Monday, May 25, 2015


Going back a few weeks to my Birthday and Mother's Day - one of the reasons why it was a great day was that it was also the day of the Friends of Fintry's Spring Festival at the Fintry Estate. It took place on the Manor House lawn.

Although it was a busy weekend of campers, we took some time out to enjoy the festivities. There was music, artisans and growers, food trucks and fun stuff for kids. 

Here's the few hours we were there in pictures.

Cassia went straight to the kids area. First up, the making of blue slim.

Then the obstacle course - her first!

Lots of artisans and sellers on hand. This guy had some neat stuff.....

as did the Potter. 

I didn't take any picture of the only place we did buy something which was the plant guy - Tom. We purchased four tomato and two pepper plants from him.

Firefighter Cassia.

A great idea. The local firefighters were on hand to raise money with this set up for the kids. 

Nothing better than a bouncy castle.....

and face painting.

For the rest of afternoon Cassia was replaced by a black meowing cat.

We enjoyed listening to the bag pipers - here the are in front of the Manor House.

We finally got our chance to look around inside the Manor House. It's quite large and as you would expect. 

Except for this of course! A cave complete with a bear in Mr. Dun-Waters den.

He was an avid hunter and collector. I believe this giraffe came from the Penticton Zoo.

Britt had told Cassia there was a dear with fangs in the house so it was this guy we were here to see. Not really a deer I don't thing although maybe an ancestor. I cannot recall what the lady said it was.

Derek with Dan Bruce - a volunteer with the Friends of Fintry Society, and our contact person with the group. A super guy whom we share a passion for gardening with.

Local celebrity Mike Roberts was the MC for the festival. 
We were happy to snag a picture with him - Derek recalls watching Mike back in the 80's. He was the weatherman on Chek TV for 40 years having just retired in 2013.

My aren't we official looking....

So, in addition to being spoiled with breakfast and cake on May 10th - we also did all this.

As I mentioned - it was a great day.

Of course today is the 25th - 15 days later. The days are just rolling by. These days our park is full during the weekends but still relatively quiet during the week. With some rain and a whole lot of sun and warmth everything is growing fast. Derek has his work cut out for him with the weed whacking and mowing. 

Next post I'll show you how the grounds here at Fintry, and our gardens, are looking these days. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Nor will we be until mid October - we do work and live in a campground after all. 

We certainly weren't lonely over the last weekend. I doubt we could have fit one more person into Fintry for the May long weekend. Every site was full and even the overflow was full. Many sites were even double stacked. It was crazy. All went pretty well - I think everyone had a good time with the weather holding out except for a shower Sunday morning. 

Sadly, our power was out for about 4 hours starting around 5:00 am. When that happens our toilets don't flush so off Derek went at 5:30 am to close the buildings. Britt and I spent the morning cleaning and reopening the 12 washrooms and 2 shower buildings. It definitely showed us that we need a 'power outage' plan for when it happens again.

In addition to all of our campers, Derek and I have been receiving a variety of other guests over the last few weeks. 

As I said on facebook - I felt like we were visited by RVing royalty a few weeks ago when the crew came camping. At first I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them roll in. I was speaking to a fellow who was looking at our water treatment center when the two fifth wheels came past with the sanidump logo. He must have thought I was a bit off to get so excited over their arrival. 

I was happy to spend the next few days visiting with founders John and Chris on the right and KC, Karen and son Lee to the left. What a great group who are regulars to Fintry. I await their future visits.

As Kevin mentioned - who of us travellers don't use their valuable website - or should be if they haven't. Since Derek and I don't stay in parks often when travelling in the USA, we have used their site many many times - we highly recommend it!

We've been visited by this amazing couple, Chuck and June, twice over the last few weeks. They first stopped in a week or so ago on their way to Alberta. The last time we saw them was when they came camping up at Kentucky-Alleyne last summer. 

Have I mentioned that some of our best friends are campers that we have met at one of our parks? We know Chuck and June from my days of travelling from Skihist to Gold Pan every night to clean and register. The same park that I met our other good friends Randy and Shirley!

Chuck and June returned on Friday to bring us some special cargo! Since I haven't taken any pictures yet I'll wait until a future post to show you what we received from them. 

