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

Hope Springs Eternal

Springtime in Atlantic Canada is nothing to get too excited about at first glance: it is cold, wet, muddy, and slushy. Looking outside at the frozen ground and patches of snow, it may seem like warmer weather will never arrive. Yet, there is a promise to springtime that one day the dreary days will end … Continue reading Hope Springs Eternal

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

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

Day 7 – Beausale, Haseley, Hatton, Warwick

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 I will give you fair warning: this is going to be a long posting! Everywhere I looked I saw old buildings, beautiful countryside, and interesting things; I couldn't refrain from taking several pictures - 876 to be exact. I went through 2 camera batteries and had to resort to my cell … Continue reading Day 7 – Beausale, Haseley, Hatton, Warwick

Day 4 – Conisbrough, Scrooby, Bawtry, & Austerfield

Sunday, April 9, 2017 It seemed like the world was content to stay abed on a quiet Sunday morning while I was up and at 'em ready to experience the day. I enjoyed a big Sunday breakfast with what I am sure was the best bacon I have ever had. Big English Breakfast, view from … Continue reading Day 4 – Conisbrough, Scrooby, Bawtry, & Austerfield

Day 3 – Gainsborough and York

On Saturday (April 8, 2017) I arose early to leave London and make my way to the next points on the map. I said my goodbyes to the lovely streets of Notting Hill, then made my way to Kings Cross train station. This was my first time travelling by train and I was a bit unsure … Continue reading Day 3 – Gainsborough and York

Winter Forest Hike and Picnic

  I know, the last thing anyone wants when spring finally starts to take hold and the flowers are looking to burst forth, is to dredge up winter again. But, a few months ago when it was still winter, I took a lovely forest tromp through the snow with my niece. Unfortunately, my pictures do … Continue reading Winter Forest Hike and Picnic