Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another Great Day Showing off Nova Scotia to Aisling

Is there anything more enjoyable than fun with family? 

A panorama of the Caribou Island Lighthouse.

After an enjoyable night in Truro, we headed to Pictou. 
There are so many beautiful churches throughout Nova Scotia, 
this one particularly caught my attention. 
The beauty in the snow was astounding. 

I talked Aisling and Laurence into driving to Caribou Island to see the lighthouse there. 
It's not in the best of repair, but it was surely in a beautiful spot. 
I loved watching the icebergs float by. 
It was so peaceful and serene. 
One mistake I made was to stand too long in the wrong place. 
My body heat melted the snow and ice I was standing on. 
Suddenly I started to sink down into the sand and gravel. What a crazy feeling! 


On the way home, we passed through Stewiacke.
Stewiacke's claim to fame is that of being mid-way between the equator and the North Pole. 
Their other claim to fame is that the skeleton of a mastodon was discovered there. 

As you can tell, we love this land and it's people!
We feel so blessed to be able to serve here and to learn more of the history.
I know now that my Canadian history was seriously lacking! 
I guess my dad was right..... he used to say, pay attention, you just might learn something. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Marvel we call Nova Scotia!

'Cause we're living in a material world

And I am a material girl

I have a friend that likes to spoil Aisling. :)
She gave her these beautiful rings and bracelet. Aren't they gorgeous?!
I particularly like the star fish. Such a great reminder of her visits here. 

When a girl gets new jewelry, she needs a manicure to show it off.

We're As Cold As Ice.....

Visiting Burncoat Head has been on my bucket list since I realized it existed. 
February isn't exactly the ideal time to visit. In fact, the park was closed. 

Twice each day the Bay of Fundy fills and empties its 160 billion tons of water creating the highest tides in the world. 
In 1975 The Guinness Book of World Records listed Burncoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia 
as the site of the greatest average tide of 47.5 feet with an extreme range of 53.6 feet. 

Aisling and I had such a fun time tromping through the snow. 
This picture is of the two of us above the bay. We were so grateful that the tide was out. 

This replica lighthouse contains interpretive displays and a small shop to purchase locally made goods. 
However, it is closed in February. 


How cool is this!

Being down on the ocean floor was such a humbling experience. 
You realize how small you are and yet still very important to our Father in Heaven. 

Our life has been incredibly enriched by the beauty here in Nova Scotia. 
We have enjoyed the beauty of the land, the sea and the people here. 
We love this opportunity we have to serve the Lord our God here. 

A Day in Truro

The Tidal Bore was interesting. 
As frequently happens, the pictures don't tell the story well. 

This place was rated very highly to eat. 
We weren't all that impressed. 

We enjoyed our visit to Truro!
Looking forward to returning in the spring!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nova Scotia..... amazing history!

Adventures with Aisling Continue......

Aisling came during one of the biggest cold snaps we had this winter. 
We had to determine each days activities based on the weather report. 
I love the RMS Atlantic Park that memorializes the sinking of the passenger ship. 
The RMS Atlantic was built by the White Star Line. The same company that built the Titanic. 
It ran aground and sunk on its 19th voyage. This was a case where women and children first was a detriment to them. 
The life boats were washed away, by the time the crew figured out how to modify the rescue operations,
the women and children were all drown with the exception of one 12 year old boy. 
The park here has memorial and cemetery. 
Recovery and burial of the large numbers of victims took weeks. Divers were paid rewards for recovering the many bodies trapped within the hull. According to one newspaper account, a body of one of the crew members was discovered to be that of a woman disguised as a man. "She was about twenty or twenty-five years old and had served as a common sailor for three voyages, and her sex was never known until the body was washed ashore and prepared for burial. She is described as having been a great favorite with all her shipmates, and one of the crew, speaking of her, remarked: 'I didn't know Bill was a woman. He used to take his grog as regular as any of us, and was always begging or stealing tobacco. He was a good fellow, though, and I am sorry he was a woman."

