Archive for August, 2012



John got a few days off so we decided to head up north for a few days and see some more of the wilderness areas of Saskatchewan. We headed to Prince Albert National Park which is about 200kms north of us and stayed at Waskesiu. We went fishing on the most beautiful scenic lake – well the boys fished while I enjoyed the view and the ‘serenity’ and read. We also went on walks, rode a quad push bike and played tennis. Bit disappointed we still haven’t seen a bear, but as some people have told us – be careful what you wish for !

One of the locals smiling for the camera….








Lake Lenore Fishing

John had today off so we borrowed a ‘tinnie’ and headed off to Lake Lenore lake to check out the fishing. Well, it was like Christmas ! Fish galore ! John didn’t have time to sit still in between helping the boys bait their lines, reel them in, set them loose again ! It was crazy ! We did keep 2 and Dave, who leant us the boat cut them up for us and we had them for dinner – pretty good ! He is a retired biology teacher so he gave the boys a lesson in fish anatomy as he cut up the fish. Campbell got the Rex Hunt award for most caught.




Iced Tea and Brownies

The last few weeks we have been settling back into the quiet life of Lake Lenore. John has been very busy working at the yard in town helping with the delivery and assembling of grainbag machines in preparation for harvest. The first weekend we were back, we went to Middle Lake with friends and spent the afternoon on a boat, where the boys got to go knee boarding and had rides on a donut. Weekdays we spend mornings doing school work and afternoons the boys either go playing at the park, visiting friends, bike riding or cutting grass, or all of the above ! One day the boys and their friends got inventive and decided to set up an ‘Iced Tea and Brownies’ stand. Of course I had to fund the project, but strangely I was not on the receiving end of any of the profits ! Campbell did the cooking, Angus and his friend Col went to the Co-op for supplies (iced tea ingredients and paper cups) and another friend Taylor did the sign writing.

In the evenings after supper, a lot of the kids in town meet up at the park and play a game called ‘Man Tracker’, based on a Canadian TV show where 2 men on horses have 2 days to track down and catch 2 men on foot. In Lake Lenore the kids divide themselves into 2 teams, the team on bikes have to track down the team on foot – a big game of hide’n’go seek really. They all seem to have a lot of fun.

Everybody here has massive veg gardens which they pickle and preserve and freeze everything. People have been very generous keeping us in constant supply of corn, beans, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and raspberries (really good).




Swathing begins

Swathing is now underway. Everything has to be windrowed including all cereals, to assist in the drying out process as the temperatures are cooling down and days are shorter, sun is setting now at about 8.30pm. John has been working 7 days a week and long hours, windrowing canola and barley. He has seen a few elk and deers and had a few close calls with skunks – well he has actually run over 2 of them and the smell was so bad he had to stop and evacuate the cabin !




Back to Lake Lenore

Planes, Trains and Automobiles…... After 2 hrs on a bus, 3 1/2 hrs on a plane and 7 hrs in a car, we made our way safely back to Lake Lenore. We have been back a week now and have moved into a house in Lake Lenore which cuts down alot on travelling for John and the boys and has a nice big yard which we didn’t have in St Brieux.

The only problem is a dodgy phone and Internet service. We have to go outside and roam the streets to try and get a signal or we can go to the pub which has free wi-fi. We have discovered that if we hang upside down out of our lounge room window on a Tuesday night and the planets are aligned we can get 1 bar on our phone ! Well not quite, but occasionally we can get 1 bar.

The pub has just recently been bought by a Chinese couple who can’t speak much English. The husband is always smiling and laughing so he will fit in well in a pub !! His Canadian name is Simon and he had never met anyone from Australia. We asked him when is happy hour but he didn’t understand, so we will have to work on him to introduce that !! The decor of the pub is typical of what you would get in Australia in a town where time has stood still for the last 30 years ! but uniquely Canadian is the giant Moose head on the wall !

We didn’t have a TV when we arrived but we do now, but only have 1 channel. Luckily it is the CTV channel which covers the Olympics, so we have been able to watch some of the last 2 days of competition. Shame the Aussies didn’t do so well, not that we heard any news of them anyway. At least we finished ahead of Kazakhstan ! And dear oh Canada, they are so proud of their one gold medal in trampoline !!

The boys are very happy here, Lake Lenore is about the size of Cudal, they know all the children in the town as they all go to the Lake Lenore school. They all either walk or ride their bikes to school, which is only around the corner from our house. They are even allowed to come home from school for lunch, but said they won’t because they would miss some play time ! There is a park in the middle of town where the children are always playing, or they happily wander to each others houses to play. It is also common to see children driving golf carts or 4 wheel motor bikes around town. The family who own our house left a whole cubby house of toys here when they moved out and said we are welcome to use them, they have 4 girls so the boys weren’t that interested but there was some sporting equipment and bikes so the boys were happy.

So we have about 3 weeks till school goes back, I have been busy trying to play school teacher each morning. Campbell is co-operating but have Angus is a different story. I threatened him that he will have to repeat Yr 3 and that spurs him into action !

Nice to be out of the heatwave and drought conditions of the US and be back to the beautiful Canadian summer days of 25-30 degrees. The next few days are predicted to be around 22 ! Harvest starts in about a week, so hopefully the weather will stay fine for that.

This is our little ‘white’ house in Lake Lenore with a beautiful big soft green lawn. Everybody in Canada has a beautiful big soft green lawn ! Angus has become head green keeper. You will notice my clothes line, everybody in this climate uses dryers so clothes lines are rare but I have one which is actually a pulley system from our back door to a high pole on side fence for all the neighbours to see !!




Niagara Falls

Our last stopover of this little sojourn to the US is Niagara Falls where we stayed for 2 nights. After dropping off our hire car we caught a bus to travel across the border to the city of Niagara Falls. The immigration officers were very casual and didn’t even look at the boys or I to check if we matched our passports ! Not like entering the US where we are finger printed and eyeballs photographed ! The part of the city where we are staying is quite quirky. It has buildings built on their side, an upside down house, mazes, a ‘Ripleys Believe it or Not’, a Guiness World Records museum, a couple of Haunted Houses and a Water Park, so plenty to see and do. However as we have been on the road for a month, we are a bit ‘toured’ out for now and the ‘novelty’ of sharing 2 double beds in one room has worn off, so we are looking forward to returning to the slower pace of life in Saskatchewan !

Oh, and yes the actual Niagara Falls were only a short walk from our hotel and were spectacular !







Campbell’s 11th Birthday

Today Campbell Robert turned 11. He was excited because it means he is no longer eligible to order from the kids menu ! He has also informed us that he only has 2 more years until he is a teenager, so we should enjoy this time as apparently teenagers are a closed book but ” us pre-teens are an open book ” !!??

We are now in Buffalo, which is in New York state and is about 340kms north from Williamsport. It is virtually on the Canadian border, and is the southern/Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We spent the day going to the movies and doing some shopping and had celebratory dinner at the hotel. On the way we passed through a town called “Campbell” so had to stop for a photo of that !