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August 30, 2014

Sum Sum Summer Time 2014

Ok where did I leave off on my last blog about Spring.  Here it is the end of summer and I am camping right now so have some time to blog.   This is our first time to camp this summer and it is a few days away from the end of August, but we are here at our favourite place Davis Lake Recreations site here in BC Canada only an hour or so from our home.  So let’s just start from where I am right now Davis Lake.

Well the first couple days for me was just relaxing and reading.  Then weather cooled and I spent many hours inside the motorhome with a spectacular views of the lake working on photos and this blog.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

My hubby of course was out fishing the whole time.  Finally when the weather cooled he was getting bigger trout, the biggest caught was 19 inches. Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Mornings and evenings always bring a change to the lake scene.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

One night we had some close friends come for dinner and enjoy a beautiful evening as the sun set behind the hills.Photos by Here I Am Carrie 

 Trips

End of June I went to Oregon to a nephews wedding and while down there did a little sight seeing at Silver Falls State Park and Oregon Gardens Resort as well as stop in and see an old friend.

Wedding
I really do enjoy capturing special moments at weddings with my family.  However I would hate to do it professionally.  Way too much pressure.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Silver Falls State Park
It rained off and on my visit t here but the falls were spectacular.  Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Oregon Gardens Resort
My sister and I spent one night at this resort that included acres and acres of these beautiful gardens that we first took a narrated tour on a small trolley, then later walked most the gardens.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Photos by Here I Am Carrie

 Visiting Old Friend
I always love to stop in a visit an old friend while going through Washington and we went and visited her horse for the afternoon.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Trip to Shuswap Lake
My hubby and I were invited by some friends to stay a couple nights at a resort they were staying at.  What a treat that was.  Luxury to us.  The drive down first was very scenic.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie

What a treat to relax here the weather just broke from a rain storm the evening we arrive and gave us nothing but sun the next couple of days.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

I rose early the first morning to go down to the water.  I felt all alone on the lake.  It was so quiet with the sun just coming up.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

The evening lights from the resort were just beautiful.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

This summer was not all trips of course much time was spent at our ranch working and enjoying it. 

Gardening

The garden got off to a good start early summer.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

But as we were gone often the baby marmots kept eating all my lettuce and greens.  Somehow flowers are now taking over the vegetable garden.  But something that I am getting for the first time this year is squash in the garden.  Photos by Here I Am Carrie

I won’t have much to harvest in the garden this year just lots of potatoes, onions, turnips, kale, carrots and lots of garlic. but had plenty of berries to harvest.  It was a very berry couple of weeks.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

 Flowers

The beginning of the summer found our deck very bare looking when I first set all my pots of flowers out I started in the greenhouse.  But it didn’t take long for the heat of summer to bring color to our deck again.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

I wasn’t going to do flowers this summer, but somehow did and was surrounded by them all over our property. Right now I will begin collecting my annual seed to carry on the flowers for the next year.  I have been saving flower seeds for 20 years.  Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Just a glimpse of the many perennials I have in my flower beds.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Wildflowers
This June and July we had so many wildflowers and many new varieties.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

 Wildlife

I was blessed one morning to sit and watch a fly catcher bring food to her babies as they had just left the nest.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Well the marmots are still here, but we had some new visitor this year.  We have bunnies in around the house, not good as they have munched a few things now.  But I was able to see some otters that came down the creek and got some really great photos and videos of them.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

 

Our Part Time Home

Well I guess for those of you who follow me know I spoke of a new property
we purchased last winter and was going to start work there is summer.  Well our tenant in our rental house in town moved out and we decided not to rent it right now as we had owned it for over 20 years and wanted to spend a little time there.  So many weekend from July through August we would go there and work a bit, and I was also able to go to a few Saturday flea markets in town and set up for selling my greeting  cards.  But mostly just enjoy being close to town yet right on the river and wonderful walks on the dikes and trail systems right from our back yard.  Now we may want to down size there.  Still will spend some time at the new property in October.  But here is a glimpse of the walks we take from our little house on the river in out town.

Going north east up the river we follow the trail to where our two rivers in town meet.

