Tuesday, September 20, 2016

If it's Saturday this must be LaHave ...

Some friends who were touring the Maritimes contacted me recently to say they'd be in the Bridgewater area on Saturday and could we get together ?   

I don't know that area well so contacted a friend who lives in the area for suggestions about places to meet and go.

She suggested that I meet my friends at the LaHave Bakery and then head to a nearby beach.

So after meeting up at the Bakery we drove 15 minutes down the road to Cherry Hill Beach.  

Even though it was a weekend and the weather mild we only encountered 6 or 7 other people on the beach and most of them we paddle boarders.


We strolled down the beach while Wendy chased the ball and Sooki did "zooomies' along the shore.

It's wonderful how works of art pop up every where I go.
Betty and her grand daughter. 

After a few hours of walking the glorious beach we popped back in the car to head back to the LaHave Bakery for lunch.  On the way I got drawn down a road called "Wharf Road".  Do you know how many "Wharf Roads" there are in Nova Scotia ?   I wish I could drive down each and every one of them because I'm never disappointed.




We peeked into this place as the door stood open.  Sadly, attached to the door was a "stop work order" dated last June.  And now it seems to have been abandoned.



Just up a short path from this road we found another cove with old fishing huts.



From here we finally made our way back to the Bakery for a delicious lunch out on the deck.

The hand-painted sink in the bathroom.  The red building is the bakery. 



 Lots of freshly baked goods and a marvellous atmosphere.

This lovely old dory was pulled up next to the dock where we had lunch.

We made a little sign to send greetings back to an old friend back in Peterborough.
We watched as this sailboat heeled over ever farther.
After that all-too-brief visit I mid my friends "safe travels" as they hit the road to continue their adventure.   So glad they looked me up and I got to explore a couple of new places.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Itchy feet.

Some days I get sorta antsy and want to go exploring with the dogs rather than just heading to the dog park.

This morning my itchy feet took me down the road that leads to Peggy's Cove.  Just before the Cove and after the Swiss Air Memorial is a small gravel lay-by at the side of the road.


Trails criss-cross the barrens leading up and down the Atlantic shore.  In other words, it's doggie Heaven.



I love the rocks.  


I find the dramatic scenery intoxicating and have an awful time putting my camera in my pocket and just walking.  I keep yanking it out to take ... just ... one ... more ... picture.


And once home I struggle once more to figure out which images to keep and which to discard.


The trail leads to a point with a lovely view of Peggy's Cove in the distance.


Thousands of tourists visit Peggy's Cove each year but few are aware of the many stunning trails that wend their way along the shore on both sides of the Cove.


What a pity.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kait and Sooki

 The other day after a rigorous session of Pokemon chasing on the Halifax waterfront Kaitlyn decided to put Sooki through her paces.



But first Sooki had to greet her public who are always drawn to her wiggling tail, bum and head.



Watching across the beach volleyball court.
The busy boardwalk presents a marvellous training opportunity, and a chance to show what a well-trained dog can do -- specifically what a well-trained pit-bull can do.



Sooki has mastered the "Stay".



It was fun watching passersby as they stared in amazement at her.


Sooki's gaze was focused on Kait.
Sooki backed up glued to Kait's side.  






Sooki was oblivious to the people around 
her as her gaze was fixed on Kait.






If Kait points to an object, Sooki will jump up on it.  Here she'has been waiting on top of a post and once called, she runs and sits in front of Kait.



"Spread 'em" means put your paws up high on something and then stay like that while Kait pats ya down.  

Look at the photo.  I love how Sooki is gazing up into Kaitlyn's face.




Hard to believe that these marvellous dogs have been banned in Ontario for ten years now.

In banning certain breeds they are focusing their attention on the wrong end of the leash.   

Thursday, September 1, 2016

An outing with Alice and Art.

I enjoy sharing the places I love with chums who haven't seen them.  In my head I have a "go to" list of nearby favourite places; at the top of that list is Macdonald Hill.   If you come for a visit and only have a couple of hours in Nova Scotia THIS would be the place I'd take you.  So when chums Art and Alice asked to join me on an outing, this is where we went.

Looking from Stony Beach toward Macdonald Hill.






Art and Wendy strolling the beach.

Alice and I were chatting about how sometimes you step into a beach area where there is a lot of water mixed with the sand and a "quicksand" effect is created.  And will you look at that, Art found some!  Bet he was glad he wasn't wearing those shoes.


After a delightful stroll on Stony Beach and a wander along the top of the hill we went to the Heron Tea Room in Macdonald House where Art and Alice treated me to a delicious home-cooked lunch.

Art's desert - Coconut cream pie !

Macdonald Hill rises between Stony Beach and Lawrencetown Beach.  The view is quite wonderful.  


After lunch we hopped back in the car and drove 3 minutes own the road to Lawrencetown Beach to take a gander.

Alice.

One of the boardwalks is ramped for wheelchair access to the beach,


however, the tides driven higher by storm surges have repeatedly destroyed the beach-end of the ramp rendering it it not-so-accessible.

Macdonald Hill in the distance.
Look closely and you might spot the oodles of surfers waiting for next decent wave.


After such a marvellous outing our only problem is -- where do we go next ?