Christmas time


Even though the Santa story has been discovered, there’s always big smiles on Christmas morning.

Amber likes to get in on the fun.

This year we celebrated the holidays with a visit by Simon’s Dad and brother, Pete. Christmas dinner included our good friends Dana, Dean, Jonah and Kaleb. Much merriment was had by all!

Simon and the girls took Pops out for a tour around the mountain, at -15C.

Halloween 2017


A not-so-spooky Halloween theme this year for the trick or treaters. Emily and 3 friends all wore tutus and social media icons such as youtube, snapchat, vine, etc. Madeline was a tasty M and M candy.

The girls are in full-speed mode on Halloween night. These are the last few years of the free candy bonanza, and they are determined to live the experience to it’s fullest. They both collected over 250 candies, each, which is quite the haul!

On the weekend Simon organized a large party held at the local Legion. It was a sold-out success with over 200 party-goers. They made $2000 profit which they donated to the new local skateboard park project.

Hiking Mt. McCrae


My friends from CRIS in Kelowna brought the Trailrider out for a hike up Mt. McCrae. The weather was perfect and it was so great to share the day with good friends! Thanks for the rideĀ and a spectacular day in the alpine!

The last time we did this hike was in 2008. Simon and the girls sat in the same place for these photos as 9 years earlier…


Art Projects


I’ve been involved in a few artistic projects lately. Our friends host a yearly garlic festival at their urban farm in Revelstoke. In exchange for garlic, farm fresh eggs and honey, I design their posters and website. It’s fun working on projects where I am given 100% creativity. Here is this year’s poster:


Another fun project was creating the LUNA art festival webpage. This is the first year of a night-time street art festival with 25 artists and some amazingly creative ideas, outdoors and in downtown Revelstoke. Simon is playing the end of evening party in the Explorer’s Society ballroom on Sept 30th.
Click here to go to the LUNA site:

Riding up into the alpine


On the final day, we made it up the RMR gondola to about 1700m / 5,500 ft.

This is the first summer in operation with a few hiking trails built. Simon, our girls, and a neighbour went on a short trail to a lookout spot and then together we went exploring in the opposite direction on the cat road.

Under the Stoke chair, that leads to the top in the winter.

It was a refreshing break from the heat at valley bottom, and I love the uniquely alpine smell of the Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir.



Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer and the Interior Provincial Exhibition. It was a hot one, 33 degrees midday. Whew! We kept everyone hydrated and the kids didn’t care about the heat on the rides.

5 by 5


I participated in the latest show at the Revelstoke Art Gallery. Five photographers submitted a photo, and 5 artists choose to interpret one of them. The result is a dynamic and varied interpretation of the photos.
Here is the photo I chose:

The first thing that this photo said to me was that the blurriness denotes the passage of a moment in time, and in this case, on the prairies. I chose to highlight the plight of the millions and millions of bison that were senselessly eradicated around the date 1870, and the sorrow of the native peoples who depended on them.

Photo from the Revelstoke Review:

And finally, my birthday…


It’s taken me 6 months, but I finally whittled 500 great photos by Keri Knapp Photogrphy down to 25 for the blog. A difficult task indeed! For archival purposes it is dated on my birthday, here’s a link to the new page: Pauline’s 50th Birthday party

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Spring Fishing


We love to go fishing for the day and explore the area south of here on Arrow Lake. Simon and the girls went out with our friend Stu.

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The Arts


The end of the school year draws near and that means recitals, competitions and finished projects.
Both girls participated in group dance competion in Vernon and came away from it with silver medals. Emily is in a Jazz group and Madeline is in Lyrical (a type of expressive modern ballet).

Emily was asked to participate in this project to construct a permanent piece of art for her school lobby. Each of the 20 participants designed and created a tile with clay and special glazes. Emily is shown below beside her tile with the white snow and skis. Her rationale for her tile is that she loves to ski, it is a healhy, outdoor activity, and that Revelstoke is a “ski-town”. Well done Emily!

Emily began playing the clarinet this year and got dressed up for her recital. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming!

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