It's been quite the week and a half since I last posted. I can't believe what we've crammed into a week.
Our new chimney was finished, with added flair by Mike Tracey, mason extraordinaire.
He created a chimney like no other for which we are truly grateful.
The following day my dear friend of over 20 years ago in Muskoka arrived for an all too brief visit.
Of course we had to go down to the South Shore, the Atlantic side of Nova Scotia to historical old Lunenburg to see the sea from an old world vantage.
My friend is not a shopper so it didn't matter that we dawdled right into closing time
and had the town and the wharf to ourselves.
This wonderful reflection would make a painting on its own
One of many amazing combinations of colour and fabulous old architecture, this crossover of mint and turquoise and juxtaposition of angles is aptly named Cilantro.
Oh yes, there was one souvenir shop still open, but this is what caught my eye.
This old door is so well decorated with iron that you wouldn't know it was done for security
A small ship/large boat with some fun angles. Welcome Aboard!
The harbour was beautifully lit in the evening light
I played around with the sun behind this mast
the beautiful patina of the old wood on the main pier
Back to Back company had us back to sea, this time at the lonely, stony Ross Creek Beach on the Bay of Fundy, where the low laying clouds and wind finally turned to rain and chased us away.
Then it was off to Kingsport, where within the short drive from Ross Creek, we were in sunshine with more people, men casting their fishing lines into the incoming tide and a few wanderers like us.
This form of seaweed is called Spiralled Wrack, though they all don't spiral
The next day found us at a beach way past Lunenburg on the South Shore where we picnicked in the brisk wind off the ocean and found another ( of many ) piece of Spiralled Wrack leaving its delicate tracery in the sand.
Anyone who knows me knows I am an animal lover. The organic farm and donkey sanctuary we stopped at near Mahone Bay was so beautiful. These donkeys wandered sleepily from their donkey Bunkie to the call of their owner.
Such gentle creatures, I was completely charmed
On to village of Blue Rock
where people have fun decorating their pretty homes
At low tide these stone croppings show how treacherous it would be
to negotiate one's way through at high tide
Low tide at the docks, the lobster traps stacked and ready to go
The calm waters on a Sunday afternoon,
Jagged stone crops around the bay
How odd that this calm sky would be so close to...
this crazy "bread loaf sky" in the opposite direction
A little further down the road we crossed a long inlet on a car ferry to La Have where the famous Bakery is located, with line-ups in the late afternoon
I enjoyed the display and stayed away from the gluten and sugar that would surely lay me down
Lots of free photo "opps" with Pickled Eggs and yet another ancient cash resister.
This one says "This Registers the Amount of Your Purchase"
The dining area seems to be a combination museum/schoolroom, with free books in one corner
I try to have something creative to show you by the end of each of my blog posts, but I can only show you my newly painted kitchen in the aftermath of company. You can compare the old colour they were, a yellowy cream, to the cupboard hanging on the upper left above the dryer. The new colour, a palest grey with a cast of pink, called Painter's White by Behr is wonderful in all kinds of light. The original red that I originally chose, still lines the edges of the purple cabinets below.
Wally laid a vinyl tile floor and even grouted it for effect. We are amazed by how good it looks.
He also installed the new one piece toilet, all since Sunday and Monday of last week!
While I was downstairs painting, he also managed to repair the ceiling in the guestroom, pull the old pink broadloom out and clean off the sticky bits of foam that clung to this fabulous original linoleum floor that is in almost pristine condition. Who knew we would want such a thing, but now that we have it, we are delighted.
I hope you, too, are delighted with the surprises life brings you that you never knew you wanted.