Wow, it has been over a year since I have posted something to my website and I figured it was about time to get back at it. A number of things happened in the past year, one is the trip I took to Austria and Holland for work in May and Nadine and I went to Israel and Jordan for a great two week vacation in October/November.
The most important event that happened in 2013 is the birth of my first grandson, Noah Grayson Bate. We will be going to meet him on the first of May and I cannot wait. Nadine was able to get down to Bermuda for a visit in February and spent a week with Colin and Lynne. So many people have said to me there is nothing more special than grandchildren. I know they are right.
New things happening in the family this year is the new 90 day fitness challenge and the creation of Body by Bate, a new health and fitness website. Adam and Devon will be taking the personal fitness training course this month and will try and help those who need their expertise. Peter will look after the new membership clients and keep track of their interests.
This past month I have brewed my first beer at home, a nice pale ale. I also have a batch of wine fermenting and look forward to sampling some of the pinot noir. I have decided to learn more about making beer and wine at home and helping those who have questions and want to break into this hobby.
March 14, 2012 – a very special day. Colin and Lynne exchanged their wedding vows and their wedding rings on a beautiful beach in Bermuda. Nadine and I were witness to this wonderful event and were proud to take part in the ceremony. Lynne is a very beautiful young woman and they appear to be very much in love. We enjoyed ourselves during our stay on the island and must thank Orbis for the use of their apartment while we were there. I wish them all the best in their future and look forward to when they visit Nova Scotia.
Thursday and Friday, September 8th & 9th were two fun filled days that involved refreshments, food, golf, food and more refreshments. Thursday evening was spent on the Hector listening to Spyder MacDonald and enjoying free beer, and scotch. Lots of food from a local restaurant was also consumed. On Friday, 68 golfers enjoyed the sun and spent the morning trying to win the Hector cup. Lots pf prizes were won by the players. We had 23 NSCC student volunteers helping out and they were very professional and worked very hard. Thanks to every who was involved, great job.
Wow, what an unexpected surprise, Colin arrived for the long weekend. All four boys were home for Devon’s move to University. Adam and Colin had arranged this visit and did a great job of keeping it a secret. The weather was fantastic and we all had a great Labour Day Weekend. The swim in the pool was very refreshing.
September 4, 2011
Every time I eat at Boston Pizza I enjoy myself. It must be the company because it is not the pizza. I had an individual deluxe pizza without the ham and a soft drink for supper Sunday night. I knew the pizza would be small and I was not disappointed. The crust was all encompassing which left very little room for the toppings and the taste was somewhat bland and doughy.
Now I realize that Boston Pizza has other specialties, however, it is a pizza shop so I was expecting the best tasting pizza in town… like I said disappointing.
Pizza – 2 stars
Restaurant – 3 ½ stars
Sunday was a special day for Devon. His first day at University. Dalhousie is in for a special treat as Devon readies himself for a wonderful learning experience. Frosh week will be something he will talk about for years to come, as he meets new friends and sees a whole new world of adventure.
Settlers Salt Water Café
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Friday, September 2, 2011
This restaurant is situated on the waterfront in Pictou and had a wonderful view of the harbour and local tourist attractions. My lunch consisted of a cup of fish chowder and the killer chicken sandwich with fries. The chowder was a small portion however, it was served piping hot and was very tasty. It had a very rich seafood taste and was loaded with fish. The killer chicken had melted cheese, mushrooms and green peppers over the large piece of chicken in the Kaiser bun and was very satisfying. The fries were pub style and served hot. The price was reasonable for the style of restaurant and was $ 77.00 including the tip for four of us.
Fish Chowder – 3 ½ stars
Chicken sandwich – 4 stars
Restaurant – 3 ½ stars
Posted on 30. Aug, 2011 by jimbate.
Stone Soup Café
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pictou, Nova Scotia
A young server served the bowl of fish chowder in an outdoor setting. It was served at the same time as my clubhouse sandwich. The fish chowder was a little too runny and did not have a rich seafood flavour. The ingredients were somewhat sparse and lacking in size. The clubhouse sandwich was on whole wheat and I prefer it without tomato. The chicken and bacon were cooked well, however the bread was too thick which made the toasted crust too flakey and it had to be removed before eating it.
The price of the lunch was reasonable, $ 35 including tip for two guests and the restaurant, though small was quaint and pleasant.
Fish Chowder – 2 stars
Clubhouse – 2 ½ stars
Restaurant – 2 ½ stars