Thursday, 16 May 2019

Two's company

Time is ticking away and we have so much to do, with nothing having been done to the sunroom since we boarded it, it now needs to be finished completely in 12 days - the Mother-in-Law is coming...

Brad's mum called with some date options for her summer visit and they correlated with my Dad's visit which is probably a great idea since we are technically working - with them both here at the same time they will be able to go touring around together when we are busy around the campground.

However, this now means that the sunroom must be completed - and fast.

Robbie watching over his kingdom

Brad picked up the wood for the window trims and ceiling/floor trim.

I found a guy who sells cedar slabs 8ft for $50.... so coffee, end tables and sofa tables are coming soon. I found a dresser online locally for $20 which I will make pretty.

The flower pots are blooming nicely

My little veggie garden is holding its own-
tomatoes, peppers, garlic and the 2 little ones are lemon trees which can take up to 2 months to hatch --- its the hatching I have the most trouble with.

Our relief arrived last night, Deanna and John. Looking forward to working with them. And having some days off.

Now to keep the rain off so we can get some wood cut! In a drought out here so can't exactly wish for no rain.... night time rain works....

12 days to Dad/Meg...

Monday, 6 May 2019

First busy weekend

Well it has officially begun - for me at least... Brad experienced it while I was away and now I've had the pleasure of a busy weekend.

It was a great weekend, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Friday was nuts trying to keep up with the influx, we were only expecting (reserved) 7 campsites but finished (drop ins) at around 20. Saturday everyone spend exploring the island so the campground was very quiet and Sunday they all went home.

There is a gate at the top of the driveway and we had not wanted to have to put it up BUT now it is evident that we need to. Saturday around 3am someone drove in, pitched a tent and proceeded to get drunk and ornery around the campfire. Unfortunately, no one notified us and we slept through the entire thing. An older gentleman in the site beside this intrusion told them to quieten down and was ignored... he came to us at 8am when the office opened to complain - Brad promptly went to said campsite, woke THEM up and in no uncertain terms had them pack up and get out, stopping at the office to pay the full rate for the night first!

While Brad dealt with this intruder, I refunded the couple their cost for the evening and offered them a free nights stay for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, they had plans at a different island but may return to give us another chance on their way back through. Then Brad called Howard at Buzzy's and arranged an early pickup of several slices of cheesecake which he gave to the other campers in that area to compensate for the trouble.

The gate is now locked every night 10pm - 7am until the fall.

We are expecting our relief couple to arrive at some point in the next few days, perhaps even today. It will be great to have some time off, although in fairness it really hasn't been a thing - yet. It can be inconvenient when trying to accomplish something and the phone keeps interrupting but otherwise we haven't really felt stuck or anything. Still somewhat early in the season so we were still able to go for our Sunday date night and usually one of us will run to town for whatever needs doing while the other stays here and we alternate that so we both get a chance away. Really it hasn't been a thing, but during busy season I can see how it could be.

About my hand.... so I went to the Doc again, he gave me some cream to put on my wrist - somethingsomething-itis he tells me, I demand pictures so he sends me for Xrays... I happened to be the last appt for the day and the tech allows me to see the pics, nope nothing cracked (I had suspected a crack), so its the itis thing after all. I've been using this cream faithfully, twice a day and my wrist has been very painful, yesterday I forgot to use the cream and my wrist didn't bother me all day... last night at bedtime I put the cream on and the pain kept me awake all night.... its in the garbage now -- $75 in cream. Not impressed and Mr Doc will hear about that... God help him.

22 day until Daddy...

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Countdown to Dad begins

Coming back from opening the shower this morning, deer were slowly meandering down the driveway.... love this life.

Friendly neighbourhood deer

We have our BBQ, I know I mentioned it in the last post but here is a pic.

Results of the Vinegar weed killer. Phenomenal stuff.

I was able to cut a line with the sprayer keeping a small boarder of grass in front of the fence

Here is our yard, as it is currently, we brought out our camping chairs for comfort.

