Saturday, June 20, 2020

A catch up......

                               Hmmm I don't think I like this new format. It doesn't do anything I want it to do. Makes me sad to think that blogging is taking a step backwards instead of forward. This is complicated.

After trying unsuccessfully to edit this post, I apologize for the ugly post. I'm not working at it any more today.

It's been very quite here, not a lot going on but a we like it quiet. We've been able to enjoy the warmth and sunshine of late, and managing to pass those days that were much less enjoyable earlier in the month.

The top photos are of quick shots of the hummingbird and the new feeder we added to the yard. He seems to enjoy it and manages to handily chase everyone else away. The middle photos are of course taken of the angry, wind whipped waters of Lake Huron/Georgian Bay at the mouth of the harbour where the ferry comes in. Following that is wild strawberries I found not far from our door, and of course the wonderful green colour and abundance of cones from one of the many every greens that grace the views out our window. The last photos I captured a couple of days ago, a visitor on the picnic table. Not sure if he was expecting lunch, but we didn't feed him. 

We've been working off and on a day or two a week and are enjoying the distraction from quiet, lazy days around the Igloo. The nights are warming up nicely or cooling off, depending on your point of view but we can now leave our door, windows and vents open all night and sleep comfortably without being too hot or too cold. The perfect sleeping temperatures for us.

Lots of wildlife around these days. A number of deer have popped out from cover along the roadsides, we even managed to see two bears on our recent travels for groceries. Of course the regular rabbits, porcupines, geese, and sand hill cranes are also ever present.

My dad's youngest brother was involved in a motorcycle accident late yesterday. Not  many details, multiple injuries of course but they don't sound to be life threatening.

 Condolences to my best friend Linda and her family on the passing of her brother Allen, a few weeks ago. Allen had been ill for some time. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to my Aunt Shirley, who celebrated on June 3rd. She is the oldest of my dad's two sisters. Also an early birthday wish for my sister Jan, who celebrates another year on June 25th, and my uncle Percy who celebrates on June 26. Also Happy Anniversary wishes to my brother Rick and his lovely bride Barbara, they celebrate another year (36 years, I think) on June 23. Of course Happy Father's Day to each and every father out there!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the visit.

Until next time... take care, be safe, stay healthy,


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Summer may be coming....

Our Location: 
Summer spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario

I've been writing this post over a number of days.

Old Man Winter just won't go home this year, he keeps making the rounds every few days and over staying his welcome for weeks at a time. However I do believe spring might be arriving by mid week and hopefully likes it here enough to unpack and stay a while. I guess time will tell. 

Looking out the door with snow pellets coming down. 

 Our dark brown mat is totally white with snow pellets.

The photos today are just random shots taken over the past number of days. Things are quiet here and we like it that way. I've talked with both of my older daughters over the past days, and I think I can safely say we will all be very happy to see this never ending winter and quarantine end. 

Over the course of about an hour, the snow melted but started falling again. 

Walking over the rock, the moss makes the rocks look squishy. 

The above two photos were taken from one of my brother's deer stands.

The above two photos were taken during a walk and yes those are snow flakes falling. This pathway is called the 5Th Line. No longer used for cars or trucks but popular with Quads, ATV's and walkers. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you and yours are all well and staying busy, warm and in touch with family. 

 Ice on a puddle.

A wild strawberry blossom.

Until next time....take care, be safe, stay healthy, 


Saturday, May 2, 2020

A few rainy days....

Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada

Since we are having another rainy day I thought I’d just drop a few lines here to say we are all fine and doing well, hoping for warmer weather, and an end to the virus. However at this point we’ll settle for warmer weather. 
I think I may have posted this one before but I like it.

A number of rainy days here of late, which are good and bad at the same time. Good because it means the ground will be warming up, new life will spring forth and we will feel as if we have some kind of natural order to our lives again. Bad only because it means we are stuck inside in the cold and damp weather, which of course isn’t much fun. Oh well, we need the rain and soon we will be blessed with warm sunshine right?
The road to Dad's house. 
Soon we will put the umbrella up and start using our back yard eating area. 
Home sweet home. 
 We refer to this as the bowl. See how dry it is? 

Not so dry now after all the rain.
I told you it was a gravel pit, quarry. 
A few photos of the area around us, we walk these paths and plateaus, fields and roads often but always enjoy the views. Spring is coming but it’s very slow. We are hopeful it will arrive before summer.
The birch trees are starting to bud out now. 
I happened across this video, thought maybe some of you other Canuckies out there might enjoy it. Up here in Canada.
Thanks for stopping by, we hope you are all well, happy, healthy and safe.

