Louise Queen

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Centennial Trail

In Sites and Sounds on May 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Shortly before the provincial government purchased the old railway line running between Halifax and Liverpool, Bridgewater acquired the section inside its municipal boundaries. Passing through the centre of the town and following alongside the Lahave River, this trail makes for a beautiful hiking, biking or even cross-country skiing route.

Map

The centrepiece of the whole thing is the massive steel bridge that crosses the Lahave river. If you look closely you will spot the Michelin Tire logo on the side of the bridge – the company paid for the restoration of this grand structure.

Lahave River Bridge

Lahave River Bridge

The trail offers several different paths. Cameron and I opted for the more remote/scenic route and took a left turn after crossing the bridge. This section of trail runs high above the river and is shaded by lots of pines. It is also scattered with various plants, flowers and blossom.

Trees

Trees

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Mr. Fudgey

In Sites and Sounds on May 26, 2009 at 11:21 am

Anyone who has been reading my mother-in-laws blog will already know the story of the pesky little squirrel who now goes by the name of Mr Fudgey.

For those of you who haven’t read Jackie’s blog let me give you a little recap. Mr Fudgey (so named due to his coloring, and also due to a popular brand of biscuits)…

Mr. Fudgey

Mr. Fudgey

…first appeared in the bird box in my in-laws garden back in February. We initially found him quite amusing until he successfully destroyed several bird feeders and refused to move along. It’s now May and he is still there.

As time has moved on this little guy has got braver and braver. It doesn’t matter how much we chase him, he just sits and looks at us as much to say ‘what you going to do?’. Cameron manged to get these photos the other day without Mr. Fudgey even twitching. In fact I think he quite likes his new career as a model!

Mr Fudgey, ready for food...

Mr Fudgey, ready for food...

Lunch!

Lunch!

Luckily for this little red squirrel, Cameron, has taken quite a liking to him and the good news is that he only costs us a few packets of sunflower seeds every couple of weeks. I’ve got a feeling he isn’t going anywhere in a hurry…

Supper!

Supper!

That looks more like a kayak than a canoe!

In My day to day on May 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm
kayak

kayak

Shortly after we bought our canoe, Cameron’s parent’s purchased a kayak.Last night we finally got the chance to take it for a little spin to see how it compared to our wee green boat. We paddled along what is locally known as ‘Back Harbour’, a very sheltered innlet where lots of locals launch their boats before going out into choppier seas.

Jeff and I

Jeff and I

Although I really enjoyed it and found the paddling much easier than in the canoe, Cameron felt rather claustrophobic – he much prefers the open style and leg room of the canoe. However, we still quite fancy single kayaks which would open up a few more routes for us… i.e. rivers with a few baby white rapids would be good to start with!

A Birthday Paddle

In My day to day on May 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

When asked what he would like to do for his birthday, Mr Queen, promptly chose heading to a lake for a paddle.

Dauphinee Mill Lake (known as Mill Lake to the locals) is quite close to Halifax and a popular place for the well heeled from the city to have a weekend or vacation cottage. A lot of the cottages can only be accessed by boat and hence a Thursday so early in summer was a perfect opportunity for us to canoe without getting swamped by too many motor boat wakes. We particularly liked this one little cottage, shrouded in trees on its own private island…

lake cottage

lake cottage

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Lunenburg in the Spring

In Sites and Sounds on May 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

I’m not sure if you know but we’re a little behind in Lunenburg. Our tulips and daffodils are just starting to come through and our trees still haven’t quite got all their leaves. The grass has been getting greener and longer everyday and we decided it was eventually time to give it a cut. To many this is just a regular summer job but to me this was rather exciting, you see, we’ve never had our own garden before…

Mowing the grass

Mowing the grass

So whilst I battled with the lawn mower, my ever helpful husband, found it rather amusing to take pictures of me (he did come and help after that though).

Grass cutting finished and dinner consumed we though we’d venture out and have a wonder round the town. As much as we enjoyed winter, we both had to attempt that it was defiantly nice that spring had finally arrived.

I also thought it was the perfect opportunity to point out a few differences between Scotland and Canada.

No. 1 – Public Toilets

Toilets

Toilets

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Molega Lake/Beaver Tail Basin

In Sites and Sounds on May 15, 2009 at 11:08 am

Molega Lake

MISSION TWO – EXPLORE MOLEGA LAKE

OverView

OverView

Molega lake is a 30km long lake situated not too far from Chelsea, Nova Scotia. We headed off in search of one of the islands, soon discovered we weren’t quite as fit as we’d thought and instead headed under a little bridge into Beaver Tail Basin.

A few kilometers up the lake we came across a lovely sandy beach…

Picnic spot

Picnic spot

and stopped for our sandwiches…

Cam

Cam

Post sandwiches, we jumped back into the canoe and started heading back the way we came. Unfortunately we’d tied our dry sac to the middle bar in the canoe and weren’t able to reach our camera to capture some of the magnificent sites en route. One of the most impressive was a GIANT spider floating on the surface of the water. It was holding tension with it’s legs. It obviously thought we were land as it picked up pace whenever we went near.

Maiden Voyage at Seven Mile Lake

In Sites and Sounds on May 5, 2009 at 10:21 am

Although we had taken the canoe out a couple of times in Back Harbour at Lunenburg it had yet to have an official maiden voyage.

On Sunday we loaded it onto the car, packed a picnic and headed to Mush-a-Mush lake (I would just like to point out, especially for my Dad’s sake, that I was driving!!!!). However, when we got to Mush-a-Mush we realized that it wasn’t yet open for the season.

A quick check of the map, some serious cross country driving (Cameron had taken over, I was navigating) and we arrived at Seven Mile Lake – only to discover that there was no public access (as is the case with lots of the lakes in Nova Scotia). Just as we were turning around to head home a kindly gentleman stopped and offered us the use of his wharf and we gladly accepted.

We launched our canoe! Paddled a little and then successfully got stuck on some rocks. Cue lots of panic and shouting, not such a good idea when in a canoe. A little pause, a little discussion and a big push and we were free! We headed right for the middle of the lake… away from the shallow water and rocks.

After a little practice we managed to match our paddling (and stop going in circles) and headed out further in the lake. After forty minutes or so we spotted what we thought may be a small section of beach. We headed for it and sure enough it was a gorgeous little sandy area – perfect for our picnic.

Direction of travel

Direction of travel

A tuna sandwich and a few Oreos later, it was time to jump back in the canoe and head back the way we’d come. It was a little harder this direction because of the wind. We succeeded without any glitches this time and returned with our canoe pretty much in one piece and sore arms for our efforts!

Canoe – Part 2

In My day to day on May 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

Step 6 – Paint it

Painting

Painting

Step 7 – allow to dry and then give it a second coat; allow to dry again

The finished article….

Canoe

Canoe

Step 8 – get it on the car

Car

Car

Step 9 – tie it down!

Safe and secure

Safe and secure

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