Saturday, May 31, 2014
Last night, when Attila arrived home late from work, after having worked overtime, we had a quick supper, loaded the car with bug spray, loppers, and cleaning supplies, and headed towards the camp.
Upon arrival I geared up, with rubber boots, layers of long sleeved shirts, head net over hat with brim, and bug spray on all exposed areas of skin. Attila, accustomed to working in a biting-bug atmosphere, simply applied bug spray and was ready to go.
We parked at my Grandparents house and walked down the road to the camp. It doesn’t have a driveway yet, the ditch is deep and wide, the road shoulder is narrow.
What struck me immediately as I stepped foot on the lot was the wonderful breeze. It swept across the distant fields to find us, blowing the mosquitoes out of its way as it danced through the trees to the steep incline at the back of the camp lot.
We arrived at the camp with several hours of daylight left, we set to work. Attila used the loppers to cut the saplings and trees up to 20 feet high, and I gathered them and piled them at the periphery of the camp lot. Attila lasted much longer than I did, I am unused to hard work now and tire easily. So I took myself over to my Grandparents house and began to clean the outhouse. It needs work. I had only rags and water with me, so it was the seat that got cleaned. On our next trip I will bring an old broom and really go at it. We also plan on bringing a supply of sawdust, for sprinkling after each use, to keep the smell reasonable.
Then I checked the rhubarb patch, which my Mom planted many years ago, I think when she was living there. It was thriving! So I picked a few stalks to take home with me. As Harriet says, it is the best tasting rhubarb ever.
After checking around the building to see if anything had been disturbed, all seemed well. So I took myself down the road to check on Attila.
He had worked his way about 100 feet into the bush. I watched from a distance, standing at the side of the road, as the canopy brightened after each sapling was felled.
After watching him work for some time, occasionally turning to enjoy the view, I called to him that it was time. He could have gone on until dark, but we needed to get up and go to work the next day, today, Saturday, so it was time to head home.
And so went the our first evening on our very own camp lot.
Terra and Lares are spending their weekend installing new siding on the other two sides of their house. Bright and early, before I left for work she sent me a photo of Lares on the ladder, removing the old siding, doing the prep work for the install. It is going to look amazing!
Monday, June 2, 2014
The weather was sunny and warm when we set off for the camp yesterday morning, Sunday, having carefully packed the car with all the gear needed for the day’s activities.
When we arrived, parking at Granny and Grandpa’s house, because there is no driveway at the camp, I set about getting our chairs and cooler onto the porch. On Saturday we purchased two inexpensive plastic chairs to leave at the camp.
My big task for the visit was to clean “the facilities”. Essential to comfort, the facilities at Granny and Grandpa’s house, down the road from the camp, will be used until we have made provisions at the camp. It is not a “fun” job, but needed doing, and done it is.
Attila’s big task for the visit was to clear the area on the lot where the driveway will come in. This was a huge task, requiring a chain saw and lots of physical labour. I helped for all of thirty minutes and was exhausted. Attila kept at it for eight hours, with two breaks for sandwiches and cold drinks. By the time evening fell, the lot had been transformed. There is still much to do with the chainsaw, but that can be accomplished after the driveway is put in.
My day was, quite honestly, heavenly. When not working on “the facilities”, I sat on Granny and Grandpa’s porch and just was. I didn’t really think about anything. I didn’t read a book. I didn’t use the computer, although it was close by in the car. I didn’t talk on the phone, text, or use any communication device. No, I just sat there, relaxed to the very core of my being. Attila put it so well, as we sat on the porch at the end of the day’s work, as the light mellowed and evening approached, “heaven,” he said.
During the day the gentleman who will install the driveway stopped by to have a look at where it will be put in. The driveway is all ready to go in the next few weeks, just the paperwork and permit fees to be paid before work begins, to the tune of $750 to the township. The cost of the actual driveway is more than we expected, we will be paying a good dollar for it. But we know the contractor, and we know that the work that he will do will be of the highest quality, which means that we are paying a fair price, and in return will receive the best possible results.
We have to go back this week of an evening. There is one task that Attila could not accomplish on our Sunday visit, because he forgot his wire cutters. There is an old wire fence across the front of the property, which must be cut away and removed before the machinery arrives to put the driveway in.
Attila worked through the day in the bush, in a t-shirt, having generously sprayed himself with bug spray. I am not that brave. I wore layers of work shirts, which the mosquitoes could not bite through, long loose trousers, rubber boots, and a hat with a brim covered with a bug net. It is difficult to look glamorous in such apparel, but fortunately I pay little, well no, attention to appearance when I am working in the bush.
Date: 8:00 AM EDT Saturday 31 May 2014
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: NE 5 km/h
“Sincerity is the way of Heaven.”
371 BC – 289 BC