As much as I enjoy preserving food, I am relieved when this time of year comes. My jars of tomatoes, peaches and pears are safely tucked away for the coming days and now I have more time to pursue other interests. Lately I have been inspired by the beautiful colours of autumn. The red, orange and yellow leaves and the little surprises that shouldn’t be there at this time of year.
Today we explored a stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway trail starting from Branburn Green RV Park and going north. The trail we walked was gravel and stroller friendly. My eldest was eager to keep up to the front of the group while I stayed back carrying my daughter in a beco carrier and pushing Teddy in the stroller. The trail was surrounded by flowing rabbit brush and sumac bushes. The children nibbled on dried sumac which has a citrusy flavour. Some large spongy mushrooms were harvested but not eaten and I picked up a couple pieces of volcanic rock to bring home.