Friday, 29 November 2013

What's on this weekend? One Breakfast. One Luncheon. One Supper....and a craft market.

A bit of this, a bit of that on this weekend, take your pick.

I'm most excited about the always excellent Halifax Crafters Society Holiday Craft Market!  It takes place tomorrow and Sunday and is NOT TO BE MISSED:


November 30, 
Royal Canadian Legion #23, Lunenburg, 
7:30-11:30 a.m. 
Adults $8; ages 5-12, $4. 
Takeout available for pick-up $8.50. 634-4215


Saturday, November 30, 
Annual Christmas Luncheon and Silent Auction. 
Middlewood United Church Hall (just past Exit 16, Highway 103)
12 noon - 2 p.m., . 
Menu: Chili, various soups, clam/ corn chowder, rolls, pie, tea/ coffee. 
Entertainment by the Uke Mates.


December 1, 
Annual Seafood and Corn Chowder Supper. 
Riverport Fire Hall. 
4- 6 p.m. 
Adults $12, children $6, under 5 free. Cakes for dessert.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Lunenburg Bike Barn Cyclocross Race - Nov. 24th

(all shots from Dayspring, NS, Nov. 24)
Racers gather at the start line while Al and Tobias sort out last minute details. ^_^

Cyclocross, wut?  File under: it's big in Europe, especially....Belgium?  This was my first cyclocross race and it won't be my last.  Cyclocross races typically have many short laps and what seemed like a short race duration.  They also feature technical course sections, forcing racers to slow down as they navigate tight hairpins/switchbacks and other interesting elements like this pinwheel/labyrinth:

Did I mention dismounting?  You heard right, it wouldn't be a *cross race unless riders were forced to get off and push their bikes up steep sections.  The sawpit in the background is usually a soupy mess of sawdust but on this race day it was looking pretty frozen:

Those that managed to ride up the steep section had a slight speed advantage on the exit, which I hope my 'speed blur' attempts convey:

To add insult to injury, there was a stair/step section and this lone obstacle which forced all riders to dismount and carry their bikes.  I was hoping for an epic bunny hop over this one but as far as I could tell, no takers that afternoon:

Riders will return to the MARC next Sunday, Dec. 2nd for another cyclocross race.  The course makes for great viewing as a spectator and by all accounts the racers liked it too.  Even the pinwheel.

See you at the MARC!

Friday, 22 November 2013

What's on this weekend? Eggs 'n bacon! Christmas teas and coffee parties! Pasketti!

Chilly mornings are now the norm, so head on over to your nearby church/fire hall and warm up with cheery faces and some home cooked grub.

If I get my act together, I'll be heading over to Maitland for their annual Christmas Tea for the best tea in Lunenburg County.  

Stay warm everybody!


Saturday, November 23, 
Newfie Breakfast, 
Chester Basin Legion. 
Menu selections and take-out available.

Saturday, November 23, 
Firemen's Breakfast, 
United Communities Fire Hall, Cherry Hill. 
8- 11 a.m. 
Adults $7, 5- 12 years $3.25, under 5 free.

Sunday, November 24. 
Mahone Bay Legion, 
9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 
$8 adults, $4 children, 5 and under free.

Saturday, November 23
Christmas Tea and Sale,
Springfield Baptist Church 
2 - 4 p.m., 
Adults $5, children 12 and under $2.

Saturday, November 23, 
Middle LaHave Cemetery Christmas Coffee Party. 
Lutheran Church, Upper LaHave. 
10:30 a.m-1 p.m., 
Crafts, bake table and Christmas basket draw. 
Adults $7; children $3.50.

Sunday, November 24,
Annual Christmas Tea,  
Maitland Community hall, 
11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. 
Salad plate. All proceeds for upkeep of hall.

Wednesday, November 27
Coffee Party, 
Riverport Community Centre. 
11- 1. 
Sandwiches, sweets, beverages, bake table, 
Adults $7. Sponsored by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.


November 23, 
Pasta Supper, 
Wesley United Church, 22 Drew's Hill Road, Petite Riviere. 
4:30- 7 p.m., 
Choice of 3 pasta dishes, garlic bread, salad, semifredo (dessert). 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Newfoundland: Trout River Pond

Trout River Pond
Gros Morne National Park
Trout River, NL
June 17, 2013

If Google Maps is to be believed, 'technically' the body of water in the foreground is Trout River Small Pond.  If you are thinking, "that's a lake, not a pond!", welcome to Newfoundland.  Where lakes are ponds and ponds are.....I have no idea.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Friday, 15 November 2013

Newfoundland: The Tablelands

Gros Morne National Park
Woody Point, NL
June 16, 2013

I'm in a Gros Morne state of mind these days so here's another shot from this summer's trip to the rock. I'm surprised I've not posted more shots from The Tablelands, this is only the start.

