Our Awesome Travels

Our Awesome Travels
Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Family stuff, mowing the lawn, watching the bunnies and enjoy more amazing weather !

Where are we today ?
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          Sunny and very warm again to today. Got up to over 80f (26C +) sunshine and no wind, what's not to love about that?
        Took our car to Pettigrew's Garage for 8 am to check the "service engine light" again, diagnosed intake manifold gasket, so Dale will order it in and possibly do the repair tomorrow.
       Then dropped Suzie at her Dad's in New Hamburg shortly after 9am (computer stuff) and I ran a few errands. Picked her up again at 10:30 and home for a light lunch.
        Next for me was to finish mowing the lawn here while she went to her brother's to sort through a few more things, clothes and quilts etc.. of her mom's, along with her sister and sister in law.
      Lawn done in 90 minutes then I can relax in the shade enjoying a good book on my e-reader. Did I say we love this weather?
looks nice all freshly cut
looking to the back of the lot
2/3rds the way back
looking to the front,
you might spot our coach
in the middle
           Suzie home shortly after 4, gave me some updates, now I can whip up supper. Tonight gonna pan fry a couple of fresh water trout fillets, gifted to us from Rob and Pat.  Their son Trevor the Turkey hunter and fisherman and his better half Belle snagged these in February this year. Used our Fish Crisp and they fried up wonderfully, oh so tasty. Thanks Trevor and Belle !
love this for pan frying
            Also grilled some fresh local asparagus and added to our salad.
nothing like wild caught fish, local asparagus
and a fresh made salad.
         Then with a wonderful warm quiet evening, outside to read and listen to the bird chirping (actually making a heck of a noise, but that's ok), watching the bunnies running around, even a few chipmunks and squirrels, while I finish up today's blog posting. So many interruptions, but I am not on a deadline. The pay is the same no matter when it's done, lol...
Charlie you have a ball chasing these guys
          Thanks for dropping by and hope your weather was as wonderful as ours.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Time to leave the New Hamburg Fairgrounds and move back to Plattsville for a few days.

Where are we today ?
Plattsville Ontario
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         Just another nice night for sleeping, after  a wonderful sunset, had some rain but that's ok it's dark anyway.
this morning a wonderful sunny day happening
just our 2 rigs here, wonderful
        Our friends Rob and Pat secured their trailer and headed home to Durham, Suzie headed out to a doctor's appointment in Stratford and I headed back to Plattsville for a few days we all left at 8:30 this morning. Have a few Doctor's appointments then we can go again.
         I arrived Plattsville got out the mower and cut the grass where we park, then got us set up by the time Suzie returned about 10 am. Had a friend Debbie stop by to for a chat, a bite for lunch then mowed about 1/2 of the 5 acres here calling it a day shortly after 2 pm. I enjoy mowing the lawn here I find it therapeutic.
love this Ferris mower it rides so smooth
over this yard
      Now to sit back enjoy our e-readers together in the shade on another day of perfect 80 f weather. A quiet Happy hour just Suzie and I, the birds chirping away.
        Supper tonight using up some leftovers, reheat a couple bbq'd chicken legs and a piece of Peameal bacon, deals we got at the end of the Relief sale on saturday. Grilled some fresh asparagus and added to a small salad.
the grill mat works great for reheating
oh was very tasty
         Now to enjoy a quiet evening outside, read and compute a bit more still nice and warm.
Yep we loving this weather that's for sure. After 8 pm cooling down a bit so gonna head inside. Soon time to call it a night
         Glad that you stopped by again and hope to see y'all again soon.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Relax a bit and a Ride for Tyler Todd today from Plattsville.

Where are we today ?
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           Just enjoying more amazing weather here. Wonderful early morning walkabouts the fairground and along the Nith river right behind us So quiet here now.
spring flowers
        The fairgrounds are deserted, you would never would know there was thousands of people here yesterday.
        Our friends Paul and Judy were heading out this morning and well as John and Barb. We gonna hangout and enjoy the peacefulness for another day , just cause we can.
Barb And John
        I found that today is a Memorial Motorcycle ride for Tyler Todd  a local  soldier from Plattsville who passed away while serving Canada in Afghanistan in 2010. This ride is in memory of him every year since then. Ride for Tyler Todd click HERE      
       Rob and I drove over to see this and with perfect riding weather was an amazing turn out today.
the road by the arena lined with Canadian flags
this is the group riding today,
292 motorcycles
quite a few with 2 on a bike
getting lined up ready to go
       It is an amazing site to see took about 8-9 minutes for them all to pass one place. Below is an 8 second video of the roar all the bikes passing by.
       The ride is about an hour and they all return here for a BBQ , Music and raffles. A wonderful fundraiser.
       Rob and I headed back to New Hamburg , so wonderful here just our 2 rigs left. We will be heading out in the morning.
A relaxing Happy hour just the 4 of us, nice..
    Then our usual time for supper grill a couple chicken breast and fresh asparagus to add to our salad.
oh live our chicken
        Glad that y'all stopped by for a peek hope you had a wonderful relaxing Sunday as well.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Two days at the Mennonite Relief Sale Friday and Saturday amazing !

