So This is Christmas

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Driving home from an Oral and Maxillofacial appointment in Halifax today with Mom and listening to Christmas music (I wasn’t much in the mood at first but she felt like listening) I decided that this year I was going to try and do things a little differently for Christmas. I say this now I know, but I really am going to try. I promise I am going to try my best. What do I mean by that?

I am determined this year to get a bit more in the Christmas spirit. I am going to take a bit of money this week that we have extra and get a few things to decorate with. I am not one to go overboard anyways. However, I really want to put up some nice decorations and maybe even a real tree or at the very least a proper artificial one. We even have one from a few years ago out in the garage.

One of the songs Mom and I heard was this one by John and Yoko:

I have always been a big fan of John Lennon and of The Beatles actually and this song has long been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I know some people found the song to be weird and John & Yoko obviously but I loved it and it’s one of the most memorable Christmas songs from my childhood. All of the Christmas songs we listened to really put me in the mood.

When I got home since I am still not feeling well and since my husband was at work I had started to read some blogs and then I got to thinking I wanted to make a Christmas theme for my blog. Something I don’t think I’ve done in a long time. I got a little lazy I must admit and took the easy way out. Something I am all too good at doing

I found the above image of the reindeer and fell in love with it and really wanted to use it so I figured a way to just incorporate it pretty easily into my current theme which I just edited right in WordPress because I was too lazy to create a new theme and besides, I want to try a different WordPress starter theme to build a theme from next time. So I apologize in advance for the early Christmas stuff, I know, it’s not even the end of November yet..

It’s been a long couple days since we had to stay up in the city in a hotel so I was near the hospital but we are home now and it’s time for bed. I got to spend some quality time with my mom in the car and that’s all that matters!

We got a new car!

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We bought a new car! Well, as close to new as I have ever had. It’s a 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Preferred. It is used but only had just under 14,000 km on it at purchase last month. We have had it now for almost 4 weeks and I couldn’t love it more! The only thing I wasn’t fussy on at first was the color but it’s really grown on me. I was never a big fan of white vehicles but Polar White really suits this car. I am in love with it in every way and it is a dream to drive. I feel so safe and secure in it not wondering if it’s going to break down around each and every corner like the old one.

Sorry about the dirt on the floor on the passenger’s side in the above picture. We need to get some rubber mats for it. It’s a GT (Grand Tour or Grant Tourismo) hatchback. It’s sporty and peppy and really a lot of fun. It has heated black cloth seats, leather heated steering wheel, 6-speed Automatic Transmission with shiftronic manual mode, 8″ touch-screen display with SiriusXM and android auto/apple carplay, rearview camera, blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning and remote keyless entry system with alarm. There isn’t a lot it doesn’t have. I was pretty impressed. It has a ton of room in the hatch and the backseat though not as roomy as our old car is still pretty comfortable.

It is costing us a minor fortune due to what was left in the old car loan but the old car was about to bite the dust so we needed something that would work for us and be reliable in the almost 3 hours of winter driving I will be doing every day this winter. It’s really going to stretch us but I am switching our insurance out in the middle of December so that should save us some and bring us about back where we started. We’ve got enough saved up as well to put 4 new studded winter tires on it for the winter months which we need to get soon.

Unfortunately, I have been sick for 2 of the 4 weeks and we haven’t had a good chance to get them on or really get out in it other than one geocaching trip in the first weekend we had it but it’s also made about 6 trips back and forth between Deep Brook and Coldbrook because of appointments and emergencies in the last two weeks so it’s going to need an oil change before it’s 2nd month is up but it’s a wonderful car and I am so excited to go on adventures with it. We plan to do some trips to the parts of Kedjimkujik that are open in the winter for some hiking on warmer days as well as some more geocaching which we have just fallen head over heals with.

Overall we did really good and though it was a bit expensive upfront it is going to save us so much in the long run. I know I sound like a car ad but that’s okay. I have always loved cars and driving. Time to make it fun again! We are hoping to get started on Saturday if I am doing better by driving an hour and 10 minutes to Yarmouth for the Candy Cane Lane Festival. I am so excited and really hoping I am feeling well enough to go!

Happy Canada Day! – Long Island & Brier Island

Briar Island Lighthouse
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Happy Canada Day to any of my fellow Canadians and also a Happy early Independence Day to my neighbours! So for Canada Day this year Eddie and I decided to do something else rather than brave the crowds for the many events going on in Digby or Annapolis. We decided to drive down Digby Neck to East Ferry, hopped the Petit Princess to Tiverton on Long Island and then eventually onward to Westport on Brier Island. Anyone who knows me or has been following my blog for a while will know my love of lighthouses, islands, tides, and anything to do with the ocean other than eating fish.

