Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Older and wiser?

May 26-31, 2016

Last year when we worked at Monck Park I was not very diligent about keeping up with my blog posts..so this season I am bound and determined to keep up to date..

Sure, our life here at Tunkwa is not all that exciting but we are busy working hard…be it, bathrooms, weeding, mowing, cleaning sites, or what ever else needs to be done..


Today was just another work day…we have some more ‘ high school people’ here..they joined the group that has been here for a while…hard to believe it has been 39 years since we graduated from school…seems like only a few years ago..and now we talk about retirement plans…when did we get that old?

The weather was a huge factor today…we had black clouds, rain, wind, hail, thunder and even sideways rain!…


One can only hope that the weather will improve for the weekend but the forecast doesn’t look that promising..

Steve and Dianne arrive tomorrow!..hope they have a safe drive from Fort Langley..Tucker will be happy his ‘cookie auntie’ will be here!!

May 27..

It was a wet soggy day again…waves of rain and dark clouds hovered over the park..


We spent the day doing our usual duties but today we added splitting firewood to our list..


The Colibabas arrived about 2 pm… so nice to see them again..


They are settled into one of the long-term sites so we will have lots of time to visit..

May 28…

Clouds with some patches of blue sky this morning..but it was a bit chilly when we got up..a balmy  0 celcius..

It was a slow start to our work day..Doug spent the morning splitting wood  while I went and did the bathrooms..

Tucker got to go for a walk with Dianne..first one in a long time…he was so happy to see his ‘favorite Auntie’..

We were invited over to Steve and Dianne’s for dinner tonight so when we had a break this afternoon I made our contribution to dinner..my ‘famous’ or rather ‘infamous’  coffee cake.. I did have an issue with the foil pan I used though..it sprang a leak before the cake went  in the oven..made a huge mess!!

Dianne prepared a lovely dinner of chicken, baked potatoes and salad..so great to  spend some quality time together and catch up on all the ‘goings on’ with our lives…


..you know of course wine was included!! ..first time in a couple months since I had a glass of wine… Our bottle of ‘Church and State’ was consumed…yes it says ‘I don’t give a ‘sh*t’….


…the sunset was picture worthy!


..and even a rainbow..


..a perfect end to our Saturday night..

May 29..

Yet another ‘tail-light Sunday’ is upon us..

There wasn’t too many campers that left today..we were responsible for the vacated sites in North Leighton..

according to BC Parks check out time is 11:00 am but that ‘small rule’ is not really enforced here…there is always one more ‘fish to catch’…so the campers leave when they are ready…

The weather was yet another ‘bust’…waves of rain that went on all day….we had a few breaks in the downpours, just enough to get our jobs done  and now that the weekend is over the sky is blue and filled with puffy clouds..

I also missed the opportunity to capture a photo of 7 goslings on the shore of Leighton Lake..no camera?..going to have to make sure to bring it with me all the time..

I managed to get two loads of laundry done and defrost the ‘fins on the fridge’ in between our park chores..

and tonight we are cozy inside watching television..just another Sunday night at our ‘house’..

May 30..

Monday morning the temperature inside the trailer was 6 celcius and –2 outside..needless to say Doug fired up the furnace..the little heater wasn’t warming up quite quick enough!


Dave and Sherry had plans to go into Kamloops this morning..but he had a couple of meetings this morning before they could head out…so that left Doug, Hugh and myself ‘holding down the ‘fort’…

We continued with our usual jobs today..the park is fairly quiet so the bathrooms were actually pretty clean..

Doug was busy mowing and weed-wacking over at the Day Use area..

I had some time to capture the ‘goslings’ this morning on my bathroom route..

Here, I thought there was only seven babies?


…too many to count..love all the ‘golden bums’..



There was a few sites in each of the campgrounds to clean so I kept myself busy with that chore this afternoon, while Doug and Hugh were mowing at Leighton Lake Campground..


The ‘Big Sky over the Montana’..


yes, this rig is familar!! Steve and Dianne’s home on wheels parked in one of the ‘long term sites’…

May 31..

The last day of May is upon us…hard to believe a month has gone by already…


the hummingbirds are busy ‘eating’…I seem to spend a fair bit of time making new ‘food’ for the busy little ones!


the cabins on the shore of Leighton Lake make for  nice mirror image…

and a kayaker out for a paddle..what a great way to spend a quiet morning…a bit of solitude time for our fellow park worker, Sherry..



some of the ‘goslins’ were out swimming with their Momma..


Doug was busy with ‘weed-wacking’ over at North Leighton..


while Hugh did the mowing with the ‘zero turn’…


I had my ‘tools’ along for the ride today as well..bathrooms and a few sites to clean..


nice view from the ‘day use’..


there was time today for making banana bread..


..doing some laundry and giving the trailer a good vacumming…

Doug was given some ‘new orders’..Go Fishing!!


so there you have the last five days in a ‘nutshell’…we are both older and wiser as the month of May comes to an end..lots of things to learn…there are some ‘big shoes to fill’..sure hope we are up for the challenge!

Here’s hoping June will bring sunshine, lots of campers and successful fishing!!

Thank you for reading along with us…stay tuned for more next month!


  1. Nice your friends are staying awhile. You are keeping busy,hope you are truly enjoying your time there.

  2. Very nice blog...covered a lot of ground! My picture fav is the hummingbird feeder againgst the day/nigh shade..LOVE IT!!!

  3. Enjoy your blogs, Sue.........you do such a nice job! So nice to see people enjoying their retirement! P & H

  4. I love your nutshell. It's so nice to be around friends.

  5. Glad you are around friends but you are keeping burier than we'd prefer to be.
    Liked the wine bottle.
    Geese are almost like humans where they look out for other goslings as well as their own. Like the young are being schooled by it's mentors.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Sigh:( I have been out of high school many years longer than you:)


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