Louise Queen

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Our New Home

In My day to day on July 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

As I am sure you are all aware by now we have finally purchased a house. It’s in a small community about 35 minutes drive from Lunenburg, called New Germany.

Map

New Germany has an approximate population of 500 people. We also have a grocery store, elementary and high schools, gas station, the all important liquor store and a few other bits and pieces including Guppy’s restaurant (more on that later). New Germany even has it’s very own website:

Website

Here is a picture of our new house. It’s small but very cute with lovely maple trees in the front garden (we’re thinking of starting our own maple syrup company)

The first weekend we got the keys we were busy painting the inside – sorry I still have to take some pictures. However, here are a few of the garden!

Cameron doing the hard work of digging up all the weeds in preparation for some new plants:

Before

Before

A trip to the garden center and we soon had it looking pretty:

After

After

The next job was to get rid of the horrible old flag stone and replace it with chipped rock. Guess who that job fell too (I like demolishing things):

Not a very flattering picture but I wanted to prove that I was working hard too!

Next we got the pressure washer out and cleaned up the front of the house and the steps. What a difference it made!

There is still plenty to do. This weekend we are off hunting for some more furniture. We have plumbers coming to look at replacing the bathroom, construction men looking at our driveway and building a garage for us. It’s a busy time but lots of fun making it our own. Will post more pictures as we get the work done. I’m trying very hard to be patient and not let my “everything needs to be done now” attitude get the better of me. However, if anyone fancies a “job” (we pay in beer if you’re lucky) painting or gardening etc – give us a call!

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Fog, Ships and Flowers

In My day to day on July 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Well well well…. how time flies. We’ve been in our ‘new house’ for over two weeks now and I must confess I have been very disappointed with the weather. It has pretty much been endless fog since we moved in (although fingers crossed it looks like it might start to improve now). Here’s a good foggy picture of some boats in the harbour down at Blue Rocks (a tiny little village just a few hundred yards along the road from us).

Boat in the fog

Boat in the fog

Now and again the fog clears and we get some sunshine. I managed to snap a few pictures of this yacht as it sailed past our window. We over look the only channel from the Atlantic into the main Lunenburg harbour.

Yacht 1

Yacht 1

Yacht 2

Yacht 2

In other news we’ve been doing a few bits and pieces outside to try and make the place feel a little more homely. Cameron made me some planters and for the very first time in my life I’ve taken a interest in doing some gardening. I’ve not got a clue about what plants go with what plants but I think these look quite good (for a novice).

Planter

Planter

I’ve also been practicing some flower arranging…

Flowers

Flowers

All these flowers were picked from the garden!

Despite the fog, I think we’ve got ourselves a pretty good spot in which to spend the summer!

Mr. Fudgey

In Sites and Sounds on May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am

Anyone who has been reading my mother-in-laws blog will already know the story of the pesky little squirrel who now goes by the name of Mr Fudgey.

For those of you who haven’t read Jackie’s blog let me give you a little recap. Mr Fudgey (so named due to his coloring, and also due to a popular brand of biscuits)…

Mr. Fudgey

Mr. Fudgey

…first appeared in the bird box in my in-laws garden back in February. We initially found him quite amusing until he successfully destroyed several bird feeders and refused to move along. It’s now May and he is still there.

As time has moved on this little guy has got braver and braver. It doesn’t matter how much we chase him, he just sits and looks at us as much to say ‘what you going to do?’. Cameron manged to get these photos the other day without Mr. Fudgey even twitching. In fact I think he quite likes his new career as a model!

Mr Fudgey, ready for food...

Mr Fudgey, ready for food...

Lunch!

Lunch!

Luckily for this little red squirrel, Cameron, has taken quite a liking to him and the good news is that he only costs us a few packets of sunflower seeds every couple of weeks. I’ve got a feeling he isn’t going anywhere in a hurry…

Supper!

Supper!

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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