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Halifax and Lunenberg

June 4, 2012

OK, here are more details and pictures of our trip to Halifax for the Canadian National Juried quilt show.

We began, as any driving journey must, by paying @$43.00 just to get off Prince Edward Island. Our journey took us through New Brunswick (not much to see on our route but trees) and into Nova Scotia.

We began to see rolling hills and lovely, picturesque farms…

…some interesting places…

…another sign and a huge native holding a torch…

We arrived in Halifax,

checked into our hotel, and got back in the truck to head out to Dalhousie University. It was a rather grey and drizzly day so the pictures aren’t really pretty, but they give and idea of the area.

Loads of wonderful, old buildings – many of them built out of brick or stone (mostly granite) with ornate details. The houses (at least the older ones) are painted in bright colours and all look very cheerful. It was really hard to find a parking spot at the university but we finally did and made our way to the building housing the quilt show. I already described the award ceremony.

The next morning, we went back to the university to get a picture of me with the quilt. Pictures of the show were not permitted as a booklet will be coming later. Here I am…

I think she won partly on the ‘cuteness factor!’

Anyway, we spent the day there as I happily wandered around the merchants mall. I was able to check out the embroidery machine that I won and got an informative tutorial on how to use it.

The following day, we took in some of the Halifax sights. The most interesting one was the  Citadel. This is a stone ‘fort’ on top of the highest point that overlooks the harbour (incidentally, the Halifax harbour is the second largest in the world!)

Here are some shots taken there…

The outer buildings all have dirt and grass on top. You can see the chimneys sticking out of the grass…

New recruits…I believe it was ‘bayonet day’. They spent the whole time we were there marching and lining up and thrusting.

People walking around in period costume made it feel like stepping back into history…

This lot were supposed to fire off the canon at noon…

It kept misfiring and didn’t go off until around 1:00, making everyone jump!

What is it about men and big guns?

The whole citadel is surrounded by a ditch (not a moat as it was never filled with water) There are narrow windows in all the walls so that every square inch of the ditch can be covered by guns.

We were fascinated by the incredible, carved granite drains everywhere!

There were bagpipe bands wandering around playing the most lively pieces. They were in full costumes…

This fort was designed and built so well that it was NEVER attacked!

The harbour. The city behind this ship is Dartmouth which is just across the bridge from Halifax.

Alright, I wasn’t falling over or anything when I took this shot. The ship was so long that I could only fit the whole thing in diagonally!

I include 2 shots of this next building because, as an artist, I really love faux painting. Take a close look at them…

It really looks like a large canvas was attached to the building and is peeling off. NOT! The whole thing was painted on.

On Friday, we drove an hour south to the city of Lunenberg. This is a very lovely and picturesque place. We wandered around the waterfront for quite a while.

The Bluenose II is here in a huge tarp building. It has been rebuilt over the last 2 years and will be back in the water sometime in July this year. I couldn’t get the whole thing in my lens so here is just the bow…

Instead of hanging flags or banners on their posts down the streets, they hung painted metal sea creatures…

I love them! Anyway, it’s a lovely place that you will have to see for yourself! We’ll be going again.

Before leaving for home on Saturday, we picked up my quilt and then picked up two cats who are going to be making their home with us. They were very quiet on the trip home and settled in quite well in the sunporch. I will be introducing them to the rest of the house slowly.

One is a year old blue-point Himalayan called Leo (so far)

I did let them into the front entry for a bit today. Here’s Leo on the stairs…

The other cat is a very large gold and brown tabby. His name is Maxwell Smart…

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more shots of them in the future!

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori permalink
    June 4, 2012 3:37 pm

    Sigh………………..I need a vacation. Looks like you two had a wonderful time. And the two cats don’t know how lucky they are…..yet. Thanks so much for sharing your part of the world.

  2. Joyce Arbogast permalink
    June 5, 2012 2:17 am

    What a wonderful trip! Your new kitties are precious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Adela permalink
    June 5, 2012 3:17 am

    Thanks for the photo journal. I feel like I had a mini vacation. Love your new cats.

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