Saturday, October 20, 2012

Photo Shoot in Annapolis Valley

My wife and I spent a day with our photography club traveling the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. I was a beautiful fall day, sunny but a little on the chilly side. The light was excellent for photography with just a hint of cloud in the sky. I took a number of photos but my three favorites of the day were these.

The first  two are from the Look-off near Wolfville. You are actually quite high up and it is an absolutely  spectacular view of the top of the valley.
The next is from Baxter's Harbour. From there you can clearly see Cape Split, a favorite for hikers. I could not tell what kind of birds these were but they were oblivious to our presence. All in all an excellent day.

The last stop was Luckett's Winery in Gaspereau Valley. The cask building is somewhat nondescript but out in the middle of one of the orchards was a working English phone box.All in all an excellent day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thanksgiving at the cottage

There is nothing like spending Thanksgiving at the cottage with family. We flew up on Thursday evening, picked up our rental car at the airport and it was an easy hour and a half trip to our summer cottage in the beautiful Gatineau hills.

This is our third successive Thanksgiving and of the three the coolest one. Temperatures during the night time dipped to around zero while daytime highs were single digit only. Although there was a little rain, there was not enough to spoil the weekend. However, our new wood-stove provided all of the warmth we needed and thanks to our next-door neighbour we had plenty of dry wood to burn.

We even managed to get the motorboat out; a simple task since we kept our old 5hp Mercury after having purchased a new outboard motor this past year. Our jaunts on the lake were a little chilly but it allowed us to take in the beauty of the fall colours. It was nice to spend time with our family. Here is a photo of all of us seated down together enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner. A little red and white wine completed the feast.