Saturday, 31 May 2014

Kingston NS (Day 5)

Well, first of all a little update on last night's concert with Ron Hynes. We L-O-V-E-D it. Perfect setting, perfect venue. Nice and small. An old church. What a great singer-songwriter Ron Hynes is. There is so much Canadian talent out there and yet, despite the great songs they have, they remain relatively unknown. We are both guilty of that accusation. We will effort to learn more about them. Ron Hynes is such a story teller and that is the type of music I love. Simple, straightforward. For me, don't complicate it with snazzy back-up music. Just keep it simple. One of the biggest laughs was when, after intermission, he was standing on the little stage and people were still finding their ways to their seats, with fresh cut cake and coffee in hand. He said "Oh, don't worry about me up here.....just tryin' to do a concert!"

One of my favourite songs  that he wrote with
Murray McLaughlin (another of our favs) was No Change in Me
"No change in the weather and no change in me,
I don't want to leave but you can't live for free;
And you can't eat the air and you can't drink the sea,
No change in the weather and no change in me"

Also, he has a song called Sonny's Dreams. About a fisherman's son. The fisherman
is lost at sea and Sonny spends his whole life taking care of his mom who didn't ever
recover from losing her husband at sea. He had never been more than
100 miles from home and he would go stand on the road.
"....Sonny's dreams can't be real, they're just stories he's read...".
What an opportunity. What a great time with friends......
So today (Saturday) was hang out at the house today and we really enjoyed just chilling out in the sun. Both the guys got to the car washing chores and I got my hair cut. A bit of lunch, a few beers. What a nice day. 


Patience.... a....



Buffing up Euri for our departure on Sunday.


This evening, our last here, we will spend it with our good friends, have some dinner and enjoy the Dave Gunning concert. What a great ending to an amazing visit with Paula and Jerry.....we can't even begin to thank them enough.




Dave did a nice book signing for "These Hands", his song that
he made into a children's book.....guess who's getting one?
Funny enough he also has a son named Gus!!!!
(.....must be something more interesting happening outside!)

That's what it was - he was watching Doug and the apple!!

An outstanding concert from a great Nova Scotia native son.
Thought for the Day: "What shall I do with these hands of mine. The world could use a hero of the human kind"...From Dave Gunning/George Canyon "These Hands"

Friday, 30 May 2014

Kingston NS (Day 4)

We were off for a small tour today. You know how we seem to keep going out and finding great places for coffee? Well, we found another one today. Check this out!!

Pilot and co-pilot in control!!  
 The head of the greeting committee!!!
....and Mom too!!
Paula arranged for all of us to have a nice visit with Lindsey, Cameron and Sadie Corkum. Just who are these people some of you may ask? Why, Lindsey is Kevin and Ruth's daughter along with their grandchildren, Cameron and Sadie. Lindsey treated us to some yummy blueberry muffins and  fresh fruit and ice tea. We had a great visit but it just wasn't long enough!!
And since we were missing Gus so much,
we had to get some hugs from Cameron!!!

Paula brought along treats for Cameron. He looks
pretty good with that mustache straw and bat, don't you think??
Lindsey and Justin, Cameron and Sadie live right on the
edge of a nice farm. Lots going on there and Cameron loves it!!

Okay, a little "tear around the yard in a wheelbarrow" time with Doug....

Jerry, Paula, Cameron, Sadie & Lindsey
Cameron is busily practicing his tractor driving skills
because they are going out to visit with Kevin and Ruth in a
week or so.....Grandpa DOES have a tractor out there too!!

Pretty cute little guy!!

...and then, suddenly, he was off again!!

Sadie is an absolute little doll....
Anyway, thanks so much to Lindsey for having us. It was so nice to finally get to meet her and the kids. We have certainly heard lots about them!! I know how much Kevin and Ruth are looking forward to seeing them very soon!!! 
After this it was off for another little circle drive. We ended up in Wolfville and visited at the Acadian Church there. There is SO much history here about the Acadians being expelled from the area by the English. I would like to read more about it.....
Apple trees on the church property....


Grand-Pré was founded in about 1680 by Pierre Mellanson an Acadian settler who traveled east from the original settlement at Port-Royal. Pierre, an Acadian of French Huguenot and English extraction, had arrived in Port Royal with Sir Thomas Temple in the 1650s when Acadia was under English control. The fertility of the soils and wealth of other resources in the area had been known to the French since the early part of the century. The settlers quickly employed their dyke building technology to the vast salt marshes; effectively reclaiming several thousand acres of productive farm land. The farms and the population grew quickly, making Grand-Pré the principal settlement in Acadia. Settlements spread from Grand-Pré around the Minas Basin, collectively becoming know as Les Mines or Minas after the copper deposits surveyed by De Monts at the entrance to the Basin. By the mid-1680s the population was sufficient to support a church and the parish of Saint-Charles de Mine was formed.
The community was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline and is today home to the Grand-Pre National Historic site. On June 30, 2012, the landscape of Grand-Pré was
named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 
And there you have a little history of this area. MUCH more to learn for sure. Time to crack out those history books, kids!!
After this, it was off to the TOP of Look-off,  a bluff area nearby. Apparently, many people come here to get engaged!!
...and someone has even tried to spell it out!!



...and then what do I find but our initials further down on the
guard rail...."NBD" Nancy - Beglaw - Doug. I thought
Paula had come up here and put them on there!!
Another great day, especially getting to meet Lindsey, Cameron and Sadie! Thanks again, Lindsey for the muffins!!
Tonight we are off to see Ron Hynes. He is a folks singer-songwriter from Newfoundland, playing in a small local venue. Our favourite type of entertainment!! I will let you know all about that in the morning!!
Thought for the Day: I wish my eyes could take photos

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Kingston NS (Day 3)

With an 8:00 a.m. departure time, we set the alarm and were ready to go after coffee and breakfast!! I have always admired people (like Paula & Jerry) who naturally are awake by 6:30 or earlier. But unfortunately, Doug & I are not those people. If we have to get up anything before 8:00 a.m., we need that alarm!!!

