Let’s go glamping!

Down the road past the Hopewell Rocks and along the beautiful drive on route 114 that follows the coast with views of Grindstone Island, you will come to some idyllic pastures with views of horses out on  the marsh or you may see some horses and riders out for a ride near the Sawmill Creek bridge as you come to the entrance of Broadleaf Farm Ranch. I love seeing what’s going on at the ranch every time we pass to go to the cottage.

This ranch has been in operation since 1953. It was founded by Vernon and Joyce Hudson. Their 7 children have all played a part over the years in continuing their parents’ legacy and development of this beautiful property and company. Most continue to be involved in some way as well as their offspring. You can check out more about how the ranch got started here. We had missed the open house to tour the new Glamping units at Thanksgiving so stopped in this past weekend to see if we could take a few pictures around the ranch and of the new units. We got to have a private tour with one of the daughters Wendy who manages the ranch along with her brother Danny.

The Glamping units are located about halfway up the hill behind the main property. As soon as you come out on the road where they have been placed, you get a magnificent view of the Bay – you can see Joggins off to the left  and see all the way across the valley to the Shepody marshes, Grindstone Island, Mary’s Point and Nova Scotia. Mark took some great photos so this post will be photo heavy but it gives you a great feel for these units and space. You can click on the photos to enlarge them 🙂

The units all have a theme and are named after landmarks or livestock around the area. They have a Covered Bridge, Lighthouse or Chuck wagon unit to rent. Wendy told us about how these units were constructed and brought in by companies from Quebec, custom made and ordered right down to the paint colours.

The 1st one we checked out was the Covered Bridge unit: I loved the quality and great use of space in these units.  It’s a lovely place to soak in the view, hang out with family and enjoy the many activities on the property and the surrounding area.

The second unit is so unique, so iconic and fits in perfectly with its’ surroundings, as you can see from the view! Can you spy a little lighthouse in the distance 🙂

 

Look at this cute little space to sleep under the stars! There is room for up to 5 people in each of the units. The table folds down like a murphy bed and the couches turn into beds.

The 3rd unit is the classic Chuck Wagon- this one definitely fits in with a horse ranch and farm life doesn’t it? Its’ space is also strategically used with everything you need for a comfortable stay.  The only thing missing in these units is Wi-Fi but who needs that when you have all of nature to enjoy!

There are 2 of each of these Glamping units. They are available for year round use and available for booking on their website www.broadleafranch.ca .I think Wendy and her team have done a splendid job bringing these units in and hope they have great success and lots of bookings with them for years to come!

Wendy invited us to go further up the hill to see their Mountain Chalet that has been available since 1997 when they expanded their accommodations with the chalet and  their country cabins and dormitories. The chalet has a wonderful view as well and makes you feel like you are far from the hustle and bustle below. What a great get-away. The chalet can accommodate 24 people!!. It was recently used by a wedding party when they reserved the whole ranch for their wedding celebrations. It would be great for a family reunion or company function as well.

Back on the main property, we met these lovely fellows. I remembered I had 2 apples so ran to get them to feed these guys. I got a little scared and dropped one  so Mark broke my second one in half because I didn’t want either one to feel left out.

Here are some more shots of the main house with the fall leaves.

Thank you again to Wendy, Donna , Kathy and Danny for welcoming us and showing us around. We may have to do a part 2 to showcase the other part of the ranch which includes all their adventure activities like horseback riding, and adventure camps along with summer and winter activities. I have heard their Sunday Brunch is always popular that occurs from 10-2 every Sunday from May to October. As you can see, there is so much to do at Broadleaf!

Which Glamping unit was your favourite? Do you know what Glamping means?  Have you been to Broadleaf Ranch? Check out their website for more info, photos and for booking your next adventure- www.broadleafranch.ca

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin obsession

Hello! I have missed the last couple of weeks because we were busy with a fun fall giveaway and lots of DIY projects and crafts on my Facebook page plus we’ve had family visiting all this week. Be sure to stop by our page to see all the projects and like our page to stay in the know for future posts. Since we just had Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few pictures of our week and some pumpkin inspired recipes and projects.

