Monday, 30 September 2013

Shadowy Barn on a Shadowy Planet

Upper Kingsburg, NS
Aug. 30, 2013

I managed to capture a nice late summer long shadow on the 'ole barn a month ago (or so), happy with the results!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Discover Thomas Raddall Provincial Park

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
East Port L'Hebert, NS
Camper's Beach
Sept. 1, 2013

If you haven't discovered Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, you are missing out.  The staffer at the front gate summed it up well, "pretty much every trail leads to a beach".  She was not kidding!

A short stroll from the walk-in tent sites leads you to this pristine piece of paradise.  Looks like some windsurfers have figured it out!

The day use beach is gorgeous as well, we spotted piping plovers the last time we visited.

The park closes for the season October 14th, don't delay.  It's worth the drive to East Port L'Hebert!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lower Rose Bay: Vivacious Viburnum!

Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

These colourful berries are ripening all over the place.  Take a look in a ditch on your next drive and you'll probably spot one or two.

Viburnum Nudum (or wild raisin, as it is known locally) is easy to find in the fall as the berries ripen and start to turn purple and begin to resemble raisins.   

Viburnums are a great native species to plant in your yard and provide an important food source for birds that feed on fruit like the gorgeous Cedar Waxwing!

Check out this informative post which has some great images of the berries in the various stages of ripening.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

American Mountain Ash Promenade

Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

Somewhere between Rose Bay and Kingsburg, you'll see this nice row of American Mountain Ash trees along the road.  Gorgemouse!

Monday, 23 September 2013

When life gives you lemons....

Lunenburg, NS
Sept. 16, 2013

Glad to see the 'plaza peelers' are making good use of the speed bumps installed in the Lunenburg Community Centre parking lot.  

Some people see a speed bump, others see a makeshift 'brake stand'. I'm sure they make a lovely smell as they get melted by spinning tiyahs. ;-)

Friday, 20 September 2013

What's on this weekend? Breakfasts! Variety Supper! Art show!!!

This weekend is heavy on breakfasts (nothing wrong with that!) and light on everything else. 

That being said, the First South Anglican Church Fall Variety supper is happening this Sunday.  Protip: skip lunch, expect at least a 30 minute wait and try erryding on the table!  Here's a review from 2010 for an idea of what to expect.  If you are lucky, you will spot a scene like this.

Don't forget the corned beef and cabbage supper next Wednesday, so goood....

If you are in the Lahave => Broad Cove area, check out the Petite Palette 2013 group art show!


September 21, 

New Germany Legion, 
7-10 a.m. 
Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Beans, toast, hash browns, juice, tea, coffee.
Adults $7, children 5- 10 $3, under 5 free.

Saturday, September 21

Firemen's Breakfast, 
Petite Riviere fire hall,
8- 11 a.m. 
Full menu. 
Adults $7, children $3

September 21

Riverport and District Firemen's Breakfast, 
usual menu
7:30- 11:30 a.m., 
$7 adults; $3 children 6- 12; children 5 and under free.

Community Events

Sept. 20 - 29
Petite Palette 2013
A multi venue event, Hwy 331: Lahave, Petite Riviere & Broad Cove
40 artists' work showcased at various locations.
Event poster here.


Sunday, September 22,

Fall Variety Supper. 
Grace Lutheran Church, First South,  
4- 6 p.m. All welcome.

September 25, Wednesday, 
Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper, 
Italy Cross, Middlewood and District fire hall, 
4- 6 p.m. Take-outs available, pick up only. Adults $10; children (5-12) $5. Proceeds for ladies' auxiliary.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Life of a Northwoods Trailblazer Sure is Tough

Just looking at my old little guy makes me tired.  I found him in a random box in the attic at my mom's house.  

A quick search online found the playset.  If you stumble across any Adventure People figures at a yard sale, pick 'em up!  Sets include such exciting things as 'Wild Animal Safari', 'Super Speed Racer' and 'Daredevil Sports Van'.  There are some nice pics of the figures and sets on this site.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kingsburg: Apples and Ash

Kingsburg, NS
Sept. 12, 2013

A sunset shot on the way back from the beach.  My old pal, American Mountain Ash hanging out beside some apple trees.  Fall is on its way, WAAAAH!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A Windy Hirtle's Beach Sunset

Hirtle's Beach, NS
Sept. 12, 2013

A fruitless trip to the beach in search of waves, but I managed to get a cool shot of the low hanging clouds and wind on Romkey Pond.  It's all about balance, right? 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Barn Sized Mountain Ash

Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 15, 2013

I had a few precious minutes to spare en route to the Lahave ferry, so I pulled over and snapped a couple shots.  Glad I was up to catch the nice morning light on this barn.

Now that's a big mountain ash!  Trying to get as many shots of 'em as I can before the berries fade.....won't be long now especially with the risk of frost forecast for tonight.

Friday, 13 September 2013

What's on this weekend? Breakfasts! Open Farm Day!!!!!

Not much for grub this weekend.  Sunday is the day to discover where grub comes from.  It's Open Farm Day this Sunday!!!

Across the province, farms will be opening their doors to the public for demo's and tours.  Check out their site for more info on the event and also instructions to download their Open Farm Day app.  

If you are in the Bridgewater area, take a spin out to Kevin Veinotte's farm and learn about his Belted Galloway cattle and Katadhin sheep (they shed!).  Flying Apron Cookery will be on site serving up beef soft tacos, what a treat!

Stay dry (yeah, right) and have a great weekend everyone!


September 14,
Hebbs Cross Fire Department, 
7- 11 a.m. 
Homemade baked beans, eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, toast, tea, coffee, juice. 
Price $7, children $3.

