The Carnival’s in TOWN

Who doesn’t love carnival rides, cotton candy, and candy apples?

Gee, I think just about everyone would agree it’s lots of fun, especially if you have children or grandchildren to enjoy it with. It even brings out “the child” in people¬†¬†as you recall days of excitement from childhood, waiting for that one week in the summer when the carnival would come to town.

We had hoped to get to “The Big Ex” in Bridgewater, however there was just too much happening this weekend! There’s always next year, right?

But this afternoon we did drive to Halifax to catch a couple acts of the International Buskers Festival down on the waterfront, see the newly painted Argyle Street, walk around the Carnival set up for Natal Day weekend and have fish & chips from a food truck. A great end to a wonderful weekend!

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I still can’t believe we’re in to August!



Just overnight…

It’s a short stay. L’Hermione the replica French frigate was in Lunenburg overnight and will sail out this morning to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon on her way back to France.

I love our Nova Scotia ambassador ship The Bluenose, she’s a beauty but to see this ship…up close…WOW!!!! She’s something else.

Saturday morning,¬†one of the largest tall ship replicas ever built sailed into¬†Lunenburg and lots¬†of people were on the dock ready to greet her. The¬†ship was led into the harbour by The Bluenose! I would have loved to been there ( totally forgot) ¬†A few photos( not mine) of her arrival…



L’Hermione¬†is¬†a replica of General Lafayette’s 18th century¬†ship that carried him to the United States from France to announce his country’s support in the fight for independence in the War of 1812.¬†The 65-metre long ship¬†was completed in 2014, after 17 years of construction. The project cost $34¬†million dollars and was built using 18th century materials and tools.

Our youngest son James works at one of the restaurants at the Port of Lunenburg and got to serve the lunch, and dinner event on board the L’Hermione yesterday. This morning there is a brunch and then this beautiful French ship…one that you imagine from stories of old…will sail out of Lunenburg again ( it’s only stop this tour in Canada) and be just another wonderful memory for the people along the East Coast of Canada!

We did go see L’Hermione and Here are a few photos…

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Interesting History

Historic Properties also known as Privateer’s Wharf are warehouses on the boardwalk in downtown Halifax at the waterfront that were constructed during the Napoleon War by businessmen ( actually privateers, and smugglers) whose vessels defied the blockade to bring supplies to the British Commander, Duke of Wellington.¬†These properties helped make Halifax prosperous in Canada’s early days by aiding trade and commerce, but they were also frequently used as vehicles for smuggling and privateering. The historic properties reflect the time period beginning with the War of 1812.¬†The main contribution of Nova Scotia in the war¬†was privateers. Over 35 Nova Scotian Privateers seized more than 200 American merchant ships and their cargo. Merchants and traders bought them at auctions in Halifax and promptly resold them. In many cases, they even resold the Americans their own goods. Privateering was a risky. Interesting history…

Today they are shops and restaurants and interesting architecture. Great places to walk on a beautiful day, grab a bite to eat and take some photos.

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Love this guy…

demonstrating how all the forms of public punishment were used for that time period.

He’s my anchor!IMG_6218We had a FUN day! And today… we are celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary!

Overlooking the Harbour

High on the hill overlooking the Port, she was built to protect the Capital.

It’s obvious when you see the layout,why this strategic hilltop location with a commanding view of the Halifax harbour was chosen in 1749 for the fort destined to protect the city. The star-shaped Halifax Citadel is a MUST see destination for locals and tourists a like.

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YESTERDAY…Last day of vacation

It’s back to work early this morning for David. We had such a wonderful two weeks exploring our beautiful province. A place where tourists from all over the world visit and return year after year. We are blessed that’s for sure!

YESTERDAY, We spent our afternoon enjoying Lunenburg. One of our favourite towns very close to home. We had a leisurely lunch on the waterfront at The Old Fish Factory ¬†with our youngest son ( he works there so it was nice for him to be off working hours and join us). Then we got dessert at David’s favourite spot, Sweet Treasures. And enjoyed strolling the streets browsing some shops and just enjoying the afternoon together.

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BEAUTIFUL LunenburgDSC08111And today it’s back to work, and back to routine for me.

Today is July 13th. 13 more days and it will be ONE YEAR since we’ve returned from expat. July 26th we flew home from China. I gave myself a year…a year to adjust…a year to eat and do whatever I wanted…because of what we missed being away…

That year is over…pretty much. NOW, it’s time to stop procrastinating, time to stop dwelling on the fact that China will always have a piece of my heart, and Brazil will always be fondly in my memories of our time there. It’s time! TIME to stop procrastinating and live my life to the “fullest” here and now and find what truly makes s me happy here!!!

Have a great Monday my friends and the start of a brand new week!

A Festival of crafts

I LOVE Festivals and Special Events in the Summer.  Picturesque Lunenburg has a few such events during the summer. This weekend was the Annual Lunenburg Festival of Crafts.


Nova Scotia‚Äôs most talented craft producers and local artisans. ¬†The festival includes traditional Lunenburg food and great entertainment. There are so many ¬†“crafty” people in this province. I especially love to see and talk to vendors that are recycling things or “young entrepreneurs” that are earning some “summer money”.

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IMG_6327Haha and part of the fun of craft fairs is sampling all the tasty products! ( James and David love this part)IMG_6330If you’re driving in the area, you will notice a couple more local craftsman…crafting the colourful Adirondack chairs! I love them. We have one and I would really like to add a couple more to my collection along with a rocking chair. Hmm? So many choices and so many colors!!! Decisions.

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Racing Dragons

Dragon boat racing is observed and celebrated in many areas of east Asia. They are traditionally held as part of the June Dragon Boat Festivals all over China. However, when we lived there we searched all over our area to find such a thing to observe, with no luck. They were mostly held in Southern China the years we lived there.

What I didn’t realize, is that for the last 18 years there has been Dragon Boat Races in our own backyard. Well, you know, close to us… in Dartmouth at Lake Banook.

This year July 11 is the 18th Annual Manlife Dragon Boat Races.

Dragon Boat Racing is the “ultimate” in team paddling races! The crew¬†of a standard dragon boat is typically 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, 1 drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and 1 sweep (a steerer) standing at the rear of the boat. Dragon boats however vary in length and the crew size will change accordingly, from small dragon boats with 10 paddlers up to the traditional boats which have upwards of 50 paddlers, plus drummer and sweep.

It was a lot of fun to be at this event today and see the racing. There was even a small performance of Chinese culture…dragon dance, Chinese ladies dance, and a young guy playing the erhu with a bit of an east coast fiddling style!

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The whole experience just made me smile! A great day.


Years and Years ago…

How many we don’t know for certain. In the coal age…

These exposed layers of rock reveal the world‚Äôs most complete fossil record of life in the ‚ÄúCoal Age‚ÄĚ when lush forests covered Joggins on the coast of Nova Scotia.

The swamp forests produced massive quantities of organic matter that, over years, created the coal deposits for which this period of history is named.¬†Embedded in 15 kilometres of accessible coastal cliffs, rare fossils reveal details of life in the ‚ÄúCoal Age‚ÄĚ.

The tide was coming in when we visited so we had a little time to explore the beach and look for fossils.

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The Ovens

The Sea Caves ¬†called “the ovens” are amazing especially at high tide when the water is washing in and out and creating cannon like noises.¬†However tonight, it was low tide, and even though the views were spectacular it didn’t quite have the effect if it were high tide.

It’s a beautiful spot to go for a walk and enjoy the ocean anytime.

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