25

Near the end of last year, I was invited to join a ’25 Club.’ Have you ever heard of one? It’s a social club – or group (it’s pretty informal) – with a mandate to gather once a month to socialize. But there’s a twist, and this is the clincher: … Continue reading

A Summer’s Day

Here in the Okanagan we claim to celebrate four seasons, but in truth it’s more like two – winter and summer. The weather usually stays so mild through the autumn months that if the leaves didn’t change colour you might not know that summer is passed. And no sooner does … Continue reading

Brunch Out in the Orchard

It’s a little bit off the beaten path, tucked, as it is, away up in the orchards of East Kelowna. But if there’s a time when a leisurely country ramble to visit The Ridge Restaurant is really a must, it’s Mother’s Day – when the pace of mom’s day should … Continue reading

A Month for Mothers

I inherited from my mother my dark hair, my love of reading, a sense of independence and a bit of a stubborn streak. And in my three short years of being a mother myself, I can see that most of these characteristics are already being passed down to my son … Continue reading

Jazz in a Tea Cup

When jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn launched the Jazz Café in the Kelowna Community Theatre’s Black Box Theatre a year ago, she wanted to evoke the atmosphere of an old-time speakeasy from the 1920s. To help with the illusion, she amassed a large collection of tea cups to serve drinks in … Continue reading

Pretty as a Picture

Walk through the downtown of most European cities and villages, and the scenes in store windows will make it difficult to resist ducking into shop after shop. Whether they’ve created a look that is quaint or avant garde, those shop owners – or the window dressers they hire – know … Continue reading

Pick a Card

“Plush velvet, lush berries, red ribbons and bows and all my love I here enclose.” – G.S. Enter any greeting card store the morning of February 14 and you’re sure to see a large handful of people – sons, daughters, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends – picking up a last minute … Continue reading

A Winter Ramble

“In winter in the woods alone against the trees I go … … I link a line of shadowy tracks across the tinted snow.” – Robert Frost It is so tempting to hunker down on winter days that don’t require us to be somewhere. A hot drink, a favourite book … Continue reading

Home for Christmas

“Gentle, at home,/ amid my friends I’ll be/ Like the high leaves/ Upon the holly tree.” – Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890 While it’s admittedly tempting to visit warmer reaches at this time of year, and hardly uncommon for families to dispense with gift-giving in exchange for a holiday Christmas in … Continue reading

Christmas Dreaming

There was Christmas bling for her and Bing (as in Crosby) for him when Martin Lofts on 700 Martin Avenue in Kelowna opened up two decorated apartments for the Rotary Centre for the Arts’ annual Homes for the Holidays fundraising tour. Tammy Cunningham, from Centre Stage Interior Decorating, and her … Continue reading

Welcome to The Pear Tree

We’d like to introduce you to The Pear Tree, an Okanagan-based, online publication celebrating the art of graceful living. Located in the centre of the Okanagan Valley, our goal is to inspire readers, both home and away, by showcasing people, places and things from around the region that add romance … Continue reading