Lunenburg Winter 2015

15 02 2015

We didn’t have a white Christmas here at Lunenburg, but we’ve seen nothing but the white stuff since the New Year.

Backharbour2The Back Harbour is usually frozen over in the winter, but it seems even more so this year, with the covering of snow on top of the ice.


It’s difficult to see what is land and what is sea, although you can clearly see the ocean in the background.


The Polar Prince icebreaker, sits in the ice.


I have never seen the front harbour frozen like this, since we came here in 2007!


Hopefully the Blue Nose will sail this summer.



It doesn’t look as if the lobster boats are going to get to their traps any time soon.


Some views of the town from the golf course road.


The famous Fisheries Museum.


And a different view of the Blue Nose.


The snow around the town is loaded onto lorries and cleared away, but there are still some big heaps.




Every roof and window is like this, I just thought this was pretty.


More snow heaped at the roadside at St. John’s Church.

Today is another snowy, stormy day, with several more snow days forecast for this week. I really love winter and snow, but it’s so cold that there’s not much we can do outside. It’s even too cold to go skiing!

A Typical Morning in Lunenburg

16 08 2013

Lunenburg has a population of just over 2,000, but in the summer months it fills up with visitors.

We enjoy a walk around the town in the morning, before the tourists are on the streets.

This is Monday morning, looking down to the Railway Wharf.


And across to the Bluenose Golf Course.


This is the same view on Wednesday morning.A1a

This is the Martha Seabury schooner, which was built here in Lunenburg.


During the summer months, this old fishing boat, The Cape Rouge, sits at the wharf. It is used in the filming of the TV series, Haven.


The Adams and Knickle building is undergoing renovation work.


The booths are open ready for trips on the ocean.


The nearest boat does harbour tours, the Eastern Points goes  whale watching and the Eastern Star, sailing trips.


The waterfront restaurants are open for breakfast.


But no one wanted to sit outside on Wednesday.


The horses are ready to take tourists on a tour of the old town.


And the Fisheries Museum will open to educate visitors on the history and past life of Lunenburg.


There is also a cruise ship in the harbour.


The Lagniappe, registered in the Marshall Islands, which you could charter for $110,000 per week!!!


The little shed beside the foundry is crooked and worn.


The latest boat at the foundry wharf. Am I back in Dundee – it is called the Discovery?


Looking across to Lunenburg from the golf course road,


to the colourful town and the Fisheries Museum.


But there was no view on Wednesday.

Even this osprey didn’t seem to see us.A9g

He flew just above our heads.


Then back into the nest with the young.


There’s always something to see, walking around Lunenburg.

Lunenburg, after the Storm

10 02 2013

This week-end we were hit by the snowstorm Nemo. The forecasters warned of 50cms of snow, starting on Friday night.

Yesterday, we received this picture from our friends, Susan and Roger, at Corkums Island. We go to this fish shack every Friday, during the summer, for TGIF (Thank God It’sFriday) for drinks and a game of boules.


Here we are on one of the Friday nights this past summer. All the dock we are sitting on was washed away, but luckily, when the tide went down, Roger managed to get his kayaks and gear from the shed. It has moved from its location and the floor is very badly damaged, but hopefully it can be moved and rebuilt.


Today, after a wild stormy night, we walked into Lunenburg. The road past our house had been ploughed, and wasn’t too bad.


The footpaths in town had been cleared, which is normally the case.


We passed the dry dock where  the Bluenose II is sitting, waiting for the installation of her rudder.


In town, the ploughs had left heaps of snow at the side of the roads.


Nothing was open – not even a coffee shop.


Few people were around.


Jenny Jib has some snow to clear tomorrow.


Some people hadn’t attempted to clear their paths.


Others worked with shovels,


or, as is more common, their toys.


Snow blowers are very common.


But Jeff prefers to keep fit with his shovel, so he has some work to do on our 200 yd driveway.


The prediction for the storm was much worse than the storm itself. We had blizzards every winter at Glenshee and Glen Isla, far worse than this storm which kept everyone indoors here. I must look out some Glenshee photos and put them on here.


The Launch of the Martha Seabury Schooner at Lunenburg

13 08 2012

In April 2010, I wrote about the building of  two 48′ wooden schooners in Lunenburg.

It’s been great watching the progress of these fine boats,

from start to finish.

