Sunday, May 14, 2023

A Good Day, Getting the Pump Running

The Ridge

On Saturday, May 13th the first thing to take care of was a trip to the Acreage for a bladder of water. Bill and Duncan took care of that shortly after 8. Patty and I hung back with Gibbs and chit chatted. The black flies were still ever-present, sadly, and it does take some of the enjoyment out of our morning. There was a breeze though and that helped a little to blow them away.

A few pictures around Friday night's fire

Our new light 'shade' is lovely!
We're going to try a dimmer bulb.
It's so bright!

Bill and Patty sitting around
Patty with her scarf (chorus frogs and blies!)
and her 'little' blanket. 

When the boys returned, they set to work immediately to get our pump system up and running. It took a while, with fits and starts, but eventually by conversing back and forth on walkie talkies, they had it working by noon hour. Yay! They got their steps today, walking up and down the lane to the foot valve at the pond’s edge and back up to the pump beside the Bunky.

Saturday morning's sunrise

We had bacon and eggs for lunch and went back outside. Gibbs seemed to be doing a lot of barking so after lunch, I put his bark collar on and we had a quieter afternoon. I put the remainder of our garden stuff out and walked down to hang the signs along the lane. The Geese and Turtle crossing signs. 😉 Gotta protect those guys!

Gibbs isn't the least bit bothered
by the flies with his thick hair
It was so warm that I wore shorts
and long sleeves as protection from the flies
They didn't bother our legs.

Patty and I sat outside with our long sleeves and books and kept each other company. Bill joined us while Duncan nipped into town for fuel. The book I’ve started is Lisa Scottoline’s Every Fifteen Minutes. 5 chapters in and I’m enjoying it. We had a late happy hour together, but today we hung around the front of our company’s Airstream where Duncan was beginning to barbecue supper.

It was a lovely afternoon
Bill and Duncan researching the new fly rules

Patty and I were in the sun as much
as possible

Gibbs loves Duncan

A better picture of Bill's
whirly balloon

Is this a relaxing day?
I think so!

We moved over to their patio
while Duncan began barbecuing

As usual, they were treating us to another delicious meal. Barbecued beets, chicken thighs, corn and macaroni salad. Yum, it all was wonderful! Topped off with strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. 

The Chef
He's barbecuing full beets - YUM!

I'm not big on pasta salad but it was 
quite yummy

We shared a few things from our travels and decided to end the night by sitting outside for a while. That soon changed when, after we all put on warmer clothing, the flies were making us crazy.

Delicious pie!

At 8:30, we parted ways, wishing each other a good evening. This day was another warm one with a high temperature 21C/70F and we spent very little time indoors. We enjoyed it very much. Tonight, we lost our satellite connection, as expected, so got back into watching the Bosch series on Prime. 😊

My mini daffodils have bloomed

A sunset view from beside
Bill's Hangar
Good night!

Thank you for popping in.


  1. I just bought a screen tent. I think it will be popped up today. Enough is enough.

  2. I was just going to suggest a Screen Tent against the Black Flies. You might get a few but not s many. Nice seeing you with Visitors again.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with nice friends. Supper looked great!

  4. Happy Mother's Day. It looks like the perfect weekend. LOVE that little BBQ. And obviously Mr. Gibbs is a lap pup!!

  5. A very nice day, despite the black flies. It is so nice to be able to enjoy the sun.

  6. BBQ beets. I like beets so that sounds delicious