Yard work and other life tasks kept us at home this weekend. Sorry Phoebe.
It was a beautiful weekend so we tackled many outdoor activities - including fighting with the dead raspberry canes. To save us the war wounds next spring, we really need to deal with the raspberries in the fall this year.
We planted flowers and a camping themed mini garden, cleaned the yard and garage, had a German breakfast (more about that on Mellissa's travel site Just Sayin) and bought a Saskatoon Berry shrub. We are excited for the eventual berries.
We continued with our Cock Tail Scale - backyard edition. Our review of the his weekend is here Blackberry Basil Vodka Lemonade.
The plan is to get to Shadybrook next weekend...and try a new cocktail.
It’s quite common in Alberta to have snow on the May long weekend - not this year. It was a glorious sunny (and busy) weekend!
We spent 24 hours of our May Long weekend at Shadybrook and we made the most of the time we were there.
Saturday morning we were up at the same time youngsters come home from the bar, to watch the royal wedding. We enjoyed the morning festivities with scones, Devonshire cream, tea and bubbly. And then we had two naps throughout the day.
Anyhow, back to our time at Shadybrook. We were excited to turn on the water and have it flow out of the tap! That means winter is over, the ground has thawed and de-winterizing was our top priority. Once that was done, we started on our task list.
Mellissa cleaned and organized the inside of Phoebe.
James built the new decking - a package we purchased from Canadian Tire.
Next we tackled assembling the gazebo.
We took a break to have a delicious and refreshing lavender lemonade mojito. We seem to accumulate spirits that we never drink so this summer we are introducing the Cocktail Scale to our Adventure Tails Site. Every weekend we'll try a new cocktail, we'll rate the cocktail and provide the recipes on this site. Here's our thoughts on the Lavender Lemonade Mojito
The mosquitoes around Shadybrook are incredibly welcoming. They have been waiting for us to show up.
We strung our lights around the site and they make the site look so cozy at night. We started a fire and were excited to relax...but a thunderstorm rolled in and we were relocated inside Phoebe.
Monday morning started with hot beverages and a walk around Shadybrook.
After breakfast we tackled our task list for the day- wash the outside of Phoebe, clean the shed and pick some weeds.
The dogs love their new bed and deck. Glamper Westley spent less time in the vehicle.
Back at home we enjoyed dinner and another lavender lemonade mojito on our patio. We are sore and exhausted from a busy weekend. We call that success!
We received an email this week to inform us that the water was turned on at Shadybrook on Thursday. Our goal on this beautiful sunny day - bring out our camping gear and clean Phoebe. Inside and out. We even bought new cleaning supplies to get her sparkling.
We were told we would need to run the water for 5 min to get the bleach out of the system. We turned on the tap. Nothing. Huh? We went over to the neighbors and tried their tap. They have water. Off to the office we went to see what’s up. We were handed a hose and a splitter and told to hook in to our neighbor’s water. Note - water is included in our seasonal fee.
Apparently the ground is not completely thawed and some sites don’t have water. Hm. The problem is, our neighbour's water hook up is quite far from our trailer and the 25 ft hose didn't cut it. The neighbor on the other side doesn’t have water either.
We decided to unpack our supplies and clean next weekend.
After unpacking, we walked across the road to treat ourselves to our first ice cream of the season. We were saddened to discover Trickle Creek is still closed. Drat!
On our walk back we noticed ice still on the creek. Funny how as soon as we get a few nice days, winter is a distant memory. I guess it takes a lot longer to thaw than we think it should.
Back at home we enjoyed margaritas on our patio. We got new furniture this week that we are loving!
We will head out with our cleaning supplies again next weekend - May long 2018!
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Shadybrook officially opened for the season today. Kind of. There is no water yet thanks to a slow ground thaw.
We were excited to see our little silver girl. Doesn't she look great?
Our excessive use of Bounce sheets and Irish Spring worked again this year and not only did Phoebe smell fresh when we opened the door, she also did not house any rodents over the winter.
We walked around Shadybrook and chatted with friends we haven't since the fall.
We caught up with fellow Airstreamer Val over dinner at the Nine Iron Grill. It was a beautiful evening for dinner on the patio.
What's new at Shadybrook?
However, there's a fire ban so we are not allowed to burn all the wood we have.
Westley spent his usual glamping time in the car while Phin sunned himself.
We hope the water is on next weekend so we can de-winterize and clean Phoebe and load her up for the season.
We are looking forward to many adventures. Stay tuned!
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. We are RV newbies and will share what we learn as we journey in to the world of Airstreaming.