Hey there! We hope you had a great summer. We've been camping but not writing about it. Our adventures were a bit more subdued this summer because of COVID 19. We've enjoyed our time out at Shadybrook - a lot of relaxing, reading, walks, bike rides, visiting the farmer's market, trying new cocktails (beer for James), camp fires, and listening to the sounds of nature. It's been really good for the soul but not that exciting to write about.
James watched the ACE Awards at the trailer and The Met Agency won two awards. Woot!
We also watched the first game of the playoffs at the trailer. We were hoping for a better outcome for the Oilers. Or at least to win the 50-50. Drat.
It's been a sad year for everyone. COVID has impacted us just like everyone. We are working from home and while it is nice, it is hard to be in the same place all the time. It is hard not seeing people or travelling the way we would like to. Shadybrook and Seba Beach have been a nice change from being at home all the time.
Even when it rains or is cool we try to head out for a change of scenery.
Charlotte has been good this year. As we expected though, we are not happy with the bathroom situation. The bathrooms/showers/laundry facilities at Shadybrook remained closed for the entire season. The bathroom in our trailer is oddly shaped. No need to get in to detail but suffice to say it's not ideal.
Usually we just use the oven to store the frying pans but this season we decided to try baking in it. Youtube helped us figure out how to light the pilot. I baked some cinnamon rolls and they turned out pretty good. I did learn that baking on the bottom rack may lead to burning.
Here are some of our favourite cocktails from this summer. I enjoyed making drinks with Empress 1908 gin. It makes a stunning cocktail and it's really good. They are based out of Victoria, BC and they share drink recipes on their social media channels. Click on the photo for the recipe.
And of course the flock (or flamboyance) of flamingos are always up for a party while Ned and Fred protect the wood pile.
This past weekend we had to turn on the heat one morning so that signals the end of camping for 2020 is near.
2020 has been a heavy year filled with personal loss, financial stress and turmoil around the globe. We are trying to stay positive and enjoy being outside while we can.
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.