Monthly Archives: March 2017

Landscaping Ideas

This is a stock review so please do your own due diligence when deciding on whether to purchase the landscaping ideas course. The reason I want the course is that we have a blank back garden that I want to do something with on my own. It’s a small area, 30′ x50′ and already has a shed and a patio.

This is a US based product, however; the ideals presented can be implemente anywhere. Check on any upsells to ensure that you need them

Ideas4Landscaping is a comprehensive collection of 7250 landscaping designs, ideas and themes and about 300 pages of gardening landscape guides.

What Is Ideas4Landscaping?

The product offers step by step blueprints and pictures of over 7250 different landscaping designs. The creator, Helen Whitfield offers a simple, efficient and user-friendly online gallery for landscaping inspiration to design your dream landcsape. Inside this massive database, you’ll find 1’000s of landscaping pictures in 60+ categories consisting of:

  • Backyards
  • Front Yards
  • Gardens
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Lawns
  • And Many More…

This massive collection of photos, ideas, and simple step-by-step details is designed to help home owners make some progress with their plan to liven up their home with the perfect landscaping.


The Pros:

– A Huge Range of Designs To Choose From

This is a complete landscaping resource with detailed diagrams, complete with color pictures and examples on many types of landscaping designs. It is everything you’ll need to get started in creating the perfect outdoor living experience for you and your family with gardens, pools ,decks, pathways ,sheds, gazebos, hedges, driveways, waterfalls, ponds, patios and walkways

There are multiple designs available for each types of landscape, so you have some variety to choose from.

– Suitable For Beginners or Pros

All the designs are suitable for beginners and professionals.

– Great bonuses included

The bonuses you get with this product are great. The bonus videos on landscaping is great for beginners who want an easy to follow video guide. There are also some great value books added in, including an organic vegetable farming guide..

– Full Color Pictures

There are full color pictures and diagrams that are included. The visual makes it is easier to follow a picture or diagram instead of reading paragraphs.

– Money Back Policy

The 60 day money back guarantee is always appreciated. I like seeing a merchant who stands behind their product 100%. It puts the consumer at ease, knowing that they aren’t going to lose a cent if they choose to not use the system.



It is cool to get instant download access but it also takes away the joy of a printed collection. The designs are all in downloadable online gallery, which is great if your main purpose is to stop using paper and save the trees. But it can be quite a hassle if you want to have your design sitting snugly next to you as you build your boat.

However, you do have the option of printing everything out.That way, you don’t have to go online to view it.


Ideas4Landscaping is is a great collection anyway you look at it. It is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned landscapers alike. It offer great value for money considering the one-time price you pay for such an extensive system.

Purchase information Here



Smelt Fishing Newfoundland

A friend of mine asked me, about two weeks ago, if I would go smelt fishing with him. The last meal of smelts that i have eaten was purchased from Sobeys and I really didn’t like them. I prefer caplin. Anyway, I told him to let me know when he was going. We spoke on sunday and he said that he was going on wednesday and that he had invited another of our mutual friends.
I said yes, however; my wife told me that, if I caught any, not to bring them in the house She remembers the smell of smelts being fried in her parents house and didn’t want a fish odour in our house.

Well, I asked a few family members and friends if they liked them and some of them said yes. So, if I catch any I have someone to give them too. Are you allowed to give away smelts?

It’s wednesday morning and preparations have been finalized. We will be leaving at 9:00am. The lunch has been prepared, the thermos is ready and off we go….it’s a beautiful sunny morning, no wind and the temperature is -4 and going up to plus 2 and sunny. A perfect day for smelting or trouting. Let you know how we made out.

Frying smelts..getting prepared to cook them.gotta be positive


We arrived at the pond in North River at about 10:00am. Forgot to stop at the store to purchas tear drop spinners with a small hook. So we had to drive back about a mile to buy the spinners.

