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…
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!
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.
15 April 2012
The Penticton Vees hockey team has had an amazing season – breaking the North American junior hockey league record by winning 42 games straight in the regular season. They’ve had a pretty amazing playoff season, too, winning the BCJHL Fred Page Cup, and are now advancing to the Doyle Cup against the winner of the AJHL. As you can imagine, the city is enthusiastically cheering on their team, and signs are up all over town encouraging this wonderful winning team! Go Vees, Go!
April 14, 2012
Penticton’s ospreys are back in their amazing nests, and other wildlife are also enjoying the beautiful spring days. Enjoy!
April 13, 2012
It must be true that March showers – and April ones too, oh dear – bring April flowers!
March 24, 2012
March 23 seemed like spring had truly arrived … the next day, March 24, not quite so much. The sun was trying half-heartedly to peek through a high-overcast sky, and Old Man Winter kept puffing out swirls of chilly breeze. Still, at least it wasn’t raining, hailing, sleeting (like a lot of March before and after), so we went up to Munson Mountain, where the famous “Penticton” sign overlooks Okanagan Lake. The view from the lookout is pretty spectacular, even on a greyish day, as these shots demonstrate. Afterwards, we went for a walk on Skaha Lake beach. Although few folks were out, those that were had spring in their hearts! Yummm…. marshmallow roast!
March 23, 2012
The old saying tells us that “March comes in like a lion and goes out with a lamb.” Well… This spring in Penticton, it’s pretty much been like a lion all month. However, we’ve had a couple beautiful very-early-spring-like days – and joyfully for the kids, one of them was during spring break. In fact, it was such an amazingly beautiful day, that it seemed like everyone in the city was out enjoying it.
January 20, 2012
The winter of 2011-2012 in Penticton has not had a lot of snow. But we did get a couple pretty snowy weeks. Here’s one:
November 17, 2011
The beautiful autumn days couldn’t last forever … Old Man Winter finally wrapped his cloak of white over Penticton!