Monday, May 16, 2011

Tamarack Villa Newly Found Old Friends

Recently I have become reacquainted with one of the first friends I have had since moving to Canada. Back in 1973 when the trains were on strike and the only other mode of transportation left for us were hitchhiking, Greyhound and walking. We stayed in Hostels, road sides, campgrounds and cheap hotels. By the time we reached Terrace BC on our treck across Canada from Cincinnati Ohio, we were down from three to Rudy and I. Rudy looked up his friend Louis who was now living and working in a place called Kwinitsa with Barb and two very young children. Kwinitsa was 51.5 Km East of Prince Rupert. It was just a train stop and very isolated on a treacherous piece of highway 16. The building is now in Prince Rupert as a museum piece on the water front.

It was so exciting seeing Barb at the April seed swap in Enderby. She is now living on acreage between Grindrod and Salmon Arm. She and her husband Don run a B&B called Tamarack Villa.

One of my new friends invited me to a girls brunch at Barbs. I was looking forward to this for a month. As it turned out non of the girls were able to make it so Steve, our new friends Jillian and Ben and I had a wonderful Sunday waffle feast and a walk along some of the many paths at the Tamarack Villa.
The Villa has magnificent views, lovely rooms and I must say my kind of place. Music was present everywhere. The living room had a beautiful antique piano and an organ, the basement had a piano, the study had keyboards. and in many corners would be propped up in cases guitars and banjos.

Friendships, you can't have too many.

What a beautiful day it was.

Karen and Barb 1973 Kwinitsa BC

The driveway into the Tamarack Villa off Timms rd

The house

The beginning of one of the many beautiful trails

Jillian and Ben on the trail

wild orchids


The view from the large deck

Einstein loved posing for the camera

The Grape Vine room, one of four rooms you could stay in. This one had a private bathroom.

 I would recommend the Tamarack Villa next time your up or down this way. It's beautiful, comfortable, relaxing, good food, and great friends. You never know who you might meet along the way.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Fulton Secondary Students from the Global Education Class in Vernon, spent three weeks in Nicaragua. We were so pleased to have them in our office this past week considering their travels. The youth are our future and they were very enthusiastic, with a good knowledge of our political system. We had them making buttons, mainstreeting and listening to our lectures on water, fish, respect, voting importance, their future, economy. The Students that came on Friday were able to meet our Green Party Candidate Greig Crockett. They hit the streets with Greig and all had a great time, with a lot of positive feed back. Thank you to all the students that participated!
Buttons the students made

Students and our volunteer Michelle

The cutting machine, it's a little scary at first.
Get out and VOTE no excuses!