It's winter on the west coast...with the north-easterly wind howling through the valley and the temperatures dropping every day. But the skies are blue...and the sun is shining...
...and so yesterday was the perfect day to head to the mountains for a drive. We drove...in the direction from where the wind was blowing...and as we climbed the temperatures fell. There was no opening of windows for photo op's yesterday...and so I snapped a few through the window.
It was quite pretty in the hills...but not much snow to speak of. Though we had record precipitation in the valley over the past month...there was little rain or snow to the east of us. A two hour drive had us in Merritt...a sleepy little town in the winter...and the perfect rendezvous spot for an impromptu Christmas gathering with family from Kelowna. We had a birthday to celebrate...and a lot of catching up to do...and so it took all afternoon to do lunch. When I reserved the table...I never mentioned that we would be there for over three hours!
By the time we left for home, it was beginning to get dark...and the people of Merritt were starting to think about supper!
We came home bearing gifts...'the perfect gift' by the Canadian Tenors was in one of the packages. And so we un-packed it...and made the homeward trek to the accompaniment of this great Christmas album. It was good music to knit to as well...and if darkness had not interfered...the scarf would be done. Good company...good music...beautiful scenery on a winter's day...it was all good.