This is our front step decked out for fall with a few pumpkins :

For our other pumpkin inspired project I made a sign on an old cutting board from a Pinterest inspired project by printing the quote, transferring it to the board with chalk and painting it in. I sanded it a bit and rubbed in some finishing wax to bring out some luster. I am going to do a similar project on a smaller scale for our fall giveaway prize. The little fabric pumpkins were made a few years ago with some scrap fabric , gathering it and stuffing them . I use real pumpkin stems for the tops!

I tried out a couple new pumpkin recipes and a couple tried and true. The first new one was for pumpkin cookies from the blog” So much better with age“. You can find her recipe here. It is delicious and true to  pumpkin pie flavours. It has a raisin or chocolate chip option – of course I chose the latter.  Between me and my little nephew, they aren’t lasting too long.  I then made a pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee. I had tried a few of MacDonald’s Pumpkin Lattes this season but I like mine just as well with less additives and sugar in it. The recipe is from Dashing Dish here. This website is a membership website if you want access to more recipes but she does offer a lot of free recipes as well. I love her approach to clean eating and her wonderful Christian spirit with lots of motivation and articles as well as an emphasis on exercise in her content.

This next recipe is one I tried from her website as well that you can find here– Pumpkin breakfast oatmeal cookies- I think they ended up looking like owl faces after I took them out of the oven 🙂 . They will go well with this pumpkin butter I made last year and froze- I have some pie pumpkins I can’t wait to cook up and use for butter again and for baking throughout the year.

One of the tried and true recipes are pumpkin muffins from Armadale Dairy in Sussex , NB that they shared on their Facebook page last year.  I am sharing their recipe with their permission  I have used their Quark cheese they use for the icing  but cream cheese also works for the icing. They suggest that they are similar to the Tim Horton version. They are awesome but what makes them even better is knowing what is in them.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Quark Icing

2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
2 eggs
1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1.5 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, divided

Quark Icing

250 g Quark
6 tbsp Icing Sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 Celsius

In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients and 1/4 cup of the pumpkin seeds. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Divide in greased or lined muffins tins. Don’t be shy to fill them full, they won’t rise excessively. Top muffins with the rest of the pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20 minutes.
**You may have a little bit of batter left over. I created this recipe myself, and couldn’t quite get the amounts perfected without affecting the taste. It was a good day to be a kid in the test kitchen though!

Mix together the 4 ingredients for the icing with a whisk or mixer and let set in the fridge until the muffins are cooled. Transfer icing to a cake decorator or piping bag. In the middle of each muffin, cut an X with a sharp knife. Insert your cake decorator (with your thinnest longest tip) into the muffin and squeeze some icing into each muffin, with a dollop on top. If you don’t have a cake decorator or something similar, you could just put the icing on top. Muffins should be refrigerated where they contain Quark.

The last pumpkin recipe is one I’ve been making for years since my colleague and friend from Waterside introduced it to me. It’s called Pumpkin Crunch- it’s like an upside down pumpkin pie with a sweet and salty flavour and you don’t have to make a pie crust. Bonus!

Here’s the recipe:

1 package yellow cake mix,16 oz solid pumpkin, 1can evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 1.5 cups sugar, 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 c chopped pecans, 1 c margarine or butter,melted. Combine pumpkin,milk, eggs,sugar, spices and salt- mix well. Pour into 9 x 13 pan . Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted marg/butter. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min or until golden. Cool.Top with whipped cream! 

Here is our dining table all set for dinner!  We had 15 gather for dinner on Monday. So blessed to have family from all sides and special family from New York share a meal together. I got the cute little white pumpkins from the Green Pig Market in Salisbury.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and try out some of these fun and yummy pumpkin recipes.

