"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home Sweet Home

I started to run out of steam the last few days of vacation, and didn't quite find time to blog.  On Sunday and Monday, we took the scenic route from Halifax to Yarmouth, and then to Digby.  DH likes lighthouses, and we were able to find several!
Sunday was another rainy dreary day.  And windy.  This picture shows the wind whipping along a beach.

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And here are a few of the lighthouses between Halifax and Yarmouth. 

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The sun made an appearance shortly before sunset.

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The highlight of Monday was having breakfast with Joan from Ouvrages d’une Acadienne. in Yarmouth.IMG_3427

We had to change our plan a couple of times, but we made it happen!  Joan was so instrumental in my getting started into blogging, and it was such a thrill to meet her.

And guess what we saw after we left Yarmouth – yep, more lighthouses.

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There are also some very lovely churches in the area.

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Be sure to notice the pretty blue skies in these pictures.

Once we got to Digby, I visited the only quilt store that was on my itinerary – A Needle Pulling Thread.  Darlene has the cutest little shop, and is a real sweetheart.

IMG_3433Every inch of her walls are covered with quilts.  Many of them are Kaaren’s from The Painted Quilt.  I especially loved seeing this one in person, because I won the pattern and fabric from Kaaren last year.  I need to get started on the stitching.

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Tuesday found us taking the ferry from Digby to St. John as we began the long trek homeward.  It’s about a three hour ferry ride across the Bay of Fundy, and there’s not a lot to see.  Two highlights of this day included a tugboat that came out to help get the ferry into the dock,

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and because we arrived in St. John at high tide, we drove over to Fallswatch Park to see the reversing falls.  The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world, and at high tide, the water rushes up the St. John River, and actually reverses the flow of the river.  It was amazing to watch.

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I couldn’t capture the power of the water with my photos, so I shot my first ever video!  Unfortunately, I’m having trouble posting it. 

And then a very long drive home.  We were held up slightly in Customs, because the Agent was from DH’s home town, and they had to chat about people and places that they both knew.  Today was a stay-at-home day, and I got a good start on the huge pile of laundry.  Yippee.

We had a fabulous trip, got to meet Sheila, Joan, and Darlene.drove about 3300 miles, ate tons of wonderful seafood, saw beautiful scenery, met interesting people, and totally fell in love with Nova Scotia.  It felt good to sleep in my own bed last night, though.

Back to stitching now . . . Sunny

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Peggy’s Cove and Halifax

Day 7:  Peggy’s Cove, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg

Peggy’s Cove has been on my Bucket List for a long time, and I can now cross it off!

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Peggy’s Cove is a quaint little village at the mouth of St. Margaret’s Bay.  The Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.  The coastline surrounding it is very rugged.

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Very near Peggy’s Cove is a memorial for the victim’s of the Swissair Flight 111 Crash in 1998.  It is a very sobering spot, on the granite rocks looking out to the ocean.

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After we left Peggy’s Cove, we drove to Mahone Bay, another quaint little fishing town.  The entire town was celebrating the Scarecrow Festival.

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These are not your typical scarecrows normally found watching over gardens.  Most homes and businesses had scarecrows representing anything from musical acts, storybook characters, television characters, themes representing the business, and even a tea party.

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Mahone Bay also has some beautiful churches.

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And did I mention that Mahone Bay just happened to have a Quilt Show the Day we were there?  I’ll save those pictures for another post after I get home. 

As you can probably tell, it was another gray day, so the pictures are all a little dull.  The next town we drove to was Lunenburg.  Oh my – it was so colorful!  And built on a hill, so you can really appreciate all the colors.

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It was late afternoon when we arrived here, so we didn’t have much time to do anything other than pop into a couple of the shops.  I can honestly say that we’ve done our best to stimulate the economy of Nova Scotia!!

Day 8:  Halifax

This is the longest vacation I’ve ever taken, and I have to confess that I’m getting tired and thinking of home.  Today was another rainy windy day for us, so we tried to find indoor activities in Halifax.  We spent some time in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which was quite interesting.  They have a special exhibit about the Titanic, as Halifax is where many of the victims were brought as they were recovered from the sea. 

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We also got to tour the Acadia, a ship that was used for chart making   for 56 years in the northern waters.

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We learned that Halifax has the second largest natural harbor in the world.  It was carved out by glaciers, and because there is no sand anywhere, it does not have to be dredged like many harbors.  Do you know where the largest natural harbor is?

We then made our way down to the Farmer’s Market, where we had lunch, listened to live music, and watched the carving of a 664 pound pumpkin!
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And remember when I mentioned the friendly people here?  One gentleman was selling peaches, and he had one cut up to encourage people to sample it.  As it was quite tasty, I asked if we could purchase only one or two, not a container full.  He said “No, but I could give you one”, and then proceeded to look for two peaches that were ripe for eating right away.  Nice!

As the rain and wind continued to worsen, we decided to call it a day, and return to the hotel.  We got a chance to read, and dh took a little snooze.  He continues to be just fine, with no ill effects of his little episode a couple of weeks ago.

On the road again tomorrow…….Sunny

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

More Cape Breton

Day 6:  More of the Same

Much of today was spent travelling rather than sight-seeing, but we did manage to get a few pictures.

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A couple of food highlights from the day:  Bologna was one of the meat choices on the menu for breakfast this morning.  I’ve eaten bologna before, but I’ve never seen it on a menu.  It was very tasty, more meaty and flavorful than what I’ve had before.  And we had read about the Chowder Trail Passport before leaving home, and although we’ve sampled a lot of chowder in the past few days, restaurants on the Chowder Trail had eluded us.  Not so today.  We now have our passports, and our first stamps!  I highly recommend the chowder at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou.

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In closing, if you ever decide to visit Cape Breton, allow several days for your visit.  There are museums, galleries, artisans, hiking, whale watching, fabulous food, and awesome scenery.  We only sampled a tiny bit of what the area has to offer, and we’ve encountered the friendliest people!  I think I’ll try to get a job with the Chamber of Commerce.

Hope you’re enjoying your week as much as I am.  Sunny

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My post was too big to post, so I had to do this separately.