Hummingbirds like the Marmalade Bush

Hummingbirds are such an amazing bird to watch,  they just love the flowers on the bush right outside our RV.  On the Mountain View RV Park there are tons of these bushes and I see hummingbirds all the time.

Hummingbirds

In England where I come from, there are no hummingbirds just flying around.  I am not an expert I just like them and they fascinate me.  I could just watch them all day they are fabulous.  When I have visitors from England they are just mesmerized by these little birds.

Hummingbirds are so tiny and quick at flying that you could easily miss them.  They flit, they fly, and they hovver.  The cool thing is though that when there is food around for them they stick around longer.

The humming birds hover in the air and use their beaks to get the nectar from inside the flowers on the bush that is outside our RV.  The bush is called a Marmalade bush and there are so many in this RV Park it is really pretty with orange everywhere.  The winter is coming so the orange petals are starting to fall to the ground.

We have a marmalade bush right by our outdoor grill.  We sat there barbecuing and just watched a hummingbirds come and feed, it is just an awesome site.

This was the hummingbird last night feeding from the marmalade bush.

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hummingbird outside our RV

When we lived in our house in Bakersfield, we had a couple of hummingbird feeders in the back yard that we kept full for them so that in the winter they had plenty to eat.  We had hummingbirds fighting over them it was so cool to watch.

Winter

I know that in California we do not really have harsh winters but have a thought for the hummingbirds when all the flowers have gone what are they going to eat.  Put out yourself a hummingbird feeder and then you can help them through the winter months.

Here is the feeder that we will be putting up in the winter ready to help them and this is the feeder that was in our back yard.  Just look at the hummingbirds they love it.

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Hummingbirds hovering around feeder

The solution that you put inside the feeder is sugar and water with one part sugar to four parts water,  boil the water to kill any bacteria let it cool and fill the feeder it is that easy.

 

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Safety at the Campground

Keep your items safe.

My neighbour Shzz came home to Half Moon Bay on Sunday to find that someone had tried to steal her bikes.  Safety and living on an RV Park is no different from living in a home.  There is always someone ready to want to steal your personal items.

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Bikes

We have been living in our RV for 3 years and in all that time, the only thing that we have had stolen is a knife.  We left the knife outside on a table and it was more fool us.  It was an expensive knife worth around $100.

Shzz decided she would like to write a pice for my blog and give you all some advice on looking after your items.

This piece has been written by Shzz Erkalan

Safety at the Campground

For the most part, campgrounds are safe. You’re more likely to fall and skin a knee or stare down an angry chipmunk than run into trouble of a human kind. It’s not so much that security is an integral part of most campground operations (although fenced-in perimeters, security gates, cameras and 24-hour security are fairly common), but rather RVers aren’t likely to prey on one another – and criminal elements can find better and easier scores elsewhere. Frankly, it’s tough for outsiders to sneak around rows and rows of parked RVs looking for loot. But again, it pays to be careful.

Get in to the habit of locking your rig every time you depart. I know, the place looks so quaint and charming nothing could happen, right? Why take chances – it takes but a matter of seconds to lock up and dissuade the family of kleptomaniacs next door from rummaging through your CD collection. This RV lockdown should include securing exterior storage compartments and windows as well. Close blinds and shades to make “casing the joint” a tougher task. Another perk? Shades keep the sun off the fabrics, which reduces fading. Take cooking items, chairs, and anything you want to be there upon your routine inside the RV or tow vehicle when you’re off at the swimming hole. Set up a neighbor watch by getting to know the people next to you, who are more likely to look after someone they know than complete strangers.

Consider a few devices to protect your vehicle and valuables while you’re away. Although it won’t win you any friends when it goes off accidentally in the night, a vehicle alarm system is a useful defense when you’re away. Motion-detecting lights, also known as “scare lights,” should scatter would-be intruders (not to mention critters). Safes are fairly common options on higher-end RVs, serving as an ideal spot for jewelry and traveler’s checks. If you’re worried about RV theft, invest in a trailer hitch lock or more pricey Lojack-type recovery apparatus. Otherwise, a hungry looking dog might do you just as good. Personally, I like to travel with a Louisville Slugger – just in case.

The choice of the RV park itself is also important. Question management about security. Do they have nightly patrols? Is the park well-lit? How hard is it for non-guests to come and go? Opt for a visible campsite in the heart of the park if safety is utmost on your mind. Travel the grounds in pairs and stay in lighted areas. RV parks in urban settings may be more prone to crime than the Ma and Pa campground tucked away in the boonies. But don’t let that be an excuse for letting your guard down.