 

Where it all began – part 8

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.  Our biggest splurge was the faucet I fell in love with. I think it is by Pfister. Mark surprised me with it one day when I didn’t think we could get it. The dresser was the 1st thing I painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint . I wasn’t thinking of documenting everything back then so I don’t have a before picture. I remember not loving it in the beginning. The dresser took 3-4 coats and I had to put a coat of shellac on the sides at one point because the reddish stain was bleeding through. I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. I remember talking to Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile about it but she encouraged me to keep going. In the end it is one of my favourite pieces I have redone. I sanded down the top and used Milk paint in Curio watered down as a stain. I had sealed it with tung oil but after a couple years, something got left on it and there was a large imprint left. I resanded it lightly this year, applied more Curio and sealed with 3 coats of Fusion’s Tough Coat.  So far it is holding up but I treat it very tenderly. ( You can see the before and after  pics below ) Because it was a dresser there was no edge at the back so I just stuck a piece of wood trim I had been keeping and it matched up perfectly as an edge for the back of the vanity sealed in Tough Coat as well.

 

 

I had gotten this IKEA shelf on Kijiji also and painted it up with Fusion Mineral Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Mark also had to do some trimming on it so it would fit beside the sink in the corner of the bathroom. It’s great for holding our bath necessities and towels.

One of the other big jobs in the bathroom was painting the floor. I had seen Melanie at Carte Blanche do a stencil treatment on her floor and wanted to try it here on our concrete floors. I love how it turned out!! It was just Sherwin Williams floor paint, the same  we had used throughout the cottage. I used a large stencil I had bought off Amazon. I went up with the stencil and Chalk paint  onto the bottom of the shower curtain to add a little interest 🙂  That little stool started out very dark and sad and rough looking but cute now to hold your bath essentials or to put your foot on to dry after the shower.

This area is behind the door. For an inexpensive window treatment I took an embroidered pillow case I had collected, put some rings at intervals on the sides, tied some cording through them and through a couple rings on a board at the top that we stapled the pillow case onto.  My own little roman shade. The towel rack was just made out of reclaimed tongue and groove with some neat hangers screwed on that I had gotten at Kent with a spot to write our names on each of them.  I got the cute little washboard from my grandmother and gave it a paint treatment with Milk paint and a little stencil as well.

 

We put up MDF beadboard panels around the lower half of the walls and finished with a couple pieces of plain trim  on top.  We still have a large corner area beside the shower that is targeted for a claw foot or soaking tub but our ideas keep changing about what we might do with the space and possible expansion when we move here full time in a few years. There have also been other things that take our extra money right now so the tub still gets pushed down the list! It will be finished some day!

I hope you liked the tour of the bathroom and that it give you some inspiration as well to get some treasures to paint up for your own place.

Next week we will have some Fall inspired projects! I love decorating for Fall at our house in Moncton. What is your favourite Fall activity?

It’s a sign!

This is a quick little post to show some additions we’ve made to the walls at the cottage lately. I love signs and original wall art and was inspired by some art I  have had for a while and by some new items we just picked up. Of course it involved a little paint but they were all easy to do and anyone can do it!

I have had this beautiful print of a heron by Lucy of Craftberry Bush .com for 2-3 years but wanted to add some interest to the canvas. Layla of The Lettered Cottage had shown an idea on an Instagram post for adding some salvaged wood trim to a standard canvas print and I knew just what to use to do my own. We had some leftover salvaged wood from a school in Norton that we had used in the bathroom and my daughter’s bedroom. It matched the colors in the artwork so I had Mark trim it down and nail it together to put around the canvas. I love it even more now!

The second piece of wall art I embellished was by way of a piece of wood I found at a yard sale in Riverside-Albert a few weeks back. I love pieces that are architectural in nature. They look awesome painted up or embellished. I have some in the cottage that I just left as I found them also with their original paint and/or sand on them!

