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 (jacobson-arts.com)

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 Point...it'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 now...it would wreck the series! Surprise, surprise...it was cold, overcast, and windy!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Summerville Beach

Beach #8 of our "12 Beaches of Christmas" is Summerville Beach. We visited this beach several times this year, and we used a family photo from a November visit for our Christmas cards. It's a perfect beach for walking...lots of hard packed sand and very, very long. In the summer, it would be a great place to bring kids...but a tad chilly for a swim these days!
Summerville Beach Family Photo

madly off in all directions

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carters Beach

Beach #7 on our "12 Beaches of Christmas" tour is Carters Beach. (Martha, we waved at your cottage on the way by) I think this is the first time we have visited Carters in the winter (well, technically I guess it's still fall). We didn't get to walk the whole beach because of the creek(?). It was pretty wide and deep. We could have driven around to the other end and had a lovely long walk. We probably would have if it was a tad bit warmer and a titch less windy.

Carters is a stunning beach...in the summertime the waters are turquoise. And you can usually find all sorts of sand dollars which is always a bonus when you're beach walking.
Carters Beach Family Photo
So....you might be able to tell from the video....it was COLD and it was WINDY!

No blue skies today!
notice how well behave the OTHER dog is and contrast it with our dogs straining at the leashes