Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Put some gravy on your scaly taters.

Too early to get up. Can't cope. Too tired!!! I took Small to his camp and on the way we had our road blocked by a Police Car, I'm guessing because of an accident. No diversion signs just had to rely on my GPS to get us there. It took us quite a bit out of our way and said we would be fifteen minutes late so I have to admit I did speed a bit. One of the roads took us through a housing estate with a big hill and on the downward bit there was a policeman holding a speed gun. I think I got away with it as I braked, not that I was going that fast anyway but it was a 40km area. Typical as that part there is normally someone really slow in front of me and I have no choice but to do the limit or less. I think, here in Canada, if they don't stop you there and then, you are okay. Phew! I came home a different way and when I went back to collect him I tried another route but that had construction on it so I won't be using that tomorrow!

I had a late breakfast and Smallest was busy on his tablet so he let me watch one of my programs with my headphones on while I ate. I did some clearing and tidying and played several games of Pokemon Yahtzee with him before him and Huffle went off for a car adventure. Huffle's oil light came on the other day and he bought some oil and then realised it was totally empty and hadn't been changed for ages so he booked his car in for an oil and filter change and general check up. It needs some work on the brakes but that will have to be another time as they needed 3.5 hours. They dropped the car off and went for lunch at SwissChalet. This is a Chicken restaurant so no good for me and Small and perfect for the chicken lovers in our house. They said it was good.

Waiting for his chicken

I went out and had lunch with my knitting ladies. There were eight of us and plenty of chat as we haven't been knitting since before the Summer started though we have had lunch once since then. It was nice to catch up and hear everyone's news. We stayed for about an hour and a half and I was the first to leave as I wanted to get back to spend some time with Smallest before Small's camp finished. He was busy playing MarioKart again so he asked me to join him. We played for about half an hour and then I made him come off and come with me to get Small.

We got there early and had a walk around the place outside until he was ready. Today Small learned about CPR. He found out that some people have a DNR letter but that as a non medical person, that letter means nothing and you have to still do whatever you can do. Its to safeguard them against being sued. Can you imagine suing someone for resuscitating you? I can't imagine that will apply to any of the kids at next week's camp but he gets certified in CPR so it's possibly for future endeavours. He has to finish it tomorrow and take a test before he gets the certificate. He also had to make a plan for his camp next week. He is going to Sports Camp which is what he wanted to do. It will include Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Football and swimming.

I made dinner for Small and I and then I took him to his football practice. Huffle stayed at home to cut the grass and Smallest stayed behind to help him.

Driving today, two different vehicles overtook cyclists and came over right to the other side of the road giving the cyclist sooo much room it was ridiculous. Giving cyclists space is fine but they were on the wrong side of the road on the brow of a hill with no idea what might come over the top. Crazy. One came into my path. Canadians (and I can only assume it is Canadians as we are in this country) do not seem to have any idea of spacial awareness. They must be taught it or they just have no idea of how much room to give. I told Small I would bring him back to England to learn to drive before letting him take his test here,


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Eric likes Bananas

Huffle had a headache and felt sick during the night and had to get up for painkillers. He is not right now but feels better. Small also felt headachey and sick but felt better once he got up. I had waves of sickness during the day. Eeuuugghhh have we picked up a bug? We are all very weary and tired but I think that's because we've gone from late nights and late get ups to suddenly having to get up early. Huffle says it's a good preparation for High School. We need to go to bed earlier!

It was an even earlier get up this morning as Smallest and I had our breakfast BEFORE we took Small to camp and then went on to work from there. Today we worked very hard cutting back a tree/shrub to make pea sticks, weeding and clearing a patch in the veg garden. For break we had a cake with peach and streusel topping that was without the normal pumpkin spice (as Jan knows I don't like cinnamon and some of the other spices hurt my throat - aww bless). I took my lemon and Courgette cake in plus some chocolate Courgette muffins for them to try. One of the cats died at the weekend so the one that is left is feeling very sorry for herself as she has never been apart from her sister.

We came home for lunch which Huffle had already made and started without us. He was very busy today and we didn't see a lot of him. Smallest watched TV and I watched some Top of the Lake (BBC) and then Smallest and I made Macaroni Cheese for dinner later. We played MarioKart online again for a while before I had to go and pick up Small.

