The ginnea pigs of Indian Brook

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R bracing the lumber down

I've been doing a fair amount of carpentry work these last few weeks. I know its not travel related, but its what I'm doing so I'm going to write it here anyway. We have a floating bridge that connects mainland Cabot Shores with a strip of beach (which is kind of on its own island). Indian Brook runs between in hap-hazard fashion and at its narrowest point anchors were driven into the dirt to hold the bridge in place. Since I have been here the bridge has been swept away twice, so we've decided to reposition the bridge in a calmer spot. The new location is another 30 feet wider, so I've been making floating bridge sections to close the gap. my two ginnea pigs P and R have been willing candidates to test floatation, and after some slight adjustments to the design I now have the two extra sections completed.

Ron singing the ballad of Ned Kelly
no ginnea pigs were harmed in the production.

The next problem is to tow the bridge from its resting place in the marshes to its new location. Trouble is I only have myself, P and his son L to help. High tide is at about midday today, so I'll get my wadders on.

I've also been cooking alot. its quite cool to cook stuff and have it sold in the resturant. Its even cooler when you receive compliments on the cooking. So far I've done Roast pork with garlic and honey glaze, Homemade pizza (it came out really thick thanks to the strong Cape Breton yeast), Barbeque Chicken using my Mom's sweet and sour BBQ sauce recipe, among other dishes. The BBQ went down a treat and I was asked to make it again the next night. One night I cooked and served the meals, which was quite knackering but I made up for it in tips.

First bridge section nearing completion

Today is another sunny day, which is welcome relief from the week of fog and drizzle we had recently. I'm still recovering from the Lurgy, which struck me down yesterday. We have two dogs on site. Cosmo is a black collie cross and Daisy is a terrier of some kind. Daisy is a bad influence on the good natured Cosmo, and has been recently egging him to wander off site and go exploring at the R.V camp down the road. Regularly I have driven off to go and pick him up. He generally seems pleased to see me with an 'oh, you're here too are you?' expression accompanied by a few enthusiastic wags. He also follows me when I go kayaking and even pulls on the grab handles with his teeth when I'm coming onto the shore.

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R bracing the lumber down
R bracing the lumber down
Ron singing the ballad of Ned Kelly
Ron singing the ballad of Ned Kelly
First bridge section nearing compl…
First bridge section nearing comp…
First bridge section nearing compl…
First bridge section nearing comp…
R diving into Indian Brook. nutter.
R diving into Indian Brook. nutter.
Baddeck airstrip, a family arrives…
Baddeck airstrip, a family arrive…
R and P get a sinking feeling
R and P get a sinking feeling
After added floats and a change of…
After added floats and a change o…
Hawaii-5-o Cabot shores style
Hawaii-5-o Cabot shores style
The infamous Cosmo
The infamous Cosmo
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photo by: AndyBrook