Friday, April 24, 2020

How are you all doing? The Camellia, Thunder Bay.


Hello!  How is everyone doing? Here at The Camellia, we are SO HAPPY that it's Spring and the weather is getting warmer! This little lamb is part of the flock of Stalwart Farm, just outside Kakabeka Falls.  Spring is a time of Joy, renewal, and new life! 
We have now been quarantined for a while, and it seems like  ..... forever. All that togetherness with our family is nice, but no so nice after a while. Dads who don't usually look after kids are, well, very challenged,  shall we say. Those who aren't tech experts have had to quickly learn to embrace Zoom, and other apps. If you're a couple, little annoyances that the other person is doing, these are starting to drive you around the bend.
Schedules are disrupted, and have you found that you barely know what day it is?  Trying to stick to a routine when there is no routine is hard. It seems like we stay in our PJ's or leggings most days. Also we may be staying up too late watching Netflix. And stress eating is happening. 

Home is your safe place, a refuge in times like this. Now that you are spending more time at home, maybe the mess in your rooms is getting to you, or spaces that need updating are really starting to bother you.  We will be offering limited in-home Design consults, once things are open again. Spring is here so a quick change of cushion covers, Tablecloths,  Flower arrangements & Wreaths is in order. 


 We are all stocked up with Cottage Paint, so if you need any paint, phone your order in. Now is a good time to get your Painting projects done. Take a look around, and see if you have enough Cottage Paint for your Furniture or Cabinet projects. You can phone us to order at 807-475-3551, we can run your paint out to your car, or we can deliver to your Home. Painting is better than Therapy!
  This is our quarantine project: painting a cement floor. 

Mother's Day  is coming up soon... we will be getting some Gift ideas together so you can purchase on-line.
Below are some small Staghorn Ferns. Stay safe everyone!! 

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How do I get there?   We are 10 mins. from the Thunder Bay Airport, heading south on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are 1.6km. on the left.    Phone 807) 475-3551. 

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Value of soap and Water in fighting flus and viruses, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

It's Winter in Canada and most of us like to escape to a warmer climate. Usually, it's quite easy to escape with direct flights to the Caribbean from most major cities in Canada. I had started to draft this blog entry a while ago, and today, it's April 3rd.of 2020, and so much has changed in our entire world. It is hard to even begin to document all of this.

tropical beach with palm tree

Because of the spread of  a Virus, COVID-19, most countries have closed their borders, planes have stopped flying, people have been told to GO HOME and STAY HOME! In Canada, almost everyone ( except those working in essential services) is at Home, and we are allowed to go only to the grocery store and /or other essential services. Social distancing is the only chance we have of trying to slow down the spread of this horrible virus. Cruise ships have become breeding grounds for the virus, and at this point, it is hoped that all cruise ships will be grounded. 

water going into bathtub, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

This virus can be killed by hand-washing with soap, so we are doing a lot of hand-washing, and wiping down of grocery carts, doorknobs, etc. There are lineups at every grocery ( outside),  the number of people inside the grocery is limited to a certain number, and you must maintain 6 feet. between you and the next person. Toilet paper is in short supply. so are masks and protective equipment . 

Neob Lavender Soap The Camellia Thunder Bay

We recommend washing with our Lavender soap from Neob Niagara. This is an all-natural soap, which can also be used as a Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble Bath. We also have to avoid touching our face, nose and eyes. Covid-19 attacks your lungs and respiratory system.

woman doing yoga

All of us dream of  Time's like a fantasy, when I have time off, I will do this, or that. Now that we all have time off, and we are waiting for this to be over, it is very difficult. We are almost going a bit nuts, when will our lives be normal again? The Government of Canada has announced financial help for Canadians during the Covid-19 crisis. For details of this plan, go to

cottage paint sign paint during covid 19,

Some of you are painting your Furniture pieces you have stored up for many years. This is a great idea, you get your projects done and feel a great sense of accomplishment. Bonus: you stop listening to the news, and try to get on with your life. If you need #CottagePaint, do phone us ahead of time. 
Stay safe, and together we can #flattenthecurve!
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The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 807-475-3551