Taco Any Day! Entertaining Tips.

Taco Any Day! Entertaining Tips.

Why should Tuesday’s have all the taco fun? With most of us working from home and kids going back to school…ish, I feel that we need to take advantage of any excuse to spend time with friends…and tacos!

Let me start by saying that our region of Atlantic Canada is one of the safest places on earth at the moment, we’re allowed to meet friends in restaurants, sans mask, and gather at home with friends; no rules were broken in the making of this post.

I blog a lot about entertaining and how it’s more important to get out and spend time with loved ones than it is to be the perfect host, with the perfect menu for your perfect friends. My friends are awesome, but they are far from perfect, thank goodness, how boring would that be?

Taco Night Out

For my Taco night out, I was joined by Kenda and Stacey; two of us have been working from home alone and two of us have been grounded and unable to do our normal jobs of flying all over the place. I felt we needed some girl time…and tacos. I thought about hosting a taco dinner at my place, but to be honest, I am getting so sick of being in my condo!!

So why not host a small intimate dinner party at our local Mexican restaurant? Where we just needed to show up and have someone serve us tacos and daiquiris, it really was a no brainer.

To make it a bit more fun, I brought a bunch of flower clips and headbands, why? Why the hell not? It annoys one of my friends that I theme, pretty much everything, but I honestly don’t care. She’s a fairly good sport, most of the time.

Our Taco Any Day night was on Monday, it was an awesome way to kick off our week! We bought a few items and shared and stayed out until 9pm!! Just a bunch of wild woman out on a Monday!! Lol

Taco Any Day, at home

You don’t have to go out for Mexican, you can make it at home apparently, lol. My cousin Nicole, yes another cousin, I wasn’t exaggerating when I said I have a lot of them, treated us to a Saturday night Mexican feast.

We’ve unintentionally started a monthly Saturday night group dinner, where we take turns hosting. We help each other prepare the meal, so we’re learning how to make new recipes and then we get to share a meal together, it’s awesome!

This week we helped make Mexican street corn and shrimp tacos with homemade pico de galo; it was delish!!!

Fresh jalapeños!!!

We got fresh supplies from The Green Pig Country Market in Salisbury; everything tastes better with fresh locally grown products.

Ok these may not be the prettiest Mexican Street corns, but man, they were tasty!


This was my very first Mexican Street Corn, it was so easy to make and so yummy! It’s sour cream, mayo, cheese, cilantro and a few different spices.

The trick to making delish shrimp tacos, or any kind of tacos, is to buy corn tortillas and fry them in a pan with a good two cups of peanut oil, until they are crunchy. Take them out of the oil and place on a plate with paper towels in order to soak up the excess oils. Omg they were sooooooo good!!

If you want to step up your game and make your table a little fancy, add a cactus or two and some colourful flowers! This would be such a pretty baby shower or birthday theme.

I am pretty confident that my cousin Nicole is the best Acadian taco maker…in Moncton…who is related to me!

Halloween Taco Party!

With Halloween right around the corner, why not have a Day of the Dead celebration with a full out taco bar?


The Day of the Dead is officially on Nov 2; it sounds like it would be a sad event, but it’s a way to celebrate the lives of those who have passed. It’s a day where families welcome the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief celebration of food and drinks.

Being in Mexico for the Day of the Dead is one of the items on my bucket list. It sounds and looks like such a beautiful celebration. With that in mind, it’s a perfect way to spend the evening with friends and family to toast and celebrate those we love who have passed and while you are at it, you should make it a dress up night, obvs. Suggest your guests come with a painted sugar skull face.

How cute is this charcuterie board? Dress it up with nachos chips and dipping sauces.

The decor would be easy, a black tablecloth with lots of sculls and big fat red roses!

Here is my homage to a sugar skull makeup, below, not sure I did it justice, but did my best. Imagine everyone showing up with their version of a sugar skull for a feast and celebration!!

I usually hate when I get red eyes in pics, but I think it looks cool here.

In closing, if you need an excuse or a theme in order to meet your friends on a Monday night, or to invite people over to your place for a home cooked meal, or even a reason to celebrate in and around Halloween; TACOS!!!


Thank you for reading!!

And since travel is limited now, here’s another little taste of Mexico, that I posted a few years back.

https://oui-liette.org/2019/05/05/cinco-de-mayo/

muah!
Liette

Scary Shit! Old Abandoned Houses! A Fall Must.

Scary Shit! Old Abandoned Houses! A Fall Must.

I loovvvve fall! I love that the air changes and becomes cooler, but the sun stays hot. I love wearing sweaters and the crunchy sound that the leaves make when you walk on them.

Late September and early October are made for drives in the country and New Brunswick is one of the best places to admire all of the fall foliage. It’s also the perfect time to admire old abandoned, and who are we kidding, probably haunted houses! Ok they probably aren’t haunted, but for the purpose of this post, let’s say that they could be? And some of these old houses are scary as shit so…yeah they’re absolutely, probably, haunted lol.

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I’m fascinated by these old houses, they’re beautiful and sad at the same time. This fall, don’t just drive by them, stop and admire them a bit. Don’t go in, they aren’t safe, but peek inside if you dare?

My friend Stacey and I stopped to take a look at this old house near Waterborough, NB. It still had curtains hanging in the windows and the front door was open, as if it was inviting us inside, that’s creepy right?

