We visited Emilie, a FAN friend and had a look at her wonderful quilts, including 'Poppies'. Among other awards, 'Poppies' was chosen as one of the best quilts of the Century.
Grand forks is a farm and ranchland area. There are many heritage buildings, for example the old court house.
Lunch found us at Castlegar and a Dukabor restaurant with excellent food.Perched on the top of a hill is a Dukabor village with many of the original buildings. The Dukabors were a group from Russia who had decided they would have nothing more to do with war.When the Zhar of Russia sent them guns, they burned them. Lenin and Tolstoy supported them and assisted in their move to Canada. They settled in Saskatchewan and some in British Columbia. The Dukabors lived in cooperative communities and were excellent farmers. There was a splinter group of extremists called the 'Sons of Freedom' who drew a lot of attention in the 60's & 70's when they set fire to the property of Dukabors who they saw as leaving the prime directives of the religion. For the most part, Dukabors are wonderful people who believe in peace and live a simple life.
From here we headed east to Cranbrook. We learned to check our maps - there were two branches in the road and we drove through some wonderful scenery, but were an hour late arriving at our destination.
We had a wonderful but short visit with friends from high school. This couple met in grade 10 and married after university. Linda introduced us to two wonderful quilters. Unfortunately, the only photos I took were of Linda's wonderful new kitchenOur next project is to re-do our 30+ year old kitchen!