Wednesday, June 2, 2021

May ~ memories of the month that was

For everything there is a season.  
The month of May is definitely ‘the time to sow’ in our corner.


It’s always a busy time on the farm...
...with grass to harvest and fields to prepare for seeding.

We don’t make too many plans in May...
since everything revolves around farm work.

We definitely don’t plan to self-isolate for two weeks of the month!
But there are times when our agendas are put on hold...
and we have no choice but to follow public health orders.

Despite all our best efforts to stay clear of Covid 19 this past year...
Elmer got sick and tested positive.


Once he was feeling better...
he decided he might as well isolate in the cab of the tractor and make himself useful.
No one else used that tractor and he stayed inside his own little bubble.

As we all know by now...
all household contacts of someone with Covid also need to isolate.
I never strayed from the yard for a few weeks.  
As you can imagine...that was not what I would have chosen.  


But there are worse places to isolate!
I walked in the fields
some of which I hadn't set foot on in twenty years.
The first crop of grass came in off the fields...
and is stored in bunkers to be fed to the cattle next winter.


Watching our son packing grass in the bunker was not something I wanted to see!
Yikes!


The heifers always came out to greet me as I made my laps around the farmyard.


I don't think that I have ever made pickles and salsa in May.
But since I had lots of time on my hands...
and friends and family who delivered my necessities...
why not?


When all was said and done...
I still knew how to drive the car.  

Let me share a few other happenings of the month.



Mother's Day happened during my time of  'incarceration'...
so needless to say there were no celebrations this year.

But our eldest son stopped by to check up on us...
and dropped off a beautiful bouquet of anemones.

I'm not sure where I have been...
but how is it that these flowers are new to me?
So pretty! 


Birthday celebrations have been very low-key this past year.
I picked Ranen up after school on her 15th birthday and we had a lovely time together. 
Hopefully next year we can celebrate with the whole family!


Micah's summer is not shaping up quite as he had envisioned.
An accident while jumping into the swimming pool resulted in a broken wrist...
and now he will be watching his friends from the sidelines.
There weren't many smiles at first...
but DQ treats seemed to help.
Keeping him off his scooter for six weeks will not be an easy task.


The grands next door have found a new mode of transportation...
and they came over to demo last week.

Who knew there with electric skateboards with one wheel?


Maggie and Lucy were over and decided to give it a try.
It didn't take them long to catch on.
I'll stick to two wheels or more!

We have been away on our first camping trip of the season...
and just came home tonight.

I actually attempted to do this blog post while we were camping...but discovered that I was not capable of doing that with an iPhone and poor internet service.


We were in the Whistler area...
where we have camped many times over the years.


We saw three bears within hours of arriving...
and were glad we were not tenting!

We spent the last four days hiking, biking, reading,
relaxing...
and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.



So that was how the month of May played out over here.

And just like that it is gone...
and summer is just around the corner.

The snow is rapidly disappearing from Mt. Cheam...
with much less now than on this photo from two weeks ago. 

Thanks for stopping by.



Whistler ~ First Camping Trip of the Year

Whistler.


One of our province's most scenic places to camp.
And also one that happens to be in our health region...
allowing us to travel there without any guilt!


Our trip to Whistler took us a little longer than we had expected.

We found ourselves part of a convoy of  trucks going through Squamish...
and crowds of people lined the roadway and the overpasses. 

Horns were honking and people were waving while logging trucks, cement trucks and gravel trucks passed by.

We discovered later that it was a funeral procession (a two hour convoy of trucks) to honour a local couple involved in the trucking industry who passed away within hours of each other.

Since funerals are not possible here right now,
this was how the community chose to honour them.



Within hours of our arrival in Whistler...


...we met up with several bears.


We never tire of the scenery!


Green Lake...near our campsite.


I'm sure I have taken a photo of this same scene before.
So peaceful!


Our campsite was several miles from the village...
but the Valley Trail is great for biking back and forth along the river.


We cycled everywhere.


One trail took us high above Green Lake...


...and though we never found the ghost town we were looking for,
it was an interesting adventure.


The trail through the forest was great for the most part...


...but when we found ourselves on steep slopes with switchbacks and loose rocks, 
we knew we were riding beyond our skill level...
and decided to turn back.



We may not have found the end of the trail
but we sure enjoyed the journey.


M2...the same site we have stayed in before at the Riverside Campground.
Maybe we will stay there again one day!


Before we left for home yesterday...
we did a short hike along the Cheakumus River to 'the train wreck', just south of Whistler.
The suspension bridge is a great viewpoint for the canyon below.


The boxcars scattered in the woods are the result of an historic train wreck in 1956.
Over the years, hikers and local artists have turned them into an art gallery in the forest.


And that was our first camping trip of the year.

Whistler...
until next time!


Friday, April 30, 2021

April ~ welcoming spring

And just like that...everything is made new. 

April comes from the Latin word meaning 'open'.   
So appropriate!


The pink magnolia bloomed on schedule. 
April 4th.
Hannah's memorial tree.
She is not forgotten.


We usually have a lot of rain in April and the blossoms don't get much of a chance to put on a show.
This year they were amazing!

With pandemic restrictions changing our way of life...
Easter looked quite different than what we were used to.

We attended a drive-in church service in the morning...


...and headed up the mountain to meet up with the family in the afternoon. 


An Easter egg hunt in the forest...


...and Paska around a campfire made for a memorable Easter celebration.

We missed Emme...
who is in Uganda with a team through YWAM


It is definitely a life-changing experience for her!

She sent the photo of a boy who was ecstatic with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox he just received (Christmas comes any time of the year over there)...
and remembered the years when we packed those shoeboxes together.


With lots of sunshine in April...
we ventured out on the bikes quite often.


Trails along the river are great...


...no need to watch for traffic!


We saw this relic parked in a field along the river...
and Elmer decided to go take a closer look.

Sure enough...
it was a lime spreader that his dad had a local manufacturer build for him around 1958.

Elmer recalls doing custom spreading with that piece of equipment while in his teens.

It may have seen better days, but the lime spreader is still around.

And so is the manufacturer...Ironside Design Manufacturing, which began as a humble blacksmith shop in Chilliwack over a century ago.


Though restaurants are closed for indoor dining...
the patios are open. 

We chose a warm April day to have dinner at our local Wildcat Grill...
where they have turned their parking lot into a patio.

Dining on their patio 'in the shadow of Mt. Cheam'...
is far better than being eating inside anyhow!


We attended a drive-by milestone anniversary celebration for Paul and Carol a few weeks ago.
Carol was a close friend through high school...
and still a good friend today!

And yes...
that is her wedding gown which still fits her perfectly five decades later!

It hardly seems possible that our friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary...
but we know we aren't far behind!


Another flashback to yesteryear was a hike to 'Lost Lake'.
Elmer and I hiked there together in 1969 and hadn't been back since.

It is located at the top of Sumas Mountain...
is now called Chadsey Lake...
and seemed like a longer hike than 'back in the day'!


But it is even more beautiful then I remember...
and we are so glad we made the trek.


A few days ago, we cycled along the Vedder River...


...where the fishermen and eagles gather on the bank.

Not far from there...
we cycled past fields of tulips. 


And so ends  April...
when the earth laughs with flowers!

May will a busy time out on the fields for the farmers...
cutting grass and planting corn.'


Until next month...