Saturday 9 August 2008

Our First Day in Lindsay

Last night we had a very pretty partial rainbow over the Scugog River behind us. Here's a picture of it:

We both had a great sleep last night but I still didn't want to get up this morning as it was bright and sunny but chilly! It's starting to feel like Fall although we will probably have some warm days yet. Today hardly reached 21C (70F) again. For the first time in a while I wore a sweater over my t-shirt when I went for my walk. It was nice to have different sights to see on my walk although the radio stations aren't very good here so I wound up turning it off and listening to the birds instead. I cut my walk short as we had to get showered and ready to meet Betty and Garth for breakfast at 10 a.m. at the Durham Cafe in Lindsay. We arrived just before 10 a.m. and Betty and Garth were about 10 minutes behind us.

We had a nice breakfast there and a good catch up and then they left for Gravenhurst, Ontario where they were invited to a boating party this afternoon. Too bad it started to rain about 12:30 p.m. We had a couple of stops to make to pick up some coffee and stuff and then came home to read and nap. Since it was raining, I didn't get the RV windows washed so we still can't see very well out the back window. It got really dirty when the roof got washed last week.

I napped most of the afternoon as the rain continued. We got a neighbour, a Dutch Star, this afternoon but the way the sites are offset, it doesn't block our view of the river, only of the tents further down along the park.

Friday 8 August 2008

Now at Lindsay in the Kawartha Lakes District in Ontario

We finally got on the road this morning around 10:30. Everything takes time from packing up to going for fuel and then going back out to put air in the truck tires. We had a little sprinkle of rain just before we left but it wasn't bad.

Our trip 4 1/2 hours, stopping twice. We had cloud, sun, rain, sun and rain and just as we were about finished setting up it started to rain more heavily. Gordon was setting up the internet satellite at the time but couldn't get it locked on as there was too much cloud so had to wait for that. We're now set up except for the TV and it's 5:20 p.m. I just got back from the office paying for our month's stay. Here are some photos of the drive.

Nearly there!

We're on one of the prettier sites. We usually choose one of the long term sites but they are all full. Daphne (owner) has two full hook up sites on the water but we can only see the water from our side window. There are trees behind us which is definitely a lot better than looking at HLS Linen Service. Now I have to get the windows washed since we have a view! Maybe tomorrow if it doesn't rain. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days. Here are some photos of the campground and our site.

The road to the campground

We're here - this is the office/recreation hall

Looking toward our site - it's at the white post just beside the little shed

Our site

View from our side window

Same view in the rain

Looking toward the back of the office from our site

Seasonal sites on the other side of us

This is the view from our front door (until someone parks beside us)

The view across the playing field from us - these are also seasonal sites

We have nothing planned for tonight. We don't like to do anything on moving days, we just eat leftovers!

Thursday 7 August 2008

Beautiful Rainbow, Restringing

Last night after dinner we had a storm and then this beautiful rainbow showed up. It was a full rainbow but unfortunately my camera's capabilities match my Photoshop capabilities therefore you only get part of the rainbow. If you want to see the whole rainbow, click here.

This morning I had to go back to the west end to pick up some corn wraps for Gordon. We've never been able to find them in the Lindsay area so we needed an extra package as this is what he uses instead of bread.

While I was there I took a necklace I've been trying to find out how to get fixed into the Sassy Bead Company which is in the same mall where I get the corn wraps. She told me I could restring it or leave it with them and they would do it for $10/hr. I told her I wanted to do it so she said to sit down and she'd get me a tray and some wire. I hadn't planned to do it there but thought if I did, I might actually get it done. So I sat down and she got me the equipment. It only took a couple of hours. I did all the restringing and she put the catch back on for me and it only cost me just under $10. Here's the necklace all back together again.

It's a nice place, good atmosphere. There were people coming in all the time picking out beads to string to make bracelets and necklaces. Lots of little girls and even one little boy arrived. His necklace had a snake on it, very cute. They have a Basic Beading course for $30 that I'd love to attend. Maybe when we get back to the area in September. If I want a course during the day I have to come up with three people to take it.

I got home just in time to take a nice nap before dinner. Around dinner time the storms started coming in although the rest of the day was quite nice.

Tomorrow is the day we're heading out of here at last - to the Kawartha Lakes district about 3 1/2 hours west of here.

Wednesday 6 August 2008

Takin' Care of Business

We had heavy rain and a thunderstorm overnight. This morning I woke up to cloudy skies and again cool and humid. We also had some sun then some rain and some thunder this afternoon.

This afternoon we went out to get everything done to apply for Gordon's permanent resident card. His expires in March 09. He had to go to the bank to get a receipt as it costs $50 every 5 years, get ID photos done, fill in all sorts of forms and send copies of his passport and his original landed immigrant document and get it all mailed. That took a couple of hours but we managed to stop at Bayshore Shopping Mall to get the photos done and while we were waiting for them Gordon got to have Taco Bell for lunch. I had already eaten before we left.