This boardwalk is one of the 'official' walks into the tablelands, though you can ramble anywhere you want to if you so desire.  I hear that this bowl is a magnet for backcountry snow lovers, packing boards and skis for a rip down the slopes.

Nothing says ultramafic rock like the peridotite found in the tablelands.  One must experience this place first hand to truly get a sense of how other worldy this landscape looks and feels.  

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Newfoundland: The Road to Tickle Point

Tickle Point
St. Paul's, NL
June 20, 2013

It seems like such a long time since we walked out this rocky road to scope out the fishing shacks of Tickle Point.  You can see a bank of fog lurking in the distance, it disappeared as quickly as it arrived.  Thick and grey.

Friday, 8 November 2013

What's on this weekend? Christmas Teas! Breakfasts, of course! Roast Beefs! Turkey! White elephants!!!

Another weekend packed with choices.  If you get a chance to frequent a Christmas Tea, I recommend them.  No better way to get in the mood for the season than tiny sammiches, egg salad and squares.  Oh, and I'm sure plenty of cute decorations too!


November 9
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, November 9, 
St. Martin's Anglican Church Hall, Martin's River.
7- 11 a.m.,  
Scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, baked beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea, coffee, juice. 
Adults $7, children 5- 12 $3, under 5 free. 
Proceeds: St. Martin's Church


Saturday, November 9,
Christmas Tea. 
All Saints Lutheran Church, Newcombville,  
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
White elephant, craft and bake table. 
Adults $7, under 12 $2, under 5 free.

Thursday,, November 14, 
St. Joseph's Christmas Luncheon. 
St. Joseph's Parish Centre, 100 Queen Street, Bridgewater. 
11 a.m.- 1 p.m. 
Variety of delicious homemade soups and sandwiches.  Choice of desserts from fancy sweets to fresh fruit salads, tea and/ or coffee. 
Price $10. 
White elephant and craft tables with a Christmas Basket Raffle.


November 11,
Remembrance Day Banquet Roast Beef Dinner
Lunenburg Legion Branch #23  
6 p.m. 
$12.50/ person. Members and guests welcome. 
Tickets may be picked up at Legion bar. Phone 634-4215

November 9, 
Roast Beef Supper, 
United Baptist Church, Mahone Bay. 
4:30 - 6:30, 
Mashed potato, turnip, carrots, peas, gravy, coleslaw, pickles, rolls, tea, coffee, juice. Cake for dessert. Adults $12; children 5-12 $6; under 5 free. 
Books, fancy work and bake tables.

Saturday, November 9,
Turkey Supper, 
Epworth United Church, New Germany,  
4- 6 p.m. 
Adults $12, children under 12 $5 and under 5 Free.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Big Ex: Musik Express

The Big Ex
Bridgewater, NS
July 26, 2013

Colourful ride lit up at night?  Check.
Over sized toy in hand of onlooker?  Check.  
Carnie yelling, "Do you want to go FASTER?!?".  Check.  
Kids full of carnie food on the verge of puking?  Check.  

Just another night at the Ex.

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Big Ex: Ox Pull Spectators

The Big Ex
Bridgewater, NS
July 26, 2013

A mix of gents taking in the ox pull competition at the 2013 Big Ex.  Mr. Lunenburg County is in this shot, can you spot him? ;-)

Friday, 1 November 2013

What's on this weekend? Breakfasts, roast beef, turkey, corned beef & cabbage and PIE!

Another weekend packed with grub options.  Take your pick and do your best to stay dry, wet weekend com'n!


Saturday, November 2,
Pinehurst Hall,  
7-11 a.m.

November 2,
Country Breakfast.  
Chester Basin Fire Hall. 
7:30-10:30 a.m., 
Various menu selections.

November 2,
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


November 2, 
Italian Night Dinner, 
Mahone Bay Legion, 
4:30 - 7 p.m. 
Advance tickets $10, Mahone Bay post office or phone Cathy 624-8723.

Sunday, November 3, 
Roast Beef Supper, 
East Port Medway community hall, 
4-6 p.m. 
Adults $10, children 12 and under $5, under 5 free. 
Take-outs available. Gluten free.

Sunday, November 3, 
St. Andrew's Anglican Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, 
noon- 2 p.m. 
West Northfield Community Centre, 227 Feeners Corner Road. 
Adults $12; under 12 $2.

Wednesday, November 6 
Turkey Dinner with Pie
Trinity United Church, Rose Bay,
4:30- 6:30 p.m.),  
$12 Adults; $6 Children; under 5 free, 
Takeouts, call 766-4752 or 766-4398.