Here is the original piece:

And here it is with a couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter and sealed with Hemp oil. I then added this little typographical ceramic sign I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton . ( where you can also get the Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral paint). I put it up above the sink and think it looks cute there ! –

Our third wall addition was a piece of art I had been debating about getting for a while. I couldn’t decide which one to get and I’m sure most of you have seen his work by now. These prints are by local graphic artist Eric Goggin  who owns Goggin Signs and Graphics in Salisbury. He has ventured into doing these types of vintage poster prints in the last few years. They are hugely popular for gifts for loved ones to remember their hometowns and places dear to their hearts. You can find all his prints and options for hanging at Destination Art.ca .  I wanted one for ourselves to hang in the cottage. We ended up getting a print of Fundy Park in the stretched canvas format. I wanted to add some depth and interest to it to make it more of an art piece. I painted up some MDF we had leftover with Fusion Mineral paint in Algonquin and Mark again nailed it together for me. It’s hanging in our hallway at the cottage. I hope to add another one of local interest sometime in the future as well ( there has been a request to make one of Grindstone Island – hint hint).

I hope this has inspired you to look at some options for artwork and signs in your own space or to add to what you already have with a little wood and nails and paint!

Cheers to a great week!

 

Bank stories

On our way to the cottage for Labour Day we stopped in to the Old Bank at Riverside-Albert. So many of us have driven right by as we navigate that turn and stay on route 114 or while we are trying to decide to drive straight and go on the scenic route 915. This stately building at the corner in Riverside-Albert has quite a history! It has moved twice since it was built in 1903  When we stopped in on Sunday, we were able to get an account of the place by David Christie who is in charge of the Albert County Heritage Trust foundation which manages this building and the Shipyard Heritage park I featured here on the Harvey Tour. It is run by the Trust foundation with donations and support of the province. There is some help in the summer with students and Mr. Christie doing tours and it also serves as a visitor’s information centre for the area.

Here are some photos of the place Mark took while we were there. I found another great tour of it on another website called My New Brunswick.  They have some great photos as well with a description of the Bank and its story so I won’t repeat it all here. I encourage you to visit their lovely website featuring places all over New Brunswick. I love being able to travel through their eyes to some places I may never see in person but may get you interested in going to visit!

Mr Christie said they painstakingly removed chipping paint off this door to reveal the original lettering that was on here before it became the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1913.

Oh the stories this bank could tell! Even with its slanted floors and peeling wallpaper it is a gem to be preserved and we are thankful for the Albert County Heritage Trust foundation and residents as well as the province of NB who keep it upright for all of us to enjoy. You can make a donation to this worthy organization by sending a tax-deductible donation to their address at 5985 Route 114, Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 2B8 or contacting them at (506) 882-2015 or 882-2100. Their e-mail contact is maryspt@nbnet.nb.ca

Thank you for the stories Mr. Christie and your dedication to preservation of these lovely places in Albert County!

Vacation- brought to you by the letter B

I kind of lost steam last week and didn’t get a post out. It was a mental and physical drain. We just had 5 days in Waterside so my tank is filling up again and I feel like sharing again.  I wanted to share some of the activities we did and funny enough I realized they started with the letter B! See if you can spot the 3 B activities!

I know I shared before about Mary’s Point and Johnson’s Mills being the places to see the migrating sandpipers but this past weekend was prime at Mary’s Point and we ended up going down every day. We watched for 1-3 hours some days. It was fun to not only watch the birds but we got to interact with people we have only known for a little while ( like Beulah Morrissey from Riverside-Albert) and met new people from the area ( like photographer Sybil Wentzell) and from away. It was late in the season to still have the sandpipers here but Denis Doucet ,the interpreter from Parks Canada and the Canada Wildlife Service, said they could just up and be gone any day depending on the weather. He said they are about double the size they arrived at in July and are roosting more so are ready to fly south any day. We enjoyed seeing some other Birds this week too.

Sandpipers in flight ( ~ 40-50,000)

Beautiful Blue Heron flew right by us at Mary’s Point:

A Merlin on an old tree stump in front of our property: He as well as the Peregrine Falcons have been keeping the sandpipers busy the past few weeks as their main enemy.

