Where it all began- part 7

This week we are at the cottage so I thought I would share the last bedroom with you. It is also our daughter’s room who is  celebrating her 16th birthday this week! We are hoping to have a little Canada Day open house on Sunday so trying to do some projects for that also while we are there.

Rebecca had 2 wishes for her room- she wanted a loft bed and a hanging chair. We thought and looked at a lot of other people’s loft beds but in the end, the spot wasn’t quite right and we thought it really wouldn’t see her through to adulthood! We did manage to get her a hanging chair. It is a favourite seat for everyone. Some have even been found to be napping in it 🙂

The bed we built for her is raised up off the floor enough for us to store an extra cot for guests and functions more like a day bed. We took some salvaged boards that already had the right shades of blue/green from an old school near Norton  and used it as the “headboard” on the long side of the bed and to act as a back rest. Here are some construction photos:

Here are some photos of her bed all styled. We added some decorative lights which give a nice mood in the evening or on foggy days. Lots of comfy pillows encourage relaxation during the day. We recycled some curtains and curtain rings ,fused on some cute banner accents at the top and added some panels for length at the bottom. Notice what we used for the curtain rod! 🙂 We painted shelves with milk paint for display and as a clothes hangers. We found some salvaged hymnal holders from the Renovator’s Resource store in  Halifax to use as book holders. Driftwood and hooks made for a quick coat hanger as well. Her dresser was a $5 or $10 find on Kijiji that got a facelift with Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

 

 

I love the magnetic board I found at a yard sale. Rebecca glued shells and driftwood to magnets to display some of her artwork on it. Some hoop art and more upcycled objects completed her room. It was so much fun to create this room. It has a lovely summery beachy vibe to it.

 

We are spending the rest of this week celebrating Rebecca’s birthday and getting ready for Canada Day. How are you celebrating Canada Day? Remember Fundy Park will have free admission and there are lots of activities planned at the Albert County Museum and Hopewell Rocks is open as well!

We wanted to let you know we had a special feature in a local newsletter here called Connecting Albert County. It is a special publication this summer featuring water and the Bay of Fundy as the object. We put in our story about Waterside. You can check it out here and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for lots of interesting stories from the Albert County area and a calendar of monthly events as well. http://connectingalbertcounty.org

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!! Happy Canada Day!

 

 

A summer refresh

I want to start out this week and say thank you for all your kind comments about our last post by my husband Mark featuring his photography. If you are new here, go back 1 post and you can see his wonderful photos there.

Summer is officially here this week! I got a start on some projects for the cottage to spruce things up for the season. I get inspired by furniture painters and DIYers to create or update all the time. It is a great outlet plus it gives me an excuse to paint and create!

A theme this week seems to be tables and chairs. The first table is a standard plastic outdoor side table. The brown was not going with the rest of our furniture so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint which is an acrylic that can go on almost any surface, has some UV protection in it and is waterproof.

 

I rented a stencil from Front Porch Mercantile that I remembered seeing on Muddaritaville’s site which you can look for here :https://muddaritavillestudio.com/

You can rent many of their stencils at Front Porch Mercantile now!

It turned out so cute- I had to adapt the stencil and used my own border around it to fit the table but I like it.

The next table I picked up at a yard sale. I was going to leave it outside too but it has a lip around it that is just going to collect water all the time (was not thinking of that!) so I brought it inside and added a design Mark made for us to represent our area and route we are on. I added some colour to the legs too.

The last table is one I showed before that I tried to redo and I still didn’t like it. I got Lisa from Front Porch Mercantile to help me use the new Stain and Finishing oil from Fusion to get the look I was after. She did one leaf for me then I tried to reproduce it on the rest of the table and chairs. I think I did pretty good. I love how it turned out. It looks more finished and is more durable now.  Here are the 3 stages the table has been in with the last being the current one.

 

 

I don’t know if I had mentioned but Mark has been busy the last few weeks building decks and door landings at the cottage. They are looking awesome – much better than the pallets we’ve had there for 3+years! We needed some furniture for said deck!  I had seen Jennylyn ( creator of Fusion Mineral Paint) paint some plastic furniture for outdoors with her paint so I thought I would try these old chairs I had at home. I love how they turned out as well. The paint went on so smoothly and just needed a couple coats.

The next chairs have quite a story. You can see below how they started and then how they look after I painted them with milk paint last summer. I covered them with 3 layers of outdoor varnish. They looked great for about 2 weeks….

Then they looked like this: faded and peeling after 2 weeks in the sun. I was so disappointed!!

I didn’t give up on them !! Here is what I did about 10 days ago: sanded them really well again and got out my trusty Fusion paint in Fort York Red. They have been out a week in the weather and so far so good. I will probably do another coat for a more solid colour on them.

