Any day now the birds will start their pilgrimage south. (Photo: Contributed)
Any day now the birds will start their pilgrimage south. (Photo: Contributed)

A cool breeze

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I know that the passage of time seems to accelerate as we get older but this year our summer really was cut short with that cool breeze of autumn. I am sure any day now the birds will start their pilgrimage south. Here we are barely at the end of August and already the ground has cooled and the chill is back in the morning. I am desperately hoping we will be able to eke out a few more days for sitting on the deck before we pack it all in for another year. I am mourning the end of summer.

Those of you who are regular readers of this column will have noticed that we did not have a submission last week. I am sorry for leaving you hanging, but you see it was the one week I had company come to town and between cramming in some time to enjoy with them and attempting to finish out the summer chores before the rain took over… well, there just wasn’t any more time (or energy) left for anything else – except for work, which just seems to be a nuisance, especially in the summer, don’t you think? I mean really, when you have to organize a leisurely breakfast, daytime activities for various age groups, cocktails and appies on the deck, multi-course dinners that feature our wondrous Okanagan bounty and then scintillating late-night conversation with a delectable treat to cap the evening off – how do you possibly arrange to work with all that to do?

Well, there wasn’t much sleeping going on but I did thoroughly enjoy catching up with family and seeing a new generation of kids forge relationships which I hope will last as long as mine with their parents. Perhaps decades from now they will be sitting on a deck in the Okanagan reminiscing as we did I can only hope. And the beets I put up from the garden will make great gifts this weekend for our friends in Calgary, so that was time well spent. Life is indeed short, but you can actually pack a lot in if you want to!

This weekend is time for just the two of us… and a bunch of die-hard barbecuers from around the continent. Martin is going for the gold at “BBQ on the Bow” in Calgary, so I hope you will wish him luck. I am there just as moral support – I just can’t consume enough meat in a weekend to be called a serious “ba-becue” fan! I know I will have him to myself when we get into the Rockies on our mushroom-picking hike, and that is just fine by me. If it has to be autumn, then in the forest with the mushrooms and the streams and that cool breeze is the place to be.

I hope you had a great summer, and that the kids are ready for school. Take some time to store away those dog day memories before you start to unpack the school supplies and sweaters again. That way you can pull them out on a dreary day when you need them, and you will feel the heat just the way the birds do when they arrive at their winter getaway.


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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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