Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

I'm trying to find a Christmas tree. An artificial one. A FABULOUS artificial one.

I usually buy a real one, but since I go away for a week or two over the holidays, a real one isn't .... a realistic option anymore.

The tree below is my usual style. I've tried everywhere that I can think of to find something like it, but, sadly, no luck. ( Home Depot, ikea, the Bay, Canadian tire, Target, Michaels, etc, : the small trees are all so tacky)

I need it to be about 4 feet tall. I want to be able to see it in person before I buy it, so online is out.

Does anyone have any idea where I might get one in Toronto?







I would definitely consider a feather tree! But I can't find them here... Has anyone seen one in Toronto?

At this point, I'd also consider a large branch..... Anyone have one of those hanging around their yard?

help?

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Rowing on the Pond

It took all summer to get the rowboat on the pond. I didn't even get to row in it this year!
But Mr. B took my mom out on the last night that we were there.
That's the "pond" .  I would call it a lake :) But it is tidal (through the dyke adjacent to our property).





Isn't it beautiful?

For those of you who have asked where it is -- it is in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia. (claim to fame = Carters Beach)
A few miles "south" of Liverpool.
Or about 45 minutes south of Lunenburg , or an hour and a half south of Halifax :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WooHoo - a place to swim!

The problem with summers in Nova Scotia is the water is COLD. Too cold for me to swim (my feet turn purple just walking on the beach)

I was talking to my neighbour and she said that she used to go for a daily walk with another neighbour to a lake. With a beach.
I had heard that there was a road somewhere to a large lake in the woods, but , although I could see the road on some maps, it didn't appear to be where it should be.
I was told to walk down someone's driveway and "keep right and keep going". Ms. L and I set out on an adventure. Down an old, overgrown logging road. Through a stream or two. Over the poison ivy.  20 minutes later. There it was. Like a Muskoka lake. Sandy! Warm!


We swam and I brought Mr. B back a few days later. I am thrilled. Our summer paradise keeps getting better and better :)

Next year I will try to bike there.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Afternoon at Keji Seaside

When Miss L came out east this summer, we walked out to the Keji Seaside Adjunct.
 A 15 minute drive from our house.
A 45 minute walk in, then a nap on the beach, then a walk out :)










Friday, September 26, 2014

A Fisherman's Office

Always looking for some photo ops,  I took Joanne to my friend Bob's "office" -- his fishing shed. I hope to take some more photos here next year -- there was too much to see!

Click on these -- they look fabulous enlarged.  Really!


 



Sadly, Bob's wharf was destroyed in a huge storm in February of 2012 . He has spend the past 2 summers rebuilding it. His big fishing boat is currently docked at the Government Wharf down the road (that's where I met Bob because I walk Andy out there every day :) I cannot believe how hard those fishermen work every day. Lobster season in Nova Scotia is from mid November until May. Imagine being cold and wet every single day.....



 

Old lobster traps.






Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

After Joanne and I left Lunenburg, we headed to Blue Rocks, a mile or so away. Very picturesque and not as touristy as I though it would be :) I've been to Lunenburg many many times, but never out to Blue Rocks (likely because there isn't an ice cream shop there :) (or any shops for that matter)(not that I need shops...). It's beautiful there.....





 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lunenburg

My friend Joanne from near Kalamazoo, Michigan, came to visit me in Nova Scotia this summer. Yes way!
We spent a whirlwind 3 days being tourists on the south shore.

First up we went to Lunenburg. Lunenburg is a Unesco Heritage Site.

Lunenburg is full of beautfiully painted buildings. This first photo is from the town's website, the rest are my own. Click on the aerial photo to go to the Lunenburg site.

http://www.explorelunenburg.ca/



We saw the Bluenose II, which is featured on our Canadian dime:





If you ever go to Lunenburg, Eat at  Magnolia's Grill. I love the fishcakes there! and Joanne said that the Lobster Rolls were the best (or close to the best?) that she had ever eaten!

And a must-go to shop for handmade gifts is Dots and Loops. And The Makery if you like to make stuff. And Luvly if you like to wear stuff.

I also love The Fisheries Museum of the Atlanticin Lunenburg.  I didn't go this year, as I have been many times in the past.  Lunenburg also has a fabulous Folk art Festival every summer. Which I also didn't get to as I was alone at that point. And I don't drive.

You can see some of Joanne's fabulous photos here, on her blog.