Long Cove, Port Medway

7 06 2015

Today we walked from Port Medway to Long Cove.

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It was good to feel the warmth of the sun after a cold, wet week.

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There is a little harbour at the end of the dirt road and Long Cove cutting inland.

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Wire lobster traps were stacked up on the dock.

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As well as the older styled wooden pots.

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Our picnic spot had to be back at the limestone rocks,

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with amazing views.

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Apple and cherry blossom, plus wild azalea and bunch berry flowers, helped to add colour to our hike.apple

These tiger swallowtail butterflies enjoyed the heat of the track.

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Cape Split Revisited

26 05 2014

The last time we visited Cape Split, was in October 2012. What a thrill it was to hike this week-end and see the spring flowers. This tree has been left across the track, forcing walkers to limbo dance or skirt around it.

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The forest floor was white with these little white flowers. They had 5 petals and looked a bit like wood anemones, but I can’t find their name.Image

Can anyone help me out? Are they Grass of Parnassus?

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Like the tree across the path, this fallen pine was left to sit in the sky.

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I love the vibrant pink of the Purple Trillium. I think Cape Split must have the most specimens I have seen anywhere.

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There were just masses of plants.

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I photographed this tree last time, but it has now lost one of its huge branches.

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This is called Dutchman’s Breeches.

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Seemingly, the flowers look like little pantaloons (upside down), hanging on a clothes line.

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And of course the violets added colour everywhere.

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At the end of the trail is Cape Split itself. The seagulls seemed to be happy that they were on an island.

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This was the best shot I could get with my little camera, I should have had my other one.

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There was more colour to see as we drove back through Scots Bay.

ImageI remembered, too late, that I was going to look for Ami McKay’s house at Scots Bay. She is the author of ‘The Birth House’ and the book is set in this rural location. I reread this book after my last visit to Cape Split and could imagine the characters as she described them.tbh-newest





Spring is here at last – well maybe!

31 03 2013

This Easter week-end has marked the beginning of some warmer weather here in Nova Scotia. Yesterday we went to Kejimkujik Seaside, which is a National Park.

You can see our walk on Googlemaps.

http://goo.gl/maps/ND7gJ

We started out by walking the rocky shore  along Boyd’s Cove and MacLeod’s Cove.A

There is a rough track in places

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The sea was very blue – I did not touch up this photo.

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Parts of the coastal track had been washed away the last time we walked here. Another path has been cut, a bit further from the shore, through the trees.

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And the  boardwalk has been repaired in places or totally renewed, like this section.

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Unlike Europe, the ‘history’ here is not very old. This is the ruin of the house of Hugh Cameron, a shepherd on St Catherine’s River Farm in the early 1900’s. But sheep farming here was a harsh existence and the land was eventually given to the Federal Government and became the Seaside Adjunct of the Kejimkujik National Park.

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Yesterday, the bay was full of lobster boats, the better weather a pleasant change for these fishermen, who are only allowed to fish here on this part of the shore during the winter months! It has been a tough time for them – probably harder than sheep farming!

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In my last post about this park, I added this photo of a wrecked boat that we spotted sitting high and dry on Little Hope Island.

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There used to be a concrete lighthouse on the island until just after Hurricane Juan in 2003, when it collapsed.

This amazing photo was taken by Jeff Tutty of Hunts Point, Nova Scotia in August 2003 and the wrecked boat was already there!

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Seemingly, the crew of the Lady Helen  fell asleep!!

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I didn’t have my tele-photo lens with me yesterday, but the boat has gone and the rocky island is hardly visible above the water.

We continued round to the sandy beach

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and walked as far as is possible.Beach-1

Then it was back to the car – a total of 14 km.

The forecast for this week is back to freezing most days, so maybe Spring isn’t here yet.

If you’d like to see Kejimkujik in the summer, with the birds and flowers, you can look at the blogs I wrote in 2009.

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/kejimkujik-national-park-part-1/

https://queensincanada.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/kejimkujik-part-2/





Painted Lady and Monarch Butterflies

12 09 2012

On a recent trip to Liverpool, we decided to take the Shore Road that leads to Western Head. The plan was to try to fish at the point near the lighthouse. That wasn’t really a possibility, but we were rewarded with the sight of a huge number of butterflies on the knapweed.