Thank you Shzz

 

Safety of your RV 

  1. For safety, lock up your RV always when not at home
  2. Lock any items like bikes with chains
  3. Get yourself a safe in your RV for Personal Items.
  4. Don’t leave anything out that could get taken easily
  5. Attach safety lights – a well-lit area deters unwelcome guests
  6. Close large windows when you go out.
  7. Lock all tools and accessories in under bins for safety.
  8. Keep a whistle handy if someone trys to break in and your home use it to raise an alarm.
  9. Look through windows first before you open your door to let someone in.
  10. Add an alarm to your door so it will make a loud sound should it be open by force.

 

Having a gun in your RV is your choice for safety too, in some states you are allowed a gun.  If a gun is something that you do not want then think about getting a stun gun instead they really do pack a punch and would deter anyone trying to break in.

Check out this torch and stun gun for safety.

 

Think safety and security every time.

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RV Living Hospitality

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In the Pub

Here I am in Camerons Inn, Half Moon Bay having a pint and writing my blog.  What better way can you be inspired to write. The pub is actually on our RV park in Half Moon Bay RV Park.  RV living at it best.

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Shazz in Camerons Pub

RV Living Hospitality

The comradeship and hospitality when you are RV living just goes through the roof.  Everyone just helps each other when you live on an RV park.  That is probably what I love most.  Just this morning my computer would not log on at all.  Panic is an understatement as I have a lot of stuff on my computer.  Just a text later and I am invited over to the pub with my laptop and Shazz who works there sure enough within a couple of minutes had my computer back up and running.  Grateful is an understatement.

Help thy neighbour

My husband and I have had a whole lifetime of helping various people but we also have had so many people in the past help us.  It is just paying forward is all it is.

Last week was a whole week of helping people and them helping us.  Our next door neighbours are new to RV living and just like us when we first started out were unsure how to empty their toilet.  Even though they show you when you first get it, you are always a little nervous when doing it for the first time.  Peter helped them and showed them what to do and how to keep their pipes clean.  Since they moved in we just gave them a few tips and pointers that if you havent lived in an RV before your wouldn’t know.  They thought that once a month was going to be good enough to empty their waste and now has soon learned that once every 4 days is probably better.

The next day we were given a bottle of Red wine just for our trouble.  How nice was that and really not needed at all.

We then had a neighbour who needed transport into town so we lent them ours and the next day were given a crate of beer.  Again we didn’t expect anything but how nice is that.

Another neighbour at the weekend needed help to move their RV and because we had a hitch and they didn’t we offered to help and they just moved about 6 spaces down into a bigger plot.  They just used our truck and we just helped guide them in.  On sunday they cooked us a barbecue of massive pieces of sword fish and beers all around.  Just so nice of them and very unexpected.

We don’t need any beer or wine for a week, very much appreciated and we will enjoy thank you.  xx

I am not saying that I expect anything for helping anyone but all these people were very grateful.  When we first started out RVing we had people help us in just the same way and we were very grateful of their help.  It is funny how whats come around goes around, it was just our turn that’s all.  People on an RV park help out because they want to not because they want to receive anything in return.  We are just happy to help anyone when we can and trust me it is there is always someone to help.

Just this morning an RV was leaving the site and drove away with their sewer pipe still attached it made so much noise that I heard it.  My neighbour chased them and then they heard the noise and got out and unattached it.  Things like that are so funny though and just like the film RV.  People care about you when you live in an RV.  We all look out for each other.

RV Living is such a great way to live as you never feel as though you are alone.  There are so many different types of people who live this way now and I for one find it very interesting meeting new people all the time.

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Just chill baby

Our trip out on Sunday was to walk to the beach just a mile down the road and after walking along the beach just look at the fabulous view on The Ritz on the hill.

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The Ritz Half Moon Bay

My husband Peter and I just love the RV Living lifestyle, look what we get to do.  chill, chill, chill.

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Fish philosophy – The 4 elements

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4 ways to help you remain positive

Peter and I have been married for 21 years this year and when we got married we had the brady bunch of 6 children. With both of us working full-time and 6 children it was not an easy task.  Our finances were not in a good place and having 4 of our children teenagers at the time was no picnic.  We had some fabulous times as a family and have so many memories.  Our oldest is now 35 and youngest 23.  We would not have had it any other way as our children made us laugh and cry.

