Losing Pets! – Part Three (Leo the Bunny)

Only some of the pets chosen to make the move to Nova Scotia made it.  That’s because we ran out of room for our rabbits. The rabbits were both farm animals and pets   We did not raise them for meat but to sell to others for pets and also for their hair.  I sold angora rabbit hair along with sheep’s wool and goat fleece, mainly to spinners. I loved bunnies; the hairier the better. We had planned to leave the buyers of the farm a few of our rabbits,…

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Sleeping Overnight in Our New-to-Us Camper — in the Wintertime!

As much as we loved our house at 824 Hollow Mountain Road, we needed to sell it.  It was convenient to the Hillsburn store, but our lives had moved west toward Digby.  And with the ever-rising price of gas, we didn’t want to travel any more than we had to. After decluttering the house (this took several trips: moving business-related items to Smiths Cove, more personal and infrequently used possessions to the Purdy Road property) , we put it on the market. I wanted to move the pets out of the house,…

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Three Little Bears Moving to Deep Brook???

Our first winter in Smiths Cove was cold, snowy and quiet.  We had lots of time for reflection. Ian reached the conclusion by the end of February that we should perhaps change direction and develop our property on Purdy Road, Deep Brook, as was our original plan.  We had wanted to start an animal-based business, similar to what we had had in Ontario but on a much smaller scale.  However, because we had brought a lot of our stock, shelving and equipment with us after selling Fundy’s…

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Ruffled (Ruffed?) Grouse in Smiths Cove

Ian enjoys working with trees.  Our new property in Smiths Cove needed some tree-pruning, partly to improve visibility for the new store.  The resulting wood would be used to produce heat in our combination wood-oil furnace. One warm winter day, he was trimming some trees on the east side of the property when he noticed that a curious bird had come to check him out.  He recognized the bird as a ruffled (or according to most sources, ruffed; but we’ve always known them as ruffled) grouse. The last time we had seen one of…

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Losing Pets! – (Part 2 – Rebecca)

I don’t know if I’ve ever respected an animal more than I have Rebecca. Rebecca and her sister, Rachel, came to the farm as puppies with a specific purpose: protect our livestock. Purebred Great Pyrenees, they were in the Livestock Guardian Dog category.  Our farm had grown to include a large assortment of animals and birds of different ages.  Predators, especially coyotes but also foxes and wolves, were an inevitable problem.  After researching the subject, we concluded that our best defense was to fight canine with canine.…

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Losing Pets! (Part 1 – Lovebirds)

Imagine our relief to have arrived in Nova Scotia after our 32-hour trek (which followed an emotionally and physically draining week of loading the Uhauls and preparing to leave our farm) with everyone we had started off!  Ian and me, of course, but also our four dogs, five cats and assorted budgies, lovebirds and cockatiels. We had much for which to be thankful on that first weekend in 2011 in Nova Scotia, which was fittingly Thanksgiving weekend. It was a glorious warm, sunny weekend, so I set the birds…

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Why (and Why Not) Move to Nova Scotia?

You need a compelling reason to go to the trouble and expense of moving from one part of the country to another — and even more so from one country to another. Ontario is a great province.  We enjoyed living there.  So why did we move? It was prompted mainly by the winters there.  Ian in particular decided to look for a spot with a milder climate (though at one point in our relocation search, we were seriously considering Northern Ontario – -Thunder Bay, Rainy River!).  And…

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121 Highway 1, Smiths Cove

Usually sellers are happy when they are able to accept an offer, and all the conditions are waived.  In our case, being able to say that our store in Hillsburn was officially sold led to something resembling a panic situation. Where were we going to go next? We have been seriously considering a property in Clementsvale.  It was very economically priced but needed work (and lots of it).  However, we thought it would be an ideal spot for an old-fashioned country store. We knew that the couple who…

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824 Hollow Mountain Road, Delaps Cove, and 440 Purdy Road, Deep Brook

Buying real estate in Nova Scotia is like going to a bargain sale.  The same property in Ontario would cost at least twice as much.  As far as Alberta goes, you wouldn’t want to know! After putting in our offer on the store, we began negotiations on a house on Hollow Mountain Road. The house was nine kilometers from the store.  It was by Nova Scotia standards a relatively new house (Nova Scotia has some very old houses) at only 24 years old.  A roomy house with two bedrooms and a bath upstairs,…

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Fundy’s Mountain General Store (November 2011-September 2013)

Nova Scotia is permit-happy, in my opinion.  Our first step was to choose a name for the business and pay for a business name search.   We knew we wouldn’t be able to use Dee Wee’s Takeout and Convenience.  It was a personal name created by the previous owners. The logical choice, in our opinion, was Fundy’s Mountain General Store.  We didn’t want to emphasize the takeout quite as much as the previous owners had (mainly due to my lack of confidence as a cook!) . After all, the…

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