Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Last Day Off Work

I woke up this morning at 7:30 and the rain was barely starting so I just got a little misted walking from the car to the house.


This is the last day Hugslut booked off for the move so we’re just trying to get things “liveable”. We can worry about the longer term things like a couch or TV when we have time to peruse the shops and test a bunch of floor models.

We brought a bunch of mugs but they’ve been in storage for years so I popped some dishes in the machine(oh how I love having a dishwasher 😁). With rubber gloves and some attention to the clothes washer I got out the piles of dog hair and the vape pen the last owner lost into the machine gusset, and then did a whole lot of sweeping. I managed to get a big pile from every room even though most of them didn’t look dirty from eye level. 





After eating breakfast off a cookie sheet we dubbed “a plate”, Hugslut drove into town for a few necessities we forgot at the grocery store like plastic wrap and paper plates. We decided she should find a place to get an inflatable mattress too… because last night sucked, and the UPS tracking on our fancy mattress wasn’t giving any new info. 


I stayed home because even if the mattress didn’t arrive, Bell Aliant was gonna show up and hook up our internet. While Hugslut was out I put a few more things away and also discovered our dryer doesn’t really dry anything. It just makes the bathroom rather humid. This is a bad sign that the hose is blocked and we will not be using it until I get that fixed. 


The Bell Aliant tech finished up just as Hugslut got home with lunch. The speeds are super zippy so we’ll have no problem with me streaming videos during Hugslut’s work meetings or anything like that.  


After lunch Hugslut took a minute to make sure her work computer could connect to the right vpn systems and such for tomorrows, and then we got right back to setting things up. 


We very slowly and carefully shuffled the two big heavy drawer sections of the bed into place in the bedroom and unboxed them so at the very least, we’d have some where off the dog smelling floor to put the air mattress. The head board and footboard just screw to the main frame so we’re good there. 


As we finished the semi-assembly of the bed, a courier van pulled in with our mattress! It was heavy but not as heavy as those drawers.  We got it on the bed base and unwrapped it so it would have a chance to inflate before bed. 


With that done it was 3pm and the rain had stopped so we decided to go out before everything closed and see if we could find a good desk and chair so Hugslut didn’t have to go back to work on the floor tomorrow. There was a bunch of other stuff we needed to get to like a bucket and mop so we checked local first stopping in at Causeway Interiors. 


They had some lovely couches an a bunch of dining tables, but very little when it comes to desks so we headed out to Yarmouth (about 45min from Barrington Passage). We found a good chair at Staples, as well as a good desk and a BUNCH of other stuff at Canadian Tire.  I never realized they had such nice utensils and stuff. (I did however completely forget mixing bowls. Good thing I don’t plan on baking soon.)


By then it was almost 7pm so we went across the parking lot to Boston Pizza for dinner. 


By the time we got home and lugged our loot into the house it was 9:30. 


Today was an expensive day but I am happy with the things we got done. 

Safe at Home

Tuesday Update Delayed but Present!

Woke up at 7 and got going asap. There was a medical emergency for one of the staff at an already short staffed Tim Hortons so our breakfast took a while. The manager looked a lot less stressed after the ambulance got there so the crew member will probably be okay. 


We drove to the house and got there in time for the 9am inspection. We said yes we definitely wanted the house now please and thanks but we can’t have keys until the money moves from the bank through the lawyer to the selling agent.  


With nothing to do but wait, we took our still loaded hearse to The Hawk and sat/walked around the beach til 10:30. 




We drove around some more, considered going to the library but it doesn’t open until 3:30p on Tuesdays so we picked up some of the mail from the post office at 11. There was a big box with the pillows and sheets that we couldn’t take yet with the full car. 


We went into town(Barrington Passage is about 15 min from the house) and got some gas and then lunch at Kat’s Lobster shack(kinda pricey so maybe just date night from now but what can you expect for lobster)… that’s when everything started happening. 


Our RealEstate guy called to say the money finished moving and he could give us the code for the key box!  We hurried home and started unloading the car. It didn’t take as long as it did to load it of course, but that was just the start of the afternoon’s activities.


