You JUST might be from NOVA SCOTIA

if you can correctly pronounce these names!

11350518_10155696695645088_4335469217388730895_nThere are some really interesting fun places in Nova Scotia. It’s kinda funny to listen to people say these names, attempt to say these names if they’re not from here.

And then if that’s not bad enough there are communities with really unusual or interesting names…

Chance Harbour, Chimney Cove, Coffee Corner ( I like this one) Economy, Ecum Secum, Meat Cove, Old Sweat, Repulse Bay, ZigZag Island…

Gotta love it!

A photographer’s dream

Picturesque Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A photographer’s dream. This colourful town is always a highlight to visit and capture a photo or two and the great thing…it’s only 20 minutes from my home! People come from all over the world to Lunenburg.

The Old Fish Factory & Museum in Lunenburg by James Goode, Travel Photographer
The Old Fish Factory & Museum in Lunenburg by James Goode, Travel Photographer

One reason is that it is the home port of the famous Bluenose II.

Bluenose II by James Goode Travel Photographer
Bluenose II by James Goode Travel Photographer

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Bluenose II is Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador. A replica of  the original Bluenose schooner, launched in 1921 and raced undefeated in international competition for 17 years.  In 1963, the Bluenose II was built from identical plans as the Bluenose. She was built in the same shipyard of Smith and Rhuland by some of the same men who had constructed the Bluenose before her. In 1971, Bluenose II was sold to the government of Nova Scotia for $1 by the Oland family of Halifax and has served as Nova Scotia’s tall ship sailing ambassador ever since.

On September 29, 2012, celebrations took place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in honour of the relaunch of Bluenose II.  The schooner has been completely rebuilt  to ensure the vessel remains a constant presence on our waters for decades to come.

This year, the Bluenose II is ready to go! Sea trials and training the 18 crew members have been underway and for the next few weeks on nice days you’ll see the Bluenose II leaving her homeport on these training exercises. If all goes well by mid July, she should be ready to once again to be the ambassador she was built to be!

It’s A Wrap!

And another weekend comes to an end. Why do they go so quickly?

Last night after all the rain, the sunset was AMAZING! The promise of a beautiful day for today…AND it was.

Lunenburg Sunset by James Goode Travel Photographer
Lunenburg Sunset by James Goode Travel Photographer

This afternoon we decided to go for a drive to Eastern Passage…it’s like the “other side” and down a bit from the Halifax Waterfront that I love so much. I’ve heard Eastern Passage and Fishermen’s Cove were interesting spots, but there is also a Provincial Beach there, MacCormack’s Beach ( I have never heard of) A really interesting spot!

Something we thought was so cool today…There was 2 vans with Chinese students digging clams at the beach.

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We talked to one girl and asked where she was from, she said China. Haha We knew that because we recognized the language. She said North East China. So we asked what city ( we lived in North East China) She said Harbin close to Russia. SO COOL!!!!!! We told her we lived in Shenyang for a couple years…ANYWAY…

Fisherman’s Cove was an interesting spot with colorful shops, a government wharf, with boats and lobster traps. There was the beach and a nice boardwalk. Lots of interesting things to look at for a couple hours.

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We ended our visit to Eastern Passage with Fish & Chips at the Wharf Wrap Restaurant. It was so good, huge pieces of haddock in a cracker crumb/batter with “secret family seasonings” So good!

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And that’s a wrap!

It’s National Tourism Week!

May 31st- June 6th , 2015 is considered National Tourism Week in Canada! It’s time to get out there and explore someplace you haven’t been before…ok well even some place you’ve been!

Just do it! Be tourists, do the things you would do if you went to a different province, or a different country. ENJOY and appreciate the area that you call HOME and that many people from all over the world come to visit. We have some AMAZING places!!! I have signed up to a few groups on Facebook and other places that showcase pictures of our beautiful province. It seems like EVERY day I see a new place to add to my list of places I want to explore this summer. When I tell David, he just says add it to the list!! He’s so great that way.

We may not have chance this particular week to explore but every chance we get we go…and summer vacay is coming. This year we are here and gonna cross some of those things off the list!

Here are just a few pics of the amazing local scenery courtesy of my youngest son James. Check him out on Facebook. James Goode, Travel Photographer

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An Apple a Day…

The Apple Blossoms are in bloom this week as the 83rd Annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossoms Festival kicks off the tourist season for another year in this area of Nova Scotia.

It’s been years since we’ve been to this. Actually I can’t recall if David and I ever went. It was something I looked forward to each year with my parents when I was a kid. We’d pack a picnic lunch ( egg sandwiches come to mind ) and find a perfect spot on the grass to watch the parade.

