Thanks to my new Smokenator 1000, I am able to get the kettle temperature below 250 F, welcome to flavour country! If you have a Weber bbq, pick up one of these muthas!
The finished product.
I smoked the brisket with oak chunks I dug out of last year's firewood pile. Don't believe everything 'purists' say, the smoke did not impart a bitter or weird flavour. I was very pleased with the results, check out that smoke ring! I'm glad I planned ahead and had the brisket marinating in the rub for 24 hours, great flavour.
When the recipe says 7-8 hour cooking time, they ain't kiddin'. I smoked it for ~5 hours and had to finish it in the oven. Lesson learned.
Racers gather at the start line while Al and Tobias sort out last minute details. ^_^
Cyclocross, wut? File under: it's big in Europe, especially....Belgium? This was my first cyclocross race and it won't be my last. Cyclocross races typically have many short laps and what seemed like a short race duration. They also feature technical course sections, forcing racers to slow down as they navigate tight hairpins/switchbacks and other interesting elements like this pinwheel/labyrinth:
Did I mention dismounting? You heard right, it wouldn't be a *cross race unless riders were forced to get off and push their bikes up steep sections. The sawpit in the background is usually a soupy mess of sawdust but on this race day it was looking pretty frozen:
Those that managed to ride up the steep section had a slight speed advantage on the exit, which I hope my 'speed blur' attempts convey:
To add insult to injury, there was a stair/step section and this lone obstacle which forced all riders to dismount and carry their bikes. I was hoping for an epic bunny hop over this one but as far as I could tell, no takers that afternoon:
Riders will return to the MARC next Sunday, Dec. 2nd for another cyclocross race. The course makes for great viewing as a spectator and by all accounts the racers liked it too. Even the pinwheel.
If Google Maps is to be believed, 'technically' the body of water in the foreground is Trout River Small Pond. If you are thinking, "that's a lake, not a pond!", welcome to Newfoundland. Where lakes are ponds and ponds are.....I have no idea.
I'm in a Gros Morne state of mind these days so here's another shot from this summer's trip to the rock. I'm surprised I've not posted more shots from The Tablelands, this is only the start. This boardwalk is one of the 'official' walks into the tablelands, though you can ramble anywhere you want to if you so desire. I hear that this bowl is a magnet for backcountry snow lovers, packing boards and skis for a rip down the slopes. Nothing says ultramafic rock like the peridotite found in the tablelands. One must experience this place first hand to truly get a sense of how other worldy this landscape looks and feels.
It seems like such a long time since we walked out this rocky road to scope out the fishing shacks of Tickle Point. You can see a bank of fog lurking in the distance, it disappeared as quickly as it arrived. Thick and grey.
Another weekend packed with choices. If you get a chance to frequent a Christmas Tea, I recommend them. No better way to get in the mood for the season than tiny sammiches, egg salad and squares. Oh, and I'm sure plenty of cute decorations too!
Colourful ride lit up at night? Check. Over sized toy in hand of onlooker? Check. Carnie yelling, "Do you want to go FASTER?!?". Check. Kids full of carnie food on the verge of puking? Check. Just another night at the Ex.
Yikes, I didn't recall getting the look I received from this bird at the time. Looking at it now, I think I'm lucky I didn't get pecked through the cage! I love the markings on this bird's plumage. I wish I had taken a picture of its breed/name. I'm going to guess it's a Wyandotte. Feel free to correct me.
One of the highlights of this year's Sappyfest was Shotgun Jimmie's set. If you see him playing in your area, do yourself a favour and check him out. Great stage presence, consistently well crafted lyrics, he's a solid live performer. He did not disappoint that night! Here's hoping that Sappyfest comes back next summer, fingers crossed!
Holy smokes, what a lineup of Fall food festivities! I'm a little overwhelmed by the list, hard to take it all in. Basically, keep your head up this weekend and you will find a breakfast, tea or supper that suits your tastes!
Have a great weekend everyone. Hunting season starts today so don't forget those blaze orange hats/apparel if you are heading out into the woods.
Royal Canadian Legion #23, Lunenburg,
Adults $8; ages 5-12, $4.
Takeout available for pick-up $8.50. 634-4215
Saturday, October 26,
Chester Basin Legion.
Menu selections and take-out available.
October 26, Breakfast,
Blandford community centre,
9- 11 a.m.
Adults $7, youth $3.50, under 5 free.
Saturday, October 26,
United Communities Fire Hall, Cherry Hill.
8- 11 a.m.
Adults $7, 5- 12 years $3.25, under 5 free.
Sunday, October 27.
Mahone Bay Legion,
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$8 adults, $4 children, 5 and under free.
Teas/luncheons Saturday, October 26, Harvest Soup/ Chowder/ Chili Luncheon and Bake Sale.
Grace Lutheran Church, First South,
11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Adults $8, children under 12 $3.
Takeout orders 521-9096
Saturday, October 26,
Harvest Luncheon, Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere,
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Soups, chowders, biscuits, pumpkin and apple pies with ice cream. Bake Table, White Elephant Table and Silent Auction.