We've even had family visiting!

Derek's dad, Lloyd and sister, Lisa, were on a road trip and stopped in to see us. Since it was their first time visiting us here they were happy to see our new digs. It was a short visit - just over night but we made the most of it with a bbq. 

Here is Derek ready for work the next morning with his dad.

Grandpa and Auntie were on playground duty for the morning.

A family picture - three generations. 

And if you are all wondering where the heck Jean and Skip are, they are here with us at Fintry! It's so fun for me when fellow bloggers and followers stop in to visit. Although I've seen them in blogland and Jean has commented on our site, we've never met them. Even better that they arrived after the weekend so I was able to visit with them a bit during my rounds during the two nights that they were here. Jean was going through a bit of wifi withdrawal out here in the forest. I don't blame her - that was us up at Kentucky-Alleyne last summer - remember?

Last week we were also visited by a couple from Ontario who found our blog while they were wintering in Arizona. Our pictures of Fintry from the spring convinced them to come camp here for a few days on their way to visiting family in the Okanagan. Another super couple that I enjoyed visiting with.

How nice to have such good people to visit with here at Fintry. One of the things I like best about this job are the great campers I meet as I go around registering at nights. Let's be honest - they are not all great, and many don't even want to talk to me much - but there are many that I really hit it off with and find it hard to pull myself away from to continue on my way. 

So - who's next? You know where we are! Peter?!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

45 at 45

(Because we've been busy and without internet last weekend - this post is very late. Since I had written it before in anticipation of May 10th I thought that I would go ahead and post it for the reasons I've written below.)

So, it was my Birthday last Sunday on Mother's Day!

I was born on Mother's Day May 10th, 1970 very early in the morning.

It's been 12 years since they have been on the same day.....

and this was the first time that my BD was on MD when I've been a Mother.

It was a great day! (More pictures coming soon in an upcoming post).

Recently I saw a post on another blog where the author listed 35 things about herself on her 35th Birthday.

I'm going to steal that idea.

This is definitely for all of you out there that follow us but only know us from the blog. By the time you finish this list you'll REALLY know me!

However, it really is for our daughter Cassia. One day all this will be hers to read; to learn about and recall her youth. In case she doesn't have a chance to find all this out - this is how I can tell her about me at 45 years old. I'm not as I used to be and I'm not how I will be in the future.

This is me now.

So - here we go. Forty-five things is a bit daunting - I may be scrapping the bottom by the end....

1. I was born in East York, Ontario.

2. Until I was nine we lived near highway 401 and the Toronto Zoo.

Our home! The wonders of google maps - it's been painted but looks just like it did!

3. We moved west to Cochrane, Alberta when I was 9.

4. I am of Dutch heritage. As both my parents were born in Holland, I am first generation Canadian.

5. I have one older sister.

6. I loved to draw and create as a kid.

Me a bit younger than Cassia is now. Remember the Regal school books?

7. I had long legs compared to waist and spent much of my time wearing floods growing up.

8. I grew up on the Love Boat, Chips, Threes Company and the Flintstones.

9. Mr. Dressup was my favourite show as a kid.

10. Mr. Muggs was my favourite school book as a kid.

11. I had a teal blue easy bake oven.

12. Lego was my favourite toy.

Derek making an omelet for breakfast on my Birthday.

13. I had a (security) blanket for a long long time - until 13 I think!

14. I'm better at math than english.

15. I'm a horrible speller as you regular followers can attest to.

16. My favourite music in the 70's was ABBA.

17. My favourite in the 80's was Culture Club, Bryan Adams, and Michael Jackson.

What can I say, I was a kid of the 80's. At least I'm not wearing neon. 

18. My all time favourite singer is Neil Diamond. (I've even seen him in concert!)

19. My favourite song right now is Alan Jackson's 'Remember When'.

20. My other favourite song is George Strait's 'The Road Less Travelled'

Me and my girl at the Friends of Fintry spring festival on Mother's Day.

