Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER

So much for my plan from last month to post only a few pictures more often...... It did sound like a good idea and really - I was committed - but somehow I wasn't able to follow through.

It's been almost two weeks now since the August long weekend and only now do I feel like I'm getting caught up. It has been a busy time - the park has been full (100 sites plus overflow) for the last 18 nights!!!! The height of summer.

Thanks to Landon, I have the tonight off from registering the campers. So - I thought I'd look through iPhoto and see what I had to share.

This is what I found.....


This pic is a few weeks old now. Miss Eagle Eyes spotted this van as it entered the park. There was no way she wasn't getting a closer look. Derek took her for a drive by while I sweet talked the campers into letting us take a picture the next day. Actually, they said it happens all the time. I bet they didn't realize what they were in for that when they rented this van from wickedcampers.com.  
If these European travellers didn't know about Scooby Doo before - they sure do now!


When we were without power after the fire near us a few weeks back we ended up altering our town day from Tuesday to Thursday. The switch finally gave us the chance to check out the Vernon Farmer's Market. 


It's been awhile since we've been to one so we were a little rusty - plus it is huge - a bit overwhelming. We were glad we went as we picked up a ton of fruit but we probably won't return for a while. It's bit much for us to take on in addition to the rest of our errands.


Cassia with her find - thankfully it was naturally flavoured and no - she didn't eat the whole thing.


And now back to our garden. We continue to be trilled with it each day. Our sunflowers really took off in the back garden. To the left are our two tomato plants - lying down! 


We're going to turn into tomatoes ourselves at this rate. Looks like I'll get my chance to try some canning.



They're all gone now but I don't think I've had a chance to show you our corn. In total we had about 12 ears - a good first attempt at growing corn. We are definitely going to increase that for next year.


Sadly, our largest pumpkin that was growing outside of the fence fell victim to a deer. 


Cassia took a picture of our cucumber today.


And the sunflowers in our lettuce/spinach/beet/kale garden. These are the ones that were dropped by birds that we decided to let grow. They look great out the window but are a bit much to traverse while harvesting.


The rose bush we showed you in the spring in the front garden is still going strong. 
Last week one of the blooms had a visitor! 



Our days are always interesting here at the Park. Last week our employees - Avalon and Landon - found this baby Osprey down on the beach.  They brought it up to the cliffs surrounding the park to keep it away from the campground. A day later he showed up on our main road. Derek, Cassia and I headed down to see if we could help him. 


Since he made it into the field we figured we'd let him figure out how to fly on his own. It seems that he left his nest a little unprepared....
We brought him water in case he needed it. 

We did call the Birds of Prey Center but they prefer to let nature take it's course.


Landon and Avalon took him back up and we haven't seen him since. We are thinking the best. 



A nice little message was left in our comment box. 


 We get lots of families at the Park which is nice to see. I love that we can be part of a person's childhood and the camping memories they will one day look back upon.


Last night we had a severe thunderstorm warning but it totally passed us by. Good thing too as they were calling for hail. 


We've been bear free this year at Fintry - as far as we know - until today. I guess our crab apples were  just a bit too tempting. Derek was sent in to take the pictures as Cassia and I stayed by the back door! 


He was BIG - but managed to get himself around the dense bush. 
This was as close as Derek dared go ......

Sadly, the only other news to report are all the fires currently burning in our area. Over the last few days one of our Parks, within our Contractor's bundle - Kettle River Provincial Park burned. We don't know the extent at the moment but the operators and campers had to leave on foot. This park is within the area of Rock Creek wildfire which is un-contained and 2,500+ hectares in size.

All for now.......

Teresa








Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FLOWERS AND FIRE

So - here we are and well - here we are again with pictures of our garden.

We do leave the park once in a while but what really holds our attention when we aren't working is what's in bloom or what's growing or what's ready to eat!

We are finding it hard to believe that it's the end of July with our next camping hurdle is upon us. Derek and I equate our working season to a marathon with the long weekends being the hurdles. The August long - which is British Columbia's Family Day - this Monday - is one of the largest. Summer is in full swing ..... This weekend promises to be very busy especially since after some cool and wet weather we will be back into the heat -- 35C to 38C here in the Okanagan


Here is a picture of one of the amazing poppies we had in our front garden for the last few weeks. 


And the amazing rudbeckia. I showed you them a couple of posts ago but they really grew to impress.


This post was to be full of pictures from our day at the Fintry Estate Summer Fair on July 12th. Unfortunately, Derek and I were too busy working to go but thankfully Cassia was able to attend with friends of ours. I was able to take this picture of Cassia visiting with the Alpacas early in the morning. Cute eh?! Quite the hair cuts.


