Thursday, January 15, 2015

My kind of sale !

As I may have mentioned nine or ten times, I'm a huge Haven (TV show) fan.  This show which airs on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and on ShowCase in Canada, is filmed entirely in Nova Scotia.

Being a moderately obsessed fan, you can imagine my delight when I attended last Tuesday's sale of excess props and costumes from the show.

How many times have you walked into a sale to be immediately confronted by a box labelled, "chunks of bodies"?

And if you did, would you turn tail and walk back out?  or would you bend over an start rummaging about for the largest chunks ?  

Perhaps I should explain that many of the citizens of Haven are afflicted or "troubled" with some sort of supernatural power or other.  Most of them are not malicious about their powers, they just don't know they have them, or how to control them.  Imagine you get cut off in traffic, think a bad thought about that rude driver, and suddenly a huge boulder lands on his car !   Would you realize that your angry thought had made that happen ?   Or perhaps you are lying in bed reading a creepy story, and unbeknownst to you, the monsters in the story have come to life and are stalking the street outside your house.

Haven is that sort of place.

Our heroine, Audrey, has a talent for identifying the "troubled" and helping them learn to deal with their affliction.  But if someone just gets really ticked off and blows up, what is left to do except gather up the body chunks and put them in a box  ?

Co-starring with Audrey, are her two handsome side kicks, each of whom loves her.  Nathan the Chief of Police is her true love.  Duke, the "bad boy" with the heart of gold, acts like a shady character, but always does the right thing and achingly hides his love from her.  

The sale was very "loosey goosey" in that prices weren't marked.  You just loaded up a box with stuff and they made up a price at the checkout desk.  And the prices were very reasonable.  In hindsight I should have stuffed my box even more, but since all proceeds went to the Food Bank I can't complain.

The items on this table came from the boat that "Duke"  lives on.  I was told that the framed picture in the middle stood on his night table.  (insert dreamy girlish sigh here)

The shoppers at the sale seemed to be a blend of those who were just there for a bargain and rabid fans like myself who were hunting for treasured souvenirs.  The staff were keen to talk to fans and point out items that would only be of significance to someone who's watched the show.

There was an entire room full of clothes.  I picked up five mint condition jackets for $30,

but I passed on the decorations from the "Christmas in July" episode.

Here's some of my haul consisting of a  "Haven Herald" newspaper, a menu card from the "Grey Gull" restaurant, a full utensil holder from Duke's boat, a Haven parking ticket, wanted posters, business cards, assorted photos of the stars, a fake orchid in a pot, a wall decoration from Audrey's apartment (which now hangs over my bed) and a jacket worn by the female lead -- Audrey and of course the "Founders' Day Festival" sign of which only three were made.

And of course, don't forget the three "Chunks of bodies".


And here, like a bonus "blooper reel" is a bit more about Sybil's past adventures in Haven.

Last summer when Sandy was visiting, we drove down to Chester where much of the filming  is done in hopes of meeting up with cast members.

In August they were using the empty rink of the curling club as a sound stage.  We knew when we saw all these trucks lined up that we'd hit the jackpot.

A very kind Assistant Director took these photos for us.

"Duke", me, "Vince", "Dwight" and Sandy
And then things got really fun.

When Lucas Bryant who plays "Nathan" sauntered up for his photo with us, I cheekily leaned over and asked if I could have a "singleton" shot ?  meaning just me 'n him.  And the following photo is the result. In it he is gently nudging Sandy out of the picture.  It's a marvellous shot of them.  Crappy shot of me. But I'm such a wonderful person that I'm sharing it with you nevertheless.  ;-)

BTW we did  each get "singleton" shots.  Lucas is a super guy.


We were delighted to have met everyone in the cast except "Audrey".

Hopefully we'll rectify that NEXT summer.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thankful ...

I'm feeling the urge to blog, but not sure what about.  It's Winter so already I'm feeling stir-crazy and hating the cold, even though today is above freezing, I can feel negative thoughts creeping into my bones.

So, in a "Pollyanna"-like effort to see my glass as half full while studiously not dwelling on the negative crap that's happened in the last month (quilled-dog, dinged car, burst frozen pipe):  I present to you ...

A thankful post ...

I'm thankful for family and friends near and far, met and un-met, who help me through the rough times.

Received from a blogger friend who I've never met.

I am grateful for the companion animals in my life who give me comfort and make me smile,

and force me to go outside, even when I don't really feel like it.

I am thankful that I inherited my parents' off-beat sense of humour,


and that my Dad taught me to really look through that camera lens and throw out the bad photographs.

A Funnel Web Spider lives here.
My Mom used to embarrass the hell outta me talking to strangers in shopping lines and now I do it too with wild abandon.  I mean if you see the person ahead of you in line buying something you've never eaten and don't know how to cook, how else will you learn except by asking ?   which has led to some marvellous conversations.  Thanks Mom.

