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Twentythirteen

It’s safe to say that 2013 was the least productive year in our home renovation history. Here’s an itemized list of our top excuses for not making much progress in the past year, interspersed with a few shots of our modest progress. Thanks for checking in, and stay tuned for the master bath reveal (project has been finished for oh, 3 months?! Sorry)

 1. Progress! We sanded, repaired and stained the master bath floors.

1. Progress! We sanded, repaired and stained the master bath floors.

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2. Progress! Painted walls, light fixtures installed; a finished bathroom, minus a mirror that was added this summer.

3. I was given the go-ahead to resume gym workouts last spring, for the first time since being diagnosed with lupus 4 years ago. I am so grateful to be capable of exercising without severe limitations, AND that this is my view at the gym.

3. I was given the go-ahead to resume gym workouts last spring, for the first time since being diagnosed with lupus 4 years ago. I am so grateful to be capable of exercising without severe limitations, AND that this is my view at the gym.

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4. We joined the local Rod and Gun club, and had fun shooting skeets and targets over a few weekends this spring and fall. We’re looking forward to our Hunter Ed course coming up later this month.

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5. My parents visited! Fergus loved meeting them, climbing on them, jumping on them, etc. etc.

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6. We spent most weekends at the cabin this summer, which meant that no renovations were made at the house. No regrets!!

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7. We also spent a couple spring and summer weekends at dog shows. Fergus received his Canadian Championship title on the day he turned 10 months! He *IS* pretty cute.

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8. My longest/oldest (she is neither tallest nor eldest of my friends) /best friend since we were 3 visited me in St. John’s for a whole WEEK this summer! We had an incredible time, and I hope we can do it every year.

9. Back to school! More accurately, STILL in school. I am in a new program, and love being back in the classroom, even if it IS every day of the week.

9. Back to school! More accurately, STILL in school. I am in a new program, and love being back in the classroom, even if it IS every day of the week.

10. A beautiful fall, with too many hikes to count.

10. A beautiful fall, with too many hikes to count.

11. Progress! We sanded the third floor hallways, primed and painted, and stripped the laminate to expose the original pine floors. Watch the blog for updates on this space.

11. Progress! We sanded the third floor hallways, primed and painted, and stripped the laminate to expose the original pine floors. Watch the blog for updates on this space.

12. Christmas! Last year we didn't have a tree for the first time, because we were expecting Fergus on Boxing Day (when we escaped to the cabin for a couple weeks). We took it down on Old Christmas Day- a Newfoundland tradition.

12. Christmas! Last year we didn’t have a tree for the first time, because we were expecting Fergus on Boxing Day (when we escaped to the cabin for a couple weeks). We took it down on Old Christmas Day- a Newfoundland tradition.

13. We celebrated New Years Eve at the cabin for a 6th year in a row. This time last year, Fergus was a tiny, new inclusion, and Penny wasn't sure if she liked him. Flash forward one year, and they are best friends.

13. We celebrated New Years Eve at the cabin for a 6th year in a row. This time last year, Fergus was a tiny, new inclusion, and Penny wasn’t sure if she liked him. Flash forward one year, and they are best friends.

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Fergus Mór

We’ve been busy over the last few months with a new addition to our family: FERGUS!

Our first photo of Fergus at home, right before we dashed off to the cottage.

Our first photo of Fergus at home, right before we dashed off to the cottage.

Fergus Mór (Fergus the Great in Gaelic) is a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy who’s brought a lot of love and excitement to our household. Our three year old chocolate Lab, Penny, has adjusted to his arrival better than we could have hoped, and they have lots of fun together, all day long.

Penny and Fergus running on a snowy trail

Penny and Fergus running on a snowy trail

Retrieving sticks at the Harbour Grace boathouse.

Retrieving sticks at the Harbour Grace boathouse.

