Sunday, August 14, 2016

We Love Having Company!!

Visiting the Iconic Peggy's Cove

We were blessed to have my niece Adrienne along with two of our cousins 
Lisa and Shayla come to visit. 
What fun ladies they are!! We spent a couple of days with them. 
Mostly they went off on their own.
It was perfect for all of us. 
Aren't rental cars great!?!?
It was an overcast, somewhat foggy day. 
That is my favorite kind of day at the beach! 
Yep, can you believe I was her baby sitter?? 
Signs to stay off the black rocks abound. 
Unfortunately, so do silly people who think it doesn't mean them. 
Laurence was our trusted chauffeur!!
Love this girl!! 
She has a zest for life that I so admire. 
She truly knows how to work hard and play hard!!
Peggy's Cove is a fun place to visit. (Even tho' it is a HUGE tourist attraction, 
kind of like Yellowstone). I love the views in the cove as much or more than the lighthouse! 

 This....... is a fun crab that was swimming around at Sand Dollar Beach. 
We are so grateful for our circumstances!
The Lord has blessed us beyond our ability to comprehend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Concrete Houses!

Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum

Charles Macdonald was quite the artist with an interesting way of seeing life. 
He firmly believed in the virtues of cement as a building material. 
At the time it was cheap, and nearly anyone could purchase it. 
This home in Centreville was originally part of his cement plant, 
then the second floor was added and it was turned into a home. 
It now serves as a museum, which unfortunately, needs an awful lot of love and attention. 

The cement was reinforced with iron and driftwood. This included the portico over the front door, the staircases, counters and in one of his homes, even the bathtub. 
I read that the bathtub was very smooth. If not, I suppose you would never need a loofah. 

The stairway was curving and carpet has been added to each level. 
He did a lot of color. 

He had built his own table, umbrella stand and many other items in the house. 

 Yard Art was not forgotten~
He created animals, birdbaths, furniture, flower pots, mushrooms and all kinds of work for the yard.

Mr. Macdonald was a Socialist in his political thinking. During the great depression he had his workers build 5 summer cottages at Huntington Point as a make work project. Four of them still remain. The fifth one was torn down to make way for a more modern structure in 1985.

 One thing for sure.....
there is no lack of color.
Gorgeous location right
on the Bay of Fundy.

The Bay of Fundy

If you were to turn right around from where I was standing to take the last picture you would be looking at the Bay of Fundy at low tide.
 Who can resist a walk on the beach? Not I!!
This was a very rocky, yet beautiful beach!

I found two pieces of glass on this entire beach. 
One was a clear piece and the other was this marble. 

There are basically 4 schools of thought as to why so many marbles end up in the sea~
  1. Marbles were used as ballast for ships, but were dumped in harbours before coming to dock.     
  2. Children played with marbles on the beach years ago. I know my dad played a lot of marbles....
  3. Painters added marbles to their paint to mix it. Throw the paint can in the dump/ocean..............
  4. In the 1800's a bottle was invented using a marble as a stopper. Drink liquid, toss bottle.
I didn't think I'd ever find a marble. They are rare. 
I found one this day on the Bay of Fundy and I found one the day before on the Eastern Shore. 

I'm a lucky duck!!   

There's Nothing Like Summer in Nova Scotia!!

Grand-Pré National Historic Site

Yesterday we found a bit of time for exploring. Grand-Pré has been on my bucket list since we first saw it with Darrell & Charlotte Nelson,
aka Nova Scotia's best tour guides!! 
This site is a park, visitors centre and museum commemorating this area of Nova Scotia as an Acadian settlement from 1682-1755, and the British deportation of the
Acadian people beginning in 1755. 

The visitor's center was fascinating. They had very nice historical explanations and artifacts. This area has fertile farmlands. The Acadians were attracted by the tidal marshes, these the Indians were not using. They employed dyke-building techniques that are still in use today. They were able to make over 1,000 acres of marshland productive. 

This is an Aboiteau. The aboiteau was constructed to allow water from the marshland to escape, without allowing the water from the ocean to come back in. They were built from trees that the people felled, hollowed out and put the "gate" in at the end. The gate could swing forward and up, but not backward. Thus keeping the ocean water in the ocean. Great engineering! These went right through the dikes. 

They had to leave the land for a period of time while the water from rain, snow etc. ran through it and in time desalinated the soil to make it productive. They grew a lot of salt grass for their animals in these areas. 

There were beautiful carvings depicting life. 

One of the items on display in the visitor's center was these glass beads, used in trading. 

One of Laurence's ancestor's was Montauk Indian. They were the "bankers" for east coast. 
I can't help wondering if in addition to wampum they also used glass beads like this. 