We picked up the big box from the post office, went into Barrington Passage again to pickup the bed frame I had ordered. We grabbed a few things while we were there like a broom and garbage bags and such, and when we went around to the warehouse door we found out that our lovely hearse could only take two of the three boxes for the bed. The headboard & footboard box was just too wide so that will be delivered on Monday. 


All the way back home to unload the massive heavy drawer units for under the bed.(we’re certainly getting our weight lifting in this week). All the way back to Barrington Passage for groceries, and then finally all the way back home for the night.


The mattress I ordered was supposed to arrive at some point on the 16th but was a no-show so we tried to make a blanket bedroll on the floor. 





We gave up trying to sleep on that after an hour & slept in the car. (The front, not the back.)


End of Aug 16th. 


We are technically all the way moved in. Now we will be removing traces of the past owner(like dog hair everywhere) and filling this house with stuff that suits us. 




Monday, 15 August 2022

Hello Nova Scotia


Slept in and woke to a quiet foggy morning. This was at 9:30am. We sat out on the dock with some coffee and watched the sailboats. Our meeting with the lawyer wasn’t until 3 so it was a really low activity day which was super nice after all that driving. 

After the lawyer we stopped for late lunch / early dinner at a local spot called the Emerald Light. Walking back to the Inn, Hugslut decided to climb into the giant chair by the water. :-)


We’re both tired so we napped and I just woke up to a lovely sunset. Our final walk through is scheduled for 9am tomorrow so I’m gonna make sure everything is back in the car tonight because the house is an hour away which means it’ll be an early start to the day. 

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Good-bye New Brunswick



Woke up at 7:30 for breakfast and then took a walk around the parking lot before getting on the road. The view was not much to talk about. :-)

On the road at 9 for a three hour drive which got us to St. John with enough time for some lunch before getting in line for the ferry over an hour before departure.(as they request) 


The ride itself was peaceful enough. We watched the departure from the open deck, wandered around a while and then grabbed some seats so we could both kinda doze for a while.  After arriving in Digby, excitement is finally starting to grow. This is our home province now. And as a new local I will share something that we learned the hard way.


Do NOT take route 203!


I don't care what google says, I don't care what apple says. Do not!


Basically, you start loosing cell service and then suddenly the road gets SO bad. I mean, potholes taking up an entire side of the road and ruts deep enough to scrape any low car and the fact the road was so poorly built there is grass growing up though it most of the time for a few kms!

We had to drive 50 on a 80 posted road just to have enough time to break and swerve after we realised what was going on. When we did finally make it to Shelburne, the lady at the Inn was all like "oh yeah, no one uses that road it's just so bad" and I was like, "Well nobody told google." But Yeah, Seriously..... do not.


We did get here safely by 7:20pm and managed to get a quick takeout order at a chinese food place before they closed at 8. Every restaurant here that was open (most of them seem to be breakfast & lunch only), was closed by 8. Even the grocery store closes at 9pm.

We are safe in our cozy room at the Inn and look forward to sleeping in tomorrow as our meeting with the lawyer isn't until the afternoon.


Saturday, 13 August 2022

Good-bye Quebec

Woke up at 7:30 and after a quick breakfast and a wave as we passed the Hospital where Hugslut was born, we hit the highway. 



We decided to avoid driving through Montreal so we took the back roads. 90% of the speed but 5000% of the beauty and calm. 




It was a lovely day for a drive. We Stopped just outside of Alfred Ontario for some gas and a nap around 10am and were back on the road at 10:45 heading into Quebec at the Hawkesbury/Grenville bridge. 


We stopped near Lavaltrie for lunch at 1pm. Back on the highway before 1:45. 


The hearse is doing surprisingly well on gas. We’re getting 22mpg (10.6L/100km) which is about what we got with the Juke and it wasn’t loaded with our stuff. 


We ran into a TON of construction on the main highway between Quebec City and New Brunswick. 






Managed to get two pics I’ve been trying to remember every time we drove past. 






Sunset that blinded us for 30 min before turning pretty. 





Got to Grand Falls at 9pm but everything was closed except mcD(and they close at 10!) After a McDinner we checked into the hotel at 10, tired, and ready for a goon night’s rest. 

Friday, 12 August 2022

Good-bye Ontario

 Yesterday was a LOT of work. 