Until next time… take care, be safe, stay healthy,


Monday, April 27, 2020

I think it's almost spring.....

Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada

I do believe spring might be closer as the temperatures are starting to warm up, the buds are starting to show, although our 'green' front lawn isn't showing much colour yet, but I think I see twinges and hints. 

 Taken with my phone, this photo was taken as I climbed around the top rim of the level above us. You can see the waters of Georgian Bay off in the distance. 

 Again, taken with my phone. This shows the area of our back yard, where our fire pit is located. 

 If you look carefully between the trees, you can see Riley down there in a chair. She is sitting in our front yard. The Igloo is to the right.

Things are very quiet here in our little corner of the Rock. Not much happening and we like it that way. Chatted with my sister, my daughter Courtney, friend Linda and friends Ron & Sharon this past week. Always nice to catch up with folks. 

How cold is it you ask?

The white stuff in the shade is frost but the stuff in the sun has melted.

 And in a few places, a bit of snow remains.

All of the above photos were taken with my phone. 

Our chives are doing well. 

 Rhubarb is doing well too. 

Taken from the rim of the back yard.

I hope you are all well, staying out of trouble, and staying healthy. A little cabin fever is normal but if you are holding the chocolate hostage, I think you can call someone about that. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time... take care, be safe, stay healthy, 


Friday, April 17, 2020

A few photos....

Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada

(I uploaded the photos again, I'm not sure why they didn't load the last time, they looked fine in the preview. Hopefully this works.)
Well below seasonal norms is the way the weather folks are talking about our stretch of weather for another week or two, possibly into mid May. However, they are guessers and we shall see how well they guess. 

We have been puttering around for a few minutes each day but really not accomplishing anything of note. We spend a great deal of time looking out wishing it was warmer and less windy but soon that shall not be the case, or at least we hope!  Soon we hope to be putting out our summer stuff and clearing up some of the mess left behind by winter but until we get some warmer, drier, less windy weather, we'll just have to keep looking out and wishing, and hoping, remember that song right? 

A few photos, all taken with my phone so forgive the blurry ones please. 

 We refer to this area as "The Green" and although you can't see it, the whole area is covered with frost and sparkling in the sunlight. 

 You can see the small slash of sunlight on the path. 

Water frozen in the ruts off at the side of the path. 

If you look carefully you can see at the very edge where I broke the ice and the water bubbles under the rest of the ice. The heavy frost on the area around the water is also evident. 

 The small line shows where I melted the frost on the lumber. Everything was white and sparkly this morning.

We refer to this as the frog pond, although it's used to water the cattle that roam free here from the long weekend in May until after we leave in mid October. As you can see it's frozen at the outer reaches and a very dark blue indicates where the water is deeper.  One couldn't walk on this ice, it's paper thin.

 A bit of snow here and there still.

 Ducks on the water at our favourite swimming place.

 Way over there across the water is the reservation known as Wikemikong, (Wick- quem- i- kong) however everyone simply calls it Wiky. 

I know the photo is blurry but I wanted to show you folks that patch of dark blue out there. I haven't been to the village of South Baymouth yet but I'm guessing that very dark patch of blue is either ice or very very frigid waters coming into the bay from Georgian Bay/Lake Huron. You can easily see the colour difference. It is against the far shore which is the Wiky shore. If I had visited the Village I would know if it was ice or water as that flows directly past the Village and the ferry docks. 

 So a few photos that I've managed with my phone while taking a short walk this morning. One of these days maybe I'll carry the big camera but then again, it may just be a wishful thought. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are all well, healthy and not suffering from social with drawls or cabin fever. Remember folks, we are all in this together. Let's keep our cool, behave ourselves, and respect each other. 

Until next time....take care, be safe, stay healthy, 


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Finally home.....

Our Location: 
Summer Spot, near South Baymouth, Ontario, Canada


Hello folks. I’ll bet you thought I forgot about you but you’d be wrong. You have all been on my mind and today is the day that I let you know Riley and I are safe, sound and parked in our summer spot and we hope you folks are all doing just wonderful as well. We left Buttercup Ridge on Easter Sunday and arrived here before 5 pm. It was a day of mist, rain, almost rain, a few snow flurries but NO WIND.

