Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A story in which Sybil meets a "rock star" ...

A few weeks back while driving up the Bedford Highway I noticed something odd out on a piece of re-claimed land in the harbour.  Actually it wasn't ONE "something odd"; it was a whole lot of "something odds".

Saturday I set out to find out what the odd things were; and I wasn't disappointed.

They're inukshuks.  NO.  Wait.  Ms. Wiki says that one of them is an inukshuk but many of them are "inuksuit".  There's your new factoid for the day.   Inuksuit.  You're welcome.

Perhaps if you're not Canadian you're not acquainted with the term "inukshuk"   (ĭ-no͝ok′sho͝ok).  Inuksuit are monuments made of natural stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival.  The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path.

However folk all over the World seem to make them and they pop up in some pretty unexpected places.

In 2012 when my brother Darrell and I travelled to the remote island of Delos, in Greece, and climbed a big ruin-strewn hill to cast some of my parents ashes to the wind, we were met by a circle of inuksuit.

Chances are you've encountered them in your travels too.  


And here I was in on a rocky piece of infill on the Bedford Basin marvelling at the biggest collection of inuksuit ... oh gosh ... I can't get used to saying the RIGHT word.  I WANT to say "the biggest collection of frikkin' inukshuks" I'd ever seen in my life.

The MacKay Bridge in the distance.
I wandered around checking them out.

Of course the dogs were with me.  

See the Timmies cup ?

In the distance I noticed a gentleman picking up rocks and apparently fixing up one of the inukshuks.

I hustled over and quickly learned that he had created them; all of them.

Let's call him NLM.  NLM told me that he had been creating these pieces for 5 years and in fact his first creation wasn't of stone but was a Christmas Tree decorated with Tim Hortons cups.

He didn't put the beer bottle there.  Another admirer must have added it.

 NLM always brings a cup of "Timmies" coffee with him, so he then takes the used cups and works them into his various pieces.

This one is 14 feet high !

Isn't it amazing that one person did all this just for the sheer joy of it.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

A series of doggie walks

I always like finding new places to walk Wendy and Sooki.   We started the week by exploring an area off the Lucasville Road which is being developed into some pretty "fancy pants" housing lots.  

Fresh roads sliced through the beautiful country side.

One of the roads lead down to a lake, where one day, posh, over-sized homes with manicured lawns will sit.

Another day we walked in the Sackville Woods near my home.

Once upon a time there was a quarry in the valley.  ATV trails lead around the low, boggier parts of the valley.

Of course one day we went for a walk to Shubie off leash dog park.

Next we checked out the new dog park near the Canada Games Centre.  The park was hard to find as it was poorly signed.  It's a more traditional park;  fully fenced with a double gate system.

The park has two parts.  A small woodsy walking loop, 

and a large fenced field.

While Sooki played with the other dogs, Wendy found a man with a throw stick and a ball and kept him entertained throwing the ball for her.

Yesterday we headed out to Hammonds Plains where I was meeting a friend for lunch.   Prior to leaving I checked the Halifax Regional Municipalities' listing of dog parks and sure enough I  found one nearby on Kingswood Drive.

The park consisted of one very large unfenced loop through some beautiful, mossy, lush woods.

In the centre of the loop, reached only from the original entrance was a large, open field where the dogs joyfully romped and followed their noses through the grass.

We really are fortunate that Halifax is such a dog-friendly place.

Are there dog parks near where you live ?

Friday, October 16, 2015

A P.E.I. treat.

Back in August my brother and his wife, Janet, headed to Prince Edward Island to attend a friend's wedding.  Afterwards they stayed on at a B & B and invited me to join them there.

Have you ever been to P.E.I.?   Just getting there is an adventure.  The spectacularly beautiful Confederation Bridge spans the 19 km distance between the island and the mainland.  It's a toll bridge but cleverly you don't pay the $40 toll until you leave the island.

One day Darrell and I went to check out a couple of lighthouses.  We knew generally where one of the lighthouses was but couldn't figure out how to get to it.  Turns out we had to walk a kilometer down what appeared to be a single track farm lane.

It was a delightful easy walk.

The scenery surprised us.

You could almost imagine that you were in Saskatchewan standing on the vast prairie, and not on a tiny island surrounded by the sea...

... until you walk a bit farther.  turn your camera in THAT direction and suddenly see that you're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy.

The scenery was stunning.

 Sometimes it's best just to let the pictures do the talking ...

'cept perhaps to add that if you haven't been to P.E.I. you really should go.

In Summer.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin People ...

Even though yesterday was chilly and damp, I hauled my sorry ass out the door and drove the 80 km ('bout a 50 min. drive) to Kentville, to check out the Pumpkin People who welcomed me with open, stuffed, arms.

They were clearly glad to see me.
With close to 200 Pumpkin People to see, Kentville was a busy place.  Luckily Nova Scotia drivers are by and large, pokey, slow, polite folk, which is good coz cars were continually slamming on brakes and pulling over on a whim to check out the displays scattered along 2 km of the main drag.

There were several themed displays, like this Pirate Ship,

and this Castle, 

Why does this bird seem so familiar ?

and this nasty, walking. weapon-thingy from "Star Wars".

Some pretty weird looking unarmed Storm Troopers.

 Here's the Kwik-E-Mart from "The Simpsons".

I got my picture taken in a Lego version of the Batmobile.

The Pumpkin People Festival is a rather clever way to draw tourists to the town.  

Two of these things are not like the others ....
The experience was well  worth the drive, and the outing got me out of the mental fog I was in.

This gives you an idea of the popularity of the event.
Do you have any off beat events in your neck of the woods to draw tourists in ?