Hugslut and I packed everything we had ready into the back of the car. So many trips in the elevator taking 3-5 boxes down on a dolly. And then I’d crawl in to tetris stuff as Hugslut passed it to me. 


Gotta tell you, it was HOT yesterday(especially in the back of a dark blue hearse). We took a water-&-cooldown break after each load or two and as we reached dinner time we decided to stop for dinner and a movie before finishing the job. 




As we finished up with the movie Wolfie dropped in for one last visit. We chatted and hugged and Wolfie helped with one more trip to the car and we chatted some more and hugged some more and by the time he was out the door, we realized neither of us had the energy to rally for another trip down to the car.  


So we went to bed and got up early this morning for showers and the last minute things. 


There was a surprising amount left to do this morning. We barely fit everything we wanted to take. “It fits where it touches” as Mum would say. 







After hitting mcD for well deserved and greatly desired breakfast with coffee, we finally got on the highway at 10:30am. 


Stopped at Mom’s in Hamilton for hugs and goodbyes.


We decided to avoid Toronto by taking the 407 and then after our 3pm lunch when the craziness of Ontario drivers was too annoying, Hugslut rerouted is through the back roads for a much nicer view. We saw a LOT of cows and horses and lakes and it was just so much better. (Sorry no pics of said critters, didn’t think of it at the time). 


One of my brothers kindly offered a spare room for our trip through so we wouldn’t need a hotel. We got to his place in Ottawa at 8. 


There was no way we were cooking dinner so we picked a restaurant off google. Al Halabi is a wonderful Middle Eastern restaurant on Bank Street.  (100% halal if that matters to you) Just delicious. 


Sorry if the formatting is not up to snuff. I’m not unburying my laptop bag so this was done on the phone. 


We’re going to be now for an early morning. 

G-nite folks. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Our last day in London.

 It seems unreal. A month of craziness has led to this.


Tomorrow is our last full day here. We will spend it loading our stuff in the back of our hearse.


Tomorrow we pack our books and clothes and keepsakes into our car to be ready for the early morning.

Tomorrow we find out how much of the maybe-stuff can fit with the definitely-coming-stuff.

Tomorrow night we watch one last movie on the big TV, and sleep in our uncomfortable bed one last time.


This move is so weird and so big. I feel queasy.


Friday, 5 August 2022

Traveling in Style

So last Friday we rented a car, dropped off Albert the budgie with his new caretaker. If you need a bird sitter in London Ontario, do consider Lori's Bird-sitting as she has been wonderful for us. 

Planning to test drive some trucks the next day because everything was closed, we decided to take a nosey around some of the car lots and save ourselves some time. In one of the lots we spotted the PERFECT vehicle for our trip.... but had to go home to consider it.



Now I know you're thinking, "No way! That'll be super pricy and where will you fit all your stuff?" But I've gotta tell ya, this three day trip is going to be be so comfy. Just look at these powered seats!


And believe it or not, this 2004 has only 53,000km on it... and it was selling for just under $10k. The ride is so smooth, it's like bobbing along in a boat. 

As for all our stuff, well, the back is as spacious as a capped pickup, so we'll have no trouble there.


That's right folks. We bought a hearse!

We thought about it over-night and decided that since the gas milage was about the same as a truck, and the storage capacity was about the same as a truck, and the length/parking difficulty was about the same as a truck, but the price was 1/2 to 1/3 of a truck.... hell yeah we can be the weirdos with a hearse!


I gotta tell ya though, insuring this sucker was a pain in the neck. Regular car insurance didn't want to touch it because it's a "commercial" style vehicle, but commercial insurance didn't want to touch it because we don't have a business and won't be using it as a commercial vehicle. After a bazillian phone calls to half a bazillian insurance companies we eventually wound up begging at the metaphoric doorstep of Mitchel and Whale where a lovely lady named Tania took pity and found a solution for us.

We will likely sell it after the move as it's not really suitable for a load of logs or manure so I'd still like a cheap truck for the farm and we will both want a small fuel efficient car to zip around in... but for now, for the move, this is the best vehicle idea we've had all month.

With that taken care of, our downpayment & fees wired to the lawyer, and less than a week until move out... things are coming together.

Friday, 29 July 2022

My kingdom for a truck!