I just love this bowl. It sits in the formal living room at Buttercup Ridge. It always catches the sunlight and looks amazing. 
 One of the spare rooms at Buttercup Ridge.
Throw pillows, blankets, robes, towels, etc throughout the house all bear the wonderful stitching!!
An uneventful drive, we stopped a few times to stretch and grab some food but other than that we kept on motoring. Leaving Buttercup Ridge before 8 am we managed to pass through Orilla around 10 am, thru Sudbury by 1:30 pm and were up the big hill, turned around and leveling by the time our first visitor arrived at 4:30. We had the feet down and were just putting the slides out when our second visitor arrived around 4:50 pm and were bringing things out of the Dogsled when our last visitor arrived at 5:15 pm. They came and left individually and never overlapped, a quick hello, nice to see you, chatter, chatter and off they went. Once they all left we were having some dinner and settling in by 6 pm. Social distancing is of course observed here and there were no hugs or close proximity standing.
 A very empty hamlet of Omemee, Ontario

Janet and Dennis arrived home on Monday night after four days of driving from Indian Wells, CA. A very long drive for certain. We are happy they are safe, sound and healthy back on Buttercup Ridge. On Saturday morning Riley and I headed into Cobourg for two reasons, shopping for us and them. They are now in 14 days of isolation with a full fridge and plenty of food and medications to last them until they are well past that time. We too are pretty much stocked for a  month or so. Milk and bread can be purchased by my SIL Barbara while she is at work and brought home to us.

Raindrops on the window.

Here on the Island there are only 2 reported cases ( reported about three weeks ago) of Covid-19, although there are a growing number of cases in the areas surrounding the Island. So we are happy to be settled in here although the cold is not enjoyable, we will manage. Of course the nice weather happened in the beginning of April and now the last two weeks will be quite a bit below seasonal norms. Yeah us.


The photos today are a bit of a collection, some were taken on our drive north, some while still at Buttercup Ridge and the last two this morning with my phone and they give you an idea of the empty roads and the ‘no sign of spring’ along the way, as well as our current weather.
A few notes of interest for those that pay attention to such things. Fuel prices in the area around Buttercup Ridge were in the 81/82 cent a liter mark for DIESEL. That translates to APPROXIMATELY $3.28 a gallon. I bought my diesel at the local reserve there. A stop in Parry Sound, Ontario (Muskoka-Cottage country) had us filling the drinking bowl at around 97/98 cents per liter. That is APPROXIMATELY $3.92 a gallon. A further top up at the turn off from Hwy 17 to Hwy 6 which we travel to reach the island had us seeing $1.14 per liter, APPROXIMATELY $4.56 per gallon. We are set for fuel for  quite a while as we drive  very little here.

 Most of the small inland lakes in the Sudbury area are still frozen but not with enough ice to hold a person up.

For those that are interested in the temperatures, BRRRRRR comes to mind with day time highs reaching 38 or 39F/  approx 3 or 4 C but with the cold west wind those aren’t the true temps. Night time lows dip well in to the ‘oh my God it’s cold’ numbers and one is good while in bed but hates to step out of bed in the morning. Although Dave, (Our View from Here) we aren’t as cold as you are out there in the cold plains of Saskatchewan.

Some of this sh*t is still on the ground and it's noon thirty! 

A couple of other notes as well to pass along. Since we are now in our summer location and not really doing anything of interest I will be posting occasionally now. I’ll try for once a week but can’t promise. We are on a different time pattern here, more structured and I spend a great deal less time inside and usually take very few photos. I seem to find things to occupy my time and keep busy. So if you don’t hear from me often, don’t be alarmed please.


A birthday wish to my brother Rick who celebrates tomorrow. I won’t give any numbers but he’s older than me. Haha. Happy Birthday big brother, we hope it’s a fantastic day. Also a birthday wish to brother Rick’s youngest son Jesse. He celebrates on the the 28th by turning 24. He and his lovely lady recently became proud parents of a fur baby, a very nice chocolate lab. I believe the puppy is named is Remy. Also a birthday wish to my nephew Allan. Allan is my sister’s only son. Allan celebrates on April 21 st and will be celebrating a 30 something birthday. Happy Birthday guys. We hope you all enjoy your special day.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are all happy, sane, and healthy and remain that way. Hopefully we start to get back to some sort of normal in the next few weeks or at least by summer time. To quote an Anne Murray song,’We sure could use a little good news today.’

Until next time…take care, be safe, stay healthy,