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Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day happened to land on the same date this year–and I’m thinking that momentous event totally messed up Spring! How else could it be that here in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan, four days later, the weather forecast reads “rain showers or wet flurries.” Come on! It’s April! Easter has come and gone! This isn’t Alberta, after all 🙂 Check it out:

 

Well, at least the ice has melted off the oxbows … and the turtles have come out of hibernation and are hopefully trying to catch a few rays….

The urban deer are looking chipper, too — and I see they’re mighty pleased to be able to nibble at the fresh green tulips … and have even left a few buds behind to let us humans enjoy the flowers when they finally get around to blooming!

A few brave souls figure that if they get outside and pretend it’s Spring, the weatherman might take the hint and send some truly Spring-like weather along.

Oh! Check it out! Lots of flowers! It must be spring after all! Or is it?

 

But wait! Maybe spring is springing after all! Looks like Mother Nature isn’t going to let Mr. April Fool get away with his tricks altogether …

Yes! Spring has sprung!

 

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I just received an email from a friend which contained a quotation from an editorial describing Penticton–from, I thought, a definitely “hey there tourists–come and visit us” point of view. It was well done, but definitely not the Penticton this “pedestrian” knows and loves. So I wrote back to my friend, thanking him for sending along the quote … and told him about my “Penticton Pedestrian” site. That brought back memories of writing on here and I thought I’d just send him a general link to the site. But then I couldn’t resist taking a little stroll down memory lane, and–poor guy–I ended up sending him a whole list of some of my favourite posts! And here’s what I wrote:

Good description for a “tourist” leaflet!

Does remind me, though, why it’s high time I re-started writing bits and pieces for my “Penticton Pedestrian” blog. It’s been a whole year since I posted anything, and even those few April 2017 postings were mostly just photos from the Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival. I started the blog as a “walk-about” to provide a “Penticton pedestrian’s outlook” of the city rather than another “tourist bureau” description. I always took photos, but I used to do commentary—prose and poetry both.  Examples (of course I don’t expect you to check them all out; just a sampling of some of my favourites…):

https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/green-okanagan-summer/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/penticton-oxbows-tour/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/summerland-experimental-station-ornamental-gardens/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/urban-gardening/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/writing-in-nature/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/junuary-30-downtown-market-in-penticton/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/penticton-people-at-the-beach-in-october/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/late-fall-farmers-market/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/signs-of-autumn-vegetation/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/lots-to-do-with-the-grandkids/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/science-nature-walks-in-your-neighbourhood/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/aliens-invade-penticton-on-canada-day-2011/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/seniors-in-the-sunshine/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/scruffy-end-of-winter-days/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/poem/
https://pentictonpedestrian.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/another-chance/

and on and on they go! I even gathered some of them together and published them in a booklet which I sold one summer at the Penticton downtown market…

Well, I’m really needing to get out and about after a slow, rather homebound winter looking after hubby after his knee replacement surgery … so I guess it’s time to grab camera and notebook and head out and get blogging again.

Thanks for the inspiration, Bruce!

(PS. I still have a few paper copies of the Penticton Pedestrian booklet if you’d like one … or you can download a PDF here)

A wonderful final day of the Okanagan Valley Writers Festival! Enjoy the photos!

For more information about the event, check out the OVWF website and the OVWF Facebook page.

If you’d like hi-res copies of any of these photos, send me an email listing the row of the photos and the number in the row (eg 1st 2nd 3rd) … OR send me your email address and I can Dropbox all the photos to you 🙂

 

More pics from day 2 of this wonderful festival! If you want copies of any of the pictures, please email me, listing the row # (from the top) and the number(s) in the row (1st 2nd 3rd). Thanks.

Wow! What an amazing second day at the Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival! Just look at the people’s faces! Enthusiasm, laughter, intensity, deep thinking, friendship! If you’d like hi res copies of any of the pictures, please email me and indicate row # (from top) and number in row (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Thanks!

Welcome to the Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival 2017 at the Shatford Centre in Penticton BC! Off to a great start with Friday night registration and entertainment 🙂 If you’d like a hi res copy of some of the pictures, please  email me and indicate row (from top) and number in row (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Thanks!

In the past, I have posted photos and commentary on the Okanagan River oxbow at the foot of Brandon Avenue. Much of the oxbow was extremely overgrown with bulrushes, and filled with silt from street runoff. Fortunately, the City of Penticton, working with the Friends of the Oxbows society and other concerned citizen groups, has placed a filter in the run-off collector at the foot of Brandon, to prevent more silt buildup. Once that was done, this oxbow underwent a major reconstruction, bringing it back to much the way the Okanagan River oxbows must have looked prior to being cut off when the “channel parkway” was put through from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake, with the highway running along beside it.

As Friends of the Oxbows member, Randy Manuel, explains: The City of Penticton and the Penticton Indian Band cooperated in the removal of 360+ cubic meters of debris, sand from street runoff, and overgrown bulrushes. Now we have a very vibrant oxbow at the foot of Brandon Avenue, with nature returning. Where machines had to access the oxbow from the west (reserve) side, their intrusion has been replanted with riparian plants.

I took a walk down to this oxbow today and took some snapshots. In the following photos, you will see the amazing difference from just 7 months ago, with before (April 2016) and after (November 2016) photos! (You can see other posts about this oxbow at “Perfect Time to See the Oxbows,” “Oxbows or Progress?” and “Penticton Oxbows Tour“). To get a really clear view of the photos, click on the first one, and then you can click through them with larger and brighter views. You will also notice that in the “barren” area where the machinery had to come in, there are wire containers, each of which has a riparian plant native to this area. The final photo shows a view of the new container growth from above.