Where are we today ?
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This is a long posting with lotsa pics
I cut out as many as I could... but covers 2 days
       Friday was a non stop day for us, starts off nice and quiet just us 3 rigs here, walkabout watching all the volunteers setting up their tents and displays.
hey That's us !
        We took this opportunity to take Rob, Pat and Barb for a bit of a tour in and around Plattsville,and a stop and the home farm where Suzie grew up. A Nice country drive and stop at Mountain Oak Cheese to sample and purchase some very tasty Gouda. Madde from their own high quality milk. Their website is HERE.
Where they age the cheese
        Then back to the fairgrounds many more people coming in to camp all day long. Suzie's Dad grabbed her for a bit to wipe down some tables, when I went to help her she was done, got there just in time.. lol.....
         But her dad came back and asked for my help to repair a broken table leg, and help him move a few tables around that some vendors needed.
fixing the broken table leg, I had my tools.
before heading back to happy hour I picked up a baker's
dozen t-balls for happy hour.
check their website for recipes
4:30 Friday lots rv's here now
       Then whip up supper, a couple turkey burgers, fresh asparagus and our salad.
      Then at 6 pm parking lot getting full so we wandered over to check out the quilts (over 200) that will be auctioned Saturday. And some of the other venders as well. Forgot my camera, but that's ok enough pictures here anyway !
6 pm lots cars coming in
      Back home and chat outside for a while even Suzie's brother and sister in law stopped by to chat for a bit.
         That was a late night for us, so crashed.

          Saturday Morning

          After a good nights sleep up early so quiet here right now. Walkabout the fairgrounds and is a beehive of activity. Each vendor doing their thing, some started at 3 am to be ready for the crowds'
nobody here right now
        The donut project is very busy getting things ready for the long lineups.
getting the dough ready
frying the donuts
cooling the donuts
glazing the donuts
        Then a bit later wandered by the pancake breakfast tent a busy place for sure.
       By 7:30 am  rthe fairgrounds are filling up young people parking the cars and enjoying the whole process.
this guy here is having a Ball !
entertaining everyone around
and parking cars
        About 8;30  Suzie and I headed into the crowds, have been here for  many years so our first stop is breakfast Pork on as bun,(Canadian Peameal bacon) love it !
cooking the bacon
love it a tasty treat
no apple fritters for us this time
had ice cream last night
     Love to taste these Fleisch Piroshki, like a buns with meat filling, very different and tasty, we shared.
       For all the people here not really crowded except some on the line ups we managed to avoid, we wandered about checking out all the vendors etc..
love this shirt
"This is how Mennonites bare arms"
        Wandered over by the kids play area.
line up for the egg rolls
making the egg rolls
summer sausage
fresh bread etc..
long line up for Spring Rolls
singers in harmony they were excellent
       Then the outdoor auction sat on the grass for a while and enjoyed this lots of deals to be had.
this antique John Deere sold for $2,800.00
good price  ! 
         Th9s is the 50 years on the Mennonite relief sale here in New Hamburg, And Suzie was here for the first one and many in between as well, Her Dad every year !
      Now we were in and out of the arena quilt auction and fresh made strawberry pies going on all day at least till they sold out around noon.
nice strawberry tart we shared one
       Over 200 quilts to be auctioned off starting at 8:30 am.
quilts on display
always a good crowd for the auction
Nephew Greg auctioning his shift, 25 quilts
       Then I took a break, walkabout, for a bit the BBQ'd chicken legs are ready (gotta have them too) Suzie has had for every year she has been here for the last 50.
chicken BBQ
fresh cut fries and chicken leg, yup was excellent
       This paint of the Auction by Peter Etril Snyder was auctioned off sold for $5,000.00
Going once going twice sold !
this is the feature quilt this year,
         After this Gym "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow" and was some amazing to see and listen to a couple thousand people in the arena sing this in harmony so moving.
singing the hymn
        By now it was just afternoon and we had had our fill so across the fields to relax in the shade for a while. Then about 2 pm Suzie's Dad asked for some help for a bit. Back over there we folded up 125 chairs from Menno Cafe time for cleanup, and stacked for the clean up crew, grabbed some deals of left over Back bacon and chicken, Pat and Barb did too and helped folding the chairs.
lots of hand makes for quick work
Happy hour fun, and relax 
3 pm all the cars gone
love Paul's t-shirt
5pm all the tents gone 
quiet once again
small pork loin for supper, apple and fresh asparagus
perfect light supper
Piper on Suzie's knee
       That's it we done, busy few days, now to hang out here and relax tomorrow the vacate the premises.
       Thanks for stopping in again, if you are ever in the area last saturday in May it is worth a visit.
Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this summer