Small had a good day and learned some more games and had a talk on accessibility. Tomorrow is a first aid day. He is still enjoying it and he told me all about his day on the way back. When we got home, Smallest was chatting to Moo on FaceTime and Small took over when I had a visit from MissMoll, LittleFinn and ClownRose. MissMoll brought me some mint from her garden to make a tea with (it was yummy and settled my tummy), she wrote me two notes thanking me for letting her have the vegetables while we were away (she did pick then) and some homegrown tiny potatoes she had grown.

While I continued making dinner and talking to Moo, I let a pan of water overflow. I do this regularly. We have a drinking tap at the sink and it can be turned. I tend to turn it so I can fill a pan and I forget and the water overflows and goes on to the worktop and floor. Sometimes I tell the kids I am filling so they remind me but today I forgot that too! I could hear something trickling but couldn't figure where it was until it was too late. The water had almost reached the living room before I realised. The boys helped me clear up and we used so many towels and tea towels that we filled the washer. Small put the washer on for me. He has done his good deeds for today and then later he cleared the table and emptied the dishwasher but that was more for staying home alone and not coming to Smallest's football with us.

After dinner, Huffle and I took Smallest to his football game. It was a terrible team line up. We always get there 30 minutes before and so Huffle and I had a walk around while the team had a kick about and warmed up. There we saw a community garden (allotment) and were interested to see it but we couldn't get close enough to see. Shame but nice to see it there. The game - started well but finished bad. Ended up 4-3. Smallest never got taken off and played the whole game without a break (apart from half time). He was shattered and fed-up. He worked very hard but he missed his teammate Dan who was playing for the other team that lost 5-1 (against oldCoachs sons team who incidentally spent most of the game on the bench).


Monday, 14 August 2017

Knife Bum

When Small tried to sleep, he struggled because he could hear someone singing. At first he thought it was something we were watching on TV but when we went outside it sounded far away but very very loud. He had to shut his windows and put his fan on to drown it out. When we went to bed it was still going on. Huffle thought it sounded like bad karaoke but I thought it was a bit opera like. Who knows. There was nothing on the Community Facebook page so it obviously didn't bother other people!

Today was the first day of Small's Councillor In Training Course. This is a two week course aimed at teaching the kids (13/14 years old) how to be councillors in camps for younger kids, ie staff. The first week will be learning skills and the second week being in camps. It allows him to earn all of his 40 community hours he needs to graduate from High School. Apparently a lot of kids here don't even think about their community hours until grade 12, so for him to get his sorted before he even starts Grade 9 is a great achievement. Today he learned some new games which can be played in any downtime to keep the younger kids interest. The class is 13 mixed boys and girls and for lunch they can either go to Tim Hortons or stay in the Youth Room which has table football, air hockey ad two pool tables. He has requested a packed lunch so he can stay and play. He enjoyed it but said it wasn't what he expected. He has to do a 'good deed' a day and when I brought him home, he asked if he could help with dinner. Never before! How do I get him to do a good deed everyday forever?

So I had to get up early, well we all did. Huffle worked, Small and I went to councillor camp and Smallest got up because Small woke him! Camp starts at 9am but to be sure the traffic wasn't too bad, we left at 8:20am which was easily enough time. I got back home by 9:30am and Smallest allowed me breakfast and some Holby City (BBC) before telling me what he wanted to do.

Our first activity was tennis but we cycled to the courts. It was incredibly hot though the temperature was only supposed to be 23*. We had fun playing tennis but couldn't run around too much. Too warm. So we abondoned it after about 40 minutes and cycled home. We jumped straight into the pool which was only 22* but very welcoming after cycling and tennis. We played around for a while and came in to make lunch which we ate outside under the parasol reading a magazine. Huffle joined us eventually. He was busy sorting Small's laptop with Uncle Grumps Help Desk.

Break time
Cycling home

Next on our agenda was games. We played Carcassonne which I won but only by five points. When we were packing it away i found a tile we forgot to use which could have won Smallest the game. He is very bitter about it!!! After that we played UPSET. We were both 50 away from winning and I just did it. YAY! That wiped the smug look off his face as he was winning all the way through. We ended our games session with MarioKart on the WiiU. I definitely did not win that. We played online. He is much better at it than me.

Off I went to get Small. 25minutes journey there and 30 minutes back. I was supposed to put pork on in the oven before I left but I got a message from Huffle saying 'cakes in the oven but no pork'. I had left three of yesterday's muffins in the oven to finish off and had turned it off and forgotten they were there and left the pork prepared on the side. When I got home, Huffle had peeled potatoes and carrots. Awwwww everyone is being helpful today.