We went from Terence Bay to Lower Prospect. 
The ice was beginning to break up. 
I love the look of it when it breaks like this. 
I don't know, but I suspect that it is breaking from the tide coming in. 
Even on a blustery day the ocean is beautiful!
How fun is this?!
I hope to be able to see it in the summer when it is working. 
I insisted on making it to Prospect Bay. 
I had gotten pretty sea glass there before and didn't want to miss an opportunity. 
I wasn't disappointed. 
Ya gotta love this!! haha!!
Truly, every day we spend serving the Lord in Nova Scotia, we are happier than a bird with a french fry!
Having Aisling here just added malt vinegar to the french fry!! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cleaning and Playing.....

Another Shutdown....

Shutdown of the temple occurs twice a year. During this time the temple is closed for two weeks of deep cleaning, maintenance and miscellaneous upgrading. For us it also means that when we're done cleaning and such, we get to go play. Once again Aisling was able to fly out and spend a week with us. 
I'm so grateful for this time. She flew out on Friday February 5th. Unfortunately her luggage didn't arrive as soon as she did. We spent Saturday mostly shopping for some clothes for church, while her dad stayed home by the door bell and the phone, just in case her bags should magically appear. 
Sunday after church we went to a couple of beaches and just enjoyed the beauty! 

First Stop Lawrencetown Beach

Not far from our house is this beautiful beach. 
The afternoon we were there the weather was pretty chilly. 
We had a great time anyway. 

Lawrencetown Beach is a beautiful beach. 
Depending on the weather, there are frequently surfers, wind surfers, etc.
I don't know how they do it. They wear wet suits etc, 
but that doesn't change the fact that it is still winter!!
The rocks, shells, driftwood and other items are so fascinating to me. 
It is always so interesting to walk the beach and see what you can find. 

                                                                        Next stop......
        Cow Bay

We arrived at Cow Bay just in time for a lovely sunset.
We cherish each and every moment we have together as a family. 
We just wish the the other kids were able to make the trip. 

And thus began a wonderful week with our daughter! 
Sharing the beauties of the land and the people of Nova Scotia!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Crazy, Fun Couple of Hours!

Let's Get Those Oyster Shells!

Time with these two friends will never be boring!
Frances and Trudy are absolutely crazy! 
Trudy wanted to go where I had found oyster shells in the past. 
You'll note by the bags that she was successful! 

The last time Frances and I went to this area, she got stuck in the mud, but I didn't get a picture. 
This time she decided to pose.

I was so slow taking the picture that she actually did get stuck in the mud. 
She got stuck for worse this time than last. 

Luckily for her, Trudy was there to help her out. 
I was so pre-occupied taking pictures and laughing, that I was NO help!

Ultimately, she had a sock on one foot and nothing on the other. 

There is no area of Nova Scotia that is not beautiful!
I have always loved this bridge. 
So fun!

So many fun shells on the beach! 

You can never get too much of the beauty of Nova Scotia!

What a fun day we had!
Thanks Trudy and Frances!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sister Cliff is Celebrating!!

It's Her Birthday!!

January 23rd Susan Cliff's daughter held a surprise birthday party for Susan's 70th Birthday. 
Susan is the beautiful woman on the right. 
Laurence and I Home Teach Susan and Faith (Faith is the lady above on the left). 
Home Teaching is when 2 individuals (usually 2 priesthood holders) visit members of our church on a monthly basis
 to make sure they are doing okay, help in any way possible and share a spiritual message. 
Here she is with Bruce Hampson, a member of our ward and Family Home Evening group. 
Ron Mepham and his wife Christine (not pictured) attended as well. 
Where are you Christine???
Charles Grant and Rose Bruce.
They also belong to our Family Home Evening group. 
Myself, Sue Hampson and Faith
What wonderful people we have a chance to rub shoulders with here!!
Charles and Susan
Charles is such a tease!! 
Love them both. 

Happy, happy birthday Susan!!!