Piping Plover exploring Waterside Beach at low tide:

Next on the list this week was more Blueberries! I have picked about 20 cups in the past 2 weeks. I used to hate picking as kid and still don’t really enjoy it but I can’t resist them while they are right there for the picking and free! I tried a couple more recipes:  One was called Blueberry Flan. Jennifer from  Simple Local Life and her guest from Wile’s Farm Market were featuring blueberries the other week and mentioned this dish as a popular one at the market. It is on their website here. I didn’t know what to expect with the list of ingredients and no picture but it was just lovely and stayed good for a few days.  I hope you try it!

The second blueberry recipe I tried was a healthier version from Oh She Glows. It was supposed to feature Raspberry Chia jam but since I had just made some Blueberry Chia jam I used it innstead for another night I needed a dessert. It is not very sweet but I love the oatmeal crumble. You can find the original recipe here.

Lastly I got out a new colour of paint I hadn’t used before from Fusion Mineral Paint- Midnight Blue! I found a dresser on the curb and decided to try to use it for my son’s bedroom in his new apartment at UNB. Here is the before: A little scary.

The top seemed to have a laminate on top and was very slick and glossy so I applied Ultra Grip 1st for better adhesion. I sanded the drawers really well- they seemed to be covered with plaster or a chalk based product so they were easy to sand and cover. I covered the sides and top with 2 coats of Midnight blue and 2 light coats of Raw Silk on the drawer fronts. I thought that might be too plain so found a stencil at the cottage that worked perfectly! I also gave this mirror I found at Value Village a quick coat of blue also!

Here is the after of both:

The drawers were a little sticky since it is quite a rough crude construction so I put some furniture wax on the bottoms and we’ll see if that helps them slide a little better.

All in all a fun project to keep me busy and something I could do as prep for school while at the cottage. It was also so therapeutic. The weather was gorgeous and we were thankful to be able to spend that many days in a row down there.

Did you spot all the B activities? I hope you were inspired to see some Birds, Bake with Blueberries or paint with some Blue. Until next time….

 

 

A tour of Harvey

There is a little area called Harvey ( see map here ) just before you get to the marsh before Riverside-Albert on Route 915.  I love this area for its scenery and historic properties. We stopped in the other day to visit with the owners of Florentine Manor who have their property up for sale if anyone is in the market for a beautiful Inn. Mark and I stayed here for our anniversary about 14 years ago.  It is like stepping back in time when you walk in to this impressive Inn that was originally a residence built in the 1870s.  Mary Tingley and her husband Cyril have owned it since 1976 and have run it is an Inn since 1983. Mary grew up in these parts and has been working in the hospitality industry for 51 years between their Inn and a store across the street at Harvey Corner. We loved getting to know some history about the place and her involvement in it. She allowed us to take a few photos the afternoon we visited. You can find out more about the Inn on their webpage here. I wish I was in the market for an Inn- it sounds romantic but I’m sure it is lots of work and sacrifice.

There is another Bed and Breakfast as you turn off route 915 onto Mary’s Point Road. This is the road that takes you on a lovely scenic loop back to route 915 a few kilometres up the road.  This B and B is called Sandpiper’s Rest B and B which looks like a very comfortable place to stay as well. You can find their website here.

As we travel down the road we pass the old Harvey Hall and First Harvey Baptist Church. Continuing on we reach the Shepody Dam and the Anderson Hollow lighthouse that was moved here from a wharf on Waterside beach  many years ago.  There is a little green space here for admiring the view. We used to take the kids here to play on the replica ship and have a picnic. I couldn’t find a picnic table last time we drove by and the replica ship seemed to be falling into the river. I’m not sure who is responsible for the upkeep of this adorable space but hopefully it will stay as a place for visitors and residents to enjoy.  Mark took the most beautiful photos here one day a few years ago. He actually shared this one of the lighthouse in his guest post here.

Just a little ways down the road past some more historic properties we reach Studio on the Marsh– an art gallery dedicated to the works of Lars Larsen and continues to be run by his wife Michelle. She also features other local artists and photographers. We love browsing her studio and picking up a print here and there. We love stopping in during the Christmas open house when she has various discounts going on as well. Check out their Facebook page to see  an event happening on Aug 18th from 3-7 pm where you can meet wildlife artist and photographer Jacqueline Verge .