We aren’t those crazy white people in horror movies, you know the dumb kind, that go inside to “check things out”….mmm, but we did stop and walk a bit closer to “check things out”, oh crap! Maybe we are those people??

As we walked closer, I saw movement in the house through one of the windows. My heart skipped a beat, I looked closer, squinting, because I wasn’t wearing my glasses. OMG!! I saw a figure moving in the house!!!

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Was it a freaky mutant or a scary ghost? Well, I don’t think that scary mutants have brightly coloured and freshly cut blonde bobs? At least they don’t in the movies. This old abandoned house still had a mirror hanging on the wall; I was seeing my own reflection from outside, even though I was pretty far away. I’m convinced it was the house trying time lure us inside.

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Did we go even closer to peek into the window? Hell no! We weren’t falling for that trap. We got back in our car and drove until we found an ice cream place; ice cream helps calm your nerves after a good scare…it’s pretty much a proven fact.

This next story took place a few years ago and it’s super spooky, it’s not an abandoned house, but it’s 100% legit haunted. It takes place in The Keillor House in Dorchester, NB.

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Keillor House is now a museum and I should add that it’s located next to a maximum security penitentiary, which is an old stone building built in 1880. So right out of the gate it’s a spooky area!

Every Halloween they turn the museum into a haunted house for visitors, it’s one of their major fundraisers.

For some reason, on a cold and windy night in October, I ended up at the Keillor House helping to decorate the carriage house for their haunted tours. For the record, that place is automatically scary at night without any decorations!

I took a bunch of pics throughout the night. There were three of us on the decorating committee, I made sure I was pretty much glued to one of them at all times. Did I mention it was a cold and windy night??

When I got home that night, I was looking at my pics. The pic below is a perfect example of how creepy this place is at night; those hatchets and stuff on the wall aren’t props, they’re real. And yes that’s a bloody baby on the bottom right of the pic, that’s a prop, obvs.

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I took the pic above, then moved a bit closer to the bloody baby and took another shot. For the shot above, my flash didn’t go off, even though it was on automatic and it was clearly dark so it should have gone off.

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For this shot above, my flash did go off, both pics were taken seconds apart. 

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Did you notice the ghostly blur? I added an arrow to point it out. Sooo WTF is that?? It’s obviously some sort of ghost, it’s just floating there!!! 

That’s creepy right? I haven’t volunteered to help decorate since that night and meh… I’ll probably be too busy again this year? Lol. If covid doesn’t completely derail Halloween, you need to visit their haunted tour, if you’re brave enough?

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Also in Dorchester, they’ve converted the old jailhouse into a hotel, yup, you can sleep in an actual jail. Adding it to my list of things to do, but I’ll have to check and see how many stars this hotel has? I am a bit of a hotel snob, lol, kidding…ish. The town of Dorchester should really market themselves as a Halloween town, maybe I should talk to their mayor? 

This next creepy house is an old farmhouse that sits on land owned by a friend; he’ll eventually tear it down as he is building a new house on the property.
It caught fire and was abandoned decades ago, sadly it’s beyond repair. I don’t have any scary stories, it’s just an abandoned farmhouse with lots of character…and probably a ghost or two?? Who knows really? Lol

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Thanks for reading, I hope you look at old abandoned houses a bit differently, they can be beautiful. I wish they could all be saved and restored!

muah!

Liette

Here’s one of my past scary adventures, if you have every watched Ghost Adventures on TV, you’ll enjoy or if you just enjoy me when freaked out? Lol 

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/oui-liette.org/178 

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Behind the Scene

If you’re wondering about my feature image, I haven’t gotten extensions, it’s from my Covid birthday in April. This was going to be my party outfit for my girls trip to Palm Spring for my big birthday and since no one got to see it, I am recycling it for this blog post!! Unrelated side note, I miss my long hair, currently growing it out.

I did go back to Keillor House, but just to take this pic, I didn’t revised the carriage house.

Happy Fall Eve!

Happy Fall Eve! Top 5 activities to do before October.

Well we survived spring and summer 2020! I am not sure about you, but I struggled a bit and had a few challenging moments; talk about having all your plans go to shit all at once. But we made it and now it’s almost fall; Happy Fall Eve!

Fall Eve is the perfect time to get back into a more “normal” routine. And it’s the perfect time to focus on our health and happiness, which I feel is even more important these days.

So let’s make a fall list, you know how much I love lists!! And I’ve heard feedback that people like reading my lists because it gives them ideas of things to do; shall we begin? You know that’s rhetorical, I’m going to begin regardless, lol.

Sunflower Selfie!

This was on my list last year, but there were no sunflower fields to be found in Las Vegas; so I took full advantage this year. You may think that taking selfies with sunflowers is silly or superficial, but it’s more about getting outside and enjoying yourself.


If you haven’t walked in fields of sunflowers yet, you’d better hurry, the season is almost over. Get out there with your family or friends and take lots of pics!! It’s really magical.

Fall Colour Drive

I am so exciting to be back in the Maritimes for fall, after four years away. I’ve already warned people that I‘ll be spamming social media with beautiful, multi coloured, fall foliage images.


And guess what? The leaves are starting to turn!!!!

This fall, I want you to jump in your car, alone or with someone, whatevs, crank up the tunes and go for a drive and enjoy the scenery. There’s something about a sunny fall drive that is just good for your soul. It always helps to clear my mind of clutter, I’ve come up with some really awesome ideas during autumn drives.