Saturday, September 14, 
Church Breakfast, 
St. Martin's Anglican Church hall, Martin's River. 
7 - 11:30 a.m.
Menu: Scrambled eggs, pancakes, baked beans, hash browns, bacon or sausage, toast, tea, coffee or juice. Adults $7, children 5-12 $3, under 5 free. 
Proceeds for St. Martin's Church.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Mountain Ash Mayhem Continues

 Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013
  Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013
 Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

To be honest, I have no idea where Lower Rose Bay ends and Kingsburg/Upper Kingsburg begins.  At any rate, this one is on the road from Rose Bay to Kingsburg, close to the turn off to Upper Kingsburg.


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Lower Rose Bay: American Mountain Ash

 Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

 Lower Rose Bay, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

Another gorgeous specimen of American Mountain Ash, spotted on my way home. ^_^

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mother of Mountain Ash (American)

 Kingsburg, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

 Kingsburg, NS
Sept. 7, 2013

Not sure if it's a Rose Bay/Kingsburg thang, but there are tons of gorgeous American Mountain Ash trees showing off their red berries right now.  I have started to photograph my faves.  Stay tuned for more in the days/weeks to come!

If this piques your interest in the trees around you, check out this handy guide to identifying trees of the Acadian Forest.

Friday, 6 September 2013

What's on this weekend? ERRYDING!!!!!

Holy smokes, what a weekend!!!  It seems like every community has something on.  Careful planning could allow for a weekend of meals and no dishes. ^_^

I'm hoping to check out the 30th Annual Heritage Blueberry Supper.  I need some sauerkraut salad in my belly!

If you get a chance, take a drive to a beach and stick your toes in the water.  The ocean temps this week have been cool, but pleasant (~18 C), hopefully this warm water trend continues into September, but you never know.....

Get out there and have a great weekend everyone!  

Saturday, September 7,
Pinehurst Hall, 
 7- 11 a.m. 
Adults $7; 5-12 $3; under 5 free.

September 7, 
Country Breakfast. 
Chester Basin Fire Hall. 
7:30-10:30 a.m., 
Various menu selections.

September 7, Saturday, 
Italy Cross, Middlewood and District fire hall. 
7- 11 a.m. 
Adults $7; children (5-12) $3.50. Everyone welcome.

September 7, 
St. Norbert's Parish Big Breakfast 
Central United Church Hall, Lincoln Street. Lunenburg. 
7:30- 11:30 a.m. 
Eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, toast and pancakes with juice, coffee and tea. 
Adults $8, children under 12, $3.50

September 7 
Tri District Fire Rescue Firefighter's Breakfast 
Station 3, Chelsea, NS
7:30- 10:30 a.m. 
Adults $7, 5-12 $3.50, under 5 free. 
Proceeds for Fire Department.

Community Events

Saturday, September 7,
Lake Centre/ New Cumberland Horse/ Ox Pull and Fun Day,  
Lake Centre/ New Cumberland Hall
Pulls starts 12:30. Canteen. Flea Market, 93. (Tables $5, call 543-4260, 543-9612) 
Corn Chowder Supper, 
4-6 p.m., 
Adults $6; 12 and under $3; under 5 free. 
Rain date Sunday, September 8.

Sept. 7
30th Annual Heritage Blueberry Festival
Parkdale/Maplewood Community Museum Hall
#3005 Barss Corner Rd. Maplewood, NS
Meals served 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Lunenburg Sausage & Pudding, Sauerkraut, Solomon Gundy,Smeltz Potatoes, Hodgepodge, Blueberry Grunt, Pie, Ice Cream and more!
Adults: $12, children (ages 5-12): $6, under 5: free
Food, music, crafts and mini market!
Info: 644-2893

September 7, 
Maggie's Playground Penny Auction and BBQ, 
Voglers Cove hall, 
11- 2.


Saturday, September 7,
Annual Fall Supper and Silent Auction, 
Middlewood United Church Hall,  
4 - 6 p.m. 
Menu: Ham, baked beans, scallop potatoes, various salads, brown bread, rolls, pies, tea/coffee. 
Adults $10, children $5 (6-12).

September 8, Sunday, 
Fish & Chip Supper, 
Italy Cross, Middlewood and District fire hall. 
Take-outs available 12- 3 p.m. 
Supper 12- 6 p.m. 
1 piece fish & chips $7; 2 piece fish & chips $10. 
Assorted cakes for dessert. 
Proceeds for new fire hall.

Supper, Sunday, September 8, 
Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross. 
4-6 p.m. Doors open at 4, serving starts at 4:30. 
Roast Pork with Apple Sauce, vegetables, potatoes, dessert, tea/ coffee. 
Adults $11; 5-12 $5.50; under 5 $2.50. 
Call 689-2612 for information.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

You know you're 'up home' when....

Colpton, NS
Aug. 31, 2013

Spotted at the intersection of Hwy. 325 and 208.  All roads lead to brake burn country.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

How cold is that ocean?

A refreshing 17/18 C at Hirtle's Beach this evening.  


Welcome to Ninevah

Ninevah, NS
Aug.31, 2013

While we're on a bit of a brake burn kick, here's a fresh strip of burnt rubber from 'up home'.

This shot is about as Lunenburg County as it gets...those familiar with the location will understand what I'm talking about.  

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Burnouts in reverse, why didn't I think of this?!?

It's a lazy, rainy Monday...time to re-post a neat video showing 
backwards burnouts slowed down...sure wish I had thought of it first!
Found via Jalopnik.