Our awesome ladies…

There is an article in today’s Chronicle Herald about the Stitch and Bitch club. Thought I would post it for posterity. (The online articles go away after awhile)

LUNENBURG — Elmer Beck wants to know what’s going on.
He’s sitting in his wheelchair in the veterans unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg waiting for a game of bowling to begin when he notices a couple of ladies chatting off to the side.
“We’ve brought afghans,” Ellen Hunt said as she walks over.
He thinks they’re attractive.
“My wife’s upstairs,” Beck
said, referring to the alternate level of care unit on the floor above where he lives.
He would like to pick an afghan out for his wife. It is a sweet gesture.
“This one here would be nice,” he said, lifting open a striped
pink, blue, white, green and burgundy afghan.
“What’s the price?” he asks.
But Hunt assures him there is no price and she will make sure his wife, Nita, gets the afghan.
The afghans are made by a group of women who get together at a local campground every Sunday morning. The LaHave River Campground Stitch and Bitch group has grown to 13 members in the two years since Verna Lowe started it.
Lowe, a 73-year-old widow, has always enjoyed crocheting and
knitting. There were times she had bits of yarn left over that weren’t enough to
be useful, so she started bringing them to the campground, where she has spent
her summer weekends for the past 10 years.
She had a close group of friends and asked the women if they could bring along some odds and ends, too, so that could pool their resources to make afghans for the sick and elderly in homes and hospitals.
Lowe all but blushes at the name the ladies picked for their club, saying she is almost too embarrassed to say it out loud.
“You know what gets done the most,” she giggles.
They “get together every Sunday morning at 10 o’clock” and natter about anything that comes to mind, except politics and religion, as they work away on their squares of yarn.
They’ve become so well known among their circle of friends and family that people drop off donations at the campground’s office.
So far, the group has distributed 97 afghans. The ladies, ranging in ages from their late 20s to 70s, have enough squares for another three afghans, so they’ll hit the 100 mark soon.
“We want people in the community to know not to throw their yarn out in the garbage but to give it to us; no matter how tiny the balls are we can use them,” Hunt
said.
“They’re all so beautiful,” said Paul Falt, 89, a resident of the veterans unit.
Hunt gives him first pick of the afghans and tucks it around his lap. Moments later, they’re chatting about Falt’s home community of Petite Riviere, Lunenburg County.
Hunt promises she will be back to listen to memories of the people and places so sharp in his mind. He is looking forward to that, the thought warming him as much as the colourful blanket on his lap.

Welcome to 2010

I’m quite a bit late with this post. We’ve been open for a month now. Compared to last year the weather has been incredible so far. Hopefully it is a portent of things to come. I definitely don’t want any hurricane forecasts for weekends this year. And certainly not two in a row.

We’ve made a few changes to the place as well since last year. The pond is gone. The buildings that were next to the pond are gone. We are in the process of turning that land into pull through sites. It’s going to look great when it’s all done. I’ll post some pictures once I pick out some good ones.

The seasonals got together and decided on their entertainment for the year. Here’s the line up.

June 19th – Crib Tournament
June 26th – Dance – Shane’s Mix it Up DJ
July 3rd – Pot Luck Supper
July 10th – Wawhooie tournament
July 17th – Washer Toss tournament
– Dance – Southern Comfort Band
July 24th – Yard Sale
July 31st – Christmas in July
– Karaoke
August 7th – Auction 45 tournament
August 14th – Mardi Gras Parade
– Dance – Crazy Craig Martin Band
August 21st – Pot luck Breakfast
August 28th – Karaoke
September 4th – Variety Show
– Miss Lahave River Pageant
– Fireworks
September 5th – Horseshoe Tournament
– Childrens events
– BBQ hot dogs
September 11th – Kettle boil
September 18th – Karaoke
October 9th – Closing Supper

There will also be a corn boil during the first or second week of September depending on when corn is available.

And don’t forget there is Bingo every Saturday afternoon.

Orion Constellation

It will soon be time to say goodbye to Orion for another season, so I thought I’d share a bit about him.

Orion consists of seven stars, Betelgeuse (bright redish star in the top left corner), Rigel (bright blueish star on his left hip), Bellatrix, Mintaka, Alnilam, Alnitak, and Saiph. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, we can only see Orion in the winter months. It is probably most recognizable because of his belt, the three stars arranged in a straight line.

They story of Orion is that he was a great hunter, who had fallen in love with the Goddess Artemis. Artemis’ brother Apollo considered this relationship inappropriate and created a giant scorpion. This scorpions armour was so strong that Orion couldn’t pierce it and he was in turn stung by the scorpion and killed. Artemis was so devastated by the loss of her lover that she had him imortilized in the stars. After Apollo heard this he sent the scorpion to the stars to chase Orion for eternity.

Hopefully the sky is clear tonight so you can take a look.

Nifty camping gadgets

I thought I’d take a stroll through gadget land and see what’s new for camping.

