Expo 67 Revisited

PICT0002
To celebrate our Centennial Year in 1967, Canada produced perhaps the last really great World's Fair. It was wildly popular, so fifty years ago the chances are good you would have been planning your visit to Expo67 in Montreal. Sheila still has the most desirable piece of Expo memorabilia, her Passport. Man and His World… Read More

My Centennial Project

PICT0006
How's the Sesquicentennial working out for you? I notice people making fun of the Canada 150 celebrations, but I'm assured by friends that there is excitement in the air. I do treasure my free Parks Canada pass! This got me thinking about 1967 when we had all the feelings about Canada's big birthday. Went looking… Read More

Halifamous, One Notice at a Time

DSC03895
So the other Saturday I did a long walk from north to downtown because it was Open City, when we are encouraged to be tourists in our own town. Let's see what shiny objects attracted my attention. Since we are fixated on height, it was fun to acknowledge some one-story buildings.  And wasn't the sky pretty. [caption id="attachment_6560"… Read More

What’s so special about Vorarlberg?

DSC03641
What stories should a region tell, to explain themselves to strangers? A small state in Austria has chosen to tell the world about its high-quality modern architecture. And there is a lot. Vorarlberg borders Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, has a population under 400,000 and is about half the size of Prince Edward Island. Yet, since the 1960s the… Read More

Gaspereau in the Gaspereau

DSC03779
In a world where traditions are disappearing every day, it was exhilarating to recently visit the gaspereau fishing operation of Chris and Colin Gertridge. The brothers are the sixth generation to catch this small relative of the herring each spring on the banks of the aptly named Gaspereau River. Gaspereau are also called alewives and on… Read More

Why do they hate us?

IMG_0696
Have you noticed the heated comments about the site for a new Outpatient Centre (here is an example on Halifax Examiner)?  When I heard that the facility would be built in Bayers Lake Business Park it felt like an insult. Bayers Lake is a soulless wasteland that makes no attempt to actually welcome people. Sort of like… Read More

Roll on Big Pijinuiskaq, roll on.

DSC03508
Recently we made a quick trip to Bridgewater and were delighted to see that the main street had been put back together and the adjacent riverside park had been completed. When I posted a blog last summer much of the downtown was dug up for infrastructure renewal and there was a sense that folks were feeling a… Read More

Out and About in Springtime

IMG_6103
Hibernation has ended! Time to get out of the burrow and look at the tiny wonders in the world around you. Here are a few things we noticed over the Easter weekend. It was cool and drizzly in Kentville's Miner's Marsh park for our Sunday morning walk, but we were cheered on by a chorus of bird song.… Read More

Colour Me Mexico

DSC03030
Our home in the cove is in a valley of the shadow, consequently we are still snowbound. This dreariness led me to review images from our March trip to Mexico and gaze at bountiful colour, like these plastic shopping bags. The bags are at a stall in the market in Coyoacan, a beautiful 17th century suburb of Mexico… Read More