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SaltWire Selects Aug. 13: The gift of a computer, a Cape Breton parrot and tiny house tourism

Nicole Campbell and her husband Joel Campbell on an outing with their Congo African gray parrot Gabby at the John Bernard Croak Memorial Park in Glace Bay. The couple take Gabby with them wherever they go and the bird has been building a fan base in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and on social media. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post
Nicole Campbell and her husband Joel Campbell on an outing with their Congo African gray parrot Gabby at the John Bernard Croak Memorial Park in Glace Bay. The couple take Gabby with them wherever they go and the bird has been building a fan base in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and on social media. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery

Bytes of kindness

What if kids need a computer to do their classwork during the pandemic, but don't have the money to buy one?

A thoughtful man in Avondale, N.L., is doing something to help families in that position.

Gerry Ryan, an iron worker who has been off the job site during COVID-19, has a small IT business on the side to fix up computers.

Now, he's doing it to donate to kids who can't afford their own device, because he knows that story.

“In Colliers, Newfoundland, in the ‘80s, employment was non-existent, so I grew up with nothing,” Ryan told The Telegram's Andrew Waterman.

“Whenever I had the opportunity to actually sit in front of a personal computer, be it at a relative’s house or a friend’s house, I was all about it. I would soak it up.”

Find out how you can contribute to Ryan's project.

Gerry Ryan in his home in Avondale. Ryan has been taking donations of old computers are refurbishing them to give to families in need. – Submitted. - Andrew Waterman
Gerry Ryan in his home in Avondale. Ryan has been taking donations of old computers are refurbishing them to give to families in need. – Submitted. - Andrew Waterman

 


Sibling from another species

Gabby moved to Nova Scotia just at the beginning of the pandemic and now she is settled in, sharing snacks and love with her sister Susan while seeing the sights of Cape Breton.

Gabby is a Congo African gray parrot, Susan is a miniature Pinscher and their pet parents are Nicole and Joel Campbell.

Not many parrots are spotted on the streets of Glace Bay, so the seven-month-old bird has earned some fans already.

“She loves going out for walks,” Nicole told The Cape Breton Post's Sharon Montgomery-Dupée.

“She just sits on our shoulder and watches everything, observing what’s going on.”

Watch the video to see this sweet girl enjoy a lullabye.

You might spot Gabby out and about in Cape Breton She's still young, but, as parrots can have a vocabulary of up to 5,000 words, she may have something to say.

Gabby, a Congo African gray parrot, and miniature pinscher Susan, sharing some snacks with owner Joel Campbell at their home in Glace Bay. CONTRIBUTED - Sharon Montgomery
Gabby, a Congo African gray parrot, and miniature pinscher Susan, sharing some snacks with owner Joel Campbell at their home in Glace Bay. CONTRIBUTED - Sharon Montgomery

 


Tiny home, big views

Want to visit the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and enjoy the comforts of (a very small) home?

A new tourism business near Belle Cote, N.S., features two tiny homes owned by the Page family of Fall River, N.S., The Cape Breton Post's David Jala reports.

What inspired the family? A trip to the area as tourists.

“We were overwhelmed with the beauty and the scenery of Cape Breton — we also saw the opportunity for some unique accommodations, so we started to look for land," Kate Page told Jala.

Find out how they managed to get one of the tiny homes in place during the pandemic and take a peek at the set up.

The Page family proudly stands in front of one of the tiny houses that will soon be available for holiday rentals. The new family business is called Cabot Trail Tiny House Vacation Rentals. From left, Isaish, Eli, Kate, Dan and Madelyn show off the “Boat House” at its Belle Cote location on the Cabot Trail. CONTRIBUTED  - Contributed
The Page family proudly stands in front of one of the tiny houses that will soon be available for holiday rentals. The new family business is called Cabot Trail Tiny House Vacation Rentals. From left, Isaish, Eli, Kate, Dan and Madelyn show off the “Boat House” at its Belle Cote location on the Cabot Trail. CONTRIBUTED - Contributed

 

 


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