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Stovies Recipe

In Recipes on April 28, 2009 at 11:05 am
stovies

stovies

Stovies = a traditional Scottish dish made with leftovers from the Sunday roast! Quick, easy and delicious. Although cleaning the pan after-wards isn’t that much fun..

Let me start with a confession, I don’t make stovies the ‘traditional’ way. Like everything else that comes out of my kitchen, they are made to my own unique recipe. However, (without sounding big headed) they taste pretty damn good.

What you’ll need:
*a large saucepan with lid
*oil (olive or vegetable)\
*1 large onion
*8-10 large potatoes
*1 pint of beef stock
*left over gravy
*left over meat
*beetroot and oatcakes to serve

1) Chop an onion into fairly small pieces and soften in some oil

Onion

Onion

2)Peel and then slice 8-10 potatoes (no hard and fast rule, the more potatoes, the more stovies you’ll end up with) into rounds

Tatties

Tatties

3)Add potatoes into the pan with the onions. Stir and remove from the heat. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Canoe – Part 1

In My day to day on April 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Well I bet you’ve all been wondering what we did with the money you gave us for our wedding; 1)We went on honeymoon, 2)We moved to Canada and 3) We bought a canoe!

Since we arrived in Nova Scotia in October we’ve been looking out for a canoe. We’ve looked everywhere and quickly became depressed when we realized that a new canoe was a lot more expensive than we had anticipated. Time for Plan B – http://www.kijiji.ca, Canada’s answer to pretty much everything (second hand equipment and furnishings – boats – cars – house rentals – the list is endless). Still we had no luck! Plan C – go for a walk around your local town and look in people’s gardens.

We (well actually, Cameron’s parents) spotted a canoe in the garden of a gentleman that lives at the top of our road. It looked good but rather in need of some TLC. We simply asked him if he could consider selling it, he replied ‘make me an offer’, we did and the canoe was ours.

As mentioned before it was in need of some work, so we got to it. We carried the canoe home and placed it in our garden…

Original Canoe

Original Canoe

Step one – a trip to the hardware store for some sand paper!

Step Two – sand it!

Half n Half - Sanded

Half n Half - Sanded

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Frost Heaving

In My day to day on April 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

It may sound like a nasty disease but do not fear. Frost heaving (or frost heave) is the process by which the freezing of water-saturated soil causes the deformation and upward thrust of the ground surface.

example 2

example 2

example 2

example 2

As the ground surface is thrust upwards this in turn has an affect on trees, plants, driveways, house foundations and other similar structures.

So what actually is happening…
As the mean air temperature drops in the fall of the year, the surface of the ground will freeze. With the lower air temperatures of approaching winter, the freezing plane slowly penetrates the soil. In a fine-grained moist soil a peculiar phenomenon occurs. At the freezing plane, the water in the soil turns to ice. This is, in effect, a drying action and water in the unfrozen soil beneath moves toward the freezing plane in the same way that water will move from moist soil to dry soil. This water, on reaching the freezing plane, is able to flow through and around the soil particles there and to join the ice crystals above, thus adding to the growth of a lens or layer of pure ice. Pressure is developed so that the ice and soil above it are lifted.

All I really know is that a lot of the roads around these parts are not all that much fun to drive on at the moment. However, as things gradually keep warming up the roads supposedly even out again (well at least until next winter).

Swimmer’s Itch

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 at 11:00 am
Notice

Notice

Recently Cameron and I were having a discussion about swimming in the sea. As you all know Canada borders the Atlantic and it takes a bloody lot of sunshine to warm it’s water up. Conclusion: reserve swimming for the lakes.

Well that was until we stumbled across the above notice. Swimmer’s itch, duck itch or cercarial dermatitis (for all you geeks out there) is is a short-term, immune reaction occurring in the skin of humans that have been infected by water-borne trematode parasites.

