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.

Like a boat out of water

Happy summer everyone. Summer in Canada must… absolutely must, involve a canoe at some point. For those who are unable to gain access to a canoe or a rowboat or are afraid of the water or are land-locked or just look at things a bit differently there is a solution. Suspending a boat on your ceiling isn’t for everyone but it is one way to bring the boating life indoors.  I’ve gathered for you six examples of boats stuck on ceilings that are so interesting and original they will make you look up and say… “I wonder”.

boat on ceiling

Elle Decor via The image above is of the home of Jeffrey Alan Marks. The first time I ever saw a boat suspended was in his home on the series Million Dollar Decorators (which is a wonderful binge watch by the way).

boat on ceiling I can only assume that the rest of this lake house is pretty impressive too. If you have a ceiling like that who wouldn’t hang a boat?

canoe on ceiling This boat skeleton is pretty sculptural.

canoe on ceiling I find this example too close and a little scary, as though it’s going to fall.

canoe lighting

It looks like this unique canoe light fixture is no longer available  here

canoe on ceiling The shadows this casts must be interesting.

Interesting links


NYT link

Everyone on our Nova Scotia beach is ultimately trustworthy but if you happen to frequent a more congested beach you might find yourself treading water while keeping a close eye on the valuables you left on the beach. The New York Times published an article with some tried and true methods of hiding valuables and foiling a beach burglary here.

street art link

I’m a  huge fan of street art and graffiti, this graffiti alley in Toronto isn’t too far from where I used to have my studio downtown. Street artist Paul “Moose” Curtis has etched endangered animal species on the grime of London’s sidewalks here.

404 link

This game is the coolest 404 page I’ve ever seen.

post it war

I want to work in one of these offices! What a great environment, not sure how much work got done, though.

art app

I wish I had this app before Michael and I went to Paris last June.

Cool time

Telling the time just became much more interesting than pulling out your phone. See it here.


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