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!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Thursdays might be for  knit group but obviously my routine is still somewhat discombobulated from my Gaspe trip.  I completely forgot to write this post when I got home from knitting yesterday.  Or perhaps it was that I was actually at knit group in July when normally I am in Hearst.  Either way, here it is  - a day late and  a dollar short.  No shortness of fun and knitting.

Doreen, has an almost completed 'thing'. She has knit this piece - one of those pieces that is meant to be sewn together in such a way as to be able to wear it to the front or to the back and still look fashionable. 

But she cannot figure out how to  do that.  It is pinned - but not correctly according to Doreen and she wonders still, how to do it.  You'll figure it out, Doreen.  The puzzle doesn't stop her from looking chic and summery in her great hat and lovely scarf.

Not many of us can - or at lest I cannot -  wear a hat with as much panache as Doreen.

Sandy, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but life is all about choices.  All those books and all that yarn.  You will have to decide.

Poor Ingrid.  She is having back issues.  She can lie down.  She can stand.  But sitting is too painful.  It was amusing  to watch her knit standing up. 

This latest creation is to be a scarf.  Big and cozy -  for her grand daughter who likes big and cozy things around her neck.  Hope your back heals soon, Ingrid.

A wonderful treat for me to be at knit group in July.  We hope to heave for Hearst in a few days  - so  - all my Thursday friends, I'll see you  in late August.  Until then, happy knitting. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Where To Start

I feel as if I've told the entire nation that  the purpose of our trip around the Gaspesie was to scatter my parents ashes, as per their request.  But perhaps I haven't told the 'blog'.

If not, you know now that scattering ashes  was the purpose of our family trip.  As many of the family who could come did so, and for the three days we spent in Quebec City, there  were ten of us. After Quebec City, three of the family had to return home for work/school etc so  seven  of us carried on around the Gaspe.  Other than getting swept along in  the heat wave of the century that descended on Quebec, delivering temperatures of 35' and motels unaccustomed to such heat having no AC, we had a grand time.

Ages ranged from 12 - granddaughter Abi,  to almost 72 - Fred.  What fun to travel with the young people.  They laughed and giggled their way around the Gaspe.

We tried all sorts of marvellous food. 
Whole lobster artfully arranged to appear sitting at attention  on our plates,
 escargots, beaucoup des frites and des croissants and the dessert de resistance - Sugar Pie.  Although the Queen Elizabeth cake came a close second.

Salt water swimming and catching  seaweed occupied lots of time. 
As did late night games of Euchre. 

So. Much. Fun. Tongue in cheek, on our last night I said to my sister " I have had so much fun, I can't wait for the next relative to die."   We began to joke about keeping an eye on the ones that looked a bit pale and wan. 

All joking aside, it was a great family time and we are all grateful that Dad asked us to  do this  for him.  Thanks, Dad.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Home Again

The Tour De La Gaspesie is complete, ashes are scattered and we are home again.  I will  -  soon  -   fill you in on the wonderful trip we had, but right now, my head is still spinning.  The most I can do today is show you the sum total of the knitting I did in the car.

This little, summer, eternity scarf. The yarn?  Can't remember.  A thick and thin, chunky-weight cotton purchased at Riverside Yarns in Owen Sound.   I used only one ball.   Colleen at Riverside told me that if I cast on 165 stitches, joined in the round, knit garter stitch  - that is one round knit, one round purl  -  I could make a great summer scarf with only one ball.  And that is exactly what I did.

Niece Katie, Montreal dweller, lover of fashion and all things purple will get a postal delivery of this scarf one day soon.