After that we decided to treat ourselves to the flowers at the Ornamental Gardens but we'd only been there about 10 minutes when it started to rain. I have a few photos for you today though. This might be our last trip to the Ornamental Gardens this year as when we return from Lindsay we'll be staying at Tranquil Acres near Carleton Place, ON.

My little cottontail was there waiting for me.

Flower gardensOrange canna lily
Red canna lily
Not a particularly fun or interesting day today.

Tuesday 5 August 2008

Run of the Mill Day

Today started out cloudy, cool and humid. I had opened the door of the RV and turned on the Fantastik fan when I got back from my walk but then realized it was only 21C (70F) inside so I closed the door and turned off the fan.

Gordon went out early with the truck as we've had a 'lamp out' light on this weekend so we had to have that fixed before we leave on Friday.

I had to go out to Bayshore Shopping Centre and pick up the remainder of Gordon's antifungal prescription today. I had asked him for an extra 3 or 4 days to tide us over while in Lindsay and he gave them to me for free! I ran some other errands while I was out and picked up some lottery tickets. Lotto 649 is 43 million on Saturday so wish me luck! I also got a Cash for Life. I don't know how to play that one so I'll have to read the instructions.

I've felt below par the last couple of days so hope that goes away so I can enjoy our time in Lindsay.

The sun came out this afternoon and we reached 26C (79F) but was still humid. When I got home, I lay down to read and had a brief nap.

That about covers today!

Monday 4 August 2008

A Very Busy Tiring Day

This morning when I got back from my walk and was doing some exercises outside Gordon came out and started getting the RV ready to wash the roof so after I had breakfast we both went out.

I was watching him more than anything as he said he'd rather do the roof than worry about me being up there so once he got the upper part of the nose done that I can't reach and was working on the roof I started washing the rest of the nose. I had just washed the bugs off it about six weeks ago but it was filthy. The only thing we can think of is that with all the rain it's washing stuff off the trees onto the RV but it was very dirty and also very hard to wash off. It took a lot of elbow grease and with the Mr. Clean sponge. That seemed to be the only thing that would work.

We're just hoping that this little venture hasn't set Gordon back physically. It's quite tiring to do even when you fell well! The photo is of Gordon on the roof of the RV washing the rear part.

Of course when you wash the roof the sides usually get dirty too so once he did what he could on the roof, I again washed the rear of the RV and some parts of the sides that we worse than others. He also moved the truck around so that I could do both sides of the nose. I stand on a ladder in the bed of the truck and with stretching, I can just reach it. I was going to do the windows but decided they could wait for another day.

This afternoon I took all the dirty rags and washed them and did a load of laundry. I also finished another book. I'm bushed!

Sunday 3 August 2008

A Visit to Tranquil Acres and Carleton Place

When I got up this morning Gordon was just heading out to the Ornamental Gardens for some photos. Since it rained last night he thought he could get some raindrops on the flowers. While he was gone I did my exercises, went for my walk and had my breakfast.

I enjoy Sunday morning as one of my favourite local singers, Dick Maloney hosts a program from 6 a.m. to noon called Sentimental Journey, songs from the 40s and 50s. His singing is very similar to Frank Sinatra who is his idol. I think I mentioned before that Dick was in an accident a couple of years ago and is now a quadriplegic. That was so tragic, he's such an excellent singer. I used to spend a lot of evenings when in my 20s going to wherever he was singing to listen to him and dance. Anyone can listen at Click on Live Streaming. Dick has written a lot of songs as well. The radio station has set up an area in his room at the St. Vincent's Hospital where he has been since his accident so he can do his broadcast from there.

I was peacefully reading my book outside this afternoon when Gordon came out and asked if I wanted to go to Tranquil Acres. Tranquil Acres is the RV park that we usually stay at when in this area. We affectionately call it 'our home park' however since they weren't open yet when we arrived and we had a lot of appointments in Ottawa we were fortunate to be able to get into Rideau Heights where we've been since we arrived here.

Away we went to Tranquil Acres and were greeted almost immediately by Dave and Shonagh, the owners. We sat outside and chatted with them for a while.

Here's a photo of Gordon and Dave chatting. Shonagh had gone to help a guest but came to say good-bye. When we return from Lindsay, we'll be going there.

Here's the entrance to the park. You have to open the gate to get in.

These are a couple of the roads that I walk on.

This is one of the flowering bushes beside the office.

They have made some changes to their park, they're going more in the seasonal direction but will still have three sites for people that they know to come in. They no longer take tenters so it's getting to be more like a 55+ park. We love it! After chatting with them for a while we left to drive around Carleton Place. There have been big changes there since we left last July. There's a new SuperWalmart that is now open. It was just being built. A new Home Depot and a Rona Hardware Store. Staples was open last year but it had just been built. There is also a new Giant Tiger (Canada's only truly Canadian store that we have left) and a Dollarama, my favourite Dollar Store. It's a thriving community and one that we really like. Downtown Carleton Place is very pretty and the Mississippi River (not that Mississippi) runs through the town.

The skies were quite interesting when we started toward Carleton Place.

Yesterday when I was out I got my hair cut so today I coloured it. This is the colour my hair was when I was nine years old. I kind of like it!