August 2020, Discovering the Beauty of our Nova Scotia villages


The First photo of the day is most often of a Surise. In this case a Bay of Fundy one.








My travels in June and July  mostly found  Foggy marine landscapes.  August was Bright in fact was quite Briiliant  with very little rain. Here is a selection of Photos the past 8 weeks.


East Chester provided me a small but perfect picnic area to have lunch on my day trip around the shoreline of St Margarets Bay. 


Back to a safe harbour with a day’s catch of fresh fish.

Peggys Cove was not only quiet for my early morning visit, I was the first visitor of the day. The heavy fog totally block out a photo of the Canada’s most photograped Ligjthouse. No problem the two dorries were waiting for me.









Prospect has always been one of my favorite Coves . Only 40 miniutes from Halifax it has always been a pleasure to visit.

This Sunset was was a Perfect End to a Perfect Day in the middle of the Bay of Fundy.

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Part Two, New Roads lead to new Discoveries

Port Felix  is a quiet fishing village south of the Town of Canso. It is surrounded by islands such as Goat of Burying Island, Potato Island, Sheep Island, Hog Island, Tanner Island and Ebber Island.of Guysborough County.

I arrived early just before 6am. It was a cloudy morning and I was on my return to Colchester County via New Harbour, Country Harbour and the Saint Mary’s River north of Sherbrooke.

Up until 1869, Port Felix, Guysborough County, was originally known as Molasses Harbour. Early Acadian settlers named it because a keg of molasses washed up on shore. The early Acadian settlers arrived about 1797 from Chezzetcook, where they had been living since about 1758 after the fall of Louisbourg. Following the American Revolution, many Loyalists flocked to Nova Scotia, and the Acadian settlers were refused land grants in the Chezzetcook area, so many left that area, traveling down the eastern shore and settling in Molasses Harbour (Port Felix), Charlos Cove and Larry’s River. Port Felix is scenic, with its harbour and rugged coastline .

As you can see by my Photo, the Prevailing Wind is from the North East.







New Harbour                                                 

There are several small harbours between Canso and Country Harbour. Many of these communities have experienced the wealth of the sea and the potential of new jobs related to the offshore Oil and Gas industries.The Fishing  Industry has  certainly  seen  better  days.  The Promise of  Offshore  jobs was more  of a Promise  than a Reality.






Next Week I will be visiting the Back roads of Lunneburg County

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First Time that I have taking these Roads, Part One, July 13

First time visit to Pomquet the Acadian Village  and its Holy Cross Church

(Église Ste. Croix)

Holy Cross Church (Église Ste-Croix), a Roman Catholic Church, has been the focal point for the community of Pomquet for many generations. The church is located in the centre of the community, on a small hill overlooking Pomquet Harbour.

Father Pierre Baccardax has served as pastor of the community of Pomquet since 1957. Weekend masses are celebrated on Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 9:30 AM, both with music supplied by one of two community choirs. Weekday masses are also held at various times. Religion classes are taught to school-aged children weekly during the school year at the nearby École Acadienne de Pomquet by community volunteers.


Pomquet Is just north of Antigonish and is a village that I passed by without every taking the quiet road that leaves the TransCanada and takes to this Village on the Northumberland Strait.  Pomquet has a wonderful Provincia Park and a Beach that is a worth a vist if not a swim. My photo of the Pomquet Village on the Hill  was taken this week just before the turnoff to the Beach.






Not more than 30 minutes from Pomquet is the Drive from Tracadie to Canso on Highway16 . Pleanty of many interesting Coves, Harbours and endless views of The Canso Strait.

Queensport Lighthouse and Rook Island






The Queensport Lighthouse establishes the maritime and historic character of Chedebucto Bay and nearby Queensport. As the only building on Rook Island, the lighthouse is highly visible from the mainland and all points in the harbour. The Queensport Lighthouse emerges from the horizon and announces its maritime function with its red-and-white colour scheme that vividly contrasts with the blue of the sea and the rocky terrain of Rook Island.
The Queensport Lighthouse is highly valued by the local communities of Queensport and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. The distinctive profile of the lighthouse is used locally as a symbol of the Queensport community. The lighthouse is closely linked to the history of Queensport because many local families had ancestors who were light keepers on Rook Island.

The Town of Canso

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The New Photo Software can do wonders with your images



Blue Sea Beach






Dream Garden















St Felix Cemetary



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January 2020 Photos of the Month

Topaz 2 

Topaz Cold Day2

McNutt SugarTopaz2

Sunrise 12219-2-Edit

sandpoint roas 012020 Topaz 2

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Photos of the Month September 2019

DSC_6077-Edit-Edit.  Caribou Beach, Pictou Country

IMG_2691 Pictou County Raven

Judy  Murray 0ct 111 219 (9 of 20)-Edit Autumn Calves

IMG_2654 Western Light, Brier Island

IMG_2663 Saint Peter Island , Digby County

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I have a Message for you.

I left you a Message


Asleep by ten, up by five, a routine that I have followed for over fifty years. So this Dead of Night walk with a plastic bag in hand is definitely not my first choice for a nightcap.