I made dinner (with help from the boys) and by 6pm we were all out of the house for two football sessions. Huffle dropped Smallest and I off at practice and he and Small went on to Small's game and picked us up on the way back. It was a lovely evening. Cooler but nice.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Buddermilk or box of milk?

Another hot hot day but with nothing to do. Ahhh luxury. I made pancakes for breakfast with the help of Smallest, my sous chef. Fruit and table preparing was done by Huffle and Small.

Mid morning Huffle took Small laptop shopping for High School. They went to a shop that boasted a sale on the one they wanted but when they got there, all sale laptops were hidden in the back. What's the point of that? Well they got one anyway and on the way home Smallest phoned them to ask if they could pick up some buttermilk for some bread we wanted to make. In the shop he asked "do you have any buttermilk". The lady could not understand him and thought he had asked for Box of milk. She apologised when she realised after Huffle spoke in a very slow manner.

While the talls were away Smallest and I made Lemon and Courgette Cake, Chocolate Courgette Muffins and Courgette Soup (which will have a nice strong Cheese in it before we eat it). We only used two of the nine courgettes we picked yesterday and there is still a bowl of grated Courgette for the bread!!! We rewarded ourselves by playing a few games of MarioKart until the Talls came home.

Lunch was had and then Huffle and Smallest played table tennis and we went into the garden and did some cutting back and weeding whilst surreptitiously watching the Open House at DonNoQuoteys. Today he had two viewings but the Realtor made him stay away this time. 'Banished?' I shouted at him as he was parked away from the house while someone viewed inside. "What does that mean" he said. Then he understood eventually (probably after he had translated my English to Canadian) and said he hadn't heard that word for a long time. I told him it was the Queens English.

Smallest helped us a bit in the garden before playing on his tablet and Small set his laptop up. Huffle and I FaceTimed Grandma, Grandad and Uncle Grump whilst sitting on the porch. The Open House had finished and DonNoQuotey was serenading us with his geetar!

After dinner the boys played football and Huffle and I sat and watched and fought off the mosquitoes. Football was stopped when Smallest slipped and fell on his neck. A bag of frozen peas and Americas Got Talent made it all better, thank goodness.



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Brighton&HomeAlbion and Burnsley

Free organic vegetables to anyone who can pick them for a whole week. Tomatoes, Courgettes and Beans a plenty. Why then when we ask six different people to pick whatever they want and as much as they want, they pick nothing? NOTHING? My first major task this morning was checking the courgettes.

Nine! NINE! And just to show how big the biggest one was....

Now I am pretty impressed that we get that many in just a week but really, all six picked nothing?

Later I checked the beans. Beautiful beans of yellow, green and purple and I managed to pick a whole colander full.

Cucumbers? Six and really big long ones too! Only one red tomato but Huffle, Smallest and I cut down a lot of the leaves to let more sunlight in so we should be getting plenty soon.

Honestly, I don't know how to get people to pick stuff. If only to stop us losing the whole lot by it all going to seed. Well we will be having courgette everything for a while, not that that's anything new this time of year. I am very disappointed that not one of the six people picked anything. It is possible that MissMoll picked the raspberrries but I can't be sure.

Anyway, it was lovely to sleep in our big comfy beds and to have room around us. It was great to be in our kitchen in the morning and be able to get round each other while we went about getting our breakfasts. It was fabulous having more than one bathroom to get ready in and two showers to use later. How nice to go away for a week and live in a tiny cottage and then come home. How much we all appreciate what we have got. It's like one of the stories we used to read to the kids; A squash and a squeeze. "Oh wise man help me please, my house is a squash and a squeeze"

I can't remember whether I mentioned that the morning we left for our holiday, the boys were unplugging all things electrical. In the kitchen I have a plug in scented wax holder which when switched on smells nice. I had it on to give the house a nice smell before we left and Smallest pulled it out of the socket without switching it off or letting it cool down and harden. Very hot wax spilled over his hand (ouch) and all over the granite top. His hand was thrust under cold water and was fine. The granite was smeared with wax which we got most of it off but it left a dull smear which we decided to leave and sort on our return. This morning we tried hot water, hair dryer, spatula, knife, white vinegar and finally a grease remover which worked. Whether it was the combination of things or just the latter we are not sure but all is well now. It was an orange coloured wax too and went up the white tiles and over my cream coloured mixer. All sorted now thankfully.

