Welcome back! It’s actually feeling like summer these past couple of weeks! I hope you are enjoying it wherever you are. We can’t believe this is our 5th summer enjoying the cottage. It seems like it has taken us a long time to get things finished around the cottage but by budgeting and picking the most important things first, we managed to get 1 or 2 projects done each year outside to help us feel finished. I have shared posts of the rooms and progress in the cottage ( here, here, here and here ). In this post I’m giving part 1 and 2 of our outdoor tour. ( part 3 will come next month- stay tuned! ) If you came and visited the 1st summer, you saw piles of construction debris, old pallets for steps and lots of dirt. The 2nd summer , 2016, Mark worked on building a shed so we would have some storage for all the things – yes all by himself with a little help from his nephew and father.
We had the lumber delivered from Home Hardware , all the way down to Waterside for $60. Talk about great service! Mark made the trusses himself out of 2×4. He even made the shed doors! I got to paint and stain them of course!
Just when you think you can’t take the weather and the roads anywhere, you take a break in the weather and head to Fundy. What Mark and I found this weekend was a renewed hope for enjoying more of winter. Since the kids have gotten older and my hands have gotten worse in the cold with Raynaud’s disease, we really have gotten away from doing anything outside in the winter. This past weekend though was gorgeous and tolerable! I could actually see myself enjoying it (when the temperature and wind were just right 🙂 ). We wanted to show you this week all the ways Fundy is making it more inviting to enjoy the park in all seasons. Enjoy some of these photos Mark took while we explored all the options available to you.
Hi there! As I was thinking about what to share this week , I realized we hadn’t completed the cottage tour! We missed the bathroom. Everyone needs to know where the bathroom is 🙂 . I had fun creating this space. The creative juices started with a dresser of all things! When I was looking for ideas and DIY solutions for a sink and vanity, I came across lots of people who had converted a dresser into their vanity. I found the perfect dresser on Kijiji that was the right height and drawer configuration to be able to convert it to a vanity. Mark was able to get holes cut and drawers shored up to be able to get the plumbing in and through the back. We can still use the drawers which is what I was hoping for with this type of dresser. It was on the narrow side so I had a bit of a harder time to get a sink to fit but we found one.
For some people, cottage season may be winding down as they sense the start of school again but I sincerely love September and October in Waterside- less fog and bugs and a little less busy in the park.So while I feel August is slipping away as I do try to get 2 kids ready for school, I am looking forward to more weekends at the cottage in lovely weather as well this fall. It has been great to see the park and Alma so busy this year. I hear the businesses are doing as well or better even the year after Canada 150. I hope to get out and enjoy the park a little more this fall. We tend to get to the cottage and not want to move very far because it’s just as beautiful here as it is anywhere 🙂
This week I want to introduce you to our wonderful neighbours in Waterside. I know many people know the winery because when people ask us where we are, all I need to do is mention the winery and people can then place where we are in Waterside. Waterside Farms Cottage Winery has been in business since 2006.” Ed and Linda Mantell started the business with the help of New Brunswick’s Department of Agriculture and now make their own Blueberry ( 4 kinds!), Rhubarb, Cranberry and Blackberry wines. Ed has been in the wine making business for a long time. His family were wine producers in Europe before the Second World War. They immigrated to Canada in 1947 and resided in Kitchener, Ontario. Wine making was always a family event. Ed grew up making and learning from his father, the process of turning fruit into a wonderful wine.” Ed and Linda use mostly local fruit for their wine. All of their wines are fermented, filtered and bottled on site. They produce 7000 litres a year for sale in their shop. Also, a couple agency stores in the area sell some of their products. I know at least a couple restaurants that feature their wine also like at the Cape House Restaurant at Cape Enrage. This year they have already sold out of Cranberry, Port and Blackberry. I would say they are doing something right!
Although I don’t drink wine ( but did try a sample of their rhubarb wine), almost everyone who I saw come into their shop this weekend left with at least 1 bottle. Linda tells us there are people who come annually and stock up on their favourites for the year. They also have people ask why their wine isn’t more available commercially. Linda says they want to stay unique and retain their niche and clientele with their specialty wines.
You may have seen the picture I posted on social media this week. We met a very special lady at the winery who is biking from her home in Alberta to Newfoundland. I was very inspired by her attitude and stories. I could have hopped on a bike with her ( except for sleeping in a tent every night and a sore behind! ). She said the secret is in the shorts not just the seat!. Here she is getting ready to head out again to get to the Rocks by evening. She made it there by 7:30 pm. We are cheering you on Susan! I don’t feel bad about having to walk up some hills around here now after she told me she has to walk them too ( she does have 60 extra lbs on that bike but I’m sure I have at least 1/2 of that extra weight on my body that she doesn’t. 🙂 )
Here are some shots of the Winery property that Mark took this weekend while we were visiting:
Linda the owner enjoying a little break . That piece of stained glass came out of a local church their contractor had found.
So whether or not you drink wine, I hope you will support our local winery in Waterside. We hope they will be our neighbours for a long time! Cheers!