Brad spent a few days putting fresh paint on all the garbage cans around the grounds and he changed the recycle bins from brown to blue- seemed appropriate. The owner refreshed our hanging flower baskets and the wall planters as well to add a bit of colour and pizzazz to the place.

No we have not done anything to the sunroom.... too busy sorting the grounds but we're almost finished - and then the sunroom will become a priority. My Dad is coming out for a couple of weeks, the owner has very kindly offered his 5th Wheel for Dad to stay in while he is here and Dad will be trying out the RV Life. Dad wants to continue his travels while he still can and this might be a good option for him. At the very least he's thinking of British Columbia due to Ontario winters so he wants to spend some time and feel it out.

My wonderful husband advised me about an hour ago that he has me booked in for a massage today!!! Wowsers. He gets one every week because of his injuries but I almost never think to go. Apparently he tried to book it for the day after I returned but wasn't able to get me in until today.... and he never mentioned it!

28 Days until Dad arrives....

Sunday, 28 April 2019

The season begins

I arrived home a week ago, there has been so much going on that I just didn't have time to write anything. Brad did a super duper fantastic job keeping everything going in my absence.

What I didn't mention before is that while I was away Brad also went away just a few days after I left for a meeting which has been on the books for a bloody long time... so big thanks and kudos to Sandy (owner) for her super duper efforts for 4 days while we were both gone even though she was working full time too.

April long weekend we were half full, mostly trailers not so many tenters that time of year. The phone goes all day with bookings so its pretty busy. We have had a few fantastic reviews these past few weeks on Google and Tripadvisor, which is fantastic.

The newest member of our family is a BBQ, yup we finally did it - we bought a good'un too. Had a couple of steaks last night to christen it. Delish! I will be going through the recipes at  Our Awesome Travels and cooking up a storm.

We've been busy since I returned. I had to go through all the bookings to ensure all was well. We have been doing some last minute maintenance things around the grounds and I used my Daddy's weed concoction to kill all the greenery creeping into the parking lot, I will be doing the rest of the campground as/when I can get to it.

The new ice freezer was delivered in my absence which is kept on the front porch of the office. I had placed my order for store items but had to cancel it when my trip came up so that needs to be placed and then picked up from Victoria in the next couple of days.

I have ordered and received the new Square tap gadget for the campground store and it works great. I had originally ordered the little swipe thingy that you plug into your phone but the bloody thing never seemed to work and most people prefer tap anyway and chip is also an option with this particular gadget.

Time to open the showers so I have to run.

Thanks for your patience while I was away.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Windsor, Ontario

I am in Windsor, Ontario this week.

My Stepmother passed suddenly Friday am. Although she had been ill for quite some time, it happened very quickly and as everyone can appreciate we are all in shock - my Father is especially devastated.

I flew out on Saturday after training Brad to run the office at the campground, fortunately he catches on quickly. Arriving early Sunday morning, my Dad picked me up from the airport and I will be here until likely this Sunday, although my ticket is changeable should that be needed.

All arrangements were made by my Stepmother prior to her passing which I guess is making things easier in that regard for my Father.

I do not expect to post again until I have returned home.

Friday, 5 April 2019

RV officially lives here too

We finally managed to get our RV plated and insured for BC. Considering the 3 western provinces are supposed to be easy to move between, we sure had a lot of rigmarole to work through, but it is done now.

The rain came and washed all the dirt off of our new gravel on our site and now it feels like our yard is a pebble beach - awesome!

We finished all the grounds work a few days ago (April 1st) and have been busy doing little odds and ends. We had ordered some clips for each site post but they were too small so sent them back and the new, proper sized ones, have since been attached to all of the posts and we are ready for the rush to begin.

I am still taking several bookings each day and we have a few straddlers camping already but the onslaught starts mid April.

Once all the posts have been put in place (we are replacing several of them), then we will be able to put more effort into the Sunroom.

I have great plans for the sunroom but we'll see what we actually achieve... since we don't want to be running power tools while campers are on site, we will need to get at this space quickly.

