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.
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.
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.
We are two retired Canadians who have just moved into our off grid passive solar home. This is all new to us and we are surprised at how comfortable the house is regardless of the temperature outside. When not home we are usually travelling in our Airstream trailer exploring North America and meeting like minded people.
Mary loves to quilt and Art enjoys photography. We both enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, travelling and cross-country skiing.
Come along with us and share our adventures as we settle into this new life off the electrical grid.