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.

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

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The Polar Prince icebreaker, sits in the ice.

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

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Hopefully the Blue Nose will sail this summer.

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

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Some views of the town from the golf course road.

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The famous Fisheries Museum.

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And a different view of the Blue Nose.

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

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Another

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

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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!

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Happy Christmas from Lunenburg

23 12 2011

Just to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas from Lunenburg. I put this photo onto my Facebook and have to admit it isn’t my house.

It seems that even here in Nova Scotia, people suffer from the North American ‘tacky light syndrome’.

Lunenburg has more tasteful lights, with the little sponsored trees at the bandstand.

And the decorated  fishing boats at the harbour.

They make for a very pleasant walk along the front.

It has snowed here this morning and this is the view from our window into the garden.

We should have a white Christmas.

Jeff took this photo!!! It’s a bit out of focus! – but might make a nice painting.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and I’ll see what I have to report in the New Year.





A Snowy New Year from Lunenburg

2 01 2010

We had a fall of snow here in Lunenburg before Christmas and then it rained, so that we had just a slightly snowy Christmas.  We looked on while most of Northern Europe was being hit by severe snowfalls, and wished for enough snow to go skiing.

Yesterday, 1st January 2010, the snow started gently in the afternoon and by 5 pm Jeff and I decided to walk to Louise and Cameron’s for dinner, rather than drive. It snowed all evening and we had a tiring walk home through deep snow.

This morning, we woke to the best (or worst) snow we’ve had since last winter. We decided to walk into Lunenburg and take some photos.

It was an interesting walk over Hospital Hill  where we looked out over the harbour.

The old buildings in the town looked good with their coverings of snow.

and icicles.

Many houses  still had their Christmas door decorations.

And this shop display looked very pretty.

The  snowplough was trying to keep the streets clear, but the snow fell quickly.

When we moved here to Lunenburg, this orange building ( a great tratoria) was one of the brightest in the town. Over this past year the buildings on either side have been renovated and painted in very contrasting colours.

There has been a lot of discussion in the town regarding these colours. People seem to either love them or hate them. I wasn’t too sure about this green,

but quite liked this raspberry building.

They have attracted visitors and there are always tourists photographing them. One thing is certain, these historic  buildings have been preserved, rather than being allowed to fall into disrepair.

This building is also owned by the same owner and sits  on the corner across from the raspberry building. Its colours are more traditional and perhaps more acceptable to the majority.

Please leave your comments and let me know what you think of these buildings. Perhaps we can get a discussion going.

Jeff went off to the Hardware store while I was taking photos and the snow continued.

We walked home, back over the hill. This is the main road past our house – not our driveway!

We’d had an exciting walk and some exercise after all we’d eaten over Christmas.

Tonight the snow seems to be turning to rain. I hope all this snow hasn’t gone by morning!





Spring is here!

11 04 2009

Yesterday was Good Friday and so we decided to have a trip to Digby on the Bay of Fundy, as we haven’t driven that far yet. Digby is a little  fishing town, famous for its scallops and is also the port for the ferry to Saint John in New Brunswick. It was almost a 3 hour drive, but it was a beautiful morning and the roads were empty, despite it being a holiday.

digby-harbourDigby harbour is not very different from any other but you can see what a fabulous day it was.

There wasn’t too much to interest us in Digby, most places being closed either because of the holiday or because they don’t open for the season till June. We had a look at the map and decide to head up the River to Bear River. We had no idea what it was like, just saw the name and followed the road signs. There was still snow at the sides of the road and in the woods, but this scene in a garden at Bear River was the first colour we’ve seen this year. I see these are called Chionodoxa or Glory of the Snow, which is an apt name for the first flowers after the snow.

blue-flowersBear River is built on the Bear River!!! The first building we spotted was the Tourist Information Centre in a traditional Dutch windmill!

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This Flights of Fancy store is a very nice Gallery shop with some really unusual crafts.

craft-shop-2 Unfortunately, it was closed and we could only window shop. One of these carvings is from an elk’s antler, the other from a whale’s vertebrae. You can see me taking the photo and Jeff peering for a price label – which incidentally was $2,300!whale-bone-carvingWe had our picnic with us, so weren’t too concerned that the Changing Tides Diner was closed.

