Wednesday, July 30, 2008
After the auction we headed over to Lunenburg's Wet Paint Sale. Every year, the Lunenburg Art Gallery hosts this event (formerly called Paint Sea On Site). Artists paint on site on Saturday and Sunday, and they hold a silent auction of the paintings on both days at the Lunenburg Fire Hall. Each piece of art has a "take away" price that's good until 3:30. Anything not purchased for the take away price remains for silent auction until 4:30. We went back on Sunday and I won this little gem... "Garden Chair" painted by Anne Fraser. I have looked for information about Anne on line, but I can't find a web site for her and I don't know anything about her. But I love this painting. That chair is just waiting for me to sit in.
While I was busy at the silent auction (which was packed full of locals and tourists too) John was waiting outside with the dogs. John, being John, of course got to talking to people and met one of the artists from the event. They talked for over an hour and an invitation was issued for us to drop in sometime at his home. He lives near one of our favourite beaches, which we going to today so we may just drop by and say hello to our new American friend.
Today: pick up lunch at LaHave Bakery, off to the beach, possibly rake up some seaweed to use for garden compost, a long walk on the beach, and maybe visit some new friends. Yay for life in Nova Scotia!
Friday, July 25, 2008
This story takes us back about 15 years or so, when my son was 5 or 6. (yes, he is 21 now...yikes!) My sister introduced Cody and me to the world of auctions. She and one of her girlfriends took us to a country auction near London, Ontario. There wasn't much there to interest a six year old boy, but Cody did spot some glass paperweights. His eyes grew wide and he was in love.There were 5 glass balls at the auction. He never asked for them. But he kept going to look at them. It was obvious to the three of us that he wanted one. And I knew I had to make my first bid at an auction.We waited. And waited. And finally they came up for bidding. But the auctioneer put all the glass balls in one lot instead of selling them seperately. There was a dealer there who bought them all for a price that I couldn't pay.
And Cody cried.
I approached the dealer to see if he'd sell me one of the balls, but he wouldn't. I was crushed because Cody was so very disappointed. My sister spent the next 10 years buying glass balls for Cody every time she found one at a garage sale. He has quite the collection, which I seemed to inherit when he left home to live in the big city of Toronto.And you know something funny? A while back we talked about this memory of mine and the reason his aunt always bought him glass balls. He doesn't even remember the auction. But every since that day, I have had a love of things made of glass.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here are some of my favourite photos from the day. If you want to see a lot more photos of this trip, go to my Nova Scotia Travels & Treasures blog.
Vogler's CoveBeach Meadows BeachPort Medway Beach Meadows Beach
Friday, July 18, 2008
After our picnic, we walked the full length of the beach....4.5 kilometers to the end and back.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Instead of sleeping peacefully in my bed, last night at midnight I was holding our 4 year old Giant Schnauzer/Poodle Cassie (muzzled and blindfolded) while John pulled out more than 15 quills from her nose. Cassie was yelping, I was crying, and John was cursing. How did you spend your Friday night?
We couldn't remove them all, so yet another trip to the vet was made to have the remaining 7 quills removed. The vets aren't complaining. Two trips in 4 days at $150 a pop.
Yep. I love country living.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Here is our coop in all it's glory: As I mentioned before, we used the base and the roof from a child's playhouse that the previous owners left on the property (they left the pieces there, but none of the pieces were put together). We also used leftover stain from the previous owners to paint the coop. The photo above shows one end of the coop. This door opens up to the side and will be the door I use to clean the coop, and give them food and water.This photo shows the other end of the coop, with the drop down door for the hens to use. The door turns into a ramp for them to walk on. The railings on the sides are also from the playhouse...good landing spots for the hens when they're coming back to the coop. And here's a close up of one of my favourite features...
We drilled one inch holes all along the top of the coop to allow some air circulation when the doors are closed. We are also going to add a door for the hens on the top of the shelf. We're thinking this might stop some predators (and our own dogs!) from getting in the house using the ramp. Looking at the outside, that means there will be smaller doors on the one end of the house.