Saturday, May 30, 2009

Show & Tell: My Hometown

Good evening humble readers!

I have been just a little homesick lately. I miss my folks, and I miss my hometown. So, I thought I would share a bit about it with you.

It's not the town where I was born. I lived there through high school, and again after I left my 'chosen field' (that field that I spent my college money on). Of everywhere I've lived, I have spent the largest amount of time there.

It's the largest city in central British Columbia, an oasis in the middle of a true Canadian desert. Lake Okanagan is ridiculously long (not like I know how long... but I know it goes on forever) and rather skinny. It even has it's own lake monster, Ogopogo, who I happen to actually believe in... at least I believe there's something big down in the depths of that lake.

There are some pretty beaches and gorgeous mountain views. There are still all kinds of cherry and apple orchards on the hills around town, and some of the best wine in the world is made in the valley. A few years ago, there were some incredible wild fires and more than a third of the population of the city was evacuated (my family included).

This time of year the cherry blossoms have faded and the apple blossoms are just starting. The lilacs in my parents old front yard are probably done blooming now. In less than a month it will be getting really, REALLY hot there. It's not unheard of for it to get above 40 degrees Celsius (that's about 104 for my friends south of the 49th parallel) in July and August.

I love my home... this home I've made with my Beloved... I just wish there was a way that I could have it, my job, his job, and my hometown all at the same time.

Ok, so now that I've wallowed just a little, I think you should head on over to Mel's place and check out what the rest of the class is showing this week.


  1. Thank you for sharing! What beautiful pictures! I wish that was my home town, mine is no where near as pretty.

  2. Oh, who would not miss such a beautiful place!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Gorgeous! I've always wanted to explore British Columbia!

  4. Its beautiful and, believe it or not, I have heard of Ogopogo.

  5. Looks like a gorgeous town!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. How lovely!

    I haven't been to that part of BC, but my husband spent a summer there as a teenager. I don't recall him telling me that it was 40 degrees though!

  7. Your homes are beautiful - both of them!

    I left my hometown...only to come back 6 years later for a wedding and and up marrying a farmer 6 months after that.

    Somehow - our homes call us back!

  8. Wow, gorgeous.

    I definitely know the feeling of wanting to have different people, places, and things all together at once--the impossible dream. Sad, but true. :)

  9. Beautiful! I'd love to visit your home town--how could you not miss such a place?

  10. What a beautful place. I haven't been to that part of BC either - just the usual Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler etc.

  11. What a beautiful place!

    And I relate to wishing I live closer to where I grew up...

    ...I love to visit each summer!

  12. Oh it looks wonderful! I don't live near my hometown either...I never knew how special it was until I moved far away.

  13. Your hometown looks beautiful!

  14. Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing those pictures. We recently moved to Seattle and I'm looking forward to visiting B.C.

    Hometowns are lovely, aren't they?

  15. very beautiful! no wonder you miss it. I am of that rare minority.....i grew up in kansas and live far away and am glad about that :) I must live near water...and there is very little in kansas


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