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.

We had decided to go see Captain Marvel at the Yarmouth Cineplex. I was really disappointed when we got to the theatre in Yarmouth that they don’t have Time Play at that location. I always enjoyed playing it and often times won things. But apparently, Bayers Lake Cineplex in Halifax is the only one that has it. Not even the other ones in the HRM.  That was a surprise!

But oh well, the movie more than made up for that experience! It was really good and left me wanting to see Avengers: Endgame so badly when it comes out April 25th.  Good thing we still have a ton of Scene Points left and we use our Scene Visa a lot so we get tons of points fairly quickly. I am a huge fan of the Avengers and of Marvel Comics in General. Well, at least the movies anyways. I have not actually read any of the comics but maybe I’m going to have to.

We had decided we were going to the early movie at 6:50 because Yarmouth is at best an hour and 15 minutes from us and we didn’t want to drive back at like 1 a.m. We figured if we left after lunch we could get a few hours of geocaching done and so we headed to Smith’s Cove just on the other side of the Bear River Bridge and started there. I had created a list of about 20 Geocaches that were fairly easy to get in Smith’s Cove and then all the way to Yarmouth along Highway 1 (old highway). We went off into Smith’s cove and started with 3 on a dirt road.

We drove down a little way and turned onto a small side dirt road that went past a cemetery and down to a beach. There was no indication at all that it was a private road and I don’t think it was from what we read. We found the very first cache without too many issues. I forgot to get a picture of the actual cache as I was so excited we found our very first one. I got the picture above down at the beach. It looks out over the Annapolis Basin.

After that, we tried a second one where the two roads came to a junction but despite the hint and looking around for quite some time we couldn’t find it. We moved on down the road towards the third one we were going to try and get. The person who placed all three was from the area and said it is not a private road but there is a hotel on the road. Like a resort but the road itself is okay to go on. So we took that at face value but not far down a local who was wheeling a wheelbarrow back to his house stepped in front of us and indicated we roll our window down. So we did.

He then proceeded to tell us it was private property (there are about 20 or more houses on the road). Another local at another house never bothered us at all and even waved to us. We told him sorry we were geocaching and got turned around and we were just going to turn around and leave, which we did. Out of respect I would never argue and would leave when asked. I would never intend to go on someones private property, even if I know I wasn’t on it and was fine I still had no intention of arguing. But it sort of ruined the mood for us for a bit.

We left there and went to Weymouth and got some fudge at a house that sells fudge by the roadside. People have been eating her fudge for years and my grandmother used to take me over to get some when I was little and when the woman had a store and I remember it being so damn good. Well, it still is! She only makes peanut butter fudge now but it is the hard crumbly kind that melts in your mouth. Oh my God, it is good!

After that, we headed to New Edinburgh where my great-great grandparents and great-grandparents lived when my great-grandmother and grandmother were both younger. One of the houses is still there but I can’t remember if it was my great-great grandparents or my great-grandparents house. I didn’t want to stop and take a picture without asking the owners and they didn’t appear to be home so we just kept going. Just before their house though was 2 geocaches that were off the old railroad tracks that are now the Sissiboo Story Book Trail. I took the picture above on the embankment that was once a railroad bridge that was torn down some years ago. There was a geocache to the right but it was way down the embankment and we decided it was for another day. I also took the picture below from the same spot, just looking the other direction.

After that, we drove through New Edinburgh past the house that was once my great or great-great grandparents and then up through Clare County past the churches of Église St Bernard and Sainte-Marie Church in Pointe-de-l’Église and St-Alphonse-de-Clare Parish Church which I never thought to stop and get pictures of along the way. They are 3 beautiful old Catholic Churches that I love. Actually, I love Clare County and it’s high atop our list of places to purchase a house when we do. I want to be in the French community there. I love it so much. We ended up not doing any more Geocaching before and after eating because we wanted to make the earlier movie.

We stopped at Chez Jean Dairy Twirl which is one of my absolute favourite places to eat home-made Acadian and Canadian food and also they have the best ice-cream in the area. I ate light because I knew I would be getting popcorn, candy and pop at the movies. So I just had some Mozza Sticks which are my favourite. My hubby had a burger and fries. We also have a cute little place just down the road from where we live that used to be called The Hollow or Hollow Spot when I was younger that is under new management this year with a new name that I can’t remember right now and a drive-in type feel with places to park your car and an outside deck with tables and chairs and picnic tables outside. You have to walk up and order but then you can eat on the covered deck, in your car or under the shade of trees. It opens April 23rd for the summer and I can see it from my driveway so I can’t wait for it to open!

We are going to be getting our tax return money on Monday as well so we plan to get a fireplace, maybe a table and chairs and were thinking about a pool. My parents have a 3.5 or 4 foot deep, 15 in diameter quick set pool that they said we could put up here. We just have to buy a new pump for it potentially as they want to use the one that was used with it before with a bigger pool they have that they are setting up at their place. We have to check into filling it as well as we can’t find an outside tap and we’re on a well but it is artesian so we might still be able to fill it over a few days or weeks carefully. So we will see.

I can not wait for the weather to get warmer! We are also planning to take a little of my pension money from my last job and driving, camping and hiking the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton or go camping in PEI around the beginning of July as well. This summer is going to be great!

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.

Apple trees
The first one is of the apple trees which I am in love with (the trees not the picture). It’s our little mini apple orchard that has 4 trees.
The second picture I took was of a barn up the hill a little behind us. I really love the barn and wish I had a better lens to take a better picture but honestly I could have gone farther back on our property still to get closer.
Not really exciting but here’s what’s left of the wood pile outside, most of it is stacked inside the lean-to to get dry. I thought it was pretty.
I tried to capture the water dripping from the ice but I am not sure how to do so, it still made for a pretty picture though I thought.
This is looking towards the road which is to the far right in the picture and covered in snow.
Last but not least is our little bird feeder in front of one of the corner windows in the living room, which needs some tender loving care, actually it needs to be re-built.

Eddie and I decided that the next big snowfall we are going to go out when it dies down a little but the snow is still fresh and make a huge snowman in front of the apple trees and decorate him. I can’t wait for more snow.

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.