Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas in The Village!

People have been asking if we'll be here, and the answer is yes! 

Come on down and check out Naramata's lovely Heritage Inn and Spa all decorated up for the holidays! We'll have our scarves, paintings and jewelry for sale at this extra special Christmas Craft faire. Also check out my mom's handmade Christmas stockings next to the fireplace!

Drop by and visit us!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Block Print: The Train Dock

The Train Dock in the 1980's

When I was a kid, we lived right across the road from the train dock in Naramata. In fact, the house we lived in was actually a barn, floated down from Kelowna on a barge and unloaded off the dock. From there it was  dragged across the street and placed on a vacant lot. But that is another story....

I was warned by my mother never to set foot on the dock without an adult present; a rule I broke early and often. The train dock beckoned little kids like me to crawl all over it's sticky creosote beams.

 As teenagers, the boys would dive off the towers into the cold waters of Okanagan Lake while the girls suntanned on the deck. Honestly, it was never a great place to swim - the creosote beams created a smelly oily film on the surface of the water and our bathing suits would easily be stained with dark brown tar. But it was a great place to meet and hang out. I have fond after-school memories of  eating ice cream sandwiches with my best friend, our bikes dumped unceremoniously in the nearby gravel.

Then, one day in 2002, news spread that the Train Dock was gone. It was deemed unsafe and disappeared so quickly, many Naramatians were surprised and shocked at the speed of it's demolition.

The Train Dock in 2010

Today, the dock has been preserved, but the landmark towers are gone. Where there were once weeds and gravel, there is grass and a manicured path. I wasn't able to find any pictures of the old dock on the web. The one old picture here is a photograph of a photograph hanging on the wall at the Naramata Museum.

And so, this is the train dock the way I remember it when I was 12 years old. This print was composed from a few old photographs and a lot of memories.

 "The Train Dock" 
Hand-painted block print
Limited edition of 12

My sister will have these prints for sale at the Christmas Faire held at the Naramata Heritage Inn and Spa, along with her paintings. More on that soon!

Friday, November 5, 2010


Yes, there is a bit of green left here and there! 
Mom in the Vineyard

Mountain Ash and Maple
Munson Mountain

Horse Tails at Wharf Park

Thursday, November 4, 2010



Old Apple Orchard 

 Grape stems, seeds and skins

 On the Vine

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Squash Soup

Birch Trees

 Naramata Centre


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


 Harvest Time

Gala Apples 

Okanagan lake 

Naramata Bench

Monday, November 1, 2010


Oak Tree

First Street Bridge

Mountain Ash and Maple

Van Gogh Tree

My walking partner...Zoe!

A Week of Fall Colour!

Monday - yellow
Tuesday - blue
Wednesday - orange
Thursday - red
Friday - green

My hometown is a beautiful place, and one post isn't enough to share it all....
All taken in the last month, all taken in my hometown of Naramata!

Naramata Village