CAMPING on the EASTERN SHORE

CAMPING on the EASTERN SHORE

Good day to all of you followers of Sailing RED, and more recently RED by the Sea.  It seems our days are far too full and time is passing too quickly.  We’ve now passed the summer solstice and here we are at the beginning of camping season.

Our very first of the year camp outing was to the eastern shore of Nova Scotia for a few days at Murphy’s Camping by the Ocean.

Departure

Zula, our road warrior, supervised while we coupled the car to the camper and seemed eager to be included in the upcoming adventure.

The Good Life

We find camping very relaxing and she has adapted quite well to the life style in REDII.

Murphy’s Legacy

While at Murphy’s we took a ride on Murphy’s Legacy to explore the Hundred Wild Islands, an archipelago of over 100 islands stretching 30 km along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and are protected through the Nature Trust of Nova Scotia.

Wild Islands

One of the larger of the Wild Islands has a hunting camp that’s been used by the Murphys for several generations.

Hunting Camp

The trip included a chance to anchor and fish for supper.  None of us caught anything large enough so it was ‘catch and release’ this time.

Supper?

Clam Harbour Beach is one of Nova Scotia’s best with a seemingly endless expanse of white sand.

Clam Harbour Beach

Zula made friends with some of the visitors…those that smelled right that is.

Making Friends

Other encounters didn’t go so well.  She took issue with a very friendly Australian Koolie, at least four times her size.  I guess he didn’t smell right.

Not Friends

 

Walking with Papa

She is learning to walk well with her vest and leash but she is after all a cat so it doesn’t always go smoothly.  Every scent, blade of grass or bug has to be investigated making the hike a little slower than we’d like.

Exploring

We gave her a chance to explore our camp site.

Homeward Bound

After several days of perfect weather it was time again to supervise hook up.  Time to return home to prepare for visitors from  away and plan for our next adventure.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up.

….peace and love…

BITS and PIECES

BITS and PIECES

I had to laugh when I went back to this post draft, originally labeled Winter Projects. How quickly time passes when we aren’t paying attention!  Spring came and went and we are now pushing into the end of June…the summer month….but at least we are pushing forward.

When we relocated to our little paradise on the east coast four years ago, we lucked into this mostly perfect (for us) little space, RED by the Sea, as of this writing, an almost 100 year old abode  fairly recently renovated with wiring and plumbing and structurally sound.  We had to do next to nothing when we moved in except maybe refresh with a coat of paint. (OUR FIRST RENO) (CROW’S NEST )

This winter, the plan was to finally get doors made for our two bedroom closets.  Up to now there were tension polls and window curtains to close the space.  They served their purpose, but it was time.  The problem with old homes is that nothing is square and each of the two openings had different measurements so they required custom build.

The Door

Another challenge was the configuration of furniture in the guest room.  We had purchased a bed that nicely transformed from single to king sized as needed for visitors so that when the bed was at its maximum there was no way any standard door would open, custom or not.  I found a reasonable compromise with an accordion style….not the prettiest but it sure beats those old curtains inherited from the previous owner.

The Compromise

The other project was to do a bit of a facelift to the basement bathroom.  It’s functional but has no character…and after all of this time, do I ever need a decorating project!

The laundry space just outside that bathroom is small but again, functional….barely.  The side by side washer dryer takes up so much precious space that I thought, why not stack those babies.  The machines were at least five years old when we moved, also Sears models, but with a bit of internet search I found out which company made those particular models and located a stacking kit to fit.

So now we have stacked machines and a laundry tub to make washing up so much easier.  Also F’s bathroom have been refreshed with a coat of paint and some new furnishing.  He chose a fresh sunny colour and a nautical theme with some fun kitschy accessories.

Nautical

Zula, the Road Warrior update: our now six month old kitten loves the outdoors, harness and leash, backpack and sling, car rides and walks to the beach, welcoming visitors and as of this writing is moderately comfortable placing her two front paws into the water. She is the proud owner of a life vest but it still remains to be seen that she will wear it for water excursions. We try to make her a part of daily activities as much as we can.

Grocery pick up

First car wash

First Camping Trip

She loves intently watching F at his renovation projects.  In the galley she is much less likely to ‘watch’ and has become more ‘paws on’ in her approach. The first time she found the nerve to mount the counter top, I was preparing a grilling supper enclosed in  foil packets. On first leap her paws grabbed each piece of foil as our whole dinner dropped to the floor. I emitted several very salty words, cleaned up the mess, and laughed.  Was the first but no doubt will not be the last…and who could stay mad at that beautiful little innocent face?

Miss innocent

For the Battle of the Atlantic ceremony this year we were able to have a full parade.  My son Luke gladly agreed to participate and marched with pride with the rest of the Legion veterans.

Battle of the Atlantic Parade

We recently attended the Bluenose marathon. Two grandkids, aged 7 and 5 both ran it this year in the 2km and 1km respectively.

Marathon

My daughter works as Marketing and Communications Director for Brigadoon Village, an organization that provides camping experience for kids with health challenges.  Several months ago we attended a fund raiser.

