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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Thursday, 21 March 2019

SPRING PLANTING

Even though our propane tank is deep in snow we are thinking spring.

Mary ordered seeds last month and now has containers throughout the house germinating seeds and getting a jump on the growing season.

While Mary plants I split wood and stack it under our shelter for next winter. Owen was a big help last week when we stacked wood together; this week I'm on my own.

Maple syrup season has arrived but we still have several bottles from last year so won't be tapping trees this year.

Still waiting for our new truck to reach the dealership's lot. We could have driven it home from the factory faster.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

FIREWOOD

Up here our lakes remain frozen and we still have lots of snow. Melting has started and our afternoon temperatures are often above freezing. Spring is in the air.

Yesterday we made fire-starters. We take egg cartons fill them with wood chips and pour melted wax over the containers. Break off a section, place it amongst some kindling and you have a guaranteed fire. The chips I got from the mill were damp so we first dried them on the stove.

We've gone through more firewood this winter than any of the previous seven. So glad spring is just around the corner. Most days we have a fire in the morning and by ten the sun is heating the house.  Last night it got down to -19*C and we were warm without the fire.  I do have a truck load of firewood on order but it won't be delivered until June. Looks like I'll be busy all summer splitting wood. Glad Owen can come and help.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 15 March 2019

TOBOGGAN RIDES ALL AFTERNOON

Our lane-way is the perfect hill for a toboggan ride and that's what Owen and Kate did Wednesday afternoon.

They spent an hour screaming and laughing on every decent. Kate wasn't one bit terrified and Owen enjoyed every minute as well.

Down at the bottom it was it was time to roll off the toboggan and into the snow. Oh the freedom and joy of being a child.

A walk to the top or ..........................

 a free ride up the hill with big brother pulling and then they did it all over again.

Time for a thank-you kiss.

They had a blast and my only job was to take pictures.

We finished the day with Oma's homemade pizza. Each was prepared with only the ingredients selected by the individual eating it. Delicious, no complaints, done to perfection.


Thanks Owen, Kate and Sherri for a fabulous time together.  Hope we can do this every March Break.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

HELPING GRANDPA

Yesterday Owen was a big help to Grandpa. We worked together to cut, split and stack wood. Here Owen hauls out our tools for the day.

Sherri brought me a nifty tool for lifting the logs off the ground which helps keep the log steady and the chainsaw out of the dirt.

Owen's job was to load the sleigh.

Some chunks were a struggle to lift but Owen managed to fill the sleigh all by himself.

He then pulled the load over to the shed where he helped Grandpa stack the firewood to dry for next winter.

Every grandpa needs a helper like Owen.

After lunch we had a lovely "Facebook" chat with Maggie and Sean in Alberta. It's a remarkable age we live in, so easy to connect and see who you are chatting with a thousand miles away.

Today Sherri, Owen and Kate head home and we will miss them terribly. It has been the perfect March Break for us.

I do have more pictures I will post tomorrow.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

MARCH BREAK SNOWSHOE HIKE

Yesterday afternoon was too lovely to stay indoors. After lunch we suited up and strapped on the snowshoes for a hike through our bush.

Even little Kate who is just two has her own snowshoes. Of course Oma had to help get them strapped on properly.

Owen lost a snowshoe before we even got started. You can see he's up to his knee in snow and could sink further if he shifted his weight.

We eventually got everyone organized; Kate in the sleigh, Owen on two snowshoes, and headed out on the trails. That's when my camera battery died so no more pictures on the hike.

I did manage a few shots when everyone returned.

Even got one with Kate smiling.

It was a wonderful afternoon. We were out for more than an hour and returned exhausted. Back inside the kids played quietly while the adults sat and relaxed by the fire; a great way to end the day.

Safe travels everyone.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

TYPICAL MORNING

The morning started with cuddles with Grandpa; looks like Grandpa just got out of bed.

Then we moved to the kitchen sink where Owen with Kate's help decided his rocks needed cleaning. For some unknown reason Owen has become fascinated with rocks, where to find them and why they are different. This summer he plans to attend the Bancroft Gemfest and expand his collection of rocks.

Next was some tickle time on the couch.

Kate loved the tickles and made sure she got lots.

Oma made a delicious breakfast of buckwheat pancakes, bacon, and homemade maple syrup which the kids devoured leaving no bacon for grandpa.

Now it's time to dress and head to town. First store the kids want to stop at is ........................... DOLLARAMA!

After lunch it's snowshoe time back in the bush.

Stay safe and warm everyone. It's starting to feel like spring.

Monday, 11 March 2019

MARCH BREAK

March Break means special time with our grandchildren. Here Owen and Kate get some snuggle time with Oma before bedtime.

Kate doesn't mind having her picture taken.

This morning they got into the costume box.

Did I mention Kate like to have her picture taken.

Kate enjoys helping Oma in the kitchen; even doing dishes is fun for a two year old.

Owen's preference is earphones and entertainment.

This morning they took a hike down to the lake but I was in town and missed that picture opportunity.

After supper Owen helped me chop wood. He is a great helper to have around.

Tomorrow we will cut more wood, snowshoe the trails and get more photos.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.