Friday, June 29, 2007


Did I ever mention we LOVE cycling.... he, he, he. Yes, your right, I did mention it a few times haven't I. We did'nt plan on going on our bikes tonight but while having our delicious BBQ supper Dave could'nt hold it any more he only had to say the word and I was in. We left the house on our bikes, rode up our steep hill towards Bangor and turned towards Clear Water Lake. The picture above is of Dave taking a short rest as we were approaching said lake. After reaching the lake we turned in another dirt road heading towards another lake - Salmon River Lake.

The two pictures below were taken at Salmon River Lake.

Sneakers make my feet hot...
While I was cooking supper on the BBQ, Dave trimmed the hedge.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Saulnierville Beach

In our area there is access to the shore about every 2 km. You don't have to drive far to find a road leading to the ocean. Tonight Dave and I went beachcombing at Saulnierville Beach. Tide was coming up.

Of course the main reason we go beachcombing is to find seaglass. This is all we found tonight. The big white one has a nice design on it.

As we were leaving Dave found this old laundry basket. Being the kids we are, we played a game of toss the rocks. Of all these rocks in the basket, Dave only put in about 5-6 stones. We left the basket behind for someone else.

My favorite wild flower is the daisy. Look at those beautiful yellow centers. I took this picture tonight on the side of the road leading to the beach.

This picture was taken last night on our back deck. We were having salted dry spelts with our red wine.... elegant dining !

Tonight - upon our arrival from the beach. We took back 7 bags full of driftwood for our fire pit.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Perfect cycling day

Seeing that the forecast was for a sunny day with a few cloudy periods Dave and I decided to go cycling and put the household chores on hold for the afternoon. We decided to go to Tusket. A small Acadian community in Yarmouth County (45 minutes from our house). We parked the car at a local convenient store and rode our bikes 5 km one way then the same distance coming back.
A much needed ice-cream break...

In the end, we found a nice shaded spot under a tree and had a picnic.

But.... before we left this morning I made a 'Pig' for my cuke plants.

And took a picture of the most beautiful dog in the whole wide world. What would we do without her...

Meteghan Wharf

After a full day of yard working Dave and I took a break Saturday evening and went on the Meteghan Wharf to watch the sun set. We were much too early for seeing the sun set on the horizon so we came back home and put the saddle-bags that we had purchased at Mountain Equipment in January on my bike.

Very bizarre picture below. Dave took this picture as I was laughing soooooo hard. I wanted to pull my helmet down a little and I tugged on the viser a way bit too much and 'bang' right in my face.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


A beautiful seaside natural beauty right there for us to enjoy... a Provincial Park.

Picturesque Smugglers Cove Provincial Park is located atop the coastal cliffs in the south end of the village of Meteghan, Nova Scotia.

A legend set in the 1900's gives the location its most common name of Smugglers Cove. As the legend goes, since the cave was so well hidden in the cove, it was an ideal spot for rumrunners to hide contraband liquor during Prohibition in the United States.

Photographers love Smugglers Cove for its awe-inspiring views. A wonderful place for a picnic where you get a magnificent view of St. Mary's Bay.

The cave itself is about fifteen feet high and runs to a distance of approximately 60 feet inland and comes to a sudden stop. Ironically, one of the most interesting features of the cave is not a natural one. Initials, names, and dates from different explorers and different years can be seen carved into the rock. Oddly enough some of the engravings are up to fifteen feet from the ground.

Very dark and cloudy tonight hence the dark picture. The cave is on the right, in the background.

Dave seems to be wondering what is going on...

... now that's better !

Rocks n' Crocs

Nature's gems - rocks along the shore at Smugglers Cove in Meteghan, Nova Scotia and of course, my Crocs.

Thank God I'm a country girl...

Life on the farm is good. Well, we don't actually have a farm but that's my wish for when I grow up. We have the land, the space, but we're missing one major component - a barn and animals.

Here are two pictures showing Dave planting the raspberry canes, blueberry bushes and grape vines.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Neptune's Balance

Neptune's Balance - general purpose cleaner - organic and natural. This is a new product on the market. It's made right here in Digby County from a product they take out of scallop shells (it is way more technical then that but who needs too many details anyways). I'm presently trying it out.
My oldest garden. Next year it needs to be thinned.

Hostas are so huge and pretty.

Tonight's sunset taken in Meteghan River.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fruit Cake

A month ago I saw on the 'Six in the World' blog that someone had offered the family a fruit cake. There was only a picture though. And it looked soooooo delicious that I decided to try my hand at baking one for us. Since I only had a picture to go by, I searched the internet for recipes. I made an Italian Cream Cake with a Belgium white chocolate butter cream frosting. Toasted coconut and pecans and put fruits on top.

And voilà... I already have tasters and they reported that it is delicious !

Thursday, June 14, 2007

As the sun sets

I don't know which is the prettiest.... sunrise or sunset ! Tonight, as the sun was setting I went on a pleasant garden tour.

Strawberry patch is doing well.

Culture identification hanging from my potting shed.

An old weathered abandonned door, just there for no reason.

Below is the cleared space we made for our raspberries, blueberries and grapes.

Today I took my mom to an appointment in Annapolis Valley. I dropped in a fabulous greenhouse and bought this Gerbera plant for my planter on the back deck.

My paradise.... veggie raised beds.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ginette helped

When I posted this picture a few weeks back I forgot to mention that our daughter Ginette helped with the bathroom renovations. This was a family project. She helped her pape install the mirror while she was visiting on Easter weekend.

Clean up continues...

Like if trying to get rid of a HUGE 100 year old tree that's lying dead in the middle of our front yard is not work enough... Dave is getting rid of it tiny bit by bit by cutting every single little twig in short pieces so we can burn it in our fire pit out back. I guess we can say our chestnut tree is going to be cremated.

There must be an entire cord of firewood in that monster.

Late afternoon garden tour

My friend Louise in Ontario jokes at me because I tell her that lupins around here are weeds... they're all over the place. And she calls them her treasures. I wanted to show Louise I actually have 'one' single patch of lupins in my garden and I keep them under control.

Deep purple and bright yellow.... what a beautiful combination.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Clean up begins

And so the clean up must begin. It is so funny how I took this picture only minutes after my brother Chester left yesterday. Dave, with the big chainsaw, makes it look like he cut everything. Although, he helped Chester a lot.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Uneventful Thursday

Two more pictures of our renovated bathroom. Below, our nice WHITE toilet. This picture is mostly to show the nice work Dave did with the flooring.

This is our second sink. The first one we had...Dave made the hole bigger then the sink. So back we went to the supply store to buy a bigger sink to fit said hole.

I don't usually cut the flowers in my gardens. I like leaving them in nature where they belong. But I just had to bring in a bunch of lilacs tonight - the smell is amazing !

Yellow day lily.

This year we've decided to try our hand at planting a few raspberry canes and blueberry bushes. We have a nice warm, sunny spot out back on our property for them.

More garden jewels.

And I leave you with the sunset we had tonight. One might say that we could have sun tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

22 years

June 5, 1985 at 9:15 p.m. Luc Louie LeBlanc came into this world. Happy Birthday and all the best from mame, pape, Ginette, André and Liette.

Luc and Liette waiting patiently for a piece of that Skor ice-cream cake.

Grand-mère dropped in so she joined us for supper. We had Pizza Delight (Luc's request). Unfortunately we don't have a picture of Luc with his grand-mère.