Thursday, April 19, 2018

Arrived at Buttercup Ridge today....

Our Location: Buttercup Ridge, Roseneath, Ontario

 (MOST of tonight's pictures were taken yesterday)

We arrived here at Buttercup Ridge right around 8:30 am this morning, only a short jaunt from the ONRoute in Port Hope. The temperatures are hovering right at the freezing mark and as long as the sun stays out it warms up about 4 or 5 degrees, but if the sun slips back behind the clouds it drops back to around the freezing mark. The problem is it's pretty cloudy, so we're not seeing a lot of sun. 

Toronto is always busy these days, no longer is it just rush hour that is crazy busy.

The overnight at the ONRoute was cool but not cold. We slept well and under the many blankets we were toasty. Even HRH Miss Kitty was happy to be nearby but not under the covers. She doesn't like being under any blanket. We left the ONRoute right about 7:30 am, so not bad in the way of getting to where we want to be. 

Interesting looking buildings, don't you think?

The driveway has been plowed of course, but it's terribly rough and bumpy, we also needed to use 4x4 to get us up the hill at the beginning of the drive. Some pretty ugly spots and some pretty soft spots too. We managed to make it to the house and get up into the circular drive this time. Last fall we parked out by the barn and on nice days that's nice, but in the wind, it's brutal. It comes from across the fields and hits us broad side, so we opted to park closer to the house. We are literally just off the cement at the garage door. We ran a cord from the garage to hook in and give us use of our furnace for a few days without worrying about the solar panels not producing enough in this weather. 

Welcome to the 401 East bound.

I called my dad to let him know we've arrived, he was happy to hear from us. Cold there too, cold here and I think just cold everywhere. Things are starting to ache much more intensely today as I think I stood too long on the cold wet pavement last night. So I'll probably be taking some extra meds and having a nap this afternoon to help get past the worst of it. However we shall see. 

The Collectors lanes over there were often stop and go, while we in the Express lanes just kept crawling along.

I've kind of caught up on Facebook and my email but not my blog reading yet, although I did manage to answer all comments on my last few posts. With the internet connection so slow in Hamilton it was difficult to even do that much unless I was up early. Here at Buttercup Ridge we have much faster service, and we don't even have the booster on. So we are very happy!!! 

The skyline often looks familiar in most cities, I think. Unless one sees a major 'famous' building, arch, etc, all cities pretty much look like each other.

The temperature as I write this at noon is 38F/3.3C and dropping as the sun is behind a cloud. A somewhat strong gusty North, Northwest wind is not helping with the temperatures at all. We need some of that desert warmth right about now and to think we were too hot in Borrego Springs. Never satisfied are we?
We are getting closer to being out of Toronto. Traffic is much lighter here.

I had a nice nap this afternoon, seemed to help alleviate some of my issues, along with a bit of anti inflammatory medication. So I can say that my afternoon was pretty quiet. Riley and I decided we'd do a little tv watching, we have the series Hawaii 5-0 on DVD and are currently just finished disc 3. We still haven't found season 5, so we have just 1- 4. We're hoping to find the next seasons also bundled. We'll see how it goes. 
Double decker Go Bus passes us as we leave Toronto and head toward Ajax and Oshawa.  Two GO trains were also running along on the tracks to the south of the highway.

 Sister in law Janet called and we chatted for about a half hour. They are still in Indian Wells, CA enjoying the weather and golf. She and Dennis are both very avid golfers. Janet is very good, and very serious about her game, Dennis plays drop and giggle golf as she calls it. Nothing too serious about his game. They are the proud owners of Buttercup Ridge. They won't be returning until May 10. She found it hard to believe that there is snow here at the farm and thought we should stay in the house instead of the Igloo. I assured her we were very appreciative of the thought but the Igloo keeps up pretty warm and with being able to plug in we can use the furnace to help keep us warmer. Looks like Tuesday is the last unspring like day here. After that it will warm up and hopefully usher in spring. 
This old car went past us on the 401 East bound.  It looks to be in great shape but the back window was missing.

So as evening falls here the wind is still gusty at times, it's still around the freezing mark and will drop a few degrees below tonight. Tomorrow will be more of the same, as will the next few days. Although  we'll be busy on the weekend visiting with Courtney and Matt as they will arrive tomorrow for a visit, so hopefully we won't notice the less than wonderful weather. We will be using the house for that visit, but Riley and I will be sleeping in the Igloo. I'm excited about the visit. We haven't seen Courtney and Matt for some time. 

I'm not sure but I think this might be a BBQ place, its on Highway 45 near Cobourg.  We pass this on the way to Buttercup Ridge.

That was our day. We've arrived, set up and are enjoying ourselves very much. Feels like home! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to drop a comment, I appreciate them all. Readers only are welcome too. 

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



  1. Nice that you have arrived and are all set up, nice to had a bit of electricity just enough to keep your batteries charged, then everything else is good. Enjoy your time there and the visits.

    1. Thanks George. It is indeed nice to know we have no battery worries without the sun for a number of days. Looks like Monday is the start of a big warm up in this area with our last overnight freezing temp on Sunday night. So hopefully the snow goes soon and we find ourselves basking in the warm spring sunshine.

      Take care, be safe,

  2. So, welcome, welcome home! Glad you are set up at Buttercup Ridge and can relax and visit too. It is nice for Janet to offer the house but at the same time a nice feeling that we are self-contained in our units. I sure like the plug-ins though when we can get them especially in the cold temperatures.
    The days are turning now for us, going to 6 today and full sun. I hope you see more of the same! Take care you two!

    1. Thanks Patsy. We enjoyed our time last fall and with spring coming full tilt in the next few days I'm looking forward to seeing things start to green up and maybe doing a little yard work as well. Nothing like a spring clean up to make one feel useful. LOL

      We are a couple of days behind you as we are further east and a bit north but it's looking to arrive on Monday and just keep getting nicer from there. I'm ready for it!

      Take care, be safe,

  3. Good to hear you guys are safe and sound. Too bad about all the tire issues. They are just too important to mess with so maybe think seriously about changing all four as a set. Expensive yes, but might be worth the peace of mind.

  4. I am doing catch up, also, though it seems to be pretty much the norm for mom used to say I was born a couple of weeks early and used up all my early then, yes, she had a sense of humor...
    Sorry to read you are having more trouble with your tires. Just glad to read you have not had anything happen while you are moving. Nice that you will have time to sit and think about what you want to do. It is never fun to have to make expensive decisions on the fly.
    Glad to read you are all tucked in safe and sound at Buttercup Ridge and will be getting time to visit with family. I agree about wanting to say in the Igloo. I actually dislike moving back into the house, to much space, when we get back home and I am hoping it is our last time to do so.
    You and Riley stay warm and safe. Enjoy your time at Buttercup Ridge. (I love the name it conjures up sweet, yellow, sunny, warm, days...:)...)