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Our Wood Home: May 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

mother daughter road trip!

Back in 2009 my mom asked me if I'd like to take a road trip across Canada's East Coast.  My first thought was I don't want to be away from my boyfriend for that long! and my second thought was YES (my boyfriend was David and we were used to seeing each other every day at school).

We planned for our trip to last from May 28-June 5, but that's where the planning ended.  We packed our suitcases, filled a cooler with food, got a guidebook at our local CAA office and off we went.  We didn't figure out our route until we were on the road and we navigated by paper map (we had a GPS but my mom refused to use it at first!).  On the first day we drove from Ontario to Northern Quebec and stayed at a hotel that we found in the CAA book; all hotels and restaurants listed offered members a discount.  Using our guidebook for reference we planned out each day's stops the night before.  

Here are some of the places we went (I think they may be out of order because I'm trying to decipher my mom's notes in our travel journal):
  1. Montreal
  2. Quebec City
  3. Grande Falls
  4. Florenceville
  5. New Denmark
  6. Peirth-Andover
  7. Hartland
  8. Nakawic
  9. Woodstock
  10. Fredericton
  11. St. John
  12. St. Martin
  13. Wood Islands
  14. Eldon
  15. Charlottetown
  16. North Chelton
  17. Summerside
  18. Cavendish
  19. Truro
  20. Halifax
  21. Peggy's Cove
  22. Stellarton
  23. Picto
  24. Moncton
  25. Dieppe
  26. Hopewell Cape
  27. Shediac
first hotel we stayed in

Grande Falls

Florenceville: where McCain makes their fries! You could smell the french fries all the way on the highway

my mom mailing a post card from Florenceville.  the next picture is her with the covered bridge shown on the postcard

me in Woodstock

world's largest axe to symblozie the importance of the forestry industry in Nackawik, New Brunswick

In Fredericton 

my mom in Fredericton

the Caves at St. Martin, New Brunswick

inside the caves...they are huge!

standing at the coast line in New Brunswick and looking across to spot Nova Scotia

it was soooo sunny that day!  pretty much every other day as either cold or rainy.

Hopewell Rocks/Flowerpot Rocks. you can walk during low tide, and when high tide hits the rocks look like giant flowerpots with the trees poking out. it was VERY windy!

Shediac: world's largest lobster

my dad's mom is from Nova Scotia so we made sure to get her lots of souvenirs!

Peggy's Cove is so beautiful. I'd love to live here one day.

seaside town of Peggy's Cove

boarding the 2 hour ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island

we made it to PEI! by far my favourite maritime province

look at that red sand!

and the red soil!  I brought some home in  jar :)

we found a tiny community named Eldon, which is also my dad's name!

Christina: friend to all cats :)

at Cow's ice cream in Charlottetown

a stranger asked if we waned him to take our picture and I was SO nervous he'd steal my camera! clearly, I overreacted.

standing in front of Confederation Bridge, which we later drove across.

I mentioned before we used CAA discounts wherever possible and that saved us a ton of money.  We also filled our cooler with food from the grocery store like yogurt, muffins and fruit so we could eat breakfast and lunch on the road instead of stopping for 3 meals a day.  When it came time to look for dinner we either ate at a place CAA recommended or asked the hotel manager to suggest a place.

We travelled before tourist season so there were no crowds anywhere. And we visited free attractions too! Since we went out of season, there were some touristy things that were closed, and we couldn't go on any guided tours, but we still had fun because we could pick and choose what to see. We also asked around for suggestions from people at the post office, grocery store and info centers.

 We had some snags on the trip...we got lost in old Montreal and finally used the GPS, during a huge rainstorm my mom's wipers stopped working and we had to drive super slowly with my head out the window for navigating us to the nearest garage, some of the hotel owners were a little creepy, we could only find seafood restaurants and my face broke out so badly thanks to eating so much greasy food. But it was a great trip!  We saw moose, I stuck my feet in the ocean, saw famous landmarks, visited where my grandmother grew up and finally got out of Ontario.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

reasons why summer is awesome

We have been having such great weather over the last few weeks!  May feels like summer, which is a nice change from the bitterly cold winter we had.

