Sunday, June 29, 2008

An evening at the cottage

On Tuesday evening we visited a cottage...wish I could say it was our cottage, but sadly no. The story actually started last Saturday when John & I went to see the Horse & Oxen Pull at Conquerall Mills (photos of that event coming soon). While we were there, we met a man vacationing from the Boston area of the U.S. We got to talking and he told us he owns a cottage on the ocean and vacations there 5 weeks every year. He then invited us over to visit. (need I say...folks are friendly around here).

So, Tuesday afternoon we headed off to the Lahave Islands. On the way there, we stopped to watch a bald eagle. He was magnificent. Here he is, after being chased by several seagulls....brave souls.He decided to take another chance, and flew off with some seagulls in pursuit. Wonder what he did to get them riled up?After one wrong turn, we arrived at the cottage safe and sound. After some chatting on the deck, we took a lovely boat ride. Do you think we made it through this narrow passage? Well, we did! The sun came out and we toured a couple of bays. Here is our host with his cottage in the background.The photo below was taken after we toured our host's new neighbour's cottage...a 2.2 million dollar cottage. Gulp. After touring the neighbour's cottage, we headed back to the boat where I managed to fall down some seaweed covered rocks and land on my backside. Mostly I landed on my elbow and my camera (and ego) took a beating. I then bled all over the boat (a wooden boat, thank goodness...blood washes off). The starfish in the photo fared better than I did...back into the ocean he went after his photo op.And, a photo of my favourite man.

Back to our host's cottage for a tour there before heading home. A beautiful cottage, and a beautiful evening.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blue Rocks

Last week we found ourselves in Lunenburg, a popular tourist spot. We saw the sign for Blue Rocks...a road we've never been on...and decided to check it out. It was a foggy day, and the landscape reminded me of our trip to Newfoundland last year.We spotted some herons and stopped to take some photos. They are such majestic birds. We went all the way out to the point of Blue Rocks, which looked like it must be a true fishing community. It was a lovely bay with some quaint homes and cottages. I'm sure it's a wonderful place to be in the summer, but winter must be very isolated. I should have taken some photos there, but I didn't. On the way back towards Lunenburg, we spotted a woman painting at the side of the road.I asked if I could take her photo and we chatted for a few minutes. It turns out she lives on the other side of the province, but tours the area so she can paint on site. Her name is Joy Laking, and she'll be exhibiting in Lunenburg at the end of July. She said she has painted the view of this old building every year for the past 30 years.

And, one last photo. This is a little tourist shop which was closed the day we were there. It looks like they might have some interesting things. The outside is certainly full of character!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lunching on the deck

hester is one of my favourite places along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. A week or so ago, we headed over to Halifax to watch Miss M's music recital. Afterwards, we headed back home via the scenic route and stopped in Chester for lunch.The Rope Loft Restaurant is right on the shore. It was a very windy day, but absolutely lovely...bright and sunny. A perfect day for lunching on the deck overlooking the bay.Lunch was delicious. We both had the day's special...crab cakes with salad. John chose the caesar salad and I had the greek. Yum.This view shows the pier with more tables and chairs for the restaurant. The pier looks out towards the ocean. The hill on the other side of the bay has some spectacular homes. I wouldn't want to think about the price of them...out of our reach for sure!In the distance, you can see a yacht. The yacht is about 5 times larger than the ferry that goes from Chester over to Tancook Island. According to the people working at the restaurant, the yacht's name is The Intuition. Lunching at a table next to us were 3 couples...eavesdropping a bit on their conversation one man was a producer, and another an actor. When they left on their boat, they headed out to the yacht which led us to lots of speculation...but they were just sightseeing on their way to somewhere else. The restaurant has 2 decks. We were on the lower deck. The upper was closed off for the day. I'm sure it gets packed during tourist season (July & August). The windows along the building on the lower level were all topped with tole painted buildings and lighthouses. Very quaint.

Just a lovely afternoon. Can't wait to go back.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Variety is the spice of life

I won't lie to you. Since we moved, I've had a few days that I feel sorry for myself. What was I thinking? How did I think I could move so far away from what I was used to? How did I think I could cope in the country?

But...then I have many more days when I know we did the right thing. Yes, we moved far away from everything we knew, but we're off on an exciting adventure. We have family close by and love being around. We have access to some of Canada's most beautiful scenery, beaches, and ocean. The sea food doesn't get any fresher than here. And yes....I am a capable person and can learn to adapt to country living!

I was gardening the other day and thought I heard someone hammering. John was busy cutting the grass, and we don't have any neighbours close by. This is what I heard:
A pileated woodpecker busy finding a meal. None of my photos did it justice. He was huge....and something we rarely saw in Ontario.We walk down our half mile driveway every morning with the dogs to pick up our paper. The walk takes us through forest and the woodland flowers are amazing at this time of year. John saw 4 deer one morning when he went alone. I haven't been as lucky.We have seen deer quite a few times wandering at the edge of our hayfields. I love watching them.
Today has been interesting so far. I've been up on the roof helping to fix some shingles, and I've painted the stairwell. The only painting I've done in the house so far is the upstairs hallway. I painted it before our furniture arrived, knowing that heavy furniture would be placed in the hallway and the walls would be much easier to paint without moving furniture around (our upper hall is about 9 feet wide and is now John's office, as well as my mini library).

And...John was into town today to buy "turkey starter". Any guesses what that is for? Stay tuned.