There were eight or ten other fihermen on the pond. Our friend Wayne knew a fellow whose name was Bob and he had caught a couple of dozen smelts. We each drilled a six inch hole and started to fish. Wayne was catching smelt, while Calvin and I were getting blanked. Finally Calvin caught a few, however I was getting nothing. Bob had to leave to pick up his wife so he said I could use the hole  where he had caught a few dozen smelts. He was very generous as he left eight fish for me.

i caught one smelt for the day. It was humbling as everybody else had caught at least a dozen or more. Before we left to drive home, Bob gave me another five smelt that he had caught after he retuned from taking his wife back to work.

It was  a  good day. Even though, I would have liked to have caught a couple of dozen smelt, we had a great day. There was lots of laughing and good natured ribbing..Looking forward to our next trip.

This is Bob…met him on our fishing trip..”.A salt of the earth man”..showed us some techniques for catching smelt,,thanks Bob


A little comfort and a break from the wind.


The pond is beginning to open where the river runs toward the bay. River is to the right. Not in this photo.


How words change. Going smelting to “go’in smeltin”

I will be frying the smelt today. Will try and remember to take a few photos.

He should know. Gander Beacon

I fried the smelts and had then for supper wiith, fresh cod and fish and brewis. Sounds like a big meal, however; we had another four family members and their young children coming for supper. Forgot to take photos, We fried then in vegetable oil and added a little butter for browning, We rolled half in flower. The ones rolled in flower were the best. There were some left-over so I had them the next day for lunch.

Note: I found that they were better when I put them on a frying pan to re-heat, They were crispier then heating them in the microwave.

The best time for catching smelts is at high tide. We always arrived, at the pond,  as the tide was falling and caught far less fish than those who were there early in the morning when the tide was rising. We had to drive over an hour and our driver is not a morning person.


Why am I writing a post here on potholes? Like many drivers I am frustrated by the number and size of potholes on our highways. Thus far I’ve been spared tire and rim repairs but not damage to the front end of my car. I hit a massive hole on a by- road in Conception Bay South and a pothole on the main highway. Missed hitting the one on The Manuel’s Arterial or Peace keepers Way and slowed down coming off the Ruth Ave exchange.

I hate potholes…Unfortunately our weather, with the changing temperatures doesn’t help. What really frustrates me is the amount of time it takes for highway crews to fix the problem or put up signs. The pothole, at The Manuel’s Overpass, was one of the worst. There was no signage until someone stuck a cone down in the hole to alert drivers, I had to make a trip to the hospital on a blustery night and there were four or five vehicles pulled over with flat tires.

I wonder can those drivers start a class action suit against the government?? Joking, but that’s how I feel.

How do you avoid hitting those vehicle destroying holes?

  • Check your tire pressure.  .“If it’s a normal pothole and you have the proper air pressure, your vehicle should be able to absorb it and you should go on your way – but it really depends on the depth of the pothole, your speed and the air pressure in your tire,” says Sean Cooney-Mann, store manager for an OK Tire in Toronto
  •  listen to the radio for pothole reports.
  • check with family and friends to see if they are aware of any potholers on the route that you will be driving
  • Reduce speed..if people want to pass let them pass.
  • Try and stay alert watching intently what the vehicles in front of you are doing. This means keeping the correct distance behind the vehicle that’s in front of you.
  • Try and avoid driving at night, especially on wet and foggy nights.
  • Make sure your windshield is clean! Check your windshield wash .
  • Watch for may be a pothole
  • Don’t tailgate:
  • Braking. Brake lightly but release your brake when entering a pothole.. .
  • Hard braking can cause greater contact between the tire and the pothole where it might otherwise glide over it.
  • Be very careful if your are speeding and you try to avoid a pothole..Remain attentive to what’s going on around you.
  • hit a pothole..You should pull over, in a safe location, to check for any visible damage..
  • If you notice a change in your vehicles handling, have it checked our asap. If your car pulls to one side you may have knocked your wheels out of alignment..
  • Report potholes to your town or city or the highways. Some towms react quicker then others..

Potholes can be expensive, frustrating and dangerous.

Pothole alert…

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Links of interest

The Science of Potholes

Students Tackle Pothole Problem

Ford developing pothole alert system for drivers – BBC News

Notice from The Town of Conception Bay South on potholes

Potholes or chuckholes

A few days ago, I drove down the ramp, off Ruth Ave, onto the Harbor Arterial road. That section of road is deplorable.