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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aw Shucks..Almost November

Days are getting colder and the weather forecast is containing more and more of that dreaded news that winter is just lurking outside our door.
Not the kind of news I appreciate, but I guess we have to make the best of it. After all we had a pretty amazing fall season. There are still trees with green leaves, but recent strong winds have taken down a lot of the yellow leaves.
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maple in May                              …..and in July
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…1 week ago                                   …….and now
Meanwhile, I have kept busy with my upstairs renovation project which has gone into the finishing phase. Some firewood chopping for next winter is an ongoing occupation for me and and I have taken on food preparation on a daily basis. I love whipping up supper.
1-20161015_191514   Above: Pork Roast in butter dough
1-20161017_141307I also picked pears, cooked them and made dessert of it in jars.
1-DSC_0294While I was carrying in wood from our woodpile I noticed some delicious looking small apples all around. Yes, one apple tree is right in the middle of all the wood stacks. So I tried one of them and it was just great. So quickly I filled up a basket of it. Aren’t they looking great?

Another upcoming project will be to make another inner frame (we have 3 from last year) for one of our old historic windows. The frame is made to fit right into the wall opening. It has a foam gasket all around and shrink-plastic is stretched over it. Makes a hell of a difference for the inside room temperature.
Oh, and then I was called to a neighbour and friend to cut some firewood and put a deadbolt into his front door.  Told ya I was busy.

Campobello Sunsets are still spectacular and I can’t but marvel about those colours. I find that a sunset is getting more scenic if clouds are around.  So beautiful and just outside our living room window.
Next week we are going to the birds. Well, actually one bird is gonna come to us. We have been asked to do “bird-sitting” for a neighbouring family. The one coming to us is a parrot, and the others we have to care for are chickens. I am looking forward to the parrot-sitting. When I was a boy I had butchies. They are soo entertaining. And maybe we get to pick some chicken eggs….

Had myself a drive to the hardware store in Lubec the other day and here is a part of “The Easternmost Town Of The U.S.”
1-20161025_114623    This is “Small Town USA” as you won’t find it anywhere else.
1-20161025_114433 And right across from Lubec --- Campobello with Mulholland Light

Monday, October 24, 2016

Long Johns Day

Today we are “celebrating” Long Johns Day”. It’s the day when my Long Johns re-emerge from the lower drawer to start a new circle of life through an ever cooling period of late fall and winter. It’s not that we got snow on the ground, but we got some pretty stiff cold winds coming off the water.  Just opening our entry door to let out Molly was enough to make me hurry upstairs looking for warmer clothing.
Our wood burning stove has had early bouts of spreading warmth throughout the house, but so far they were limited to a few morning hours. Not anymore! Got to keep that thing going all day long. Our living room had cooled off overnight to a bizarre 13C (55F) and it took a while until I started to feel the temperature rise.

The weekend has been marked with a lot of wind and a bit of rain, but that can be expected when Christmas is only 2 months away. (Shudder)

A few weeks back I mentioned that our sightseeing van was producing some vibrations when driving at certain speeds. The shop had replaced 2 U-joints but the vibrations were still there. The method of replacing stuff without knowing what’s really going on is not a good one. I have been studying the case on the Internet and some smarter guys than me have pointed out the Torque Converter as a possible culprit. The symptoms could very well point into that direction but we have to get a few tests done to be sure, before more money is spend on costly replacements.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sad News From Fellow RVers

Today we received the sad news from Betty Graffis that her husband Joe has passed on. Joe and Betty have been keen RVers and enjoyed warm winters in the south-west, where we were lucky enough to meet them in February 2014 at “The Palms at Indian Head” Borrego Springs, CA.

R.I.P. Joe

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Super Tide On A Late Summer Day

We have reached the middle of October. It’s been snowing in the west causing lots of traffic accidents. At the same time the east coast is experiencing record high day temps, reaching 21C (70F) yesterday.

Can you stay indoors when the weather is THAT nice on a day in October? I can’t! When Bea was back from work and I had done my chores, like doing the breakfast dishes and…OH mudding my drywall, I HAD to get outside. So I suggested an excursion into the park. See, fall colours are nice and this temperature wouldn’t last. So after loading both Bea and Molly up we were heading out. Went to “Cranberry Point” and got a surprise.
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                      Left: High tide and right 40 Minutes later
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On any normal day you can walk along the beach there. Not so yesterday. We had a super tide, which means the tide reaches 30ft. With that, the waves were just splashing over the lower two steps of the wooden staircase. Not a single inch of the beach visible.
1-DSC_0189Roses were still blooming, and Bea had to take a good sniff of it.
1-DSC_0211So we walked down the gravel road which kinda runs in a loop returning to starting point.
1-DSC_02321-DSC_0244But about a bit down that road a small, almost invisible trail runs down to the water’s edge. A bench invites to sit down and enjoy the look-out across a few small islands. So nice, so quiet, just the lapping of the water over the rocks. I was just sorry I hadn’t put on my shorts and a T-shirt, so I enjoyed to get into the shade of the forest on our continuing walk.
Molly was following us, sniffing here and there and obviously enjoying the whole thing.
1-DSC_0282She is such a darling. But then we noticed she was getting thirsty…and so was I. So we returned home and had ourselves a good portion of Banana-Split ice cream.

Those golden days are gonna stand in our memory when we, in a couple of month, look outside and the snow is flying sideways. It’s a bit hard to imagine right now, but it will happen.

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