Support Farmers Market

If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that farming isn’t for the faint of heart. Lots of you tried your hand at gardening this year with varying levels of success.

I love and support all the new gardeners out there and I hope that you’ll keep at it next year with lessons learned. Sadly none of my friends and family will survive the winter on what they’ve successfully grown in their gardens, lol.

My brother grew exactly 6 ears of corn, my bff harvested enough mini potatoes for a few potato salads, by a few, I mean two, lol. Another friend lost everything she planted, except for cherry tomatoes, she had lots of those.

I picked potatoes for the first time ever, which is a bit embarrassing since my great, great grandparents were big farmers. It was like digging for Easter eggs.

Lucky for all of us, there are tons of farmers markets nearby. What a great opportunity to support local farmers and to buy fresh, local products.

While you’re out there driving with your tunes blaring, make a stop at your local farmers market and buy lots and lots of fresh goodies. There is absolutely no down side to shopping local!!!

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Fall Food With Friends

During the summer it’s all about BBQING, but when the days get a bit cooler, it just makes me want to cook and bake.

We visited two markets this weekend, we bought fresh corn and potatoes at one and apples at the other. I just hosted an impromptu fall harvest dinner party and it was delish!

On the menu; corn chowder, fresh biscuits and apple pop tarts. I made the chowder before hand and it was the best corn chowder I’ve ever tasted! BTW, my guests helped me make the biscuits and pop tarts and we had a beautiful evening, chatting, laughing and cooking together. Full disclosure, there may have been too much chatting? My first batch of biscuits didn’t rise, turns out I forgot to add two of the ingredients, lol. Did it ruin our meal? Nope, it only made us laugh more, but we’re not quitters, we whipped up a second batch in a jiffy and we nailed it!

My corn chowder was amazing! Made with real corn, not from a can!

Look up a fancy pumpkin recipe and call a few friends over and bake up a storm!! Make awesome memories while making yummy, healthy food!

Fresh Fall Air!

You can already feel the days getting shorter, it’s more important than ever to get out there and enjoy the sunshine before the weather turns colder.

Lucky for us that there are so many fun, fall things to do this time of year.
I am looking forward to picking apples this year, then making an apple crisp, then eating it with vanilla ice cream. Verger Belliveau Orchard, in Memramcook, will be open for picking as of September 9th.

The Green Pig Country Market’s giant corn maze is now open, as is their Pumpkin Blaster, which is super fun!!

I’m not going to lie, the though of getting lost in a 2020 corn maze is kind of terrifying! But I am going to do it anyway.

There are also lots of open farm days, where you can tour local farms and visit with the animals, this time of year. Look up what activities are happening in your area and get out and participate!!!

I love this pic of my dad and my nephew Jack walking hand in hand at The Green Pig corn maze. We just dropped Jack off at University and my dad passed away a year ago. This is a perfect example of why you need to take lots of pics and make memories!!

Thanks for reading, I have so many fun and funny posts coming in October, well I think they’re funny. 😬

muah!

Liette

Here’s 2019 Falling for Fall list, yes, there are a few similarities, but you should give it a read anyway! https://oui-liette.org/2019/09/02/falling-for-fall-2/

Oh hello! Just hanging out in a field of sunflowers!



Home office help!

Home office help!

I consider myself pretty good at home decor, but even I need help sometimes.

Like lots of you out there I’ve been working from home since March and it looks like I will be home bound until next year.

I live in a one bedroom condo so creating a home office area was a bit challenging. I started off working at my dining room table, but I felt like my work life was taking over my living space.

So I bought a desk, which turns out was harder than I had imagined. The first four desks I liked and tried to order where back ordered. The Canadian Tire furniture guy told me that they sold more desks in two months than they usually sell in a year.

I finally found one at Structurb, it’s pretty, but it turned out to be a bit bigger than I had anticipated. I set it up in the corner of my living room, because I really didn’t know where else to put it. I didn’t want to spend my whole day in my bedroom, so this corner seemed like my best option. I used it for approximately one week, then I started to notice that I was sitting on my couch with my laptop on my knees.

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Instead of being at my new desk, this was my preferred set up as of late, don’t laugh…ok, you can laugh, check out my slippers.

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My bff, who is also a crazy talented decorator, asked me why I wasn’t working at my desk. I told her it felt like I was being punished and sent to the corner. She agreed that my set up wasn’t great and offered to help me; I said, yes please!!

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The first thing she did was to get my desk out from the corner and centered it in front of my window, I wanted to be able to see my TV while working, so my desk is facing in, instead of looking outside.  She also switched up my two couches, since my gray couch is less deep than my green one, it allows for more room back there for my desk.

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My ceilings are crazy high! She said I needed a big plant for my corner. Side note: BTW you can hire her to help you with your home office or study room for home schooling or, whatever you need! She’ll also source/shop for what you need, she found me a huge plant!

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My new plant is so big that I panicked and had commitment issues, like what happens if I kill this thing? I am still a bit freaked out, lol. I needed a nice pot for it; she found one and bought it for me. Yup, that’s what a professional decorator does, I did have to pay for it, but it saved me from running around looking for the perfect big pot.

