Friday, July 1, 2022

June ~ As it Happened

Now that the sun has set on June...
let me share a few of the month's happenings.

We had a lot of rain and cool weather...
and wondered if summer would ever arrive.

It did...just this past week.


And with that...
the heavy snow pack is melting and finding its way down the Fraser River. 
Who knows what that could look like in the week to come?

We took a chance on the weather forecast and packed up the RV to spend a few nights in Fort Langley earlier this month.


We had the motorhome all packed when we got notice that our campsite reservation at Edgewater Bar was cancelled due to the rising waters of the Fraser.

Luckily, we managed to get a spot at Brae Island Campsite. 
It was great...and we even had some sunshine!  


And we found friends who were staying at the same campground...
and enjoyed lunch together at the Blacksmith Bakery Cafe.

Our  granddaughter Maggie was competing in the B.C. High School Track and Field meet in Langley that same week...
so we went to cheer her on.


She took first place in both 1500m and the 800m...
making her the provincial champion for her age.
She takes it all in stride!


Ranen studies violin with Abbotsford's best...Dr. Calvin Dyck.  She finished the year well, receiving several trophies for outstanding performance.  She plays with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra...and we so enjoyed their season finale.

Every event planned for outdoors this month...
was moved inside due to the weather.


Who said one can only have an ice-cream sundae bar on a hot summer day?


We spent last week in the Cariboo Chilcotin portion of our province...
visiting places we had never been before.


Our first stop was Green Lake...
where all was quiet, calm and beautiful...
except for the mosquitoes.


Then we camped for one night at Riske Creek...
our home base for exploring Farwell Canyon.


We had a few crazy thunder storms while we were there...
with amazing skyscapes.


Farwell Canyon is 20 kilometers off the highway.

On our way there we passed through Junction Sheep Provincial Park...
home to some 500 bighorn sheep.

We came across several herds right on the roadway.


The steep, meandering gravel road was quite something...


...but the scenic views at Farwell Canyon made the drive worthwhile!


The Chilcotin River has carved out an impressive valley with steep, sandy cliffs on both sides.
We camped further upstream on the Chilcotin River that night.

And then...
on to our final destination.


We had been invited by Marg and John to visit them at their property on Pyper Lake for a few days.

What a beautiful spot they have...
and how fun to have Lovella and Terry join us up there as well!


We all squeezed into Terry's truck and went sight-seeing...
exploring abandoned farms and sawmills.


Thanks to Lovella (who is very good at propping up her phone to capture photos)...
we even have a group shot!


Terry took his very nice pick-up truck down a bumpy 4x4 road...
and we found our way to a gem of a lake.

Paradise Lake...
known only by the locals.

Who knew we had white sand beaches and turquoise water in B.C.?


Our next day's adventure was a flight-seeing tour from Nimpo Lake...
on a float plane over the Coastal Range of Tweedsmuir Park.


Such beauty!


We landed at Turner Lake (which has no road access)...
and hiked to Hunlen Falls.

 It happens to be Canada's highest free-falling waterfall and very few people have ever heard of it.


Supernatural British Columbia!
So thankful for the opportunity to see another piece of it.


Our flag is flying and the sun is shining.
It's apparently the perfect day to be harvesting grass here on the farm.
What could be more Canadian?

I am grateful to call this big and beautiful country my home!
Happy Canada Day to all!


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May...in the rear view mirror

Let me attempt to sum up the month with a few words...and a few snapshots.


Flowers on the table...
the last of the tulips and the first of the peonies.


We had not seen my sister-in-law in Kelowna for almost a year...
and knew she was facing new health challenges.

We decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive over the snowy pass and pay her a visit.
If it's still snowing in May...
how long will it be until that snowpack makes it way down the Fraser River and out to the sea?
We shall see.

We had a lovely visit with Martha...
and her son and daughter-in-law arranged for us to have dinner together at a wonderful lakeside restaurant.

Hopefully we won't let another year go by before we meet up again!


We spent the night in Kelowna and made the trek home in the morning.


Ranen turned 16 this month.
How can that even be?
The years have gone by too quickly...
but we are left with so many wonderful memories!
Talented, hard-working, fun-loving and beautiful...
that's Ranen.

We took her (and cousins Ryder and Maggie) to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner to celebrate!


I spent some time 'across the river' this month...
and always love seeing Mt. Cheam from that perspective.


Heidi was in Nepal for two weeks...
so I took Lucy to her mid-week horse riding lessons in Agassiz.

She quite likes the horses...
and they quite like her.


We happened to have one sunny and warm Sunday in May...
and we never wasted it!


We enjoyed a picnic lunch at Harrison Lake...
and settled on the shore in our lounge chairs to read for the afternoon.


Maggie is our runner...
and such a pleasure to watch.

She runs effortlessly...
usually crossing the finish line in first place.

I cheered her on at the district track meet last week...
and we may just follow her to the provincial track meet and B.C. Summer Games as well. 


She never runs out of steam...
and is always smiling.

Her uncle keeps her supplied with the best running cleats...
New Balance, of course.


Friends had their 50th wedding anniversary celebration on the weekend...
and Elvis put on a fabulous concert for their friends, family and neighbours in honour of the occasion.


Spring field work has been a struggle this year. 
The few days without rain, were very busy ones!


There is still some grass to harvest...
and several fields of corn to plant.

And so ends the coldest May on record.
Looking forward to a bright and sunny June! 
Bring on summer.


Saturday, April 30, 2022

April ~ a few moments in time


I would like to remember April 2022 as being bright and cheery...


...rather like this photo.

But truth be told...
there were many days that were cool and grey and not so conducive to riding bike or even spending time outdoors. 


But we know that there is light even on the darkest of days...
sometimes we just have to look for it. 


We had fresh snow on the peaks...
and blossoms in the valley.


One chilly April evening we met up with friends at the Baron Bistro in Abbotsford...
with plans to try out their new patio domes.

They tried to discourage us from eating on the patio...
it was far too cold!

But we came bundled up and stuck with our plan.

It was a wonderful adventure in dining! 
We will do it again.


Ranen invited us to the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 
What a delightful evening...
with such gifted young musicians. 

I think the loveliest of day of the month was Easter Sunday.
It was so good to be back in church on after missing the Easter service for the past two years.



It was also good to gather the family around the table again for Easter dinner...
after a few years of 'pivoting'.


They had their Easter egg hunt...


...and most eggs were found.

I think Grammy will be finding a few treats as she gardens this spring!


How did these sweet littles of yesteryear grow up so quickly?


They had their Paska and ate it too...
...and took home the leftovers!


We did a little biking...


a little hiking...


(Dunville Creek forest)

...and even a min-cruise.


Who knew you could board the ferry with your bike at 11am in Vancouver, cycle to Sidney for lunch on the pier and be home in time for a late dinner?


The best part was meeting up with friends for lunch...
friends that we had not seen for several years.


I had a delivery of flowers at my front door every Thursday this past month...
a birthday gift from my kids that 'keeps on giving'.
So beautiful.
So appreciated.

On the farm, most of the spring fieldwork is still waiting to happen.
We are hoping for a warmer, drier May. 


I'll end with a photo of a neighbouring farm...
the golden field of dandelions that has been my 'front porch view' this past week.
The floods of last fall destroyed the grass...
but the dandelions came out in full force.

Welcome May...
and may it be a cheery and bright one for all of us!