I've spent most on the last week trying to get junk removal companies to call me back. We are now (finally) booked with a company that will clear out all the furniture & stuff, and another company that will come in the next day to clean the place top to bottom including inside cupboards and appliances. (I refuse to let the landlord company charge me $200 for cleaning out an oven.)

We have electric and internet set up for the new house. A mattress and bedding being shipped to the new house as well as a bed frame on order at a local store for us to pick up. We've been packing and sorting clothes into donation bags as well as throwing out some obvious garbage(why did I still have that broken mouse?). We also decided that trucking Albert across the country was not going to be doable and decided to pay our bird sitter to find a good home for him so he doesn't wind up with some rando from kijiji.

With that in order, attention is now solely focused on buying a truck.

We discovered renting a u-haul truck to move our stuff and tow our car on a dolly was not only overkill(smallest truck is probably 4X more space than we need) and hard to manoeuvre(especially with the car towed behind), but also that it would cost us $10k-$12k!... we decided to sell the car(because it couldn't tow) and buy a used pickup with a cap that we could fill with our stuff and I could use as a farm truck after the move. Depending on what we bring we may need a trailer but that's just $2k-$4k for a trailer we get to keep or sell after.

We did get a good price on the car thanks to CanadaDrives and the fact that used cars are in high demand right now... But buying a truck has been a horrible slog. Hugslut did a ton of research to narrow down what type of truck we wanted and which year ranges on those trucks were the most reliable and we went looking. 

There's so many sketchy places, and we turned down a lot of trucks that were overpriced rust buckets before we found an awesome truck at an awesome price. It's at a dealership so it'll be safety-ed and the engine was just replaced(due to a recall on the old engines) so it will be under warranty for a year.

Unfortunately after they put the new engine in there was an unspecified "noise" at 80km so they won't let us test-drive it because it may be unsafe and it's been a week of "maybe tomorrow"s.

Today we walked downtown to rent a car so we could drop Albert off and drive around tomorrow to look at other options for trucks.

Wish us luck?

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

So Glad the Paperwork Mountain is Digital

This entire week has been filled with emails, texts and phone calls to so many people, plus pdfs to review, and digital paperwork to sign to the point I'm surprised how much packing and stuff sorting we've managed.

As administrator for this household I've taken on most of the co-ordination so Hugslut can focus on her dayjob. She's of course been packing and such in the evening with me but the phone calls and such usually need to happen during "business hours". We've met all our conditions by the deposit date so mostly we need to focus on things a little closer at hand.

We have almost a pickup truck load of boxes!



So far the plan is this:
  1. Continue the paperwork process(which seems never-ending and I'm glad they didn't tell me how many forms I'd have to do because OMG)
  2. Buy an old pickup truck. (This one is dragging out because there's so few that match what we want.)
  3. Sell the new car. (It's only a few months old so we are eating the depreciation, but it's otherwise very valuable so we should have $$$ left over between the car and truck.)
  4. Finish choosing what's coming with us even if some of it still needed and so not packed.
  5. Have a home clearing company come in and assess, and then remove all the rest of our stuff.(preferably for free or with $$ to us)
  6. Move to Nova Scotia
    • Pack all our belongings into the back of the pickup.(If not everything fits, mail bulky stuff like blankets and pillows)
    • HugSlut drives our stuff to our new house. (This may or may not include me and Albert.)
    • We are in search of a new home for Albert because moving him that far seems very stressful.
    • If we can't find a good home for him and decide trucking the bird across the country for 3-4 days is too much for him or too cramped for us, I will take the train with the bird. (Hugslut will have to retrieve us from Halifax which is 3 hrs from the house)
  7. On Aug 16th, look over our new house and decide once and for all if we're buying this thing... and sign paperwork to that effect.
  8. Get a couple groceries for morning and a takeout pizza from the local grocery to eat off our cardboard boxes as we sit on the floor and hope the mattress I ordered arrives before we need to sleep.
Everything's happening so fast so I have to keep reminding myself that there's still weeks before we leave otherwise I'd be panicking about the fact we don't have our truck yet. Back to sorting through our stuff... 

The paperwork might be digital, but the mountain of boxes certainly isn't. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

WE GOT THE HOUSE!

