Hi There! Happy 2016! I hope to update the website and blog more regularly now that I have my computer set up and boxes unpacked in the new house. People say this is a funny little spot here with so many houses hidden in the trees, but beyond this spot it is very sparse. Here is the old land titles and post office, moved here from Two Rivers, at the Souris mouth. It is possibly the oldest buildings in the district still standing in the same yard where we used to live. We have moved across the road from the old house. Our neighbours are all related to us here, as this was the Alexander and Sarah Jane Clark homestead. Anyway, we are still living a short skip, hop and jump from the guest house. I hope that someone needs a place to stay for Ag Days which are starting tomorrow in Brandon. We just had a cancellation, so the guest house is ready and available. I have a photo here to show you what it is like working in the beeyard when the bees are in flight. We also need helpers to work indoors, extracting honey. The indoor work is much lighter, but both jobs are guaranteed to get you in shape if you want to prepare for a marathon or something. Feel free to contact me if you need summer employment or a working vacation.
A MASTER ANGLER AT 10 YEARS OLD! My son caught at catfish that qualified for a Manitoba Master Angler award. This year was our best fishing ever, right here at the "Point", we had so much fun.
We had a beautiful summer and were very busy with the bees, the garden, getting a horse and life in general. Now that I have time to write a few words I just wanted to say how happy I am to hear that this winter we should get plenty of snow. I can't wait to have guests come out to try those snowshoes. This will be the first year that we may have the trail groomer trace the tracks for our cross-country skis. More on that to follow, as I am currently seeking a second hand groomer or a design for us to build our own.
My little ones have been "helping" with the raspberry picking and bringing us nice fresh berries after supper to eat with ice cream. We turned the old chicken run into a "Secret Garden" for them. The fenced in area is very shaded with the apple trees there and the grass that we seeded in the middle has been mowed nicely by a push mower that I leave there for the kids. We brought in a few chairs, a picnic table, planted flowers and vines around the outside. It is even hidden from sight by a row of sunflowers and Indian Corn. It has been hot and dry this year, and just when I got to watering the plants we had a good rain. We planted a couple pumpkins on a house of flax bales filled with compost and manure in the centre, but I must do a better job of helping the kids water it to keep that pile from drying out, otherwise we won't have any pumpkins, never mind a great big one. Last year's strawberry plants survived the winter and look great.
The gardening is looking great this year. Thank you so much Belle for providing the lovely horse manure. It really is a gardener's gold! I planted lots of strawberries last year and they are producing a lot of fruit, also the Assiniboine Park Rose bushes are in full bloom For our first guests of the summer I had prepared a bouquet, a chocolate mousse for two with a red ribbon around it and I even spruced up the fern beds with a few flowering annuals. The propane tank is full and the BBQ is ready for a season of barbecuing at the guest house.
Your hosts, Sheila and Ray used to live in this house, but then moved up the hill to higher ground. Having grown up here, Sheila enjoys hearing stories of the days when the ferry ran. They hope to make many others feel at home in this special place at the river's edge. "I can't think of a more serene view in the morning than this bend in the river."