As to the room name: Bill, I believe it was, came up with Sunroom and frankly it is much easier/quicker than Sitting Room, so that is the one I am going with. This in no way means that I don't absolutely love the person who came up with Sitting Room - I do (Deb) but easy is easy so there you have it.


Friday, 29 March 2019

Finding Simon and Holiday to Duncan

Our RV still hasn't been switched to BC plates, but not for lack of trying.....

We made arrangements here at the campground to be gone for a few days because the Out Of Province Inspection we had done a few weeks back required our King Pins to be replaced, and we found out we had a propane leak.... these would require the RV to be in Duncan for 3 days.

We worked like dogs around the grounds in the weeks prior to this 'time off' knowing that when we returned there wouldn't be much time left before the official season opening of April 1st. While there are not a lot of bookings in April, there are quite a few and the first couple are on the 2nd.... We have set ourselves the goal of having the grounds 'ready' by the 1st - and we think we'll make it.

In my tired stupor I booked an AirBnB instead of staying with Ray & Deb at their home at Lake Cowichan - No idea what I was thinking but by the time I realized the cancellation time was too late. And to add insult to injury --- no bathtub! Aye aye aye - told you I was tired!

Anyway, the place I booked was absolutely lovely, fantastic views and the grounds are well maintained and built with rock wall layers - stunning. While spring has only just begun I can only imagine the beauty this property holds during summer. Though there wasn't a tub, the shower was sooooo awesome! Water pressure!!!!!! and hot for as long as you wanted!!!!! Any RVer will tell you that a these two things are like Gold.

The space was huge, we only 'lived' in the main room of it and it was about 3 times the size of our rig. The hosts were very friendly but not 'always around' friendly, just let us do our thing. All the amenities were there and in the end it was a great place to stay and very close to Duncan.

Picture of the grounds at Maple Bay Vista BnB

Trying to get him out the door for dinner with Ray & Deb

OMG he's multiplying.....

Only pic I took that night was of Ray's workshop - Love it! and a lot jealous.

Deer outside our BnB window in the morning

Robbie waiting for deer to return

I have been following Finding Simon for 3 years after seeing him on Canada AM. At that time he was living in a converted van and has since sold the van and lived off of his motorcycle with side car. Now he is renovating a 47 ft Catamaran that he picked up for $5000CAD and I am fascinated by his ingenuity, creativity and all out gumption. He is on FB and Twitter but his main medium is YouTube - check him out!

Waiting for the ferry to Gabriola Island

Nanaimo has many harbour view condos...

...and tankers waiting to load

Simon Found and made this little old lady very happy!
(He's about 6'6", I'm not a shrimp)

Terrible picture of Simon's catamaran

Degnen Bay, Gabriola Island

Trying to get off Gabriola was a bit trying....

The lineup went well back past the U-turn for the ferry

Missed the ferry we were trying to get so I walked around the bend to get lunch

There is our little RV on the left getting her propane line fixed

Upon our return to the campground, we remembered the owner was having gravel delivered to our site while we were gone. As dusk was approaching we set up our rig in the only other empty spot and headed off for supper at our favourite haunt, The OysterCatcher.

Love the view of the marina from The Oyster Catcher

Now, back to work.

Thursday, 21 March 2019


We've been busy working on the grounds. Time is ticking by so fast seems like just yesterday we moved into this spot, now its almost April. That 3.5ft of snow has really delayed things and now we have a push on to get everything ready.

This is the largest garden and I spent a total of 3 days sorting it out.

A different angle on our spot.

Yesterday we set about dealing with the bathrooms. Using a spray can lid and a turkey baster we sucked out all the antifreeze from the toilets and I sprayed bleach on all the walls in the bathrooms as there was some mildew on them from the winter season. Today I hope to get them cleaned properly and hang new shower curtains in the shower house. 

It appears we have a broken pipe in the ground (extreme cold temps this winter - for this area) so that will need to be sorted.

We plan to put a fresh coat of paint on the bathroom floors to freshen everything up. Not sure we'll get to that today but would like them to be cleaned and ready.

