With the coronavirus still around us, now is not the time for travellin’, although I end this post with a travellin’ song I wrote during our quarantine. It is still a work in progress, with our dear son Andrew assisting with the musical arrangement. Watch for it at the top of the charts in the near future! Lol.
Adam shows Betty’s latest creation, made with love to keep him warm when Lisa isn’t around. lol
Speaking of work in progress, at the end of our last post I mentioned that we had begun upgrading our seasonal campsite at Town & Country RV Park in Winnipeg. This pictorial post chronicles that process.
Before the leaves arrived on the trees, we added 15 yards of gravel to our parking area, levelled with the assistance of our neighbour, Brian, and the park owner’s son, Kevin. With heavy rains last fall, large pools of water had covered much of our site. A new drainage system has now also been installed, so we hope to stay high and dry.
Park owner, Ken, then compacted the site with his tractor & roller.
I edged the parking area and patio with mini ties, secured with rebar.
Including a border for our sewer & water connections.
15 yards of good quality topsoil were then added to the site.
Andrew helped to create the patio area with large paving slabs.
As an experiment, we seeded the lawn with micro clover, in addition to grass seed. A large bag of grass seed was about $34., but this tiny bag of micro clover was $79.95! Sure hope it works!!!
The tiny micro clover leaves are starting to make an appearance. They are supposed to choke out other broad leaf weeds, and provide a green lawn during both droughts and wet weather. Because it is a low ground cover, it doesn’t need to be mowed often. And if we sprinkle it with vodka, it will come up half-cut. lol
Betty & Charlie watch the grass start to grow.
Who’s lookin’ at you, Charlie?
Betty is starting to make a vertical herb garden, from one of the left over pallets.
And our storage shed finally arrived. Not sure what caused the supply chain issues, but it seemed to take forever to get here!
It has just enough room for our bikes, ladders, and garden equipment.
Betty talked me into quilting also… Here I’ve taped off and started painting the design for a barn quilt.
The installed barn quilt, on the back of our shed, as seen through the trees.
A closeup view shows our name plaque, which came from a restaurant in Bragg Creek, Alberta 40 years ago. When you made a reservation, they would carve your name onto a board, which would be placed on your table. After dinner, you could either take it with you, or have it mounted with many others on a feature wall in the restaurant. They served great Alberta beef, so we went more than once, and did it both ways…
The planter below our other Alberta tree-sliced name board is made from left-over construction forms.
Four weeks on, the micro clover is still coming. It looks patchy in places, but hopefully will fill in soon.
Our add-a-room has finally gone back up on our new patio, expanding Betty’s sewing room, in anticipation of great things to come!
Well, as you can see, we haven’t been doing much travelling this month. Our plans are to stay put here until October, when we hope to head west to Vancouver Island for the winter. Campgrounds there stay open year-round. Yeah! In the meantime, here’s the first draft of that travellin’ song. Enjoy!
A Travellin’ Song
Mountains and plains
Rivers and rain
What are we all going to see?
When the rat-race entwines
And we need to unwind
Where can we go to break free?
Travel free with me
Travel free with me
Let us see all that we need to see
When the road takes us up
Let’s go to the top
And enjoy nature’s true reverie.
There are settings on earth
That fill us with mirth
With a joy that is really sublime
When we go there we find
Another place and a time
That lets us feel fully alive.
Travel free from the hate.
Get out of the gate
To see a world full of surprises
Enjoy travel time
And the people we find
Sharing love that brings joy to our lives.
Wherever we go
Let’s remember to sow
The seeds of a love that unites
Bring peace to this earth
Join hands round its girth
And end all the stress and the fights.
When this life is over
Did we take time to discover
The miracles of people and places?
Did we find joy in travel
And wonder and marvel
At all that put smiles on our faces?
From oceans to ponds
From deserts to lawns
There is so much that we need to see
Join us on our journey
Wherever roads may lead
And learn to forever break free!
Graham Reddoch 2020