Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Play and Work...

Sunday afternoon presented another opportunity for a ride in our neighbourhood.  Off we went in search of nothing..... but finding some bright spots on the landscape.
Off on a Sunday afternoon ride in the countryside.
It was perfect riding weather.  Not too hot and not to cool!  But the best part of it all was the raspberry farmers who were busy with harvesting the fruit.  The benefit to us?  The wonderful raspberry smell as we rode amongst the roads that bordered the farms.
This dairy farm has a good crop of feed corn growing.  That harvest will have to wait till late fall.
Interesting cloud formation
Although not planned, we did end up in Chilliwack.  We stopped for an iced coffee at a nice boutique coffee joint in a modern shopping area called Garrison Crossing.  It sits on land that was previously owned by the Federal Government and that housed a former Canadian Army base.  The base is still there but it is substantially smaller.

We dropped into this local farm that offers a Critter Corral for kids.  We scouted it out as a potential spot to bring Easton to meet and greet some small farm animals.  We believe he would like it here.
Owned by Mann Farms, the Critter Corral is next door to this wonderful farm produce market with a great deli and fruit wine making facility.  Jeanette and I tasted the blackberry and blueberry wines.  Not bad! We still prefer wines made from grapes!
Picture postcard farm setting.
Behind the buildings and in the fields, the farm workers were busy moving product to trucks and cleaning produce for the market itself.
Yesterday presented the first opportunity for Jeanette and I to purchase the pond surround flagstones.  Off we went to the chosen retail rock facility where we loaded 1,000 lbs (one half ton) of selected flagstone on to a pallet.  The operator then hauled the pallet to our utility trailer.
Using plastic wrap to keep the selected flagstones in place during transportation.
The right equipment sure makes life easy for moving and hauling.
I attached a couple of ratchet straps to keep the load from shifting during the drive back home.
With that load back home, you know we'll be busy playing with framing the ground around our newly renovated back yard pond.  I am betting the stones will be moved around a few times before foreman Jeanette is satisfied with the right look.  It's all good! We already know that we'll return to get another 1000lbs  but we'll be able to be more precise in the size and style we'll need to finish.

And that's that!

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Wow harvesting raspberries already? My bushes are just finally all leafed out lol.

    So wet and cold here this year.

    I can't wait for the pictures of the new pond.

    Take care

  2. A perfect day for ride thru the country side.
    Looks like you will have your work cut out for you now!

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  4. Tyler Thursby is getting around today - he's a spammer!

    That's quite a load of flagstone you have there - my back is getting sore already.

    Great spot to take Easton especially with those big John Deere tractors.

  5. I am looking forward to seeing photos of this new pond!

  6. Your soon going to wear the rubber off that Haeley!

  7. nice way to spend the weekend..a bit of work and some fun too..
    Tyler visited me too..he does get around!!