Photos by Here I Am Carrie

When we go South east up the river we follow it for awhile then cut over to the Kettle Valley Trail.  There is so much wildlife right here in our town.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

Once back on the Kettle Valley trail we go through the old train tunnel and come out at the other river and the old train bridge.   The walk takes just over an hour.  Where the trail passes by town it is all lit with lights at night.Photos by Here I Am Carrie

We are seriously thinking of downsizing to town as we really do love it there.   

My Folks New Business
Ok my folks are in their 80’s and have started a new internet business selling outdoor recreations and sports gear along with  emergency stuff.  I think my stepbrother got them all set up and started.   They only ship in the United States so check them out if you are interested in camping gear and more.  Great sales on right now.  Also check out their about page to see the cute photo of them.  My stepmom does the blogs for the sales site.  They just keep plugging away  in life.
http://yavapai-outdoorsupplies.com/

 

 Creations by Here I Am Carrie
Well I finally got out this summer to sell some of my greeting cards at our local outdoor venues. 
My first time out was at our local Saturday flea market and I didn’t sell anything, but was learning a great deal watching the other vendors.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie

The next week I was back again and this time put a little music on behind my display and made some sales.  I always look so tiny compared to the other vendors as I only have a patio umbrella.  I usually had to pack up by 1pm as it got to hot.

Photos by Here I Am Carrie

We had a music fest in town my 3rd weekend and I set up on the closed street along with other vendors for 2 full days and did really well with my sales. I had a great display and was really getting the hang of talking to people.
Photos by Here I Am Carrie
 

So I am back at the ranch didn’t even get this blog finished up while camping.  Already put in 3 hours in the garden this morning.  We are heading camping again in 10 days so I am going to have a very busy week.  The temps. have cooled down finally after a very hot summer, but that also means soon we will be getting frost here at the ranch.  There no longer seems to be an end to the work ahead with too many properties and trying to squeeze in extra activities.  Feeling very overwhelmed again trying to do it all.  I swear next summer no annual flowers and only potatoes, onions in the garden. 

So I hope that as your season ends you were able to accomplish all that you set out to do and have a
Good Morning….   Good Afternoon…  Good Night…
What ever it is to you.

Photos & Words
by
Here I Am Carrie

 

 

10 comments:

Here I Am Carrie said...

Well after reading my blog I realized I forgot to enclude updates and photos of Sheaba. Will have to do a separate blog soon. She is doing great.

Nancy J said...

Wow, you have had a wonderful, action packed summer, those flowers, garden produce, and your RV, is that what you call them in your place? Puts our lttle wonky wagon relegated to the back stalls for sure!!!Your Mum and Dad, well done to them, I'm longing to start with a new home in a new area, hope that it'll happen sometime. Hugs, as you enter the fall season, full of mists and mellow fruitfulness. ( from John Keats)JeanXXX

Vera said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you, and what a busy life you lead! But then so do I, and what would we do if there we didn't do as we do! As for your parents, ....well done to them and I hope it goes well. Hope you have a rest now the year is moving on into the cool time, so that your inner batteries can be recharged for doing it all again next year!

GreatGranny said...

Been waiting for this. You always have the most beautiful gardens. Your trips were so enjoyable as I read and saw the scenic routes. It's wonderful that your parents are on this new adventure. I so hope they do well as you do with your card business.
I'll look forward to news about Sheeba.

Lisa said...

I have trouble leaving comments on blogger and a lot do these day but here goes the first try.. You did so so much this summer , so much to get thankful for and so much beauty captured. I enjoyed seeing the view though you lens once again I only wish I could see all these photos large ! Glad you like it in town. I dont live far from a small Hamlet and can hear the the kids placing at times.. but in town my husband would die. I could adjust. Lovely blog full of so much. Hugs for a wonderful Autumn . Happy September Carrie.xoxo

Lisa said...

First try and it went in. Grateful.:)
xox

Joe said...

What an intense collage! Amazing!

goatman said...

Hi,
My head is spinning at the activities you guys did.
We stayed around the shanty and tried to fix that which was broken, needed painting, needed replacing, needed a pile of wood for winter, needed oil changed, needed pet shots, needed grass cut and trimmed; just seems something always needed doing. After having lived 10 or so states during our tenure here I am happy staying in one place to seek out the details I missed before.

marciento said...

Hi Carrie!Invite you to watch a new photo album on my blog.
I wish you a successful new week. Beautiful post.

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