I have also done some further work on the operational system so that we can work smarter not harder during the busy season. We'll have to see how well all the changes I've implemented work out.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Room done and grounds work

We finished the sitting room walls and ceiling on Sunday and then set to work out in the grounds, the snow is finally gone and the temps here are hot hot hot. As much as we want to have the sitting room finished we have other priorities, the campground becomes 'open' on April 1st and we want it to be ready. We will be away for 3 days at the end of March ( I better start making plans for that) so we have to focus as time is ticking quickly.

Walls and ceiling up.

This big garden area has been cleaned up, that was a 2 day job.

I pulled out my golf cart, Brad's was out all winter as you know but mine was put away in storage for the winter. Now she is free once again.

Painted some bird houses in an attempt to add a bit of colour to the place.

Might paint the back panel of this birdhouse at some point but it wasn't yesterday.

There are a ton of wasps so Brad went to town and bought 4 catchers, the war of the wasps has begun.

At the end of the day, I put our camping chairs and Robbie's bed in the new room so we could get a feel for it. Aaahhhh, relaxing.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sitting Room Day 8

We went to Brad's dental appt yesterday at 8am, while talking before the extraction we discovered that the aspirin he takes every morning meant he couldn't have the tooth pulled, even though he hadn't taken it that morning apparently its 5 days so it has had to be rescheduled yet again.

We managed to get all the walls done yesterday but the building is not square -- anywhere. Its literally all over the place. There are even wall centers that are higher than the edges.... no idea how the hell that happened but suffice to say it is taking a lot longer and the cuts are not precise no matter how careful we are and each piece has had to be edited several times to get a fit which is throwing off other measurements.... aye aye aye. We didn't have this much trouble when we built the house, but I guess when this shed was put together it was just a shed and built for that purpose.

No one ever anticipates me... LOL

After much ado we managed to get the walls completed and even put one on the ceiling -- oh yeah, that was fun, and at the end of a long day - it was enough and we called it.

Today we will finish the ceiling come hell or high water (I think...) and I might even get a first coat of stain on it.... unless we feel it needs trim first. This week is supposed to be a 'heatwave' for this time of year with temps in the teens which will be much welcome.

We need to get on with some gardening as we want the place ready for campers come April 1, though likely it will be May before we get any significant amount of bookings we will need to get the 'camper ring' finished for April and we will have time after that to work on the 'tent ring' which I don't anticipate anyone needing until May - even out here, but I could be wrong so speed is of the essence.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Sitting room Day 7

Spent another few hours putting the new sitting room together. Got quite a bit done yesterday.

Roof vent trays installed

Vapour barrier put up and tuck taped

We had a very small bit left when we ran out of vapour barrier so we managed to use small pieces and get it all covered. Vapour barrier can only be purchased in 50 ft rolls and we clearly didn't need that much. Its not pretty but it is effective.

Going to be a nice cozy space

Managed to get 3 sheets up on the walls as well.
Yes, plywood on the walls - it is a shed after all.

We left the 4'x8' plywood outside last night because those who never get it right said it wasn't going to rain.......

This morning when I checked the weather (1st site I go to every am) - shock of all shocks, light rain turning to showers... beginning in 15 minutes....

Grabbed the dog for his morning excursion and moved all the plywood inside.... likely won't be able to do anything in here today, sheets are too large to cut in this small space. We'll see if it actually rains.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Sitting room progress

We made a noticeable difference to the sitting room yesterday... 

All walls were insulated

Outside trim removed and roof trays begun

We needed to make some adjustments to allow for air flow within what will be essentially attic space.

Bug screen was added and blocks put on to allow for airflow

Roughly 1/2" gap below this top trim now, allowing air to pass into the attic

Holes made at the top end of roof

With any luck, today I can get mesh over the top holes, finish the roof trays, insulation in the roof and the vapour barrier put everywhere. If we have time, perhaps begin putting up the plywood walls.

This space feels so very different now compared to when we began and soon it will be toasty warm too.