Another week has passed, and even though we’ve had night-time temperatures as low as -6C, daytime temperatures in the single digits C, April showers, and … yes, even some snow yesterday! … spring is still springing. A week ago I took some plants from indoors to the greenhouse, thinking night-time freezes were finished. Wishful thinking, I’m afraid. Despite that, the plants are doing well–and the temperature in the greenhouse today got up to 30C (check out that thermometer!) though it was only 7C outside. The smell in the greenhouse was lovely … warm, moist soil and fresh new plants. The garden plants are doing well, too–wild strawberries, chives, green onions, rhubarb, and more. Flowers and bushes … and early fruit blossoms … are in bloom around our complex, too!
Then off for another solitary walk through the neighbourhood oxbows. As usual, I didn’t meet a soul during my trek … at least not humans … but lots of flying creatures (check out the ducks taking off from the pond and the robin looking for worms), beautiful skyscapes (including the man in the moon peering down), and, of course, plants springing forth to welcome the spring! When I was just about home, a man came out of his house and demanded, in a cranky voice, what I was taking pictures of. “Spring!” I announced joyfully … and a smile broke out on his face. “Yes, it is!” he agreed.
Is Spring springing? Well, take a look at these photos, and tell me what you think!
The last set of photos I posted were taken March 15–the beginning of Spring Break here in Penticton. Since then we had a lot of beautiful sunny days, clear blue skies, daytime temperatures around 7 or 8 C. and night time as low as -6 C. In the past few days the clouds have moved in … and temperatures have risen as high as 14 C in the daytime and usually – 1 or -2 C at night — except for last night when the temperature only dropped to +3 C! That must mean spring is springing, right? So how does that explain the weather predictions for tonight for heavy snow in all the highway passes (but rain here in the valley)? Oh right, it still is March for a few more days … and you know what they say about March weather: “Comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” … Hmm… A bit more “lamb” would be nice, don’t you think?
The photos in this slide show have been taken over the past few days, and it does look kind of hopeful that spring is springing 🙂 Check them out 🙂
It’s been a long while since I’ve walked around my neighbourhood and our Okanagan River Oxbows to snap some Penticton Pedestrian photos. But it’s the beginning of Spring Break, the sun is shining gloriously, it’s warmed up to 3 C (that’s 37 F for you folks south of the border), and despite Covid19 social distancing, it’s still okay to get out and enjoy nature. Lots of snow still up on the hilltops and a forecast of -7 C (19 F) tonight–but still, plenty of signs of spring popping up here and there 🙂
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…):
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)
What a beautiful autumn we’re having! Snapshots of the Penticton downtown market the first weekend of October. Around 10 am, and already about 20 C. Lovely sunny South Okanagan in British Columbia. Oh by the way–northern BC got about 18 cm of snow the same day, I’m told 🙂
Another wonderful hike with my friend Cabrini, this one on November 26, on the hillside at Penticton’s south end (just north of the famous Skaha Bluffs). Along the trails (which are mostly narrow “deer trails” in a very natural environments), you’ll find little rock towers left by previous hikers, to mark the way forward). The views of Penticton and Skaha Lake beach are spectacular–and on this late November afternoon, a brisk wind was blowing, and hardy sailboarders were getting lots of height above the water!
Here are autumn colours in Penticton–taken in October, it’s true, but surely enjoyable to view on this gray, cold, late December day!