Down memory lane- part 1

Since it’s my birthday tomorrow I thought I would share a little more about me and my background with the Fundy region. I love looking back at where people come from and reading their biographies so I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane to some familiar spots in Fundy where my family has spent some time. Some of these are priceless.

These 2 photos are oldies from my husband’s side of the family. I can see with our mutual love for the area it was inevitable we would be drawn together and want to build down there. When I see this sign I think of my son working at the the Fundy Guild gift shop last summer- he got lots of questions from people asking where Alma was, ūüôā Maybe we still need this sign up there!

It’s amazing how little this building has changed!! I’m glad the flowers are still as nice!

Summer of ’69- My Mom and Dad at Fundy with my grandparents at Bennett Lake before they headed off to UNB. These are some old pics so bear with me in the quality department. We are talking vintage here!

The playground and green space was and still is popular with families.

 

This was one of our favourite beaches to explore down in Alma at the border of the park when the tide was out. We were so disappointed to see what was done to this beautiful landscape this spring with the man made addition- totally changes the feel, view and memory of this special beach.

Some fun days camping at Headquarters- picking fiddle heads, getting lobster and sticky buns, going to the evening programs at the Amphitheatre, hiking- all wonderful memories.

Some of our favourite look out spots ( we would sometimes have extra kids tag along ūüôā )

One of our favourite spots for picnics! Can’t believe this look off area is the same!!

Had to include this last one since it’s just down the road from our place in Waterside- Cape Enrage has changed a lot as well since we started going here. Looking forward to what the new director has in store for this beautiful gem and treasure of NB.

If you are curious, here is what the seeds look like after a week at home. Not sure if this is how they are supposed to look. One tray got fried in the oven when my son turned it on my accident. Oops, will try planting some more. If any of you have any advice, let me know!!

The random winner of the package of seeds goes to my Mom!

Thanks for reading everyone. Hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather we have had this week!

Until next time!!

 

Seeds to sow

While I love the idea of watching things grow and knowing I grew something from seed, the only experience I had with it was when I was 1st married and did try growing a bunch of plants from seed. Needless to say, I didn’t try it again. The plants were so flimsy and pathetic looking that it was just easier the next few years to buy plants all ready to put in the ground.

I still love the idea of growing my own plants though. So when I heard Farmer Brown (http://farmerbrowns.ca ) was going to give a demonstration on seed starting for Seedy Saturday (sponsored by Foods of the Fundy Valley)¬† in Hillsborough, I thought I would check it out again. LIsa aka “Farmer Brown” was very helpful and informative. She has had lots of experience owning a greenhouse business for ~ 17 years and working for growers before that. Apparently she supplies the flowers for Fundy Park and the City of Moncton. If you have loved seeing those flowers as much as I have you know she has sound knowledge and experience and great quality plants as a result. I have never visited her greenhouses but always try to see what she has going on when we drive by going the “back” way to the cottage. We will have to visit her this year and get a tour around her place.

This was Farmer Brown’s booth set up with some lovely looking specimens

Some of her top tips was to make sure the soil is not too wet or dry when trying to germinate the seeds. Start with a non soil mix and keep the soil¬† : seed ratio small at 1st like the size of an egg carton or smaller. They like warmth so she suggested a great spot is in your closed oven with the light on ( not the heat !) to help them germinate.¬† You may need to mist 3-4 x/day to keep them moist. Most seeds do not need to be covered but you can cover with some vermiculite so the new plant is able to get rid of its seed head as it pokes through the dirt.¬† Once you see the 1st set of true leaves ( not the 1st 2 leaves- that’s called the Cotyledon!) you need to start to fertilize with a 12:4:14 type fertilizer. You don’t want long and leggy plants!¬† You want more leaves than stem and a compact plant growing for optimal transplanting potential and harvest.

Once the seeds have germinated you need to move them to a light source to get stronger and bigger. She said a basic fluorescent set up is all you need and keep it about 6 inches above the plant for 14-16 hours to simulate the light from outdoors. Most plants need to be transplanted into bigger containers before they get outside- timeline seems to vary for this depending on your plant.¬† There was a little debate about when it’s safe to plant outdoors. Lisa mentioned it even depends what side of the road and where frost hits first that may determine when and where you are safe to plant.

This was the Cochrane Family Farm booth from Upper Stewiacke

Some of the booths set up for Seedy Saturday

There were lots of great people at Seedy Saturday. Here were some of the vendors:

Farmers Browns Greenhouse- www.farmerbrowns.ca/
Mapple Farms- www.mapplefarm.com/
Fundy Farms- www.facebook.com/FundyFarmslocalharvest/
Annapolis Seeds- www.annapolisseeds.com/
Bee Wise BeeKeeping- www.facebook.com/beewisebeekeeping/
Hillsborough Farmers Market- https://www.facebook.com/Hillsboroughnbfarmersmarket
Cochrane Family Farm- www.cochranefamilyfarm.com
Bear Roots Forest- www.bearrootsforest.ca
Tansy Lane Herb Farm- http://www.tansylane.ca/
Jems Preserves-
The Saucy Apron-
Canadian Hemp Creations-
Curryville Community Center- Veseys Bulb Fundraiser