Having a drink after digging a hole in the shoreline ice

Having a drink after digging a hole in the shoreline ice

One of the reasons we love Labradors is our connection to the breed’s heritage, which began right here on the island of Newfoundland! The St. John’s water dog was recognized by the late 1700s as a breed comprised of many varied dogs brought here by early settlers. Fishermen recognized their usefulness in their trade: the dogs were expert swimmers, easily pulling nets to shore, and could help in many other shoreline tasks. The breed became so popular in the early 1800s that the leading Newfoundland merchants brought several dogs back to Poole, England (where J’s family originated!) The lineage continued its development in England, where an aptitude for retrieving waterfowl was developed in the breed.

Labs love chewing on sticks, and Fergus is showing his affinity at an early age

Labs love chewing on sticks, and Fergus is showing his affinity at an early age

Beautiful Newfoundland sunrise at the cottage

Beautiful Newfoundland sunrise at the cottage

The Labrador Retriever is now the most registered breed in North America, and for great reasons; the breed has an exceedingly friendly temperament, they are eager participants in training, and these dogs thrive on attention and activity. They are low-maintenance in terms of grooming (although saved grooming time will be spent vacuuming their fur off everything you own). 5 yellow lab puppy 3 half months Fergus’ breeders asked if he could participate in local conformation competitions, and we’ve agreed. He competed in Baby Puppy Class at the Newfoundland Kennel Club All-Breed show last month, and won breed category (uncontested, hah).

Fergus' breeder and handler showing him at the NKC All-Breed show

Fergus’ breeder and handler showing him at the NKC All-Breed show

Thanks for letting me share way too much info about our new dog, and stay tuned for a post on our newly finished master bath project!! Read more about Labrador Retrievers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever http://www.labradorretrieverclub.ca/Welcome.html http://www.alllabs.com/labrador-library/history-of-the-lab

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Canada Day Capelin

Capelin are a small fish belonging to the smelt family, important to Newfoundland for centuries as both a reliable, seasonal food source, and serving as a fertilizer for vegetable gardens. The annual capelin roll is also a sign of summer’s arrival in Newfoundland; the timing of their arrival varies, but this year, it coincided with the best Canada Day weekend on record!

It was 8 o’clock in the morning when we saw the tell-tale sign of capelin on the beach: seabird city!

Gulls skimming the water for capelin

More fish than water!

Beaching themselves in an effort to propagate. Watch where you step!

Success! Almost as much capelin roe as sand on the beach.

Surrounded.

J was lucky to inherit his grandfather’s cast net. He remembers hauling wheelbarrow loads of capelin up to the garden, where the fish would be buried beneath the soil. Here’s a composite of J throwing out the net:

Pulling in the net

Back at the cottage, it’s important to clean the cast net in fresh water.

Drying the net

Lastly, cleaning the capelin before pan-frying the tasty fish.

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Bits and Bobs

The last week in June was spent in my home province of Nova Scotia, serving as Maid of Honour for one of my best friends! It was a beautiful wedding in an amazing setting; the ceremony and reception was held her mom’s barn, in Annapolis Royal. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the festivities:

Back at the row house in St. John’s: a neon plant holder in under an hour!

Dusted off this short plant holder, left by prior residents, and placed in in *the spray zone* (a cement stone to be discarded when we do the backyard)

Two coats!

NEEEEON!!!

Also, our kitchen faucet finally kicked the bucket; it was only a $50 Canadian Tire clearance item, bought 2 years ago, so lesson learned. We replaced it with this Moen model, and are very pleased with the upgrade.

Before…

and after!

We’re still spending most weekends at the Cove, so no progress on the elusive master bathroom. No regrets!

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Foggy Easter Weekend

Classic Newfoundland fog impeded our iceberg hunt this morning, searching for these:

Via Iceberg Finder.

We managed to spot a small berg from Middle Cove Beach, and had an eerie walk through the foggy coastal pasture in Flat Rock.

The Battery.

Fishing boats in port under seagull attack.

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