Summer crafting

I couldn’t let summer go by without sharing some paint and craft projects we did this summer.  I am still in denial that summer is winding down. It just seems like we were putting in our flower beds, digging rocks and staining decks back in June.

One of the projects I did in the cottage this summer was to create some art from a round stretched canvas I picked up at HomeSense and a wood clock cutout I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton over the summer. I wanted to have a clock on the large wall in our front room at the cottage but couldn’t find the right materials to upcycle or look that I wanted. I decided to experiment with these materials. You will have to tell me what you think of it!

I started with the wooden cutout and painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale. Milk paint is a powder that you mix up as you need with water. It is my favourite paint to use on raw wood. I had used this colour already in this area of the cottage so it was an easy choice for colour.

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Time to explore

Our recent trip to Newfoundland has me inspired to look for some of the less advertised and/or marked trails in our neck of the coast. Some of our more memorable moments and beautiful scenery was found on some of the community maintained paths that we found in the areas we visited. The first three here were not even trails we were looking for but because we had some time to explore and because they weren’t too long, they were just right for our family. It was fun to see new places and not be too worn out doing it! Because this trip is so fresh in our minds, I hope you don’t mind if I indulge in documenting some of these trails to inspire you to maybe look for trails in your area that maybe only the locals know about !

The first place we loved was at Bottle Cove in Lark Harbour.  There were trails here maintained by OBIEC (Outer Bay of Islands Enhancement Committee). These are panoramic photos Mark took of the “Bottle Cove” . The second photo is showing what we saw when we hiked out the furthest point you see on the right side of the cove.

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Outdoor Tour Part 3

Good Wednesday evening! As you read this post, we are fully immersed in Newfoundland lore and culture. We came over on the 13th and are staying until the 25th. You know we will have to show you that beautiful land in the future. If you follow my Facebook page and/or Instagram page, I’ve been trying to post something I’ve loved about Newfoundland everyday. In anticipation of being away, I thought I would share the last installment of our outdoor changes that we completed this summer. As a reminder, this is how the cottage looked right after construction in 2013:

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Acadian History- 2019

This summer is of special significance to the Acadian population. You may have seen a little news about it lately! It is the World Acadian Congress, being hosted in PEI and Southeastern NB from Aug 10th- 24th. This congress takes place every 5 years to strengthen and celebrate the ties of various Acadian Communities and for people who are interested and have a love for Acadia. Acadian history certainly runs strong in this area of the world. Did you know there is a strong connection  down route 114 to a lady who owns the Maple Grove Inn with her husband in Riverside- Albert. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Pierre Thibodeau who helped settle the area known as Shepody or Chipoudie.

Here is a little more info found on the Acadian.org website from the Acadian historical timeline in 1698 when Pierre Thibodeau came to Shepody:

“1698
Much like the Beaubassin area (but 25 years later), Pierre Thibodeau let settlers to settle at Shepody (Chipoudy) in 1698. He had been a miller at Pre Ronde at Port Royal. He and his sons went to the Shepody area and encouraged friends (Blanchards) to settle the Petitcodiac. Three of Thibodeau’s sons first wintered the area in 1699/1700. They did very well at trading furs with Indians. Sebastien de Villieu objected, saying they were on his father-in-law’s seigneurie without permission. Pierre wanted to compromise, but de Villieu didn’t. When de Villieu was ready to deal in 1702, Pierre’s group refused because they had sent a petition to France and thought they’d get their own seigneurie. In 1705, the decision was made that is was only a concession to La Villiere’s seigneurie.
There were 7 families (33 people) at Shepody in 1702, and 5 families (13 people) at Petitcodiac. By 1707, there were about 55 people (14 families and 7 engages), 12 horses, 70 cattle, and 50 sheep. The outbreak of war and de Villieu’s actions put a damper on further settlement of the area. It wasn’t raided, but English ships blocked any goods from coming from Port Royal. Rameau estimated 75 people there in 1715 (but 80% of European blood). One of Thibodeau’s group, his son-in-law Mathieu Des Goutins, was the 2nd and last chief civil officer, or king’s clerk, in Acadia. He became procureur general in 1693, similar (but on a lower level) to Canada’s intendants. He served after Gargas from 1688 to 1710. [Clark, p. 145]
A census was taken in 1698 of Port Royal, Beaubassin, and the St. Jean River areas. The 1698 census includes the names and ages of all family members, as well as a count of livestock, land, and munitions.”

Of special significance is an event happening this Friday, Aug 16th @ 10:30 am in Riverside-Albert with various dignitaries and families representing the Acadian families who settled in Shepody and surrounding area. There will be an official unveiling and address following by Frank McKenna of the Monument that has been erected in honor of the Acadian familiies who settled in the region between 1700 and 1755. You can see the full program for the event at this website.  The event will take place in the park just beside 5702 King St. in Riverside-Albert. Pierre Thibodeau’s great,great,great granddaughter Sonya will also be participating. There will be a social celebration following the ceremony at the exhibition grounds in Riverside-Albert.

This has been a joint effort between the mayor of Riverside-Albert and Wilfred Savoie along with their committees  to have this monument erected. They have been working on it for the past 3 years. Here are the official press releases about the event in French and English.

What a wonderful way to honour some of the founding families who helped clear and settle this great area. You may recognize some of the names like Thibodeau, Boudreau and Comeau or you may even be related to them!  If you want more information about how this event came to be and more details about it , head to their website www.monumentdechipoudie.ca.   We are heading to Newfoundland this week so we won’t be able to attend. I look forward to hearing reports about it. Have a wonderful event! See you on the Road to Waterside or Newfoundland!