They were mainly Painted Ladies and were here by the hundreds.

They flew and settled continuously around me.

My eye was drawn to a few much larger butterflies – Monarchs.

It was only once I was home, that I noticed that this one had  torn wings.

The Monarch butterfly is famous for its migration from Mexico to Canada and then the reverse at the end of the summer.

Will this one make it to Mexico?

How many butterflies can you spot?

I tried to take a video to show the continuous movement of butterflies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpVRg7JmZhI&feature=plcp

It’s not very good, but this next one, which I found on you tube, really shows Monarchs in massive numbers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l42ca94m-bE





Wild Flowers of Nova Scotia

31 07 2012

A couple of week-ends ago we went to Western Head, just outside Lockeport. This was our first time here and I had just found it on Google maps. There is a weather station at Western Head to track the tropical storms and hurricames that come up the Atlantic Coast.

The first thing that hit us was the abundance of beautiful wild flowers.

Is this a Ragged Fringe Orchid? I have had real difficulty identifying these flowers, as I only have a European Wild Flower Book.

These purple heads look quite like Rose Bay Willow Herb, but might be Purple Loosestrife?

Could these white, spidery flowers be Meadow Rue?

These are Swamp Candles – what a great name. I have never seen or heard of them before.

Now, I do know what this is!

Common Sow Thistle? The Blue-eyed Grass is a miniature member of the Iris family. The flowers only last for one  day, but new buds open every day during June/July.

Another Orchid?

I’d greatly appreciate help with identifying these flowers.

I wonder if the flowers on this small peninsula are  particularly good this year because of the great spell of weather. I will return next year to see.





Plastic Flowers at Cemeteries

15 04 2012

When I started my Blog, I planned to write about things I loved and hated about life in Nova Scotia. Someone has already commented that I don’t seem to have many dislikes, but that is because, apart from the road surfaces and the overhead electric cables, there are not many things I feel strongly against.

But, I have found another thing I am not too keen on.

I have seen people at the roadside selling plastic flower wreaths and these seem to be mainly to put at grave sides. These flowers are usually of the gaudiest colours and bear little resemblance to real flowers.

They may brighten up a dull grave yard in winter, but my feelings are that the colours look cheap ant tacky. I really am not a lover of plastic flowers.

Even when the colours are kept to a minimum and the flowers look more realistic.

I believe that some cemeteries do not allow any artificial flowers, and many have to be removed by the end of March.

I realise that real flowers are costly, but I do not think these bouquets will be inexpensive.  People want to demonstrate their love, by caring for their families graves.

Am I just being unfairly prejudiced against plastic flowers, or should they continue to be seen around the cemeteries?

Or if they are to continue should they look as realistic as possible?

Comments please.





Bear River Revisited

8 07 2011

I love Bear River, this little tidal village just inland from Digby, Nova Scotia. The last time I wrote about it was in April 2009 and everything was closed as the season hadn’t begun.

Last week-end Jeff and I headed to Digby Pines Resort for our 40th Wedding Anniversary!

We decided to stop at Bear River to have our picnic beside the river. There is a lovely garden, complete with picnic tables and benches.

The roses were in full bloom,

and a wonderful perfume filled the air.

I’m not sure what this lovely white flower is – a member of the geranium?

Or these?

I think this must be the remains of an old wharf at the riverside.

Bear River has some great little shops and galleries.

The Flight of Fancy is a fantastic shop with art, pottery, glass, jewellery, rug-hooking, carvings …….

Myrtle and Rosie’s.

This Bargain Book Shop seems to sell a lot more than just books!

We saw the sign for the Sunday afternoon market and headed back to the river.

There I met Flora Doehler – a Facebook Friend, artist and writer of a Blog about her life in Bear River.

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These young folk filled the air with lively Irish music.

It was a hot day and we continued our travels to Digby Pines for a swim in their outdoor pool. (another Blog to follow)