But the day is still very busy...here's how our time was spent yesterday, just to give you an idea.
6:30am: Got up.
7:00am: Having coffee and tea. Ruth is a tea drinker. It's a British thing, her parents were both born in England. We spent time on the computers. I write the blog post for the day, she responds to comments. We have some breakfast.
8:30am: Time to get outside and do some work. Within five minutes, I'm putting bug spray on. Ruth prefers to wear a hoody sweatshirt and work with the hood on! I get the push lawnmower full of gas and bring it down to the area I'm cutting this morning.
Ruth is working down at site 24, a tent camping site without electricity. It's right on the water, but the area between the water and the site is full of debris and dead and fallen wood. It's not one of our nicer sites, and we're trying to improve it.
I drive the truck down to where Ruth is working so she can load the debris into the truck.
Ruth has brought six truckloads of crap out of this little spot of forest!
Meanwhile, I cut grass for two hours. Using the push mower, it's hard work even though it's a 6 hp self propelled model. We have some short steep inclines here that aren't very easy to mow.
10:30am: Break time. We try and time our break for around 10:30. Usually we have another coffee and tea, but it's fairly warm out and we've been working hard so we're thirsty and we opt for a big glass of orange juice instead, with a piece of gingerbread loaf.
11:00am: We're back at work by now. We take the pickup to the dump, and get rid of another load. Ruth goes back to work at site 24, and I take the blades off of two of the lawn mowers in preparation for our trip to town.
Meanwhile, Ruth has noticed a small leak at one of the outdoor water taps. I have a quick look at it, and decide to replace one of the tridon clamps. I get the clamp on, but it still looks like it's leaking a bit. I figured I would let it dry and see if there's any improvement, but soon it's leaking even worse, in fact it was starting to look like a sprinkler watering the grass! So I take it apart even more, and it turns out the plastic pipe is split, so I found a replacement section and spliced it in. Fixed! Meanwhile, Ruth has gone in to prepare lunch.
12:30pm: Lunchtime! Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich with some sliced carrots.
1:00pm: The pickup truck is full again so we take another load to the dump. We also carry on from the dump to go to one of the Board of Directors homes to pick up a receipt. I had bought some fairly expensive work gloves ($30, but on sale for $22), and they didn't even last a month. I'll try and return them and see what happens.
2:00pm: We were trying to leave around 2:00pm, but we're a little late. I spend some time with the boyfriend of the girl running the restaurant as we've hired him to do some part time work. Some of his duties are to be the "go to" guy while Ruth and I happen to be off site.
2:30pm: We're on the road to the city of Prince Albert. It's about a 45 minute drive.
Crossing the North Saskatchewan River into Prince Albert.
3:15pm: We arrive at the Sarcan depot where we return the weeks supply of recycleables. In Saskatchewan, virtually any drink container has a refundable deposit associated with it. Our take for the week? $34.20.
People bringing in their empties.
Kevin, being served on the far left.
4:00pm: We spend the next two hours running around. I buy new lawnmower blades at Sears for the two Craftsmen mowers. I got o Marks Work Wearhouse and they give me a brand new pair of gloves in exchange for the ones I bought a month ago that wore out too soon. We do some grocery shopping, and before we know it, it's 6:00pm.
6:00pm: We're back on the highway for the 45 minute drive to the campground. Ruth takes some photos along the way...
Back at our lake.
7:00pm: We're back at the cabin and Ruth makes some dinner. I cook up the burgers on the BBQ.
8:00pm: We head out to empty all of the garbage cans in the park. Stop in at the fish shack and get the bucket of guts. Off to the garbage bins and then back to the dump to empty the guts. By now, the sun is starting to get lower in the sky and it's another nice evening.
Striking evening sky.
9:00pm: We're back inside and we can finally relax. Think about watching a movie, but decide to spend our time on the internet.
10:00pm: I go outside to lock up the shower building. Everything is quiet. Back inside, spend some more time on the computer.
And how was YOUR day?
Here's the link again to the Namibia contest. Thanks to our facebook fans for keeping us in the running. We've dropped back quite a bit, but we still need to keep the numbers coming in. It's not over until it's over...only 16 days to go!
Find the photo "Drab Landscape" and click on the far right star to award us with five points!