Here are some reasons why summer is awesome!

summer dresses

blooming flowers
"adult beverages" such as Coke mixed with cinnamon vodka

homemade BBQ'd burgers

spending lazy afternoons on the deck

beaver tails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

outdoor concerts

weekends at the lake

the view from my in law's cottage

hanging laundry (at cat toys) out to dry

growing our own veggies
But the ABSOLUTE best thing about summer? The lack of snow!

Are you a summer or winter person? Fall is my favourite season (it's my birthday, I loved the first day back at school when I was little, the leaves are pretty and we got married in fall!) but I do enjoy all the hot and sunny weather of summer. You will never hear me complain it's too hot out!


Monday, May 26, 2014

weekend recap: May 23-25

On Friday David and I decided to eat dinner out and see a movie.  It was one of those days where I feel so unmotivated to do anything, especially cook.  We ate at a local burger place (I had a pulled pork sammie...mmm!) and saw Blended in the theater. It was a nice, relaxing night out for us.

On Saturday the yard work began!  Our house in on 1 acre, so it seems like there is always stuff to do. After having problems with our lawn tractor David decided to use the gas powered lawn mower instead and it actually takes his less time to do the grass with it.  Afterwards he went to help his dad with some yard work.

Unfortunately, this is what happens on super hot days when you use expired sunblock.

Thankfully we have an aloe vera plant that works wonders on sunburns. I still think the gel inside the leaves smells like bad BO.

Also on Saturday: our cat Venelope (who I often refer to on this blog as Vinnie) discovered a chipmunk for the first time.  This little guy had been sneaking bird seed from a bag we left on the deck.  Venelope went nuts and actually head butt the screen trying to catch the chippy.  We put a piece of wood in the screen to hold it shut.

We had our first BBQ of the season on Saturday and cooked burgers as well as potatoes.  I used freshly picked chives from our yard on the potatoes.  They grow all over our yard and have a little purple flower.

On Sunday David's dad came over to help with some yard work that I'm not good at (such as digging holes in very rocky soil, hauling around wheel barrow's full of dirt...).  One of the tasks they did was install a window well around our wood stove pipe.  The stove is in the basement and the well is necessary so the pipe can be inspected and cleaned easily.  If we didn't put the well in we'd either have a giant hole in the ground forever, or it could be filled and re-dug every time we needed to check the pipe.  I was expecting it too look bad with a giant metal window well poking out, but it isn't very noticeable at all! Plus, there is a garden right next to it, so the flowers will further distract from the metal.

While making the window well hole a little bigger, David found this homemade..spork (?) in the ground. Seriously, the people who built this house and those that lived here before us were so weird!

Our veggie garden was also expanded so it's now double it's original size.  We get heirloom tomato plants from someone David knows and we are planning to save some of the seeds so we can grow our own from scratch next year.  The garden is now 10 x 20 feet and sits in our front yard.  To the left of the garden is our little "orchard" with some apple, cherry and peach trees.

While the men were doing more physically demanding work I was leveling a patch of grass/dirt by one of the gardens. I also weeded and built up the rock retaining walls.  This garden is under our living room window.  I'm so glad things are actually blooming this year! Last spring I ripped out everything that the previous owners had planted (mangy cedar bushes and a terrible spreading plant) and decided to start fresh with new plants.  The garden looked so sad and bald because the plants were small and spaced apart but they all came back bigger this year. I added some bleeding hearts which look so nice in bloom! you may be able to see the patch of grass and dirt I leveled out in the top right corner of the picture.  It was considerable higher than the yard and garden!

Our weekend was busy but fun.  We relaxed yesterday by having another BBQ and watching some shows on Netflix.

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