Sunday, 10 November 2019

Mother-in-law suite complete

Managed to get the shed finished before the winter rains begin... just a little something something I whipped up with my magical Salt Spring Island sorceress powers.


Cover plate put over the electrics to keep the rain off

There is enough room in here for a cot for my Mother-in-law on the rare occassion she comes to stay.. meanwhile I'll keep the Xmas tree I got for $10 in here - yes, I'm putting up a 6ft outdoor Xmas tree this year - on Dec 1st as per.

My next nose wiggling trick will be making a bin to put the garbage can in so the raccoons don't knock it over all the time. Haven't seen any evidence of them yet, but we know they are out there -- somewhere, just waiting to pounce.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Making it our own

Been a little busy sorting out this old wood storage cover thingy into a shed. It is actually finished now but for a bit of trim, I just didn't have time to take a picture last night.

We went for dinner with friends Steve & Jan last night so the shed didn't get finished, but it's close.  

After dinner I had to run off for Pickleball so S & J are coming by today so Jan can see the new place and we'll have a coffee and gaggle session.

When we went by the campground to invite S&J out to dinner, we stopped by the new Managers who Brad had already met and I introduced myself. Seem like a great couple and word is that I will be training her on the office stuff, the grounds work speaks for itself so no such training really required there.

We've been in this spot now for a week today and it's working out great. With the shed complete and our minds/bodies unwound from the high alertness of campground management, we shall soon be off on wondrous adventures around the island again.

My oldest son is moving to Haida Gwaii in December apparently, so we shall definitely be surprising him with a visit eventually -- shhhh.... 

Saturday, 2 November 2019

We have Arrived! and need advice again

We moved yesterday to our new spot on Salt Spring Island. It is very similar to the campground, we are still in the forest but now there is no one driving down the driveway, no campers to appease, no gate to lock, no showers to open.... hope I can get used to this.

Ace in position

We have something happening here.... anyone?! I've seen this before on other rigs so I know its a thing but what causes it and more important - what do we have to do to fix it?

This is our quick set up on moving day, not sure how we will end up arranging it, but for now this is what we've got. There will be a shed upgraded to accommodate the storage stuff there on the left.

There was a pressure issue with the water supply yesterday when we were hooking up but the owner is out this morning first thing getting that sorted - meanwhile we are working from our onboard tank. Don't expect it will take him long to sort this out, so its not a problem.

So far the new site is working out well. 

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Bday update

I had a great Birthday, thank you everyone for the messages...

A box of chocolate

am Coffee and pm wine slippers and scarf from my Mother-in-Law, thanks Meg.

New top for dressing up events

Sexy slippers to cover my sexy toes and keep them warm

Its not quite legible in this iPhone pic but this is a 1Kg bar of chocolate...

about 2 inches thick...

Last night we went to see Ad Astra, waited ages for this movie to come and we were there a half hour before the doors opened to ensure we could get tickets. It took awhile but the theatre mostly filled in before the 7pm start. Movie sucked. Thats the short version. We were really looking forward to it but it just wasn't up to snuff in the end. Too bad, but the popcorn never disappoints. :D

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Other side of the hill

My Daddy and I circa 1968

My Daddy and I circa 2019
I'm forefront left and Dad is at the end on the right.

So its official, I've spent the last year on top of the hill and tomorrow (Wednesday) the descent begins...

I've always planned on living to 106, so I'm still not half way -- another 55 years to go, but still... the proverbial hill has been crested.

As you likely know by now, we are finished this workamping gig Nov 1 and we have a new adventure on the horizon. Honestly, we've been through so much this last decade or so, that I think I'd like a little time to just be- and I'm looking forward to that.

I could get a 'job', or volunteer or ... but not yet, I don't know what I want to do with my time but for a short while I'm just going to learn our little island and experience the wonders of Pickleball 4 times a week!

I have an idea for a 'market' type business, but I'm in no rush.

Every year, Brad wants to drag me - kicking and screaming- out to dinner (spoiled Princess, I know) and every year I say no, but this time I'm looking forward to it. Moby's has the best dry ribs, second only to Saskatoon's 'Cheesetoast', circa 1986 and we all know how long ago that was. Last time we went to Moby's (about 2 days ago) they were out of the ribs. Tomorrow is my birthday, so they damn sure better have some in!!! I might even have an alcoholic beverage -- IF I remember, LOL

But hey, I'm still cute, right?!

Friday, 11 October 2019

Amongst the trees

We went by the other day and got some pictures of our new spot. It is smaller than we're used to but certainly bigger than some and we're excited to put our touch on it. Spoke to the new landlord this morning and he has been busy getting some last minute details ready for us.

My Dad called yesterday to say that he is coming for Xmas, woohoo! He has booked in at a local resort in the area of our new site as he likes to have his own space.