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Here’s how it looks all done up! She added a small desk lamp and I’ll steal a sunflower from my sister in law’s garden for my bud vase. What I love about this is that when my laptop is closed my pop up office disappears. It doesn’t feel like my work is taking over my living space. Even thought I bought my desk myself and it was a great purchase, I felt a bit lost and needed some guidance to make this space work for work and….well, work for when I am not working. 

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Meet my designer, Guylaine Malenfant, can help you revamp your existing home office, or create a space in your home for a new office. She can also set up home schooling areas in your home.

She offers consultations, full remodels, sourcing and shopping, new construction, staging… If you’re interested in hiring her for your space, contact her via email: gdmalenfant@gmail.com or contact her via Instagram: gdmalenfant

Thank you for reading!!!

follow me on Instagram: oui-liette, thank you!!

muah!

Liette

And if you liked this and want to see what Guylaine’s home looks like, check out this story: https://oui-liette.org/2020/05/16/at-home-with-guylaine-and-claudia-the-bathroom-reno-edition/

If you’re wondering if I am wearing my new glasses to look more professional and smarter, you would be 100% correct!!! Lol

Moncton, what’s there to love?

Moncton what’s there to love?

I’ve always been proud to be from Moncton and after living in the US, Las Vegas to be specific, for the past three years; I worked my magic to get transferred back to my hometown.

The most common questions asked about my big move news were: really??? And: are you happy about that?? My reply to both were yes and YESSS!!

So, why was I so keen to move back to this, who are we kidding, small city? What is there to love about Moncton?

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The little city that could.

If I had to describe the people of Moncton, known as Monctonians, in one word, it would be: resilient…and industrious. OK, that’s two words, but whatever.

Our little city has been sucker punched a few times in its history. Each hit should have knocked us out and made us throw in the towel and fade away quietly.

But what can I say? Monctonians are scrappy by nature. What do you do when you are a one industry town and that industry picks up and walks away? You pick yourself up and shake it off…oh, and you take a look at what you have to offer, then hustle to get new industries to move to your city and completely reinvent yourself.

The city with a certain, je ne sais quoi?

Oui, c’est vrai, Moncton’s French speaking population, helps make the city pretty unique. Think about it; without them Moncton may as well be Saint John; not that there’s anything wrong with being Saint John.

Moncton’s vast bilingual population is one of the resources that helped to reinvent the city. When other New Brunswick cities struggled to modernize their economies, Moncton thrived; surpassing Saint John to become the largest city in New Brunswick; oh wow, I am really picking on SJ aren’t I? Sorry!

Moncton’s mix of French and English, who BTW live together in peace and harmony, also give the city a live & let live/laisser faire, vibe, which I love.

Big thinkers?

I’ve visited many small towns and cities in both Canada and the US, that have very small town ideas/thinking, which is perfectly fine, but Moncton is a small city with a big city vibe and outlook. Maybe we don’t realize that we are small? Or maybe thinking big just comes naturally to us?

Whatever the reason, this big, little city, has a very cosmopolitan vibe and is open to new ideas and new people. Maybe it’s because Monctonians are so well traveled? People here travel…a lot. I thought that this was normal until I went to smaller and bigger places and met people who had never been anywhere.

My grandparents, who were two old school Acadians, became globetrotters once they retired. They had a lust for life and wanted to see and experience as much as they could, this is a very Moncton way of thinking. They even visited China! Fun fact, I didn’t realize how insecure my grandmother was about talking in English until my dad and I took her to Florida and she kept asking me to ask the waitresses stuff, yet she visited Europe and beyond; my dad was also a globetrotter; I discovered that he had traveled to Africa twice when he was in his twenties. I guess that’s where I get my globetrotting genes?

I think that because so many Monctonians travel the world it makes us, well more worldly, lol.

It tastes good.

It’s easy to take local things for granted until you have something to compare them to. Growing up in the Maritimes, going to the wharf with your dad and waiting for the fishing boats to come in to buy lobster wasn’t a big deal.

With a little perspective, you realize that there aren’t many places that offer the world’s best seafood, literally, fresh off the boat…like literally!

World class lobster, crab, mussels and oysters can be found here, all available in this little city.

Growing up here, in the 70’s & 80’s, there weren’t a lot of different « exotic » foods available; by exotic, I mean stuff like avocados, lol. We did have a few Chinese food places, but that was pretty much it.

Moncton now has a great diverse foodie scene, with authentic Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Syrian…options. I was just told about a super cute Korean BBQ place in Dieppe, which technically isn’t Moncton, but tomato, tomato. Lol, it’s on my list to try.

So let’s be proud of our city and if you live in Saint John, be proud of Saint John!!! No matter what city you live in, big or small, get out there and find new things to try, do, see and taste!!

Thanks for reading!

muah!

Liette

If you liked this post, you just may like this one as well? https://oui-liette.org/2020/06/10/colours-of-the-maritimes/

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Floating Sound Meditation with Singing Bowls…say what??

Floating Sound Meditation with Singing Bowls…say what??

For this post I am back in the Bouctouche area; let me start by saying that I had no idea there were so many things to do in and around Bouctouche. I did a Day Tripping in Bouctouche post, then I was told to check out the lavender farm, Lavender by Ocean Breeze Farm; visited it, loved it!! Then I was told by Line, one my readers, that I needed to go back for a third time and visit Thaly Holistic- Boutik.

I love getting recommendations from you guys, so keep them coming. I just booked a hammock or a swing, not sure what the proper name is?
I am going with long time family friend and avid blog supporter and sharer, Michelle. She messaged me to say she had been meaning to try this and would be game to join me. So we are going!

