Saturday 8 July 2006

Entertainment at Upper Canada Campground!

What a beautiful day, sunny with little humidity. I took advantage of it and sat outside for a lot of the day and read and people watched. The campground is nearly full this weekend. There are all sorts of tents and RVs of every kind.

This afternoon, the campground had an attraction – mud wrestling! I walked over to see what was going on and they had kids wrestling. They had made a game out of it. The referee attached a harness to each child with a tennis ball in it and the object was to get the tennis ball from your opponent. Above is one of the photos I took.

Late in the afternoon I decided to go into Morrisburg and pick up some groceries that I forgot to get yesterday so I went into a couple of stores that I didn’t go into yesterday as Gordon was with me and would have been bored. After I got the groceries, I drove to the next town west of here, Iroquois to see what had changed in the shopping mall there but didn’t go into any stores. There wasn’t much there anyway. I had driven west on Hwy #2 so on my return I took Lakeshore Drive to see what was new along the water. Not many new houses and a few for sale. I then drove through Morrisburg on Lakeshore Drive and along the street by the golf course and then back to the Upper Canada Campground.

That’s all for today! Not even much on TV tonight. Can’t wait to get satellite TV!

Friday 7 July 2006

Doing Stuff in Morrisburg

This morning's photo that I took on my walk

Me standing beside the tree that the family planted in memory of our parents

It was bright and sunny this morning when I got up so after walking Bib, I went for another long walk around the campground. I saw a cardinal but he wouldn’t pose for a photo and I didn’t see much else interesting except someone paddling a canoe in the little pond, photo above.

Gordon went to Upper Canada Village for opening at 9:30 a.m so I got the vacuuming done and the floors washed while he was gone.

This afternoon we drove into Morrisburg and visited the tree and plaque that my sisters and I had planted in memory of our Mother and Father. It’s planted along the walkway that runs along the St. Lawrence River in the park in Morrisburg. Then we went to the grave site. After that we drove to Mariatown and had a look at Arlor Haven RV Park. I didn’t think we’d fit there but it looks like it would be no problem. The only thing is that I think they only have 20 amp service. It’s a beautiful location right on the river. It might bear looking into in case we want to come back to this area. After that we walked around the shopping mall to see what was there and I picked up some wine and a few groceries, then we came back to the RV where I read and both of us had a nap.

Poor Bib got to stay at home today as it was too hot to leave him in the truck while we were at the shopping mall. He gets extra treats when he has to stay at home and he's usually happy with that.

Thursday 6 July 2006

Rediscovering Old Haunts

This is the interior of the schoolhouse at Ault Park. It looks somewhat like my school with the wood stove and the desks except we had a lot more desks to accommodate around 40 students.

This school at Ault Park reminded me of the school where I spent all eight of my elementary school years at SS 9 1/2 & 15 just west of Williamsburg. My school was white instead of read but it was a one room with one teacher and eight grades. I consider that I got an excellent elementary school education with Mabel Whitteker as my teacher for all eight years.

Today was cooler with sun and cloud. After walks and breakfast, I got the laundry done. Not the best laid out laundry room in the world, only two washers and two dryers but no place for hangers to hang up clothes and very little folding space so I wound up bringing the stuff home to match socks and stuff.

Gordon had gone to Upper Canada Village when I left to do laundry and I was outside reading when he got back.

This afternoon we all went for a drive, stopping at Ault Park which has some of the buildings that were originally in Moulinette, one of the lost villages of the Seaway. It also houses the ‘Lost Villages’ Museum.

On to Cornwall and drove around the city to see what had changed. I’ve been there over the last few years but not to look over the changes in the city. We drove by the place where I used to spend time in the summer when I was a kid. Lots of things have changed over the last 50 years making it look more like an actual city. The area along Water Street has been cleaned up a lot and is now a park with a Curling Rink and an arena. They have stores now like Staples and a shopping mall with a Sears. I've never been impressed with Cornwall mostly because of the paper mill and the smell however there was no smell today. We drove to the Saunders Dam but couldn't get anywhere near it. No public admittance so we headed home getting back a little after 3:00 p.m. I started to read outside but found it too cool so I came in and read and had a nap. After that, dinner and TV!

Wednesday 5 July 2006

Our Wednesday

Photo taken at Upper Canada Village by Gordon

Day lily in the garden at the campground

Photo of pond in the campground

Today was much cooler than it has been lately. It was cloudy when I got up but the sun came out around 9:00 a.m. and it was cloudy and sunny on and off.

I went for a really long walk around the campground this morning. It’s a very large campground with a lot of seasonal people especially at the back. Some of the sites are not very well kept and in some ways reminded me of the campground we stayed at in the Fall of 2004 at Enon Beach, Ohio but it is much better run than that and the washrooms and buildings on the property are in good repair. Too bad the campgrounds can’t make their seasonal people keep their sites clean and their trailers in good repair.

