I returned home from Grand Forks last night after a beautiful drive. It's about 250-300 km from here (Nakusp) to Grand Forks. Most of the in-between territory is almost entirely wilderness. There are a few hearty souls who forge a living out in the middle of nowhere, and a few small towns and settlements strung out along the route. A gorgeous and contemplative drive.
The quilt show in Grand Forks was lovely. We were in a large empty shop at the end of a strip mall there, very central! The space was a good one for the show - large, spacious and well lit. The quilts were very easy to see, both from a bit of a distance, and up close for stitching inspection.
The Guild there took wonderful care of us (the vendors) and made sure that we were never without refreshments...look at these beautiful tea cups! Tea tastes better when it's served like this. It did make me feel a little under dressed, though...
I had to stop on the way home to take a couple of photos of the Turk's Cap lilies that dot the roadside right now. Beautiful and delicate, they tend to grow on exposed roadside areas where bracken and grasses also happily thrive. At this time of year, the little lilies lift their heads up above the surrounding greenery and bloom. Each one of these flowers is about 2" across. A single stalk will typically have several flowers, all in varying states of bud and decline. I'd never seen them before we moved here, and think that if they aren't a protected species now, that there is a time in the not-too-distant past when they were.
Below is a picture of the Slocan River, looking back toward the South (the direction I'd come from). The sky was still reasonably light then - this is before I drove into the huge rain storms to the North. I included the picture here to show just how little civilization is out this way. At the spot I stopped there is no real settlement for 50km in either direction, just the occasional dirt road or driveway off the highway. Our little town feels small sometimes, nestled in all these vast forests. Coming home I saw many, many deer, and a couple of bear along the roadside.