There's also the issue that these little mots juste will notifiy people whom we haven't contacted that we are in their neighbourhood, and indeed, have not contacted them because our days are filled to the brim and we won't be able to see them. After the fact is easier to forgive than during the fact.
So we went to Tappen BC:
This co-op is where Mom & Dad pick up any parcels that can't be delivered to them, so it qualifies as the local post office, which is something that very few towns in BC have any more (certainly not a place as tiny as Tappen).
My Aunt (Dad's sister) & cousin (daugher of aunt) from San Francisco were/are here, and so we got to see them. I think I have mentioned the long tentacles of the Goodwin Clan before (probably in another forum), and at the dinner was also a second cousin once or twice removed. Her grandmother was a Goodwin girl.
At the dinner we tried a new-to-us red wine: Sunnybrae Winery Bastion Mountain Red:
The vintage showing on the page is 2010, but I am sure the vintage we purchased was 2006 - very very good. Those of us who like red wine slurped down the two bottles in record time.
We also went to the Caravan Farm Theatre's production of a Midsummer's Night's Dream:
It was very good, as their productions always are, but we were slightly disappointed because one of the features of most of their productions is the use of the farm horses as part of the cast (as horses, in a completely normal-horse kind of way, but very effective), and there were no horses in this one. The production was fine, and worth watching, but because there is a common expectation that the horses will eventually show up, the fact that they didn't was slightly distracting.
And we went swimming at Herald Provincial Park:
As well as camping facilities, there is a day picnic area with beach. The photo at the above location shows approximately where we were swimming. The water is still very high for this time of year - it looks like early June levels - and the lake is slightly twiggy and muddy, and cooler that usual - but not cool enough to keep us out of the water. :) It was so excellent!
The time went really fast. Oh well, we left while people were still wishing we would stay, rather than staying until people were really wishing we would leave, so I think that is the correct way to proceed. :)