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Camping?….

With a break in the footie schedule, and the weather the right side of pretty good, a camp trip may be in order….

…. especially, now we have the excellent portable BBQ. Or should I put the boat licence to good use and take the old man’s little boat out for a run to the other side of the lake? Decisions, decisions…..

On this particular topic, I recently found myself in conversation with the parents of a students I am tutoring, and their plans for this coming long weekend. They were planning on camping, in their oversized trailer (caravan for my European readers!) at a local site.

There’s nothing to do there, but it’s close enough for us to come home for a shower if we want to, and we have other things to do. But it’ll be nice to get around a campfire for an evening with the kids.

I can’t say I am any the wiser on why they wouldn’t go further, but I think I’m getting a better handle on the Canadian camping mentality.

And they are right. Sitting round a fire as the stars come out, on a clear evening, so that the night sky takes on a bluish tone (which in itself, is something to behold), as opposed to a street lit orange is one of life’s little pleasures. We still remember the night we looked up and saw just how many stars up there you can actually see with the naked eye, when the sky isn’t “polluted” with shopping mall car park illuminations. Breathtaking, you’d be amazed.

So an evening under the stars may very well be in order.

Plus the mutha in lore turns up for her annual visit on Sunday, so we can’t go too far.

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Coffee….

Well, I couldn’t find a new coffee machine that was lacking in that other bugbear of mine, BPA, so I went for the traditional percolator. But, on the same shelf….

….. was this bad boy!

Our New Bialetti....Some years ago now, we were treated to a traditional indian curry, by a friend of ours, who regaled us with tales of the acting world and how she was fed up with being typecast, only getting parts as a little Indian woman, then informing us of her next part, playing…. an little Indian woman!

Anyway, I digress, the curry was magnificent, a receipe handed down from her grandmother, as it always seems to be, no forks, all fingers,…. but then she took me into the kitchen to show me her “coffee maker”, a Bialetti.

It was the first time I’d actually had an espresso (I was wet behind the ears, what can I say…..) and was knocked off my feet when I took my first sip.

So, it was with fond memories, I reached for the box…. made in Italy too! No idea why it’s taken me so long to get round to purchasing my own one. She’d give me a right ticking off if I told her.

Now, all we have to do is get the “formula” right and we’ll be away. The good thing too, is this ain’t no ‘lectric dependent gadget, so we can take it on the next camp trip. How very cultured, eh! After a good nights kip, under the stars, getting the first coffee buzz of the day with a campstove espresso. Can’t wait.

On that note, I’ll leave you with the wisdom of a work colleague of the Missus…..

Life is too short for bad coffee and dreadful wine.

Must dash, the 2nd espresso of the afternoon is ready to be poured!

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Wow!!!….

Sitting on the beach, last weekend, in the Okanagan Campsite, just past Peachland….

South Campsite...

There’s 2 parts to this site, a north and a south. Both a great little sites, but the north part is terraced down to the lake, although the beach is beautiful. The south is all flat and the beach ain’t too bad either. Take your pick, the sites in both parts were excellent in my book, all with tables, fire pit/BBQ’s, some secluded, some open allowing you to meet your “neighbours”.

In true Canadian fashion, as we walked round the bay, back to our bench, we got talking to a couple of guys, a pilot and his old man, down on the dog part of the beach, with a couple of labradors. It didn’t take long before we were offered a beer and we stayed chatting for an hour, as the kids joined in keeping the dogs entertained. They were regulars, on this stretch of beach every weekend, hurling huge sticks into the lake for their dogs to fetch, whilst drinking a few cans and chatting, even apparently in the depths of winter.

We walked back along the beach with them and got the campstove crank’d up and fried some organic smokies, that we have discovered at the Farmers Market, homemade by a German couple. (They make a great breakfast roll, which has now become part of the whole Saturday morning market experience, forgoing the usual toast and cereal. A bit of a habit now actually….)

Organic Smokies...

Sam took this one, as I was handed mine….

Wow!

…. they were bloody tasty though! Wrapped up with tomatos, lettuce and cucumber, a definite hit.

And as we ate them, we had this view, from the camp table, as the sun went down behind us….

South Campsite Beach...

With sites like this, the tent is great, but I’m considering a caravan. Nothing fancy, just with 4 beds is enough. All we need is somewhere to sleep and store the food. Just being able to pull in to sites like this one, for $12 a night, (6 quid, in the UK, roughly….) is tempting. Think about it, a lakefront property for $12! All summer holiday long. Some of these sites even have wifi now, which means I can get some work done as well, whilst the kids play on the beach….

…. I’m off up the caravan showroom tomorrow.

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A Jetty @ Peachland…

We pulled over, hopped out, got the rod and tried our luck….

Peachland Jetty

…. nothing taking though. We were hoping for at least one kokanee salmon to take, being the first day of the salmon season and all. But, it wasn’t to be. I’ve got a couple in the freezer now, so that’ll keep us going for a couple of weeks.

Other news? The temperature out here is now in the high 20’s, predicted 31C tomorrow, so we’re hoping for the lake to hurry up and warm up. A few hardy souls have been seen jumping in, not us though, not yet.

School has a couple of weeks left and Sam is off on the school camping trip next week, his mum going with him, which should be good. Kayaking, swimming in the lake, if it’s not too cold, zip lines and so on.

The plants are coming on, the tomatos starting to appear and the strawberries too. They seem to like the organic compost we’ve used this year, so that’s good.

Looking forward to seeing my uncle this Friday, who I haven’t seen since coming out to Canada, nearly 4 years ago. Not sure what we’re going to be doing, although rumour has it he’s going to be off on my mountain bike, so I guess we’ll be going to some “runs”….

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