Thursday, July 24, 2014

More News From The North

Fred is having a harder time being away from his Blue Jays this year so today we are at son Charlie ' s to watch the game.  It gives me some Wifi time to catch up on emails and post on the blog.
Fred wants the world to know that he caught a ten pound fish. This is a pike. Not the prettiest fish in the world but good eating nonetheless. We had to share with our trailer neighbours -or face fish for several dinners in a row.

Another fun thing at the trailer park recently was a visit from the Tin Can Tourists. They own vintage trailers and have fun travelling Ontario to show off their 'tin'.
These silver trailers are  a brand called Air Stream. Made with aluminum and despite missing many of today's trailers ' modern amenities, they are

nonetheless well-loved by their owners.
 A reader emailed to say that the cyber world has implanted an 'ad' in my verification box making it impossible to comment. I have no answer as to why that might be so my apologies to those of you who might have your commenting attempts thwarted.
Happy holidays everyone.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

From The North

Our first week at the trailer saw weather ranging from a rainy 12  to a hot and sunny 31. Right now we are escaping the heat to sit in son Charlie ' s house - in his family's absence I might add as they are down in the big smoke for a wedding. Thanks to some clever family member who suggested Grandma and Grandpa use matching key code for our Thornbury door lock -as they use here in Hearst,all the better to remember it by- we are right now comfy here in the air conditioning, doing our laundry and watching a Blue Jays game.

Each year when we arrive at our trailer by the lake, there is enough  that is unchanged to make us feel at home again. But always there is something new and fun to see.

This year it is this.
Yes, a teepee. In the tenting area, the park owner has built this for campers.
Completely furnished too.

Tomorrow the 'wrap' goes on. Passing through Hearst on the Trans-Canada this summer? Why not stay in a teepee?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Flood Repair

Most years, by July 14,  we are  - and  have been  - at our trailer near Hearst for a week or so.  This year things are a bit different.

First there was the family  trip around the Gaspe. And once back home, there was this.

You might remember that in late March, early April,  of this spring, we had a basement flood. 
Er Um, according to official, water-damage language, we had seepage.  Two inches of water that destroyed all basement flooring and baseboaards.  Call it what you want, I called it disastrous.

Although we had never previously had moisture in our basemennt, and presumed the cause to be  the severe winter which  would most likely never be repeated, we nevertheless felt we couldn't take the chance of 'letting things be'.

First step was to install a sump pump which we did late spring.  Second step was to hire a contractor to dig up around our foundation as far down as the weeping tile
to 'see what we could see.'

Turns out that is an easier thing to do than a homeowner might suspect. They have cameras.  And it turns out we had a crushed weeping tile at the outer corner of the garage.  Now, new weeping tile, new tar coating,

new rubber membrance,

new cement blocks to replace disintregated ones near the crushed tile

a new weeping tile

 to take the downspout all the way down the driveway to the curb,

and a much-depleted bank book, we are almost back to normal. 

That means we can now leave for the trailer which we are doing today. I have my knitting, some food, my knitting, some clothes, my knitting  and we are ready to go. 

I  have my tablet with me and will post every time I can get close to wifi.  Bonne vacance tout le monde!