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!
Exciting news for locals and tourists alike, especially all you bird watchers! If you were down to Mary’s Point last summer, you would have noticed a new building that was erected beside the old interpretive building. This new Shorebird Discovery Centre is beautifully situated to take in the expanse that is the Shepody Natural Wildlife Area (NWA). The Shepody NWA includes Mary’s Point, New Horton and Germantown Marsh. We were excited to see it and even more excited to hear it would be opening in 2019. We headed down there this past weekend and was pleased to see one of the interpreter’s we had met last year, Denis Doucet, and his team settling in to the centre and getting ready for the grand opening which is happening July 16th at 1 pm.
Hi folks! Well, it’s been more than a minute since I’ve seen this screen and typed anything more than hello. I almost didn’t remember how to find my blog page but here we are and hopefully back for some more inspirational, creative and adventurous posts. I had been away from the blog for most of this spring due to my mega studying schedule related to writing an exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator at the end of May. I am happy and proud to say I got the official paperwork just today and it is official- I PASSED!!! I can’t believe it!! There were quite a few questions on the exam that I wasn’t sure about but there were many I was sure about so I’m glad the sure ones were the important ones! Besides the other certification I hold from the American College of Sports Medicine which I got in 2009, this was one of the hardest things I had done that required so much determination and focus and memory- not easy for this old brain. My family and colleagues were a great support and I couldn’t have gotten through this winter and spring without them. I did have to sacrifice being on social media, putting my creative efforts to the side and neglecting a lot of things ( like my house and my weight ) but I am glad I did it. It is something that has been on my goal list for the past 5 years.
I want this to be an encouragement to you that if you have a dream or a goal, sometimes you have to seize the right moment and make it happen because no one else is going to do it for you.You have to believe in yourself and your ability. I am thankful that even despite my tendency to see the glass half empty or to think on the negative side at first, I do have a spirit of determination and competitiveness and a fear of failure. I think it is partly my first born nature that gives me the drive to improve, set goals and achieve them but it is also the hope of Christ that keeps me going on days I don’t want to do the hard things. We just keep pressing on toward that mark that God has called us to.
My spirit of determination started at a young age. This little girl and her dad had to have some heart to heart talks when this old body cast came off. This little girl was stubborn and did not want to learn to use her crutches at first. Somehow something sparked and off she went to her first day of school with her crutches, lunch pail and school bag. She hasn’t stopped dreaming and moving forward since then!
I think that time in my early life really did help me start off with that sense of accomplishment and success that would help me throughout my life when other challenges came along. I remember the time when I started swimming lessons soon after this and didn’t pass the 1st level- I didn’t give up and ended up teaching swimming lessons throughout high school and university. It took me at least 2 times to pass my National LIfeguard exam but I eventually got it and ended up working at Magic Mountain and Fundy Park. Thankfully the only person I ever had to rescue was my nephew in a river in New Hampshire a few years ago.
My other big accomplishment I felt the most proud of was getting in to physio school. Back in 1991 when I applied, you only needed 1 year of a Science degree to apply but you had to have good marks and they only took I think 18 students from New Brunswick. When I heard other students losing their scholarships in the 1st year of unversity which I had not been successful at earning , I was determined to get in to physio school and I did ( even while dating my new boyfriend who became my husband- he was a good motivator 🙂 ) .
Doing this exam and and having other milestones happen this spring- like 25 years of service at the hospital and 25 years of marriage, has just made me reflect on all that a person can accomplish in a lifetime when they are consistent and work hard with the Lord’s help and guidance along the way as well. Here’s to many more milestones ahead with dreams and goals to pursue. I say it to my patients and I encourage us all to never give up!! You never know what you can accomplish. I hope you’ll stick around this summer as we get more posts up and going to inspire you to dream and create as well.
Hello and Happy Spring! It feels strange to be opening up this blog and writing again. I have been focused on the books for the past few weeks and have missed sharing with all of you. My study time is nearing the end – only a few weeks to go. Whether I pass or not at least I have learned a lot! I did take a few hours this past week to work on a few Easter creations. You know by now that I love to decorate for the seasons and holidays so this was a good distraction.
When I picked up a couple wooden bunnies at the Habitat Restore for Farm Fresh Style’s thrifting challenge a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to create some bunny themed items for Easter. I also had this cute little child’s rocking chair my dear friend wanted me to paint so I thought they would go well together.
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.
As of this evening it is officially SPRING!!! We made it through another winter. Congratulations if you don’t like winter! That would include me but getting down to Waterside the couple times we did this winter instilled a desire to try to do more outside despite the winter weather. Anyway, enough of winter. Time to think of Spring which a lot of you have ,after being at the Seedy Saturday a couple weeks ago. When I think of Spring, I think of new craft projects and home decor ideas.
