1. "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." Northanger Abbey
2. “A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.” Mrs. Bennet Pride and Prejudice, volume 2, chapter 18
While Kelowna is situated on the Okanagan Lake rather than the ocean, I believe sitting along the shores and wading into the warm waters can safely be compared to sea-bathing in Austen's time. We tried out two of the beaches in Kelowna - Gyro Beach and Hot Sands Beach. Gyro Beach offered a larger shallow area which was excellent for letting the kids go out to swim. It also has a larger sandy area, two zip lines, a park and large leafy trees. My kids and husband enjoyed the Wibit feature offered at Hot Sands Beach and there were certainly interesting people to watch near the downtown core.
3. "To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." Jane Austen
My hubby is big on finding the shade. We enjoyed several picnics along the beach and at the park while on holiday. I imagine the sandwiches, fruit and water we enjoyed could be compared to a Regency picnic, although we were missing the servants and cooks to prepare and serve our humble meals.
4. Fruit Picking
"When you are tired of eating strawberries in the garden, there shall be cold meat in the house." Emma
Strawberry season in Kelowna had passed, but we did have the pleasure of picking peaches and Golden Plums at Paynter's Fruit Market. It was a lovely way to spend a morning and, unlike picking strawberries, we had plenty of fruit in no time at all. I imagine a peach would taste the same served in Jane Austen's time as it would in ours.
5. Coming home