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After a wonderful visit with our very good friends from Peach Land and hopefully before we had worn out the welcome mat, we headed south towards Penticton and our next victims.  Lovely friends we made through our church in Puerto Vallarta, rashly invited us to visit them.  They have a summer home south of Penticton, in a small, historic village called Kaleden.  Their summer home is situated on the shore of Skaha Lake.  Our friends showed us around the area.  They took us on a fascinating visit to a restored grist mill.  If you have the grist, they have the mill.

My favourite flower - the simple and elegant poppy

My favourite flower – the simple and elegant poppy

We were so excited to be greeted by fields of poppies.

This old mill has been lovingly restored.

This old mill has been lovingly restored.

The Grist Mill field of poppies was like an old master

The Grist Mill field of poppies was like an old master

Grist Mill Poppies 2

The blues of he cornflower sets off the brilliant red of the poppies

The blue of the cornflower sets off the brilliant red of the poppies

The restored water-wheel

The restored water-wheel.  As you can see the restoration work continues.

The old wagon from the grist mill

The old wagon from the grist mill.

Grist mill buildings

Grist mill buildings

Such character in these old grist mill timbers.  Notice the dove-tailing.

Such character in these old grist mill timbers. Notice the dove-tailing.

Poppies, Poppies everywhere

Poppies, Poppies everywhere

Can't get enough of those poppies

Can’t get enough of those poppies

It was a very cool place to visit in such very hot weather.  I forgot to mention, it was in the upper 30s C (high 90s F) when we arrived in the valley.  It took us a few days to get acclimatised.  While these temperatures are fairly common for the area in summer, they are unusual for early June.  The good news is it cools off nicely overnight. The area is prone to forest fires and much of it is rated as desert.  However, the warm days and cool evenings are wonderful for growing grapes.  Combined with the interesting soils of the area the Okanagan has become renowned for the excellent quality wines produced by a myriad of wineries.  There are almost too many wine tasting opportunities. Wake up from your Nappa, and visit the Okanagan Valley – you will be glad you did.

Apples, cherries, peaches and honey also abound. The Okanagan Apple Growers are now producing some excellent, award-winning, cider – but their cider rules only in their own house – not yet enough quantities produced to make it out of the province (unless you come and buy it and transport it yourself).  It’s worth the trip!

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