Not even mid October yet and already planning for Xmas... yikes, but exciting.

Friday, 4 October 2019

New Chapter

Things have changed -- shocking, I know.... Us change things up? Right!?!....

We are moving in to a new chapter. This change is completely unexpected but life is like that (ours anyway).

The good news is, we will have more to write about. Its been hard to maintain a blog when all your doing is working and you can't write about work.

Work ends Nov 1st and blog writing can commence once again.

Yes, we are staying on Salt Spring - at least for now.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

A few days away

Virginia and Thomas (Relief hosts) were having company come so they traded us a couple of days so they would have time off to visit their family.

This meant we had 4 whole days!

We get a lot of campers from Parksville and they have told me how great it is there so that's where we went. TO THE BEACH!

I tried to book a hotel with a deep dish bathtub but the rate was $550/nt ( deep dish is only in the suites), so a stupid regular bathtub was in my future - Damn it.

Anyway, we got a great hotel, Bayside Resort. It has a regular hotel bathtub (better than no bathtub) but with our military discount it was only $138/nt... much better. And - right on the beach.

Yup, this is the life

Robbie liked the view

Lots of people enjoying the seaside at low tide

Same view at high tide

A flock of seagulls doing yoga on the beach

With Tim's (coffee) in hand we wandered around the beach

Great playground for the kids and even a free workout area for everyone just out of frame.

This woman has been dragged through a bush, me thinks...

Our hotel from the water side

Decided to check out Qualicum Beach but wasn't much there so we kept driving... through Comox Valley all the way to Campbell River before deciding we best turn back. Thinking we were only 50Km from our hotel we were shocked to have Google Maps tell us we were 1 hr 20 min from the hotel.... Whaa..?

We stayed in Parksville for 2 nights on the waterfront and it was great to be back on the ocean again.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

July so far

Busy days around here, and I don't have many pictures because its just been too busy to go too far. Here is what I do have:

Some Happy Campers

Often Brad will take campers with low profile vehicles up to the top of Mt. Maxwell in our Jeep and these girls were some of them - I sent him up with the camera on this particular occasion. 

Beautiful and expansive views of the surrounding area can be had from the top of Mt. Maxwell but the road is not one you should take a small car on.

The owner came in to give us relief one day so we went to our new favourite beach and then to Hasting's House for dinner.

Hasting's House is a high-end restaurant/hotel. We were definitely not dressed appropriately but they let us in ( likely because we run this campground) since it was quiet in there just before a wedding. We are eat & run people, we don't hang about after a meal and tie up a table, so it worked out well.

We hadn't intended to make this stop but we were appreciative that they allowed us in looking like we'd been dragged through a bush backwards... or at least not looking up to par. Our waiter was great with a good sense of humour as well.

The campground has been super busy, apparently we're breaking records and that keeps us hopping all day. For the most part, the campers are having a great time and appreciate the small little details that we do to make their stay enjoyable. We've had some great reviews on Google and Tripadvisor which is always nice. We do find that some people don't realize that we are new managers and previous reviews can affect how they interpret their stay, but 99% are absolutely fantastic and we have met some fascinating people so far this year.

Yesterday we received a review that we were the best campground in the Gulf Islands! That sure made our day!!!

This is swim club weekend ( there are also firefighter and baseball events on this weekend) so the campground is absolutely full for the second weekend this month... most every day we are running at about 60% capacity and around 85% on weekends which is great, especially during the week and it keeps us on our toes to say the least. Never a dull moment.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Return to our regular programming

Yes, I know I'm a terrible human... frankly we've just been so exhausted from the work leading up to our parents visit that once they left I just couldn't bring myself to write anything.... the campground still needed to be run and I guess that was all I could manage. 

So picking up where I left off almost a month ago......

Dad relaxing with a good book 

Took Dad to PickleBall - he was just going to watch because of his bad knee but within 5 minutes someone (I was playing on a different court) convinced him to play... he is front left at the net. He loved it, a fun low impact game.

Then we went to a beach in Fulford

Had lunch at Buzzy's

Big steak dinner Brad BBQ'd up for us

Then it was time for Dad to fly home. His flights went off without a hitch which was great and he made it home safe and sound and on time.

Too exhausted to even make a sandwich, Brad and I went to the local golf course for lunch.

We found a new beach with an old Catamaran that looks to need some love
( I want a Leopard 43, if anyone out there wants to get me one...!! )

Awesome beach spot. 
I'd tell you where it is but then it wouldn't be so awesome in short order.

Water goes up and around this corner to another harbour

There is a cabin barely visible in these trees

Another cabin

Incredible wear on these old rocks

You know how long this took to happen...


Okay so we are all caught up. 

The campground is running well and we haven't had any issues as yet but the July long weekend is approaching in a few days.... let's hope our luck holds!!!

I will make a better effort to be a better human and get back to my normal writing routine.