Fergus ate a dead crab on the beach today and lets just say he is not in control of his system, so off I go into the rain.

We make our way down to Creamery Square and Fergus is more interested in everything vertical instead of his Montezuma’s revenge

I take a rest at one of the benches on the Deck by the water. Quiet would be an understatement. Like many other occasions when I find my self alone my mind starts to wonder and my imagination or memory drifts off to thoughts of past experiences or I go to the plot or mystery in the novel that I am currently reading.

Fergus lifts his left leg and directs another wet message high up on the telephone pole.



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and John Le Carre and for that matter all Mystery writers include characters involved in either leaving messages or deciphering messages to solve the Mystery at hand. Sherlock quest to solve the solution in many of his cases was to find solution that was hidden in British Rail Departure Schedule . Not an ordinary pamphlet but a Timetable of more than a Thousand pages.

Throughout history people have used many clever ways to send secret messages.

Every Black and White movie about Good Guys and Bad Guys and beautiful ladies in distress had secret messages left in clever hideaways

I remember one Film Scrip that had an Egyptian Pharaoh who wanted to send a note to his general. He shaved a man’s head and tattooed a message onto the man’s bald scalp. Keep in mind that it took the man 2 months to travel to Persia and by that time his hair grew back.. On his arrival in Persia, the general shaved the man’s head.. and the message was delivered. There are countless variations on how one conceals a message.

In his book “The Blind Banker Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has his secret message hidden in the form of a book cipher.Traditionally book ciphers work by replacing words in the plaintext of a message with the location of words from the book being used.


Now you might be asking what has this got to do with Fergus’s upset stomach.

Nothing, other than we Humans are not only ones to leave Messages.

Fergus leaves on average 47 messages every day for other dogs to read.

How do I know this?

Well my friend Rodney hangs around the Farmers Market on Saturday and spends his time drinking coffee and providing all that will listen countless tidbits of useless information on every possible subject .

It was he who advised me of the significance of Fergus’s Messages on Fire Hydrants . telephone poles, tree stumps and car wheels. When I told Rodney that Fergus stayed in a local kennel, when we travel these days he was disappointed for Fergus’s sake.

According to him Dogs needs to broaden their communications skills just like we Humans. By taking him on trips out of Province he gets to be acquainted .with other canine languages so to speak.


Fergus like all dogs loves to sniff. Using their nose is often the highlight of their walks, if not dominating their entire day. Dogs are born to sniff. The area of the canine brain that is devoted to analysing scent is 40 times greater than that of the human and dogs can identify smells at least 1,000 times better than we can!

Fergus can tell from sniffing a tree or lamppost when a dog has passed, who it was and what status they have – male/female, top dog or not.
When Fergus and other dogs sniff people they are gaining all sorts of information about us. They know if we are familiar or a stranger. They know which scents we have attracted while we’ve been away.

They know if we are experiencing changes in hormones, such as those that occur during pregnancy.

They may even know if we are experiencing illness or simply Just in a bad mood.


All dogs are ruled by their noses. The canine sense of smell is their primary sense and they gain more information using their noses that using any other sense. This is why dogs like to stop and smell the roses and everything else too.
When you are out walking your dog, your dog is experiencing a multi-scented world. The most interesting scents tend to be either the scents of other dogs or the scents of potential food sources.
Dogs leave their scents or Messages in their urine deposits that they leave on pavements, kerbs, trees and lampposts. By sniffing these, your dog is gaining information on who is in their neighbourhood; the gender of the dog, its reproductive status, general status in life and exactly when it passed by. So much information in this Pee-Mail!

We also now know that scent marking is another strategy dogs use to avoid conflicts with each other. By marking his territory with a yellow stream, a dog who wants others to stay away may get his wish.

When I go to a Public Dog Park I am never bored. Watching the dogs Communicate is fascinating.

Have you ever watched the effort a tiny dog will put forth to make his mark more substantial than any other’s? It can be dramatic. I’ve known many little dogs who have an almost acrobatic ability to stand on their front legs and adjust their rear ones to squirt as high as any Great Dane can.

They put the high-hitching leg-lifters to shame! These dogs are trying to “overmark” the scent of other dogs, and they won’t let short legs stop them. Don’t tell a little dog that he can’t do what a big dog does! He’ll work extra hard to prove you wrong every time.

Perhaps not surprisingly, dogs who are low on the pecking order sniff but don’t pee over another dog’s mark as often. It may be that those dogs are looking to identify a threat but aren’t interested in waving their urinary capes in front of the neighborhood bully.

Fergus has just found something in a bush and yes he started immediately to eat some samples. That didn’t stay down too long and fortunately that is not all that he brought up. Perhaps that was cure for his upset stomach.

He now has a skip to his jump and makes his way to telephone pole to

Send a New Message.

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Photo of the Week

August 9,  2019      +

Malagash Harvest-

Malagash Harvest

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Photo of the Week

July 28, 2019

Yellow Hill, Mattatall Lake

Yellow Hill 2

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Photos for July 19, 2019

Big Island Landscape   Big Island, Pictou County

DOEJuly11219- Caribou Island

Early Settlers--denoise Early Settlers, Big Island

untitled-3 Valerie’s Garden

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