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)
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We’ve been busy over the last few months with a new addition to our family: FERGUS!
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.
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.
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). 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).
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
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!
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:
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!
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.
We’re still spending most weekends at the Cove, so no progress on the elusive master bathroom. No regrets!
Classic Newfoundland fog impeded our iceberg hunt this morning, searching for these:
Via Iceberg Finder.