Gordon left for Upper Canada Village again just before 9:00 a.m. I decided to clean out one of the bedroom closets, then made some potato salad and settled down to read. It was cool sitting outside so I came back in and read till Gordon arrived back late in the morning having taken 170 more photos. I also did some work on my Family Tree. I hadn’t had this software in my computer in ages.

My older sister, Betty had brought down all the information that she had received on our father from Bernardos in England and I got some information from that package that I didn’t have before.

This afternoon I continued reading and around 3:00 p.m. he headed back to the Village after he’d taken a long nap. He got back around 4:30 p.m. and has taken lots of photos. He also has permission to go into the Village before it opens to take sunrise photos.

Bib and I just hung around the RV today relaxing and doing not much of anything!

Tuesday 4 July 2006

Moved to Morrisburg, Ontario

Our site at Upper Canada Campground, Morrisburg, ON

We left Ottawa Municipal Campground this morning around 8:40 a.m. and headed to Vos Trailer Sales in Stittsville where we purchased our fifth wheel. Our bathroom sink had finally arrived and we had made arrangements a couple of weeks ago to have it installed today. Finally I get my bathroom back!

It was installed without incident and we were on the road again by 10:40 a.m. arriving at Upper Canada Campground near Morrisburg, Ontario at about 12:10 p.m. We were set up in our site by around 1:30 p.m. It was hot and humid so I turned the air on as soon as we were plugged into electric. This campground, like Ottawa Municipal, does not have sewer on site but does have a dump station as well as a pump out. I haven’t looked into that yet as I don’t think we’ll need it as we’re only here for a week. The campground is full of kids and makes me long for the 55+ campgrounds in the south. Not that I don’t like kids, but I do like peace and quiet when I’m sitting out in my lawnchair reading or pondering the meaning of life (Yeah, right!) The good thing about it is it’s only about 5 km to Upper Canada Village where Gordon has a pass to take photos. So, no sooner were we set up than he was on his way to the Village and got back about 2 hours later having taken 243 photos. No doubt they will be appearing on his pbase site at some point.

There had been a forecast of rain for this morning but luckily we didn’t see any of it and were able to pack up, drive where we needed to go and get set up without getting wet (other than sweating).

For those of you that don't know me, I was born and raised in this area and attended all my high school years in Morrisburg and lived there for a while in the late 60's and early 70's. I also worked at Caldwell Linen Mills at Iroquois (a short distance from Morrisburg), the Bank of Nova Scotia and Mutual Products during that time.

Back to today - I took Bib for a walk around the park, tried to muzzle him as there are so many kids around and he doesn’t like kids but he wouldn’t walk with it on, just kept trying to get it off. Luckily no kids approached him so I didn’t have to tell them that he would bite.

I sat outside in my lawnchair and for a while used the fan as it was so humid, read my book and just enjoyed the time. I also went on a little walk around to find the washrooms and the laundry room and to get familiar with the campground. They have two pools here and I had thought of going for a dip but didn’t get around to it. The pool was also loaded with kids. Needless to say, I’m glad we’re only here for a week!

Monday 3 July 2006

Our Last Day at Ottawa Municipal Campground

Since today is our last day here at the Ottawa Municipal Campground for a while and we’ll be heading to Morrisburg, I decided to stock up on groceries as they are overpriced in Morrisburg as it’s considered a tourist area due to Upper Canada Village and the river. I got back around 1:30 p.m. and then sat outside and read for a while.

It was hot and humid today. We had a thunderstorm around 6:00 p.m. We’ve had a really lousy summer as far as weather is concerned.

Late this afternoon, Gordon and I went back to Zellers and got him a couple of golf shirts. One of his favourite shirts that he bought in Grenada years ago when we went on a cruise every winter bit the dust this week. I’ve been trying to convince him that golf shirts are easier to wash and don’t need to be ironed so now we’re going in the right direction for replacements for his shirts.

We started to pack things up late this afternoon so we won’t have so much to do tomorrow morning. The weather is supposed to be iffy tomorrow so it’s better to get things done ahead of time that can be while it’s not raining!

I didn’t take any photos today so borrowed one from Gordon that he took of a dragonfly at Morris Island on Sunday.

Sunday 2 July 2006

A Very Windy Day!

I took this photo in the park this morning when I was on my morning walk. Unfortunately my little camera doesn't do sun rays very well.

Today was mostly sunny but with some cloudy periods but very windy. Luckily we have the awning well strapped down but it was still doing a lot of flapping! I sat out all morning and most of the afternoon and finished reading my book. I will have to take two back to the library unread as we’re leaving town on Tuesday however my sister brought me some books so I have lots to read.

Some links on the sidebar on my blog weren’t working so I fixed those today.

Late this afternoon we took my books back to the library and picked up some Pepsi that was on sale at Pharma Plus. Bib got a ride in the truck for a change. We also stopped at a trail just a little way from the campground and Gordon took a few photos.

Not much happening here today!