Just Another Gratuitous Drone Shot

Needing (a LOT) more practice, I decided to take the drone with me on my morning walk with the dog (aka. Jake). Still need to work on my flying skills but it’s fun practicing. And a bit scenic. House/dog sitting in Peachland has been an excellent idea so far!

Anyway, just thought I’d post this here for anyone who hasn’t seen it on Instagram. This would be example of a picture being worth a thousand words. Or a video … and several thousand words.

My Favourite Least-Favourite Day

It had been more than a few days since I’d seen the sun
but what a stunning return!

The Winter Solstice has arrived. The long dark days which have been getting darker by the day have reached the end of their journey. And while that means today is the darkest day of the year (i.e. my Least-Favourite day), it also means that from here on the days only get brighter (i.e. my Favourite Least-Favourite day). Before you know it Daylight Saving Time will be upon us and the glorious days of summer will follow (somewhat) shortly thereafter. Yes, there will be more cold and snow to … uh … weather … but there’s light (and warmth) at the end of the tunnel. Okay, sure … we’re at the furthest opposite end of that tunnel but at least the end is now in sight. Happy Winter Solstice to all!

And yes, I’m aware of the overwhelming lack of entries since my arrival in B.C. That said, I have posted a few videos and photos on my Instagram account because, not surprisingly, in this part of the country a picture says a whole lot more than I can type … and it says it a WHOLE lot better.

Sometimes you just have to build a snowman.

But, as a general update, things are going very well. Up until a few days ago I was actually still looking at green grass. That has since been buried by more than a little snow which required starting up the snowblower. Okay, I didn’t NEED to start up the snowblower but given the more than sizeable driveway, it seemed more than appropriate. I shovelled manually a few hours later. Side note: As I cleared the driveway with the snowblower I couldn’t help but think this was the longest duration I’d ever used a snowblower. Not because of the size of the driveway. And not because we didn’t have a snowblower growing up. However, being the youngest of the family meant I was at the bottom of the totem pole when it came to access to said snowblower. Proving once again, it’s not easy being the youngest!

With the temperatures dropping significantly since the snowfall it looks pretty certain that the snow will be here for a while. At least a couple of weeks.

Hello, B.C. (I’ve missed you)

A little over a week ago, I was getting ready to head west. I have since headed west and am now in B.C. Peachland to be exact (a wee bit south of Kelowna). And yes, it’s beautiful. Anyway, as there isn’t too much else to report this will just be a brief update (yeah, yeah … I know. I’ve said that before only to babble on for a while. Admittedly, that could happen again – but it’s not my intent!)

My first morning back in B.C. I’m home!

My flights out were great and on-time. And after nine hours (including a three hour layover in Calgary and more than a few hours of sleeping on the planes) I was back in Kelowna for the first time since I cycled here from Kitchener in 2015. If not for the fact that it’s December, I would’ve gladly cycled here again.

As for a summary of the situation thus far … well …it’s beautiful here. VERY beautiful. Not that that’s particularly (or remotely) surprising but I still feel it needed to be said. Obviously.

The next four weeks I’ll be hanging out in Peachland, B.C. Just me and Jake (a six year old Cocker Spaniel) We’re getting along great but since his owners just departed today he’s definitely missing them. I’ll attempt to distract him with plenty of belly rubs, ear scratches, and maybe the OCCASIONAL treat. Plus a few walks around this beautiful area. Side note: The Super Moon on Sunday night was stunning as it rose and reflected brightly on Lake Okanagan. I wasn’t able to get any good shots that night but I did take some video of the area the next day. Cue the video …

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