Friday, October 23, 2020


On this date last year we crossed the border on our way south to Arizona.  Today we had a reality check!


Along the Penticton Creek trail, the heavy wet snow broke lots of branches off.


The motorhome looking forlorn in its winter abode

Our view to the north this morning

North view day before yesterday

View to the west from the apartment this morning

View to the west two days ago

Saturday, October 17, 2020



Winter is fast approaching so yesterday we made the move into our friend Bev’s apartment here in Penticton.   We are just a couple corners away from Karen’s and looking out the window I can see her big trees.  I think we’ll actually be able to see the motor home from our window when we park it along her driveway.

Our motor home made no claims to be warm in the winter and since we can’t go to Arizona this year, we had to move inside.  So nice to have such great friends!  We will have to go soon and dump the tanks for the last time then figure out how to winterize the motor home.  This will be our eleventh year with the motorhome and we’ve never had to winterize it.

It was pretty amazing how much stuff we removed from the motor home that we deemed necessary to have in the apartment.  I made quite a few trips with the car and not quite done yet.  I managed to wrestle my big printer down from its home in the TV cabinet in the motorhome but I will need some help to get it out the door.  Not only is it heavy, it’s large and awkward to get through the narrow door and down the steps.  It can’t stay in the motorhome and get frozen either.

Our house plans are progressing at a snail’s pace.  The plan gets sent back to the drafts person and takes two weeks to come back.  Then all the specified changes weren’t made so back it goes again.  Grrr!  I think we are pretty close to giving the go sign if they could get the changes made.

Mule Deer Buck that visits Karen's yard

I think these are Sandhill Cranes.  Flock after flock went by one morning.

I happened to go in the house one evening when Karen and Bev were having sushi and noticed that Sydney cat had joined them.

I've been in gathering mode lately.  Walnuts on the left are from Karen's trees and the filberts are from around the neighbourhood.

Karen with our last picking of tomatoes

The begonias in Karen's hanging pots are still looking fine

We were up to Salmon Arm the other day for Aileen's dentist appointment and I wandered down to the waterfront.

Leaf drop along a path

Office building down near the waterfront

Wednesday, October 7, 2020



This has been a long dry spell for this blog.  We’re in the season that’s in between for photography so I haven’t been taking any.  The past few days the fall colour is coming on nicely.  We continue to wait on house progress which is proving to be frustrating.  The house can’t get in the que to be built until the plan has been finalized.  It is nearly two weeks since the last plan revision and we are still waiting to see the next version.

Aileen and I took the RZR for a ride in the mountains this past Monday.  We had a great ride following my nose and we managed to end up at the Keremeos viewpoint I went to in July with Al and Ernie.  I was able to follow the same route home that we did in July.

Today, our 53rd anniversary, we took the RZR and went for a ride up the old KVR Railway trail west of Summerland.  ATVs are permitted along this section.  We saw two cyclists and one other ATV so we enjoyed the solitude.  It was a gorgeous fall day!

We think we have moved most of our possessions from our Salmon Arm storage to our container here.  We may bring a few more things but nothing pressing.   The weather forecast is predicting much cooler temperatures starting this weekend.  We will soon have to think about moving in to warmer quarters.  More on that in future blogs.

Cutting corn for silage


One of Karen's orchids

Fall Crocus we drove past the other day

High country colour

One of the Twin Lakes

Looking across the lake

Our anniversary lunch today

Along the KVR railway trail

Trout Creek alongside the KVR trail