First, a shout out to my Mom, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday! Love ya Mom! Mom is as sharp as she ever has been, and that is saying a lot because Mom is a sharp cookie. You go girl!
We haven’t visited our Camp since last autumn, when we visited to shut things down for the winter. This spring we didn’t travel to the Camp because we had not had access to Covid shots, and I felt that it wasn’t worth the risk to travel until we had received our vaccinations. Then, after we had finally received our first shots (so far still only first shots), and let the two weeks go by so that we had developed some immunity, the number of Covid cases exploded in Canada, and Ontario went into a State of Emergency, with Stay At Home orders. This will continue until early June. So we haven’t traveled to the Camp in 2021. Many people are traveling to their recreational properties, but we have decided we won’t do that, and will stick to the letter of the law. Sticking to the letter of the law is what we do.
I was poking around on the internet last week, and discovered a new local program in our municipality. One can now purchase a Burn Permit where we live, that will allow for a backyard camp fire. There are a myriad of rules to setting that up. So I applied for and purchased a Burn Permit for Mist Cottage. Attila then obtained a truck rim from a mechanic friend where he works. Soon thereafter, Attila had installed the tire rim to local specifications, and we were good to go!
This spring Attila wanted to purchase a pole saw to prune the Crab Apple tree, and our other trees on the property here at home. It was a huge investment for us, using all our discretionary money for the year of 2021. So Attila pruned the Crab Apple tree earlier in the spring. It is an old tired tree, which has not been pruned since it was planted probably over 60 years ago. There was a lot of deadwood, and branches over the roof of the house. Attila removed all the deadwood, the branch over the house, and did a good pruning of live branches as well. The tree is in now in bloom, and it is magnificent! The blossoms are large, numerous, and aromatic. The scent in the air reminds me of Niagara, when fruit trees blossomed everywhere, and there was such a thing as Blossom Sunday to celebrate the blooms, and the heavenly scented breezes.
The purchase of the pole saw has proven to be a blessing. We had three Ash trees on the property when we bought the house. Then the Emerald Ash Borer infected the entire municipality, and the Ash trees all began to die. We watched helplessly as the Ash in the front yard weakened and died. Luckily the Hydro company came and felled the forty foot tall tree. They left the trunk and brush for us to deal with. I contacted some wood turners who were glad to have the wood, they came, sectioned the trunk, and took away most of it. We have been processing the brush and the branches ever since. But now our two remaining Ash trees have died as well. So very sad.
So, three unrelated elements of chance have been brought together: the pole saw, the dead Ash trees, and the new backyard camp fire pit. Yesterday, Saturday, Attila cut two large branches from the Ash tree furthest from the house. He cut them into sections and piled them near the fire pit.
Our Saturday evening saw us relaxing around a crackling camp fire, right in our own back yard!
Eventually we will burn all of the dead Ash wood from our two dead trees. It will take a few years, and we will enjoy it!
Attila continues to plant the garden. He has started hundreds of plant starts in his little greenhouse, and about half of them are now in the ground. He spends many happy hours out in his garden! The rain tanks have provided him with copious amounts of cost free water to keep the plants happy. Some insect is chewing and killing some of our brassicas, so tonight Attila is out there spraying them with a castile soap and water mixture. I hope that works!
We experienced our very first hot day today! The temperature on the back porch, when the sun shines into it in the afternoon, gets very hot indeed. The thermometer read almost 30C! It was time to install the sun shades! To mute the afternoon sunlight, I devised shades using curtain rods, and bed sheets. The curtain rods are hung along the roof at the outer edge of the porch, and the bed sheets are strung along the curtain rods. There is still plenty of bright light, but the full force of the sun does not penetrate. This helps to keep the temperature down on the porch, and allows us to sit comfortably out of direct sunlight.
