I was awake and up before 7 on Sunday, Aug. 19th. Today is my little brother’s birthday. Michael is 12 years my junior so I can definitely call him ‘little’. Way out there in Cold Lake, Alberta, on a Sunday, I’m sure he is going to have a fantastic day doing things that he loves.
|Happy Birthday, Michael!|
He was looking his finest here. :)
I was out the door at 6:55 and the country roads were so very peaceful. Not a vehicle or person in sight. I love that. No critter sighting to report today. Bill and I had our coffee and tea after I got back from my walk. The first good news of the day, before I even got out of bed is that Templeton is gone!!
In case you miss the reference from Charlotte’s Web, Templeton was the fat rat who ate anything and everything. Yes, our mouse liked the peanut butter (thanks all for that tip) and 3 minutes after Bill got into bed at 11, he heard the awaited for **SnAp!!** We are hopeful that he was a loner, with no family and since we are moving our home today for a few days, that might seal the deal too. Big sigh of relief.
|The big ball rises|
|Country road walks|
We moved into ‘travel’ mode around 8:30 and finished packing things up. I hopped into the shower after getting the recylables ready for tomorrow’s pickup. The kitchen garbage can’t sit out all night even though there’s no food in it, animals will get at it. It isn’t full yet anyway. Bill worked on the outside and I gathered onions and tomatoes from the garden. Some were close enough to pick and they’ll ripen in a day or two.
|It was a dewy morning|
I love the droplets on the fence and webs
I know someone who might appreciate some garden goodies. When the time was right, I made bacon and eggs for breakfast and we cleaned up dishes. Pulling the slides in always sends our little guy into a tizzy so when ready to do that, Bill put him in the truck. Just before leaving the Ridge, Bill stopped at our ‘dump station’ near the outhouse and dumped our tanks. We were on the road by 11:20 and it was a nice 73F. The humidity was making it feel much warmer so we rode with the a/c on for a while.
|Our London transferred rose bush which has yet to produce|
Our sign even has dew drops
My garden is feeling the heat but the weeds are gone!
|My veggie garden is still producing|
I love the bottom picture, the view from up on the hill behind us
this is our summer home!
|When I removed the rolled up hammock from under the Suite|
This fat toad was disturbed
|Because he was right in line with the wheel track, I had to discourage him|
|He was disgusted, I'm sure, but I was trying to save his life!|
It was a nice drive with no surprises until we got to the far side of Stratford. We met a Detour which always throws one off if you are pulling a big rv. You never know if the detoured route is favourable to the unit. We followed it and took a bit of a different road than we would have but eventually came back out on CR-6/37th Line through the Brooksdale dip and the roundabout after Embro. Now on familiar ground we are just about 30 minutes from CanAm.
|Vacating for a few days|
Using our own sewer dump
|As we're pulling out, this garden frog is saying|
"Where are you going NOW?"
|Detours, roundabouts, oh my!|
|All set up and ready to relax|
|Hey! I'm there too!|
It was around 8:30 when we invited them back for a glass of wine at the Suite and to see Clemson. Jim had filled them in on our ‘episode’ of the past weekend regarding the little mutt. I say that fondly, you know that. Everyone who knows us has a strong understanding of our feelings for him. We sat for another couple of hours here and it is then you realize how much you miss each other’s company. When we lived in London, we alternated hosting every month for dinner.
|Great food here|
Strawberry magarita to start, Broccoli cheddar soup (one of the best I've ever tasted)
Butternut Squash ravioli with Chipotle (oh my!) It was so good!
|Bill, me, Kathy, Derrick|
|Clemson had a good ride today|
He is so much better