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Summer 2010

Sara KGBB - Sunday, July 04, 2010
A whole month without an update, just goes to show how busy we've been!  We did win the provincial tourism award for "Excellence and Innovation in Marketing" on May 27th in Edmunston and I have to say that John did an admirable job accepting it on my behalf. I was, of course, at home entertaining and cooking a lobster dinner for guests and was totally surprised when I received the call notifying me of the prize!  In any event, it's still a 'best-kept secret' here on the river, since no local press reported it, but it's spreading via word of mouth.  We are anticipating a busy summer season with guest bookings and start off with a bang July 1st weekend, with little vacancy other than the occasional Mon - Tues evening.
We had a great visit with my Mum, brother Tim, and S-I-L Jean in mid-June and were delighted she was able to make the trip via car from Orangeville, ON.  Tim & Jean continued on to St. Andrew's and PEI while we entertained Mum; showing her all of the highlights of the Miramichi in summer.  She had difficulty staying awake during the day, and everytime we caught her napping, she'd say 'Must be the air here!'
After a weekend filled with Canada Day and Rock'n'Roll festival activities, duck races, fireworks, dancing at Richie Wharf, etc. we're heading out to the brother's for a fish fry. John was also the big $1000 cash winner at the Legion's Canada Day draw, so he's going to buy a lotto ticket since he's on a roll now!  First the 10lbs of fresh lobster in May, then the $1K cash, and who know what's next!
We're sweltering in a 32C  heatwave today, but thunderstorms are expected before evening to cool things down a little. Thank goodness we have air conditioning in all the guest rooms, as well as the main floor living area.  I've now been introduced to the local game of skill known as 'Washer Toss' and am working on obtaining one for our own backyard. Thanks to the MacNeils weekend invitation to the Bartibog!
We've also been busy de-weeding the back and frontyards as the grass grows back, but somehow those dandelions keep reappearing! If we were paid by the pound, we'd be wealthy!  And my project to restain the interior foyer door has finally ended!  John sanded it and I stained and varnished it, so we're ready to have it re-installed.  Given that it's a 100+ year old door, it's not fantastic, but it sure looks a lot better than it was!  And naturally, today was the day my Sourdough Starter was finally ready and we're baking sourdough bread!  I guess Mother Nature just takes control of everything.  .  .I've been waiting for that starter to bubble and blossom for a whole week! Must be something to do with the warm temperatures and the humidity!
I will keep you posted as to the outcome of the bread!

May Events

Sara KGBB - Thursday, May 27, 2010
After our trip to Ontario to visit with family and friends, we arrived back in Miramichi on Sunday, May 2nd to find we have been nominated for the Tourism New Brunswick's 'Excellence and Innovation' award!  Unfortunately, I can't attend the awards ceremony and gala in Emundston on May 27th since I have a couple from Calgary checking in for the "Dowhome Lobster Dinner' package and someone has to be here to cook it!  But our friends, Rod & Irene Maloney have graciously agreed to accompany John to this event and accept the award on my behalf, should we actually win!  The Maloney's are spending 3-4 days with us in late May and it's always a pleasure to have such a handyman around the house. We have a long and evergrowing list of things to keep him busy.
In the meantime, Paradise Landscaping has removed a fence, installed an interlocking stone patio and walkway, and cleaned and tidied all of the flower and planting beds.  The edible and flowering crab and apple trees are in full bloom, and the lilacs are competing with them for Best in Show!  The scent of the lilacs is absolutely intoxicating, and not to be missed.
With the arrival of such an early Spring here on the river, we've had some unusually hot temperatures of 28 - 30C and the Victoria Day weekend was superb! We even had another family member visit with the sole intention of purchasing river front property so she can retire and fish to her heart's content.  I firmly believe there is something magical in the Miramichi River that permeates the very soul and is irresistible! I'll keep you posted if we win anything at the TIANB Gala.

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