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

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

A Little (or a lot of) Thanksgiving Stuffing

There seems to be a great debate on whether it is called Dressing or Stuffing depending on where one lives. I grew up familiar with both terms and I'm not too concerned as to what people call it, as long as I get my fair share of it. 🙂 It is my favourite part of a … Continue reading A Little (or a lot of) Thanksgiving Stuffing

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

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

You would think living in Canada would automatically guarantee a picturesque Christmas with snow-laden trees, children sledding, and couples skating hand-in-hand. This might be the case in many other parts of the country, but here in my little corner it is often not so. The Atlantic Ocean is a climate control all in itself, keeping … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Thanksgiving (Better late than never)

Monday we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I had full intentions on sitting down and writing at some point over the long weekend. But, as is my habit, I bit off a little more than I could chew and found myself trying to cram in more tasks than I had hours. So here we … Continue reading Thanksgiving (Better late than never)

Saying Good-bye to a Little Piece of History

I was reminded again this week of the necessity of seizing the moment because you never know when a situation will change and the moment will be gone forever. My example was not monumental – it was an old farmhouse that stood as a sentry near the end of the road I grew up on. … Continue reading Saying Good-bye to a Little Piece of History