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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Thursday, 6 August 2020

PENNY and the KIDS

Our focus this week is to get Penny used to having Owen and Kate around. As you can see we aren't always successful.

Other times Penny is obedient and does exactly what we want; ......... go figure.
Owen has developed an excellent rapport with Penny and she will sit and eat from his hand when instructed.
Yesterday we did several walks down to the lake. 
Today we will do more walks and hope Penny learns to walk without constantly pulling on the leash. She is just a puppy so whatever baby steps she takes in this training process we are happy with. The main objective this week is to get her to be calm at all times when the kids are around. 
Until that happens we will continue to walk her up and down the driveway, alone and with the kids.

Patience, we need a double dose of it this week.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

The Kids are Back

The past week has been quiet here back in the bush but that is about to change.

The grandkids arrived yesterday and this morning Kate is busy making breakfast for us. Looks like a delicious breakfast of cupcakes and pancakes. 

Owen is busy on his  computer and Oma is making real pancakes for breakfast. 

Penny has been relagated to the porch this morning. All the training she received the past two weeks went out the window when the kids arrived; new faces, new challenges.

She does enjoy the outdoors and we take her for "off leash" walks as often as possible.

So far she always comes when called; of course I reward her with a treat. We really like her at this stage but know she will be three times the size when fully grown. She is adorable and come September we plan to see how she handles camping in Algonquin Park. If all goes well we will then start planning longer trips. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe everyone.

Monday, 27 July 2020


We are back into the hot muggy days of summer; 30+*C. The best place to be on such days is the beach.

Yesterday we packed a lunch, the lawnchairs and headed out to our favourite location.

As you can see the beach wasn't crowded, no concerns about social distancing or need to wear a mask.

Penny preferred the shade and was content to watch the kids in the water. For a pup she is so well behaved.

Today it's back to work with a list of chores we need to get done.

Stay safe and well and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 26 July 2020


For some time now I've noticed sawdust on the floor of my work shed. I would sweep it up and the next morning it would be there again. Since I hadn't been sawing anything, I figured I must have ants building their own version of home in my ceiling.

The easiest way to take a look was to remove a roof panel. Everthing looked clean and healthy, no signs of ant infestation. 

Before putting everything back together I sprayed the beams with "ant killer" Hopefully I have solved the problem and the ants have decided to move to a new location, preferably off our property.

Stay safe and healthy and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 25 July 2020


We did our usual drive north to the Combermere farmers' market this morning. It was  perfect day for a meander through the countryside.

Penny was eager to get out and meet the people so I looked after her while Mary did the shopping; a bag of bones for Penny and romaine lettuce for us.

Most people were wearing masks and keeping their social distance from strangers; except those lined up for donuts. They were eager to eat and bunched up tightly hoping to get their order placed before the donuts all disappeared.

On the way home we found this beach; a spot we will bring Kate and Owen to next time they are up. The water was warm and shallow ringed by a beach of soft sand, a perfect spot for a summer afternoon.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and warm weather; preferably at the beach somewhere.

Stay safe and healthy and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 24 July 2020


Penny has a new facination with our porch swing. She likes to climb in and have us push her gently back and forth.

Mary tied denim fabric to the ropes and Penny chews away while she swings gently on our porch; she's in heaven.

She also is very adept at tugging on the fabric strips and doing an acrobatic dance while she tries to rip the fabric from the swing.

Regardless of what she does we love her.

Now we just need to train her to stay close to home.

Thanks for stopping by and be safe everyone

Sunday, 19 July 2020


When it's 30*C out you need to find a cool place to survive. Around here the lake is our best option.

Frankie was very happy to be in her mother's arms with the occassional dip in the water.

Soon she was in right up to her chin.

Mary preferred the floating chair for staying cool.

Penny didn't want to be left out so joined Mary for a ride in the chair.

She was soon back on land drying off and .............

rolling in the grass.

I think today will be much the same.

Stay safe and well everyone.