Thursday, June 26, 2014

Farewell To "Maj" / Garden Update

Chris made the decision to sell the Majesty and go to something smaller in a dual sport model.  We had a buyer and Maj was going to be leaving the next day.  I have found that gardening can be very therapeutic! ha.  At least it is for me and the thought of selling our scooters and getting something else feels a bit weird!

 Anyway,  we went down to the garden to see how things were progressing.  Good thing as everything needed a good, long drink.  The veggies are coming along "ok" although I am a bit concerned about the closeness of everything.  But, hey!  First time, right?     Anyway, here are some pictures of the progress.

This is an orange bell pepper plant.  If you look closely, you can see a "bubble" looking thingee that looks like a green pepper.  My understanding is that it will turn orange when it is ready.

I over shot myself with the basil and ended up giving away quite a lot and still had to put these plants in window boxes as I was out of pots.  I finally took them down to the garden because my front windows were getting crowded.

My carrot that I am growing in a bucket are coming along just fine!  Hopefully, they will not be skinny little things......

Chris is admiring all of his hard work......:-). The beans are starting to travel up the trellis thingee that he built as well as the corn.

These are my bucket potatoes!  We had to add more dirt to the bucket and to the ones that are planted in a row beside the bucket.  I'm told the plants are supposed to flower and then they are ready.  But I also read that you should let the leaves die back completely before harvesting.  I have no idea! ha

Here is a picture of the corn.....:-).

After leaving the garden we decided to get Maj loaded up and ready to go the next day.....:-(.

 ok, ready to go now....:-(.

Poor Ms Vickey.....she looks lonely.   Sadly, she is for sale as well right now.  I really want to go to something smaller.  We both do.

 Chris rolled Ms Vickey back into her place and covered her up with a tarp.....:-(.

The next day, we met with the new owner of Maj, unloaded her and headed for the insurance agency.  I hope Maj likes her new friend....:-).

 It took a few minutues, but the the guys finally got everything taken care of with the transfer.

The deal was sealed and we are now on the hunt for another bike for Chris.

It was really weird going home with an empty trailer and leaving Maj behind......:-(

I felt like we had just sold one of our kids!  :-(.  Soooooo, I found some truffle fries at a favorite restaurant on Commercial drive in Vancouver.

It helped a little.....ha.....But Chris ate most of them.  So, we either need to find another bike or eat more fries!

see ya soon....:-)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Veggie Garden 2014

Our little allotment is coming along surprisingly well.  I have never grown my own greens, so this has been quite the experience.   We went the other day to check on things and this is what it looked like.....

This is today!

I cannot believe that two little potatoes have turned into this.  It is in a 5 gallon bucket!   Not ready for harvest though.  We had to fill the bucket with more dirt.

This is a pepper plant that I hope yields some fruit for us.....:-).

Our radishes are ready for harvest already!  I read that if you pull them when they are "young", they will not get woody or too hot.

We decided to leave some of the smaller ones in the ground and get some of the larger ones for a snack later.

Do I look proud?..........:-).  And the tops will go in the freezer to use later as food (compost) to feed my Red Wiggler worms.

Here is a better look....:-)

give them a good rinse.......

Chef Christo preparing the snack......

We will probably harvest the rest of them very soon.  We noticed that the larger ones did in fact have a little "heat" to them. But it worked out well with a little avocado on the side....:-). Still in all, I'm so happy about my little garden....:-).  Wish you guys were here to taste some of this..:-).

See ya soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Farewell To Oregon...:-(

This is the morning that we say our good byes to a beautiful state with beautiful coast lines.  We had planned to get up early, but was so tired that we didn't budge until after 7:30am.  My sweetie loaded our bags while I took care of odds and ends in the room.  Like get my shoes on!  

But he was looking a bit tired to me........hummmm....

funny the things you don't notice when the sun is down.  We were greeted by these beautiful flowers while loading the car.

time to strap in and start the long drive back to Canada.

It wasn't going to take long to get to the state line......

We headed toward the state line and stopped to get some breakfast at a local Burger King.  The drive thru was lined with these beautiful flowers.

It wasn't long before we approached The Dalles Dam.......

ahhhhh, parting is such sweet sorrow!

This bridge was part of the Dam construction.  We were headed right for it.....

yep....  he's gonna do it....

ok, I'm good.  whoo hooo!  Hello Washington State.....:-)

The scenery was breathtaking.

It reminded me of the Okanagan in Canada......This is a shot of the Columbia River.  It's amazing how far this thing travels!

It goes on forever it seems.......

 If you look between the mountains, you will faintly spot a snow covered peak called Mt. Hood.

After our picture taking of the dam, we continued up the mountain.

And they sure know how to harness some energy.  I could have used a box of energy right about then.  I was tired already!

Hey! Looky here.....:-).  Cool beans.  I needed to grab some fruit and replenish my honey.

SCORE!!  We finally got some Rainier cherries.  And this time, we didn't get ripped off with rotten fruit.

We came upon a little town by the name of Easton, Washington.  I don't know exactly how many people live here, but if the post office is any indication, it can't be many! It's a tiny cracker box....haha

We decided to get some lunch and found this little spot off the road just outside of town.

Our vittles.....

We figured that since we were not sure if we could take oysters back across the border, we had better eat them.  We purchased these the day before at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  We ate our new cherries along with some crackers and considered how much further we had to go.

 I was also mindful of the sign that was posted.

Go West, young man!

We went West and then North so long that Vancouver, BC was starting to creep up on us......

This was a rest stop that we had visited once before in our travels and decided to stop again.  This is one of the largest trees I have ever seen.

This is the history of this tree if you care to read about it.  I'm sure it made some dinosaur happy....ha

Our stomachs starting out talking us, so we decided to stop and eat.  This particular restaurant flies the Canadian, American and Mexico flags.  Very cool.....:-)

I already knew what I wanted to eat.  I always get the jalapeno tilapia dish.

Salad, fresh bread and garlic oil to start.....

Chris ordered Cheese Tortellini with chicken..

This is my jalapeno tilapia dinner with parmigiano cheese and spinach.

we lingered a a bit after dinner and then decided to get going again.  We still had to get out of the country and back into Canada and then home.

The Squamish Highway was beautiful in the sunset.

We would be home in less than an hour with found memories of the trip we had been blessed to experience.  Now, it's time to turn our attention to other things....:-)

Thank you for coming along with us.  You always add to our joy.....:-)
See you next time!