It was still dark when I woke at the Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal. Although we had finished filming at the O'Dell House Museum the day before, we had decided to keep our accommodations in this beautiful town for the duration of our trip. I was still hours away from my complimentary breakfast and drive to Kentville, to the Kings County Museum, so it seemed the perfect chance to take a foggy stroll along St. George Street to the Evangeline Trail and across the Annapolis River to Granville Ferry.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas on the Bay of Fundy without the annual tree hunt. No city parking lots with strings of lights for us, no sirreee. It's the real thing here around the bay....tromping through the woods, in any kind of weather (storm is best!), searching for the perfect 'real' tree. Admittedly, this escapade is somewhat more civilized than it was when I was a kid. Way back then we'd go to my grandfather's farm, wade into the forest, climb the highest tree, lob off the top 10 feet, drag home the crown, drill a few holes into which we'd plug a few spare limbs (to fill in the bare spots) and heartily congratulate ourselves for knowing the difference between fir and spruce!
In Halifax, Neptune Theater 's holiday show this year is The Wizard of Oz. What a fun production.
Experience "Dumping Day" first hand in the Lobster Capital of Canada, the Municipality of Barrington. The largest lobster fishing industry in Canada opens on the last Monday in November each year and while the majority of us are making our Christmas lists, a lot of the men (and some women!) are making their lobstering lists and checking them twice right now. Traps, bait bags, rope (lots of rope!), buoys, and the list goes on. "Dumping Day" in Southwest Nova is considered the most dangerous day of the lobster season. The day when all the pots (375 in District 34) are "dumped" into the ocean and the fishermen then hold their breath in hopes that they have placed them in the right, lucrative spot.
The Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots contest has just about wrapped up, so I thought I'd point out another one of my favourite entries!
This story comes from Sharon of Mills River, NC:
"I'm extremely proud of my Nova Scotia roots! When I was a little girl, my mother told me that I am a direct descendant of Charles Morris, the 1st Surveyor General of Nova Scotia, who surveyed the new British Province of Nova Scotia. In 1749, his sketch of a plan for the city of Halifax appeared in ""Gentlemen's Magazine"", a popular publication in London. (Four years ago, I was overwhelmed when I actually found this sketch on the Internet; I only wish my mother had lived to see it herself.)
As our neighbors to the south prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and us Canucks begin to prepare for our own holiday spreads once again - we bring you a holiday favorite around many dinner tables.
A true tradition in Nova Scotia and throughout North America - pumpkin pie is a favorite dessert in many homes during the holidays - taking its place at the forefront of the dinner table, the pumpkin pie comes under great scrutiny by all and is considered the essential component to the quintessential holiday meal. This past Thanksgiving the Dutch Oven Cookbook brought a pumpkin pie throwdown (Bobby Flay Style) to the Johnson home - and a new dessert to the Young family's dinner table.
Well, I rarely make two blog posts with video content in a row but I just couldn't resist sharing this preview video of this Sunday's episode of CBC TV's Land & Sea. It features all about our beautiful Bay of Fundy and it airs nationally at noon on Nov 21.
There are some REALLY AWESOME transitions from high to low tide in this piece...even if you live here...this episode will make you fall in love with our Bay all over again!!
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful."
~ Norman Vincint Peale
The town of Shelburne welcomes you to come and spend a day or the whole weekend with them as they celebrate the Christmas season this year. A full festive line up of events are on tap from November 25 - 28, beginning with the Phil Callen Senior High Basketball Classic which kicks off on Thursday night at 6PM at the High School.
Friday night, Jolly Ol' Santa comes to town with treat bags for the little ones. The lights on the Christmas Tree will be lit while folks gather 'round for a Christmas Carol sing-along and a "mug up" of hot chocolate and cookies to keep you warm. End your evening with some more great entertainment at the Osprey Arts Centre with our local basement theatre performance of Noel Coward's 1920's English comedy "Hay Fever".
We are nearly four weeks back in Germany and still looking back to all the things that happened to us and we are missing all the friendly and nice people, friends - old and new, we have to leave in Nova Scotia. Sadly we could not take them with us.... but Nova Scotia starts with the people. This is one sentence out of my winning video and one that I used during many interviews while in Nova Scotia.