Clam diggin’

That title is a little deceiving. We didn’t actually go clam digging but we were diggin’ clams. I had a hankering for clam chowder a couple weeks ago and remembered seeing a recipe for it in the Fiddleheads, Fricot and Frittata cookbook compiled by Janet Wallace for the Canada 150 Albert County Museum project. She graciously let me share these 2 recipes with you all. 

This first one is your classic creamy clam chowder. It was so easy and tasty. There is no amount listed for the milk/cream. I made mine a little too thin so add milk/cream slowly until you get the thickness you like for a chowder.

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Outdoor tour- part 1 and 2

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!

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Contentment and creativity

It is a pleasure to welcome my insightful, smart, and talented husband back to the blog as a guest contributor today. Please make him feel welcome and enjoy his thoughts on creativity and being ok with just doing things for yourself but also being willing to share it with the world as well.

Hi, recently my amazing wife Sheila celebrated her first anniversary of sharing with you this blog, ‘The Road to Waterside’.  It is her musings, interests, and her creativity inspired by the region we live in with a focus on the areas surrounding Waterside, New Brunswick.  Hopefully, you all have a ‘Road to Waterside’. That place where your heart both beats faster and rests more easily. A place where you gravitate to, at least in your mind.  Both Sheila and I draw inspiration from our such place, and I expect you do too when you visit yours. Sheila has shared many projects resulting from her inspiration this week I am sharing some thoughts on creativity and inspiration. This is certainly a different kind of post.  But I hope you can draw some things from it that will help you with your creativeness.

Day at the beach

I like the feelings and childhood memories it evokes of visits to the Fundy shore.  I like how the car looks old and how the image is de-saturated. But I’ve never shared this image because it seemed too busy.  It is not singular enough to be as strong as it could have been.

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Spring fever

As of this evening it is officially SPRING!!! We made it through another winter. Congratulations if you don’t like winter! That would include me but getting down to Waterside the couple times we did this winter instilled a desire to try to do more outside despite the winter weather. Anyway, enough of winter. Time to think of Spring which a lot of you have ,after being at the Seedy Saturday a couple weeks ago. When I think of Spring, I think of new craft projects and home decor ideas. 

I was inspired by Lori at Farm Fresh Style to get in on a thrift store challenge this winter. When I go to a thrift store I am always drawn to wooden objects because they paint up so nice with milk paint.  One of the things I picked up at the Restore in Moncton was an old cutting board. Here was the loot I picked up that day for around $20. ( You may see the bunnies appear later in Spring )

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Foods of Fundy

Are you getting spring fever yet?  I feel a definite change in the air and temperature in the past week. A sure sign of spring the past couple of years is when Foods of the Fundy Valley hosts their Seedy Saturday event. It is an event that gets everyone in the mood for looking at or finding the perfect seeds for that perfect flower or vegetable they want to grow. “This free event includes seed sellers, garden related local businesses and organizations and a seed swap table along with workshops throughout the day”. We were able to get down to it this past Saturday and also attended last year when it was in the high school in Hillsborough. You can see my post here from last year– I featured Farmer Brown who was back again this year for another workshop and plant offerings. This year it was held in the old Baptist Church that houses Oliver’s German Bakery – featured here– and is the site of the Hillsborough Farmer’s market in the summer. Cochrane Family Farms was  back as well as Rainbow Seeds, Fundy Farms, Mapple Farms and many others. There were also a few crafters and artisans. I got to meet Jim and Ruth -Ann who create pottery from Fundy mud ( Jim’s art-find his site here) and beautiful linocut prints ( Ruth- Ann – has a lovely site here ), You can usually find their smiling faces and booth at the weekly Farmer’s Market or you might spy their work in some of the shops along the Road to Waterside!

One the things people look forward to is the fabulous soup bar put on by the Foods of the Fundy Valley as well. You can see there was a great turn out this year with lots of people enjoying the fares and wares.

This was one of the many workshops people could attend throughout the day- another highlight!

Lastly I want to give a shout out to Foods of the Fundy Valley who not only offer this event for free but also do so much more in the community.”They incorporated in October 2010 as a non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster an environment that promotes the production and consumption of local foods and local goods in the Albert County Area .” They support and run the Hillsborough Farmer’s Market, the Community Food Smart program, and the Community Garden at Forestdale Nursing Home  They also offer workshops throughout the year at a nominal or volunary costs, They support educational programs at some of the local schools. They also have a beautiful logo that identifies businesses who are using locally grown or made products. Make sure you look for it and support our local producers and businesses! You can find out more about their various programs on their website and also become a member if you are passionate about food and community for only $5 per year.

I wish you many happy planting dreams as we look forward to the next few weeks as we start to see new life starting to bloom.

The Art of Glass

What a pleasure it is feature this next business and artist to you.  When asked how he would describe what he does, Curtis Dionne identifies himself as an artist first. He has been honing his skill of blown glass for the last 15+ years including the 5 years he spent as an apprentice learning and practising his trade out west. Curtis has lived all over Canada but has settled with his partner Charlotte and kids in the beautiful Albert County countryside by the coast in New Horton. It is fitting that Curtis’ property borders one of the Nature Conservancy sites we featured last week on the blog at Two Rivers. This is where his studio shop is located which houses the handmade furnace he built brick by brick over a 3 year span.

If you travel down the 915, you will find Curtis’  property with a unique building on it that you can see from this photo. It is called an octahedrone.

Source- Facebook

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