Well that was fun. Can you tell I love to paint and make things beautiful? It’s so easy! You can do it too! You can find all this paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton.

I’ll give you one more glimpse of the decks and door steps Mark has been building for us-I’ll do a separate post later when we’ve got them all syled up.  I got an idea to stencil a blue heron on our new areas from Danielle Driscoll’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. She had done a little whale on her wooden door mat that I thought looked so cute. We love the herons in Waterside so I cut out a little stencil on my Silhouette machine. Danielle has lots of nautical ideas and loves to paint as well.  She even has a book on  painted furniture techniques and does some lovely watercolors as well. You can find her here https://www.findingsilverpennies.com/

We are on vacation next week! Guess where we will be as much as we can? I will try to get a post out for next Wednesday  featuring another room in the cottage. Stay well and maybe get in touch with your creative side this week doing whatever makes you happy.

Happy Summer!

A man and his camera

I have a very special guest for this week’s post in honour of Father’s Day. He is a special man in my life and the life of my kids. He is an awesome photographer, has a great sense of humour, is patient , kind and very generous. He has even developed some mean building skills in the past few years that have enhanced our cottage and saved us money. Without further ado, I introduce you to my better half , the one who makes me smile everyday and supports me in all I do. He is my partner in life, husband and father of my children- Mark Nicolle!

I feel honoured to be asked to contribute to this wonderful blog about the Road to Waterside.  Thank you Sheila for asking if I would contribute today’s post and share some of my favourite photos of the area !  

 

My father instilled in me a love for the outdoors with many fishing, hunting, camping trips, very often along the Fundy coast region.  That love of the outdoors brought me continually to the Waterside and Fundy National Park region. By the time I could drive I was ‘down country’ more weekends than I wasn’t during the summers. I first met Sheila about 28 years ago around this time of year. On one of those ‘first dates’ we travelled the Road to Waterside on our way to Fundy National Park.  We have travelled that road multitudes of times since then, and Lord willing many more times to come. I have been so blessed to be able to share my love of this region all over again through sharing it with our 2 children as they have grown up.  

 

Through all of my relationship with Sheila and during our years of raising our children I have also had a passion for photography.  34 years ago I put down my lawn mowing money at a pawn shop and picked up my first ‘real’ camera. A few years after that I got a job in a camera shop that provided employment through high school, university, and for awhile after that.  I have always enjoyed being able to ‘create’ images and to share things I have seen, thus the name of my photo web site www.marksawthis.com  . I love to create images that are visually pleasing, but more than that, I like creating a visual journal.  I do want to create an interesting image. An image that would share the beauty or interest that I am trying to capture.  But what I believe we all love the most about our images is that memory, that feeling, that moment of our lives that a photograph can return us to.

 

With that in mind I want to share with you 13 images I have taken along the Road to Waterside.  Images that are a journal of years of driving to a place I love , with people I love.


This is Anderson Lighthouse.  It used to sit on a wharf at Waterside beach which has long since washed away.  It now sits in Harvey at one end of the Shepody Dam Road. I love the image because the light was so eerie and soft, and the sky was so interesting.  I have memories from the 1980s cutting across this dirt road on my way to my friend Chris’s Camp which was on Route 915.


Many will recognize Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park.  I have more photos of Dickson Falls than any man should. This is one of my Favorites. I could probably dig out some film photos from before there were stairs and boardwalks at the base of the falls. Do you have photos of Dickson Falls in your collection ?

Owl’s Head is certainly one of the most recognizable geological features you see from Fundy National Park.  The way it often catches and forces the Bay of Fundy fog upwards can look quite spectacular. This day had just the right amount of fog to be interesting to me.  The crows in the foreground make this image one I have favourited. There are not many birds more common as the crow around these parts. But I’ve often thought of creating a collection of interesting crow photos.


This is probably my favorite photo of a deer / fawn.  It was at Point Wolfe. Park staff had ‘flagged’ the path for the ‘Ship Haven Trail’ that was to be built the next year, so I thought I would get a sneak peek at the vistas it would offer. The sun was low, streaking through the tall trees.  A doe had just walked over the ridge in front of me and I felt disappointed I had missed the opportunity to get a photo of it. Then behind her came this fawn. The first shutter release piqued her ear , and afforded this pose for my second.  It was such a beautiful moment I almost didn’t care if the photo came out OK or not. It was such a memorable moment. Of course I did care that later when I developed the photos, I had an image that would be a favourite for the years to come.


I’m being verbose, I’ll babble less.  This is Long Marsh Creek on Route 915 at the bridge where you turn off to the Cape Enrage Road.  The timing made this image, ‘slack water’ that short time when there is very little movement in a tidal stream, sunset, freshly fallen snow. All these happened at the same time, and at the time I was driving past.

