Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Living every day ...

The other day a dear friend reminded me of the importance of living each day to its fullest, so yesterday I went on-line to check tide times for Hall's Harbour and once suitably reassured that they were safe for a long beach walk, I went for a drive across the province to the marvellous Bay of Fundy.

Driving across the province isn't as onerous as it sounds; the distance from my door to Hall's Harbour is about 110 km or about just over a one hour drive.

Cruising through Centreville I felt compelled to stop at Charles Macdonald House as for the first time the flag was out and it was open.

Built as a one-storey house in 1910 by Macdonald who own a concrete factory in nearby Kentville, the second storey was added around 1917.

Though I didn't get to see it on my tour, apparently the bathtub is made out of concrete too.

It's not just that Charles Macdonald's house was made of concrete; pretty much everything inside and out was made of concrete.  Even the birdhouse hanging in the tree is made of concrete !  The grounds once were littered with concrete  figurines.


The bather has just been refurbished.

At one point there was even a life-size Moose which sadly was destroyed when hit by a car many years ago.

I was happy to finally get to see inside this unusual house.  As you might imagine it had a very musty smell.   Not sure I'd want to live in a concrete house in our damp climate.

Yep.  A concrete table.
Painted concrete ornamentation.

The Living Room.  BTW the Deer head ?   It's concrete too.

Like many places in Nova Scotia, the Charles Macdonald House does not get the attention or assistance it deserves and exists only through the support of a dedicated group of volunteers. Should you wish to learn more just click here.

After my tour I hopped back in my car for the ten minute drive to Hall's Harbour.

Though it was only two hours after high tide when I arrived, the boats were already sitting on the bottom of the harbour.

The tides of up to 48 feet, translate to a the rise and fall rate of around  EIGHT feet an hour ! The tides are approximately every six hours; not exactly every six hours or they'd be at the same time each day.  Each day the tides vary by around 50 minutes so that if high tide yesterday was at noon then high tide tomorrow will be around 12:50.   'course I'm ignoring the fact there are two high and two low tides at day; I only pay attention to the timing of the daylight tides.  That's why it was so important that I checked the tide time before I even set out from home.

The tide table told me that high tide was at 11:15 am.   That meant the tide would be going OUT for six hours.  I could walk the shore till well past 5 pm without worry.   If however low tide had been at 11:15 am then I would have to keep an eye on the rising sea for my whole walk to make sure I didn't get trapped in a cove by the rising water.

The view down the shore.

In the above shot the rocks are covered with green algae; a good hint that they will be underwater when the tide comes in.

Donald Trump's "comb-over"?

Farther down the shore I came across this rock formation which loomed  several feet above my head. Notice that the rocks are covered with sea weed.  Another not-to-be-ignored sign that a few hours from now the water would be well over my head too.  In other words I was walking on the ocean floor.

Wendy and Sooki checking out the view.

It was a hot day but the  constant breeze off the bay made for a pleasant walk.
Looking back toward Hall's Harbour.  Gosh, did we really walk that far?

It was a long walk and the dogs got hot.  They cannot drink the water in the bay as it is salt water but they managed to find fresh water dripping off the cliff-face.  I had brought a thermos of water for me which I never walk without.

There had been a few people on the shore near Hall's Harbour but after half an hour of walking the dogs and I were alone.  It is amazing how even in mid-Summer you can have the shore all to yourself.  I guess that's because most folk just want to go to the classic "pretty" sandy beaches to sun bathe or swim while I avoid such beaches with the dogs in the summer.

There are some lovely rocks to be found here.  My book "The Last Billion Years: A Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada" tells me that much of this rock is basaltic lava. The cavities in the basalt have been partially infilled with orange chabazite crystals.  Dunno what chabazite is but it's sparkly and that's enough for me.  ;-)

  I always come home with my backpack weighed down with rocks.

Dunno what it is but it looks kewl.
Crystals worn down by the tides.    

Love these bumps on the face of this rock.  Wish I knew what caused them.

Sometimes I have to remind myself to look up and not just down at the rocks below my feet.

Trees just barely hanging on to the cliff above me.  

At 4:30 I texted my daughter, Kaitlyn to tell her I was just walking back to the car and would be getting home just after six o'clock.

At six o'clock I texted her to say I had just gotten back to my car -- it was a longer walk than I'd realized !

Just as I was walking up to the parking lot I spied some writing on a rock ...

 I even love the graffiti here !

In the end I got home just before eight pm having left home at noon.  What a long wonderful day.  Not sure about the rest of them but I sure lived yesterday to its fullest !


  1. Sounds like you had a great adventure. I have to admit that I prefer the beaches of the South Shore, but all your photos are lovely.

    1. The South Shore beaches are sandier and much easier to walk on but it's the Fundy Tides that I love. Sometimes I'll place a rock on the dry shore a foot from the water and watch how quickly and sneakily the in-coming tide overwhelms it.

  2. Very interesting! Love that graffiti! Last summer we went to the Hopewell Rocks and walked among them when the tide was out -- that's about as close to your experience as this prairie girl has come!

    1. That graffiti is so sweet. The tides at Hopewell are almost as massive and those flower pot islands are wonderful. Hopewell is beautiful. You got the full experience. Did you also go to Fundy National Park and Alma ?