Boars Head Lighthouse
Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After getting off the ferry in Tiverton turn right and head down Boar’s Head Road to Boar’s Head Lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1957 and is the second lighthouse on the site. The original was built in 1863 in roughly the same spot. I am assuming that the area I was standing on to take the picture may have been the foundation of the original lighthouse but I am not sure. It was a large concrete platform up above the lighthouse.

Coastline
Coastline near Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After that, we headed to the Balancing Rock which is roughly about 1/5 of the way down Long Island towards Freeport at the end of Long Island. I am sad to say we did not get very far. After dousing ourselves in sunscreen and bug spray we headed out down the wooded path and we met a British couple coming back who had just left a few minutes before us. The said the path was wet and muddy and they couldn’t get through. We decided to push on a little further and got over the first boardwalk and then the path turned to deep puddles and mud. We decided to turn around. Back on the boardwalk path, a snake slithered over my sneaker and we both said nope. No way. So we will have to go back on a drier day and explore again.

Blue Flag Iris
Blue Flag Iris. Found along a path on either Long or Brier Islands, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

I believe this is a Blue Flag Iris. Believe it or not, this little gem is considered poisonous. It’s can cause irritation and dermatitis. There were a lot of them along some of the paths we walked along to the lighthouses. They are really beautiful though. I love any Iris but this is one of my favorites.

Whale watching cruise.
A whale watching boat that passed when we were at Boar’s Head Lighthouse. They left right after us from the wharf. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After leaving the parking lot for the Balancing Rock we headed to Freeport at the end of Long Island to hop on another ferry to Westport on Brier Island. Brier Island is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. I used to love going there as a kid and love it just as much as an adult. One day I hope we can own a small piece of land on the island somewhere to build a small off the grid camp

Peter's Island Lighthouse
Peter’s Island Lighthouse, Peter’s Island, Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

If you travel left when getting off the ferry and head to the Joshua Slocum Memorial you will be across from a pretty little island in Grand Passage called Peter’s Island. The island has a lighthouse on it called Peter’s Island lighthouse. Built in 1909 it is in need of repair and was unmanned in 1984. You can see it fairly well from the parking lot for the memorial and up by the memorial itself.

Inuksuk
A small Inuksuk on the rocks near the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial in Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

A small Inuksuk that we found on the rocks near the picnic table in at the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial. You find them all over here because people build them a lot. Still a neat find though.

Seagulls
Two seagulls on the path near the Joshua Slocum Memorial. Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Just past the memorial is a path which goes to Big Cove on the path was a seagull which I assume was nesting. We didn’t get any closer out of respect. Made for a nice picture. We were a ways a way I just zoomed in. It had started to cloud over by then and was threatening rain so we headed to the next lighthouse which was down Lighthouse Road on Brier Island.

Briar Island Lighthouse.
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light is the 3rd oldest lighthouse in Nova Scotia and is still in operation today. The current concrete lighthouse was built in 1944 after the original wooden structure burnt down. The original wooden lighthouse was built in 1809 and rebuilt in 1832 due to being “viley constructed and ill lighted”. It became unmanned in 1987.

 

 

Coastline
Coastline near Brier Island Lighthouse, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

 

Briar Island Nature Reserve.
Briar Island Nature Reserve. Brier Island. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Near Brier Island Lighthouse is some stunning coastline and also the Brier Island Nature Reserve. We had also planned to for a walk on the nature reserve as there are walking paths but the heavy rain has made it more of a bog then anything which technically it is but there are paths you can walk on just not that day it was too wet and you sink right in. So that will also have to wait for a dry period maybe later in the summer.

Tomorrow we are also planning a trip to Burntcoat Head Park and also Walton Lighthouse which is 2 1/2 hours from Digby. We are trying to plan it to get there mid-afternoon as low tide is not till 9 pm and we want to walk the ocean floor which we can probably do from about 6pm onward I am guessing as the tide goes down.  It’s going to be a late night but then we are heading back to my mom and dad’s as we will be camping down at the beach on the St. Mary’s Bay for the rest of the weekend on the property my mom and dad live on at their camp. It’s going to be a fun weekend even though we never ended up going to PEI.