Victoria, BC

Jim and Wayne are cousins, and we went down to Victoria for his 60th birthday and retirement. We had a wonderful party and he was congratulated by his family and his friends. Happy Retirement Wayne. There was also a great car show on, at the Inner Harbour and here Jim is with a 3/4 ton 1949 Ford.

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

~Jane Howard

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These are the colors blooming in my garden today. How sweet is that?
What is one to say about July, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
~Gertrude Jekyll


KVR Train

Had a lovely evening on the Sunset Wine Train on the Kettle Valley Railroad. This old steam engine was built in 1929, and thru the dedicated efforts of the society and volunteers, you can ride part of the tracks today. This was a part of Jim's Father's Day gift from our "dogs". Sumac Ridge served really good wines, we had plenty of good eats, and it wasn't raining. Our friend Andrea joined us, and it was so enjoyable to see that part of the Okanagan behind Summerland.


Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!
~Owens Lee Pomeroy


The dock...

Over the last few days or so, I have missed our dock at Kootenay Lake in Nelson where we used to live. I came across this photo today, and I thought about all the times I spent down at the dock. All the books I read down there, the solitude, how the dogs loved the shade and the coolness of the lake. The hours of fun that the Osprey and their babies provided while they were learning how to fly. I often miss the campfires and the beautiful night skies. You quickly forget all the hard work to keep such a place, but when it is so hot here, the memories are lovely.


Memory is a woman walking along a lakeshore. You never can tell what small heart shaped stone that she will pick up and store away amongst her treasured things.

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Old words.....

When I see these old typewriter keys I imagine all the stories that were written here, maybe just everyday things that touched some one's heart. Probably allot of normal stuff, paying bills, writing a letter to the newspaper, perhaps a love note. The wonder is endless.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
~Arthur Polotnik


From Kuwait....

This is a gift that my friend Alanna who lives in Kuwait has made for me and will be sending me when she comes for a visit to the US next week. Isn't it lovely?
Thanks Alanna, I am excited to get it.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
~Oprah Winfrey


Happy Birthday Cindy,

Happy Birthday Cindy. I know you will have a great day. We will celebrate when you come down this weekend.


A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.
~Author Unknown
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Safe travels to Oregon, Jeremy.It is great that Julie can drive you guys down.. Have a good time, study hard and don't forget to e-mail. I know you will enjoy yourself. xoxo

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger

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July 4th....Good Morning...

It is going to be so hot (33) here today. So it's up early for us, and after Jim is finished golfing, it is off to the beach with the dogs and a cool ride in the convertible. A good day to be in the sunny Okanagan valley.
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Welcome baby Daigen...

Here he is, Christa's wonderful new grandson. Daigen William Knight. Isn't he just so adorable? So happy to share in your joy, Christa. Congratulations to Kendall and Ian & his other grandmother, Lorraine.
A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
~Author Unknown

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Monday afternoon

  • Hot here today, but lovely after the cool spring we have had.

Congratulations to Christa on grand son #3... Daigen. Looking forward to the photos. Mom, baby, Grandmother & rest of family all well.

The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill the tiny space that is yours.
Leo Buscaglia
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