Many communities and towns in Nova Scotia hold Ox Pulls during the summer and fall. Oxen pulling is perhaps the most traditional agricultural competition still being held at county fairs. These pulls are very popular with fair patrons, not only because they are exciting, but because they are such a demonstration of skill, power and teamwork.
Our son’s wife, Kristina’s Father and Brother have been working with oxen for years!! It’s quite interesting to watch them. We don’t often get chance but the few times we have seen them in action it’s quite something!
It’s Ox Pull season along the South Shore…Canada Day, end of July at The Big Ex, and then varies fairs and Caledonia Exhibition. Good Luck Boys, wishing you a great season!
A gorgeous summer weekend and off we go to Liverpool for a Historic Festival.
(And a little snack of Lil’ Orbits donuts)
What are Privateer Days?
Privateers were privately owned ships that were authorized by government to raid ships from other countries – “a form of legalized piracy on the high seas” The men who served aboard these ships were also referred to as “privateers.” After the American Revolution, American privateer ships ranged up and down Nova Scotia’s South Shore, ambushing merchant shipments, disrupting commerce, and occasionally stealing ships right out of Liverpool’s wharves. Desperate to defend their homes, their families, and their livelihoods, many leading citizens of the Town of Liverpool petitioned the British government for the right to retaliate against these ocean raiders. In 1777, these citizens were granted authorization to launch privateer ships of their own. Liverpool quickly emerged as one of British North America’s leading privateer ports, eventually deploying more privateer vessels than even the much larger city of Halifax. Although privateers no longer roam the seas, and the day of the great sailing ships has passed, Liverpool’s significance in maritime history lives on in the town’s nickname to this day: PORT OF THE PRIVATEERS.
Privateer Days is the Annual Festival in Liverpool to celebrate and remember this colourful privateer heritage.
It was fun to watch this small reenactment along the waterfront with a gun salute and cannonball fired!
We have company again this weekend. It’s summer and many of our friends are traveling and visiting. This time three little boys ( and their parents of course). I am not used to have young kids around anymore…especially three active boys! Time to make some cookies. I rarely make cookies anymore. Kids like chocolate chip skor bit cookies right?
They are here to visit family and grandparents and needed a place to sleep. Besides, David loves having boys around to tease and get the scoop on the new game apps 😀