The Apple Blossom Festival¬†is a springtime celebration of the Valley‚Äôs traditions and agricultural heritage from Digby to Windsor and all the little communities in between.¬†Some of the highlights are the Grand Street Parade, and Children’s Parade, the pageant and crowning of Queen Annapolisa, musical performances, and fireworks.

The Annapolis Valley’s apple orchards are starting to¬†bloom and we didn’t want to miss it. We wanted to go… BUT alas…it just didn’t work out!!! Oh well, guess I will plan on it for next year…

( not my photo but one that captures the beauty of a Valley Apple Orchard perfectly)

And even though we didn’t go, and even though it will be Fall until the apples are harvested…I just couldn’t resist making a homemade apple crisp to enjoy this weekend.

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The Frenchy’s Culture

Since 1972 Guy‚Äôs Frenchys has been Atlantic Canada‚Äôs used clothing leader. With 17 stores (and growing!) New merchandise is distributed every hour on the hour and ¬†a tried and true Nova Scotian¬†knows what it¬†means to¬†go¬†digging through bins of clothes and be excited to¬†find treasures. Brand names, that certain color or fashion or ‚Äúin style‚ÄĚ item you have always wanted or been looking for at a fraction of the cost of new clothes.
It only takes a few stops at Frenchy’s to get addicted to this culture. There are some that enjoy Frenchy’s day trips, making their run to ALL the Frenchy’s stores along the South Shore. There are some that become so good at Frenchy’s shopping that they don’t settle for nothing but the very best, high end fashions.

If you haven’t had the experience you NEED to discover the Guy’s Frenchys difference. Remember… if the sign doesn’t say Guy’s Frenchys it isn’t an authentic Guy’s Frenchys outlet! That’s important!

¬†Give it a try, I hear Saturdays and Sundays are THE BEST times! Me… I like Monday’s and Friday’s BUT I don’t go often because it’s a little bit addicting once you get started…

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And today…well…

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Just a taste

There is no shortage of delicious, fresh ( not frozen) seafood in Nova Scotia. Just because it is available here doesn’t mean it’s cheap! My favourite seafood is lobster, scallops, shrimp…and then of course fresh haddock.

So, something I decided when we moved home was that I am going to indulge…ok, maybe enjoy is the better word. I am going to enjoy this tasty goodness that our province is known for whenever I get the opportunity. What that means is it will be my first choice if the price is right and the opportunity to have it is there. It doesn’t have to be in abundance but I will savor and fully enjoy it. BECAUSE that is part of Nova Scotia culture!

All that being said, When James had chance to buy 5 pounds of FRESH scallops, I said YES, please! A little expensive…BUT I made myself ration them out to 6 small bags to make them last and so when we want to, we can have just a taste. I put 5 bags in the freezer…

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Opportunity

The right place at the right time. I TOTALLY forgot!!!

Forgot that the Tall Ship, Picton Castle was scheduled to sail in to her home port of Lunenburg this afternoon. But then David and I were so busy with yard work despite the crazy weather in the Maritimes today. Snow in Moncton, Snow in New Germany. Cold and wind and rain and sun and hail. REPEAT … in Bridgewater. I just forgot.

Our son, James worked today at the Old Fish Factory in Lunenburg ¬†( yes, it’s two jobs again this summer) and after he got off work, he and a friend went to a perfect location to watch her sail in… Town of Lunenburg and wharf in the background and just beautiful color…ONLY problem he didn’t have his camera, just his phone.

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The Barque Picton Castle is a three-masted tall ship best known for her international voyages to exotic, remote island ports around the world, deep ocean sailing passages and award-winning seamanship training program. It would be an amazing experience and opportunity to be on board and part of this program. The ship is currently on the homeward bound leg of her sixth world circumnavigation voyage. The Picton Castle will be in the Port Of Lunenburg for about a week before beginning the Summer 2015 voyage, an East Coast Canada and US tour to Virginia.

If you’re in Lunenburg this week stop by the waterfront and have a look…she’s a beauty!

WELCOME Home Picton Castle!

PS~ Sunday afternoon we stopped down to the Port Of Lunenburg so we could get a few pics.

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Proud to be an East coaster!

Once an East coaster…. ALWAYS an East coaster!

Many of you have heard of the brand East Coast Lifestyle.¬†¬†It is a nautical lifestyle brand focused on promoting the lifestyle we live here on the East Coast and was created by Acadia University student Alex MacLean. An idea…from his home…and just 30 hoodies.

Tonight on the Live at 5 news there was a segment about Alex and his brand going to Washington, DC. East Coaster Alex Maclean was chosen to represent Canada at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.  This is an international award for students who own and run businesses while attending college or university, and gives visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable, and socially responsible. In his own words, Alex wants to put Nova Scotia on the map!

Alex sold those initial 30 hoodies and actually sold 250,000 hoodies in the first year of business. How cool is that?

I love the brand and this East Coast girl wears hers proudly!