A View from the Bucket: a Grand Lake and McNabs Island memoir
A View From The Bucket is a memoir about the early years of the author and her three siblings, their mother and mostly absent father. Redekopp sees life as one great adventure, and writes with humour about activities that only the imaginations of three sisters can concoct, and about their many near-death experiences, a mother who had no idea how to raise a family, and a father who when home on furlough teaches them wilderness survival, edible wild plants and how to tell army time.
At the end of World War II, the Young family lived on McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, while their father was stationed there with the Provost Corps in the Canadian Armed Forces.
After their return to Grand Lake, K.C. Irving started pulp drives through the lake, electricity and telephone lines were introduced and the dirt road in front of their home became the Trans-Canada Highway ...
Jean (Young) Redekopp was born at home in a farmhouse on the shore of Grand Lake, New Brunswick in the late 1930s. In 1948 the Young family moved to Fredericton to join their father stationed at Point Ste. Anne.
After the culture shock of city life and high school, Jean married a local farm boy, produced a son, and worked for New Brunswick Telephone, Wandlyn Motels and the New Brunswick government. In 1970, she moved to southern Ontario on her own, and in 1976 re-married and inherited a step-daughter.
Now widowed and retired, she enjoys a good life of travel, skiing, fishing, gardening, camping and canoeing.
Although she continues to live in a city, Jean prefers the country life and still refers to Grand Lake as “home”. She continues to enjoy the company of her sisters at their frequent get togethers.
July 1996 / 9 x 6 (tp) / 96 pp / memoir/biography, history
Maritimes Arts Projects Productions
ISBN 0-921411-52-9 / $17.95