[Samsung Smart Camera] Sent you a message! — Originally uploaded by LexnGer
shots from home
Route To Solar — Originally uploaded by LexnGer
Yup, it’s a bright sunny morning on the island. Cold but lovely.
And with the sun comes power! Which occassionally means responsibility
falls to me to climb this ladder and clean off the solar panels or check
Because we all know that with great power comes great respo [...]
I promised I’d share some of the roofing tips I learned while spending a week on dad’s roof.
So here you go:
Rolls of tar paper will fall. On you.
Rain will fall. On you.
Work from bottom to top.
1 cutter and 1 nailer gets the job done more than twice as fast
Zinc flashing seems to keep shingles in better shape longer.
I know how important it is to get photos and of the people you love… and
with the people you love… even if they are sometimes reticent.
This last one was especially hard. So I had to get tough and make them pretend they liked each other. You can see it was a real challenge.
Yes I did! I used chipotle marshmallows from Bobbette & Belle to make s’mores!
When Matt, Sarah and Allyson discussed making Chipotle Marshmallows for Matt’s twisted Tacos de Mole dish at the last Secret Pickle Supper Club, I couldn’t get the thought of using them for S’mores out of my head.
These Chipotle Marshmallows aren’t readi [...]
The first roof I helped roof was on my god-father, Ferdinand Vigneau’s camp. I was 3 or 4. Walking across the roof of Ferd’s camp, carrying nails to my father and waving at the very infrequent passers-by at the bottom of the Moss Glen Road, I felt so useful, capable and empowered. (yes, I know it sounds so neo-fem, but it’ [...]
Home… now to cross the river as the sun sets. — Originally uploaded by LexnGer
After 2 painless flights on Air Canada we made it to Saint John, where wewere greeted by 3 dear friends who took us on a whirlwind shopping trip forprovisions. And proving yet again that they know someone every where theygo.Then down to the Gondo [...]
We’ve been working on cleaning up our house on the island and that means there has been a lot of stuff that needed to be disposed of. Our house, now named The Boathouse was the place where all the kids hung out back in the day when there were big parties here – the Annual Tea Party being one of them. We’d cover the second f [...]
It was one of those days when you reach into the cooler to pull out a roast of beef to barbecue and pull out a pork roast. And what do you do when you pull out a pork roast? Make Pulled Pork of course!
So the rub got assembled:
"we don't have paprika, use chile flakes instead"
- "we don't have celery salt, use Lov [...]
Littlest Aardvark Meets Duct Tape — Originally uploaded by LexnGer
Given the number of people on the island and the number of kayaks, we had a 2:1 ratio. So I decided it was time to put the Littlest Aardvark in the water. By the time I was ready to put paddle to water and shove out from shore, the stern of the boat was filli [...]
The end of vacation blues have started to encroach on our fun. You know, the point on your holiday when you realize you have crossed the half way point and you start the countdown. Counting the number of days, sleeps + hours until you won’t be here anymore? Then you start getting a little snappy for no good reason? Reacting to and over- [...]
I can’t quite decide whether it’s warm enough to go into the water for my daily swim.
The sun keeps popping out so it’s possible that it will warm me up after what Gerry has taken to calling the scrotum-shrinkingly good time of swimming in this river in late September. And of course I could always run back to the house where [...]
The wind and fog have finally given way to the sunshine. It is days like this that make it truly feel like the world has slipped away and left us on our island floating alone in the mist.
We spent the day tidying and making gnocchi. Okay, Gerry was tidying and fixing stuff, and I made gnocchi. Dad gave a running commentary.
I’m down at [...]
People often ask me if my father lives on this island alone. He doesn’t. There are 8 dogs, 2 chickens, some where between 3 and 30 rabbit, a pair of eagles, and a myriad of other birds and creatures in the woods.
I ran into this little guy grabbing lunch as I was walking through the forest.
And of course we can’t forget the visit [...]
And is there anything indexed against the cost of loving?
And of course will the Montmorency cherries still be on the tree when the duck thaws or should we pick them and make the sauce today?
These are the deep and important things one ponders on an island like this one.
After 5 days on the road, 2 train trips, 12 hours straight in a car and a little paddling, I’m home.
Winds blowing, dogs howling, gin flowing home.
Ready to sleep for a couple of days, eat a couple of fiddleheads and dig a couple of Jerusalem Artichockes.