Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring has sprung... well sort of...

We do have the occasional hi teens temps but it is short lived then interspersed by rain and gasp... Snow!!!

Well, nonetheless in my recent travels thru Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec, Ontario, I have seen signs that winter is hanging in, and signs that Spring has arrived. So that's it and I now declared Spring has arrived in NS, and none too soon I may add!

In our travels saw trees loaded with buds... :-)
Pic from Facebook

We did not saw much snow until we reached northern New Brunswick, but then the white scenes followed us until Quebec city.
Jean was amazed at the numbers of wild deers she saw in the fields in the country side of Quebec, they are starting to changes their food regimen, they can now eat grass. Mind you Quebec city itself had plenty of reminders of the kind of winter they had, lots of blackened snow banks hanging in for a while longer, and the usual Tempos (Tm) shelters are still up.

Ontario was generally warmer, lots of temps in the teens. Switched Rudy snow parka for is Spring jacket :-)

We went up to visit our sons. I have my oldest in Hamilton On. and Jean had her son Levy in Kitchener On. 4 days of driving to spend about a day and a half with them... oh well.
Got to meet Jean family side in Ontario for the first time, and brought along Tim and his better  half Rachel and had a wonderful Easter dinner.

Front table. Left side front to back:
 Sophia (Levy's partner)
Son Aston and Sophia's grand mother 
Right side: Daughter Sierra, Levy and Sophia's mother 
Back table Myself, son Tim other side Jean and Rachel (Tim's partner)

Before leaving on this trip we had another one with Jean's daughter and the grand peanuts, Meadow and Ruby-Jean.

Rudy sniffing around. I know there must be a treat bag for me, 
I can smell it, where is it?? Yes, he got his too :-)

Ruby-Jean stayed for a sleep over. How do you make a kid eat an apple? 
Make it fun :-) Lee Valley Apple peeler in action...

On our way back, we had strong rain from Drummondville until almost Riviere du Loup. It was dry in Riviere du Loup, but it the morning this was the scene... The rain had catch up and turned into snow.

Easter Monday morning at the hotel 

They forecasted up to 10 cm in Riviere du Loup, and the snow would followed us in New Brunswick until St-Leonard. Only to return briefly as we entered Moncton (close to the Nova Scotia border).
Made it home Monday nite, she had to back to work Tuesday AM.
This was the scene Tues AM....Arggg it followed us home....

Tues AM in my driveway.
Must remember to remove the sky hook behind the car...

An old friend, recently retired, is coming over for a visit.  He made it to Moncton NB this weekend to visit with his brother, this is the pic he send me Sat AM, claiming it was because he was getting near us ...

Moncton NB Saturday AM

Hum I'm starting to see a trend I may have accidently started by sharing some of my pics on Facebook :-)_
So he asked that I turned the big thermostat in the sky so he can have NO MORE snow while he visit.
Too easy, so I did... :-)

Our forecast for the upcoming week for Jacques's visit :-)
Of course, subject to change without warning,
 this is after all Nova Scotia weather...

Today it was kinda warm and our big Spring clean up garbage collection is coming due this week. So I started dragging stuff by the side of the road, As per usual, most of the stuff would be gone before garbage day. I put out my 1965 Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw out, it did not lasted 12 hours by the curb side, same for my old NiCad cordless drill and etc... Suspect some of my stuff would show up on the Flea market season this summer :-)

While I 'm moving stuff around, figured it is time to declare bye bye to winter and relegate the snow blower out of the garage and into the garden shed out back.

Blower slowly blowing its way out to the shed. Don't see any snow?
Of course sillies, I blew it all away! :-)

This winter I could not find the new snow scraper I bought last year with the fancy add on ergonomic handle attachment, so I bought a new one, but really missed my handle attachment.  Now that I found the other one, I see that I need another handle.
Ever wonder why we accumulate more tools into our older years??? 
Now you know why :-)

Got the fire pit re-installed along with the Muskoka chairs
 (Canadian version of American Adirondak chairs)

Look like the BBQ cover had its last winter, it literally fell apart this winter.
Must be rotted

Out with the snow blower in the garage and in with the garden tools

Time for another warmer seasons, Jean is getting anxious and want to start potting outdoor plants right away. Thank god for my tractor and trailer, it would be so much easier on my poor back :-)
Last year was the first time that I did not tend to all our gardens and flower beds.
They could use new stuff and tender loving care this year.

And this bring us to its inevitable conclusion... my Honey Do list has just been re-started. I still plan on finishing all of the projects Heather and I had made for the house, but we will now started in earnest outside, I gave Jean Carte Blanche for the outside landscape. We need a bigger deck and new garden shed, Green house and etc.  And more than likely another driveway on my land to reach the back yard and bring stuff in and out. Should keep me busy for a while :-)

But I will still find time for shop time here and there. This next Week end I'm working a shift at the base woodshop. Should be able to progress slightly more on my boring till...

Stay tuned...

Bob, the eternal optimist when it comes to Spring


  1. Bob it is not spring as long as there is white stuff on the ground. BTW, none of it down here.

  2. None here too, you have to go deep in the wood to find some. The occasional fluffy white crapolla (Ralph Tm) is not staying

  3. Hi Bob
    An outside Honey do list sounds like there is some heavy work ahead!
    Good to see that you have got the chairs ready for an occasional break to catch your breath.
    A greenhouse is such a nice thing to have, if you are able to find one that will fit two chairs and a cafe table inside, it can prolong the outdoor season to a great extent.
    Coming to think of it, I think I'll organise an afternoon tea session in out greenhouse when I get home.
    Jonas (who misses Bertha)

  4. Hi Jonas
    Bertha will always be with you...

    We are trying a small portable Pop up greenhouse to find a good location. Once she is happy, probably next year or so, we would invest in a proper green house.

    I surmise I will be moving that small one around this summer... :-)

    Bob, with Rudy at the keyboard

  5. Thos bbq covers are literally crap and fall apart usually after 1 year. We had the Cuisinart one and it fell apart, literally crumbled. The one we now have is about 1 year old but is supposed to be heavy-duty. I doubt it so am very careful not to hook it on to anything when removing and putting on bbq.

  6. That cuisinart cover is about 5 years old, should had been replaced 2 years ago, but life got in the way :-(
    This year its a no brainer, it is utterly falling apart.
    Not sure what to try next, that one was expensive and promised to be durable... It was not...

    In the early year of that BBQ (2012) I used to get it off the deck and put in storage in the shed, but that only lasted the first season, way too much work. It has sat on the deck ever since :-)

    Bob, reminiscing about his BBQ :-)