colour For Your Eyes".



Monday, June 11, 2012

Giving Thanks

Today I'm saying thank you for:

the chance to enjoy the sunshine for the past two days, after a week of rain.

the fact that we have no flooding or water damage in our neighbourhood.

the new endocrinologist at the hospital.  I really like and trust him.

the loss of a few pounds.  Hopefully no one else finds them.

the fact that our daughter joins us for dinner Sunday nights and we talk daily.

the opportunity to capture the shot along Benvoulin Road that has eluded me for the past two weeks.





Friday, June 8, 2012

Down Memory Lane


Those of you in Kelowna know this is not a photo taken today.  It's been raining for a week now and I just felt like finding a photo that would cheer me up.  I took this one last year when I had my Artist's Date at Benvoulin church.  I pass by the church several times a week along the rural route I drive to avoid the very busy Gordon Road when I'm heading for the east side of the city.  I've stopped many times along the way to capture a photograph or two and I thought I'd remind you of the ones that appeared on my blog this past year.  And if it ever stops raining, I've noticed a couple new spots that have potential so you'll be seeing more I'm sure.

Here are the links to the photos in the order they appear as I drive along Swamp and Benvoulin to Springfield.

- early spring on Swamp Road

Tomato King

Father Pandosy Mission

tomatoes from Don-O-Ray

pumpkins!  and more pumpkins!

- horses and ponies at Diamond R Farm

- a strange place for a houseboat

- not such a strange place for geese.

- the lovely old barn at the corner of Benvoulin and KLO Road

More grey and weathered boards

- from my artist's date

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The "f" Word

No, not that one.  I'm talking about a word that makes me cringe every time I hear it, especially when someone calls me one. No, it's not "feminist", I wear that one with great pride.  It's a word that has become ubiquitous in certain circles, a word I can hardly bring myself to even type....f**die.....Yes, it's foodie.

I loathe the word.  It just sounds so diminutive and childish. Why is the media so bent on destroying the beauty of the english language.  Why do these things catch on?   There are perfectly good words already out there to describe us...food lovers, chefs, gourmands, epicureans...ok perhaps a little pretentious but foodies!!??  That's how I call my dogs to dinner.   "Max, Pitou...foodies!"

 I am not part of a dog's dinner. As a food lover and a wordie word lover, I can hardly bear it.

I was thrilled to discover that someone with a much more impressive cooking and writing pedigree than I feels the same way.  I just started reading Mark Bittman's book "Food Matters" and by page 6, I realized I had discovered a kindred spirit.

"For my entire adult life I've been what used to be called a gourmand and is now called (unfortunately) a foodie..."

Why have we allowed this to happen? I humbly suggest we stop using the word and obliterate it!  Though I have to admit I don't hold much hope for the effort.   I'm also trying to maintain the word "chesterfield" and bring back "slubberdegullian".