Wednesday, September 12, 2007

End of Summer and a new season begins.....

So...after spending the month of August hibernating we did our annual sojourn to Osoyoos for some R&R away from home and home responsibilities.....and.....to visit some wineries, some new to us and some old friends (so to speak). We came back with less wine than previous years, but that was a conscious decision for financial reasons. For the first time we found wineries closed because they were sold out (a problem one runs into when travelling in the off season!!), however, the ones we like so much were open and had the wine we wanted. Some had changed their tasting rooms, added restaurants, bistros and some stayed the same. All in all, winery wise, a good trip.

On the motel side of things, we found that this year for the first time, we became one of that group of "regulars" which feels good. We have all booked for the same time next year.
I think, finally, that I have gleaned the way in which I want to use my holiday. It's taken a few years, but I think I've got it (like Eliza Dolittle!!) It's all about how one approaches it...and I approach it differently from DH. He finds his relaxation by reading, sitting on the patio and swimming and taking side trips, wineries, museums etc. I too enjoy those things, but if I'm not feeling up to it, I like to sit inside (where it's cooler) reading, drinking tea, writing....it's all about doing what I want to do. I tended to feel guilty not taking advantage of the patio, lake, and all the other good things. I realized however, that holidays are not just about doing all that stuff, it's all about not doing the stuff that you do at home.....and not feeling guilty about it....if that makes sense. So...once I explained my way of looking at things....DH still grumbled about it...but I think he understood. So....all in all a good and enlightening week away!!

It is now the beginning of the new symphony season...and we begin with Brahms. How wonderful is that?? The programme - Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 3. .....and I have been practicing.....even with a silent mute whilst on holidays. (Gosh I'm keen!!) I have....2 rehearsals tomorrow (Thursday), 2 rehearsals on Friday, 1 on Saturday and concert Saturday night. It will be tiring...but I'm really looking forward to it.

So I have put my art on the back burner for the time being....and working on a writing project that I started a couple of years ago. It's about the steps one takes to re-invent oneself. An interesting thought.....considering that I'm listening to Martina McBride sing "My baby loves me just the way that I am"....but then these steps could lead in a circle and one could reinvent the original.....couldn't one???

Enough blithering....
Slainte!!

4 comments:

T. said...

Sounds like you had a good trip!! D. and I approach holidays very diffrently too, but I think he is more like you, and I am more like dad...I want to be doing things, socializing, soaking up the sun,swimming - where as he wants to be inside reading, writing, thinking, sleeping. I like the sleeping and reading too, but I am an extrovert :-).

Magnificent M said...

Well said! I think you are right about the doing what you want vs. feeling guilty. I get that way too and I think that for me getting away to Osoyoos is about escaping reality, not so much about Osoyoos itself but more about not being here where I feel very caught up in too much stuff all of the time. Glad you had fun! What wineries did you go to?

T: LOL, I was just thinking T how much you are like your father (based on this post)!

coramie said...

Wineries...hmmmm, lets see....
Poplar Grove...AND I got some Tiger Blue cheese, Therapy, Elephant Island, Hillside, Oliver Twist, Stoneboat, Noble Ridge, Desert Hills, Blasted Church, Twisted Tree and Crowsnest. We also had our usual lunch at Naramata Heritage Inn Bistro and as usual it was awesome. Black Widow and Orofino were closed - sold out. Desert Hills had the Gamay but were totally sold out of the Syrah...
DH also went to the Model Railway Museum and was totally blown away. Amazing!!....AND the Oliver Bakery has the BEST apple fritters..about the size of a dinner plate...unbelievable...*sigh*

Magnificent M said...

Ahh you hit many of my favorites. I've never been to Oliver twist or stoneboat or twisted tree yet. We tried some black widow this year and bought one bottle. I think they have some potential to be a good winery. Seemed authentic, not like this one winery that T and I tried... Soaring Eagle. It was hard not to laugh at that place!! Dessert Hills has been selling out a lot lately. Orofino is soooo good. Shame you didn't get to try it :(

I was sad to see that Poplar Grove has changed hands and I was less impressed by it this time than in the past... love that cheese though. It is sooooo good with a mix of greens and a thin slice of honeycomb, a drizzle of honey on the plate and a red wine vinegar/mustard dressing! Sooooo good.

I have not tried these apple fritters!!! Oliver Bakery? Hmmmm I will have to swing up there when we go up for Thanksgiving!!! sounds divine! anything as big as a plate sounds good to me!