After an incredible summer of sun and heat, we’ve been further rewarded with a bumper crop of berries in the Cove! Before the berries came the wildflowers:
A few months ago, I bought some spray paint at Canadian Tire for a bargain: cans for less than $2!? Sign me up. One of the colours was a pale pink, and while I didn’t have any immediate plans for the shade, I knew something would come along just begging for the colour. The time has arrived!
In a previous post, I discussed my affinity for taking relatively worthless furniture, and giving new life to the pieces through a couple coats of paint.
I took this side table I’ve been using in the office:
I absolutely love my rose bouquet from Mount Scio Farm! They’re grown locally, without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The Farm has been popular for wedding flowers this year, and it’s easy to see why.
As we continue to have the warmest, sunniest summer on record in Newfoundland, J and I have banished any notion of home reno progress in favour of weekend slacking at the cottage. The first round of recreational cod fishing runs from July 21 to August 12, and we’re lucky to have family willing to share their catch!
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!