Adults $9; children $4; under 5 free. Proceeds for U.C.W.
Wednesday, October 30,
Anniversary Fall Harvest Coffee Party & Bake Table,
Riverport Community Centre.
Sandwiches, sweets, beverages.
Sponsored by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. October 31
West Side United Church, Pentz,
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Adults $8, children $3.
Takeout order 688-1340, 688-2631
Saturday, October 26
Annual Turkey Supper,
North Brookfield hall,
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Adults $12, children 5-12 $6, under 5 free.
Sponsored by the W.I.
Pulled Pork Sandwich meal,
3- 6 p.m.,
Parish hall, Mahone Bay,
$10 adults. Take-outs available.
In support of Dump the Dump.
Soup and Chowder Supper,
Branch LaHave Community Hall, 1758 Lower Branch Road.
4- 6 pm.
Adults $9; children 5- 12 $2; under 5 free.
Proceeds for St. James Lutheran Church.
Hebbs Cross fire dept. Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper,
4- 6:30 p.m.
Adults $10; children 5- 12 $5; under 5 free.
Includes dessert, tea and coffee. Everyone welcome.
Sunday, October 27
Oktoberfest Sauerkraut Supper,
Forties community centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross.
I wish I could have seen this backyard wrasslin ring in its prime. Now, it's just a rusting, rotting relic. From what I can tell from the road, the 'floor' looks like it's made of old mattresses. Heck, it looks like it even has turnbuckles!
I've meant to take a shot of this spot for a while now...it's been there for over 10 years. This spot always sketches me out. I rolled up, took a couple quick shots and got the hell out of there. If I'm feeling brave, I might try to get a better shot of it down the road...for now, this will have to do.
Every time I head out to the wharf for some mackeral fishing, I often wonder about the origins of the name. I guess it's either kraut, as in sauerkraut or it's kraut, as in Sgt. Rock shouting, "take that, you dirty kraut!" Hopefully the former and not the latter.
This collection of carnival games was a fundraiser for Struts & Faucet. At first their were adults in those booths but eventually they were taken over by kids...except for the 'Shot in the Dark' booth which involved a toy gun. That one had an adult in it all weekend. ^_^
It was hilarious to watch the kids hustle the passing crowds, trying to get them to play their games. The kids are all right!
One of several contestants trying their best at the hay stacking competition. It was a very hot day at Ross Farm, I'm sure being showered in scratchy hay didn't help matters.
The winner was judged on the weight of hay lifted as a percentage of their body weight...hopefully no one went crazy and tried to drop a weight class to win this one! ;-) I watched several people hoist ~ 50 lbs of hay on their best attempts. No small feat!
If you haven't discovered Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, you are missing out. The staffer at the front gate summed it up well, "pretty much every trail leads to a beach". She was not kidding! A short stroll from the walk-in tent sites leads you to this pristine piece of paradise. Looks like some windsurfers have figured it out! The day use beach is gorgeous as well, we spotted piping plovers the last time we visited. The park closes for the season October 14th, don't delay. It's worth the drive to East Port L'Hebert!
This weekend is heavy on breakfasts (nothing wrong with that!) and light on everything else. That being said, the First South Anglican Church Fall Variety supper is happening this Sunday. Protip: skip lunch, expect at least a 30 minute wait and try erryding on the table! Here's a review from 2010 for an idea of what to expect. If you are lucky, you will spot a scene like this. Don't forget the corned beef and cabbage supper next Wednesday, so goood.... If you are in the Lahave => Broad Cove area, check out the Petite Palette 2013 group art show!
September 21, New Germany Legion, 7-10 a.m. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Beans, toast, hash browns, juice, tea, coffee. Adults $7, children 5- 10 $3, under 5 free.
Saturday, September 21 Firemen's Breakfast, Petite Riviere fire hall, 8- 11 a.m. Full menu. Adults $7, children $3
September 21 Riverport and District Firemen's Breakfast, usual menu 7:30- 11:30 a.m., $7 adults; $3 children 6- 12; children 5 and under free. Community Events Sept. 20 - 29 Petite Palette 2013 A multi venue event, Hwy 331: Lahave, Petite Riviere & Broad Cove 40 artists' work showcased at various locations. Event poster here. Suppers Sunday, September 22,
Fall Variety Supper.
Grace Lutheran Church, First South,
4- 6 p.m. All welcome.
September 25, Wednesday,
Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper,
Italy Cross, Middlewood and District fire hall,
4- 6 p.m. Take-outs available, pick up only. Adults $10; children (5-12) $5. Proceeds for ladies' auxiliary.
Just looking at my old little guy makes me tired. I found him in a random box in the attic at my mom's house. A quick search online found the playset. If you stumble across any Adventure People figures at a yard sale, pick 'em up! Sets include such exciting things as 'Wild Animal Safari', 'Super Speed Racer' and 'Daredevil Sports Van'. There are some nice pics of the figures and sets on this site.