Saturday, September 3, 2016

Visit of André and Michelle

Café Bistro la Brûlerie, Lac-Mégantic

On September 1st Marie and I drove to Lac Mégantic to meet up with her cousin André and his wife Michelle for lunch. They had come up for a few days from Montreal where they were visiting their daughter and grandson. I had last seen them in 2014 when we took the train to Menton, France, on our way to England. Marie had seen them last year during their trip to Canada in 2015. Although it was cool and breezy during their visit we still took them to all the local spots they might be interested in - a tour of the town and the site of the train derailment, a walk about the Domaine and lac La Passe and a trip up to the observatory of the Parc national du Mont Mégantic. They hopefully enjoyed their three days here and will look back fondly on their time in this very different part of the world.  gws

site of the new park, Lac Megantic

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic 

 ASTROLab du parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Les Jardins d'Abondance, Notre-Dame-des-Bois

Our Retirement Home Part Forty-Six (Living Room Floor Pt 1)

In July I began dusting off the pile of boxes of  wood flooring and began laying them in the living room. It was necessary to wait until the fireplace stone had been installed as I didn't want to erect the scaffolding on top of a floating floor while I was putting up the stone. The flooring had resided in the corner of the living room for over three years and we had used it for a table among other things over the years. Spiders had found it a convenient home as well so it was a relief to us both to finally start covering the ugly gray concrete that had greeted us every morning since 2012. Cutting was done on the deck to reduce the sawdust and I was able to finish the majority of the floor before we went away on our trip to Nova Scotia. The floor, Jasper Harbors Texas Brown, is identical to the one in the master bedroom, purchased from Build Direct in the USA. As we have enough left over to do half the bedroom in the basement we only have to order another four boxes to complete that job. I will be installing the nosing around the stairs going down to the basement and finishing with the T moldings to separate the kitchen tiles from the the flooring. Next step will be cutting and nailing on the baseboards. Finally I will be putting up the railing between the stairway to the mezzanine and the small wall. Time now to look for a dining room table!  gws