The ocean is calling

The ocean is calling

Seven days. I have seven days left in Toronto before I head back to Nova Scotia for two months. Just writing that scares me a bit because of all that I have to get done in those days but never mind.

Maritimers are sometimes ridiculed for wanting to go home so often. Why is that? Why wouldn’t you want to go to the Maritimes? Especially in the summer.

Here are just five of the reasons any sane person would want to high-tail it back to Nova Scotia:

  1. The natural beauty. National Geographic has said that the Cabot Trail is a “must see”. Any list of top drives in the world will list the Cabot Trail as one of the most beautiful.
  2. Golf. Canada’s only true links golf course is in Nova Scotia.
  3. Music. It’s an integral part of life and kitchen parties so many great east coast artists.
  4. Pride in culture. English/gaelic road signs, anyone?
  5. Donairs, blueberries, lobster. Enough said.

Seven days is too long.

Beautiful Beach Glass Lights | beach glass

beach glass map

Nova Scotia beaches are beach glass heaven. I’ve collected it for years and there is something very zen about walking and searching slowly along a beach.

I have ended up with lots of bowls of sea glass in both the cottage and in the city but have struggled with ways to use it. Look at these two gorgeous light fixtures I found on Etsy using sea glass. I wonder if you could manage something like this as a DIY? But then again, it might be easier to just get the credit card out.

beach glass chandelier

This sea glass chandelier, found on Etsy,  is fabulous.

beach glass light fixture

Another gorgeous light fixture here.

beach glass votive

This votive is really sweet and looks pretty manageable as a DIY.


Out on the Water | boat ride

Boat ride

The air was so fresh, the coast so green and the ocean and sky so blue, what a boat ride. Roughly twenty of us were lucky enough to go out last weekend and if you’ve ever seen  Cape Islander you’ll know that twenty people is a very manageable load. The boat pictured below is a slightly smaller version of the boat we were on.

Cape Islander is the style of fishing boat most commonly used in the Strait and has a distinctive large step-up to the bow. The sharp bow with the exaggerated flare deflects choppy waters efficiently and creates more usable deck space. The boat we were on had just finished fishing lobster for the season on July 4th.

Cape Islander boat

Because were relatively close to shore for our hour and a half motor we got a very different perspective on an area that we know very well. Seeing your home from the water is a great experience.

The Northumberland Strait between Nova Scotia and Price Edward Island is relatively shallow which can make it really choppy but also makes the water wonderfully warm for swimming unlike virtually everywhere else in the province. Long beaches with expansive sandbars are a child’s heaven. At our point in the Strait we are sometimes able to see PEI on the horizon but on this particular evening it wasn’t visible.

A change in your perspective is always a good thing.

Boat wake