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My blog and life philosophy is to try new things and I hope that my adventures inspire you to say oui, to new experiences too.

I usually research things before I do them, but going into this a bit uninformed on purpose. This is way out of my normal thing. I don’t meditate, but I am looking forward to seeing  what this is all about.

My first challenge is figuring out what one wears to float with singing bowls?? Lol. I am thinking yoga gear will be appropriate, who would have guessed  that yoga gear would be  our 2020 outfit of choice??

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So I just got back from my visit and it was amazing! I don’t really know how to explain the feelings and experience, but I’ll try.

As soon as we arrived we could  smell the scent of lavender, their boutik and studio are beautiful with natural wood throughout.

We were greeted by the owner, Nathalie, and since both Michelle and I had never been before, she walked us to the studio and got us settled and comfy in our hammocks, they are hammocks, not swings.

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Since we were a bit early we were able to pick our hammocks, I gravitated to the green one right away and Michelle crawled into the red. Afterwards Michelle thought our choices were very fitting, since green symbolizes healing and red energy. She’s aware that I am still healing from my dad death and she had been running around a lot and needed to replenish her energy.

My first impression was that my hammock was amazingly comfortable! You bend your knees and touch your feet together, like a frog pose, which was super comfortable.

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It truly felt like I was floating, my hammock keep swinging and I could feel myself relax and sink into my little green cocoon.

Nathalie’s son Marc led our session, before we started he asked if I wanted a spritz of essential oil; I said, yes please and held out my hands.

After a few minutes of deep belly breathing he started the sound therapy. I closed my eyes and let the sound of rain, I thought it sounded like rain, wash over me. I started to visualize being in the rain forest.

As I mentioned I don’t meditate; I do know that you’re supposed to silence your mind. I did my best to silence all outside thoughts and worries. Out of nowhere I started repeating a self loving phrase that I think I needed a reminder of?

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As the rain sounds faded and the metal bowls started, it felt like I could visualize and feel waves of sound. I could feel the waves and each wave was a different colour. I have never felt colour before and it sounds weird, but that’s the best way I can think to describe it.

At one point I could really hear and feel my heart pounding, which was a bit startling for a minute, but then I re-focused on the sounds of the waves. My hammock was still gently moving. I started to feel a little cold so I covered myself with my blanket, you bring your own blanket and a small neck pillow, if you have one.

To be completely honesty, when we started I wondered if I was going to get bored at some point, since the session is a full hour. But that didn’t happen, I don’t think I feel asleep, but I for sure zoned out. Because all of a sudden the metal bowl noises started to slow down with moments of silence in between. That sort of brought me back to reality and as the rainfall sounds began again, I opened my eyes and my hammock was completely still. The hour flew by and was over.

Marc told us to stretch out and to start moving our bodies a bit, a few moments later we were ready to leave our colourful cocoons.

During the session we were told to turn off our phones, I had asked Nathalie for permission to take a few photos afterwards for this blog post.

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This is my zen selfie, I just felt relaxed and at peace, I look a little funny.

We got to chat with Nathalie a bit afterwards, I asked her how long she had been in business; she told us it’s been four years. She shared that this had always been her dream of hers and that when she turned fifty, she left her job at Canada Post, where she had worked for twenty years plus years.

She had a five year planned mapped out and achieved those goals after just five months! They built the boutik and studio and had plans to for a sleeping area, as a sort of holistic hostel, before Covid hit. Those plans are now on hold, but they are back open for business. They’ve adjusted the number of hammocks per class in order to have everyone properly distanced.

I love that this was her dream and that at fifty she decided to go for it! It’s inspiring and I think it speaks to the power of women and the people and families that help support them…us.

I highly recommend you try this! Even if you think it’s not really your thing, I thought the same thing and now I want to return with a few of my friends, who just between you and I need to chill out! Lol

Follow Thaly Holistic-Boutik on Facebook, they have a list of upcoming classes. You need to confirm your attendance in order to reserve your hammock. I just confirmed interested, so I was lucky that there was one hammock left for me. They are located on 5220 Route 115, in the Bouctouche area, not certain if they are withing the limits or just outside?

Tell them you heard about them from my little blog! And let me know about your experience.

If you aren’t in and around this region, look up something similar or even try something that is out of comfort zone, you just may like it??

Thanks for reading! Check me out on Insta at: oui-liette.

muah!

Liette

Behind the Scenes

I wasn’t kidding when I said that Michelle was an old family friend. Our parents have been friends forever, here she is at my first birthday. Man, I am happy I grew into my cheeks!!!

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Beach It In NB – Canada’s Best Beaches!

Beaching it in NB – Canada’s Best Beaches

If you‘re wondering where the best beaches in Canada are, let me, let you in on a little secret, they’re in New Brunswick!! Yes NB, that little, sometimes forgotten province that you need to drive through to get to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Yup that’s the one!

And although we have beautiful beaches up the entire Acadian Coast, the best of the best are in the south eastern part of the province. Why? Because this area has the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.

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Why is the water in this area warmer than Main which is just to the south of us? The area, between NB and PEI, is shallower because it’s in between two land masses, so it warms up quicker.

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I bet you didn’t think this was going to be geography lesson? Keep reading, the pretty beach pics are coming up, lol.

