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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Monday, 16 October 2017

SALSA

Mary is busy making salsa.

The tomatillos Mary picked last week were peeled and sliced.

Onions were added along with ....

spices and peppers.

This was then brought to a boil and left to simmer for a while.

Now we just need to find bottles for it all.

Today we need to clear our gardens and get them ready for winter.

Always something to keep us busy.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

GARDEN PRODUCE

We continue to be amazed at how much produce we are still picking from the garden.

Today Mary picked tomatellos.

These will be peeled, cooked and canned ready for use this winter as a salsa.

Lettuce is still plentiful.

These tomatoes will soon be picked and brought inside to ripen. Mary also picked several bowls of parsley to hang and dry indoors. Getting almost seven months of produce from our garden is remarkable for this climate zone. I think next year we will add another two raised garden beds as well as a small greenhouse. We do enjoy picking and eating our own vegetables.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping an eye on us.

Friday, 13 October 2017

A FALL DAY

We are getting ready for winter. I moved our skids of firewood up to the house this past week as we now need a fire most days.

This morning we took Ivan and Jan for a walk through our hiking trails.

A stop by the back ponds gave us a chance to catch our breath and admire the views.

Our pace was relaxed giving us time to chat and listen as we hiked along our snowshoe trails.

This tree will be removed before winter arrives. We don't need added obstacles when we are on snowshoes, our terrain is challenging enough.

Now it's time to enjoy the fire and watch the turkeys outside our window.

Stay safe and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

THANKSGIVING

We had a lovely weekend with family and did some morning walks with Carol and Don. They fed us well and made sure we got some exercise each day. At our age it is too easy to spend the day sitting.

Monday we celebrated Thanksgiving in Burlington at Margaret and Andrew's place.

This wee one is now mobile and never still long enough to get a good picture.

Uncle Paul gave Owen and Lionel instructions on a LEGO set he brought.

Even Kate got in on the LEGO but seems more focused on Uncle Sean at the moment.

Kate did sit for a few seconds on her cousin Minna's lap.

But only for a minute as the sound of water was too enticing not to investigate and try and drink.

While Kate was playing in the water, Owen and Lionel were having fun squeezing Minn'a fingers with their LEGO wrenches. Great to have an older cousin.

Before heading home Owen had a few minutes at the local playground.  Playground equipment has come a long way from swings and teeter-totters of my youth.

Now we are home filled with good food and wonderful memories.

Thanks everyone.

Friday, 6 October 2017

TEA ROOM

Fall colours are starting to show reds and yellows around here.

Today we took a drive over to Ormsby to

have lunch in an old school.

Tea was served in china cups and the food on china plates. Everything was homemade and delicious.

This school was built in 1921 and in use until 1964. They even had some original students' desks off in one corner along with ....

old class photos.

The owners and guests were so friendly we are going back tomorrow for  Thanksgiving supper.

This is a great destination  anytime you need an excuse to enjoy a cup of tea.

Learn more about the school by clicking HERE

Monday, 2 October 2017

BABY SHOWER

Sarah and Katie are expecting a little boy the end of November. Yesterday we gathered in Peterborough to celebrate.

Sarah getting a hug from her aunt Margaret and aunt Mary.

Most of the folks were from Katie's side of the family.

It was good to get caught up with the relatives we did know.

Too many months pass before we seem to do this.

The day was finished off opening gifts and playing games related to new baby stuff.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate and see each other again.

Now we just have to be patient until this little guy arrives.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

ALGONQUIN PARK

We live on the doorstep of Algonquin Park and always enjoy a visit when the fall colours are at their best. Unfortunately this year most of the leaves had fallen before we arrived. Nevertheless it was still a great day to be up in the park.

Can you see the moose walking across the road? Click on the photo for a better view.

Our first stop was the art gallery

where they have an excellent display commemorating the life and work of Tom Thomson a famous Canadian painter who visited and worked in Algonquin Park a hundred years ago.

Next was a hike along the Hemlock Trail a short hike of only 3.5 km and rather easy if you have strong legs.

I was glad to find this bench and

enjoy the view of Jack Lake.

Time for a little nourishment after all that walking. The beach at Lake of Two Rivers was closed because of the algae growth so we just found an empty campsite and enjoyed the afternoon.

Last stop was the visitor's center and a view across the valley. Maybe next year the colours will be better.

Thanks for stopping by and safe travels everyone.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

CRANBERRY PICKING

Today Durl and Linda took us cranberry picking.

The water was smooth, crystal clear and the weather was perfect about 28*C.

Passed this happy camper on the way in along with

this guy looking for breakfast.

Heading out across the bog looking for ....

cranberries. They are tiny and hard to see but this year the crop was plentiful.

Picking looks easy but you are often sitting in water and getting up and down can be a challenge. (for old guys)

By lunchtime our buckets were full and it was time to head home.

Best picking we've had in five years.

Thanks Linda and Durl. We will enjoy them this winter.