Blue Rocks in Winter

17 03 2013

Winter is hanging on here in Nova Scotia. We get a warm-ish day, of + 8 degrees, followed by a day of snow and freezing conditions. This week we will have a high of 0 and a low of – 12.

I usually take my photos of Blue Rocks in the summer, but thought I’d show you how it looks just now.

The little fish houses sit amongst the blocks of ice.


And the sea moves like a bowl of thick porrage.



The lobstermen work when they can, in the open sea,


and in the bays.


This is where we launch our kayak.


From the beach or down the ramps.


I think we’re ready for a melt and some warmer weather. I’m looking forward to another hot, hot summer, like last year.One man launch 1

Blue Rocks, kayaking again.

5 07 2012

Today is wet and foggy, but I don’t mind as we have had a really good spell of weather.

Yesterday we took the kayaks down to Blue Rocks, again.

We left Blue Rocks, before 8 am.


The sea was like a mill pond, as we headed out beyond these little islands.

This island has 3 houses on it and  is linked to Stonehurst by a  small wooden bridge. I mentioned it in a previous blog about ouhouses.

We tried to catch some mackerel for lunch, but no luck.

What is so amazing about Blue Rocks and Stonehurst are these narrow channels, many accessible by kayak only.

It’s like entering another world.

Slabs of rock and stunted trees.We didn’t see any otters on this trip, but there are plenty around – hopefully next time.

We paddled back around to the other side of the little island,

and under the bridge,

back along to Blue Rocks.

I feel so fortunate to have such a place, so close to home,

with exciting paddling, great wildlife, and colourful boat sheds.

Kayaking around Stonehurst

3 08 2010

It’s kayaking season here again and we have had a couple of short trips out from Back Harbour and Stonehurst.

Last week we paddled around Heckman’s Island – that is a first for us.

The great thing about kayaking is that you see buildings and places that you would never see from the land – like these docks, houses and boat sheds.



These look like 3 little holiday cabins.


Stonehurst has lots of natural, safe harbours.

This is a dock that we have walked to. It is a lovely spot, well away from the road and right on the edge of Tanner’s Pass.

I like this guest house, built on the rocks.

These barnacles look so clean!

There were seals out at the Rackets – where we saw them last year.

There are just so many herons around. Every cove has several, fishing.

We spotted this bald eagle.

I have marked out our route on Google Maps and it is almost 20kms.,-64.233541&spn=0.016627,0.045447&z=15

The Lost Gallery, Mahone Bay

17 05 2010

Friday night was the gala opening of the new contemporary art gallery, The Lost Gallery, in Mahone Bay. This is the exciting new venture of Lynette and Angus Park.

Lynette and Angus moved to Nova Scotia, from Aberdeen, 2 years ago and have been dreaming of the day when they would open their own gallery. They bought a former bookstore, at 532 Main Street and Angus has spent the past winter renovating the 1850 building into an impressive area to display modern art.

Here Lynette stands with her painting of the famous Mahone Bay churches, which are just opposite the gallery.

(copied from press report)

Lynette paints abstracts and abstract impressionist paintings. Pride of place in the gallery is  an eight foot square canvas, ‘Big W”, Lynette’s reaction to how George W Bush handled hurricane Katrina. It shows people drowning, the Statue of Liberty holding a hamburger, American money, skyscrapers and building plans.

The ‘Big W’ painting.

This painting is entitled ‘The Harbour’

Here is another abstract entitled ‘The Handbag’.

The coastal scenes of Nova Scotia also feature in Lynette’s paintings, from Peggy’s Cove, and Blue Rocks, to Lunenburg.


Lunenburg Waterfront

As well as Lynette’s paintings, the gallery exhibits 3-dimension work by Angus,  and work by other Nova Scotian artists.

This gallery is a great addition to the South Shore and I wish Lynette and Angus every success in their new venture.

Kayaking at Blue Rocks

4 08 2009

Just had to put on these photos of our latest kayaking trip on Sunday. For the first time, I didn’t take my camera, and so of course we saw so much. Luckily Bob had his camera.

It was an amazingly hot morning and we left the little rocky cove at Stonehurst and paddled round to Blue Rocks. We paddled between East Point Island and Little East Point Island and there we came across this baby seal, completely on its own. It wanted to play and talk and just swam around us and lay on the bottom looking at us. This is a fantastic photo that Bob shot.


If you look closely you can see the pup swimming around down below us.

Playing with a baby seal - Blue rocks Aug 2nd '09 008

Then we landed on a little beach to have a break. Roger had just gone in for a swim when this otter mother and her 3 cubs appeared. The mother was making blowing noises and kept bringing the cubs in to look at us, before diving down. Sometimes, she surfaced with the young ones on her back.

Jeff decided to join them for a swim.


Then as we paddled off, they followed us and swam around us. They seemed to be very friendly and were just very inquisitive.


We didn’t want to leave them, it was just such a marvellous experience to be so close to these lovely creatures. I think it will be a long time before we have a better trip than this one.


Wharves of Nova Scotia

15 06 2009

Nova Scotia is surrounded by water and has hundreds of coves, bays, harbours and islands. On our first visits to some of the waterfront properties we wondered why there was a need for so many wharves. We had been used to public harbours such as Lossiemouth, Broughty Ferry and even the scenic ones like Crail. But why did individuals need their own individual wharf, we wondered?

The answer seems to be exactly that. Everyone is an individual and there is not the same wish to rely on others as there is in the UK. If you want something done, then instead of becoming dependent on a Local Authority doing it, you have to do it for yourself.

This means that on some estuaries or coves, there is an abundance of wharves, all built next to one another.

These ones below are built on the estuary at Cape Sable Island. I think they look like sculptures.


The tide has gone out, so any boats are sitting high and dry.


Some wharves have storage sheds and fish sheds and are used to store lobster traps as the pots are called here.

wharf 2

This is a little fish store out on the rocks at Blue Rocks.

Fish store2

The wharves give each cove its own character and we feel that they are architecturally pleasing to the eye. Storms bring their problems, but that only means there is continuous employment for the dock repairers.

Damaged dock

Canadian Outhouses

2 01 2009

I only ever remember visiting an outside toilet (of a house) in Scotland once and that was over 50 years ago in the mining village where I grew up. Today they are a very rare occurrence , but here in Atlantic Canada, very close to our house, there still remains several of these structures. We think that the fact that the ground at Blue Rocks and Stonehurst is solid rock would have caused real problems digging drains in the past.

Below I just wish to show photographs of outhouses in various states of repair. Some of the locations are fantastic.


Some are now used as garden sheds.


Others are used for animals or to tie the washing.


Many are  now overgrown.


And even in danger of falling over completely.


Whereas this outhouse we photographed last winter ………..


looks as if it has been renovated by Colin and Justin.

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