These "haystacks" are made from salt grass. They were built on a raised platform, thus keeping the hay out of the water and allowing aeration from both the top and the bottom. 

When winter arrived and the land was frozen, the people could get out onto the land with their wagons to bring the hay in to feed their animals. 

Although the animals did not gain weight on salt grass, they also did not get ill. 
I can't help but think that with the salt grass, you wouldn't have to have salt blocks for the animals.

1755 ~ The Expulsion 

In 1755 the British Governor of Nova Scotia asked the Acadians, who had been neutral for decades,  to sign an oath of allegiance. This would require them to take up arms against the French and give up Catholicism.  The Acadians refused, so the British ordered all the Acadians to be expelled. At least 10,000 Acadians were rounded up, put on ships and sent to Louisiana, England, France etc. The British wanted to ensure that the Acadians would not return. They separated families, some were brutal, others were not. Many died. Ships sunk, had disease and so forth. In time many of the Acadians were able to make their way back to Canada. This was an ugly time for the Acadians. In some ways it reminded me of what happened to my own ancestors when they were driven from Kirtland, Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, to Salt Lake valley. 

The poem "Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie" written by Longfellow in 1847 was a tale of this experience. When I was younger I just found it long and boring. Now it holds such feeling and emotion for me. The Acadian people really related to it when it was published and still do. 

This is a statue of Evangeline that was put in place in 1920. The church is not the original, but is a Memorial to the Acadian people and their sacrifices. Inside is a museum of beautiful artwork. 

When the people were expelled, their lands and homes were burned to the ground. This was to ensure that they would not return. Mankind can be so cruel to their fellow travelers in this life!

When the British were finished. The only thing that remained were the dykelands and a row of willow trees. 

The Grand-Pre area with it's museums, beauty and history is a tribute to the strength and tenacity of the Acadian people.
        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Memorial Church in 1985. 
I wish my picture were better. It depicts the horror of having some family members in overloaded long-boats, others left on the shore. All with their lives in tatters. They were allowed to take with them their household goods that they could carry and their money. 

  Was this well 
   here in 1755?

    Who knows? 

  The grounds
  are beautiful!

This cross stands at the approximate site of the church cemetery. 
There are over 400 individuals buried in this area. 

               Beautiful Evangeline!

The grounds are so beautiful and well kept. 

This statue just breaks my heart.
It symbolizes the deportation of the thousands of Acadians from their ancestral homeland. 
So many families were forcibly uprooted and sent into exile, facing an unknown future in foreign lands. 

This story would have a very, very sad ending, if this earth-life were the end of everything. 
Fortunately, our Father in Heaven has a wonderful plan for each of us.
Through the priesthood power, the power and authority to act in the name of God
 for the salvation of humankind, we can all be reunited in the eternities. 
Laurence and I are privileged to serve in one of the Lord's temples here in Nova Scotia. 
In these temples people are sealed together as husband and wife and families for eternity. 
What a blessing to be able to help people, both those here on earth and those deceased, 
have that opportunity. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Walking on the Ocean Floor

Exploring Blomidon

Blomidon is an area on the Bay of Fundy that is beautiful.
I'd seen pictures and knew I had to go.
Tuesday morning we got a computer Laurence had worked on for a friend
and headed out to return it to it's home and visit Blomidon.

I never tire of all the beautiful churches here. 
It doesn't matter the denomination, they are so beautiful. 
I love the "crown" on the bottom one. 

There are so many gorgeous homes in Nova Scotia. 
Many of them are hundreds of years old. 
I love looking at them, would love to explore them, would hate to live in them. 
I think about all the stairs and all the cleaning......

The top picture was on our way to Blomidon.
The bottom picture is on our way back. 
The tide fluctuates so much here on the Bay of Fundy that you go from boats floating, to boats in mud. 

I found these shells in the place pictured in the above picture. 
I haven't found shells like this in Nova Scotia before. I was excited that these were whole!

The stairs from the park down to the ocean floor. 

The cliffs are so amazing here. Some of them are around 600' tall. 

I met a fisherman here. 
He was probably about 50 or so. He was born and raised in the area.
He had a bucket of fish he'd caught. 
When he left the floor of the ocean, he didn't go by the stairs, but went straight up the stream in the above picture.
 The falls acted as great stairs and it was a lot quicker.
You just have to be sure to have your wellies on.

Laurence didn't make the trip all the way down to the bottom.
It was fun with him on top and me on the floor. 

So, so beautiful!!

The above pictures are of the same place. 
One was taken when we were on our way out, the other when we left. 
I marvel constantly at the change of tides. 

Have I mentioned that we LOVE our mission?!!
We love Nova Scotia, the land and the people. 
More importantly, we love the opportunity we have to serve our Father in Heaven in His Holy Temple.