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I’m back … and inspired!

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)

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Penticton Downtown Market in October

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 🙂

Hike North of Skaha Bluffs

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!

Autumn Colours

Here are autumn colours in Penticton–taken in October, it’s true, but surely enjoyable to view on this gray, cold, late December day!

 

Happy New Year Penticton!

January 1, 2012

What does New Year’s look like, the morning after?  Here are some New Year’s shots in and around Penticton…

Junuary 30 Downtown Market in Penticton

June 30, 2012

— or as some remarked rather cynically, “Junuary 30th!”  What a day!  One minute pouring rain, the next sun doing its best to pour through, rain battling back, sun peering out again.  It seemed early in the day that it might be a “lost cause” market-wise, as the only folks on the street at Penticton’s downtown market were the vendors.  But the amazing thing was that every time the rain let up for a moment, and the sun’s rays broke through, suddenly the street was flooded with customers, feet sloshing through the puddles even as they turned their faces happily upward toward the warmth of the sun.  Then the rain would pour again, and they’d disappear – I assume it was a great day for the coffee shops along the street!

It was my first day at the market as a vendor.  Fortunately for me, I was placed under an overhang — for shade!  Well, it turned out I didn’t need much shading, but I was certainly grateful for the protection from the downpours.

Anyway, here are some snapshots of Penticton Downtown Market on the July Canada Day long weekend in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan.  Well, the mostly sunny South Okanagan, that is…

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Oh, yes, the next day, Canada Day, started out the same.  It was definitely an on-again, off-again morning, weather-wise.  But the sun redeemed itself in the afternoon, and except for occasional splatters, the big birthday party in the park was a success I’m told.  Happy 145th Canada!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

22 April 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring has sprung and summer is on its way in Penticton!  What a beautiful day today!  The thermometer finally hit 20+ C and Penticton residents were out enjoying it.