Today is Thanksgiving in Canada, not to be confused with the late November Thanksgiving in the USA. Thanksgiving is a harvest celebration, and is a traditional family dinner, similar to Christmas, with the roast turkey, but a new addition – pumpkin pie (or pumpkin cheesecake with candied ginger at our place).
This weekend was spent up at Whistler at our friends Shelley, Sean and Jade’s place, again, for the second year in a row now! Yes we have been in Canada now for more than a year. We also got some great bargains at the Turkey sale (pre ski season sale of last years merchandise – usually good discounts). Mark picked up some new ski boots and we both got new ski’s, well new for us, they are ex-demo ski’s, K2’s and Volkl’s, at a great price. As per usual we found an amazing walk to do while we were in Whistler, after Shelley’s amazing dinner we really needed it. We walked today up in the Lost Lake trails, where I used to take the horses on their trail rides. They have some really well cut trails through amazing rainforest, everything a dense dark green, and really tall trees, mostly cedars and pines.
Last weekend we went up to Kelowna with Bruce and Nat, to work the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Nat and I worked at two tastings, and Bruce and Mark went bar hopping the second night, it was really quite funny to see them out with the locals.
Earlier in September we had a 4 day trip up to the winery with the Marketing Team and the On Premise Fine Wine Sales team. We had a lot of fun, Big Red lead the adventure, we had a nice lunch at the winery, then a tour by John Simes, the Winemaker, then a tour and tasting from our Sommelier. The vineyard tour on Friday was lead of course by Ingo, with a delightful lunch at the Barn. Then Saturday we did a winery tour of our own in the area, are finished up with a walk up to the top of the Bell Tower at our winery.