You know it’s summer when the pool goes up!

Last summer my parents bought a 22 feet long by 12 feet wide swimming pool that is 4.5 feet deep. They intended to get it up last year but it didn’t fit in the yard I guess my father was so excited by the price of it he didn’t take into consideration the amount of flat land to put it on in their back yard. So he spent most of the spring, summer and fall of last year trucking in dirt, old wood from decks people were tearing down and bricks and he built up an area big enough to hold the pool in a yard that slopes drastically.

This spring he has managed to get it to a point that we are laying out the pool and should have it ready by the end of June so that we can get July, August and maybe early September if it is warm enough out of it. Eddie and I have been helping him when we can between work and everything else. I am so excited that it is almost there. We are going to lay out the pool tomorrow and then he is going to over the next week or two with our help on the weekends finish off the retaining wall and start filling it. READ MORE

Salt Marsh Trail

On Sunday June 10th Edward and I decided to go to the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia for a walk. This is one of my favorite trails to walk on and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system which amazingly enough is 24,000 km, the longest recreational trail in the world! It extends into all 13 of our Provinces & Territories! I love walking this trail. It is a 9 km linear trail which means it never connects back with itself, it just goes from one point to another. We only walked about 1.5 to 2 km and then back again. It’s a pretty place to take pictures and enjoy forest and salt marshes. The salty air is refreshing and it’s a great place to see birds, go biking or walking. There are usually some pretty flowers, bushes and trees along the way.

It starts out from a parking lot along Bissett Rd in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. It goes both ways from the road but I have only ever gone in one direction, towards the salt marsh. It starts off as a woodsy trail.
I love dandelion’s as long as I don’t pick them and get the white stuff inside the stem on me. I am apparently allergic. I read somewhere that it is latex which I have had reactions to in the past which I find interesting
You come out of the woodsy part of the trail to this view. The sky was perfect and the salty air so cool and refreshing on a hot day.
There are some interesting tree’s along the trail. This I believe is a birch of some kind. I love the pattern, almost a camouflage in the bark. It makes for an interesting picture I think. Sorry it’s slightly out of focus
I love the sky and the colours in this picture! I love the view from the trail. It’s always really pretty and serene and relaxing.
As we were walking this seagull was looking for food and he came up with a crab in his mouth! I actually got a really close up picture as well that you can see the crab but it was really out of focus but it was still to see. I am sorry this one is slightly out of focus as well. I was trying to manually focus but was not fast enough. I need to read a bit about taking pictures of birds in flight.
The sky was just amazing! I love all the cumulus clouds. It was such a nice day to walk the trail. All we say for birds was seagulls but I was on the lookout for other ones as well.
Catching birds in flight is a lot harder then it would seem. I need some practice and maybe I don’t have the right lens for it. Not sure. But it still turned out okay. Not great but okay.
Last bird one I promise. This one I am pretty proud of. It’s actually fairly clear and I was fairly close. It looks better when you click the picture, much clearer.
This is the view pretty much on both sides of the trail through more then half of it with some bridges along the way.
I think I have mentioned this before but I love bridges and boardwalks and wooden walkways.
One of my favorite flowers in the lady slipper. We have some here in places. I saw one on our walk back but it was far into the woods and as there is poison ivy right along the edges of the path I didn’t dare go off the path. However just as I was about to get into our car at the end I saw this one just a few feet from my car. Fearing there still might be poison ivy in the area I didn’t leave the gravel parking lot so I just zoomed in on it. Even though we have them here I have never seen one this close before.

We ended our walk about 1:30 pm and headed home to grab some laundry and head to my parents as it was my Mom’s birthday as well. We went out to my Aunt Ferne’s for cake and ice cream after supper. It was a nice end to the weekend. Usually I work Sunday’s but I have been using some vacation time throughout the spring and will be in the summer for some 3 day weekends before our week vacation in August and Quebec City and the St Lawrence River trip we will be taking. 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

May Recap

At the end of April I decided to do at the end of each month a monthly recap of the month. So today is the end of May. Wow I can’t believe it is the end of May already! The month went by so quickly. It was a beautiful month. May has always been one of my favorite months. I remember celebrating May Day in school when we lived in Europe when I was younger. I always took part and I loved it.

So I guess I am going to start with my May goals and then I will also talk a bit about other things that have happened during May. I want to make this a monthly thing that I do each month more for myself then for anyone else reading just so later I can look back and see the progress I am making as well as see what happened in certain months but I think it is also interesting as a feature post that shows what is going on in my life. READ MORE