What’s old is new again

Hello fellow travellers!  It’s been a long time- my last post was at the start of COVID in March and from then until probably just last month, my creativity and normal adventurous spirit had tanked due to all the changes around me. Does anyone else’s spirit respond in that way when there is so much change in your world? It may be that I’m an introvert and don’t like change at the best of times but COVID certainly threw a wrench in there and caused me to be very down.

With my renewed energy, we have been trying to get out on some trails more and see some sights. We were lucky to get out on a nice day a couple weekends ago with friends to explore a spot in Albert County that I had not really been to since I was a kid picking blueberries with some Steeves side of my family. Can you guess where we went?

If you guessed Elgin, you are right!  This was a stylised photo by my talented husband. I like to imagine this is how my grandfather might have seen the Elgin Country Kitchen back in the day.

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Red Rock Adventures

Hello fellow travellers on the Road to Waterside! It has been too long since I have shared with you all. This past year has been quite an adventure- studying from January to May, then summertime with en epic trip to Newfoundland and the start of a hobby/business in October to now.  We are starting to get in a groove but while I’m still figuring out how often and how much to post on the blog, my wonderful husband has been working on another post to present about the adventure he had with his dad last fall.  Without further ado, here is what he had to say:

Adventure !

I had a very adventurous year , I hope you have too !  My father celebrated a major milestone birthday last year and after some scheduling delays I finally got to take him out for a planned outing.  It is always a challenge to come up with a special gift for people and I was excited to share this ‘adventure’ of a gift with my dad. My father lived in St. Martins, New Brunswick at two different times in his life.  He has hiked the Fundy Footpath from St.Martins to Fundy National Park the first year the footpath was officially opened. He has hiked, hunted and fished the area many times. So this past year I thought it would be great for him to be able to see the coastline from the water instead of from land.  So we headed down to St. Martins and connected with Red Rock Adventure.   

Red Rock Adventure offers many fantastic unique opportunities to explore the Fundy coastline.  At this time they offered various Kayaking tours from a few hours to multi day tours. They also have guided Fundy footpath adventures. ( This summer you can even find culinary adventures).    We chose their Scenic Zodiac boat tour and wow , we now have some memories that will last a lifetime. Everything about the experience was very professional. After a safety review and signing some waivers Captain Joe Brennan took us to the zodiac and the adventure that awaited.   

The perspective of seeing the rugged Bay of Fundy coastline from the water was an amazing change in perspective.  I have seen much of the coast line of the great Bay of Fundy on both the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia sides and still some of the cliffs were like none I had seen before.  It was amazing to see some unique coastline that is inaccessible from land.

Captain Brennan shared with us geological information about the various rock formations and, of course, the tides.  He also expertly relayed to us the captivating Mi’kmaq Legend of how Glooscap was responsible for the great tides of the bay, all while we were bobbing gently in the Zodiac on the blue green fundy waters.  

I would highly recommend checking out Red Rock  Adventures and making plans to visit St. Martin’s, the Fundy Footpath and choose an adventure offered by Red Rock !

Find them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/redrockadventure

Or on their redesigned website https://www.bayoffundyadventures.com/

And check out their instagram https://www.instagram.com/redrockadventure/

Leaving the St. Martins Harbour:

Past the covered bridge:


The St. Martins sea caves from the water:

Hidden coves:

Amazing cliffs and waterfall:

Captain Brennan sharing the story of Glooscap :

Beautiful coastline:

Joe Brennan , Captain, Guide, Storyteller.

As spring is just on the horizon I can’t recommend Red Rock enough.  They could be part of your next great adventure !

Thank you so much for being my guest again Mark. I would love to get out with you to see the coastline too! We always love seeing things from your perspective. Your wonderful photography makes the story come alive!

Farmer Brown

It was Small Business Saturday just this weekend and a great opportunity to get down and visit the wonderful business owned by Lisa Brown called Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse. It is only 15 minutes from Moncton in Osborne Corner near Hillsborough in the wonderful land of Albert County.   Lisa grows, arranges, sells , and supplies the public and many commercial businesses with wonderful flowers, veggies, and farm products through her business that she runs with her family and crew. Most recently, she has expanded her greenhouses and now is offering unique and authentic events in a lovely intimate setting inside a greenhouse with lighting, long wooden tables and chairs for weddings, parties, reunions, or a special event. They also have a lovely outdoor setting for ceremonies and events.  They have been hosting workshops by various businesses like “Painting with Ji” and  the “Pink Church Boutique” .  This past Saturday was “Open House on the Farm” featuring holiday container workshops, DIY studio with their studio and opportunity to paint pottery, music, ornaments to decorate, wagon rides and of course their famous wood smoked pizza- my favourite!  Here are some photos of the day:

In addition to a place to gather for these Open houses, to buy flowers and veg or to have a wedding, the team at Farmer Brown’s is hoping to offer more “Farm to Table” experiences where you would have an experienced chef take some local offerings and have a wonderful meal.

What a wonderful world it is at Farmer Brown’s ! Be sure to follow their Facebook page and stay up to date with all their current events. Watch for an opportunity to plant your own seeds in the Spring! That is sure to help us get through winter! Until next time!

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:

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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