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My sister and her husband have 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren living close by. To keep them entertained when they visit brother-in-law created this area we call the Childrens Resort.

There are lots of inexpensive ideas here anyone could try.

Children's Resort

Childrens Resort

This is an overview of the area – it is a small wooded area not far from the patio where the parents gather so it is easy to keep an eye on the kids while the play.

Every resort needs at least one hammock. This one has been in place for 5 years now and has even been left out most of the winter some years. It comes in two sizes and is made of polyester sports net and is perfect for areas like this. Note the wood chips on the ground beneath the hammock – they are there to create a soft landing spot in case anyone falls out. Usually Granddad 🙂 . Wood chips have also been used under the swings as well.

Sandbox Area

Sandbox Area

The sandbox play area is just a load of sand dumped in a suitable spot. There are enough toys stored there to keep the cats out and the free form of the area encourages the kids to play “outside the box”.

Although the trees provide a lot of shade the sun does peek through and is a problem when the leaves are gone, in the spring and fall. So the next step will be to install a couple of shade sails. It will be easy here because we can custom make them to go from tree to tree and simply attach them to the trees.

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So here we were, my husband Arch and I, retired and living near our families in Nova Scotia after 45 years of living and working in Ontario. We played golf and bridge, but not all the time. We enjoyed our time with our families, but they had to work for a living. We needed something to do. We were a bit at sixes and sevens when we stumbled upon the assets of a defunct hammock maker that once operated in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. We contacted the owners and after several discussions purchased 6 antique rope making machines, some hand-made hammock weaving looms, & shuttles and a hammock tying table along with the bits and pieces that were required to make hammocks and hammock swings. Most importantly, we were able to hire their Master Hammock Maker, Lynn Sallans, a skilled and creative artisan who can create whatever we (or you) can dream.

That first summer we set up our hammock making facility in a building at the old military base in Mill Cove NS and sold the hammocks we made from a roadside stand in Hubbards Nova Scotia. Then we started looking for a permanent home for our business, which we found on the Peggy’s Cove Road, in Seabright Nova Scotia.

As we started to renovate the building and open our hammock making business in Seabright we were sure of only one thing – we wanted to establish a business that would be fun to operate and a fun spot for customers to visit and shop. As we are making and selling hammocks this wasn’t too hard to do. The first summer in Seabright we felt our way along. We hung hammocks out among the trees on the lawn, added a couple of picnic tables for customers to use and, on nice days, Lynn worked outside, weaving hammocks and hammock swings. People loved dropping in, enjoying a picnic; swinging in the hammocks and watching Lynn weave the hammocks. But, their favourite thing was watching our antique rope-making machines at work.

The challenge was to set our shop up so visitors could see and follow the complete hammock making process from making the rope to finishing and hanging the hammock. Then we learned of The Atlantic ÉconoMusée Network. This is a network of shops that make their products using traditional handcrafting methods. These shops, which are self supporting businesses, are set up as working museums where visitors can learn the history of the craft and watch the products being made. We applied to join, were accepted, and officially opened as a rope and hammock making ÉconoMusée in June 2008.

So, five years later, here we are, busy and having fun. When you drop in you are greeted by our official greeter, Tara. Then Lynn or Arch act as you tour guide, showing you around the shop and demonstrating how the rope and hammocks are made. Hammocks and hammock swings are set up for you to test drive. The picnic area remains so bring along a snack or lunch to enjoy outside under the trees.

We are open 7 days a week 9am to 6 pm in June, July , August, and September, 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday in October, November, December, April and May and by appointment or by chance in January, February and March.

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