October has been amazing

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I was shocked to realize it has been nearly a month. Yikes – it’s not that I don’t think of things to write, the days disappear and best intentions don’t write blogs.

October has been amazingly warm in the Okanagan. We don’t normally have snow by this time of year but neither do we have dry and warm weather like we have been. I have still been able to pick cherry tomatoes from my garden and need to do so today.

My wife has finished with our plums now, and done more canning. I think her canning total was about 300 jars this year between cherries, relishes, plums etc.

I will include today some photos of beautiful purple flowers that bloomed this week by our front door – blooming wonderful in October♥

The leaves are changing now, and they are falling intermittently but consistently. The colours of gold and red leaves are all around us. My cherry tree leaves are still green but in time they will be turning golden and drop off as well. Raking and bagging are in the future. But October has been amazing so far.

But winter is coming. In fact a few times this week we woke up to 2 Celcius in the morning and I wore gloves yesterday on a walk.

Two days ago we put out some of our Halloween decorations, just silly, not scary for us though. Orange pumpkin lights now fill our entranceway and pumpkin pies are in my future. In fact they are in my recent past as well, yum.

In other news, I officially sang “When I turn 64” to my wife recently and she gave me the thumbs up. Thanks Beatles!

From the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Stuart McLean “Welcome Home – Travels in Smalltown Canada”

_ Thanks for visiting – please comment ♥ – David

Happiness is the colour 
of bread dough, 

Happiness sounds like the mixers turning around, 

Happiness tastes like puff pastry
like cream horns,

Happiness smells like cookies straight
from the oven,

Happiness looks like bread loaves
ready for the proofer,

Happiness is being free 
in the bakery.

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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34 Responses to October has been amazing

  1. Darlene says:

    Happy October. How wonderful you are experiencing great weather as it is so beautiful there in the fall.


  2. Hard to believe it’s almost over. Bring on November!


  3. I see some similarities in our photos, but Penticton is so gorgeous that there will never be enough of them … 🙂


  4. An Audience of One says:

    Love the pictures!! 🍁🍂


  5. Pumpkin pies sound like a great start to Halloween! Do you make your own?
    300 cans! Are you expecting the apocalypse?


  6. lghiggins says:

    Weather seems to have a mind of its own this year. In Northern NM mountains we just had our first hard freeze and a light dusting of snow, but in general it has been such pleasant temps and beautiful colors. I’m glad you are enjoying it there too. Kudos to your wife for all of her canning! Happy Birthday to her too!


  7. James McEwan says:

    I enjoy the seasonal change for the wonderful colours. Nice to see you back. I enjoyed your pictures and all about your canning. Have a nice season.


  8. quiall says:

    I know the calendar says it’s the fall but mother nature has been teasing us and I’m finding it difficult to leave July.


  9. Wynne Leon says:

    Beautiful pictures! Love the garden flags. Thanks for sharing, David!


  10. debscarey says:

    Perfect weather – sunny but cool. It’s my favourite time of year and your photos show how much you’ve been enjoying it. Lovely 🙂


  11. It really has been an incredible month, but fall has suddenly shown up, which is probably for the best. Your photos are lovely!


  12. Pooja G says:

    Lovely images and poem. And I am so happy to hear your October has been so great. Cherry tomatoes are my absolute favourite. They are so delicious.


  13. Hi David,
    I am glad to read that October has been amazing to you. It gives me energy and good vibe reading that, specially when I was just on the phone with mom and she made the following statement: “I can’t wait for October to be over. It has been awful!”
    I had never heard her talking about a month in such a way, so it shocked me. I think that she is sick about all the election talks and division in Brazil.
    But, back to your beautiful post, I always enjoy the gorgeous pictures and your love for life and nature. Thank you for inspiring!
    300 jars!! wow, was that a record? Does all get used or given away?
    Blessings to you!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you dearly for your comment. I enjoy your blogs also. It was windy here last night and I just came in from turning off the outside water so the taps don’t freeze. The cold nights are probably a few weeks away but I don’t want to forget. The wonderful canning Sue does is all used up in a year; either in gifts to visitors to our home, others close to our hearts or gradually as we enjoy the fruits of my wife’s edible love from the kitchen.-David


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