Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Interior where the weather is signed

I’m just back from doing some readings from Malarky in the BC Interior, specifically in Salmon Arm and Vernon.

I have never ventured to the Interior before and it was certainly, weather-wise, an extraordinary adventure. Not since Iceland, have I travelled through, what felt to be, all the seasons in an hour or so. I was most struck by the volume of weather-related signage all along the road from here to Vernon. I’ve never seen any road decorated with weather signage before. Examples included: This road is subject to DENSE FOG. Warning mountain road weather can change rapidly. Specific dates Oct-April (I don’t recall the numbers) where one must travel with chains in your car or truck. It was a lovely sense to imagine the roads and all the transport on them under the direction/ directed by and instructed on how to behave in advance by the weather!

To be continued ….

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