Thursday, August 7, 2008
Here's the family group, in front of the Okotoks Big Rock that we have featured on previous posts.We took a trip over to Saskatoon Farm...
...but you know by now what the traffic is like around here. We were caught for, ooh, it must have been seconds, in a horrific traffic jam!...The entrance to Saskatoon Farm......and these are the buildings that form the store and restaurant - they are quite individual......they have some beautiful floral displays......and a very sweet dog (we think he is called Pedro).Later, we whizzed past the local RCMP office...no, seriously, that IS a police station!...We also went and met Jan for lunch down in High River (as Jan has had to continue working while our visitors have been here). We took a little drive down to where we had previously seen Eagles (see prior posts) and this time we got to see an Osprey.High River has a number of painted murals on local walls. The Glass family are based in the town and they have a long association with Chuckwagon Racing, as celebrated on this particular illustration...http://www.highriver.ca/Portals/0/PDFs/Tourism/Mural%20Brochure.pdf
Later, we had some lunch in a local park by the Highwood River......where they do a rather large Dandelion!On one of the evenings, the dart board in our basement came into use. The competition was fierce...Katie, Jan and Eamonn versus Sarah, Linda and Andrew. Despite Katie's fine efforts here (well, if you excuse the dart embedded in the wall a couple of feet beneath the dart-board), victory went to Sarah and co.However, when they return from the Rockies this Friday, (they then stay with us for another week), there will undoubtedly be an opportunity for revenge!
Part 2 to follow in due course.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We have posted several times with regard to progress since then...
Some three months later, we are all but complete in the back yard...at least for this summer season. The deck and patio are done(bar a couple of minor jobs that need finishing), our BBQ gas line has been hooked up and new turf (Canadian's call it "sod") has been laid around the patio. Our personal contribution has been to spend countless hours making the borders, which has involved digging out the existing turf, demarcating each border with bricks, planting, matting and mulching. It has been very hard work, especially when the temperatures have sometimes been in the 90's as we "toiled".
The latest and final borders to complete are the long border down the right hand side of the yard as you look from the house......and this comparatively small border running in front of the deck, both of which we completed during the long weekend just gone. The grass continues to improve although it is still some way from the lush carpet of green that we wish it to be. Still, there's always next year to tackle that! For the remainder of this summer season, we think we're going to sit back with a bottle or two of beer and/or a glass of wine and enjoy all we have achieved thus far.
Monday, August 4, 2008
On this occasion, a small smidgeon of steak, sweetcorn and Janet's "world famous" potato salad (well, OK, it's famous in our household, does that count?!) all went down very well!