What’s so special about Vorarlberg?

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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

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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?

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Brutalist Cover-Up at Acadia

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Do you hate the big concrete buildings of the 1960s and 70s, that were popular with governments and universities? Don't be shy, probably most folks are not fond of these often dreary buildings, many suffering from 50 years without love (or maintenance). Recently I've become comfortable with this style, often known as Brutalist, and can discern charm and whimsy… Read More