I’ve been experiencing issues with my back just of late. This happens from time to time, for no reason at all. I hadn’t been straining, or overdoing things, so who knows why my back would suddenly go. But it did, about four days ago. Last night was awful, as every time I moved my leg my back would spasm, which would awaken me with a terrible start. I did sleep between the spasms, and since it is the weekend, I was able to rest until I felt like getting up. So today I am taking it very easy indeed. Slow and steady wins the day.
I’ve been surprised though, at how much I actually did today. My list consists of baking bread, turning a harvest of Rhubarb into Rhubarb Squares, paying bills, putting up the sun shades on back porch, and puttering around the house putting things away, which is a constant occupation in a very tiny house.
Updated on Sun, May 16, 8:25 PM
FEELS LIKE 19
A few clouds
Wind 8 SW km/h
Humidity 42 %
Visibility 25 km
Sunrise 5:39 AM
Wind gust 13 km/h
Pressure 102.2 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 8:29 PM
Old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Bernard M. Baruch
1870 – 1965
Happy birthday Maggie’s mum. Look after your back, Maggie.
Hello Steve Paul! I think the weather turned warm in honour of my Mom, who deserves sunny skies and warm breezes.
My back is a mystery, but I am able to enjoy life, even at this slow pace! Enjoy this fine weather my friend!
I have to disagree with your quote for the day. Old is is NOW here. Not in 15 years! Now.
Happy Birthday to your Mom! I hope your back heals quickly. I’ll take those 15 years back if I can 🙂 ((Hugs))
Happy birthday to your Mother! I bet the crab apple tree is amazing! And I hope your back feels better soon! Enjoy the fresh air!
Happy Birthday to your mom! Sorry your back is bothering you. Hope it heals quickly! Aww, a shame that you can’t go to your camp. Hope you are able to get to enjoy it sometime this year. In the meantime, take it easy and stay well!
Bex, I hear you! You have had a rough go lately, that is for sure. You are managing the challenges well, you are so determined!
Sandy, I love the Crab Apple tree, except when the little Crab Apple fall all over the front porch, lol. There was a lovely one next door as well, but the ex-neighbours cut it down for firewood. My back is slowly improving, I just have to remember to take it easy, which isn’t easy! 🙂 I hope the weather is lovely where you live! ((hugs))
Joan, I wish I could capture an image that adequately reveals the full beauty of the crab apple in bloom. But alas, it is not possible. Attila and I talk about making a private space with garden plants, in the front yard, so we can sit out there quietly and enjoy that tree!
My back is slowly improving, with setbacks every time I forget it is bothering me and I become too active. Slow and steady, not easy to achieve with all this beautiful weather going on! I hope it isn’t too hot where you live!
Cookie! Thank you for all the good wishes. We are missing blackfly season at the camp, and by the time we get out there again, the grass will be long, and the mosquitoes will be waiting for us, lol. We will have to catch up with grass cutting, and collecting and burning deadwood that has fallen from the trees since last autumn. I am looking forward to getting out there, but will be patient. Attila is so busy in the garden right now that taking a day or a few days to work out at the Camp would slow him down, so perhaps it is just as well. But I do miss it! Hope the weather is nice where you are, and that you can enjoy it!
Thank you everyone from my Mom, she reads the journal and sees the good wishes!
It is beautiful here today and I have been trying to get some odds and ends done outside but have to keep running back inside because the sun is so strong today so it is hot out. I think we are supposed to go up to 90 next Monday! Way too hot for spring here. Ugh, I am one of those people that the biting insects just love so I can sympathize with you when you have to endure black flies and mosquitos. Could just be me but it seems the biting insect population gets worse each year. Was so glad to see more bees around this spring than I saw last year.
Eileen, oh dear, popular with biting insects, how lamentable! They like me a lot too. We have permethrin treated clothing which prevents them from biting, but on a hot day wearing clothing that covers us up entirely is hot for working. 90 degrees! Wow, that doesn’t sound comfortable. Pacing yourself by going inside sounds like a great strategy!