Jul 22, 2019

We have been busy

We have had some cool, windy and rainy conditions over the last week. Fortunately yesterday the weather has started heating up, finally. We have not had our normal Okanagan hot summer.

So I decided to make borscht with the end of our beets, left from last summer. Somehow the electric grater is in the slide out of the RV and we can’t get it out.  Fortunately Colin, my manual grater, was home.

It looked good going into the crockpot.

But was a bit pale when I put them in the jars while still very hot. This way, once the jars seal, the soup will keep for two weeks in the fridge.   I still have 2.5 jars left.

Our garden continues to be overrun by weeds. The supposed landscape cloth and gravel have yet to be put into place by the park. Meanwhile Colin shovelled out over 12 inches of weeds the entire length and behind the garden area and put a few boards down to try and keep them out of our garden.  As you can see we have finally put up our fencing all around again.

We found some screened covers in the community garden storage area and have covered most of our garden. After eating all the kale the quail started in on the Swiss chard so we are trying to protect our small seedings.

The newly planted kale seeds only took a few days to germinate.  The beets and carrots are also doing well.  We have had our second cucumber and two medium sized tomatoes.  Enough for a toasted cuke and tomato sandwich for lunch today.

Colin’s lunch for his 17 hour day to and from Vancouver.

Colin drove to Vancouver at 5AM Sunday to get his annual aerial photography done.  The weather conditions were perfect but the Vancouver Airport control tower would not give his helicopter permission to do the higher elevation shots as there was another aircraft in the area.  It is getting more and more difficult to do photography in the flight path.  He was disappointed but he did get most of the jobs completed.  He may try again in August based on the smoke situation, but again he may drive up there and be told no once he is in the air.  Extremely costly.

He had 16 maps like this to take photos of several specific sites. Many have arrows indicating photos from different directions.

This is an overall perspective of almost all the area he had to take aerial photos.  It was a vast area from Langley to Richmond and all the areas in between.

He got back late last night and was on the job at 10:00AM today.  It also happened to be his birthday today.  He did not want to go out tonight but rather come home and relax here. He has jobs right through to the end of Thursday.  And then today he got requests for aerial photography here in Kelowna for one of the major, if not the major developer in town.

He came back today from his job with two sheets of PVC lattice privacy fencing. He cut the 4′ x 8′ pieces in half. He built a temporary fence along our patio so that we no longer have to see the nieghbors weeds and also to keep the renter’s dog ( when he returns in September ) from coming into our yard to do its business.   Photo next post.

Colin has more stamina than anyone I know.  He is amazing.  It wasn’t until 6PM that we were able to sit down and sip some champagne and relax.  I even made some special appetizers for the two of us.  We no longer do gifts and cards but I felt like spoiling him this year and so he got a few fun gifts and a few needed items of clothing.  One of the fun gifts was a $2.00 scratch card to win money.  He was so close to winning $20,000.00.  He decided that if he won he would give it to me to plan us another wonderful vacation ;-).  So we are going to open a nice bottle of wine for his special request dinner and relax with our feet up.  Tomorrow morning he is on the job.

My anniversary roses opened perfectly and still smell so good.

We also had another outdoor reno project take place last Thursday/Friday.  More on that in the next post.




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13 responses so far

13 Responses to “We have been busy”

  1. Jannose says:

    Happy birthday Colin!!

  2. SandyM says:

    Happy Birthday Colin – one day late – hope there was some ice cream and cake in your day.

    • contessa says:

      There was fresh apple pie baked that morning ( from a bakery ) and the ice cream made with real cream was called Death by Chocolate and included chocolate truffle pieces, chocolate covered almonds and chocolate chunks. Colin was very happy.

  3. George Yates says:

    Happy Birthday Colin.

  4. Peter and Shelagh says:

    Happy birthday Colin! The lower mainland aerial photography job is huge!!! Hope the garden weed control situation won’t dampen your enthusiasm for growing your own veggies…

    • contessa says:

      Thank you. We almost gave up with the garden because of the weeds but will give it another shot. You should see how much photoshop is involved with those aerials, at least a full week.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    Happy Birthday Colin 🙂

  6. But what was in the tuppers for Colins lunch? Inquiring minds want to know.

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