Geochaching, Dinner & A Movie

Yesterday Edward and I both had the day completely off. He wasn’t working at Walmart and we had finished up the last of the transcription work mom had sent us and she won’t have more for us until after the weekend so we slept in a bit and relaxed for the early morning. We had decided a few days before that we were going to do our best to get the typing out of the way so that we had the weekend off from it. He still had to work today and tomorrow at Walmart but it gave us all day yesterday to do what we want. So we did.

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First large snowfall

We had our first large snowfall last night and today. It started off with freezing fog and mixed precipitation yesterday afternoon but turned to snow right at bedtime about 11 p.m. and kept all through the night until about 3 p.m. today with lots of wind as well. We woke up this morning around 6 a.m. to no power and had no power until about 10:30 a.m. which is quite common during the winter around here. We got about 10 cm of snow total, some parts of the Maritimes got upwards of 30 cm!

This afternoon just a few hours ago I decided I needed to take a break from typing and went outside with my Cannon and took a few photos. Nothing spectacular but still pretty all the same. Here are a few of them and I’m sorry they all ended up slightly out of focus because I didn’t use the autofocus and apparently I need new glasses. READ MORE

Sullivan’s Pond

One of my favorite places in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is a pond near downtown called Sullivan’s Pond. This beautiful pond is a favorite among locals and is part of the Shubenacadie Canal system which streches from the Halifax Harbour to the Bay of Fundy. Yesterday we visited both Sullivan’s Pond and the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia a community in Dartmouth. I love the pond because it is so serene and beautiful and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Dartmouth actually has a lot to offer in the way of parks, trails, beaches and all kinds of other places to explore. Lot’s of places to take photos!

Sullivan’s Pond is a small artificial lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The fountain was a beautiful addition that became operational in December 2006. The Shubenacadie Canal was begun in 1826 but not completed until 1861 and was closed 10 years later in 1871 due to competition from the Nova Scotia Railway.
Last year there was a lot of construction at the entrance of the pond from at the Dartmouth Harbour end. They replaced a lot of the piping the ran under the roads and opened up a part of the water flow with a new foot bridge. This is part of what it looks like. I will be honest. I am not tall enough to get a good shot I had to go through the rungs of the bridge to get this but I love the way it turned out.
Two of the seven Emden Geese that live at Sullivan’s pond during the warmer months. Over the winter they are taken care of by Hope for Wildlife volunteers I believe if I remember correctly somewhere off site. They have been taught to to use the cross walk to safely roam the neighbourhood and go to the community center across the pond. There used to be nine geese but last year 2 were hit and killed in the crosswalk. There was a lot of people really upset and angry over the incident though the driver was never charged.
I believe these are the same two geese as the above picture but I could be wrong, between them is one of the many ducks that make the pond their summer home.
The park has some pretty flowers. I tried to get a good shot of some pink rhododendron but it was kind windy and it was hard to get it to focus.
I believe this is a pink lilac bush that was in the park surrounding the pond. I don’t remember what the plaque said but looking up pink lilac’s I would say that’s what it is. It sure smelled like lilacs.

We had a great time and really enjoyed the sunshine and warmer weather. It was only about 18°C but but it was clear and sunny with just enough clouds for a beautiful sky. I can’t wait to go back again. Since this was the weekend of birthday’s we didn’t go very far but since we will be going camping at Blomidon Provincial Park next weekend we figured that was fine. READ MORE

Rissers Beach

One of my favorite camping spots, beaches and boardwalks in Nova Scotia is called Rissers Beach which is a beach about 20 minutes from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Ever since the first time I visited which was about 10 years ago I have loved going there. It’s a provincial park that has a campground, boardwalk, beach and much more. We have camped there a few times over the years including the summer before last in 2016. It’s a white sand beach that is fairly safe as it is really shallow for quite a ways out, has very little for riptides and was rally popular with the locals before being opened in the 1970s.

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Tancook Island, Indian Falls & Blue Rocks

On Friday Eddie and I had planned a trip to Tancook Island which I was really looking forward to. Even though we left on time and should have got there in time ended up driving around looking for the ferry and then parking and ended up missing it by 2 minutes! I was so mad. It was my own fault. I got us lost and I stopped at Tim Horton’s to send him in to get himself a coffee and to ask for directions but somehow we ended up just missing it. After parking and walking 5 or so minutes down to it we watched it pull away :( At first I was just mad and wanted to just go home. It was a 40 minute drive from Halifax though and I was really in the mood to be outside and walking and taking pictures.

Initially we were going to do this on Tancook, it’s not a large island, it’s actually two islands, Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island and the only cars really on the island are unregistered cars that are just used to get around the island. Residents leave their cars in Chester where the ferry goes to the island from. It’s really kind of neat from what I have heard. They have one of Canada’s last one-room schoolhouses which is from Primary (Kingergarden) to Grade 5 and only has 5 students. I assume older students go to the middle school and high school in the Chester area. READ MORE