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innThere was so much to see in this tiny community, that I will add a second article on it in a few days, so that you can see some more of the photos.





More Wildlife in our Garden

11 03 2009

We haven’t seen a great deal of the deer in our garden while the grass has been hidden under the snow.  Last week we did see three, one of them swinging a broken leg along behind it. It had obviously suffered the same fate on the ice as many Nova Scotians. At this time of the year the hospitals are full of people who have fallen on the ice, as I did last year. An 81 year old neighbour fell on her driveway a couple of weeks ago, breaking an ankle and a wrist and lay for an hour till she was found.

But now that the snow is going (although as I write this, it is snowing heavily and the grass is completely covered again) the deer are desperate for a little bit of food and today came right up to the house to eat.

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These are white tailed deer or whitetails because of their white tails which they wave as they run away. This must make them an easy target for the hunter. I let them eat for a while then tried to get their attention at the window. They posed nicely for the camera.

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Then ran away into the woods, waving their white tails behind them.deer-3

One was a bit slower than the others and stayed for an extra snapshot.

deer-4I was  wakened a couple of nights ago by a strange barking noise. I thought it was a fox, but not like any fox we had heard at Glenshee. It was coming from just at the side of our garage but I couldn’t see anything even in the moonlight. I opened the window and the noise stopped. Of course, I just got back to bed and it started again. I wakened Jeff to ask him what it was and he, (very happy to hear it) also thought it was a fox. We then listened as it moved away through the woods, the crying getting more distant.

I searched online and found this site that has lots of fox cries.

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The third one down is the sound I heard.Let us know if you hear it.

We did often see a fox crossing our garden last year, perhaps it will have cubs with it this year. Maybe I’ll get some photos for you.





26250 Woodstock Road – The Middle of Nowhere!

9 02 2009

On Sunday we decided to have a drive along a track (Woodstock Road)  which goes out through the woods at the back of  Mahone Bay. We had  tried to drive out this way last year but the snow was very deep and we eventually turned around when we came across a broken down snow plough  and an impassable road.

This is a dirt road that runs through the middle of nowhere between Mahone Bay, Walden and then Maplewood.  Louise  and Cameron had a trip here before Christmas and told us about coming across a pub on this road????  There are some cabins along the road and a few tracks off to ??? houses, lakes??

The aspen trees were fabulous and there were some really old cedars and white pine trees.

Suddenly we came across this bulding

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You can see the road has been cleared in front of it, but what is it and why is it here?

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Is the lobster creel on the roof of any use or just decorative?

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The ‘Walk in and Stagger Out’ sign would definitely make you think it is a pub, but what about the ‘Enchanted Crystal’, or the ‘Penny Farthing”?

Unfortunately the place was closed, so we will have to have another trip out there to find out what it is and who goes there. It would be a great cycle out  if we could be guaranteed a refreshment.

You can see the location of this road at

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My Blog

24 11 2008

We’ve now been in Canada for a year and only now just learning to make our own blog so that you can see what life is like here in Nova Scotia. Most of you will already know from emails of our first year’s adventures, but it should be easier to add pictures and stories through this Blog, so that more people can share our experiences. Since moving into our own house here at Lunenburg, we have really settled down to life in Canada.  It wasn’t till we returned from the UK in May and then September that we felt we were coming home and really appreciated the lifestyle here.

We have just had the first big snowstorm of this winter, blocking our road and forcing us to do quite a bit of digging. The last owner of this house had a snow-blower, but that, unlike the ride-on lawnmower, did not come with the house. It takes some time to dig out 150 yards of driveway. If this is a snowy winter we might have to employ someone with a little snow plough to clear it after each storm.

Everyone in this area (can’t be specific about Canada) feeds the birds. We have had wonderful humming birds on the hollyhocks all summer and beautiful American Goldfinches. Right now we are inundated with Blue Jays which look lovely, but are noisy and scoop up the sunflower seeds as fast as we can fill the feeder. We enjoy the little Parula Warblers, Chickadees, Pine Grosbeaks and Downy Woodpeckers. We keep having to run to the bird book or look online whenever we see something we don’t recognise.

Blue Jay on my 'hand-made' bird feeder.

Blue Jay on 'hand-made' bird feeder.