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Halifax favourites

I didn’t even have a chance to prepare a Halifax favourites post before actually leaving Halifax – too busy wrapping up school & jobs. As time consuming as that was, I’m now done, back in lovely Ottawa, and have the time to share a few of my favourite spots in Halifax.

What’re your favourites? I’m sure there are many places I didn’t even get a chance to try, as my time there flew by so quickly!

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Some photo creds to Kevin James

Tall Ships Festival 2012

I didn’t realize that the Tall Ships Festival isn’t an annual occurrence in Halifax until after it happened. Thankfully, I still made it out a few times to see this amazing spectacle – and an amazing spectacle it was! I’m so glad we were lucky enough to be living in Halifax this summer to see the tall ships fill the pier and to share in the celebrations, fireworks, music, and more.

Here are some of the photos I took from one evening down by the water.

Enjoy!

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The ocean & a lot of rhubarb

If you ever ask me if I want to go visit the ocean, go the beach, be near any body of water, the answer will always be YES! And (an important consideration in Nova Scotia), it will be an extra enthusiastic yes if it’s sunny.

Every time I visit the salt water I’m hit with the realization that I now live on the east coast. Somehow it still hasn’t sunk in, even after 9 months. I am on the edge of Canada and it’s pretty neat. For those that aren’t here, and thus may be enjoying the heat of elsewhere, here are some photos of the ocean for you to enjoy! In the coming weeks we’ll be developing the film so keep an eye out for those, too.

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On another note, I just scored a huge bundle of rhubarb! As mentioned in previous posts, rhubarb is one of my favourites. Actually, a lot of things are my favourites, but rhubarb’s definitely up there. Any brilliant ideas for what I should bake with it? I was thinking lemon-rhubarb squares, but I want to explore some other ideas. What are your favourites?

Video for a friend

A few weeks ago our friend came up with the brilliant idea of a group of us creating short videos to A) convince our friend to come back to Canada and B) wish him a happy birthday.

After getting the logistics of my video under control, a challenge given that I’m an on-the-fly-it’ll-work-out kind of person, it went pretty smoothly. Kevin James filmed and edited it and I made the brownies.

Check it out! It was super fun to make! Also, I love Gram Parsons!

Time for Halifax

There’s been a big break in blog posts while we were preparing for and moving to Halifax…

So, first things first… I live in Halifax now. Weird. When I came here for a visit a few years ago I left with a feeling that this was a place I needed to live in for a while. So, here I am. Hello, Halifax! We made the decision when I accepted an offer to the Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie. We then loaded our life possessions into a bus and drove East with 7 friends. The move went incredibly well and we’re finally getting settled in. Got jobs, started classes, the works.

I’m really excited about living in Halifax and having a whole new city to explore and discover. That said, I really know very little of the great things I imagine this city has to offer. Eats? Drinks? Vintage? Cycling? Crafts? Stores? Music? Venues? Activities? Any advice or recommendations? I’d love to hear what those who know Halifax well think I should check out.

Also, here’s what’s coming up for the blog this fall..

In the coming weeks: peanut butter cookies, pumpkin muffins, classic apple pie, carrot cake cupcakes

In the coming months: Etsy store, new blog design

 

Why pay for cable when you can make your own digital TV antenna?

It’s true, you can and you should make one of these. It’s much less expensive than purchasing the prefabricated product from a store, it uses materials you can find easily/around your home, and it will be great when tv signals switch from analog to digital (September in Canada).

I’ve made two of these now, one for myself and one for a friend. Interested in making one for yourself? Here’s how, as adapted from this tutorial:

Supplies:

  1. One piece of wood, 3″ wide x 20″ long x 3/4″ thick (I bought a long piece of wood (3″ x 3/4″ and had it cut by the store into 20″ sections – most hardware stores should do this for you)
  2. Four wire coat hangers
  3. Ten round head wood screws 3/4″ long
  4. Ten washers (screws should fit inside and they should be wide enough to hold the coat hangers/copper wire in place)
  5. Two 22″ lengths of insulated copper wire
  6. One 75 to 300 ohm matching transformer with spade clips on one end and female F connector on the other
  7. One coaxial cable (available in a variety of lengths)

All of the above items are readily available at any local hardware store.

Instructions (open this .pdf instruction file obtained from this website to go along with the below instructions – note that I have made some modifications to the instructions, which are reflected below):

  1. On your 20″ piece of wood, mark out the dimensions making note of the placement of screws.
  2. Pre-drill holes for your screws using an electric screw driver (if you have one) to make assembly easier.
  3. Screw in the screws half-way, with the washers in place.
  4. Cut the corners of your coat hangers to make 8 “V” shapes with each part of the “V” being 8″ long.
  5. Sand the area where the “V”s bend to ensure contact with the copper wire.
  6. Bend the copper wire around the screws as seen in the diagram and make a 1″ mark on the plastic covering at each contact point.
  7. With an exacto knife, cut out the 1″ pieces of plastic covering on the copper wire to make the actual wire have contact with each of the screws.
  8. Attach the copper wire and coat hangers as seen in the diagram, holding them in place with the washer on top. Tighten the screws to secure everything.
  9. For the middle screws that don’t have coat hanger “V”s, attach the two ends of the transformer – the tips of the transformer should be between the copper wire and the washer. Tighten the screws to hold them in place.
  10. Finally, attach one end of the coaxial cable to the transformer and the other end to your tv.

Now that you’re all hooked you can prepare yourself for some awesome digital viewing. Use the “tv tuner” on your tv (located in the menus) to “search” for digital signals. Try a few times, placing the antenna in different locations, to find the best results.

I hope you try out this project. It’s definitely rewarding when you can build something yourself and, with the additional benefit of no monthly bill, you’ve got the best hook-up in town!

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Is there going to be an auction nearby? Make sure you go!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a post. A long while – sorry!

I went to Saskatchewan last week and was it ever fun. Feeding cattle, going to a farm show, eating buffalo (yummmm)… There was one particular event that stood out, though, and I have to share.

The auction! It was an estate auction in Laird, Sask. and while I was told it was small in comparison to the others that often happen, it was still fantastic in my books. There were lots of household items including furniture, bakeware, appliances, books, and toys, but also farm equipment, trees and even a house. The main reason I wanted to share this is because of the creative potential that can result from an auction. Depending on where the auction is and who else is there, you may very well be able to pick up a great piece of furniture (or another item in which you may have an interest – craft supplies, bakeware, fabric, etc). While the item you pick up may need some refinishing or sanding or cleaning, you could easily turn it into a re-sale product or something great for your home or apartment. The potential is there folks, so go check out an auction! Fun and worthwhile.

If you live in Ontario, you may want to check out this link for auctions near you.