We celebrated our country's 149th birthday in the south Okanagan this year...at 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 slow...to 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 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
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 great...it 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.