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I will try and get you all up to speed; well, after Ross and Karen headed off home (after an extra 3 days enforced holiday due to flight cancellations - you guessed it - bad weather!) we moved back in with Leo & Nat and I set about a bit of DIY they had been waiting to do for a while. Living in a condo means they have to be extremely well organized as storage is very limited and they are getting to accumulate a few "toys", there is; the camping gear, summer clothes when it's winter, winter clothes when it's summer, road bikes, mountain bikes, ice skates, new snow boards etc. etc. A cupboard had to be built, in the only space left, above the stairs! Two weeks later the space about the size of half a chord of wood (see I'm getting into this Canadian psyche - it's about a 4ft. cube) was full with some of that aforementioned stuff. Hats off to Nat who has to be the most organized person we know :)
We have made it out now and again, watching people enjoying the frozen lakes for instance, here instead of gripping the ice would you believe some people put boots on with no grippy bits, just a thin steel blade that makes it even more slippy - they slide around on these things pretending to have fun... We walked round "Frog Pond" one day, watching some of these shenanigans; there were skaters (I am told that's the name for them) taking baby for a "slide" in the buggy, taking dogs for a walk, this was funny in a number of ways. http://www.annapolis-valley-vacation.com/eagle-watch.html That Sunday we set off with friends, Nigel and Pauline, it's about an hour's drive, even on snowy roads (yes we heard about our wimpy countrymen not coping with a slight fall of the white stuff). As luck would have it we must have got there just as some of the chicken carcasses had been put out. The latter stages of our drive we had all been scouring the sky, snow covered fields and trees for any signs of an eagle or even two? But there was no such luck, even as we pulled onto the side of the road to park there were no signs of our feathered friends, there were quite a few other cars and a number of people walking into one of the snow covered fields, we followed. Wow! there in front of us were more eagles than you would think you can see in a lifetime. Most were down on the ground digging into the feast, some were in the trees surrounding the field and one or two were in flight either coming in to collect lunch or taking off to enjoy a more private meal, sort of a take away!
We lined up to watch the show, needless to say I took a picture or two :) so, edited down, I will let the pictures tell the story.
These are the "snowbirds" that didn't fly south (us too). As you can tell it was a lovely sunny day though still about -6C it just doesn't seem so bad if the sun is shining and that there wind isn't blowing.
Well, Betsy has really used her Christmas present a lot, being quite prolific in her beading/jewelry making, I on the other hand have been very slow at getting on with the woodcarving - first one yet to be completed. I have bought a book on the subject though and now Leo has introduced me to the library I have taken out all the books that exist on the subject so I should be getting good at it any time soon :)
We are house sitting again for the next couple of weeks so I may get to go down in the basement and hone those carving skills, well someone did say something about looking sharp. Plenty of time to whittle away... I could go on but you know that!
Last weekend we got an invite from Peter and Myrna to join them at their cottage in the valley (well up on that north mountain actually) so, with the thought of a hot tub or two, off we went. This gave opportunity for another first for Betsy - cross country skiing, no ifs or buts 4 pairs of boots and skis were turned out and off we all went. Betsy didn't have a choice really and after only one or two falls to begin with, she was off. 'Thanks Myrna' for your patience and skillful teaching technique, though I do think the realization of how difficult it is to get up from a fall seems to give you that extra balancing skill just when you need it. I think the aches have just about worn off by now.
It's now just over 5 weeks before we do get moving again and Bree gets the snow brushed off for a journey south and we get to do what may turn out to be the final leg of our RVing adventure - will keep you posted on that :)
Don't forget to check out all the pictures - some with a story of their own - No appologies for putting 86 in - it was just difficult editing it down from something like 1000 - thanks for the camera Ross :)