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Lovely Okanagan

The Okanagan is returning to normal.

The Okanagan city of Penticton was recently threatened by a forest fire. There were evacuations and many people were on alert.

Through the unceasing efforts of firefighters and pilots, the fire was doused with nearby lake water and is now under control. The alert has ended and everyone is safe.

I wish a quick end to the fires in California and safety to everyone in its vicinity.

Oregon Grape-Holly

These interesting-looking bushes can be found everywhere throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Grape-Holly!

Known as Oregon Grape-Holly, or just Oregon Grape (mahonia aquafolium), they are not related to either grapes or holly.

Native to North America, they extend along the western coast from Mexico all the way to Alaska. They are a great fit for the Okanagan valley as they are very drought resistant and the leaves will remain green very late into the year.

Oregon Grape-Holly explodes in pretty yellow flowers very early in spring, and is a welcome harbinger.

The purple grape-like berries are edible and can be turned into jelly or wine and the holly-like leaves are often used in wreathes. Birds love the berries.

Greetings from the versatile Grape-Holly of the Okanagan Valley, and happy weekend. 🙂

August 17’s Monday Marvellous

On a recent walk, I enjoyed a stop at this wonderful waterfall.

A very frothy Hay River.

There is a very serious drop-off, so this is as close as I was able to get. Quite impressive, though.

A long trip north to empty into Great Slave Lake

After its long drop, the river continues its journey north. That’s life.

Have a good week. 🙂

The Japes of Graft

As Monty Python used to say, “And now for something completely different … “

Firstly, my apologies to John Steinbeck, but I really couldn’t help myself.

Secondly, this title (and post) is in honour of Brian Lageose, who in particular does a terrific job of twisting well-known tales into Gumby dolls, and who in general is a terrifically funny writer. You can visit his site at https://brianlageose.blog/ Please do and take a stroll through his many wonderful posts. 🙂

A pretty sunrise, just for fun.

So, without further ado, a warped excerpt from the fictional “The Japes of Graft:”

“In the cold half-morning light, Rod stumbled across the dusty street, chasing a ten dollar bill that rustled and shimmied through the grime, a snake-like, reptilian escapee. Somewhere off to his left, a boy named Sue was snoring loudly and muttering about eyelash curlers. Rod stopped his chasing and listened intently, his heart pounding and jumping at the unexpected exercise. Would Sue awaken and steal his ten?”

Rod’s road?

Will Rod overcome his tendency to graft?

Will Sue awaken in time to enjoy her jape?

Will Rod realise that the ten is tied to string before it’s too late?

Will Rod and Sue become partners and keep the ten?

Personally, I think this book is about politicians. 😉

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to add a line or two to “The Japes of Graft” that honours Brian’s sense of humour and maybe twangs a funny bone or two.

I hope you choose to participate. 🙂