Monday, October 5, 2015

What I did on my Summer vacation part II

While Carol and Don were here we did something I'd never done before: we visited a winery.

We went to Luckett Vineyard which is located near the Bay of Fundy 

The symbol on of the wine label is a red British phone box.  

It's quite delightful that the owners have plunked a working red phone box in the middle of one of the vineyards.  And more delightful still is the fact that you can call anywhere in North America FREE from that phone booth.

The phone box with the well-known cliff of Blomidon in the far distance.

Lots of visitors come to use the phone and have their photo taken in the vineyard.

Me, Carol and Don.  Who did you call Carol ?

Of course I took Carol and Don to the Tangled Garden.  I love the place and at $3 a head it's one of the best deals in Nova Scotia.

Don and Carol.

Unfortunately the day we went on the "Harbour Hopper" the weather sucked.  The "Harbour Hopper" is an amphibious vehicle that takes you on a tour of downtown Halifax and then trundles down a ramp and tours you around the harbour itself.

Didn't notice the smeary water on the lens.

Because it pissed down rain they had to put the plastic covering over much of the vehicle making visibility pretty poor.  

Luckily, our tour guide kept up a very funny, informative patter that kept us all entertained.

Odd place for a golf hole.  I "think" it was there as part of a fund raiser for something or other.

And since they visited in June, the lovely Lupins were out.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What I did on my summer vacation. Part I.

Summer began with a visit from my "identical twin cousin" Carol and her hubby Don.

During their visit we visited three very different beaches.

First came Clam Harbour on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore which faces the chilly Atlantic Ocean.

Carol and Don at Clam Harbour

Is there anything more relaxing than a stroll along a beach ?  

When visitors come, I feel prompted to visit places I haven't been before.  It's hard to imagine that in six years I haven't made the easy one hour drive to Clam Harbour. 

Isn't it amazing that we had such a spectacular beach to ourselves on a lovely day in June ?

Found this ready-made on the beach.  Is it a mandala ?
Another day, Carol an I visited Burncoat Head on the Bay of Fundy. Though I've been there many times before it always delights,

even when the weather is less than ideal.  We arrived while the tide was out, but with 45 ft. tides it's important to be aware of when the tide is coming back in again.

Nope.  That's NOT me.  That's my identical twin cousin, Carol enjoying the muck of low tide. Check out her right foot.
Having a couple of goofy dogs romping on the soggy beach with us just added to the fun.

And lastly, on another day when the sun was actually shining, we visited another Fundy beach, the amazing, fossil-laden, Blue Beach.

At high tide there might be only 10 or 20 feet of beach to explore, and in some places there is NO beach left at all.  Should you not be paying attention to the incoming tide as you walk along with your head down, searching for fossils, you could get trapped in one of the many little coves as the incoming tide cuts off your exit route.

Carol and Don comb the shore for fossils.
 Here are some  fossils we spotted along the shore.

This might be fossilized sand shaped by the waves of a long-gone sea.

I wonder if these are fossilized worm tunnels or plants ?

I'm told there are fossil amphibian tracks along the shore, but after a couple of visits I still haven't found them.

So I better go back again next year to keep looking.

Care to come with me ?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bluenose outing ...

Back in 2011,  I posted about the refurbishment of our beloved Bluenose, the famous ship depicted on the Canadian 10 cent piece ,  

and on our Nova Scotia licence plate.    Should you feel nostalgic you can see that post here.

Though this is really the third incarnation of this ship, it is called the Bluenose II and not III.  Don't ask.  It's a long story.  The rebuild had a budget of $14.4 million and was to be completed by 2012. Instead the ship was just completed this summer (2015) at a cost of close to $20 million.  Among other boondoggles the design team opted for a heavy steel rudder rather than a wooden one like the original had, and were amazed in the summer of 2014 to find the ship difficult to steer !

But it's in the water now and I was thrilled to head to Lunenburg yesterday for a cruise on this legendary ship with blogger chums, Sara and Susan. (We call ourselves "S Club 3")  

Me, Sara and Susan with Lunenburg in the distance.
We motored out of the harbour, past the lighthouse and into the open sea where we stopped, killed the engine and put up only two of the sails as the wind was pretty strong.

Lunenburg and the "Haven" lighthouse.
Soon we were clipping along, not really feeling the chop of the waves, but quite aware that from time to time the deck was tilting enough to make it necessary to HANG ON if you were going to go on walk about.

Me.  Trying out that wind-blown, "hair straight back look".
Sara, rockin' the wind blown look.
It was a marvellous outing and well worth the $45.  If you're ever gonna be in Lunenburg and the Bluenose isn't laid up for repairs of one kind or another, definitely give it a whirl.

Coming back into harbour.
Just don't take their parking spot !

And here kiddies as an added bonus is a video from the outing ...

Friday, September 25, 2015

YAWN ...

I've missed blogging, but found it hard to kick myself in the arse and just write a post.

In order to make it easier on myself I decided to make today's attempt at re-entry into the blog-o-sphere simple.

It's late in the evening and I'm tired, so I simply searched my photo "tags" for "yawn" and am posting what I found ...

If defy you NOT to yawn looking at these pics.



Wendy and Butters !

Roswell baby sitting Charlotte back when she was a kitten.


Roswell and Trey
Now confess.

Did looking at these pictures make you yawn ?