Monday, August 17, 2015

Crystal Crescent is a Jewel!!

Today we decided to go to Crystal Crescent Beach. 
The gps gave me Crystal Crescent Provincial Park. 
That worked..... except there was no sandy beach there....
The sandy beach was the other direction. 
Note the unsandy beach....
This was pretty and had that wonderful feeling of the sea. 
But....we had to find the gem that we'd heard about.


We found it, it was everything we'd been promised!

I tried to get a picture of the gorgeous little silica like sparklies in the water... 
Laurence had a nice relaxing time. Unfortunately he forgot his book. 
I like to walk in the water and take pictures. 
There are 3 separate but connected beaches here. I've read that the 3rd one is harder to get to. 
That's a good thing since apparently it is a clothing optional beach. 

How can you see this and not believe in God? 
We are so thankful to be here in Nova Scotia serving the Lord!
We are grateful daily that he knew our needs so well and sent us to the perfect mission!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This would be a beautiful place to retire.....

We are assigned to be home teachers to Sister Gloria Walsh.
She lives in Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia 
It is about a 2 hour drive from our apartment. 
Gloria is a wonderful lady. She owns and operates a B&B on the ocean. 
We've spoken with her many times, this however was our first opportunity to drive up there. 

I should have framed this better so that you could see this lovely lady and the ocean behind her. 

Laurence and Gloria....

Her Bed and Breakfast is called "Black Duck Ocean View" 

The view across the way, taken from her upstairs window. 
(They need to take those electric/telephone lines down!!)

Standing in Gloria's front yard. 
So gorgeous and peaceful!

Beautiful flower...
I surely wish I knew what it is. 
It grows like crazy at Gloria's. 

Sister and Elder Edwards with Gloria. 
They accompanied us. 

We are so grateful for the many friends we have made and continue to make here! 
Each day is such a gift!
We love the opportunities we are given here!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Halifax Public Gardens....

These gardens are absolutely amazing!!
We've been here before and will return many more times. 
Enjoy our photo tour of these wonderful gardens!

Elder Pitt, President Nelson, Elder Edwards (a friend of the Nelson's)

Sister Edwards, Sister Nelson, Sister Pitt

President Nelson

We love the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia! 
We love it here and we LOVE our Father in Heaven!

The Citadel.... one of the reasons Halifax exists

Tuesday morning President Nelson gave us a call.
They were taking some friends that were in town to tour The Citadel. 

We were invited to join them. 

Halifax owes its existence to the Citadel. 
It was a large hill overlooking the easily defended Harbour 
below that led the 
British military to found the town there in 1749. 

Among the first buildings constructed was a wooden guardhouse on top of what would eventually be called Citadel Hill.
Halifax's first settlers built their homes at the base of the hill, closer to the water. 
As the fort grew, so did the town. Halifax provided the support services to the Citadel.

The 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot arrived in 1869 and were stationed here for 3 years.
 When they arrived there was a total of 765 men. They disembarked in full dress uniform. 
The Regiment was divided into two depots and eight service companies, consisting in all of 34 officers, 49 sergeants, 21 drummers, 6 pipers and 600 rank and file. 
During the last rebuild (the fort was rebuilt 3 times) This stone barracks was built. 
It now houses the museum, gift shop and tea room. 

At 12 pm every day the Royal Artillery fires the "Noon Gun".
This tradition is one of the oldest in the world. 
They move the cannon into place at the edge of the ramparts
Ready...... Aim....... Fire! 
Prepared for any emergency! 
We enjoyed listening to the pipes and drums throughout the Citadel. 
The people in the Maritimes are incredibly musically talented.
On the Ramparts
There has been some great restoration completed here. 
Sister Nelson and her friend Sister Edwards. 
The Edwards are on their way home to Utah from their mission in Texas.
This would be a great place from which to defend the harbour!
It was built for anticipated defense from the French, Germans, Americans, just to name a few. 
The Citadel was never attacked. 
However, it played a big part in the American Revolutionary, American Civil, 
French Revolutionary Wars and both World Wars. 
The fort itself (formally known as Fort George (named after King George II of Great Britain)
was built in the top of the hill rather than on top of Citadel Hill.
 If foot soldiers were rushing up the hill they would be unable to stop 
as the soldiers behind would continue to push so that they fell into the "moat". 

This was fun to watch as I thought of Aisling, Glenn and Laurence and their love for black powder. 

The armaments have been kept in very good repair over the years. 
You can never get too much pipes and drums! Love listening to them!!
Our gratitude to President and Sister Nelson is unbounded. 
Being with them is like being with an interactive museum of your very own.
President Nelson is a plethora of "useless" information!! 
A Pioneer is one who goes ahead, showing others the way to follow.
We are so grateful for all of the Pioneers that have gone ahead. 
They have left such a legacy here in the Maritimes 
The Lord has blessed this area so much. We are grateful to be participants here at this time.