We have spent a lot of time in the Okanagan, but since relocating here last year, we have really started to get to know this beautiful place intimately! Every city has its own charms and while our little ones definitely miss the Science Centre and the zoo in Calgary, there is SO much to explore here! Even with the Covid restrictions, we have managed to find safe and healthy outdoor activities for the kids and we’re so grateful for that!
You guys KNOW that I miss being on stages and meeting you all, but it’s been a great time for reflection, writing and some good family time in the outdoors. Friends, if you want to visit, let us know, we cannot wait to re-connect with you all.
Here are our absolute favourite things to do here to share with you!
Picking Fruit at Paynters Market in West Kelowna- check in with them what fruit is available at what stage of the season
Turtle Pond in Mission Creek Regional Park
Horse Riding- lots of great spots for kids to learn!
Janzen Garlic Acres- not only can you feed the animals, you can even learn how to pot a plant, take eggs from the chicken coup and buy some delicious veggies while you’re there.
H20 Fitness Centre- perfect for when you need some indoor fun.
Strawberry picking at Duggan Farms in Lake Country
Bertram Beach Park, our favourite beach just far enough away from the crowds, a beautiful leafy beach and playground!
If you’re planning on visiting, I hope you enjoy Kelowna as much as we have!
Well, we’re already a month into 2020 and it flew by… more restrictions but not creatively! I’m excited to share that I recorded a little love song called Walk With Me- a special piece of music with a story based on an old Irish song which dates back to the Jacobean rebellion. It’s about a woman who is heart broken that her lover has gone to fight in the war but that she wishes him well. So to me, it’s about giving your partner freedom in love and I think that’s beautiful. I imagine she’s inviting him to come back and join her.
We shot the music video at the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna, a beautiful winter sports club here in British Columbia. It was stunningly beautiful, with snowflakes falling on us- and the suprised look of some skiers coasting by! I was so glad to have the whole family there- we all went out and had a fun day, and a fab team as well- thanks to:
What’s going on here? Well…..I’m not sure about getting into this dress in the freezing cold!!!
This Valentines I also have a gift for you guys- a Valentines Giveaway for Okanagan residents + a gift for the rest of you across the globe as well!
Here’s what you could win:
❤️One of 3 $100 Gift Vouchers to Kelowna Medical Aesthetics Kelowna (I get my facials here they are AMAZING!). Okanagan residents only.
❤️A Makeup Session with Jenny McKinney Makeup Artistry Kelowna (so FAB! Jenny did my makeup for this shot above!). Okanagan residents only.
❤️A Box of Valentines Cookies from Hello Hoopla Kelowna (totally delish, and a fellow Okanagan Mom). Okanagan residents only.
❤️One of 5 copies of Sophie’s New Single, Walk With Me. (I hope you fall in LOVE!). Winner can be anywhere in the world
We’re back in Calgary, and I’m still dreaming of our beautiful days in Kelowna! Days by the water, building sand castles…. after lock down it was such a blessing.
So while I’m saving up the new album material for next month’s Patreon Show, I thought it a perfect opportunity to share with you one of my favourite pieces of music to play. I have performed this for my own family at a very special occasion, and many others as well. I hope you enjoy this Patreon exclusive video, shot by my own husband and edited by yours truly, no special hair or makeup, this is a first! Check out the preview below, and you can sign up to my Patreon Membership Page for fans for as little as $1 a month!
Huge thanks to the Quails Gate Winery for hosting us- side note- we also had two absolutely amazing meals at their world renowned restaurant, Old Vines, as well. It was pretty relaxing to know too, that there were no cases of Covid-19 in the Kelowna area where we were too, and everyone just seemed so relaxed! It was truly wonderful.
My little ones really are my biggest lesson and my biggest inspiration. Their innocence and random proclamations of love are just so beautiful.. even though as their mother, I guide them, and do my best to lead them, they teach me so much as well their little spirits often uplift mine, as much as I do for them in all the comfort and love that mothers provide.
This performance was just a perfect representation of the great moments, fit in amongst the chaos!
Some of you have been asking me a lot… and ALL the time at my shows, about the instruments I play, and which is my favorite. So this blog post is entirely about my #1 violin!
I have played this instrument since 2005. It was made in 1820 in London, by Italian maker Joseph Panormo. I love it’s bold sound and haven’t played any other acoustic violin since then- I am still and always have been, totally in love with this violin!
A year or two after I bought it I became curious about some of the markings on it and repairs, so I had it checked out by a luthier in London who ran a few tests on it. He told me that the neck is about 50 years younger than the rest of the instrument which was a total surprise to me. He also told me that it had gun shot residue on it! I’ve since fantasized about how that could be… but since carrying firearms was probably quite common back then, I’m sure the explanation is a lot more boring that I might like imagine… 😉
Someone once told me that they knew it was me playing from the tone of my instrument, and I guess that sums it up… this violin is to me, and to some of you guys as well, one of a kind!