2011 started off fairly quiet — Bernard headed off to school, to learn how to grow grapes, 5 hours away. I stayed in our little apartment, working away, from January to April.
….except for a couple chilly visits to the Okanagan.
As soon as his exams finished, we headed off to a friend’s wedding in Jamaica for a week!
the day after we arrived home, we picked up the U-Haul and moved out of our little apartment, and drove the 5 hours inland towards our new home in the Okanagan.
Our new-to-us home…..good bones, great location, but a lot of aesthetic upgrades to be done.
a couple weeks after moving in, this happened (note: the ring wasn’t there before).
After a lot of painting and hard work, our home was starting to look like we hoped it would.
I started work in the pastry kitchen at a high end winery restaurant.
visiting the kitchen gardens for fresh produce was a typical part of my day.
the winery has its own helicopter landing pad!
Some days after work, I would walk down the hill from my winery, to the winery where Bernard worked. Sometimes I would sit out here and wait for him. What a way to end the work day!
my first ever garden – I went a bit nuts planting tomatoes
staining the deck
our first harvest season – a stunning time of year in the Okanagan
for our last day of the season, our Chef took the culinary team on a field trip, several hours northeast to go mushroom foraging! It is phenomenal what delicacies can be found in nature, if you know where to look.
One of the giant chanterelle’s I found
chantrelle’s and lobster mushrooms, all free and ready for catering functions
the work season over, we headed off on a little getaway: first to Vancouver
and then by way of Chicago (where I had the most amazing smoked pastrami sandwich ever at the airport!)
on to New York for a quick 4 days!