Saturday, November 28, 2015

A warm Friday in late November.

With the current frigid temperatures, it's hard to believe how lovely last Friday was.   You'll just have to take my word for it; it simply lovely.  

I had planned on going for a walk at Conrad's Beach, but a certain hill beckoned to me.  I'd seen this hill lots of times as it's near the end of Lawrencetown Beach, but had never explored it. This time I pulled the car over and parked, then noticed the well-worn path...

Up the hill we walked and were rewarded with this lovely view.

Sooki jostles her way past Wendy on the narrow cliff-edge path.
Look at that boulder!   From the land side it looked like a lovely spot to stand and admire the view. From this angle you can see that it is just hanging in space and that standing on it would be a dangerous mistake.

Past that boulder and around the side of the cliff, this is the view that rewarded us.  That is Lawrencetown Beach in the distance and beyond that, appearing rather dark, is MacDonald Hill.

Given Sooki's track record with Porcupines I outfitted her and Wendy with bear bells, and when we walked through the deeper trees, I even leashed her -- just to be on the safe side.

See that little blue car parked by the side of the road ?  That's us waaaay down there.

Once back in the car, we drove 2 minutes down the road for a brief stop at Lawrencetown Beach with its many boardwalks and grass-covered dunes.

We had our choice of paths weaving through the tall grasses.  

At the beach Wendy's goal is always to get to the water asap.

No matter the time of year, she wades into the shallows, and if the mood moves her, has a nice lie down.  BTW, that hill in the distance is the one we had just climbed.  As you can see, we pretty much had the beach to ourselves.  

Back in the car we drove ONE MINUTE down the road to Kannon Beach.  It was low tide and there was a strong wind.

Kannon Beach is on the other side of MacDonald Hill from Lawrencetown Beach.

The wind was whipping up the ocean causing piles of foam to accumulate along the shore.

An where there's wind'll find kite surfers

As it was low tide, I was able to walk far out onto the exposed sand and watch the kite surfers as they performed some pretty amazing jumps.

How's that for height !

I have so many ordinary days but then a special one like this comes along to remind me how lucky I am to live where I do.

I need to remember to make more special days like this.  It's all up to me.

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.