The pool was nicely clear and just needed filling slightly plus some chlorine and phdown later on today. This afternoon we spent time in it, swimming, playing and messing. It was cold in there but okay once in. This is the first time we have kept it running whilst we have been away so we haven't had to spend two weeks trying to make it clear again. All because Huffle and Small mended the holes.

We went out for early afternoon dinner in an air conditioned pub. Very humid today. Plus we picked up essentials on the way home.

Lots of washing and drying has been done today and all beds stripped and remade. I normally do that before we go away so we have fresh stuff for when we return but I ran out of time.

It was the Perseid Showers this evening and Huffle and I sat outside looking up to the sky. We saw several shooting stars but nothing too extraordinary. A huge cloud ruined our view in the end.

Open House again for DonNoQuoteys house tomorrow and we know that MrsDonNoQuotey and the girls have already moved out as they were packing up the day we left for holiday.

There is so much blooming in our garden at the moment


Friday, 11 August 2017

Is it the chacooga choo choo?

A day full of rain, clouds and storms. We have had the best of the Summer weather so far so we weren't too bothered. Everyday we have been on the beach so it's quite nice to have a break. We decided we would play a few games and go to the cinema.

After breakfast we played Carcassonne (I won and for once I didn't get all the roads), and because it had brightened up a little, I chose to go for a walk along the beach where we hadn't been before. Unfortunately the water was stopping us as we didn't have beach shoes on and we ended up going back along the road. We saw a big house for sale and it was open house day but Smallest and I liked others more so we we chose not to look ;)

We packed up a lunch for later and drove to the ice cream shop. Today's flavours were 3 strawberry yoghurts and 1 gold medal ribbon. Then it was on to the cinema.

Today we watched Despicable Me 3. The board outside said Despicable Me 3 D G and we wondered if it was No1 in 3D or No3 in D for Grandparents only. Anyway, we thought we had the cinema to ourselves as there was only one other family there but as time went on, it got quite full (possibly to do with the weather because we had a Severe Weather Alert too). The film was good, not as good as the first but better than the second, in our opinion. There were lots of trailers for the Emoji movie but it does not make us want to see it EVER! We sneaked our sandwiches in which was fine for the boys and I because we had laughing cow but Huffle had stinky egg!!!

By the time we came out it was threatening to be stormy again, in fact the storm warning was right into tomorrow so we abondoned our plans to go to the local waterfall and went back towards the cottage and stopped at a sports bar to see if we could catch the end of thbouquet Leicester game. The place had three big TVs and Huffle asked if we could watch the 'soccer'. Yay, we sat with a drink each and caught the last 30 minutes. Shame we didn't beat the Yucky Arsenal but never mind.

On the way back we were discussing dinner options and decided to go back to the fish and chip shop and by the time we got there, we were all hungry enough to eat. This time we got in before the rush. Nice fish today and our server said "sounds good" to everything we said. It did make us chuckle.

Back in the cottage we had a game of Five Crowns (Small and I jointly won) and while we were playing we made the decision to leave tonight instead of tomorrow morning. Next door were having a noisy dinner, the son was flying his drone, the kids in the garden behind us were shouty and noisy and a big RV arrived today, plus we could already smell fires. We finished our game and started packing and cleaning and filling the car. We all worked very hard and quick and we had left by 8pm. However, ten minutes nto our journey and I remembered NOT emptying a drawer and when I checked if the boys had done it, Smallest remembered it had all of our medicines and first aid in, including Smallest's inhaler and allergy medicines. We had no choice but to go back. Luckily the cottage was open and I just slipped in and out without anyone noticing.

Lovely holiday. I was worried a week wouldn't be enough but as the weather has been so good, it's been perfect. Plenty of silliness, lots of relaxing. Thank you Huffle.

It's 11:45pm and we just got home, boys have gone to bed, fish are alive and well, it's raining and lightning. Welcome home.

Toes: Small's toe is healed nicely. Mine is nearly healed. I was wearing a dark purple black nail polish on my toes and when I bashed my toe, the polish on that toe came off and now the bruise is the same colour as the polish and it just looks like the polish has fallen off my nail and on to my toe. It's been taped together but I've taken it off now and it's much better.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bag of lovelies

A whole night's sleep and Smallest got to sleep in record time. Wahooo.

