Just a collection of Gables and some Zinc Typography . . .

We have spend the last few days travelling in the southwest of the province.  Our goal was the NS Association of Garden Clubs convention in Yarmouth but we took our time going and coming. I will probably have some things to say about the communities we spent a little time in, but this post is a collection of images of things that made us pause for a moment.

This morning in Liverpool at a stop sign we both gasped at the sight of this delicate fretsaw work on an entrance-way.  Love that solid and void.


Another masterpiece in a gable were these old gardening tools at the Ouest-ville Perennials in West Pubnico. It felt like a gardener’s coat of arms from the 18th century.


Yarmouth is so visually rich, I’ll offer you more on another day.  For now, how about this trefoil window and terracotta lion; they seem to have some things in common .

June 20155

In the Tusket area this beautiful doorway could be photographed from the window of the car.


For the last couple of years I’ve been paying more attention to cast zinc grave markers that were popular in the 1880s. This was a particularly nice condensed typeface and a good south shore name on the base of an obelisk of zinc. In a cemetery near Lockeport.


Recently I blogged about my fondness for truss bridges so it is not surprising we stopped to look at these examples over the Roseway River on the road to Birchtown  and over the Clyde River.

June 20154

Small community churches are disappearing quickly so we often stop to appreciate examples that have retained their architectural integrity.  This is amazing shingle work on the tower of the Anglican church in Jordan Falls.


Board and batten is a favourite cladding and the Anglican church in Lockeport is a beautifully maintained example.


What a fine collection of gables too. I’m very attracted to the gable ends of  buildings (what’s that about).  A couple of more examples we noticed were on the lighthouse in Liverpool and the church hall in Jordan Falls.

June 20151

We were  pleased with our trip because there was time to pause and enjoy little pleasures along the road. Hope you have opportunities to get out and about to sample our visual delights too .




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Stephen Archibald

It’s Stephen Archibald doing the noticing. I’m a huge fan of Nova Scotia’s material culture and cultural landscapes. Twitter (@Cove17 ) made me realize I could share what attracted my attention (perfect for my very short attention) and I’m gratified when folks enjoy my content. Pleased to meet you on the internet.