Monday, August 1, 2016 it happened

Let's go back to the beginning of the month.

We celebrated our country's 149th birthday in the south Okanagan this a family reunion in Oliver.  Just 25 miles north of the American border...Oliver is situated in Canada's only desert area.

For four decades we have been meeting every three years...cousins on my husband's side.  Originally his aunts and uncles were all there as well...but they are all gone.  Many of the cousins have passed on as well.  It was decided that this would be our final  'Wiebe Reunion'.  Bittersweet.  We will miss those Sunday morning 'church services'...singing and sharing and worshiping together.

The food is always camping fare at its finest!  Sweet.

As always...we cycled the paved trail along the Okanagan River.

The river now flows through a man-made channel to control flooding...and the trail runs for 10 kms. along the banks. 

Vineyards and wineries abound!  It looks to me like they will have a bumper grape harvest this year.

The trip home on the Monday of a long weekend was a little say the least.

Earlier this month...I took in the local Rotary Garden Tour. 

It's always fun and inspirational to wander through some of the lovely gardens in our community.

Miss Lucy turned five this month and had all kinds of celebrations! 

The one at our place included a 'pink purse cake'...and the pink purse that she 'really, really' wanted was inside her gift bag. I'm a little sad to know that our youngest grand will no longer be a 'pre-schooler' come fall.  But I know she will always be our youngest...always have that big smile...always know how to wrap her Grammy around her little finger. :)

We knew our friend Charlotte from MGCC would be visiting from Manitoba mid-month...and so we planned a get-together.  It turned out that the first shipment of our 'Bread For the Journey' books arrived just before planned event...and so it became a book launch party! 

We met at Marg's...had a fabulous feast...opened the box of books and had a peek...and then gathered in her wheat field for some photos. 

(Wenda, Aunt Norma, Janice)
My two cousins and my aunt from California (along with three of their teenagers) came for a visit. We had a lovely time...and did a lot of walking 'down memory lane'.  They also did a farm tour...and I think they may have been taking that 'country air' smell back home with them on their clothing.

My niece Kathryn (and Ritchie) was visiting from Australia this month and so Dot and Terry hosted a family get-together at Bridal Falls Resort.  It was a 'meet-and-greet'...and eat, of course!

And the grands had a fine time in the pool.

My grand-nephews (almost three years old) opted to do some excavating instead of swimming.  They look the same, act the same, dress the same...and always can be found together!  Their favorite toys?...tractors, trucks and diggers!  Twins are just so fun to watch.

And we finished off the month in Victoria...celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary at the same place where we were on our honeymoon so many years ago.  What a great city...and especially beautiful in the summer!

We stayed right on the inner harbour...rode the water taxi here and there...and walked for miles.

And we did something we had never done in Victoria before...we took the 'hop'on-hop'off' city tour and learned a little Victorian history and saw the city in a new way.  We met tourists from eastern Canada, from Europe, from North Carolina...and who knows where.  And then we met friends from our hometown who were staying at the same hotel...and landed up sharing a breakfast table with them.

And then there was the visit with a friend who lives on the 'big pond' and just minutes from the inner harbour. We met her well behaved and good-looking grandsons,  had a delightful afternoon teatime coffeetime around the table with Pondside and her hubby...had a tour of their lovely new/old home.

And we visited the lovely Butchart Gardens. Of course!  I was there just a few months ago...but the colours and the blooms are always new.  Such a beautiful spot...whatever the season!  Once we had walked the gardens...we found a nice table in the shade and watched people until it was time to catch the ferry home.  We had a reservation on the 5 o'clock sailing aboard The Spirit of British Columbia. As soon as we were on-board we made our way to the Pacific dining room to find a window seat and enjoy elegant ocean-view dining for our anniversary dinner.  The sun was shining, the view was fabulous, the meal was felt like we were on a cruise.  We stayed at our window seat for the entire trip!  Apparently folks travel on the Spirit of BC, the Spirit of Vancouver or the Coastal Celebration as foot passengers (with a round trip ticket) just for the Pacific Buffet dining room experience and the amazing view on a beautiful day on the west coast!  Why not?

And that was the month of July through my lens.


  1. Now that was a very full month of celebrations. Loved it all except for the traffic shot. :) Victoria was just sparkling. So glad it worked for a visit with Pondside, too.

  2. Wow, another jam-packed month for you, Judy! I wish you and your husband a belated Happy Anniversary. All of your photos are beautiful and you did a great job of capturing the highlights of each July event. See you in August!

  3. You know how to pack a lot into a month, Judy. Looks like another fabulous 31 days! I certainly don't mind traveling on the ferry - it's great to be going somewhere and still able to walk around, enjoy a great meal, and take in the views! Can't be beat. Hope your August is just as wonderful!

  4. I enjoyed seeing your month of July and all the celebrations and travels. Never a dull moment in your world!! :) Congratulations on your 45th wedding anniversary. I hope August is wonderful. xx Pam

  5. What a treat it was to have a little bit of your time on your Anniversary visit to Victoria. It's a great place to be a tourist and it looks as though you really had a good time. Your entire month was rich in family and celebration!

  6. It looks like a full month indeed and I'm surprised we even squeezed in two tennis games. You've visited some of our favorite places and shared some of our friends in the most unusual settings. I wonder what August will bring.

  7. Your photography is spectacular….your JULY, so memorable! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! They told a wonderful story!

  8. You have the busiest, most social, wonderful months. Not to mention the variety of makes for a rich, full life! Glad that you share it with us.

  9. Such a great month it was! It's always fun to look back and see the people you spent time with! You are a hostess, whether in your home or away from home.

  10. That was an amazing month indeed! Happy Anniversary to you and Elmer - what a great way to celebrate. So glad you got to visit Pondside too. Your pictures are beautiful and I love the reflection you captured in the "gazing ball" - that would make a perfect Christmas card!!! Have a great August!

  11. A very Happy Anniversary to you and Elmer!! Roger and I will celebrate 40 years in Dec :)

    Loved the picture of Victoria - it's a place I would really like to see someday. It's so beautiful especially Butchart Gardens!

    Congratulations to all the MGs too! Such a good idea to publish your Bread for the Journey blog series.Looking forward to reading it!

    Hope you're having a wonderful August!



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