Every year Bill and I plan, without hesitation, to drive to my sister's piece of property with our fiver for the long weekend in August. As soon as we can get on the road, we are off! This year was no different and Bill and Clemson picked me up from work at 4:30 on Thursday hoping for an early arrival so we could enjoy some chat time with our hosts.
We were in contact with the couple during the drive and we all decided to meet at 7 pm at the Durham Riverside Fish and Chips restaurant for supper. A small little diner on the main drag by the river. Not only did we enjoy the great meal of deep fried basa and chips but we were also able to share in Donna and Gerry's 4th anniversary celebration.
|The happy couple|
|Our setup on Designer Drive|
The next couple of days was a flurry of new arrivals and set ups. Some stayed in the cabins, some brought their tents and others brought their fifth wheel, truck camper and motor home. this year I believe I heard that the total guest count was 27. That's awesome!
|Bridgette drives in with the usual Tadah!|
|Bridgette, Taylor, Jake and Emilie setup at the back|
|Wendy and Morgan share the Hilton|
|Our hosts permanent summer home|
There is always room for more, the winding driveway around the pond being the only entry in and out of the Acreage.
|View across pond to trailer coming in|
Gerry has done a fantastic job of trimming trees each year to enable those of us with bigger rigs to have an easy access.
The weekend is always a reunion of aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and cousins (1st, 2nd and 3rd!).
Many things take place during this time together, and it can be summed up nicely by saying we do 'whatever we want'. Some walking along the path from the front of the 10 acres to the back, card games, horseshoe competition, bocce ball, guitar playing, swimming, biking, reading, crosswords, scrabble and a lot of sitting around telling tales.
2014 was the 10th anniversary of the Acreage camping reunion. Because their guests are always offering a donation of some sort to help pay for the extra hydro and water that we use on our 'lots', Donna and Gerry decided to ask for something new. "Bring us a birdhouse of your choosing, and we will hang them on the property. That will be something unique and useful and that is all that we want."
|Gerry pulling back on smaller trees so we can leave without a scratch|
|Emilie and Taylor in 2004|
|Emilie and Taylor in 2014|
|An old wooden door is our sign in each year|
|Clemson takes a walk and checks to make sure I am coming|
|Friends Gwen and Mike take a stroll|
|Cousins take in a new game|
|Jake strolls and plays|
|The circle gang|
|Mom joined us for a couple of hours|
|Bridgette rests in the shade|
|Taylor takes oars to Emilie - her hero!|
|Personalized birdhouses, the 2014 payment for our stay.|
I hope you've enjoyed reading about my weekend. Until next time.........thanks for peeking in!