maple tree damaged by hurricane arthur We knew Hurricane Arthur was headed our way, but the forecast called for it to weaken to a post-tropical depression by the time it hit Atlantic Canada. It was supposed to be pretty much a ‘rain event’ here in South-western New Brunswick.

But Arthur hit us with surprising strength – carving a path of toppled trees, broken power poles and washed out roads across areas of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The effects of Arthur quickly faded from the news beyond the locally affected areas within a day. Stonehaven didn’t get back on the grid until nine days after the lights went out on Saturday July 5th.

5 Lessons from Hurricane Arthur

  1. Don’t underestimate a ‘post-tropical’ storm headed your way
  2. Plan for 72 hrs without access to services
  3. The worst time to buy a generator is when you need one
  4. A Solar/Dynamo powered portable radio is your information lifeline
  5. Make sure you have a supply of cash on hand

I’m not going to pretend this was a huge event although it did leave it’s mark on the US eastern seaboard before making landfall in Atlantic Canada. In New Brunswick, it was relatively local with the capital city of Fredericton and the surrounding areas up to 70 miles inland suffering the brunt of of the damage and power outages. Although small on a global scale, any event like this has a significant impact at the local level.

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The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

Since this recycling project was designed and built based on the materials I had on hand – and it’s something I’m sure most of you don’t need – I’m treating it more as a philosophical exercise in creative problem solving than a how-to project. The ‘project’ in this case is a roadside garbage box – […]

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Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

This Recycling Bin Cabinet is an original Stonehaven design that combines the style and charm of an antique furniture piece with the practical management of your household recycling.  Just open the drawer and drop your recyclables into the proper roadside bin. On recycling day you grab the bin and take it to the curb for […]

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Traditional Kitchen Trash Cans by Wellesley Hills Kitchen & Bath Designers Architectural Kitchens Inc. The home kitchen continues to evolve to meet our ever-changing needs and wants. Today, we’re as likely to have a TV or computer in the kitchen as a microwave or breadmaker. The "kitchen work triangle’ – the relationship between refrigerator-range-sink remains […]

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Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

My previous post – The Recycling Cycle – paid tribute to our former greenhouse as an inspirational example of a DIY project made with mostly recycled materials. Today I’ll share the history of how it came to live at Stonehaven. We called it "The Greenhouse" – but it really served us more as a storage […]

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The Recycling Cycle

The Recycling Cycle

Stonehaven’s Greenhouse – our most unusual and useful landmark – is gone. R.I.P. Even though it outlived its life expectancy by nearly a decade, we knew it was becoming more vulnerable with each passing year. The winter winds of 2012-2013 struck the fatal blow to our beloved greenhouse – built from mostly recycled and repurposed […]

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How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

I just had  a very good question from a reader on my "Cabinet Crown Moulding Tips" post so I figured the best way to answer her was with another post. They’ve just installed new frameless cabinets themselves and have now reached the point of adding the crown moulding. Her question was related to the various […]

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Yes, You Can Have Shelves in Pocket Door Cabinets

Yes, You Can Have Shelves in Pocket Door Cabinets

Cabinets with pocket doors are more popular than ever these days. We use them to hide everything from small countertop appliances to washers and dryers to TVs and cable boxes. In many cases the door conceals a single open space and the door(s) slide in beside or above whatever we’re trying to conceal. But can […]

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The Art of Gravelling a Driveway

The Art of Gravelling a Driveway

If you live in the city or the suburbs your driveway is likely to be surfaced with asphalt, concrete pavers or at the very least, a respectable layer of crushed rock. But hey, I live in an old farmhouse 300 feet from the road so the gravel driveway with a grass centre strip is the […]

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BeeMate Update

BeeMate Update

I’m pleased to officially announce Shamrock’s Buzzy Bee as the licensed BeeMate manufacturer and distributor for the State of North Carolina. Back at the end of May, Al and Kathy Hildreth purchased the 90 day trial license to manufacture the Stonehaven BeeMate beekeeping workbench and distribute them through their Shamrock’s Buzzy Bee operation in Four […]

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