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Delightful Nova Scotia

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Being away has a funny way of changing one’s view of home.

This past August, I traveled a lot: Vancouver, Portland Oregon, Germany, the Netherlands. Particularly in Vancouver, people’s eyes would light up when I mentioned I was from Nova Scotia. “Oh, it is so beautiful there!” they would exclaim. This made me curious. The familiar can become invisible, can’t it: we become so used to our surroundings, we fail to see them after a while. I must also admit that I have had ‘my nose to the grindstone’ a lot this year, barely leaving my studio and office.

The highest tides in the world bring the water onto the hot rocks quickly, which resulted in amazingly warm swimming
The highest tides in the world bring the water onto the hot rocks quickly, which resulted in amazingly warm swimming. You can feel the waterlevel rise – the moon at work on earth.

So, upon my return in early September, I took a spontaneous trip with my spouse and my grown daughter, who miraculously had three days in a row off work at the busy restaurant where she cooks. We hopped in the car and headed for the Nova Scotia countryside and beaches. To be specific, Parrsboro county, the ‘New Brunswick’ side of the Bay of Fundy with its record tides, smack across from famous Cape Split.

Our trip took us along the top of the Bay of Fundy. This awesome map was in the cottage we rented for the night
Our trip took us along the top of the Bay of Fundy. This awesome map was in the cottage we rented for the night
Wonderful presentation of this chilled beet soup at The Wild Caraway restaurant
Wonderful presentation of this chilled beet soup at The Wild Caraway restaurant

We were gone less than 36 hours, but the time felt precious and tremendously spacious. We stopped at nearly empty beaches along the shores, ate at the wonderful Wild Caraway restaurant in remote and tiny Advocate Harbour, made a bonfire at the endless stretch of beach full of dry driftwood, perfect for the flames, and had a wonderful sleep at one of the cottages along that shore.

My daughter particularly enjoyed our bonfire at the beach
My daughter particularly enjoyed our bonfire at the beach

 

View towards Cape Chignacto. This photo illustrates well how the whole trip made me feel
View towards Cape Chignacto next morning. This photo illustrates well how the whole trip made me feel

On our way back, we visited unbelievably magic Cape d’Or (Cape of Gold! My cup of tea), and Five Island Park, before heading back to Halifax.

The view from Cape d'Or
The view from Cape d’Or – a magical place

Such an amazing province, Nova Scotia!

The view from the cottage we rented: Advocate Harbour Beach stretches forever, with the tip of Cape d'Or on the left, and Cape Chignacto on the right
The view from the cottage we rented: Advocate Harbour Beach stretches forever, with the tip of Cape d’Or on the left, and Cape Chignacto on the right

And as harsh as the climate may often appear here, it actually lends itself to growing wine! I am delighted to be at the Avondale Winery again next Saturday, September 17th, 10am- 5pm, for their annual Garlic Festival. All things garlic, along with live music ,good food, and – lo behold – excellent hand craft. Come take a trip, discover this province of yours. Tap your toes, find out how many types of garlic there are, taste some wine on the former church that was floated across the water in order to serve as Avondale Winery’s tasting room. Is is said to be warm and overcast, but not yet raining Saturday – perfect! See you there.

PS: my next ‘local’ appearance will be in Antigonish for the Windfall Festival, September 24 & 25.

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