The trematodes that cause swimmer’s itch are parasitic schistosomes that use both snails and vertebrates as hosts in their life cycles. Most cases are caused by parasites that use waterfowl as the vertebrate host. These avian schistosomes cannot complete their life cycles in mammals, but can accidentally infect humans, giving rise to mildly itchy spots on the skin. Within hours, these spots become raised papules (a circumscribed, solid elevation of skin with no visible fluid, varying in size from a pinhead to 1 cm) that are more intensely itchy. The papules are caused by localized inflammatory immune reactions, each corresponding to the penetration site of a single parasite, which dies in the skin within hours.

The good news: it’s perfectly harmless so long as you don’t scratch too much and cause any secondary infection. Symptoms usually disappear within a week.

Just the thought of it is making me itch, I’m off out to buy some calamine lotion…

Easter Celebrations

In Sites and Sounds on April 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

Easter is a BIG thing in Canadian, which is fine as it meant a holiday weekend for us. It also meant that almost EVERYWHERE (the mall, local shops and even the big supermarkets) was closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. On the Saturday we risked going to one of the larger superstores for some groceries and only just made it out a live!

We celebrated Good Friday with a trip to the Happy Cooker (which was still open!) for breakfast – bacon, eggs, home fries (fried potatoes), toast and coffee! Feeling rather full we headed to Mush-a-Mush lake for a walk. If you look through my previous blog posts you will see the lake in the snow. It’s looking quite different now it’s spring time…

The lake

The lake

Isn’t it beautiful. It has been fantastic watching the lakes freeze-up and the slowly turn back from solid white to vivid blue. It’s not much wonder everyone here paints.

We strolled around the lake and enjoyed the warmth and sunshine..

Us

Us

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Rusting Warship HMCS Fraser

In Sites and Sounds on April 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

Nice house, water-front view and then this…

warship

warship

..you wouldn’t be happy. The above is the HMCS Fraser, a decommissioned warship that currently resides at Bridgewater (our local shopping town).

Location

The Artificial Reef Society of Nova Scotia, which also owns the Port of Bridgewater, bought the ship — the last of the St. Laurent-class destroyers — from the federal government for $1 in 1998 with plans to turn it into a floating museum. However, these plans never came about.

The HMCS Fraser has now been transferred back into the care of the Department of Defense and awaits one of three possible fates; 1) sink her to create an artificial reef, 2) scrap her, or 3) move her to preserve her for heritage purposes.

One things for sure, I bet the people of Bridgewater will be glad to see the last of this rusting warship!

Sink or swim?

Sink or swim?

Update…

In My day to day on April 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I thought I’d treat you all to a little up date of life in Nova Scotia.

It’s now April (the Easter bunny comes next weekend) and we’ve now been in Canada for 6 whole months! Scary how the time passes.

I’m still waiting on my visa, not working, staying home reading endless nursing material and making cakes. Oh and now I’ve got a new hobby..

xbox 360

xbox 360

Although the picture says it all… I hardly ever get to play and when I do I’m only told I’m doing it wrong (‘cos you’re a girl’) huh!

We’ve also made a few news friends – our own age – which is nice and in turn they are introducing us to other people. Read the rest of this entry »

Cure for the Common Cold

In My day to day on April 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Well it’s that time of year again when the nights stay brighter for longer and we start to see a little more of the sun. But as per usual, along with the change in weather comes a different type of ‘cold’.

JOKE: A CURE FOR THE COMMON COLD
Miss Bee was in her 80s, and much admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. The pastor came to call on her one afternoon early in spring, and she welcomed him into her Victorian parlor.

She invited him to have a seat while she prepared a little tea. As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young priest noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of the organ, filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom. Imagine his shock and surprise. Imagine his curiosity!

Surely Miss Bee had flipped . . . or something! But he certainly couldn’t mention the strange sight in her parlor.

When she returned with tea and cookies, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him, and he could resist no longer.

“Miss Bee,” he said, pointing to the bowl, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?”

“Oh yes,” she replied. “Isn’t that wonderful? I was walking downtown last fall, and I found this little package. It said to put it on your organ and keep it wet, and it would prevent disease. And you know, I think it’s working! I haven’t had a cold all winter.”

Traditional Cold Remedies

Traditional Cold Remedies

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