After seeing all that wonderful inspiration I decided to experiment on my own after my fails from many moons ago. I ordered some seeds from Rainbow Seeds in Riverside-Albert¬† who have an online business selling Heirloom and Non-GMO seeds. I then visited Jill ( aka Miss Fancy Farmer http://www.missfancyfarmer.ca/) at the local Coop to get my soil, vermiculite and fertilizer. Here is what I’m starting with:

I’ve put in corn, green beans, sugar pie pumpkins, pickling and Armenian cucumbers. The other seeds like carrots and lettuce I can sow in June I think and they will do well on their own. I want to give the other stuff a head start if I plan to try them at the cottage in the fog and wind. So we’ll get these babies in the oven for a few days and see how they do. Follow along to see how they and I fare!

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Oh I almost forgot!! I ordered an extra pack of mixed lettuce seeds I’d like to send a lucky reader. Leave a comment or subscribe and I’ll pick a name and send you some seeds you can plant for yourself!!

 

 

 

Maple Season!

Maple Season and Spring- my 2 favourite times of year!  We are blessed in this part of the world to have an abundance of places to get our maple syrup. Some people tap a few trees on their own land to make their own but most of us head to local maple sugar camps or the store for our fill of maple syrup. One of my favourite memories is taking the kids every year into the camps in Stilesville to get our fresh maple taffy and candy.

I wanted to investigate more of what Albert County had to offer for maple syrup production and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I started inquiring there were even more than I thought producing this wonderful elixir in the hills and valleys of Albert County. I am going highlight just 3 of them that I got to know more about.

I first became aware of this next couple and their maple syrup making production when I saw their product for sale down in what was the Church Market in Riverside Albert . This year I saw them featured in the April edition of the Connecting Albert County newsletter and loved hearing more about their story.  http://www.connectingalbertcounty.org/

You can go to the link above to check out the full article about their maple syrup called “Black Sheep Maples” and to sign up for the newsletter written by some wonderful volunteers on a monthly basis. They have lots of great information and keep you up to date on upcoming events in Albert County!

Angela and Ryan Macdougall’s official business is Fundy Farms: Local Harvest. They are on facebook so you can follow them and stay up to date on their offerings and events. They have a¬† farm stand that I try to check out through the summer on the way to the cottage right by the main road between Edgett’s Landing and Hopewell Cape. They sell herbs, teas, maple syrup, veggies, dry soup mixes, etc at local markets and stores as well. Here are some of their own photos.

The second camp I’d like to feature is called White’s Maple. They are a 3rd generation maple producer with most of their sap coming from trees on Caledonia Mountain. They recently expanded their camp in Shenstone ( in back of Hillsborough) to offer All You Can Eat pancake breakfasts each weekend during the maple season. We got out there this past weekend to see their operation and brought back some Maple butter. We didn’t get their breakfast but it looks delicious!

The last feature is one of the biggest producers around our area. It’s Brigg’s Maples who has their production office in Riverview at the Chocolate River Station.¬† Most of their sap comes from trees just north of Fundy Park.¬† We enjoyed some lovely taffy this weekend as part of Riverview’s Maple festivities and got a huge jug of maple syrup. I wonder how long it will last? We’ll be taking some to the cottage for sure! Here are some pics from the weekend: ( Thank you to the staff at Brigg’s for letting us take your picture!)

One of my favourite things to do is bake, so of course I had to use all these wonderful products as well! Here is the maple scone recipe that is in the April issue of the Connecting Albert County newsletter ( you can pre-order the cookbook the Albert County Museum is selling here http://www.albertcountymuseum.com/ cookbook) using Briggs’ maple syrup with White’s Maple butter on top and I indulged by putting Black Sheep maple syrup in my coffee!

I then wanted to bring a dessert to our Married Couple group so found a Maple butter tart recipe on Pinterest to bring and also used Black Sheep Maple syrup for that as well. It was decadent!!  https://pin.it/bgebsum4oud6jo

Well that was fun and yummy!  Thanks to my talented husband for tagging along and taking a lot of these photos. Tell me  how you like your maple !  Syrup, taffy, cream, butter or candy?

 

 

 

 

Stars and Stitches

Welcome back for another “Road to Waterside” feature. Thanks to everyone who liked or commented on the last post. I gave away a Spring sign to one of those people with a random draw.¬† I hope we can do more like that in the future!

What is Stars and Stitches you ask? It is the shop owned by Sherry and Zack located in Stoney Creek, NB.   Here is Sherry to answer some questions I gave her along with some great photos of their space and handmade products.  I love everything in their shop!

 

Question 1: How long have you been open and what or who inspired you to open your business?

My shop will be open 6 years this October.
Growing up, my mother was a florist which meant she was always creating something and I believe I definitely got my creative side from her! I knew from a young age ( maybe 9 or 10 years old ) that I wanted to make stuff and hopefully one day be able to sell it.
Fast forward almost a couple decades, I was on maternity leave and couldn’t afford much when I went into a craft store in Riverview , found a couple things I loved but the prices were really high. I thought to myself I might be able to make that! I took a shot at it ( looking back now, the item I made wasn’t very good lol). I kept trying and after a few years I was able to make my biggest dream come true…..to open my own shop! I still love what I do!