I am grateful that I was raised in a loving, accepting home, where hot food grew cold at the expense of rowsing dinner conversations.  

It's not what you think.  But would it matter if it was ?
I am thankful that the support of family and friends helps keep me upright .

Wishing you love and support as you meet the daily challenges of your life, and the spirit to see that damn half empty glass is really half full.

 BTW, those two dudes kissing ?  That's my brother and his son.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sandy's "Chooks" ...

Sorry that I've been A.W.O.L. for a while.

Lost myself for a bit and went on a "walk-about" to see if I could find myself.

One of the places I looked was back in Ontario, visiting friends and family.

And one of those friends, is Sandy.

Sandy and I met a bunch of years ago at Trent University  where we both worked.   I needed a friend and generously offered her $5 to be my friend.  She did the same : so we called it even and have been best buds ever since.

You know someone is your friend when they come and visit you in Nova Scotia, not in Summer but in February !

And so when I needed to regain some balance in my life, I spent a couple of days in Peterborough, getting together with wonderful, old friends and spending time with Sandy and her Chickens, or "Chooks" as she calls them.

Her two lovely "Goldens", Digby and Rickard, studiously NOT eating the Chooks.

She has at least six varieties of Chickens.  She even has Easter Eggers which lay rather unique, pale blue eggs.

Mixed in with the hens she has a rather confused, sex-crazed rooster.

While I was there the flock had their first chance to experience snow.

All-in-all, I think they'd give it a "wattle's-down".

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Early morning visitors.
During my visit, Sandy arranged get-togethers with many of my chums.

me 'n Julie (Julie is the one without the furry face)
With Sandy and Cindy.
During dinner one evening Sandy reached in her wallet, pulled out a five dollar bill and without a word passed it across to me.  I said, "Thanks", and passed it back.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dog Parks.

Where you live are there dog parks ?  What are they like ?  

Halifax is blessed with some marvellous off leash dogs parks.  Does the image below look like a big dog park ?

Coz it's not.   It represents about 1% of Point Pleasant Park.  Can you imagine ?   The full park is 190 acres, of which 90% is designated "off leash" !   Ms. Wikipedia tells me that the park is owned by the Government of Canada (something I did not know) and is leased to Halifax for a ceremonial one shilling per year.   Prior to Hurricane Juan, which devastated the park in 2003, the shaded paths meandered through a massive forest of tall trees.

Before and after images depicting the devastating effects
of Hurricane Juan.  (Image from Wikipedia).

Now the park is far more open and bright with the new young under-story hiding the bare areas.

Located at the Southern tip of Halifax and facing the open ocean, Point Pleasant Park was once seen as a strategic military location,  hosting several artillery batteries,

and still contains the Prince of Wales Tower which is the oldest Martello Tower in North America (1796).

The Prince of Wales Tower

And if you know the right places to explore you can find some hidden ruins.

Many roads and narrower hiking paths criss-cross the park.

You could walk for hours without walking on the same path twice.

Sookie greets a dog walker with his large group of charges.  

And you'll never be short of doggie company !

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Autumn ...sigh.

 I love Autumn.

And this Autumn hasn't disappointed.

Lately I've been taking Wendy and Sooki to Shubie Off Leash Dog Park almost every day.  (Trey isn't an "off leash dog park" sorta dog).

Walking there gives the dogs the socialization and exercise they need, and I have a nice walk and the time in nature that I need.

Oh the leaves smell so marvellous as they lie in browning drifts along the paths.

I try hard not to think of Winter which is lurks just around the corner, and savour the rich colour of the season.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wind and waves at MacDonald Hill

Last weekend Hurricane Gonzalo passed by us far out to sea, giving us some strong on-shore winds and higher than usual waves.

MacDonald Hill is a marvellous spot to look out over the Ocean or down at Lawrencetown's Stoney Beach.

The Kite Surfers were out in full force.  I counted eleven of them at one point.
It's also a terrific spot to walk a couple of happy dogs.

Sooki sometimes acts first, and thinks second.  Here she is rolling around, itching her back along the edge of the steep hill...

The expression on her face is priceless as she seems to suddenly realize her folly.

And "no", she did not fall down the hill.
But the wind !  Oh the wind was marvellous !   And of course Wendy enjoyed chasing the ball and Sooki rolled down the hill.   Here, let me show you.

I hope you remembered to turn up the sound on your computer.  You really need to to get the a good idea of the wind.

And then of course there were the Kite Surfers: I wasn't the only one who guessed that they'd be out enjoying the waves on Sunday.   And while you're looking at THIS noisy video of the Kite Surfers, check out Wendy poking around in the waves at the water's edge.

Did I mention that this beach is 25 minutes from my house ?

When you come to visit, I'll be sure to take you there.