Photo of boxed books lined up along a hall wall.
Last night we started packing because even if we didn't get this house we really needed to declutter and at the very least, the books we wanted to bring could sit in storage for a few months with no harm.

This morning I went out to get more boxes and started hauling our random stuff up from the apartment building's basement storage locker. I was in the middle of doing this when our realestate agent(T) texted to say, "Just heard from listing agent they will be terminating the other offer. Great news!"

Hugslut and I happy danced for a while and talked to (T) on the phone about what comes next. After discussing how disappointed we were with the response times of the lawyer we picked at random, (T) suggested a local lawyer he has worked with before and said that everyone in that office is friendly and helpful. I called them up and yeah, (C) is going to be our lawyer for this. (B) never even called us back so I called them and told them not to bother.

So much packing to do......... okay gotta go. Bye!

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Summer 2022 Road Trip - The Drive Back to Ontario

2022-07-06

Last night we got our mortgage homework done and sent the paperwork off to the mortgage specialist. 

We then went down the road to a nice place called Sports Rock for dinner. The food was good and the waitress there was super excited for us and I told her that I hoped the next time we came through it would be with a moving truck.

I slept well but because I’m far too worked up about the house thing I woke up at 4:30am. Hugslut got up at 8am but between breakfast, checking out, getting on the highway, remembering we need gas, getting back off the highway for gas and the coffee we clearly need… we didn't get back on the highway for the day until about 10:30am. 

I dozed in the car while we made our way toward Fredericton and beyond. Around noon our mortgage lady called to say our pre-approval went through for much more than we’ll need to negotiate this house. 

We stopped near Woodstock for gas and lunch. No news yet. Nice weather though. 



The seller has until 7pm to respond…. We’re counting the minutes. 

At 2:30 Meg was feeling drowsy so we pulled over so she could take a nap. Back on the road for 3:15. 

Our RealEstate guy called at 3:45 with expected news. Basically the other buyer has until the 14th to get the money together whether they sell their house or not, and we’re the backup plan if that falls through. 

We made it to the hotel in Quebec about 6:30, had a nice dinner, and discussed what the next little while is going to look like. 

Good night

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2022-07-07

I love the indoor balconies of Hotel Plaza Quebec. 

NightMorning

We got up at 8 and hit the highway about 9. It should be a short drive to get to Ottawa today. 

Last night we were re-reading the paperwork and decided that not only would we need a lawyer to do the title search, we should really have one look over the paperwork before the cut off on the 20th. So we looked up some NS lawyers and picked one for me to call this morning. 

I called about 10am and sent the paperwork to be looked over and we should get a call back soon. 

So… this is the largest number of professionals I’ve had to deal with at the same time. Usually it’s call one place (doctor, car repair, etc) and book an appointment. Done. 

Now we have:
- a realestate agent(T)
- a mortgage specialist(E) 
- a lawyer(B)

As well as referrals to:
- a home inspector 
- a general contractor
- the best place to buy steak in the area

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Omg so much traffic due to construction going through Montreal. We stopped for gas and food on the far side of the mess and we’re back on the highway for 1:30pm. 

We’re both feeling crummy. 
Probably all the fast food. 

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We had a lovely dinner with one of my brothers and his family before popping in to visit my other brother on our way to where we were staying for the night. 

We’re all tucked in here and looking forward to getting home tomorrow. 

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2022-07-08

Woke at 7:30 to find the internet across Ontario and maybe farther was very broken. Thankfully the car signal was good and our map system was working. 

We turned in the keys and hit the road early grabbing some Timmies on the way. 

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Holy moly everyone is driving like lunatics today. Almost saw a bunch of crashes and we were almost in one or two. 

Thankfully we could stop at mom’s for tea and a de-stress break. 

Got home safely about 6:30pm. 

Thanks for joining us on the trip. I will keep you updated on house stuff but it’ll be many days between updates. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Summer 2022 Road Trip - House Hunting Day 2

2022-07-05

We decided to forego hotel breakfast in favour of eating in the car to get a head start on the day. (The hotel coffee sucks.) We hit the highway about 7:30am. 



