SOME OF THE MOST CAPTIVATING landscape in the area is down at the Ashcroft slough.

SOME OF THE MOST CAPTIVATING landscape in the area is down at the Ashcroft slough.

The cold weather brings out the best

It's no real surprise that the cold weather that defines us as Canadians is also responsible for some of our better personality traits.

It’s always struck me as odd how, as weather conditions worsen, people are more apt to leave their snug homes to be in the company of others.

When we lived up north, community events that were held on cold, miserable, blizzard-y nights always had the best turnout. I suspect Cabin Fever may have played a small part in that.

It’s obvious from my chair at The Journal that this is the busiest time of year. As the melting snow turns into warm winds and school closes down for the summer, most groups do likewise as people head out of town for vacations or recreation.

Trying to find anyone to talk about news is next to impossible.

However, first hint of Winter and everyone is scrambling madly to get the Christmas preparations in place. (Actually, it begins with Halloween and gets more frantic as Remembrance Day comes and goes.)

There are a few Snowbirds, but life in our small communities apparently goes on without them.

From now until New Years the pace will be frantic – bazaars and suppers, parties and concerts. Then Jan. 1 arrives and it’s quiet – nay, dead – for days afterwards as everyone recuperates. And then back to work at a slower pace… until the snow melts.

Perhaps it’s also the cold weather that keeps us active. Movement keeps us warm. Hot weather makes us drowsy.

Or possibly, staying busy takes our attention away from how abysmally cold it is outside.

But most of all, I have a sneaking suspicion that as the daylight hours dwindle, we instinctively come together for protection against whatever hungry beasts may be prowling the perimeter. The lights and heating of our public gathering places provide a modern alternative to the old bonfire.

Whatever you choose to believe, there is no shortage of events to get you out of the house, from the local production of My Fair Lady that opens tomorrow night, to the New Years dances in each of our communities. Hopefully no hungry prowling beasts out there to devour you.

This is the best of small town living.

Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

Just Posted

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Hospital emergency department closed this weekend

Closure due to unexpected limited physician availabiliy, says Interior Health

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Heidi Roy of the Cariboo Jade Shop in Cache Creek with the 3,000 jade boulder, which is now on secure display inside the shop. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Massive jade boulder returns to Cache Creek store six months after daring heist

The 3,000-pound boulder was stolen on Dec. 19, 2020 and found abandoned in the bush a week later

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Child sex crimes charges against Interior’s top doc won’t impact pandemic response: Dix

Dr. Albert de Villiers is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Most Read