We had a beautiful rare warm weekend at the cottage this past weekend. The water was calm, there was no wind, we could eat outside! It felt like another part of the world. It was glorious! Saturday started out with breakfast on the deck- fresh strawberries from Codiac Organics in Moncton were included ( I also got some of my salad fixings for the weekend from them!). This started my inspiration for trying out some strawberry recipes this weekend while they were fresh.
We then got out and enjoyed part of Shepody River Day in Riverside-Albert. They had historical displays and free strawberry shortcake in the morning at the Rec Centre. We met some people we knew and were welcomed by long time resident and founder of Shepody Days- Beulah Morrissey. She was just a delight. She told us a bit about herself and what she does in the community. She is quite the little artist too- she is the one who painted the murals on the old community hall you see as you are driving through town. She gave me a booklet on some of the history of Riverside-Albert. I just love seeing the old pictures and hearing the old stories. Rainbow Seeds from Riverside-Albert provided the strawberries and Elaine Holmstrom from the Peck Colonial House provided the biscuits.
Shepody Days was started in 2011 by Beulah and her daughter to invoke some community spirit between the weekends of Alma’s Celebration Days and Hillsborough’s Homecoming Days. The events change from year to year but what seems to stay constant are the kayak races and the fireworks. We went over beside the Riverside School and saw the races start in the afternoon. Beulah and another lady were the marshalls for the race.They were so cute. We loved seeing the community spirit and participation by everyone there. Check out the Riverside-Albert Facebook page for more photos by Doris Weir of the races and competitors. Congrats to Riverside-Albert for putting on another fine event!
We ended up picking up a quart of strawberries from Rainbow Seeds to add to my recipes as well. I felt so bad for the owner Eliza- she worked so hard to get me that quart of berries. Thank you so much Eliza! (Side note- We had planted about 50 strawberry plants from Rainbow Seeds on our property around 3 years ago but they aren’t doing that well this year- maybe too dry , maybe neglect, maybe late frost or the plants just getting too old but I will get a couple quarts eventually I think. Our ground seems to be great for growing them , they just need a caretaker who is there to tend them more often. 🙂 )
The following 3 recipes come from Greta Podleski’s newest cookbook Yum and Yummer that came out this past year. ( You will know her from the sister duo that started the LooneySpoon collection of cookbooks). I’ve tried a few of the recipes and thought I would try some involving strawberries. This one we had for lunch- it is the Sensational Spinach Salad-with chicken, strawberries and avocado. It was delicious!
This one we had with our supper. I have made it a few times already this spring and summer. It is best eaten the same day – kind of goes mushy and juicy so I usually just make enough servings for whoever is eating. Greta calls it a Strawberry and Watermelon Salad with feta, mint and honey-lime dressing. Very refreshing and nice to go with some barbecued meat on a hot night.
This next photo is breakfast on Sunday- just some French toast with more berries and icing sugar. Simple and tasty with maple syrup of course!!
This last recipe is also from Yum and Yummer- it was featured with blueberries but it said to try it with fresh strawberries so I did. It is her Lemon- Blueberry (Strawberry) Cheesecake Parfaits. We had these for our dessert after lunch. What a refreshing berry taste!
Well there you have it . I hope you are inspired to get out there and try strawberries a few different ways! Leave us a comment and let us know how you like to eat your strawberries or where you go to get your berries! The store or u-pick?
Thank you Beulah for giving us more insight into this area we love so much and for letting us take your picture!
There was so many events going on this past weekend!! I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you celebrated! We ended up inviting friends and family for an open house in Waterside. It was a gorgeous weekend for weather so we were glad it worked out the way it did. Next year we may do it a different weekend because people were so busy with other Canada Day celebrations!
We had some neat visitors for the start of the weekend that we weren’t expecting. Mark captured some wonderful shots of these old cars that passed by in front of our place. They were part of “The Great Race” featuring vintage cars travelling from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. We had a hoot watching them come down the hill in their various decorations and attire. Mark captured some beautiful images of them and added some artistic flair. I just love the vintage feel they evoke. Makes you feel you were back in the 1900s!
I picked up some neat items at a neighborhood yard sale a couple weekends ago and was so excited to include them in our decor. First was this display case. I thought I had taken a before pic but I must have deleted it. Here it is finished with a layer of typewriter black milk paint with schloss over top with a little distressing. It looks soo much better- it was a dark reddish tone before- I really love it and can’t wait to display different items in it. I need to find a little handle for it!
I found this cute wool hooked rug at the yard sales too- it was $20 . I couldn’t resist those maple leaves and the colours. I whipped up these pillows for the day as well using these pennants I got at My Home Mercantile in Moncton on Main St. It is the cutest shop hosting many local handcrafted and Maritime wares. They also house My Home Apparel https://myhomeapparel.com/ featuring clothing with a Maritime and Canadian flavour that are made in the old Stanfield Warehouse in Truro.
I stencilled up this little sign using a Dollar Store Canvas and Fusion Mineral paint.