 

We are almost done our tour!  It ends at the beautiful area called Mary’s Point.We have enjoyed many afternoons and picnics at Mary’s Point over the years with our kids and family. I wondered if it was named after Mary Majka who lived there and  who had a lot to do with preserving this piece of land and the wildlife that visits it. There are numerous credits to Mary’s name throughout the last 50 years including organizations she has founded but alas, it was not named after her. I found this article about her in a Globe and Mail piece and local author Deborah Carr has written a book about her called Sanctuary. Canadian Wildlife Services is working toward getting a new interpretive centre and program going to highlight the area.  A new building is up at the site and we got to enjoy a couple evenings listening to interpreter Denis Doucet’s explanation of the migration of shore birds and lots about nature as well. He is a wealth of information! I will be visiting even more once the new centre is open. They are hoping for a soft opening ( not everything running) maybe this fall. Stay tuned for that! We have so many photos from here but here are a few we picked for this post:

This week will mark 6 months of blogging. I love sharing what we are doing or what I find inspiring in hopes of inspiring you as well. I still have lots to learn. Here’s to the next 6 months! If there is anything you would like to see or learn about let me know!

Thanks for travelling with us on The Road to Waterside!

 

 

In search of the Sandpiper

This past weekend was the Dorchester Sandpiper Festival.  I enticed the family to go in hopes of seeing some sandpipers but also wanted to find a new farm I discovered in Aulac that just started selling homemade ice cream. I think they came along for the ice cream more than the birds :).   I always forget how quick it is to get to Dorchester on the highway and what a quaint town it is with all its historic properties. We went all the way to Johnson’s Mills Nature Conservancy Site first to see if there were any sandpipers visiting. This is a popular spot for them to feed on their way from the Arctic to South America. We were there at high tide which is usually when the birds are in roosting but the interpreters informed us there were peregrine falcons in the area scaring them away. We actually did see 1 or 2 falcons flying in the bay and then saw 2 or 3 flying over the site when we were driving away as well.  We only saw a very small band of sandpipers out on the bay but have been there in the past when there were thousands on the beach. You just never know what you’ll see on a certain day. Another spot we love to find them is at Mary’s Point near our cottage. Here are a couple photos from 2011 when we visited and saw lots of birds. Photo credit to Mark Nicolle

In Dorchester, we stopped for a minute to check out Shepody House which is one of the new homes for Parkindale Productions to host live musical events and it is available to for events and weddings. There was a band tuning up getting ready to play as part of the Festival. I loved the view from there and the school house lights inside! Then we had to stop at the old Bell Inn- Mark took me here for supper when I was going to Mt A our 1st year of dating. I guess I had better memories of the meal than he did  ( probably because he was paying :)). It is now host to a sewing and quilt shop called “natshi designs” who  are hoping to be able to open a cafe as well on site.

We made it just in time to see the Dorchester Art Society’s 2nd art exhibit as they were packing up. So many people displaying their beautiful creations. We stopped and talked to Donna Sullivan from Sackville about her art and her inspiration for painting. She says she had always dabbled in the arts but didn’t get serious with it until she retired. I just loved her work using different mediums! Here is her gallery wall set up:

 

We next headed down the highway in search of ice cream in Aulac at Trueman Blueberry Farms. They are more than just blueberries!! They have introduced homemade ice cream this summer and their raspberries are at their prime this week for their 2nd year of picking.  They also sell honey, blueberries, fresh bread and I see a u-pick pumpkin patch on their sign. They are gearing up for a sunflower maze and a Great Bee Escape adventure course later this summer. I love seeing family farms getting involved in these great endeavours and seeing a dream realized. We will be back for more! I have a dream of growing pumpkins but I don’t think the weather in Waterside will allow that!

A true Killam- spoon ready to try that ice cream!