As a family we all learned to stay positive no matter what.  9 years ago we lost one of our children at a young age of 25 and it was a very difficult time in our lives.  Nothing seemed to help us get through this time,  we were committed to go  to a carnival just 2 weeks after Joannes passing and took our grandson and dressed up as clowns.  We found this day to be very therapeutic for all of us and we had a good time.  We really thank our friend Margot for getting us to still attend as fun and laughter can help you through the most difficult of times.

Fish philosophy

Having fun times when things are down is one of the best times to get through a difficult time.  Turning a difficult situation into a fun one is one of the best things you can do. On one occasion we had been invited to a family 21st birthday party.  We didn’t have the money to go let alone buy a present.  We didn’t want the children to not go to their cousins party so we put our video into the pawn shop and got enough money to buy a present and enough to buy us all a couple of fizzy drinks at the party.  Every time the children raised their glass they would say Mmmm! this video tastes nice.  When we got paid we got our video back.  A little expensive way to do it but a solution was sorted.  We had many times like this when the children were young but we would just come up with a solution move on and have fun while doing it.  All of our children are very positive people and we believe that we instilled that into them from a young age.

Fish Philosophy

I worked in sales when I was in the UK and one of the things that was bought to my attention during that time was the fish philosophy.  I think it is great and was bought about by a fish store in Seattle.  Click the video which explains what it is all about.

 

 

When we are having a bad day or not really having a good attitude, my husband and I do talk about this philosophy.  You may find that strange but it has helped us during many times in our life. We try to use it in our home life and work.  We have let ourselves down at times by not following the four key elements in the fish philosophy which are:

Play

Make their Day

Be there

Choose your Attitude

The guy that come up with these 4 very simple terms, I think is genius.

You can read more about the fish philosophy in Wikipedia

The Fish philosophy – Play 

When you think about it, it is important to play when things go wrong.  The English have a weird sense of humor that we just laugh at everything that happens.  Sometimes we have to be reminded of that, have you ever been at a funeral of a loved one and you cry, then laugh, then cry again.  Laughter and fun and play are an important part of being able to remain positive even in the darkest of times.  My husband and I have so much fun in our life and we just love life.

The Fish philosophy – Make their Day

Just by saying to a complete stranger or loved one “your hair looks nice today” or complimenting them on anything you see them doing, will make someones day.  Sometimes just by say hello to someone can make their day.  They may not have seen anyone all day and just by you noticing them in some small way can make a difference. My husband is way better at making someones day than I am.  It is just natural for him, me, I have to work at it constantly,  I really do like it though when I can tell that I have made someones day.  It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The Fish philosophy – Be there

Being there for someone can just mean that you stop playing on your cell phone when you’re in a conversation with someone and actually listen to them.  Just by nodding and paying attention can mean the world to someone.  Be there completely and put down whatever you are doing and give someone your time today.  I havent always been there for people and when I have failed it does come back on you.  You didn’t listen properly when you should have and didn’t do what you were supposed to do because of it can cause repercussions.

The fish philosophy – Choose your attitude

When you get up in the morning you can choose to be miserable or choose to just love the day you have been given.  To have a great attitude is a choice.  You choose who you want to be, what you want to do and who you want to be with.  I have failed at times by having a bad attitude and I find it eats away at you.  I choose to have a good attitude most of the time and when I have failed it comes back to me in groves in negative ways.  Negativity breeds negativity and positivity breeds positivity.  I choose to mix with positive people and find I stay away from the negative people as it can rub off on you.

We have both had difficult times in our lives and have always brushed ourselves down and picked ourselves back up on many occasions.  We have both been divorced, lost a child, mother and lost a home in the past.  The way we get through these times is to remain positive by trying to stick to the Fish philosophy that we really believe in.

If you are having difficult times just try it for a while and see how it does for you.  Just bring yourself back to the fish philosophy way of thinking and good luck in your endeavors.  We know we have hard times ahead but we will always try to stay positive no matter what.

There are Fish philisophy videos and books that you can find on Amazon. I have the books and find them very useful.  Here is a link for one of the books.

Other than the fish philosophy, I always look at other ways and tips to stay positive. Do you have ways to help you stay positive?  do you have any more tips for me?

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References

1.  Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen.  “Fish!”.  ISBN 0-7868-6602-0