My Girl

The aim was to raise 12.5 million to complete an expansion project.  Having met their goal, they held a grand reopening to mark the success…

Grand reopening

Adding a bit of culture to our country existence we attended a very interesting exhibit highlighting the life and works of Van Gogh…

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Another proud grand parent moment was watching my grand-son live on TSN, chosen from high school players from across the country (the only one chosen from New Brunswick/and one of three from Atlantic Canada), for a CFC Prospects match…

#6

Our gardens are flourishing and a duck couple blessed us with ten babies, seen below in front of Duck Pond island…

New residents

And finally for all of you RED fans.  We are still in touch with her current family who continue to send us news from the Yukon.  As much as we miss her, we can’t be more happy for her to have the life she  was meant to lead…

Northern RED

I’ll leave you now as we make preparations to jump into our summer months full tilt.  It’s looking like a busy one for the crew of RED II at RED by the Sea. Camping trips.  Guests from away. And the times in between filled with the  day to day…

…peace and love…

NEW ADDITION

NEW ADDITION

We would like to introduce to you, an addition to our little family by the sea, Zula, our four month old Abyssinian kitten. At barely three pounds she is, as F exclaimed, the best therapy any retired couple could ever hope for.

As some of you may or may not know, this has been a very long planning period.  Several years ago while still those boat people, we both followed the blog, Bailey Boat Cat, and thought it would be fun to have an onboard pet.  But there was the issue of F’s allergies…dogs, horses, dust, mold and above all cats.  There was the time when visiting family that he couldn’t breathe, the reaction was so severe.

In spite of this he was keen to give it a try.  His criteria was simple…pure bred.  So we did research and settled on the one breed that we thought would fit into our lives.  Abys are very social and adaptable. They are very intelligent and more like dogs in nature. And we found they love water.  Sounded like the perfect fit.

I located a local cattery in Quebec and arranged for a visit.  F decided to go medication naked…no antihistamines to test the waters. There had to have been at least a dozen critters roaming around the breeder’s kitchen. One dear old thirteen year old was obsessed with him and wouldn’t stop caressing his face and neck.  No bronchial reaction…just a couple of welts on F’s neck from all the licking.  It was all I could do to keep him from taking one of the babies home with us.  But it wasn’t the right time..what if we wanted to be away from the boat for the day.  We couldn’t just leave the kitten onboard all locked up and for sure would never leave a pure bred animal free to roam the marina by itself. So we put the thought away.

With the sale of RED and purchase of RED II, the topic resurfaced.  We could think of no reason not to move forward. We found a local breeder and sent an email ‘feeler’, you know, just to see where it would take us.  Well, didn’t she have one female kitten ready for adoption.  A ruddy, rich caramel coat, just the colour we both loved. And golden eyes. The breeder wanted to know a little about us first to make sure the fit was right so I sent a response outlining our current lifestyle.

Zula Road Warrior

Once we saw that sweet face there was no turning back.  With melting hearts we took our little fur baby home.  She took a couple of  days to get used to her new home.  Every sound, every smell seemed to disturb her but by the second day she was considerably more calm, exploring every inch of the house.

Room with a View

By the time we had visitors she was ready to participate in whatever was going on.

Monkey Time

We gradually got her accustomed, introducing what would hopefully become her travel backpack.  Bike rides and hiking with us, we hope, will be in her future.

Back Packing

Getting used to water may take some time though.  For now a dripping faucet is about all she can handle…but it keeps her well hydrated.

Bath Time

Of course F thought his baby should have all the best.  New toys and a climbing tree.

Curious Helper

It has been placed by the window overlooking Duck Pond so she can keep an eye on our feathered visitors…

Test

The tree top, is now her favourite spot to observe her universe…

Success

F even put in a pet door for easy access to the litter box in the basement and it took no time at all before she had mastered the ins and outs…

Cat Door

Next came familiarity with RED II as Zula will definitely be coming camping with us this summer.  After bringing it back from de-winterizing we parked it so our petite madame could still have her favourite view of Duck Pond and take naps in the sun.

Camping with a View

I thought some fresh air would be appreciated while setting up the camper but it wasn’t too long before she found a new way to access the upper cabinets.  There is also a small pass-through section in the screen door which she apparently can now open by herself so will have to be extra careful.

Ninja Cat

Her spaying operation is scheduled in two months with a chip inserted in case she gets lost but in the mean time getting her used to a harness and leash will be important so we and she can enjoy some outdoor activities.

Harness Training

We spent several days outfitting the camper for the season with some quiet time for F to work on his latest boat model….cat supervised of course.

Model Building

Cat Heaven

She hasn’t quite grabbed the concept of sleeping inside the sleeping bag but she seems to like it for taking naps.

Just Me and the Pig

As always we really appreciate you dropping by to catch up.  No doubt there will be more to write about this year with antics of Zula the Road Warrior to take up the slack where Major Pig (ret’d) left off.  Stay tuned…

…peace and love…