First place we looked at in Reynoldscroft had lots of out buildings including a small 1br ”cottage”with a kitchenette. It had ocean frontage, but the shore was large, weed filled rocks that led to large, orange slime covered rocks. Not exactly a beach. 

The kitchen was weirdly laid out with the stove in a lil unventilated closet looking nook and the fridge in a separate pantry area with the washer and dryer. It was a 1.5 house so all the bedrooms had slanty ceilings. To top it all off, one look at the very damp crawl space with rusty supports told me this house would need expensive fixing in 5-10 years. Surprisingly this was still the best option we’d seen. It got a solid “maybe”. 


Then we drove about 30 min to the next place fell in love. 






Clark’s Harbour is surrounded by a bunch of nice beaches has some local stuff like a Red&White(small grocery store incl. some ready-to-eat options), library, and tourism office. The house is <15 min drive to Barrington Passage which has large grocery stores, NSLC(liquor), banks, hardware store, Timmies, McD, sit down restaurants, etc. There’s also a bunch of smaller shops on Cape Sable Island itself. The island is connected to the mainland with a nice bridge/road so no ferries are needed to get to the mainland. 

The house is up a smal road and a long drive so it’s far back from the main road. The trees surrounding the house clearing gives lots of privacy. 

There’s a large shed with lots of room for yard equipment and a loft for additional storage. Next to the shed is a large flattened gravel area that has enough room for us to put a granny flat/guest cottage or two. 

The house… where to start on the house… 

It’s a split entry so the “front door” (that no one in NS uses) spits down to a half buried basement and a higher up main floor. 

On the basement level is the garage that lets you drive in at the back, which leads to an insulated and heated room that is very rough looking but might make a nice storage or workshop. 

Through another door takes you to the properly finished space. The hallway and stairs are carpeted and there’s one of the bedrooms to the left. It does have a drop ceiling we don’t like very much but it’s just a cosmetic niggle that’s easily changed if we really care. 

Up the stairs, past the front door to the main floor, to the right is a big open living room with nice big windows. Through there brings you to the kitchen table area with a sliding glass door to the deck. The kitchen (with a normal door to the same deck) is absolutely lovely. Modern, high oven, lots of counter space and plenty of storage. 

You can get to the small "office/den" we figure will be a pantry directly from the kitchen. Down the hall is  a decently sized bedroom that could be Hugslut's office, and the large main bedroom with a double closet. It’s connected to the bathroom which includes the laundry setup. The bathroom’s set up with two doors so the it is kind of an ensuite but also has a door to the hall. 

The deck out back is very large with plenty of room for a bbq and a table and chairs. Due to the split entry nature of the house, the deck is a good 4 ft off the ground as well which makes for easy maintenance. 

The mowed area is plenty to get started with Gardens and chickens and the surrounding lands can be expanded into as the farm grows. 

So now comes all the paperwork! It’s not ours yet but we put an offer in and we’re are working with a mortgage specialist(E) and a realestate agent(T) and getting in touch with a lawyer(B). 

Hopefully it will be ours in mid-August. 

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We’ve been on the road home for a while and just got a text from our realestate guy(T) saying there’s someone else vying for that house but they want to sell their house before buying so the seller will likely counter offer us. The way it works is if we accept the counter offer the first buyer has a set amount of time to get the money together to be competitive whether their house sells or not.  

The seller has until tomorrow to send the counter offer so… for now we wait. 

Checked into the hotel in Moncton NS at 6:45p. Now to get some bank statements and such emailed to the mortgage lady. 



Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Summer 2022 Road Trip - House Hunting Day 1

2022-07-03
Photo of an empty highway under a grey overcast sky.

It was an early start as the first location was a 3 hour drive. 
We were breakfasted an on the highway by 9am. Yesterday was foggy and dark and windy with patches of sunny. Today seems to just be mild and overcast. 

We got to the first house in Upper Wedgeport and although it was well cared for and the owner was sprucing the place up, it did not check off enough boxes to be a solid candidate this year. 

Unfortunately the house in Saulnierville we were excited to see, isn’t showing any more.

Also, when we got to the house in St.Alphonse… it was the wrong house in St.Alphonse. Turns out due to a miscommunication the realestate guy (J) had made an appointment at a house Hugslut and I ruled out a while ago. 