 

Since we were in the neighbourhood and had just bought a National Park Discovery Pass, we stopped in to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland. Mark always jokes that our families could have fought on this land may years ago. Glad we get along now :). We only had 5 min to breeze through the exhibit but had fun exploring the site outdoors and taking some pictures. They have tents set up inside the Fort that you can book for an overnight stay! The kids were so little last time we visited here! It is another place we have to come back and visit. Only a 30-40 min drive from home. Lots of treasures to be discovered in our own province! Here are a couple photos from 2010 and then  from this weekend! My how some kids have changed 🙂

 

We hope you enjoyed this trip and that it inspires you to explore some of the beauty around you!

Here is one last photo for you to see if you can find the sandpiper 🙂

P.S.  You should now be able to click on a photo to look at it in larger format.

Road trip- The Sunrise Trail

On Sunday we finally got back to the Northeastern shore of Nova Scotia. My daughter and I loved getting to the Seafoam Lavender farm last year and wanted to go again . We took my niece from NY as well while she was here visiting. I said last time that this trip should be done over 2 days and I feel it again this year that we should have taken 2 days. There is just so much to see!

Our 1st planned stop was an Antique shop I like in Great Village but I hadn’t checked the time it was open on Sundays so we were there too early. We didn’t have time in our schedule to wait so off we went to our next stop which was the Tipperary Cafe in Tatamagouche for brunch. They are known for their butter tarts but the baker was off so we didn’t get to have one this time but the rest of the food was delicious!

Our second stop was to the Lismore Sheep Farm in River John. I love this farm! One reason I also wanted to go on Sunday was to experience their Sunday market and it was also their annual Sheep and Wool Day- there was sheep shearing, angora rabbits and lovely crafts people showing their wares as well as food trucks and farm goods. You can check a video clip of the sheep shearing on my Facebook page.

Next stop was the Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam. Dave the owner was very welcoming and gracious. The farm is situated on some lovely landscaped grounds with a new shelter to enjoy your picnic in the shade. Pets are not allowed on the grounds but they have a sheltered pet parking area. The annual Lavender festival was the weekend before but the lavender hadn’t quite hit their peak so we waited until this weekend to go so picking was at its best.  It wasn’t too busy so we got to park in a great spot and get right to picking our lavender ( after a 10 min rain shower).  We each got a small bundle to take home and dry. A 1 inch bundle is $5 + tax.  They were just at their prime- it is better to pick when they are still in bud form for drying purposes.  They are drying upside down in the dark right now- it will take about 1 week for them to dry.

 

 

Next we ventured back up the road in River John to visit the lovely Mabel Murple book shop owned by the author herself, Sheree Fitch. I have to admit I never read her books but I was intrigued to see this unique spot she has created for people and fans of her work to enjoy. She also has a lovely picturesque spot in the country with some farm animals, old apple trees and a unique indie book store situated right in the middle. As you can see there is lots of purple to match her main character Mabel! She has created a wonderful spot to dream and spend some time reading or relaxing. What a great job you have done Sheree!

From here we weren’t sure where to go. The girls were tired, it was hot and we were getting hungry.  After looking at the map, we decided to head back up the shore towards home and try to stop somewhere along the way to eat.  We stopped in Wallace and was going to try Whirligigs but it was just switching their kitchen for the supper hours and the menu was just a little out of our price range so went up to the family style restaurant called McMahons that advertised they were the home of the lobster burger. I didn’t feel like too much so decided to get their famous burger. It was surprisingly very good- I would have liked a homemade bun versus a standard hamburger bun but it was still good! The views out the window and deck were lovely.

Our last stop along the shore was in Pugwash. I had always heard of Pugwash and was intrigued to finally see this town last year. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it.  We discovered this little stretch of road that seems to hold a lot of history. I saw this old house called the Thinkers Lodge this year at the end of the road. You can see just the edge of it in the photo below. What I didn’t know until today is that it is available for tours and booking along with this other building I peeked into called the Lobster Factory. The perfect place for a wedding or conference!

Peek-A-Boo!

Well that concludes our tour of some of the Northeastern shore of NS. I still need to get all the way to Pictou and around the Amherst shore. Perhaps next year! If anyone knows of a lovely place we should or could stay overnight let us know!!

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Day Celebrations

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.