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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon March 29th 2015

The Di(e) has been cast! Dianne has sent in her final retirement letter! There are three months left in the school year and we know it isn’t over until it’s over, but this time, it may be over. As I start this blog entry we are on Pender for a few days and Dianne has had a chance to get out in the yard and work on her plants. She is really looking forward to finally fixing this place up. The renos are done but the property needs quite a bit of work. A lot of overgrown brush needs attention, the low spots (which are currently lakes) need to be levelled and some raised beds need to be designed. A small greenhouse may even appear. She really wants to get at it; I think this time ... read more
The Family
Just kept coming
The reward

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon November 12th 2014

WOW! You may not believe this…. but…. this blog has nothing to do with the on-going saga of Dianne’s job! It is actually a TRAVEL blog! To most Canadians it isn't as exotic as the stories in the China blog but it has been an interesting time in the interior of BC. Kelowna and the Myra Canyon Trestle We had heard about the Myra Canyon Trestle from a variety of sources. When our niece and her family came through our area they raved about it so we decided we had to pay a visit as it is practically in our backyard. The Myra Canyon was one of the great hurdles in building the Kettle Valley Railway, the all-Canadian solution to transportation woes in the late 1800s. While the trains stopped running in the 1960s, the track ... read more
View of Kelowna area
The Cut
We're going over there

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon September 1st 2014

This is the 5thAnnual Announcement of the Beginning of Dianne’s Last Year in the Work Force. This MAY actually be the last year as she has been planning activities in 2015, 2016 and even 2017. And they don’t include school. Detail plans will be developed for our Cross Canada trip, our (last?) European trip and a driving trip to the States to visit friends we met in China. Maybe Dianne will decide to work another year to pay for these trips? To practice her travel planning skills, Dianne just booked a week-long trip to Cuba for Spring Break, 2015. I did notice that this didn't interfere with her working so it isn't conclusive proof that the end is in sight. Marguerite Christensen This April, just after celebrating her 96th birthday, Dianne’s mother died peacefully in her ... read more
1918-2014
Dianne's Dad
Celebration of Marguerite's life

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon August 24th 2014

Nossa, faz tempo que eu não posto... Fiz muitas coisas esses dias. No primeiro dia aqui no Canadá, fiz uma pequena trilha até Kalamalka Lake, um lago bem bonito, as pessoas entram na água e aproveitam no verão. Na volta passamos num Farm Market, onde as pessoas que plantam vendem seus produtos fresquinhos, compramos espinafre e milho (nossa janta), foi o melhor milho que eu já comi na minha vida super doce! Sim, está em época de milho aqui, dei muita sorte. Quinta fomos no Enderby Cliffs, fizemos uma trilha de 3,5km para subir uma montanha e a vista era linda! Não levamos muito tempo para subir, na verdade não me lembro quanto tempo... Hehe Na volta passamos no supermercado, o Ste comprou batata e fez poutine de janta (um prato típico canadense), ele colocou a ... read more
Kalamalka Lake
Enderby Cliffs
Poutine

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon July 7th 2014

NOT FOR SALE: Luxurious Okanagan lakefront living. Custom built 5800 sq.ft. home. Well appointed, extremely tastefully decorated two storey modern waterfront property with guest house. All rooms boast spectacular lake views and mountain vistas. Complete Chef's kitchen featuring industrial gas stove and appliances, abundance of granite countertops adjoining the great room perfect for entertaining. Floor to ceiling windows leading to outdoor living space, where you will find your own private boat dock and small beach. Concrete polished floors and hardwoods throughout, movie theatre, stone fireplace, west facing sun-drenched decks. RATHER, welcome to Willow Haven, the elegant home belonging to our good friends Ron and Bev's son Dave, who welcomed us into his home for the first two nights of our adventure. And what an incredible start to our trip indeed. We have been absolut... read more
Willow Haven
Lake Okanagan
Lake Okanagan

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon July 7th 2014

After a three month preview of the summer weather forecast to continue in Victoria, we awoke at 5 this morning to rain and clouds and a much cooler temperature. What gives! By the time we rode the short distance to the ferry, my jeans were waterlogged (bad decision #1 - not making the effort to remove my rainpants from my drybag that was already tied down to my bike in a manner worthy of Fort Knox approval). Other bikers we met in the ferry lineup complained similarly, even the guy on the BMW dualsport who pulled a docile pint-sized Lasa Apso out of his textile jacket. Whose keeping who warm here! The rain stayed with us until the east side of Hope, and you'll be happy to know that I made the effort to remove my ... read more
What's with the weather
Friends on the ferry
Tims in Hope

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon June 29th 2014

Set off 9.00a.m. - been looking for those bears for days!!! Finally come across some today, had a few stops, saw a cinnamon bear, a big black Grizzly and her two cubs and then a normal black bear - so exciting!! Alongside the roadway as we were driving up to Mt Robson - the bus driver pulled up so we could get a shot. Drove through the last of the Rockies and into more hills and farming areas as we headed more south to Kamloops and Vernon. Had lunch at a fantastic German bakery. Arrived at our hotel around 5.00p.m. - Sparkling Hill Resort - absolutely amazing!!! Built by the Swarovski family - 3.5 million crystals - it is a bit over the top - but stunning just the same! They put on a lovely dinner ... read more
SPARKLING HILL RESORT
SPARKLING HILL RESORT
SPARKLING HILL RESORT

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon January 30th 2014

The immediate future But we are not going to be moving to a new city come the fall. A fourth city in four years just isn't in the cards. On the other hand, neither is a final move to Pender! Dianne has been asked to stay on in Vernon for a second year, so that is what we will be doing. The really good news is that we won’t have to move! With the new truck, the move would have been easier, but not as easy as not moving at all. The summer holiday will be shorter as Dianne is expected to put in more admin time than we have had to do the last couple of years as we changed cities. But she is really happy to be able to spend another year here and ... read more
More Coquihalla
Lake area
Fr. Pendosy Mission

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon September 15th 2013

Off to Vernon Well, we are off to our third Canadian City in three years. The end of June saw us packing our bags and saying goodbye to Kamloops. The year went incredibly quickly and was full of great memories. I never thought I would like living in Kamloops because of the heat but it was a pretty good experience. Of course, it is a bit of out of the frying pan into the fire…. we’re moving to Vernon, a notorious hot spot. Big Red On the Mother’s Day weekend, Dianne and I decided to walk to McArthur Park in Kamloops for a picnic. The 6.5 km walk winds along both sides of the Thompson River and ends up at the big athletic park I wrote about in an earlier blog. When we got there we ... read more
Bubblewrap
The boys' Mother's Day trick
Big Red on the move




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