Joggins for More Birthday Celebrations

13 09 2009

Last week-end was Labour Day holiday here in the Americas and is the last big holiday before Thanksgiving Day. It marks the end of summer and then students return to school.

We decided to take a trip to Joggins, a Unesco site on the Bay of Fundy, near the New Brunswick border.

This is a world recognised site with the earliest known reptile fossil. This was a small reptile, discovered by Sir Charles Lyell in 1859, and called Hylonomus Lyelli


The new building is on the site of a former coal mine and has been designed to look similar in shape to a mine. The layers of sandstone mimic the layers of rock on the cliff.


Likewise the wood siding is placed horizontally.


Jeff just loved the building and would love a house like it – on a smaller scale.

6 The wind generator and solar panels produce almost all the electricity needed for the building and there is a ‘living’ roof, made of sod, with flowers growing on it. This helps insulate the building.


We had a tour of the museum and once the tide had receded enough we went down onto the beach .

What looks like a lump of concrete in the cliff below is a fossilised tree.

7 Fossil tree 4

Most of the fossils are of plants and trees.

8 Fossil EYou can see the patterns that were on the outside of these massive plants.

9 Fossil JAfter an exciting time, we walked around the village of Joggins and were surprised and disappointed to find the following. I will leave it up to you to comment. Read the rest of this entry »

Our town – Lunenburg

27 11 2008

When we moved to Nova Scotia, we were sure that we wanted to live in the country again, as we had in Glenshee. However, after looking around the area for several months we decided to buy at Lunenburg. We are just outside the town, but close enough to walk in if we wish to or have to. Lunenburg is just about the right size of town for us, with only a population of 2,500. Yet, it has everything you would need in a small town. Unlike most American towns, it has pavements (sidewalks) and so you can walk to the Post Office, the Banks, the Library, the supermarket, small stores and the Pub. It also has a small indoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, 9 hole golf course, curling rink, ice hockey rink, recreation centre, theatre and more. There are numerous art galleries and a very good series of concerts performed at the St John’s Church. We have tickets for the ‘Concert of 100 Candles’ next Saturday and I’m sure that will get us all into the Christmas mood.

Lunenburg is an interesting old town with its own history and unique architecture. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site and so attracts many tourists in the summer. We are looking forward to showing you all around next summer. I’ll include some links so that you can look at the old houses, fishing museum and Blue Nose. We watch the Blue Nose from our kitchen window as it takes tourists out for trips. That is a treat we are looking forward to next year – it must be really exciting.

Lunenburg Harbour at night

Lunenburg Harbour at night

Bluenose from our window

Bluenose from our window