 Cape Enrage lighthouse.  How many have visited here before they restored the lighthouse keepers home, before the fences, before the gate and entrance fees ?  This was the early rays of light bathing the cape in late fall.

Above from many moons ago,  is my daughter during a visit to Mary’s Point.  I like so many things about this image, mostly that it brings back the memory of a beautiful evening with my family. Below are our kids sauntering along the Dickson Falls trail in Fundy National Park.  

Don’t like the weather ?  Wait a few minutes and it will change.  I have the feeling this saying is not unique to just the maritimes.  But I do like the next 3 images and how they clearly show just how much impact the weather can have on how a place looks. I specifically like how Matthew’s Head in the distance just disappears completely by the third image.  I like the drama in the sky in the first , the softness of the light in the second, and the highlights of the sun hitting the fog in the third These were taken from the driveway in Waterside. There’s a lesson somewhere in the fact that unsettled weather is what made these images valuable to me.


This image was sunrise at Redhead, before the latest bit of erosion removed some more of it.  Yet another lesson for me to ‘seize the day’ , and to do things while you can.

I’ll end with a simple silhouette of the Great Blue Heron.  For Sheila and I the great blue heron has come to represent our special place in Waterside.  For years we have enjoyed watching them and we still feel a special awe when we see them gliding overhead to the marsh, standing motionless as they fish, or preening in the sun as they are perched along the treeline.

Thank you for tagging along this photo journey on the Road to Waterside.  I hope you have many photos from the road trips that have meant so much to you in your lives.  Take some time this week to dig them out and let them bring you back to the days when you captured them. Let us know about your favourite road trips.

Thank you so much Mark, that was beautiful. I love it all and you!  Happy Father’s Day.

As a special thank you for following along and promoting our page and blog, we are giving away an 8 x 10 of any image you see on this post or on Mark’s website. We will do a random draw from any shares,likes and comments on this post or on our Facebook page “The Road to Waterside”. Draw will be made on Father’s Day!

A mussel story

I consider Mark and I to be somewhat discriminating and particular when it comes to our mussel game. We love a good serving of large, meaty mussels with some fresh bread and enough broth to dip that yummy bread into after the mussels have disappeared. We have been known to ask for more bread just for the yummy broth. Our first experience with having such mussels was when we were newly married and touring Cape Breton Island. We ended up at a restaurant where we ordered a bowl of mussels. They were amazing!! To this day, we always seem to compare the next plate of mussels to that first plate we shared as a couple in Cape Breton. We have had mussels in NB,  PEI, NS , Maine and New Hampshire . We have cooked them ourselves or have had them served to us at very fancy restaurants. Any time we see them on a menu we always debate whether we should get them or not at the risk of being disappointed.

We were delighted this past weekend to indulge in some of the best mussels we’ve ever had at Octopus’s Garden Cafe in Alma, NB. I had seen a picture and description of this mussel dish on their Facebook page recently. I mentioned them to Mark as we were heading down Sunday afternoon and he suggested we stop there for lunch on the way to the cottage. He didn’t have to twist my arm to stop and try them !

Here is a photo of our actual plate with 1 or 2 mussels missing because we couldn’t contain ourselves 🙂

 

Octopus’s Garden Cafe is located on the left right beside Saprano’s Pizza ( another favourite for their donairs!!) as you are heading into Alma.

They are open for breakfast at 7 am and run to 10 pm for lunch and dinner . Here is a quote from their Facebook page about what they offer:

“We take care to specialize in fresh, local, high-quality food – served to you at affordable prices. Our cheese, meat, bread, eggs, milk, butter, hot sauces, honey, tea, jams, and maple syrup are all sourced from local producers. We serve fresh-roasted, organic, fair trade coffee and espresso. Most of our organically grown fruit and vegetables are right from our own farm. ”

At  quick glance, I saw Armadale Dairy, ANC meats, Bay of Fundy lobster and scallops and lots of other local ingredients on the menu. They were getting the fresh pasta ready for dinner while we were there which seems to be quite popular!  They were kind enough to prepare mussels for us at lunch because they had time to do it but it is usually a dinner feature.

Here are some other shots in the Cafe:

I want to get a couple of these prints by Eric Goggin at Destination Art http://destinationart.ca

They have lots of local art featured throughout the cafe as well. They also have live music featured from time to time. (My son just informed me their name is taken after a Beatles song- they really do love their music I guess). It was so nice to see this business supporting other locals and we in turn can support them.
I hope you can all get down and try the mussels or anything else on the menu!. It all looked delicious.

See you next time on ” The Road to Waterside”!