Adegamae, Portugal

Jul 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Marshmallows in firelight

Jul 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sitting on the deck as the moon rose and the sun set one night this week, I was struck by memories of summers as a kid, when one of the things we did on a Friday night was to have a bonfire. Whether it was camping trips in the interior of B.C. or times visiting my co

Singletree, Naramata

Jul 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Simple summer pleasures

Jun 30, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s so much easier to enjoy yourself in summer, don’t you think? The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your clothing. Safety can be a consideration, what with storms and snow and ice. The days are shorter, so time mana

Howling Bluff, Naramata

Jun 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

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The value of time

Jun 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Summer is here, it’s official. You might not have danced around a bonfire at midnight to celebrate the solstice, but I’m sure you have felt the itch of summer approaching. You know that feeling of bliss from the sun and the lake, having cool drink

Liquidity, Okanagan Falls

Jun 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

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A day for someone special

Jun 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Father’s Day is upon us, so again I’m thinking of family and quality time. My Dad has been gone for more than 10 years now, and my grandfathers are long gone too, but I still think of them as summer gears up. Summer is a time for the fatherly types i

Monte Creek, Kamloops

Jun 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Be my guest

Jun 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did Be my guest make you think of Beauty and the Beast?  It was the name of the wonderful song Angela Lansbury sang as Mrs. Potts, the teapot, in my favourite animated version. The song is all about Belle enjoying a delicious and delightfully presented d

Elephant Island, Naramata

Jun 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Let's do brunch

Jun 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Are you a fan of brunch? I guess it’s a popular thing in big cities for people who go out and party. Sunday brunch as a hangover cure is a known rite of passage in places like Vancouver or Toronto. Here in the Okanagan, we run at a bit of a different pace.

Summerhill, Kelowna

May 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Are you 'procrastibaking?'

May 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed There is a new trend emerging that is evident on social media, perhaps you have participated? #Procrastibaking is a popular hashtag on Instagram, duly accompanied by pictures of the owner’s accomplishment. As you might guess, this pastime is the practice of

Kraze Legz Winery, OK Falls

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Ready! Set! Summer!

May 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The Victoria Day long weekend is traditional as the unofficial start of the Canadian summer. “May long," as it’s called in many parts of the country, is when the boats come out on the water and the steaks come out on the grill. Sometimes, Mot

Road 13, Oliver - Osoyoos

May 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Mom's the word

May 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many people don’t agree with this holiday, saying it’s too commercial. This included the woman who petitioned for it in the first place; she hated that it became more about sending cards and flowers than something more i

Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls

May 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

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Reaching for the sun

May 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The days are getting longer. The Flower Full Moon was just last weekend, meaning spring is officially in the air and in our souls. Green shoots abound, and blossoms of all kinds are bursting out everywhere. If you have allergies, I offer my condolences. For the re
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