Friday, January 2, 2015

Changing blogs

Happy New Year! Here's to endings...and new beginnings!

For reasons that I won't get into, I have to change the name of my blog. Please join me at my new blog address:
Edited to say....gah!! The link might not be working, and I can't get it to work. You can click on the links at the sidebar or under the "closed" photo or you can manually type in the blog name on your menu bar. Not a good sign!

please come over to my new blog - Nova Scotia Postcards (

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12 Beaches of Christmas

Here is a summary of our 12 Beaches of Christmas. We came up with the idea of visiting beaches over the holiday season to help keep us from Grinchville (aka...becoming grumpy about the commercialization of Christmas). At our stage in life, we don't need to receive anything...and everyone we would give gifts to already has everything they need. What the season does mean to us is family and friends and sharing time together. It was just the two of us this year (plus our four legged kids). Instead of lamenting that fact, we celebrated by doing what we love to do...going to the shore.
12 Beaches of Christmas (left to right, top to bottom: Hirtles Beach, The Hawk, North East Point Beach, Crescent Beach, Beach Meadows, Carters Beach, Summerville Beach, Broad Cove, Fort Point, Rissers Beach, Green Bay, Cherry Hill Beach.
We had a lot of overcast skies and cool winds, but it's December! It's still lovely to hear the sound of the waves, the gulls cry, and see the wonders of Nova Scotia's South Shore. I think we'll have to do a "fair weather" series of beaches in 2015 to show everyone that it's not all grey skies all the time!

As 2014 comes to an end, many people are busy coming up with goals for 2015. I tend to lean towards goal setting and list making, but I am trying to tone that down a bit. I do have things I want to do and things I want to accomplish. But most of all, I want to "just be"...enjoy what I have and where I am, and enjoy doing things to get me to where I want to be. 

Here's to the promise that comes with a new year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Rissers Beach

Rissers Beach Family Photo
Beach #12 of our "12 Beaches of Christmas" (we did it!!!) is Rissers Beach. We saved this beach for last because it is our "go to" beach. We go to this beach when we want a nice, long walk. We tend to go when the weather is not ideal. We also go to this beach when we need to get ourselves back. What I mean is...when we go through tough times...the loss of a pet...or just feeling down....this is where we go to get back in sync with life. We re-connect to nature here and get re-balanced. This beach is so important to us that I had an artist (Carrie Jacobson) paint it for us. (painting is below)

a selfie with John & dogs in the far background....can you see them?
"Sara's Beach" by Carrie Jacobson (

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Crescent Beach

Beach #11 (almost reached our goal!) of our "12 Beaches of Christmas" is Crescent Beach. This was one of the first beaches we "discovered" when we moved to the South Shore. It's unique, because it's one of the few remaining beaches (maybe the only one?) in Nova Scotia that you can drive on. The photos you see here are at low tide. In fact, I don't remember ever seeing it lower. It's a lovely family beach in the summer because it's so shallow and long. Cars will back up to the wooden breakwater. We've had some lovely picnics here, sitting in the car and looking out at the water. And it's a great dog walking beach. When we move into Bridgewater we'll be a quick 20 minutes from this beach and I think I'll head out here for some early morning walks with the dogs.
Crescent Beach Family Photo

drive through this opening, and you're on the beach - yes, it's allowed!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fort Point

Beach #10 on our "12 Beaches of Christmas" is Fort Point. If you like collecting sea glass, this is a beach to put on your list to visit. I have to admit, that's the reason I like going to Fort's not for the beach walk as much as the sea glass collecting! No matter how many people you have with you, everyone is guaranteed to find some glass. John and I found 56 pieces of glass when we visited on Sunday.
Fort Point Family Photo (beach is at the mid-right of the photo...down the hill)
You'll see John collecting some beach glass in this little video.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Green Bay

Beach #9 of our "12 Beaches of Christmas" is Green Bay. We don't get to this beach often. I'm not sure why, as it's close to Rissers Beach and that is usually our "go to" beach when we just need to have a walk on the beach. The last time we stopped here was over 4 years ago when we had 2 different dogs...Cassie and Mulligan. We ordered fish and chips from MacLeod's Canteen and shared some chips with the dogs (we kept the fish for ourselves!). We have taken a drive through Green Bay since then, but even that must have been a couple of years ago.
Green Bay Family Photo (well, 3 of us are pointed toward the camera...the fourth is busy goofing off)
The quality of this video is terrible...sorry about that. It's the only one I took, so we're stuck with it. I can't stop posting videos would wreck the series! Surprise, was cold, overcast, and windy!