Sunny Days

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It temperature dipped below freezing last night, but bounced back up after the light of dawn. Although this cold weather is not much to my liking, I am grateful not be on the west coast of Scotland right now, where some areas have received three inches of snow, and it has been described as the heaviest snow fall of the winter; on April 28th, imagine that.

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video, “Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute”. When returning to get the link to include here, the video was gone, with the message “This video contains content from BBC Worldwide, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” Such a shame really, as we can’t get the BBC programming here in Canada, and now I can’t share the link. I enjoyed the tribute very much, it showed me a side of Queen Elizabeth I hadn’t really seen before, it was chiefly narrated by Prince Charles, in conversation with Queen Elizabeth, and includes comments from many members of the Royal Family.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Today dawned sunny, and slightly colder than yesterday morning. However, the temperature had not fallen below freezing last night, so the temperature rose through morning at a quicker pace.

This morning I was thinking of a story a friend of mine told me about his daughter. When she was quite young they were playing hide and seek. To avoid being found she would cover her eyes and shout, “you can’t see me.” In her innocence she believed that this tactic worked.

Next door to us live two little boys. They are as different as “chalk and cheese”. The older loves to talk, he makes eye contact, smiles a lot, and is affectionate. The younger loves to explore, he asks questions, and will walk through any door that is open, anywhere. When I arrived home in the car last week, after having been out, the older boy ran up to the car door as I emerged, threw his arms around my neck and gave me a big hug. Then off he ran to join his mother and brother, as they headed down the street for their walk. He whispered to his mother, “I have a secret. I hugged her.” Then he giggled. Who wouldn’t be completely charmed by such a boy.

Today I searched for “Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute”, and found that someone else had posted it to YouTube. I guess the BBC is going to have their hands full trying to put the Genie back in the box. Really though, it is such a lovely tribute to the Queen that I feel it should be freely available to the public. As I watched it I realized that what I appreciate about the Queen is the continuity she has provided. My whole life her picture has officiated the classrooms where I was taught, the libraries I visited, and many other public places. One of my Aunts kept a Royal Scrapbook, which I loved to look at when I was young. The Royal Family didn’t play an active role in my existence, but the Queen has always been there, actively demonstrating that with privilege and honour came responsibility and consideration.

Projects that needed to be accomplished before our next visit to the Rideau Camp were tackled.

First, there have been various media alerts that tick season has begun. While the Lyme Disease carrying black ticks are not found near Mist Cottage, or our Ancestral Camp, the Rideau Camp is in black tick territory. This means that we need to exercise caution while working, or recreating, at the Rideau Camp. To that end, Attila’s coveralls needed to be treated with permethrin, to aid in repelling ticks. This morning, when I carefully applied the permethrin spray to Attila’s coveralls, I treated an old pair of pants of mine. That gives me two pairs of pants that will repel ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies. I only have one treated shirt, an old, large man’s shirt that I picked up at a used clothing store. A second one is called for, and is on the shopping list for the next visit to the charity shops. In addition, a pair of sharp tweezers for tick removal was added to the first aid kit. Best to be prepared.

Second, the driveway and parking area at the Rideau camp are crushed stone. There are a lot of tall weeds growing up out of the crushed stone. I am going to spray the area of crushed stone with a mixture of epsom salts, vinegar, and Dawn detergent, to get rid of the weeds there.

Here is a photo to warm the cockles of your heart, our very own septic tank at the Rideau Camp. This gem was part of the deal, it came with the camp. Unfortunately it is garbage, it leaks, it is cracked. We won’t be stuffing this 5 foot high inheritance into a green garbage bag, throwing a tag on the bag, and putting it on the curb to go out with the trash! It might come in handy during a flood, we could stand on it.
Septic tank

Worldly Distractions

Weather

5°C
Date: 10:00 AM EDT Thursday 28 April 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 5.2°C
Dewpoint: -6.4°C
Humidity: 43%
Wind: NNE 17 gust 30 km/h

4°C
Date: 8:00 AM EDT Friday 29 April 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 4.4°C
Dewpoint: -7.4°C
Humidity: 42%
Wind: NE 26 gust 37 km/h

Quote

“Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.”
Franz Kafka
1883 – 1924

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6 Responses to Sunny Days

  1. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Hi, Maggie! Your video on the Queen’s family tribute is available on the BBC website. Here’s the link.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07891d0

    I instantly fell in love with your little boy neighbor. Lucky you!

    With the septic tank, it’s a thorny problem but is I guess I’d look into either renting a generator and a jackhammer or bite the bullet and see what it would cost to have someone cart it out.Hopefully your land never floods to the point that standing on it would be worthwhile. 😉

    Would encouraging the bird population at your camp help with the ticks? Yes, with all the diseases associated with ticks now they aren’t the best camp crashers to have around.

    Where did you find information about which areas are tick areas? I’d love to look at that.

    Hope you have a nice weekend at your camp!

  2. Bex Crowell says:

    Thank you to Teri for finding the link. Maybe I’ll view it later on. I have to admit I am not a royalist but I’ll have a look anyway.
    Life here without dogs is in the forefront of my mind now. How to deal with less work! Normally, that would be a nice thing, and I do appreciate that the furs won’t be accumulating any longer; now I just have to get the ones that live here removed! I feel like I’ve been transported up into a parallel universe with no animals living with us any longer. ;-(

  3. There was a nice short video that I saw via FB that shows the Queen morphing photo to photo from a baby to current. It was very well done. Enjoy your Rideau camp!

  4. Thanks for the link Teri. When I try to watch it I get this message:

    BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only. Find out why.

    If you are in the UK and see this message please read this advice.”
    I’m glad I got to see it on YouTube.

    The septic tank is made with steel reinforcement, we won’t trying to take that apart. The only way to get rid of it is hire someone to come and take it away. I suspect we will just keep it, and might eventually find some sort of use for it. I tried to find creative things to do with septic tanks, but it isn’t something that creative people are really thinking about, or inspired to explore 🙂

    We have lots of birds at the camp, saw five different species today. I think we will be fine, as we are wearing repellent clothing, high rubber boots, and plan on checking for ticks every time we have been out at the camp. I now have tweezers and disinfectant in the first aid kit, we are ready for them. Can’t remember where I found the info on ticks, could have been looking at lyme disease distributions in Ontario. I’ll post it if I find it.

  5. Bex, the Royals are so British, I thought you might be interested if only for that reason!

    What a transition you are going through! When we lost Mist it was a similar kind of thing, but I don’t think it was quite as intense as your present experience. The parallel universe reference is so apt!

  6. That video sounds interesting Joan! I will look for it on the internet now that I know it exists. We are enjoying the Rideau Camp, more than I ever imagined I would. I knew Attila would love it, but I didn’t realize how quickly I would become attached to the place, a bit of surprise.