Saturday 18 June 2011

Friday and Saturday, Tranquil Acres, Almonte, Carleton Place and Around Smiths Falls

I didn't sleep worth a darn Thursday night so I wasn't in good shape on Friday. However, we picked Dee & Jim up about 1:30 p.m. and took them to Tranquil Acres which was our home park when we were fulltiming. We met the owners and they said we could go ahead and walk around the park.

The frogs just sat there like they were in a daze

Our old RV is still there

Now sitting in one place all year

Pretty flowers look like bells

I miss the gardens
 While we were out Dee was able to get a lot of barn photos.

I took one of this 'solar' farm

We drove to Almonte and walked around the town there. Almonte is the birthplace of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

Almonte is a pretty little town on the Mississippi River. I've posted lots of photos of it before both in summer and winter.

Falls from Riverwalk

More of the Falls

Jim & Dee on Riverwalk

More of the Falls

A garden of beautiful multi-coloured lupins

The Town Hall is a beautiful old building
 From there we went to Carleton Place as we had some shopping to do and Carleton Place has the closest Superwalmart to us. Then back to Smiths Falls to drop Dee & Jim off.

Today (Saturday) we went to tai chi then I picked Dee up to go to the Farmer's Market but everyone was gone so we went off to do some other shopping, looking and driving around for a couple of hours before driving her back to the RV. No photos today but Dee might have some.

I spent the rest of the afternoon reading, having a nap and watering my flowers.

Tomorrow is another day!

Friday 17 June 2011

We Have Visitors!

I'm afraid I've been very lazy lately. I've been posting my photos on Facebook as it seems so much easier!

However yesterday is noteworthy. Dee and Jim, fulltime RVers from the Raleigh, NC area arrived here in Smiths Falls complete with their fifth wheel. Being they are the first fulltimers to visit us since our move to a stix and brix, it is extremely noteworthy. Dee and I know each other, first of all, through the RV-Dreams site and chatroom in 2008. When we were on the road Dee and Jim were only dreaming of it and now it has come to fruition.

I guesstimated when they might arrive at Victoria Park Campground and we decided to head over there. They were set up except for their TV satellite so we chatted for a bit then we took them to McDonald's as they hadn't had lunch. From there to our place to drop off their car and we headed out for a tour of the area. It was so exciting to meet them after all this time.

Jim setting up the TV satellite

Sitting on the picnic table in the shade behind the RV

We checked out the locks. The only photo I took at the locks was of this big turtle in the lock. The lockmaster said that he'd been there all day. Guess he likes playing chicken with the boats in the lock.

We drove around town a bit, showed them how to get to our place and back to the RV park. Then drove out of town to show them Gordon's favourite sunrise photography spots. As we were about to turn onto Kilmarnock Road the Via Rail passenger train came through headed for Ottawa.

On to our favourite sunset spot and then back to our place to chat and have dinner.

It was a beautiful bright sunny day with a light breeze and sitting behind their RV which backs onto the canal was beautiful!

Oh and here's sunset from Wednesday night. It was really strange with a red halo around the sun.

On to more adventures today although we are having a few rain showers!