This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Tidbits of last week

While we are down here in Central Florida this winter, we can take advantage of visiting stores of our interests that don’t have branches in Canada. As an example, Benno discovered that a Rockler Woodworking Hardware store was located in the Palm Springs Center in Altamonte Fl., just north of Orlando. Last week we took a trip down from our RV Park along the US-441S, which turned out to be a more scenic and a direct route than the alternative route along I-95. Rockler has a branch in Detroit that we had visited several years ago, but it was a much smaller store than this one. I was totally amazed at the massive inventory of woodworking machinery, exotic wood and all kinds of gadgets on the market related to woodworking. Although I just accompanied Benno so that he could satisfy his curiosity and browse to his heart’s content, I did learn a few things and enjoyed looking at various displays. 


Also of notice for the guys reading this blog, Ocala is not only Horse Country and the home of John Travolta with his airplanes in our neighborhood, our Wandering Oaks RV Park here is known for dog lovers and Harley Davidson fans. We have a load of several interesting motorbikes here in our park. They are head turners and the guys take good care of them and are proud to display their custom made bikes. Here are two of them parked just opposite of our travel trailer and these are just two of a few.


And I have been wondering how they fit those 6 little pooches into their ATV (just kidding ;-)


There is a black dog behind the three on the right

Thanks for dropping by everyone!

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

January Update

Although this blog was meant to be a travel blog, we don’t always travel. That is we traveled from Canada to Florida this winter, but we are stationary here in the lovely RV Park of the Wandering Oaks close to the city of Ocala. Aside from the ever-reoccurring grocery runs and a few other purchases, we have stuck close to home. Weather-wise it has been lovely with a few pretty hot days and equally some cooler nights where we needed the furnace to keep us warm.


On weekends the Ocala Flea market is open. It is a large area with interlocking buildings. There are many openings to the outside between the rows of booths that line up along the buildings and some lead to outdoor exhibitions and green space. In addition there are huge ventilators hanging from the ceilings blowing air through the buildings. We thought it safe to visit and to browse through the merchant’s displays and we were wearing our masks. 

This is a screen shot from the Internet

I didn’t expect to be buying anything there but was surprised to find in one of the stalls clear plastic cutting mats I have been looking for a long time as the current ones I use in the trailer and the one at home needed to be replaced. I like them a lot and roll them to slide the chopped contents right into the pot or the cutoffs into the disposal. A splash lid for my frying pan I found useful also because I didn’t bring my glass lid from home. 

I took off my mask for the photo

Benno’s mind is revolving around the future woodwork on “Albatross” the pocket trawler, which is hibernating on our lawn back home in Canada and there were a few tables with power tools here at the Flea market, which Benno hotly circled. Lucky wise no deal materialized and money was saved. But I have to mention that a complete Kreg Adaptive Track Saw System is already stuffed under our bed and will be taken back to Canada. HaHa!


Our two rascal Wieners enjoyed another wiener dinner and the occasion was Elsa’s 6thbirthday on January 6th. Ask them and they would love a birthday dinner every day, but I do feed them cooked chicken in addition to their kibbles, so they do get good food and plenty walks to keep their weight in reason.


Speaking of food, I discovered the “Curry-Pineapple and Mango-Pepper” canned Herrings fillets at Aldi that we absolutely love. The tins say product of Germany, but I have never found them in the Aldi stores in Germany, or anywhere else. We eat these on warmed, buttered French Baguettes for lunch. There are other flavors available in Canada, but not those. Perhaps I should stock up.


And on other news, I saw this article on Facebook today from the New York Times about the gas explosion in Wheatley. Our hearts go out to the people of Wheatley. We live on the outskirts of Leamington, Ontario, but our mailing address is Wheatley since that Post Office is closer to our location than the one in Leamington. We do travel through Wheatley quite often and the closure of the roads and businesses have impacted us as well. Hopefully soon a solution can be found.


Wheatley from the "New York Times article"

I appreciate you checking in again and please stay safe and healthy everyone.


Tonight’s dinner: German Goulash cooked stovetop in the pressure cooker. 



Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Picnic at Lake Alto Park

What a wonderful day we had. Our longtime friends Linda and Ed, that we met while we were all cruising with our yachts in the Caribbean and beyond, met us today at the Lake Alto Park here in Florida. 