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This is my last map, I promise; now you may have noticed that PEI’s south side also faces the Northumberland Straight and you may be wondering if the beaches along that coast are just as sandy and warm as the ones on the NB side? Well probably, but those beaches are most likely full of potatoes and really who wants to lay on a beach full of potatoes?? I know that I don’t. (Please note that the amount of potatoes on the PEI beaches may be slightly exaggerated for comedic effect? But honestly, who really knows?)

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What isn’t in question are the beautiful, sandy and warm beaches from Murray Corner, Cap Pelé, Shediac to just past Bouctouche.

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How warm does the water get? In August the average temperature in Shediac can reach 24 degrees Celsius. That’s pretty much bath water for most Canadians, lol.

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Now the beaches in Nova Scotia aren’t littered with potatoes, but they are very rocky, unlike NB’s sandy beaches, so don’t bother going to those.

The dark colour of the sand gives the water the most beautiful shades of blue.

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We are also blessed with the highest and lowest tides…in the world!!! You’re probably a bit skeptical about my accuracy after my potato beach statement? But this is a fact, you can look it up if you don’t believe me. This freakish phenomenon means that at low tide you can walk on the sandbars looking for sand dollars or starfish.

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The three most popular beaches are Parlee Beach in Shediac, l’Aboiteau in Cap Pelé and les Dunes in Bouctouche. But there are many more that are just as lovely, like Grande Digue, Caissie Cape and Cape Bimet. Soooo many amazing warm beaches!!!

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Living away from the Maritimes for the last few years, I now have a new appreciation for fishing boats, lighthouses and colourful buoys. They are post card perfect and very Instagramable.

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For my Ontario and Prairie readers, these are buoys, see below. They get attached to lobster traps and fishing nets. Each fisherman will have his or her own colour or their specific number on them. You don’t touch another’s buoys! Unless you want to sleep with the fishes.

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The blue water and sky are made even more beautiful with pops of the bright green shades of beach grass. If you can’t see the beauty in this, then we can’t be friends, you can stop reading at anytime now, I am breaking up with you.

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Our pristine NB beaches are littered with oyster, mussel and clam shells with the prettiest shades of blues and purples.

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Having grown up swimming in the ocean this is my happy place, I love floating about.

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The smell of the salty air is intoxicating, I think anyone who has grown up near the ocean feels the same way, even those from the PEI potato beaches.

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Another bonus is that there really aren’t things in the water here that can kill you, even our jellyfish are pretty tame and they are all but gone by July.

Sooooo, this just in! Apparently there are great white sharks a little too close to the Northumberland Straight for my comfort. They’ve been spotted and tracked to the north and south of us, but there have been no sightings or attacks in our area. I am hoping the tides will keep them at bay? I’ve also been told that they have always been this far north, but we didn’t know until they started tagging and tracking them. I am choosing to not dwell on this so that I am able to enjoy my swims without hearing the Jaws theme song in my head, over and over again.

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In August one of my favorite things to do is to meet a friend or two at the beach for an early evening swim. Watching the sunset from the water is truly magical.

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And there is nothing better after a hard day of beaching than a fresh seafood feast!! Like, fresh, fresh!!

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I do have to warn you that all day beaching, sun-ing and swimming is exhausting!!! Oh and I have one other cautionary advice for you, when snorkeling, don’t forget to put sunscreen on your butt, speaking from experience…ouch.

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I think this picture above tells the tail of how exhausting all that sun and sand is; I could barely keep my eyes open while we waited for our fried claims and scallops at Pirate de la mer.

My plan is to get in as much beach time in the next few weeks until the air turns and gets cooler, announcing the arrival of fall.

Thank you so much for reading! Please check out my Instagram and Facebook accounts at: oui-liette. And feel free to comment, like and share.

muah!

Liette

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Sorry to PEI and NS for the shade in this post, I still love you! But NB beaches are just better 😬

Llama-zing Day!

Llama-zing Day!

I’m always on the lookout for fun and different things to do, so when my friend Sue told me about Llama-zing Adventures, I knew that I needed to book a llama-zing walking tour!!

Llama-zing Adventures are located on Aboujagan Rd in Haute Aboujagane, NB and have been in business for a whole three weeks! The owner, Josée, posted a few pics on social media and her little business exploded…well, not literally, but she did get so many hits that it blew up her website, a few times.

Her original goal was to book a few tours that would help pay for some of her animal expenses; but what is happening is that her llama/alpaca gang are raising money that will give them a few more acres to roam free!

Llama-zing Adventures currently offer beach and river walks, with plans to do some fun things during the fall and winter too. I booked the river walk as a thank you to my blog helpers, Monique and Jack; my cousin Nicole rounded up our foursome, yup another cousin, I wasn’t lying, I have lots!!

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We got to choose our walking partners; Jack got Linda, Nicole got Luna, I got Brenda and Monique got Pearl.

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Once we were paired with our walking partners we were off! They were easy to walk and loved getting their long necks rubbed. They each have their own unique personality.

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Nicole’s alpaca, Luna, was very vocal and talked to us almost the entire time, man did she have lots of stories to share! She also had the cutest, little, dainty face.

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Monique’s Pearl had crazy bangs and a rad gator Mohawk. Josée told us that both the llamas and alpacas act a lot like cats; they want attention, but can also be aloof. Luna and Pearl are house trained and spend time in Josee’s house. Luna acts more like a dog than a cat…or an alpaca, she loves cuddles and watching TV. We laughed and asked Josée what her favorite TV show was, turns out she loves Blacklist, which is hilarious!!