21. My two favourite foods are popcorn and pineapple - definitely not together though!

22. I'm NOT a risk taker.

23. I'm fairly shy.

24. I was a mother for the first, and final time, at the age of 39.

25. I have naturally curly hair.

26. I rarely let loose. I'm a bit of a stick in the mud. Having a child has helped with that somewhat.

27. I'm stubborn.

28. I'm serious.

Derek made my cake but Cassia (aka the black cat) and I made the whipped cream for it. We all know why she was happy to help!

29. I love to cook and bake.

30. I can sew (sort of).

31. I spent 9 years at the University of Calgary.

32. I have a Bachelor's of Urban Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies and a Master's of Architecture.

33. I was married for the first, and final time, at the age of 32.

The happy bride and groom. 
A picture of a photo picture .. one of the items in our long lost storage items was our wedding album.

34. My favourite colour is lime green.

35. My second favourite colour is orange.

36. My favourite flower is gardenia.

37. My favourite ice cream is coconut. (Actually I'll eat or drink anything will coconut in it!)

38. I have a lazy eye.

39. I have green - blue eyes.

40. My favourite season is the fall.

41. My favourite movie is the Sound of Music.

42. I'm more of a cat person (gone but not forgotten my pals - Muffin, Tuk Tuk and Bailey) than a dog person. (I know - we have a dog - I married a dog person!)

43. I'm a recovering magazine addict.

44. I love to read - books. My other hobby is gardening.

45. I'm a big picture person - not great with the details.

Darn! I'm at the end - I was actually having fun writing this list.

It was much easier than I thought it would be - I could go on.....

But I won't.

Today is Saturday - the eye of the storm we call the May Long Weekend - Queen Victoria's Birthday and the 'unofficial start of summer'. For us Park Operator's at a campground our most challenging days are those when the campers arrive (yesterday) and when they leave (Monday). The in between time is pretty calm except for keeping up with the cleaning.

Fintry PP is more then full - in fact our overflow is almost full. We have 100 sites here and many have 2 RV's parked in them. It's a bit crazy but it seems that everyone is having a great time. The weather this weekend so far couldn't be better.

Sorry for the lack of posts. The loss of our internet last weekend was not good, and could have been disastrous if it didn't get fixed when it did. All of our reservations are on line as is our accounting and paperwork.

I should be able to catch up on a few posts next week.

See you then!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Just a few minutes to take their picture!

So, I can see how this season is going to with the blog....... I'm squeezing this in amongst my paper work at 9:10 pm - and it's only April! The low season!

On the other hand - over the next few months I'm sure we'll have more to share. Right now we are getting the park cleaned up and I rarely take the camera out.

No complaints though - we are still lovin' our house, yard and park.

Within the last week, Derek has begun to mow and weed whack. Here he is at the group site - actually we have three 'pods' for groups. We are expecting our first three groups this weekend!

He mowed our yard as well.

The rest of the photos I took the other night when I realized that all of our flowers are blooming.
Dinner was on but I couldn't resist getting some pictures.

The lilacs have arrived!

Blooms on our crab apple tree.

The yellow flowers of the Oregon Grape I showed a few posts ago.

The flowers in our front yard that finally bloomed. Not what I was expecting - I thought that there were white flowers in there. Can't say I'm crazy about these - anybody know what they are?

A few weeks ago Britt, Cassia and I found this buoy washed up on the shore. Yesterday Derek turned it into a swing for Cassia. That went over well as you can imagine.

And finally I just had to share with you what's happening in our garden. Almost everything I planted a few weeks ago is sprouting - this is the kale. So excited!

Cassia and I did squeeze in a batch of carrot cake cupcakes the other day.

And yes, that's it!

Not much else to show. 

We've been cleaning out fire pits, racking sites, cleaning tables, weeding and staining - in addition to looking after our guests. Last weekend we hit a high on Saturday night with 25 campers. 

Last week we also hired our fourth and final employee for the summer. Our team is now complete with Derek and I and our four employees. Everyone will be on board by the May long weekend. Two of our employees have never worked at a BC Park before so we'll be busy with training in a few weeks.

We've also made time to empty our trailer of the items that Derek and Cassia brought back from their trip to Chilliwack. It was nice to be reunited with our belongings and fun to show Cassia many items that she hasn't seen before such as our wedding album. Both Derek and I had some of our toys packed away that we have now passed on to her - and my prized smelly sticker collection. I am hoping to get some pictures of those things soon so that I can show them to you as well. Fingers crossed.

