LIVING OFF GRID

This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A WEEK IN THE CITY

Last week we spent in Toronto and London. Mary had an MRI at Sunnybrook Hospital  followed by a consultation. The good news is her tumor continues to shrink and they will continue to keep an eye on it every six months. There is a concern for the bones that were exposed to the radiation so constant monitoring is required.

Once done at the hospital we headed down the 401 to London where we had a few lovely days visiting my sisters and brother-in-laws. Nice to just chill out and enjoy their lovely backyards and the summer like weather we've been getting.

We like the relaxed pace and do what you want approach whenever we get together. Of course my sisters spoiled me by baking elderberry pie and making sure I got an extra piece. Yes, I am spoiled and love it.

Saturday we headed to the local markets which we always enjoy.

A little noisy but we managed.

The apples were a great price so we bought 30 pounds.

Now if there is a quilt shop in the area we have to find it.

You're not a quilter if you ........

don't need more fabric.

Stopped to admire this pioneer cabin and

found this beside it. It's a bicycle stand complete with all the tools and a pump necessary for any quick repairs your bike may need.

Final stop was this Quaker Meeting House built in 1859. We had a tour and a lovely chat with one of the current members who was doing some painting on the exterior.

Next day we headed north to celebrate Kate's birthday; but you've already seen those pictures.

Later this week we are going cranberry picking so I'll post those pictures on Friday.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 18 September 2017

KATE'S 1ST BIRTHDAY

Last week was Kate's birthday and yesterday we all got together to celebrate.

Aunt Leanne brought balloons, a whole couch full of balloons. Kate's not too sure what she should do.

She soon figured out they were more fun on the floor than on the couch.

Big brother had to help open the presents.

It's a whale pillow just for Kate. She could barely lift it.

Sherri and Leanne enjoying the moment.

Our gang outside chatting with Owen who is hidden inside the tent.

Sean cooked the pizza ...........

which ...............


we all enjoyed.

How does a five year old do that after eating pizza all afternoon?

It was a great party.

Monday, 11 September 2017

NEW PIZZA OVEN

You know we love pizza, especially homemade pizza. Today we tried out the pizza oven recommended by brother Jim; we were not disappointed.

Mary made the dough.


We added our own ingredients.

Delicious!!!

The truck is still in the shop. Another two hours tomorrow and we should have it back on the road.

I'll post pictures once done, now I need another slice of pizza.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

LOOKS LIKE A TRAIN WRECK



Yesterday we tore my truck apart; steering wheel, console, dash all removed.

We've got wires dangling everywhere. Looks like a train wreck to me.

All that work to get the leaking heater coil out. Hope we can figure out how this puzzle goes back together.

Stay tuned there is more to come.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone. I'm not going anywhere for a while.

Monday, 28 August 2017

GATHERING of the CLAN

Yesterday was special. It was brief but wonderful to have everyone here for a rare get-together. With Jim on the west coast, us in the north and others scattered throughout the GTA and beyond this was indeed a special day for everyone.

As always the food was delicious and everyone helped get the meal ready.

A toast to celebrate the occasion.

Pictures of recent family events were shared. Here Jim shares photos from Emma's wedding.

Owen enjoyed meeting everyone but feeding the fire was a greater attraction for most of the day.

A trip to the ice-cream parlor was the perfect way to end the day. Does anyone but Owen like "candy cotton" ice-cream?

Today everyone heads home and the house will be quiet once again. We will miss the fun and excitement but especially Owen who has been such a delight all week.

Safe travels everyone, thanks for coming and all the memories.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

PAINT DAY

Owen is a great helper and loves to paint. Yesterday we needed to get some of the boards for his tree-house painted before installation. It was also a good time to get a new coat on my trailer floor.

We used the trailer as a work bench and didn't worry if any paint got spilled.

Getting comfortable while painting is important and Owen tried every position.

Once done it was time for a campfire and he was so delighted to get it started without a match; just found some coals that were still warm from yesterday. I told him his Mom used to do the same thing when she was a little girl.

Supper was the best pizza in town; Oma's homemade pizza made from scratch with all the best ingredients imported from Italy. We ate way tooooooo much.

Last job of the day, bringing in the laundry and he is still smiling. Another fun day at Oma's place.

This morning we head north to Maynooth to the farmers' market then home to get ready for all the aunts and uncles arriving later today.

At the moment everyone is sleeping and the house is quiet but that will soon change.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

Friday, 25 August 2017

CONSTRUCTION

Yesterday was construction day so the first job was to head off to the lumberyard for some 2x6 to make Owen a tree-fort.

Lots of lumber choices.

Owen helped Oma bring the boards down to the site.

He even took a picture of us working then he .....


................ practiced his drilling.














He was a big help clearing the brush under the tree-fort.

After all that work a hearty supper was appreciated. Owen cooked the sausages over the fire you see behind him. He also had fun throwing rocks in the fire.

Today we need to paint some of the boards before we continue with our construction.

Time for breakfast then off to town for paint.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.

How are things in Switzerland Carol?