We cleared that up and he(J) got us an appointment at the correct house in St. Alphonse Monday at 10am. I also called around and got us a viewing with another realestate agent (T) at a house in Clark’s Harbour for Tuesday morning at 10am. 
Photo of a tourist information post in downtown Yarmouth with three maps showing local points of interest.
We went downtown Yarmouth for a late lunch at Jake’s Family Restaurant and I boggled at how small town the biggest metro area in NS other than Halifax truly is. Turns out the population in the town of Yarmouth is about 7,000!

We’ve got a nice lil motel room at the Best Western Mermaid in Yarmouth for the next two nights so we can see the houses. It's a two story motel with a pool and the staff are friendly and helpful.

We got a bit of a surprise when we walked down to the gas station and grabbed some milk at the CircleK. Turns out the milk in NovaScotia is pasteurised but NOT homogenised. I am not used to needing to shake milk before pouring so Hugslut got a very creamy tea because of it. lol

Hope you all are enjoying the updates and had fun this weekend.



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2022-07-04

Up breakfasted and on the road by 9:15. Today we’re looking at St.Alphonse.

The property was lovely. It had the outbuildings promised and looked good… until we went inside. 

The kitchen was just as weird and cramped if not more so than the pictures showed. We were prepared for that, but there was only one bedroom. The “bedroom” off the kitchen would make a decent pantry, but that still leaves Hugslut with no office. The basement was a 3/4 height crawl space that was too damp for most storage. 

The “workshop/studio with a porch” we were thinking of converting to a granny-flat/guest-cottage had no insulation or drywall. It was a glorified shed. And the barn it turns out, was in poor shape to the point the last buyers were advised to tear it down, and they hadn’t done so. 

After deciding that was a no, we found a nice spot to watch the ocean. 


Since there was nothing else planned for the day, we took a drive up to Digby and back down again to checkout the countryside in the summer. 

Back at the hotel in Yarmouth before 5pm and I made some calls to squeeze in one more showing tomorrow. 

We’ll be checking out MLS 202212075 in Clarks Harbour at 10am and we now also have a viewing at MLS 202212107 in Reynoldscroft at 9am. Both are with the second realestate guy(T). The other calls I made didn't get back to me soon enough.

We were planning on starting our trip back to Ontario in the morning but figure starting back a few hours later just means we don't get as far on the first leg. (Maybe Moncton NB, but more likely Truro NS instead of the planned Fredricton NB.) Turning in early tonight.

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Summer 2022 Road Trip - Halifax Area

2022-07-01 Happy Canada Day!

Beds are VERY comfortable in the Atlantica Halifax. Last night we did some googling and found some shops just around the block as well as a Wendy’s for breakfast because the hotel breakfast seemed a bit pricey($8 for oatmeal). 

We also found out that there are lots of events today just a block or two away and chose to delay that decision until after breakfast. 

We eventually decided to just relax and recover from the trip for the morning and we went out to get Donair for lunch. We ate on a baseball diamond bleacher overlooking the Halifax commons.




If you squint/zoom you’ll see the Canada Day festivities on the far side of the park. In between us and them is just a bunch of people enjoying the commons by playing games or just sitting out in the sun. There’s even some folks playing spikeball (which we hadn’t seen before).

The afternoon turned into a nice long nap and then we had some Domino’s for dinner. The wedding is tomorrow evening so the next email might be short. 

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2022-07-02

Today Hugslut’s co-worker/friend is getting married. We’re to be picked up by the shuttle at 3:30pm. 

The breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant was good and reasonably priced. $17 incl. coffee, juice, fruit, yogurt, and such with the trays of hot food (compared to the $15+ per meal without refills or drinks if ordering off the menu). 

We got ready and went to wedding. 
Was a lovely party at their family home by the ocean.




During the party I excused myself somewhere away from the music to get back in touch with the realestate agent (J) that was supposed to be showing us properties the next day. His attitude was very lackadaisical and it was a pain just to get him to commit to a time and place. Once we we had a plan I went back too enjoying the atmosphere of the party.

There were shuttles back to the hotels but we weren't sure where or when to catch it so missed the one that came at 9pm. It was about an hour before it came back so we got to the hotel and into bed around 11pm.