  3. I am ashamed to admit that even though I live in the area, I had not heard of the concrete house. I shall add it to my list of 'places to go if I ever get the time.' I've been to Halls Harbour many times. It is the same every time, but different each time too, if that makes any sense. I too bring rocks home from every rock beach I visit. Rocks and shells.

    1. Bonnie, if you go looking for the concrete house make sure you go see the "Jelly bean" cottages at Huntington Pt. too. Only 2 km down the road from Hall's Harbour. Also there's a wonderful "beach" to walk on just off Cove Rd. in Hall's Harbour.

  4. Cool adventure! Looks like a great place to explore. I've never walked Teddy off-leash before as I don't trust him to listen well enough, but this looks like a great spot for the dogs as well. I bet you all slept really well that night!

    1. Wendy and Sooki have very good "recalls". Bribes don't hurt but they don't get treated every time. They are walked off leash often weekly. We have so many wonderful places to walk here in Nova Scotia. I walk them through the local large dog park and they are used to meeting other dogs. For nine months a year most beaches are vacant and you can see that even on a hot summer's day I had this "beach" pretty much to myself.

  5. What a long, wonderful day, indeed! You are so lucky to live near so much natural beauty. Eight feet an hour - I do hope I get to see the Bay of Fundy some day...

    1. If you ever come up this way Barbara I would love to show you some of my favourite spots. Fundy is one of the great wonders of the world and sadly underrated -- even by the locals.

  6. The ebb and flow - the result of the Earth's rotation and whirlpools.

    The discovery published in the Russian-German scientific journal "Eastern European Scientific Journal" №3. 2015. The discovery is also published in the scientific journal "Reports of independent authors" №33. 2015. Positive review was obtained from the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences..

    The waters of lakes, seas and oceans of the Northern Hemisphere rotate counter-clockwise, and the waters of the Southern Hemisphere, rotate clockwise, forming giant vortices ..

    It is known, what  everything that rotates , including swirls have the property of retaining the gyroscope axis upright in space regardless of the Earth's rotation..

    If you look at the Earth from the Sun, whirlpools spinning with the earth overturned, twice a day, making whirlpools precess and reflect on my own tidal wave around the perimeter of the sea..

    The waters of the Gulf Maine waters are rotate counter clockwise to form a huge whirlpool, a gyroscope, which reflects the precessing tidal wave around the perimeter of the Gulf of Maine.
    A similar scheme tides observed in all lakes, seas and oceans.
    Continued: Forum MEPhI
    Приливы и отливы - результат вращения Зе­мли и водоворотов

  7. The tides are the result of the rotation of the Earth and the whirlpools.

    There is a strict pattern; tides are formed, not across the coast of the seas and oceans, but only on those coasts where the high angular velocity of the currents. And the higher the velocity of currents, the higher the amplitude of the tidal wave. On the rectilinear coasts, where the currents do not have angular velocity, tides and ebbs do not form.

    The waters of lakes, seas and oceans of the northern hemisphere rotate counterclockwise, while the waters of the southern hemisphere rotate clockwise, forming giant whirlpools.

    As is known, everything that rotates, including whirlpools, has the property of a gyro (yule) to maintain the vertical position of the axis in space, regardless of the rotation of the Earth.

    If you look at the Earth from the side of the Sun, the whirlpools, spinning with the Earth, capsize twice a day, thanks to which the whirlpools precess (swing by 1-2 degrees) and reflect the tidal wave around the perimeter of the whirlpool.

    The waters of the White Sea rotate counter-clockwise, forming a huge whirlpool-gyroscope, which, precessing, reflects a tidal wave along the entire perimeter of the White Sea.
    A similar pattern of tides and ebbs is observed in all lakes, seas and oceans.

    The waters of the Mediterranean Sea rotate counter-clockwise, forming tides, 10-15 cm high. But in Gabes Bay, "what?" Off the coast of Tunisia, the height of the tides reaches three meters, and sometimes more, and this is considered one of the mysteries of nature. But at the same time, in the Bay of Gabes the whirlpool turns, precessing the reflecting additional tidal wave ?.
    A tidal wave in the Amazon River creates a huge planetary maelstrom a few thousand kilometers in diameter, rotating between South America and North Africa, embracing the mouth of the Amazon River.
    The scheme of motion of a tidal wave, along the perimeter of the North Atlantic planetary maelstrom.

    The length of the tidal wave depends on the diameter of the whirlpool. And the height of the tidal wave depends on the speed of rotation of the whirlpool of the orbital velocity of the Earth, and the time of the tilting of the whirlpool (12 hours).
    A = V1 • V2 / t
    where: A is the amplitude of the tidal wave (precession angle).
    V1 - rotation speed of the whirlpool.
    V2 is the orbital velocity of the Earth.
    t - the time of tilting of the whirlpool (12 hours).

    The vortex theory of tides can be easily verified from the connection of the height of the tidal wave with the rotation speed of the whirlpools. The height of the tidal wave can determine the location of the whirlpools. Drawing on a map of the depths and currents of the seas and oceans.
    Continuation: Forum Faculty of Geography.
    The opening was published in the Russian-German scientific peer-reviewed journal "Eastern European Scientific Journal" No. 3/2015. 64. June A positive review was also received from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

  8. Tides is the result of the rotation of the Earth and whirlpools
    Comments: University of Cambridge Forum


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