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Close of 2017 B&B Season!

Even the weather was sad to see the end of our 2017 Blue Iris B&B season:  the enclosed picture shows the surprise dump of snow we received on the 6th of November!  This was very unusual weather for us here in Summerland!  Normally we don’t get snow until just days before Christmas but this year, […]

Another Wildfire Update

For those of you concerned about the fires and smoke in the Okanagan Lake area, I wanted to provide a quick update.  We have a fire burning currently just outside of Peachland.  With the very odd wind conditions we are experiencing at the moment, the smoke is going straight up.  Despite the fact that the […]

An Update on the BC Wildfire Situation

If you read my blog a couple of weeks ago about the smoke in the Okanagan Valley, you might be interested to know how things are at present. There are no fires close to us, as of this morning.  The biggest fire is up north between Kamloops and Prince George.  This one does impact the […]

Apricot Ginger Jam 2017

The last batch of fresh apricots crossed my kitchen counter this morning!  We had parfaits of home-made granola, fresh apricots (compliments of J & J Orchards, just down the street!), home-made yogurt topped with strawberry compote.  The remaining apricots went into this batch of apricot ginger jam. I made apricot ginger jam last year and […]

Wild Fires in the Okanagan

We have had enquiries and cancellations recently regarding the wild fires in the Okanagan.  The media does tend to enlarge upon these things and don’t get me wrong!  I am not negating the experiences of those who were closer to the fires than we were!  We had heavy smoke over the Lake, below our house, […]

Swiss guests make a repeat visit!

Our favorite guests from Switzerland are back at the Blue Iris B&B, after a 3 year absence.  Sandra and Sandro first visited us on their honeymoon!  Now they are back with a family addition, Noah, as well as his maternal grandparents!  We had a lovely 6 day visit; helped Noah learn some English words; learned […]

Christmas in Summerland (click here)

We had a very special Christmas this year hosting our very special guests, Jim & Monita Bayles.  Jim wished his Mom to have an “at home” Christmas this year and asked us if we would host this for him.  We were pleased to do so.  George and I had fun experimenting with various recipes that […]

Winter in Summer Land? (click here)

Our B&B guests frequently ask us about the winter here in Summerland.  What better way to describe it than through a picture. This picture was taken from our deck, overlooking the Okanagan Lake, at Christmas time by one of our favorite guests.   Good job Jim! I also took this picture of the birdhouse in […]

Another 70th Birthday Celebration (click here)

Apparently its a tradition of Switchback Road for all the neighbours to secretly celebrate 70th birthdays with a special display.   We have heard of 70 ribbons, 70 balloons, 70 pink flamingos, etc.  This tradition held true for George’s 70th birthday in December!  I was dashing out the door early in the morning for my […]

Sunday Garden Work… (Click Here)

Grandma’s view: Our front garden is progressing well with the able help of our grandson Josh!  He moved more wheelbarrows of dirt than we could count!  Now we are awaiting the bark mulch to finish it off for this season.  Wait for more changes next year….  Driveway is all power-washed and looking good!  Thanks Josh! […]


 

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