Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nova Scotia is called...

Canada's Ocean Playground. As we flew in on Tuesday morning, the landscape was marked by one lake, river, stream, creek and pond. We had found a small cottage called Richard's Place through for our stay. The cottage was on a 24 acre lake named Molega Lake where Richard and his Burmese Mountain dog, Bear, served as our gracious hosts.

This is Bear. He's a huge teddy bear for certain.

Our plan was to have a central point of operations from where we could choose and visit various destinations. Nova Scotia is shaped a bit like a lobster claw and we were in the bottom piece, on the east side. In the eight days we were there, we traveled over 1200 miles. We went as far north as the Bay of Fundy, west to Digby Neck and up and down the eastern coast hitting Mahone Bay, Blue Rocks, Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove.

If I were a really astute blogger I would insert right here a map of Nova Scotia with little arrows to show you the destinations we hit.

Sorry. You are not going to get that here. Find an atlas or google it. You'll get the picture.

Anyway, some observations we did make in addition to how much water is throughout Nova Scotia is how colorful the locals like to make their houses and buildings. These office buildings are in Lunenburg, a UNESCO city.

This is the small fishing village of Blue Rocks. The water is their driveway essentially. They live right on the rocks, perched above and around the very water from where they draw their livelihood. Simple and functional.

This is a shot of Peggy's Cove, kind of the designated spot of tourism for visitors to Nova Scotia. We initially hesitated about going to Peggy's Cove because we don't wear dark socks with sandals. I am quite thankful that we changed our mind and drove there. It was a beautiful spot. As picturesque as you can imagine and that I can not possibly capture in photographs.

The fog slowly rolled in across the landscape while we were there and gave us a true idea of what it must be like to live there year round, dependent upon the sea's force and flow. One of our favorite spots we visited.

Okay. That's all you get today. I can tell you're getting spoiled by all the photos. And on that note, thanks for everyone's sweet words about the photos from the other day. A girl when she needs a boost  should really post her picture more often.

Thanks for enduring the vacation slide show. And without obligatory snacks too. Wow. Real internet friends.


  1. Oh I do believe you have infected me with a traveling bug! Your pictures are fabulous. Keep them coming so I can plan my trip :0)

  2. How fascinating and beautiful! Makes me want to travel to Nova Scotia. I'm with Ellen--keep the pics coming!

    Especially when you're in them. Love the one of you with the lighthouse.

    Your real internet friend,

  3. One small thing...that's a "Bernese Mountain Dog" (as in Bern, Switzerland), not a Burmese Mountain Dog.

    Ask me how I know.

  4. Okay, EM. Please do tell how you know. I need to be ed-u-ma-cated on my dog types obviously. Tell in the comments so we can all see. Thanks.

  5. :) Grin, grin.

    When I was about 5 years old I was attacked by a pack of feral dogs. I have no memory of the incident, but I know that I didn't speak for 5 days following. I had no serious injuries...just lots of scratches...but, I grew up more or less terrified of dogs.

    Then when I was 18 years old our neighbor stopped by to show us their new puppy. It was a little Cocker Spaniel. The neighbor handed him to me, not knowing about my fear. I didn't want to drop the very small puppy so I just held him. His tiny tongue started licking my chin and I pretty much fell in love with him.

    Some years later I had an interest in dog shows and I read an article about breeds that were uncommon in the U.S. The Bernese Mountain Dog was one of them and when I saw a Berner (nickname for BMD) puppy I knew that's the dog I'd someday love to own.

    I love their gorgeous, striking colors black, white & sable (which are a breed standard) and their even temperament.

    Unfortunately, they are a very costly breed at about $2,000 per puppy.

  6. And, I loooove the picture of you on the rock. Perfect!