Westboro Beach, Ottawa, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No rain!

Well I think I have gone about 5 days here in Ontario with no rain.  I think that is a record!  It still hasn't been real nice spring weather, except for Saturday when I went to Plattsburg to pick up Alex, that turned out to be a beautiful day.  It is still cool and more overcast than sunny, but I will take that, it helps keep the mosquitoes at bay.

I haven't really been doing too much, one of the reasons for not putting up a post yesterday.  I walk every morning with my Dad and his dog KC.  We are usually gone between an hour an two hours and usually it is in the bush on some logging roads or on a trail at the nearby conservation area.

My Dad and KC on an old logging road, I think only the ATV's use it now.

There is a nice old dam and waterfalls right across the road from my Dad's house, actually his house is at the top of the falls, you just have to walk down the road a bit to see the bottom of them.  They are quite high for this time of the year, there usually isn't as much water going over them as there is now.  In the summer most of the water goes through the old power station so the falls themselves will only have a trickle of water going over.

The water that is diverted though the old power dam, which is still used today

Here are a few more shots of my Dad's backyard and the nice flower gardens.  He and my Mum collected all the rocks and he built the stone walls for the flowerbeds.  My Mum usually looked after the garden with my Dad helping out on the bigger stuff, like trimming the bushes and trees.  He looks after it now, but so far this year hasn't had a chance to get at it much because of all the rain.

Looking towards the back of the house

Magnolia tree at the front of the house

When we owned a sticks and bricks house I had a nice garden too.  I planted a young magnolia tree in it a couple of years before we moved so when we sold the house I stipulated in the contract that I was taking the tree with me.  I had spent enough money on it and wanted to see it grow and blossom.  So I dug it up and brought it up to my Dad's place and he planted it in his garden.  I took a few years to establish itself after being moved a couple of times in only a couple of years but this year it is having it's best year yet and I get to see the pretty blooms.

Lots of yellow magnolia blooms

My brother lives next door my Dad, so he and his son, Matthew have come over a couple of the nights and we played a few card games and had some good laughs.  Oh, and I have been giving Alex some pointers on cooking.  He will be living in Ottawa for the summer and will be cooking for himself, which he has done before but says it doen't turn out the way he wants.  So he has asked me to make a few meals using chicken and fish as well as some casserole dishes to see how I make them.


  1. Its nice to see that its not raining and the bugs are not too bad. Once Alex learns all the cooking basics (and few of your tricks) all the rest can be a fun experience.

  2. What a lovely area. I'm glad you are getting in some 'quality' time with your tree!

  3. No rain for a few days is a good thing. Wish you could send it down to the southwest. Good for Alex that he wants to learn to cook. My son loves to cook and is really quite good at it. I think that's more thanks to his Dad than to me. Beautiful pictures.

  4. Hello Kevin and Ruth! I am a new follower of your blog. I came across it by accident while at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach in March. I was trying to find out why there were so many freighters sitting in the Chesapeake Bay. Thought I would ask Google and one of the sites that popped up was your blog because of your March 20, 2011 posting. I have been hooked on your blog since then and have nearly completed the entire thing. Just wanted to tell you that I am fascinated by your travels and lifestyle. My husband and I have owned a motorhome for almost 5 years now and get away as often as we can. Our dream is to do what you are doing! Until then, I will enjoy it through you! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and beautiful pictures with us.

  5. No rain is a good thing!!!
    Have fun

  6. No rain would be good. Can't say that here but at least no tornados so far. It has been a strange spring. Love the magnolia tree, They are so beautiful in bloom.

  7. Your Dad's place is sure beautiful. Lots of water coming over that falls. I bet with your bedroom window open it lulls you to sleep at night. Stay safe.

  8. George and Suzie....I spoke too soon. Had rain last night and suppose to have it for the next 3 days. I think Alex just needs more pratice and he will be fine.

    Chuck and Anneke...Thank you!

    Contessa...Thanks Contessa!

    Jim and Sandie...Wish we could send the rain down, seeing we are getting more today and for the next 3 days or so. Alex will do fine I am sure. I think all the young generation need to learn to cook. A lot of the schools don't seem to teach it like they did when I was a school.

    Biff and Lynn...Thank you for following along. I hope you will enjoy our new travels as much as the old. This site only goes back to Feb. or Jan. or 2008. I haven't finished uploading the beginning months, just too busy! If you want to read the rest, our old site was www.mytripjournal.com/kevin_ruth. Should you have any questions or want any info, don't hesitate to contact us.

    Donna...Thanks, Donna.

    Janie and John...Keep safe from those tornadoes they have been bad this year. I love magnolias!

    pidge...He has a beautiful place. I loved the sound of the waterfalls though the bedroom window when I was young.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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