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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf April 12th 2015

It's 14.48 on the 11th of April. So, I think this will probably be the last post I will do while here in Portneuf. The lady who has kindly said she would put us up in her spare flat in Montreal has also said she would give us a lift down too on either Monday or Tuesday of next week as she is up in Portneuf anyway. This means that we've only got 1 or 2 full days left here at the Old Stone House. The last few days have been like most of the others - making use of the fair weather and remaining weekdays to take down a few more trees and get them split for firewood. Increasingly, we've had more sawing of the smaller branches and raking of the bark from the footpaths ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf April 8th 2015

It's 12.42 on the 8th of April. We've got a couple changes to our plans that I will go through in this blog, but first I'll briefly go through the last couple of days. We've been sticking to the usual routine since my last blog. Ted has been cutting down some big trees so we've had our work cut out (no pun intended) to keep up with shifting the logs to the path, splitting an sawing them, then stacking them up. This is good though - we felt a little bit that last week we got off a little too lightly in terms of workload and especially since Judy and Ted have been excellent hosts we want to do our bit. The 4 of us work like a well oiled machine now, and since my last ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf April 6th 2015

It's 13.11 on the 6th of April. We've been here 2 weeks now - it's incredible how fast the time has gone. We're now over half way through our time at the Old Stone House, and before we know it we'll be moving on. We spent the rest of the afternoon of Saturday out the back cutting up the smaller pieces of the trees we'd previously cut down for kindling. We had leftovers from the week for dinner, then all watched a film to finish off the evening. We woke usual time Sunday morning, and got ready to go to the small English chapel in Portneuf town for the bilingual Easter Sunday service. It was an interesting service, with the left hand side of the book in English and the left in French, while two vicars ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf April 4th 2015

It's 12.49 on 4th April. I think I left off halfway into Thursday, so I'll begin by briefly going through what we did the latter half of that day. As I think I said, it had been snowing all morning and in the afternoon, when we set out to Donnacona to visit the shops and cheese factory, it showed no signs of stopping. We drove there via the more rural, country roads that passed dozens of milk farms, each with a triplet of massive silos and several barns usually in varied states of dilapidation. The view was actually pretty bleak, a flat, white country with such low cloud the horizon couldn't really be made out. We did a quick food shop, then headed to the local Portneuf cheese shop, which sold a whole variety of different ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf April 2nd 2015

It's 13.00 on 2nd April. I haven't posted for a few days as we are settling into a routine here, so there's been not so much to report of late. The last 4 days have all followed the same kind of pattern. We get up, eat breakfast, work until lunch, rest, work until dinner and then usually spend the evening all together watching TV or reading or whatever. In terms of work, we've spent the best part of the week going with Ted in his truck down the wood plot they have a little further away, and helping him clear it. Generally, Ted brings down and chops up the trees with the chainsaw while I (equipped with snow-shoes; the snow is still several feet deep) drag them back to the path where the others load them ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf March 31st 2015

It's 20.08 on the 30th March. We've had a very relaxed couple of days here at The Old Stone House. Sunday is our day off so, after breakfast, we headed back up to our room to read and chill out until our lunch of fried eggs, toast and sausages. In the afternoon we took the sledges down to the oil pipeline in the forest, and spent a good hour and a half sliding down the steep hill and, usually tumbling, into the snow banks at the bottom. Once we were drenched and frozen we headed back to the House to dry off before dinner. We ate meat pie and potatoes, then afterwards Rosie, Matt and I played scrabble and drank tea round the kitchen table. It was a very pleasant way to end our day off. ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf March 29th 2015

It's 10.58 on Sunday 29th March. Friday was another usual working day for us here at the Old Stone house, but since we're getting used to the routine here we managed to get a lot done. In the morning Matt and I had the last 10 or so pieces of the trunk of the large tree Ted cut down on Tuesday to move from where they had been chainsawed, and then split into useable pieces. Each piece was about the size of a car tyre, or bigger, and was very dense wood - so it took a fair amount of effort to shift. We split these then moved them up to the house to be stacked while Rosie and Kate went shopping with Judie. While we were getting on with that, Ted had cut down and ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf March 27th 2015

It's 20.39 on 26th of March. I will give a quick account of the last couple of days in this post, just to give an impression of what life is like at The Old Stone House. On Wednesday we woke at the usual time, around 8.30, and got ready for breakfast of tea, coffee, toast and honey. After breakfast we layered up and got ready to go out. The first job of the day was to hand-saw up the smaller branches of the tree that Ted cut down the day before, then move these us to the wood rack outside the house. While Matt and I did this, Rosie and Kate used the snow shoes to tread down a path to two trees on the plot that are also ready to come down. The next thing ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Portneuf March 25th 2015

It's 12.54 on the 25th March 2015. It's been a couple of days since I've done a blog, so I've a fair bit to write about today. I think probably from now on my posts will decrease a little in frequency as we settle into more of a routine in Canada, as I'd imagine there'll be a little less to report from day to day. Anyway, I'll start with Sunday. We rose at around 9.30 and ate our breakfast, then got on with the little bits and pieces that tend to make up pre-moving days. We got a wash on, checked in for our flights and begun thinking about starting to pack. By 1 I was getting hungry, so popped out and bought a couple of slices of pizzas to eat at the hostel - my ... read more
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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston March 22nd 2015

It's 23.46 on Saturday 21st March. Today has been a relatively low key day - so there is not all that much to report. We woke latish, around 9.30, at breakfasted in the usual manner. We were all ready pretty swiftly today, so were able to leave the hostel by around 10.45. From the hostel we headed down past the park to the closest subway stop, and out West of the city to the university district for a little exploration. The area we ended up in, around Boston University, was nice enough a but there wasn't a huge amount going on, so we found a little coffee shop and grabbed some lunch From there, the time being around 2pm, we boarded the tram to take us back into Boston. The tram got about 2 stops before ... read more
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