Kayaking the Hammond River, New Brunswick

Ahhh. Victoria Day weekend. For Canadians, this 3rd Monday of May heralds the unofficial beginning of summer. The days are noticeable longer, the leaves are unfurling, things are growing again, and the bugs are back. People are pulling out their patio furniture and starting up the lawn mower and barbeque, and everyone enjoys an extra day to their weekend. … Continue reading Kayaking the Hammond River, New Brunswick

Visiting Cape Breton Part 2

We started our second day of our vacation with a little hike down to the water's edge from our Bras d'Or Lake farmhouse. It was a beautiful morning for a jaunt through a few meadows and a trail through the woods, and the water was peaceful and still. We found this frog along the way: We … Continue reading Visiting Cape Breton Part 2

Visiting Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Part 1

Last June I went to view the beauty of Cape Breton with some family and friends. I had wanted to go for several years, but the timing was just never right. This past year marked Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation, and to celebrate, all national parks were free to visitors. This opened up the perfect opportunity as there … Continue reading Visiting Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Part 1

Kayaking Around Darlings Island, NB

As winter slowly melts away towards spring, the season alive with lush beginnings, awakened hope and new life, my mind starts planning fresh adventures. Here in the Maritimes, spring usually equals mud, more snow, and river levels rising as the longer days and milder temperatures thaw the winter's accumulation of snow and ice. A friend of mine … Continue reading Kayaking Around Darlings Island, NB

Unknown Paths

Lately I've been doing a little more research into my family tree. My father's family was part of the Great Migration of Puritans fleeing England in the 1630-1640's, settling in the unknown wilderness of the New World, seeking a place where they might freely worship God. As I was reading some history yesterday, I was struck … Continue reading Unknown Paths

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but being a lover of words, I would sometimes rather the thousand words than the picture. Christmas is meant for nostalgia, and I love how this tale is woven into a lovely tapestry from a memory of an idyllic Christmas past: A Child's Christmas In Wales Dylan … Continue reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

How To Have A Maritime Christmas

I've been thinking lately how everyone celebrates this time of year a little differently:  some celebrate, some do not, some have traditions set in stone, while other things might change things up from year to year, and some traditions vary from place to place.  So I thought I would share a glimpse of what Christmas looks … Continue reading How To Have A Maritime Christmas

Finding Time For Our “Someday” List

A few weekends ago I was nearing my day off and had it all planned out with a to-do list a mile long.  I have 1 day per week that is free to use as a catch-up day - clean the house, do yard work, do a little extra cooking or meal prep for the week, … Continue reading Finding Time For Our “Someday” List

Overnight 4-Wheeling Trip

A few Saturdays ago I went with some friends on a 2 day adventure exploring some back-woods trails. There are many such trails scattered throughout the Maritimes: often they were a road going to a tiny community or from farm to farm. As the years went by and highways were built and communities abandoned, these roads … Continue reading Overnight 4-Wheeling Trip

Atlantic Balloon Fiesta

Every September there is a hot air balloon festival in the town of Sussex, New Brunswick. The sky fills with a myriad of colours and shapes, like something out of a children's storybook.  This year marked their 32nd year of hosting this event which draws a crowd from all different provinces and states in North … Continue reading Atlantic Balloon Fiesta