In January of this year, despite the freezing weather, we went along to watch the final plank being fixed in the hull.

The actor, Billy Campbell, the owner of one of the twin schooners, fastened the final plank and doused it in rum. He named her Martha Seabury after his grandmother.

There was still a lot of work to be done over the next few months.

The bowsprit was added and the hull primed and painted.

Soon the Martha Seabury was ready for her launch.

CTV news was here to record the occasion.

She floated well and looked great!

It has been 30 years since the building of such a schooner in Lunenburg. There is still the second schooner to be sold and then another exciting launch.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a new boat building phase at the Dory shop.

The Tall Ships Visit Lunenburg – 2012

24 07 2012

Today, I watched from my window as some of the tall ships battled their way into Lunenburg Harbour.

They were hardly visible though the rain and squall.

But they all made it safely into port.

The Pride of Baltimore is a frequent visitor to Lunenburg and I have already written a Blog about her.

I love looking up into the rigging of these sailing ships. I have taken so many photos of the patterns of the ropes and masts, I feel I should use the patterns in a painting.

The Roseway was designed  to challenge the Bluenose in the international schooner races of the 1920s and ’30s and is an original ship, rather than a replica.

Unfortunately, the Blunose did not make it into the water as hoped. It looks like it will be next year before she sails.

I saw some of these ships at the Tall Ships Festival in Halifax in 2008.

The Tall ship Providence is a replica of America’s first warship.

The Lynx is a replica of it’s namesake that sailed during  the American War of 1812.

In contrast to these ships, the luxury motor yacht, Solaia, also arrived in Lunenburg last night.

I always enjoy the toing and froing around a working harbour.

A New School for Lunenburg

27 11 2011

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us..

This was what Winston Churchill said after the House of Commons was demolished in one of the last raids of the London blitz.

In March 2011, I wrote a Post about the Lunenburg Academy and mentioned that a new school was to be built in Lunenburg.

The new Bluenose Academy will take the pupils from Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg High School, Centre Consolidated School and Riverport Elementary School.

Last Fall work began on the demolition of Lunenburg High School to clear the new site for the Academy.

Everything was taken away from the site by truck, apart from heaps of rubble which were used in the new foundations.

During the winter work began on the new steel structure.

The Architects of the new building are WHW from Halifax. You can see their plans for the school at their website.

The building began to take shape.

Here the old Academy watches the progress.

It wasn’t too long before the insulation and cladding were  being added to the exterior.

and new windows filled the gaping holes.

A large part of the exterior shell is metal sheeting.

Black, white and red are used, just as in the old Academy.

There are solar panels to generate heat for hot water

And a wood-pellet boiler.

This building will have its critics. There will be those who attended the Academy, who feel that no new building can replace it. There will be those who were pupils at the High School, Centre School and Riverport School, who feel that these should have been kept.

I hope that this new building with a price tag of $18,000,000 will prove itself a worthy new establishment for the 21st Century and will shape the lives of its pupils.

Please leave your comments and opinions.

New Folk Art Gallery in Lunenburg

9 07 2011

The major event of this summer in Lunenburg, is the opening of a new Folk Art Gallery in Pelham Street, right opposite the Library.

Over the past few weeks our friends, Gareth and Bill Miller, have been busy planning and researching for this building, intent on making the space match its purpose.

I had never heard of ‘Folk Art’ until I came to Nova Scotia. This work is done usually by people who have not been trained as artists, their themes being unsophisticated, but highly original. There is usually a humourous and often eccentric slant to it.

So this building had to reflect its purpose and instead of the boring grey building  –

it was transformed to this bright happy colour.

The inside had an even more dramatic change, with the removal of a wall and the addition this vibrant turquoise paint.

It wasn’t until the art work was added that it really looked like a Gallery.

In the window, you can see Moe the Dog, by Bill Roach, the Blue Cow, by Reed Timmons, and Blue Rooster by Barry Colpitts.

This piece is called ‘Lunenburg Bump with Sou’wester’ by Vivian Bell Zinck, making a play on the architectural window feature of Lunenburg.

The rooster, you will see is a recurring theme, as well as cows, cats and dogs.

This lady is a bird house!

‘Smoked Cod’ is the title here, I think that says it all.

So, if you are visiting Lunenburg this summer, you must make your way to Folk Art Maritime, where you are sure to find something unique for yourself, or as a special gift.

You can also look at their other Folk Art at