Ed had been sourcing a new lake to take his kayak for a paddle around and asked us if we wanted to meet up there. Linda and Ed live in Jacksonville, FL, so it was half way for both of us. The day was beautifully sunny, temps I think were 28C/82.4F but underneath the trees in the picnic areas it was slightly breezy and cooler. 


It had been several years (5 I think) since we had seen each other in person, so there was a lot of catching up to do and I have to admit, I never took the walk around the park and to the lake itself as Linda and I were engrossed in talk ;-)


However, we all agreed that the area deserves another visit so I am hopeful that next time that we will venture there I will have lots of photos to show.  Benno brought our BBQ from the Travel Trailer and I had packed Smoked Brisket hamburger patties and condiments while Linda contributed scrumptious coleslaw with some chips. There were adult beverages and soda. 


Lunch tasted great and we were all stuffed. Linda loves to cook and bake and she gifted me with a couple of preserves that she made and that I am sure we will love. She is also into crafting many things that you can admire while reading her blog: We Two Travellers Living the Life. She brought along a bag full of homemade bookmarks that were very unique and I got to pick some for myself. Thanks for the gifts!

Our dogs stayed mostly in their net enclosed tent while we sat at the picnic tables and foldable chairs, but loved the walk in the forest with me later on and all the smells they could sniff, for sure a reason to come back to.


It is only two more days to the year, so lets hope next year will be good to all of us. Should I not going to post until next year, y’all have a Nice and Happy New Years’ Eve! 


Saturday, 25 December 2021

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to our family, friends, acquaintances, and blog readers around the world. May this time brings you peace, happiness and good health.


Benno and I are happy to be spending this winter in our travel trailer here in Florida. The weather forecast for today called it “mostly sunny and pleasant with a daytime of 25C/77F.” Sounds perfect to me. Our yesterday’s Christmas Eve dinner consisted of a warmed up pre-roasted turkey breast with whole cranberry sauce, yams in brown butter and brussels sprouts. Today’s dinner will be Ribeye steaks cooked on the BBQ accompanied with fresh asparagus. German white wine goes with everything!


As a German tradition that we have kept in all of our married years is to have a “Bunte Teller” for Christmas, translated to a plate heaped with Christmas cookies and goodies. Our plates were not big enough to fit everything and we didn’t include mixed nuts or fruits. So if we look a bit chubby cheeked in future photos, you know we are still working on finishing those Bunte Teller!!


Have a wonderful time everyone and I will report soon again.


By the way, look at this flowering Christmas cactus.

Friday, 17 December 2021

Getting lost in the woods

The weather here last week in Central Florida gave us a mix of hot sunny days, rain that lasted a few hours, fog in the morning and a windy day where we had to roll in the awing because of it. All in all not bad and we take every day as it presents itself. 


So last Tuesday our Reggie had his 6thbirthday for which we presented him with a large, warmed up sausage. Elsa helped him to gobble it up. Now both of them are hoping another sausage will appear on January 6thwhen Elsa turns 6 years old. 


There is a CVS pharmacy located adjacent to our RV Park. They offer free Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 vaccination booster shots. We took advantage of that and both of us got the booster shots. No prior appointments were needed.


Yesterday was a beautiful day, lovely 30C/86F and it was decided to venture into the forest with nature trails next to our park. Maybe it should have been anticipated that after the rain that we have had a couple of days ago that the trails would be still a bit damp, and they were. In prior years we walked allover those paths so we thought we knew our way. 

Well, after deviating from the trails and descending into the canyon, stumbling over boulders and traipsing through undergrowth it became apparent that none of us knew our way, but the dogs had a blast sniffing through the brush. We found ourselves contemplating the steep ruts left by 4x4’s and ATVs to get back up to the trails but giving up after some slipping and sliding in our crocs quicker down instead of getting up to the higher grounds, Benno ended up in a prickly bush on the slippery sloop. After that mishap we noticed we were truly lost like in the movies and had to reconsider our navigational skills. 

Benno mentioned that a work camper saw a bear on the garbage bin and they still have the Florida Panther in this state. All that did not help me in the moment other then that I had the urge to get back to our trailer quickly. In the end another path leading uphill mysteriously appeared and after taking it we had our bearings again. It was fun though! Once back at the travel trailer both dogs needed a bath and Benno was picking the thorns out off his socks!


By the way I noticed berries growing wild in the bush that I have not seen before. I tried to identify them using the Internet and came up with Beautyberry or Mulberry for those red ones. The purple bunches I still don’t know.

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