Jerry & Paula had organized a great route for us today, the South Shore of Nova Scotia. From here in Kingston down to Peggy's Cove, then onto Chester for lunch, Mahone Bay for some shopping and finally Lunenburg. WOW - Hang on everyone!! I ran the mileage and it was 401 kms (249 miles) return back to here!!

First stop was the White Sail Bakery in Tantallon for coffee and goodies. Pretty good spot!!

Good Morning!!!

White Sail Bakery in Tantallon...

The boys sharing a joke.....
Goodies just ready for a coffee break....
Next stop was Peggy's Cove. Unfortunately, when people think of Peggy's Cove, you often think of Swiss Air Flight #111. On September 2, 1998 this Swiss Air plane crashed about 8 kms off the coast of Peggy's Cove. Cause of the crash is believed to have been flammable material used in the aircraft's structure allowed a fire to spread beyond the control of the crew, resulting in a loss of control and the crash of the aircraft. Pretty sad.
A very simple, quiet memorial was erected to honour the lives lost in this disaster. Doug and I remember this crash and these things always touch us all. The residents of this area, the fishermen, they were all instrumental in trying to help and then trying to offer comfort to the families who travelled from far away to try and get some kind of closure. We were told that later, at the memorial dedication, the fishermen took family members out in the boats so they could drop flowers at the crash site. People banding together...... 
The memorial is carved right out of solid rock and you can see the surrounding area is very desolate. It s actually a very peaceful place to be....
Quite moonscape looking....
Very different from other parts of Nova Scotia that we have seen....


You can just barely see the lighthouse over my shoulder.
That is where we head next......

Ahhh, Peggy's Cove......


Huge waves break over these careful!!!


Very beautiful...

This rock is the size of a is just sitting there,
on top of the other rocks!!



You can walk all over these rocks - at your own risk.....

 Such a famous Maritime village - one of the many pride's of Nova Scotia!!

Just as beautiful and desolate as it looks.....

A little past saving but check out the name of this dory....

Hey - that's our program!!!





There is a beautiful wall honouring the men lost
at sea over the years by a famous carver, William E. deGarthe.  
Very beautiful work....
Next stop was Chester for lunch. Yikes, we have developed this eating thing since we have been in the Maritimes into a profession!!






My travelling buddies!!!

Yup, this will do.....

On the way to Mahone Bay.....
Mahone Bay....

Nice little shops to poke around in.....

Even quilting for my ladies!!!!


Loved this one!!!
Tired yet?? I am pretty sure that Jerry was by now with all the driving, starting and stopping. People yelling, Jerry, please pull over!!!! (Okay to be fair, it was only Paula and I asking for stops - not Doug!)
So, if you are keeping track, you should now know that the last stop was Lunenburg and the home of the very famous Blue Nose. Lunenburg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pretty prestigious, huh? Let's check into it a little more.....
Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Established in 1753, it has retained its original layout and overall appearance, based on a rectangular grid pattern drawn up in the home country. The inhabitants have managed to safeguard the city's identity throughout the centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses, some of which date from the 18th century.
Bluenose II...and a bit of history.
The original Bluenose was launched as a Grand Banks fishing and racing schooner on 26 March 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was designed by William Roué and built by the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard. From the moment Bluenose took to the sea, it was evident she was a vessel unlike any other. When she took home her first Fishermen's Trophy in October of 1921, the legend began. During the next 17 years, no challenger — American or Canadian — could wrest the trophy from Bluenose. She earned the title "Queen of the North Atlantic" and was well on her way to becoming a Canadian icon. Bluenose came to symbolize Nova Scotia's prominence in the fishing and shipbuilding industries. She represented Canada around the world.
Bluenose struck a reef off Isle aux Vache, Haiti on 28 January 1946. Despite the loss, the legacy and admiration for the once mighty schooner lived on in the hearts and minds of Canadians — especially Nova Scotians. In 1963, Bluenose II was launched. It was built by many of the same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg. The project was financed by Oland Brewery to advertise their products, while also promoting Nova Scotia's maritime heritage and tourism. William Roué, the designer of the original Bluenose, endorsed the vessel. Captain Walters sailed on the maiden voyage. Bluenose II was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia in 1971. It continues to serve as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador — an enduring symbol of the province — living history under sail.




The famous Lunenburg "bump". The jut out that you see on the second story
where the wives would watch for their husbands to return home from sea. It is on
many of the houses in this harbour town...







Another Lunenburg bump!!!!




And with that we say good-bye to Lunenburg!!
This is our chariot for the past few days!!
With that we cruised back to Kingston. Part way home we spied a turtle trying to cross the road. He was in the shadows and only part way through on of the lanes. There was no way he was going to make it across before someone hit him. Jerry stopped the car and we all piled out. Doug was the brave turtle whisperer and picked him up and took him over to a lawn on a nearby house. It seemed to be the direction of travel he had in  mind. There is a lake below the house so we were all hoping that this was his intention. Guess we will never know but we did our part to help him out. Paula and Jerry said he was a snapping turtle.
He was a pretty big guy.....


Doug, the turtle wrangler!!
Sheesh - now we're gonna need new business cards!!

Have a happy life little guy!!
Well, another record setting day of sight-seeing on the South Shore of this fine and beautiful province. We were all tired when we got back but that did not stop us from having a  margarita to toast the day's events!!
Special shout out to Jerry for driving ALL day long....again!!
Off to bed!!
Thought for the Day: Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud....Maya Angelou