Louise Queen

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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

The lake is nearly divided in half with a lovely channel connecting the two… Read the rest of this entry »


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!

A Trip to Kejimkujik National Park

In Sites and Sounds on November 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

A weekend in Nova Scotia usually entails making some sandwiches, a flask of coffee and packing up the car with hats, scarves and golves before heading off in some random direction not quite sure what you are going to find.

This weekend was no exception so fully kitted out we headed to Kejimkujik National park via a few dirt tracks and first nation settlements.

After some poor navigation from me (the map doesn’t always correspond to the few scattered road signs) we decided to swap places i.e. Cameron navigate and me drive. I successfully managed to freak him out, drifting in some mud and testing out our car a little (although it now has a few extra teeth marks/nail scratches in the inside of the passenger door).

After the fun in the mud we decided to venture of the dirt track down a little side road in order to get an amazing lake view.

The name wasn't on the map - sorry

The name wasn't on the map - sorry!

We thought this may be a good canoeing spot but there are just so many lakes to choose from… Read the rest of this entry »

Jock the Jeep

In My day to day on October 25, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Not had much chance to get online the last couple of days so thought I would just give you a quick run down of what we’ve been up to…

25th – Went to Liverpool (nice name) to pick up our new car now officially known as “Jock the Jeep”.

Jock the Jeep

Jock the Jeep

After picking Jock up from the garage, we decided to let him stretch his legs… Read the rest of this entry »