I was inspired by Lori at Farm Fresh Style to get in on a thrift store challenge this winter. When I go to a thrift store I am always drawn to wooden objects because they paint up so nice with milk paint. One of the things I picked up at the Restore in Moncton was an old cutting board. Here was the loot I picked up that day for around $20. ( You may see the bunnies appear later in Spring )
Are you getting spring fever yet? I feel a definite change in the air and temperature in the past week. A sure sign of spring the past couple of years is when Foods of the Fundy Valley hosts their Seedy Saturday event. It is an event that gets everyone in the mood for looking at or finding the perfect seeds for that perfect flower or vegetable they want to grow. “This free event includes seed sellers, garden related local businesses and organizations and a seed swap table along with workshops throughout the day”. We were able to get down to it this past Saturday and also attended last year when it was in the high school in Hillsborough. You can see my post here from last year– I featured Farmer Brown who was back again this year for another workshop and plant offerings. This year it was held in the old Baptist Church that houses Oliver’s German Bakery – featured here– and is the site of the Hillsborough Farmer’s market in the summer. Cochrane Family Farms was back as well as Rainbow Seeds, Fundy Farms, Mapple Farms and many others. There were also a few crafters and artisans. I got to meet Jim and Ruth -Ann who create pottery from Fundy mud ( Jim’s art-find his site here) and beautiful linocut prints ( Ruth- Ann – has a lovely site here ), You can usually find their smiling faces and booth at the weekly Farmer’s Market or you might spy their work in some of the shops along the Road to Waterside!
One the things people look forward to is the fabulous soup bar put on by the Foods of the Fundy Valley as well. You can see there was a great turn out this year with lots of people enjoying the fares and wares.
This was one of the many workshops people could attend throughout the day- another highlight!
Lastly I want to give a shout out to Foods of the Fundy Valley who not only offer this event for free but also do so much more in the community.”They incorporated in October 2010 as a non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster an environment that promotes the production and consumption of local foods and local goods in the Albert County Area .” They support and run the Hillsborough Farmer’s Market, the Community Food Smart program, and the Community Garden at Forestdale Nursing Home They also offer workshops throughout the year at a nominal or volunary costs, They support educational programs at some of the local schools. They also have a beautiful logo that identifies businesses who are using locally grown or made products. Make sure you look for it and support our local producers and businesses! You can find out more about their various programs on their website and also become a member if you are passionate about food and community for only $5 per year.
I wish you many happy planting dreams as we look forward to the next few weeks as we start to see new life starting to bloom.
What a pleasure it is feature this next business and artist to you. When asked how he would describe what he does, Curtis Dionne identifies himself as an artist first. He has been honing his skill of blown glass for the last 15+ years including the 5 years he spent as an apprentice learning and practising his trade out west. Curtis has lived all over Canada but has settled with his partner Charlotte and kids in the beautiful Albert County countryside by the coast in New Horton. It is fitting that Curtis’ property borders one of the Nature Conservancy sites we featured last week on the blog at Two Rivers. This is where his studio shop is located which houses the handmade furnace he built brick by brick over a 3 year span.
If you travel down the 915, you will find Curtis’ property with a unique building on it that you can see from this photo. It is called an octahedrone.
We had the pleasure of getting down for the Lands and Trails meeting in Riverside-Albert Tuesday night hosted by the Southeast Regional Service Commission, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. This is a follow-up to the post I wrote just a couple weeks ago about the plans for a 150 km trail from Fundy park to Shediac that I heard about from Marc Leger, the Trails coordinator for the Southeast Regional Service Commission during Riverview’s Winter Carnival. The meeting this week was an opportunity to hear more about how all the “Nature” organizations can work together conserving, protecting and using the land in a sustainable, enjoyable way in concert with development and marketing of this new Trail.
Hi everyone! This is my first post of year two. Wow, thank you to all those who entered our one year giveaway. I will try to do more of those over the coming months. You can always subscribe to my mailing list anytime to get more personalized information, photos and behind the scenes updates of what is going on at The Road to Waterside .
We ventured down the road again this past weekend to this cute spot:
Nestled on the side of the road and sometimes behind a sunflower jungle, you will find the sweet Cinnamon Soul Cafe on Main St in Hillsborough. We have stopped in here once before for a meal and a few times for coffee and one of their famous cinnamon rolls. I wanted to check them out again for the blog and introduce you to them. What a better time to visit than for a Valentine’s date. We stopped by on Friday evening last week right after work. It was a great time to go because we wanted to skip the crowd that was sure to hit during the Albert County Winter Carnival!
(photo from their Facebook page)
The first thing that strikes you about the Cafe is the pop of colour on the red roof outside. They updated the outside a few years ago. It makes a striking view from the road. Great curb appeal! Then there are the blues you encounter from the outside to the inside. It is very welcoming and calming inside with the hints of coastal blues, wooden beams and planked ceilings. The cafe also serves as an art gallery for the owner Heather’s hand thrown pottery. I got to browse a little while we waited for our meal.