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And then there was Linda, she’s the boss and always needs to be the lead llama on the trail. Jack said that she was a sweetheart.

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I waked with Brenda, who’s smart as a whip, we were told not to let them snack during the walk as it would slow us down and take us hours to make it back. I swear she knew that, due to Corona, we needed to stay a llama’s distance apart. She would walk fast to catch up to Luna, knowing that we would then have to wait for Luna to walk a bit in order to keep our distance, which meant that she could snack while we waited. Please note the animals are very well fed and get special treats after each tour. I think Brenda just loves to eat, which is fine, she’s blessed with a great metabolism. Josée did share with us that there was a bit of a wild party a few nights ago and, long story short, Brenda may actually be eating for two?

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Our walk lasted about an hour with a few stops  to take pics and to enjoy the scenery.

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It was a really fun way to spend the afternoon! I am not a llama or alpaca experts, but they were so well behaved, you can tell that they are well taken care of and enjoy their walks; the max that they walk during one day is 4 km.

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If you do the river walk, I suggest you wear your sneakers, Nicole had walking sandals and it was a bit muddy as it had rained earlier that morning. You should also come prepared to smile and forget your worries for at least an hour.

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To book a walking tour go to the Llama-zing Adventures website: llamazingadventures.ca and follow them on Facebook & Instagram!! We all need more cute llama faces on our feeds!

Thank you for reading!!!

muah!

Liette & Brenda

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If you liked this post check this one of Jack and I riding camels in the Mojave Desert!

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Day Tripping in NB – Bouctouche…again

Day Tripping in NB – Bouctouche…again.

After posting my Bouctouche edition of Day Tripping in NB, my friend Lisa, who now lives in Montreal, told me about a lavender farm in Bouctouche that I needed to visit.

It just so happens that the following day I had a beach day planned at the Dunes in Bouctouche with my friend Alie. I asked her if we could make a stop before heading to the beach and she was onboard.

She had never heard of Lavender at Ocean Breeze Farm and she’s originally from Bouctouche, so we looked them up and we were off!

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As we approached the parking area, we could see rows and rows of beautiful purple lavender fields. As we got out of the car, I could feel myself getting more and more excited; if you don’t feel happy walking in fields of lavender, there is something seriously wrong with you..like seriously, you need to get that checked, lol.

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These fields are an Instagramers dream and we did see a few photo shoots while we were there; the owners, Carly and her husband Paul, welcome anyone who want to visit and walk their fields, sniff their lavender and take a few pics.

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I asked Carly what inspired her and her husband to start a lavender farm here in Bouctouche of all places? Carly has a British accent so it was very apparent that she isn’t from the region, she’s from Whales, but Paul is from the region.

They met 26 years ago when they were both working on a cruise ship, Carly still works on ships as a Cruise Director. She explained that they had all of this land and decided to plant an acre of lavender and see how it would grow? Well it grew so they planted another acre and then another; they now have 4 acres in total; and having traveled the world they wanted to bring a bit of the French countryside to New Brunswick.

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Meet Carly

They are in the process of restoring their barn, it’s already beautiful, I can’t wait to see it when it’s fully completed. They’ve already booked two weddings!!

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Look at all of this natural wood!! It’s so impressive when you walk in and look up.

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They also have a shop in the barn where you can buy their lavender products. I bought their facial scrub and body lotion and I need to go back for some lavender oil.

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They sell these beautiful lavender soaps, they are perfect for wedding favors.

I also bought a bunch of fresh lavender and should have bought more, it’s the prettiest darkest shade of purple that I’ve ever seen, it’s my new fav colour.

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Lavender at Ocean Breeze Farm is the first agrotourism lavender farm in the province; Carly explained that because of our winter’s their fields will never be perfect or look exactly like the ones in Europe, but being able to visit a lavender farm, then cross the street to a beautiful beach, Les Dunes, followed by a fresh lobster roll, at Pirate des mers, on your way home seems pretty close to perfect to me!

I asked Carly about their future plans for their lavender farm, their venue lends itself perfectly to weddings and events, so they will be hosting more events in the future, as the word gets out. Their lavender product lines will grow, as will the size of their fields, but her ultimate goal is for people to come visit the farm and to just breathe, she wants us to relax and to “take a breathe”.

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I love that sentiment and you really feel that vibe when you’re on the farm. Some will never get the opportunity to walk the lavender fields in the countryside of France or England, but you can walk the lavender fields of Bouctouche!! Ok technically they are in Saint Edouard, but tomato, tomato…did you just read that with two different pronunciations?? Ah!! Of course you did! Lol

Thank you so much for reading!! I am going to share a few more amazingly pretty pics and here is a link for my two last Day Tripping in NB posts. And finally, I have a cool give away coming up so go like my Instagram page: oui-liette for details on how to enter to win my Sassy Summer Basket!! Launching my contest this Friday.

Day Tripping in NB – Bouctouche (the orginal): https://oui-liette.org/2020/07/19/day-tripping-in-nb-bouctouche/

Day Tripping in NB – https://oui-liette.org/2020/07/11/day-tripling-in-nb-cornhill-nursery/

muah!!