This is a portable oven that reaches 300 degrees. Enough to roast a chicken or bake cookies.

I haven’t been able to find any information on it other than it’s a prototype from Taiwan Textile Research Institute. But it’s still pretty nifty.

How about these…

They are bottle opener sandals. You can’t leave home without a bottle opener. Right?

Look what else I found… Now that’s a power roaster.

This one’s pretty cool. It’s a solar powered cooler. But it will charge your cell phone. It also has speakers so you can plug in your ipod and listen while you walk. Or drink.

And last but not least everybody needs one of these to sit around a campfire on those cool evenings.

Look, I found this one too…

OK. That’s enough fun for now. See y’all in a couple of months.

Halifax RV Show 2010

Well the RV Show was this past weekend. What a blast we had. It was so very tiring, but oh so much fun.

And the rigs… Oh the rigs… RV’s sure have come along way. It seemed like the new thing for this year was the outside kitchens. Yup. You lift up a door on the outside of the RV and it reveals a kitchen complete with stove, sink, fridge, cupboards and drawers. Silly me, I forgot to take a picture of one, but here is what they look like.

We met some of the other campground owners from Nova Scotia. And lots and lots of campers looking for new places to go camping. Hopefully they’ll hit our little spot this year. It was also nice to see some of our seasonal and regular campers again.

RV Show – Feb 4 to 7th

If you camp with us or you want to you should go to the RV Show
Luc and I have been brainstorming for the RV show, and trying to come up with ideas for people to come and see us. Other than our charming personalities of course.
The RV Show is February 4th to 7th. If you are in the market for a new camper or RV, you can’t miss the deals. Or if you are like me, just come out and drool over the new rigs. Just don’t drool on the floors. 😉
Here’s what we are offering for people that stop by our table:
  • A draw for a free weekend in one of our huts
  • A second draw for a Lahave River Campground T-shirt
  • If you come by and book a weekend for camping or a hut, we will give you a coupon for 20% off that weekend. One weekend per family only. No substitutions.
  • For our seasonals new and old, because we can’t forget about them. If you stop by our table, and say hi, we will put your name into a draw to save $50 off your seasonal lot fee for 2010. This draw will be done in May once one of the payment options has been made.
We are looking forward to seeing lots of people.
Look back a couple of posts and I’ve posted at $1.00 off coupon for the show. It looks like crap in the post because I’m still trying to figure out how to fix the template for the blog, but if you click on it, it should open up in a new window where you can print it off.
Look forward to seeing everybody.

Halifax RV Show 2010

The Halifax RV show will be at Exhibition Park February 4th to 7th 2010.
We will have a campground booth this year.

Come on out and take a look at what’s new in RV’s. Stop by our booth and say Hi.
Here is a $1.00 off admission coupon too.

Campground ratings

So Luc and I were at the Nova Scotia Quality Visitor Services Society’s AGM on Sunday, November 29th. They are responsible for developing, and rating programs for accommodations and campgrounds in Nova Scotia.

Quality Visitor Services (QVS) is an independent, non-profit society delivering nationally accepted quality programs to assist the traveling and vacationing public.
QVS assists Nova Scotia accommodation operators in developing, maintaining & improving their accommodations in areas that are meaningful to the traveller while improving thier competitive position in the worldwide tourism industry.
QVS offers three national programs; Canada Select for Hotels, Motels, B&B’s etc; Camping Select for Campgrounds; and Access Canada for standards for people with special needs and disabilities.

Our campground is a member of Camping Select. We had a choice of that or the CAA program. I don’t know CAA for accommodations just doesn’t seem right, and I’m not sure how much clout the CAA program has for campgrounds.

Where would you go looking for a recommendation for a campground? CAA or Camping Select?

Our Camping Select ratings are 2.5 for facilities and 2 for recreation. Compared to other campgrounds in the area (South Shore), we are better than average. (Average for facilities is 2.36 and 1.33 for recreation) I think that’s pretty cool.

If you are interested in reading up on the campground standards, here is the link

http://www.qvs.ca/myfiles/Campground%20Criteria.pdf

Leonid Meteor Shower

Well I’m a little late with this information but maybe you might find something interesting about it anyway.

The Leonid Meteor Shower makes it’s appearance every year in November with November 17th and 18th being the busiest. This year the high time was the wee hours of November 17th. Like 3am to 5am. It was predicted that there would be between 3 and 4 hundred meteors an hour. No. I didn’t get up to see. But I did however see a meteor last night about 9pm. We may see little straglers for the next couple of nights.

Did you know…

  • The Leonids are so named because they seem to originate from the constellation Leo.
  • The actual comet name is Temple-Tuttle
  • It has an intensity cycle of 33 or 34 years
  • The meteors from the Leonids actually make a buzzing sound
  • The shower was so intense in 1833 that people thought the world was ending.
  • The size of the meteors from the Leonids is the size of a grain of sand.