Time moves slower here. We seem to pack so much into our day. But when we look at the clock, it is usually two hours earlier than we anticipated. As I was waiting for my latte, impatiently, it suddenly struck me. This is not Starbucks in Vancouver. What's your hurry? It is so interesting to wake up when you feel rested, not in response to an alarm clock. It makes you wonder if we were constantly sleep deprived. It took a while to recognize we were on this go, go, go treadmill unnecessarily.
Over time I learned our property produces a variety of fruit: cherry, apple, peach, apricot, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and grapes. The apples were in season, so I took a break from the renovations. I made time to do some canning: applesauce and apple/pear chutney. I added cinnamon, raisins, and a little brown sugar to the sliced fruit. We sampled some chutney, heated up and wrapped in warm crepes. It was a triumph, and will definitely be on the B & B breakfast menu.
We also try to make time for a daily hike in the hills overlooking the lake. It is instant cardio but the view is spectacular. It provides new perspective while enjoying nature and the changing seasons. Someone told me the First Nation Elders said this land was very spiritual. Young braves came here in their rite of passage into manhood. There is definitely something special here. We are gradually learning to embrace this slower rhythm and simpler lifestyle.
My hope is you take some time for yourself today. Go for a walk, meditate, read a book, knit some slippers, or whatever gives you joy. Give yourself permission to slow down, rest, and reflect on what is really important to you. That's my view from the deck.
Rick & Gayle Grant
Naramata Lakeside Guesthouse