Question 2: How would you describe your shop?

My shop is filled with primitive, country, farmhouse style crafts, solid pine furniture, fun things like cute dolls & stuffed animals as well as home decor items that I have brought in. A couple years ago I took another leap and started my own line ( 1652 HomeLife) of soy candles, wax melts, room sprays, natural lip balms and soaps which have all taken off and are super popular amongst our customers.

Question 3: Where do you get inspiration for the projects you do and pieces you collect?

I get my inspiration from magazines, facebook, instagram as well as feedback from my customers.

Question 4: What other interests or hobbies do you have?

Outside of crafting my favourite hobby would be gardening. My husband Zack (who also builds pieces for the shop) built me the most amazing greenhouse right in the center of my garden! It’s a relaxing place to kick back and enjoy the garden as well as think of new things to make! I couldn’t have come this far without¬†Zack. He’s been my number 1 supporter and really ¬†encouraged me to keep going and not give up even when it was tough!

Customers have told me how much they enjoyed their visit to my shop because of it’s homey, cozy, welcoming atmosphere. It really is my happy place and it makes me feel good to know that other people enjoy it as much as I do.

Question 5: Do you have any future plans for your business?

Our shop is continuously growing ( we over doubled it’s size a year ago) and we’re always making new items to keep it filled. I hope to continue filling the shop with things people will love! Over the next year I would love to have more shops carry our 1652 HomeLife soy candle/wax melts/ room spray line ( currently we have shops in Saint John, Richibucto & Oromocto that carry our products). We offer wholesale prices to brick and mortar shops that want to carry our 1652 HomeLife products.

Question 6: How can people reach you and when can they visit your shop?

My shop is located at 1652 route 114 Stoney Creek NB and is open Fridays 11-2, Saturdays 11-4, Sundays 12-3. You can find us on Facebook to see what we have to offer as well as any changes to shop hours: facebook.com/starsandstitchesprimitives and on Instagram @starsandstitches1

Thank you for sharing your story Sherry. Congratulations on all your success! I hope you love their shop as much as I do! Stop by and tell Sherry you saw her on the “Road to Waterside”.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time… For April, we will have some maple syrup and gardening inspiration from Albert County!

 

 

Introducing Antique Chic!

I am so excited to do our first feature from Albert County on the ” Road to Waterside”. February is a perfect time to feature this pretty romantic place. I have known Kerry for a long time through our family connections but mostly only knew her when she was a little girl. I was so excited to see it was her with a¬† new business on the road to Waterside. I don’t get in there very often but I am always checking what she has for sale on Instagram and Facebook. I gave Kerry some questions that may make it easier to get to know her and her business So without further ado I give you Kerry Edgett of Antique Chic in Lower Coverdale, NB:

Question 1: How long have you been open and what or who inspired you to open your business?

I am now going on my fourth year of being open. I’ve always been drawn to older,antique items since I was a very little girl.I would yard sale with my mom and always pick up pretty,feminine items for my bedroom.I had quite a collection even then going on,lots of perfume bottles lol. The passion has always been there for me and I knew one day I wanted to open my own little dream spot of pretty items to sell.It finally happened almost four years ago!

 

Question 2: How would you describe your shop?

My shop is mostly filled with feminine style items such as vintage nightgowns,painted furniture with curves,girlie items like hair brush sets,old perfume bottles,beautiful smelling handmade soaps,embroidered linens,old quilts,pretty milk glass pieces,ironstone and more.I also have shabby chic style items and cottage style decor.

Question 3: Where do you get inspiration for the projects you do and pieces you collect?

I get a lot of my inspiration from decorating magazines,pinterest,instagram and also from just experimenting from my own ideas!

Question 4: What other interests or hobbies do you have?

I love spending time outdoors in my flower gardens,hiking in nature,camping,listening to good music and going to the beach with my two daughters and granddaughter .Also,flea markets,thrift shopping and local auctions are a lot of fun for me!

 

Question 5: Do you have any future plans for your business?

I have some future plans for my shop which involve expanding the shop so I have a bigger space.I will be able to have some different styles that way and hopefully a work area for painting and crafting.I stick with one theme now,which is more on the romantic side because it all flows together so well

 

Question 6: How can people reach you and when can they visit your shop?

I am open from April until late December and closed winter months.I still open by appointment though :)My shop hours are on my page during the months I’m open.I can be reached from my Facebook page,Instagram or by home phone¬†506 386 3429¬†and also by email kaphillips_@hotmail.ca

Aren’t those pictures lovely? Obviously Kerry loves pink and has more of a vintage, shabby chic vibe. I can usually find something to go home with me when I visit. I hope you all drop in to see her!¬† Watch for her sign and the painted bicycle as you drive through Lower Coverdale.

Thanks for sharing your shop with us and continue your great work Kerry! See you on the “Road to Waterside”!