Ha! Derek found this ski mask in the trailer and was telling Cassia that sometimes crooks use them. She figured that out pretty quick and became a thief herself making a quick get away with my sewing machine!


Thursday, April 23, 2015


I find it VERY hard to believe that 8 days have past since our last post. Sorry. 

It's been kinda crazy around here. I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with it all at the moment. 

All will be well when I can get into a good routine. It might not happen for awhile but it WILL happen. Coming off of 7 months will no routine, means that the adjustment into our summer work schedule takes a bit of well, work.

I've really enjoyed the last few weeks but for me it's been a lot of setting up - cleaning and maintenance in the park and the bookkeeping on the computer. A steep learning curve - really working my brain. I spent the better part of last night and today setting up the wireless printer. It's been a while since my brain has been that twisted up. I can only say that in good humour because I got it to work. 

Anyway, that's how it's been here - busy. Then things got even busier for me over the weekend as Derek and Cassia headed down to the Lower Mainland (that's what we call the area around Vancouver) for a few days.

Here are some pictures from their trip to Chilliwack.

The first time Cassia has been in the passenger seat. She was the photographer for the ride down.

Her vantage point is a little different from mine!

From here at Fintry they went south to Westbank and then over to Merritt - down the Coquihalla to Hope and then on to Chilliwack.

Cas loves tunnels - I wasn't surprised to see this picture.

A bit like a roller coaster - right?!

Coming into the Fraser Valley. 

Derek and Cassia were in Chilliwack for the rest of our belongings we've been storing in his sister's garage. But of course it was a great chance to visit Cassia's Auntie Lisa and cousin Krysta. That's Rufus's sister Bubbles by the way. 

Derek and Cassia brought Rufus so that he could play with his sister.

They all had a great time visiting for a few days. There's Derek's mom who you met when she visited us in Zihuatanejo in January.

Cassia's other cousin Tylar stopped in to say hello.

With everything packed up in the van and trailer they made the five hour trek back to Fintry. I just knew there'd be a selfie in there too!

A great shot of a Raven at a rest area.

Still quite a bit of snow in the mountains.

Much of our stuff is still in our trailer waiting to be unpacked. We did get out our table and chairs though. After 1 1/2 months we were done with sitting on the sofa for our meals. 

And if that wasn't enough travelling for D and C - we headed to Vernon yesterday for supplies and groceries. We switched our town day from Tuesday to Wednesday since it was cool and calling for rain.

Our favourite stretch along the 45 minute trip.

When in Vernon getting our errands done we've been finding it challenging to find a place for lunch. Then we noticed Pho Fusion. Now, Derek and Cassia had just had Vietnamese food in Chiliwack at one of our favourite places called Pho Galaxy. We had no idea if Pho Fusion would be as good but figured we'd better give it a try. 

We are happy to report it was great. Thankfully. Now we have a lunch place to go to when in town. Here's Cassia displaying her unique way with chop sticks. Somehow she actually gets food in her mouth.

After that we stopped in at Voets Coffee. My sister and brother in law on Vancouver Island got us started on Ancient Ritual coffee - our new favourite.  

Our last stop of the day was at another of our new favourite places in Vernon - Swan Lake Nursery. Although Derek and I have never met a Nursery we haven't liked. 

A gardener's dream......

You can see there that we bought some strawberry plants - 12 of them in fact. 
A good deal at $5 for three.

And finally, we have a new addition to our family. This is MnM. Actually, MnM has been with us before for a few years. She is Derek's mom's cat who has been living for the last few years with Derek's sister. Sadly, Derek's mom cannot have animals where she lives. 

Cassia has been pining for a cat - a kitten actually - and this is a good alternative. Her and MnM have become fast friends. She's going to need her patience with Cas as you can see. Ha!

So, that's how it's been for us this past week. In addition to our park work. We had a fairly busy weekend with 25 campers on Saturday night. With the beautiful weather we also started staining our picnic tables. 20 down only 80 to go.


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