Waterside neighbours

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry fields and Shepody River

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!

Cheers to another week!

 

 

Room makeover part 2

Good evening everyone!  We almost didn’t have a post for this week. I was feeling kind of down and uninspired but did have a goal to get my daughter’s room makeover documented. My sweet husband got some photos done today so here we are again on a Wednesday night with something to share with you.  I really love how her room came together with some things we found- she loves succulents so we included some accessories as we found them and she found some cute hedgehog accessories that she ended up including in the room as a recurring theme also. She is in the process of doing a little cross stitch with a hedgehog which will be really cute to add to her room. It all started with just getting rid of the yellow walls and having a nice white canvas. My daughter wanted a calm, relaxing feel in her room.

If you remember some of the pieces from a previous post like her bed and side table were a creamy off white colour  but now they are a beautiful white- all paint used for the furniture and signs is Annie Sloan Chalk paint that I get from Carte Blanche in Dieppe. They have a new shop I think I mentioned before right across from the market.

The pink is a custom colour of 2 parts Old White and 1 part Antoinette. This dresser has been around since my son was born- I just keep painting the front panels and changing the hardware 🙂 ,that we got from Kent. The laundry basket, hedgehog doorstop and clock are from Kent as well! The world map is from Carte Blanche – they carry beautiful artistic papers that also come with hanging hardware if you want. I love them for simple , affordable artwork.

We picked up the bookcase at IKEA for only $55 and the reading lamp for only $16.99. The desk is the same desk I had in my room growing up with the last paint finish still on it that my dad did years ago!! The chair was ordered online from Wayfair- on sale it was the cheapest I could find for the type of chair my daughter wanted. She wanted to be able to curl up and read. The sweet quilt was a yard sale find and matches her colours perfectly.

You can see the Love sign and shelf we cobbled together with pieces we had  laying around all refreshed with some Annie Sloan chalk paint as well. And Rebecca made those curtains herself!

We then got some new bedding – duvet and duvet cover set from IKEA, pink pillow covers and pillows from IKEA which were the inspiration for the pink she chose throughout the room, and succulent pillow from HomeSense. The pink throw we found for like $6.99 at Giant Tiger! I painted a simple sign on a piece of MDF I found at the ReStore shop- a few words from a Bible verse I had dedicated to her when she was born- Psalm 139:14- fearfully and wonderfully made.

Her other wish was for some fairy lights ( you can still see her love for Tinker Bell scattered throughout the room :). We found some on Amazon and they do create such a calming, dreamlike atmosphere.  I love the little hedgehog night light (also from IKEA).

Well sweet dreams folks. Thanks for reading and following along. I hope this inspired you to refresh some things in your home with just the use of paint as well! I hope to have a future post of a visit to the Lavender fields in Seafoam, NS next week and a visit to one of our local businesses on the Road to Waterside in the next couple weeks as well. My son the Computer Science student is helping me make the blog look a little nicer so hopefully you will see some nice additions in the coming weeks!

Stay tuned!!

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Where it all began- part 7

This week we are at the cottage so I thought I would share the last bedroom with you. It is also our daughter’s room who is  celebrating her 16th birthday this week! We are hoping to have a little Canada Day open house on Sunday so trying to do some projects for that also while we are there.

Rebecca had 2 wishes for her room- she wanted a loft bed and a hanging chair. We thought and looked at a lot of other people’s loft beds but in the end, the spot wasn’t quite right and we thought it really wouldn’t see her through to adulthood! We did manage to get her a hanging chair. It is a favourite seat for everyone. Some have even been found to be napping in it 🙂

The bed we built for her is raised up off the floor enough for us to store an extra cot for guests and functions more like a day bed. We took some salvaged boards that already had the right shades of blue/green from an old school near Norton  and used it as the “headboard” on the long side of the bed and to act as a back rest. Here are some construction photos:

Here are some photos of her bed all styled. We added some decorative lights which give a nice mood in the evening or on foggy days. Lots of comfy pillows encourage relaxation during the day. We recycled some curtains and curtain rings ,fused on some cute banner accents at the top and added some panels for length at the bottom. Notice what we used for the curtain rod! 🙂 We painted shelves with milk paint for display and as a clothes hangers. We found some salvaged hymnal holders from the Renovator’s Resource store in  Halifax to use as book holders. Driftwood and hooks made for a quick coat hanger as well. Her dresser was a $5 or $10 find on Kijiji that got a facelift with Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

 

 

I love the magnetic board I found at a yard sale. Rebecca glued shells and driftwood to magnets to display some of her artwork on it. Some hoop art and more upcycled objects completed her room. It was so much fun to create this room. It has a lovely summery beachy vibe to it.

 

We are spending the rest of this week celebrating Rebecca’s birthday and getting ready for Canada Day. How are you celebrating Canada Day? Remember Fundy Park will have free admission and there are lots of activities planned at the Albert County Museum and Hopewell Rocks is open as well!

We wanted to let you know we had a special feature in a local newsletter here called Connecting Albert County. It is a special publication this summer featuring water and the Bay of Fundy as the object. We put in our story about Waterside. You can check it out here and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for lots of interesting stories from the Albert County area and a calendar of monthly events as well. http://connectingalbertcounty.org

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!! Happy Canada Day!

 

 

A summer refresh

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.

 

I rented a stencil from Front Porch Mercantile that I remembered seeing on Muddaritaville’s site which you can look for here :https://muddaritavillestudio.com/

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.

Happy Summer!

A man and his camera

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!