A doe, a fawn, 2 eagles, 3 marmots and a few quails. These are things I saw today on my drive out to Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm today, just under 6 kms from my summer home. The sun was shining and the road to the farm follows the Okanogan Lakeshore Road. I stopped several times along the way to observe the wild life and take a few photos as it is all new and fresh to me and I have that "new kid in town" wonder about me.
I used to live in B.C. about 16 years ago and I have always missed it. The mountains and the landscape never fail to feed my soul. Just a few minutes ago, I looked out the front window as I heard some wind whipping up and a dark ominous sky was moving quickly from over the mountain and heading my way. A few years ago an unfortunate forest fire destroyed most of the evergreen trees that once covered the surrounding hills here and it will take years before the landscape replenishes itself. I saw quite a few burnt out acres on the drive from Jasper to Kelowna and it always saddens me. It feels eerie and sort of creepy almost when you are driving through it. Like the valley of death. Blackened trunks, now sharply pointing to the sky, stripped of life, evil looking.
Surprisingly on my drive past some of it today, two eagles still perched upon these tall charred look outs. They stood out easily on them. Their majesty and beauty surpassing the devilish spikes they rested upon. It lightened my heart to have to slow for a doe and her young fawn a little further up the road. They clearly had not deserted their ashen homeland, the terror of that time surely a distant memory for them now. Marmots scurried across my path, speedier now with less brush to camouflage them. Despite this section of the fire's wrath, it is still possible to find the beauty that lies west of the disaster. Looking over to the water, the view is still spectacular and lush.
I discovered a nice little beach access at Cedar Creek that I will definitely frequent when the weather soon turns hot. A couple of brave souls were waist deep in the water today, but I got the impression they were just posing for a photo and would soon hightail it back to shore. The lake temperature is not quite warm enough to entice me yet.
I found a lovely nursery where I stopped and bought some flowers and herbs to plant in pots to enjoy over the season. As it is late to shop for this sort of thing, I got lucky and everything was reduced for the last week of June. I spent the afternoon planting and it felt good to dig in the dirt as I have been away from my garden for a couple of years now. It made me realize how much I love it and how I have missed it.
All and all it was a perfect Sunday here in this western paradise. I even had some furry company as I am cat-sitting my niece's cat for 10 days. Winx is quite social and seems to function quite well with one eye. Her altered face makes her even more sweet and lovable. She hung with me while I puttered away and it was nice to have her around.
Once again, I will look forward to sleeping. It is soooo quiet here. After living in Toronto for so many years, the white noise is absent here. The quiet is such a contrast.
Just what the doctor ordered.