Today's forecast was cloudy all day but warm. Although there was cloud, it was a very hot day. After breakfast, Huffle walked to the lake to check how calm it was. It was very calm so we loaded up the kayaks again, made egg baguette for lunch and packed a few essentials in a bag. On the way to the beach, our trailer broke and Huffle and Small struggled to get everything to the lake edge but we did it in the end and set off on our adventure for the day. I think we started out around 10:30/11am.

This time we went right and along the shoreline towards the lighthouse but stopped before we got there for a cooling swim and a drink. The water was lovely and we all swam (well Huffle doesn't really swim but he did get his shoulders in).

Back in the kayaks again and we went past the lighthouse. Here's an observation. There are only two types of lighthouse in this area, square ones or pointy white ones with red top. Just saying! We paddled down the river which was not as easy as the calm lake but we could see that the water was going with us so we knew it would be harder coming back. Huffle made the decision to stop at a place where small boats docked and they had toilets and picnic tables. We ate our stinky egg there and watched the boats coming and going. It seems it's been a busy day for boating of all kinds today.

Paddling back down the river was harder and very Canadian looking as the river was lined with tall evergreen trees with a few houses here and there. As we neared the lighthouse it got wavier and rougher and although I wanted to stop on the other side of the lighthouse, we made the decision to go back to the place where we swam on the way in.

Again it was lovely and cooling and we sat on the beach for a while relaxing. We paddled along the shore back to where we started and spent the rest of the day on the beach.

We did take the kayaks back but also swam, played catch, found stones and beach glass and read. We had a few trips back to get chairs and drinks but mainly we sat there enjoying the rest of the day.

Huffle and Small went and brought back pizza (and a secret beer for me) and we ate it while the sun went down. Smallest and I climbed rocks, swam and I read his book to him. He was so very calm and warm, he nearly fell asleep.

We did a lot of people watching whilst eating pizza. There was a heavily pregnant woman having her photos taken. She wore three diffferent dresses and got in the lake and got the big dresses wet. She also sat on top of a big rock. She looked like a mermaid! A woman brought her baby to the beach dressed in new clean PJ's and he ran straight into the lake.


Cottage, showers, TV and bed. Fabulous day.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sorry? There's no banana in my banana sandwich!

Everyone's sleep was interrupted. Huffle's and mine at 1am because of a stinky smelly skunk. Smallest's because Huffle was snoring at 5am and Small because of the rain sometime around 5am too.

It had rained through the night and we left towels out to dry. Luckily it was a beautifully hot sunny day and the towels dried anyway. Everyone got up late and breakfast was cobbled together and eaten before table tennis started.

Then it was off to Beach No1 which was empty bar two small families. Of course as the day went on we soon had plenty of people around us, including two ladies who yabber jabbered all day (Small was not pleased as it interfered with his reading) and the lady who sat with her feet almost on our blanket.

Today's activities were catching in the water, Jackers, cards, sandcastle building and Canada's Got Stones. Smallest decided to try his hand at boogie boarding. He borrowed one of the boards at the cottage and just got on with it. Later some bigger boys came along and were doing it properly so he picked up a few tips. He did really well and only fell a few times BUMP. He would like one of his own now.

At lunchtime Small and I went and made sandwiches and brought them back to the beach to eat. Mid afternoon, we left the beach camp and all of us walked along the boardwalk to the ice cream shop. Today's flavours were Gold Medal Ribbon, Black Raspberry Thunder, Lemon and Lime Sherbet and Salted Caramel Truffles. We sat outside the shop on a bench, fought off a lone wasp and watched the passers-by.

The water was very sparkly today

We walked back to the beach via the road so Huffle could read the menus of a couple of places for later. He booked a table for us at TheForge&Thistle. More swimming (Smallest was seen swimming to America no we hoped he would bring some Boston Cream Donuts in a waterproof bag), catching and reading and then we went back for showers, table tennis and finally went out for dinner.

We had a lovely meal in a 'wee pub' and as Smallest ordered a pie we had to wait for it to be made and got two games of Monopoly Deal played. It was worth the wait, the food was very good.

Our walk back included picking up a treat for later or tomorrow, walking the boardwalk and seeing the nearly sunset.

Lovely day. I think we are going kayaking again tomorrow.