Last week Cassia's Aunt and Cousins came to visit us for a few days. Here is Cassia with her only cousins - Krysta and Tylar. She was one excited little girl when they arrived. They have the same eyes - right?!


Krysta helping Cassia with strawberry picking. Cas is the designated picker because she is the only one that can get in the cage.


A group photo before they left - Lisa is Derek's lovely sister.


Just as they were leaving we entered into the most exciting event of the summer. A wildfire began on Sunday night about 10 kms south of the Park due to a lightning strike. It was reported to have been contained but by Monday night it had flared up again. This time it took on a life of it's own.


These pictures were taken Tuesday morning when we had strong southern winds.


Although we didn't notice it much smoke wise, for the remainder of the week the fire burned in the end covering 450 hectares. The major issue for us was a week of sporadic electricity and water. For Tuesday and part of Wednesday we had neither electricity nor a cell phone signal. It was a bit strange having no contact with the outside world. 

Thankfully by the end of the week cool wet weather arrived and the crews were able to contain the fire - open the road back up and get the electricity back on line.



For Wednesday and Thursday we felt like we lived in a militarized zone listening to five planes fly by for hours on end. 


So - that was interesting for sure. Our first dealings with a close wild fire. Sadly, they are all to common here in the Okanagan. 

Back to the garden...... our sunflowers are out and doing well. Nice to look out our windows to a bunch of yellow.


Although I really dig the red variety.


Of course they are swarming with bees - I got this shot today. Pretty neat.


And, well, that's all I have for you.

Seemingly all very calm but we are having a crazy ride here at Fintry. Since Derek and I are used to smaller parks the summer has been full of issues and challenges. Thankfully we have a super group of employees - Britt, Avalon and Landon have been stellar - very hardworking and a joy to be around. I'll have to get pictures of them before too long. As well as a great Supervisor and Contractor helping us out and getting our backs.

You won't be hearing from us again until next week as we host our biggest camping party of the summer!

Teresa 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

DAVIDSON ORCHARDS COUNTRY VILLAGE

There are two places in Vernon that we have been meaning to visit for a while now.

With all the busyness at the Park lately, we decided we needed some fun - so Tuesday we headed to Planet Bee and Davidson Orchard Country Village. It's pretty handy that they are right beside each other on the west side of Vernon.

In the end it was a long day tying our visits in with our usual list of errands and grocery shopping but it was worth it for sure. 

Here - take a look....


Before we ventured into Planet Bee - we stopped to admire their front garden.


Two of our favourites - echinacea and russian sage - the purple on the right. Back when we did landscape design work these two were always present. I'll have to find some room here at Fintry next year for some russian sage - I love it mass planted like this - a real statement.


Of course - a picture with a bee was not to be missed. From here we went inside only to realize that we were there at the same time as a HUGE bus - the place was packed. We decided to return on our way out from Davidson Orchard. Unfortunately, we were spent by that time but promised ourselves we will stop in next time.


So nicely designed and accessorized.




The trail to the animals. 
Even though Cassia spent time with goats and sheep at Buckerfield's a few weeks ago she as excited as ever.




Derek too! Nothing like a good chin rub.



Lots of things for kids .....


even a horse to ride!


Next, the gift shop - an endless gift shop - fun to look - we managed to find a few things to take home.


Watching the pies being made.



While I took a good longggggg look at the gift shop - Derek and Cassia took the orchard tour on the Johnny Popper Train.



The tour went past apple, plum and peach trees and tomatoes, peppers, corn and pumpkins.
Amazing to see the growth already.



After that it was lunch at the patio cafe - in the shade. 


Although it doesn't move like the one at home, Cassia was still happy to jump on the John Deere.


A last walk around on the hay bales.

It was fun being tourists for a few hours. 

If you have kids and are looking for something to do in the Vernon area we highly recommend Davidson Orchards - or it is just a nice stop for a bite to eat, a look around the shop and place to purchase your in season fruits and vegetables. We happily bought a carton of the first peaches of the season and more cherries as they are fading out.

Although the park is fairly full tonight - Saturday night - it's still quite quiet. A wedding was held at the Manor House today, we were glad to see that the forecast for rain didn't materialize.

Tomorrow is the annual Summer Fintry Estate Festival. Remember the spring festival on Mother's Day?! Well, they are doing it again. Cassia is excited......

Those pictures next post.

Teresa



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