Home here we come!

We are into our 3rd week of holidays – ha!ha!ha!  We have been working hard every day trying to recover from the microburst that took out about 15 trees. We are now at 37 dump truck loads of branches that have been hauled out and we have also cut and split 8 cords of wood for future camp fires!  There are still 9 trees to go!

The camp site is now looking cleaner and has a semblance of the past but without the trees.  They were our shade and pride.  We are happy to be safe and healthy after such an ordeal.

The insurance company is working on all of the details of the damage to our property.  They are telling us that both trailers will likely be written off.  Only time will tell.  I hope to have it all resolved by mid August.

Although these activities have kept us busy, there has been time for fishing.  I have been catching four to six pound black bass from shore.  This place never lets me down when it comes to catching big black bass! 🙂  As for pickerel, my grandson caught one.  It was small but he was happy with his catch.

Fish can be dangerous and people can get hurt.  I’m no exception.  I reeled in a big bass that got very wiggly while I was removing the lure.  It fell off and a hook went through my finger.  What a predicament.  The fish had caught me 🙂  We retrieved the pliers and shortly after cutting the hook, it was out of me and the fish.  My wife played nurse for a while and then I returned to fishing.  That’s my big fish story except to say that the bass would have had a “big people story” for all its pals had I been nice and released it.  I wasn’t nice.  There is no way one fish is going to embarrass me! 🙂  FISH BE WARNED!!

There is one bit of good news about the storm damage.  The insurance company is still working on our file and they want us to stay in the area until they are finished. GREAT!  It means our vacation has been extended by a few days so we get to delay packing up!  Here fishy fishy!

We will return to our fantastic oasis in this very active world probably in a week or so.  See you soon.


Survivor: Gatineau

Hi everyone!

If you look at the post just before we went on vacation, you will see that our trailer and site looks quite different than today.  That’s because on Canada Day we had weather.  No, I mean “WEATHER!”

Violent thunder storms with high winds blew into the area in the afternoon and it wasn’t long after that we were all diving for cover.  The storm  destroyed both of our trailers!  Environment Canada has confirmed that our area was struck by a type of downburst called a microburst.

We can now see our trailer through the downed trees and we have been finding new damage every day.  Carole and I have been able to use the living room only.  We are all OK and very lucky.

The cleanup process is slow.  We have already taken 5 truck loads of branches to the dump and you would never know the difference when looking around!

Dealing with the insurance has been interesting.  They are very co-operative but being that we are in the middle of nowhere isn’t helping much.  I finally found a local person with equipment that can take the trees off of our trailer.  We hope it will be done by next weekend.  An insurance adjuster/estimator should be coming to see us today.  We should have more information about what happens soon.

On a brighter note, I caught some nice black bass from shore on my downtime from cleaning up the property.  The fish have been plentiful in the past and this year is no exception.  One was close to 4 lbs and put up a good fight.  I caught three others in about fifteen minutes!

This is a relaxer in this time of stress and hard work.

So, we are survivors here in Gatineau and have not been kicked off the island yet 🙂  I think we will win.  Too bad there isn’t a million bucks in it for us!

I will keep you all informed of our progress during the next few weeks. It will be an interesting time.

Happy Canada Day!


HAPPY CANADA DAY from the Gatineau Mountains of Quebec!  We’re having a relaxing time and we hope you are, too!

To “borrow” a paragraph from my friend, Mark Robinson’s Happy Canada Day blog post,  “Today we celebrate our cultural and multicultural heritage which is the true fabric of our land and what makes it the great country that it is!  On this Canada Day, stand up and show your patriotism!  Show the world that we Canadians are patriotic and LOVE our country!”

What’s happening in Port Colborne today?

IMG_0104Image courtesy J Mark Robinson, Used with permission

If you are in Port Colborne today, go over to H.H. Knoll Park between 11am-6pm for Optimist’s Day in the Park.  They are hosting a Canada Day celebration that will include a ceremony at the bandstand at 1:30pm and FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

And, don’t forget the fabulous Canada Day fireworks display over the Canal at dusk!

Have fun today, stay safe, catch a lot of big fish and don’t let them escape!  And, HAPPY CANADA DAY!