Authentic Lunenburg

Summer is the time to get out and about in the province and we started with a visit to the beautiful landscapes of Lunenburg County. Our three days away were filled with all the experiences that bring us joy: friends, food, and eye candy. The fun started with lunch beside the LaHave River, entertained by our friends' new chickens.… Read More

Fort Beausejour Above Ground and Below

Traditional summer tourist destinations in these parts are 18th or 19th century fortifications, like the Citadel in Halifax or, my favourite, Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal. A drive-by fortification, that you may never have stopped to enjoy, is Fort Beausejour, symbolically defending the New Brunswick border at Aulac. … Read More

A Modernist Landscape Gone Missing

Halifax is not well endowed with modernist landscapes, so it is valuable to pause and enjoy what we have. A favourite of mine is a grove of trees at the large Canada Post operation on Almon Street. Two rows of small trees are surrounded by concrete curbs topped with pea gravel. The low planters seem… Read More

Underneath the Arches

The other day, I was walking on May Street in the North End and noticed this house.  A narrow passage (sometimes called a horse walk) pierced the line of row houses to provide access to the backyard, where I doubt there was ever a horse. Made me think of The Doors lyric, "break on through to… Read More

Washington, without Prejudice

We visited Washington DC recently, to improve our cultural literacy. Every night on the news the Capital or the White House appear behind talking heads, now I can imagine the scene just outside the frame. This blog will share some of our DC discoveries, including some ideas we could use at home. The Capital dominates… Read More

Knightsbridge Burning

It was sad to get up the other morning and learn that the Knightsbridge apartment building on Inglis Street was on fire. I don't know anything about the fire or the fate of the unfortunate residents who have lost their homes, but I do have a few thoughts about the building, because in the 80s… Read More

A Glimpse into My Secret File

Do you hear a word or a phrase and think “I should remember that, it might come in handy.” Me too! But I have the attention span of a gnat, so unless I scribble down the bons mots they vanish. My work surface gets littered with little pieces of paper, and eventually I’ll do some… Read More