Torita's Travels 2010/11 travel blog

The Sun rises on another wonderful day at OFFER'S ACRES.

I've travelled to the lower area of 'Offer's Acres' to take the...

Directly across the mouth of Harding's Creek looking at our neighbor's cottage...

Directly across the Sou'West River, Fall is so beautiful.

Directly across Harding's Creek, water so still, casting great reflections.

Look directly over the house on the hill, two ducks looking for...

HeyU encounters a neighbourhood Fox. He has just told the Fox off...look...

Renard says "OK, HeyU, if thats what you want, I'm out of...

Bird Feeder Robber, he heads up the russeling gang including Mr. Squirrel...

Our morning guests Mr Mourning Dove. They're such Ladies and Gentlemen.......but still...

Our shore Buddy who was Rita's companion all summer along with his...

Why is Rita's wash water laying on top of the ground? The...

Septic Sucking Services to the rescue!

A bad beginning to a new septic system. He drove into the...

Being pulled out by his own backhoe.

Home just prior to the Septic Tank installation, note the old one...

Bye, Bye old timer. Everything that went to you was well strained.

We now have to take a 'Peculation Test" to satisfy the Govt....

The new tank arrives in two sections and this is the smallest...

Our new septic tank, with my BS it shouldn't be long mbefore...

Lawrence painting the ceiling.

The finished product, thanks Lawrence for getting us off our butts!! We...

Our new LOVE, aptly named 'Nomad'.

The living, dining room slide peeking up into the bedroom. Washroom door...

Mid kitchen and Rita's craft/computer table.

Living room with so much beautiful light.

Bedroom, low ceilings but we're short and don't seem to mind. But...

View of the main area from the bedroom. Note the beautiful fireplace...

There she is in all her glory, wanting to go! Note the...

Our favourite visitor 'Chico' having an afternoon nap with his Buddy HeyU.

Presenting the new fridge! Mother is so proud and still liking it...

The new fridge beside the old freezer which will be removed later....


What a marvelous Summer this has been!!


Rita and I would like to say "Howdy" to all our friends who have been coming with us on our winter trips to (we hope) sunny Texas over these past three years. It has been so good to hear from you as you reply to our postings and comment on the contents.

It is again the time of year that our attentions are directed to the 5er in the yard and preparing for our Winter Adventure. We even tried the harness on HeyU yesterday and he is now very 'PISSED OFF' at us! You know the old back to us and licking his posterior areas!

Those cats really know how to use four letter words without even opening their mouths.

We are hearing from our friends re the dates that they will be leaving for the South and the blood is starting to flow. It's not flowing too swiftly tho these past few days because over the last week and then some we've been down with a really bad cold. We sit with our backs to each other on the computers moaning, coughing, sneezing and continually saying "Excuse me!" to each other. BUT we'll make it through!

I'm glad to report that 'His-honor' (me) was hired on at my old company, Vector Aerospace Repair Services Atlantic again this summer. What a company to work for and what a terrific group of people to work with. A special thanks to Lynda who put up with this old sod as a partner for the whole summer. What a team!!

We had planned to update the homestead this year by re-roofing the lower storage shed and removing three outdated windows in the bedroom and replacing them with one window over the bed. These plans came to a screeching halt when on a wash day Rita looked out the kitchen window and asked herself "What are all the birds doing splashing and cleaning up in the water in our yard?" "Wait a sec, we don't have a pond in our yard! Well yesterday we didn't!" Our Septic System was overflowing!!!!!

The call to me at work was a frantic one indeed and she was instructed to call our friendly 'Septic Sucking Service' for a cleanup. The truck was still there when I returned from work. "Tom, your weeping tile is completely blocked!" sayeth the Septic Sucking Guy. We were looking at quite an expense of having the entire system replaced. The planned updates were put on hold until the damages could be calculated.

First we had to have a percolation test done on the soil to factor in the absorption ability of the area. We were in luck and found it was excellent and meant we could get away with the smallest tank that was available. The new tank would be a concrete one. Interesting enough our old tank was an old stainless steel milk tank which Dad had installed about 50 years ago and it was as shiny and solid as when it was installed. A picture of it is above, all folded up and being carted away to be disposed of in the proper way. The weeping field being plugged was left in place....Thank God! And a new system was installed. This meant a major landscaping job was there and Rita and I were busy picking up rocks and spreading new grass seed. It's mostly weeds now but I know next summer will see it as a beautiful new stretch of grass. I must note that the system installer on his first day had to borrow a boost to start his backhoe and then promptly drove his truck into our old, open septic tank. Thank goodness he had started the backhoe because that's what had to pull him out. The rest of the day went off without a hitch.

