This summer of Ought – Fifeteen, has been a phenomenal one in this area of ours’. It’s been hot. Not record-breaking hot, but more like continuous warm weather, with very little rain. Clear skies predominate, even now at July’s end, which has emulated the months of May, and June. Oh wait, forgot that summer began June 21st, but remember that we were all saying we were getting summer weather in June (when June in South coastal British Columbia is usually rainy about every other day).
Our Apple crop was good this year. Mostly they are apples of a variety called Transparent, and are usually the first to ripen. This year they came on ripe at about the same time as they usually do, despite the change in the weather. So it’s right now that we have apples we don’t know what to do with. Of course, we never sell them, we only have two trees. But we have an ongoing list of people who appreciate a bag or two. Three years ago we skipped a year, when there were almost no apples at all on the trees. But this is a usual year, and every morning we wake up, look out the upstairs window, and check out the number that may have fallen from the tree, always hopeful for a low number. Some friends will want a bag or two, and maybe their friends will as well, we hope. They are always picked directly from the tree, with no bruises of course, and always the same day as they want them. The Transparents are not good keepers, but are excellent for pies, apple sauce, and dehydration. All big jobs for our apples.
Okay, okay we haven’t written lately, too much to do. we’re into August and we’ve been getting a lot of rainy spells. You know, showers for 20 minutes, then cloud that finally disapates enough for fifteen minutes of sunshine. This has been going on for days now, repeating itself even during the night.
Actually, it hasn’t been raining much, although it did happen again last night and into today. We’re now at the mid-point in August. The environment in most of southern B.C. Is very dry, with lots of “wild fires. burning now.
The Yankees have retaken the lead in basebal’s American League East, last night, and are extending their slim lead over Toronto’s Blue Jays. The game is in Toronto today, with sold out crowds coming to cheer the home team on, most of the nearly 50,000 not having much to cheer about.
Yes, the blue Jays won that one, with Drew Hutchinson the winning pitcher. He is now 12-2 for the year but, despite one of the best records for the year, yesterday was demoted to triple A minor baseball. It sound bad, but he’s the fifth man in the pitching rotation for now, so as the Jays head for the top spot in the American League East, they will go with a four man rotation. But he’ll be back.
It’s now September 6th, 2015. Here at home we have been in a change in the weather, it now rains or is simply cloudy, more days than the sun shines. Even when the sun shines we don’t notice temperatures beyond just room temperatures and with the sun absent we are hard done by because we are used to warm weather. Oh yes, more importantly, the Blue Jays baseball team, from Toronto, picked up a game lead on the Yankees yesterday. Jays beat Orioles , while Yanks lost to Rays. It’s been 21 years since Jays won their two World Series, 1993 and ’94. It could be our year again. They are Canada’s team, at least while they’re winning! Seattle Mariners are closest to our region, and have a big following here. In Nova Scotia the Boston team, the Red Sox, has a big following. It’s only a 10 or twelve hour drive away, which I was surprised to learn about a year ago, while we were in the east.
Today is September 12th, 2015, a Saturday. Got up with a few groans, aches and pains… but that’s hardly news. Still alive! Up early, in fact, quite driven to get the stack of bottles out of the basement. There isn’t much room down there, so getting rid of all those miscellaneous items was a deal I couldn’t pass up. The Special Olympics people will be picking up such as I have, I just had to get it out to the curb, with their big yellow tag affixed somewhere. Folks, it was just that easy!
We’re now out of town, visiting for another day at our daughter and son in law, Nicole and Chiko’s. Chiko was on Vancouver’s Globle TV station last Friday evening, when the hosts of their 11PM news cast made a visit here to create a filler story about drumming-as that is what Chiko does best, currently for three or four bands, with the main group being “Bif Naked’s” band. She has been around the musical scene in Canada and in Europe, for several years. She has made somewhat of a comeback in her career lately, and her drummer caught the eyes at Globle and to this end, they did a great show, taped right here at “Rancho Relaxo.”
From here, tomorrow we’ll travel to the Bridal Falls area in the Fraser Valley, to camp with friends already there, and on the weekend, with a reunion group of Friends of Judy. These are folks that grew up in Harrison Hot Springs, went to school in Agassiz, B.C., or have become close to Judy since. Most of these people I won’t likely recognize right away, due to everyon’s advancing age status, but Judy promised name tags will be made available. That’s good thinking, Judy!
Okay, it’s wet outside, not much chance of sunshine, but we understand. But it’s Friday, and today is half the reason we’re here.
This is our third day at this park, it’s now September 18th, summer has definitely wound itself down, wound itself down with a very tight, fast, spring! We’re camped at the base of a 5,500 foot mountain, with a visibility of about 75 feet. After years of observation – admittedly casual – I regard this general location as the wettest in the Fraser Valley. But we’re not here for a sun tan. We’ve met up with some old friends and look forward, later today, to see many more faces from the past!