Liette

Oh and be sure to like and follow Lavender at Ocean Breeze Farm on Facebook and Instagram, they are currently only open for visits on weekends, see their sites for details and updates.

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They grow two different kinds of lavender.

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Harvest, drying time

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Fun fact, Carly told Paul she wanted a pony and he bought her this, technically it is a pony, check the name on the tractor, lol.

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Here are Carly and Paul, clearly not in the French countryside.

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Day Tripping in NB – Bouctouche

Day Tripping in NB – Bouctouche

Today we are tripping our way to Bouctouche, NB; a super quaint seaside village forty minutes from Moncton.

Day tripping with me are two of my fifty seven cousins, jk, there are only like fifty six of us, lol. Please meet Brigitte and Tania, both are cousins on my dad’s side. Fun fact, growing up I was called Brigitte a LOT during family gatherings. I actually still do, she and I are less than a year apart, I am guessing that’s why? To be fair there were so many of us it was hard to keep us all straight… apparently?

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Brigitte on the left and Tania on the right.

My summer goal is to tour my own province and I am embarrassed to admit that I have never been to the Irving Nature Park in Bouctouche, so today is the day. I’ve been to Bouctouche tones of times, but usually to go to the beach, they have the most amazing warm water beaches!!

So today, my cousins and I are on our way to Bouctouche to be tourists and explore a bit.

The first thing we did as soon as we arrived was eat, obviously!! There are a bunch of places to eat on Main Street. We were craving some Acadian comfort food, so we went to La Sagouine Restaurant, not to be confused with Le Pays de la Sagouine, which is kind of an Acadian theme park, without rides. Sadly it’s been closed due to Covid. If you haven’t been you need to go as soon as it re-opens, it’s an awesome way to soak in some local culture.

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Another great way to soak up some Acadian culture is to eat some authentic regional food, which is what we did. The menu above has a lot of Acadian dishes, I’ll translate for those who don’t read French: first is chicken fricot, which is a soup with a spice called summer savory, it’s used a lot in Acadian cuisine. The next item sounds really bad in English, lol, it’s grated potatoes and pork baked in the oven until the edges and top are crispy, it’s soooo good! The next item, crêpe râpée, uses the same potato mixture as the rapé; it’s basically a potato pancake. And the last item is a bar clam pie, which is also to die for!!

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My fav was the crêpe râpée!! Bottom left.

We ordered the crêpe râpée, potato pancake, their lobster roll and the seafood casserole. We made sure to save room for their homemade pies, Brigitte wanted to order her dessert first, we told her no. 😬

As you can see Acadian cuisine isn’t exactly light; we waddled to the Irving Nature Park to walk off our lunch.

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It was beautiful!! We walked for over an hour, it’s huge! There are areas with picnic tables, there’s a fountain, a play area for kids and beautiful rose gardens; there is something for everyone.

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We’ve decided that we are coming back in the fall when the leaves start changing and then back at Christmas time, they put Christmas lights in the huge trees that surround the chapel. Brigitte said that it’s absolutely magical, so we will need to come back.

After our walk we drove down the coast and saw fishing boats, oyster beds and people digging for clams, we call them piss clams, because they shoot out water when you pick them up. These are the type of clams used to make fried clams. We used to go digging clams a lot when we were kids, I haven’t been for decades; I may need to add that to my summer bucket list?

 

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Have you ever gone clam digging? It was low tide; there were lots of people digging for clams. Those black things in the background are oyster beds.

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Leaving the Nature Park, we took a left and stayed on the road that follows the water. Our plan was to stop and check out anything that looked interesting; this giant strawberry looked interesting, too bad the u-pick was closed.

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I was told to take a bite out of this strawberry, I think it looks more like I am yelling at it? Lol

Our next stop was at Wood Chuck’s Carvings and Antiques, it was certainly an interesting stop.

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They have the most awesome, random things; from old anchors, to antique glassware, vintage hats, to marbles and a giant box filled with old school metal keys.

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They also have an amazing view of Bouctouche Bay. I took pics outside while Brigitte tried on vintage hats, we each bought one; now I need to host a special event so we have a place to wear them.

One of the things that I love about living in the Maritimes is seeing fishing buoys strewn across lawns, you don’t see that living in Las Vegas! I am certain some of my desert friends have never even seen a real buoy, they are used by fisherman to mark and identify their traps. The buoys in our area are mostly for lobster traps, our lobster season starts in August.

I got Tania to run out and take a pic of these pink buoys; I’ve never seen pink ones before!!

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Then a few kilometres down the road we saw these decorative buoys, I love all the colours.

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Had it been super sunny we would have gone to the Dunes for a dip, this cloudy day was perfect for exploring and spending time together.

So that was our day tip, you really should get out there and explore your own area, I am sure there are lots of things that you’ve never gotten around to seeing yet? I am seeing lots of your pictures on social media of you visiting local sights, yay!!

Thank you for reading!!!!! Check out my Instagram and Facebook sites: Oui-Liette. I get thousands of views per blog posts, yay!! But my Instagram page needs some more followers, please?? Lol. I am revamping the look of it a bit.

muah!

Liette

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If you liked this post, you’ll probably love these ones too!

This one was so much fun, glaming: https://oui-liette.org/2020/07/05/girls-who-glamp/

This is another Day Tripping in NB post: https://oui-liette.org/2020/07/11/day-tripling-in-nb-cornhill-nursery/