We were fortunate to have a couple of visitations by our RVing buddies through the summer. The first were Claire and Lawrence Murphy from Guelph. Lawrence (Bless his soul) didn't make any remarks about me NOT getting very much done with the ceiling he put up two years ago for us. He quietly finished the project and even painted it. You know I could very possibly be one of the candidates for one of the Disaster DIY broadcasts on the TV! Thank you Lawrence!

While Claire and Lawrence were there we took possession of a new Refrigerator. The stand alone upright freezer we had was extremely old and was not too energy efficient and the refrigerator was turned down as low as it would go and wouldn't make the Mountains Blue. It was time to update this as well. Rita just loves her new fridge and I love the Mountains being Blue! Again thank you Claire and Lawrence for helping us set up the fridge.

After all the dust cleared we decided to bite the bullet and do the other projects. If we didn't do the roof then this winter would probably see the destruction of the floor inside because it was leaking quite a bit. So our working this summer just barely covered the expenses.

Talking about expenses...... We traded in the Conquest 5er for a 2009 Nomad. I've also included the pictures and we're anxiously waiting to live in her this winter. It's approximately the same length but has a mid kitchen which will help with the dish smashing problems associated with the rear kitchen of the Conquest. The bedroom slide has given us much more usable wardrobe space and we'll be able to hang up shirts without having them fold in the middle. The basement storage is enormous and will be hard NOT to try and fill it up.

Rita had a great summer here at Offer's Acres with many visitors in the animal and bird forms. We had a Fox family living quite near which presented itself with many visits by Momma Fox and her little ones. A family of Canada Geese adopted the Harding's Creek area for the summer. Of course the scoundrels of Offer's Acres were here in droves to rob the bird feeders, Raccoons, Squirrels , Chipmunks and Crows. We had a really healthy family or more of Crows here this summer. We never had a need for the alarm clock because they were quite happy to awaken us with their caw'ng every morning. HeyU had a marvelous time getting us to let him out, let him in, let him out, let him in.......you know what I mean!

Elise and Guy visited on their way to Cape Breton or as Elise say's they dropped in to Cape Breton on their way to visit Tom & Rita. A marvelous weekend to close off the summer months. Many games of cards which the guys successfully (and craftily I might add) made sure the games came up as a draw. 'Happy Wife, Happy Life' We enjoyed an evening meal at a restaurant in Cavendish on it's closing for the season night. Everything Elise ordered was out of stock! She finally smiled and we had a terrific dinner. Guy took time out of his busy schedule to install an gfi electrical outlet in our bathroom. Then we made the Mountains Blue!!

It's now October 30th and the time is quickly coming to pull out of the summer residence and head South. I noticed this morning that the temperature here was 5 deg C and the temp in Corpus Christi was only 7 deg C. The difference being now in the afternoon the temp here is still 5 deg and that of CC has climbed to 24 deg. Our friends Susan, Michelle, Elise and Guy are already set up at Hatch Park in Corpus Christi and they have been filling us in and trying to coax us to leave earlier. Well it is tempting the way the wind is thundering from the North West but if we leave too early we have to come back earlier and we have to wait for the road to the house to dry up from the winter rages before we get home. It rarely happens much before May 01.....so... we wait until Nov 12th.

HeyU has been trying on his new harness and is telling us he doesn't mush like or appreciate it, but on it goes for the next six months.

We have finally found a person who lives just up the road who is interested in cleaning up our woods for the use of the wood he clears. He will be concentrating on all the wind fallen trees and those who have come to the end of their life cycle. The process shall allow the sunlight to penetrate to the forest floor better and encourage the new growth of softwood and I see new hardwood creeping up where the light is allowed to penetrate. The whole job of cutting down trees has passed me and "Yes, Guy, I applied for my handicap tag for the truck !" I feel sometimes as if I'm 90 and I don't like it. The Mental Handicap I have does not help either. 8^)

Well, I better shut down this note before I shoot off my mouth too much and you will not desire to follow out trip. Which as you all know from our earlier trips it is hard to find campgrounds and internet connections for the first few days. We expect to night over probably at the Wal-mart on Nov 12th and will stop in to see our cousins John and Rosemary on the thirteenth, we want to meet another cousin, Richard Coleman sometime on Sunday and get to Pine Grove Campground in Penn. Then we can become regular and travel at our own speed. Have fun, we'll be in touch.

Love

Tom & Rita........and HeyU, who's still struggling about the harness.



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