Here are some pics of the actual party on Canada Day with food , sun and people . What a great combination! Notice the extra little visitors we had in the morning- we had a Mama groundhog and her 3 littles visit the yard. They were cute but how will they be when they grow up??
We had a great time. Thank you so much for spending your day with us all the way down in Waterside!
This was the day after the party when we felt more relaxed- a day on the beach, post party food and general relaxation on our last vacation day. I did bring out a blanket on the deck but that only lasted a few minutes. It was hot in Waterside this weekend. So grateful and blessed.
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.
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.
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!
Welcome back to the cottage tour! We will go across the hall to my son’s room. I had a lot of fun using some recycled pieces, some new pieces and some DIY with lots of milk and chalk paint to create his nautical themed room.
Here are some before pics of the space and pieces of furniture before their transformations!
See later on how I tried to cover that electrical box!!
We used old fence boards for a planked wall feature. We just washed them really well and sealed with Fusion’s Tough Coat. We also built a platform bed and covered it with fence boards as well.
A sad garage sale find. It looks much better after with a little paint and decoupage!
Got this antique dresser for a good price- the drawers are a little wonky! I had a vision for this one!
Here are the after photos taken by my resident photographer!
I didn’t get any photos of the headboard being made but it’s just a piece of plywood we cut out, glued and stapled some batting and fabric- voila!
That chair in the corner was the 1st piece I ever painted in chalk paint. A piece of found wood on the beach stands in the corner with all the original color left on it.
I really love that Artissimo blue milk paint and the decoupaged maps on his dresser. I was inspired by a wonderful furniture painter named Danielle from the Finding Silver Pennies blog who redid a dresser with this similar style.
Thanks for coming along on this tour! Enjoy the Spring weather and we’ll see you again on The Road to Waterside!
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Wow where did those 4 days go? It was wonderful to be back in Waterside! I hope you all had a lovely long weekend. I had so many projects to tackle that the 4 days just flew by. I wanted to get them at least started before the season got underway. I hope some of you got to visit some of the businesses in Albert County who had an open house for the Fundy Studio Tour or maybe you got to Fundy or Cape Enrage for some of their grand openings and celebrations.
Here is a little recap of what we did:
This is our dining table and a chair in its current state:
I love the base but don’t like how my original paint job is looking on the top- I wanted a driftwood look but I am not loving it and wanted to try something different.
I sanded the table and seats all down to the original finish. I was going to try a new product by Homestead House called Stain and Finishing Oil but I couldn’t get the look I wanted on my samples.
So I went back to a layered look with just Fusion mineral paint. That way if I still don’t like it down the road I can still paint over it without any trouble. I’m still not sold on this look but it looks much better than my 1st go round. The kids think it looks the same as what I had before. I will keep you updated on what I do next. Any suggestions are appreciated!
The second project I wanted to do was reseal our IKEA counter tops. They are still looking good but I hadn’t sealed them again since we 1st installed them in 2015. When I went to take a soap dispenser off the counter when I got to the cottage Friday there was a slight black ring beside the sink and I knew some water had gotten under the surface. The counter tops just have a thin wood veneer on top and I was scared to sand too much but I heard you can do that to try to get stains, water damage ,etc out of it. I sanded it lightly but not sure I made much of a difference.
These are a couple before shots:
During: putting on the tung oil.
And the after: I don’t know if I see a difference. The counters appear richer and renewed in person but that spot beside the sink is still noticeable. I will need to be more careful with what gets left on the counters!!
We did get out for a short drive on Monday- I wanted to see the new pavilions and Visitor Center at Wolfe Lake and the Chignecto Recreation Area across from Chignecto campground. This new recreation area will have bikes for rent for many new trails that have opened up for bikers.
Here is the new visitor center at Wolfe Lake- it will also have a smaller version of the Fundy Guild’s gift shop here too.
The new outdoor recreation center isn’t completely finished but is in a similar style to the Visitor Center. We had a lovely chat with a staff person and I even tried out a couple bikes! I love bikes! One was a Fat bike and one was a Plus bike. It felt like I could ride anywhere or over anything with one of those! See the smile on my face 🙂 Would be fun to ride on Waterside beach! Even a couple of those kids behind me pretending not to know me tried out the Fat bike.
Outdoor Elements is the company from Sussex who will be in charge of bike rentals. They are also now in charge of boat rentals at Bennett Lake. We will miss “Sinc’s Boats” but look forward to what Outdoor Elements has to offer Fundy for further use and enjoyment of the Park. You can check out the Outdoor Elements website for information on rentals under their “Fundy Adventure Center” tab. (https://www.outdoorelements.ca/rent ) It looks like you will be able to book your bike, boat or camping experiencing online in the future. They are going to have a small retail outlet in Alma to hook you up for your outdoor essentials. They are hoping to have some packages in the future as well, teaming up with some local businesses for an even better experience! They will be offering winter adventures too so those of you who love to get out in winter will have choices in Fundy to stay active as well. They also have a Facebook page ” Outdoor Elements” or “Outdoor Elements-Fundy Adventure Center” so you can follow along with their updates and services as the season progresses. We love what they are doing so far!