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Saturday Snapshot: The Lavender Fields of Nova Scotia


We’ve been having a warm, sunny summer, conducive to the growing of lavender. The plants at Seafoam Lavender Farm 20 minutes from here are thriving (although I’m told they could soon use some rain).

lavender field

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Snapshot Saturday


Lobster fishing season opens Tuesday!

fishing boats

Last week the boats in Toney River, Nova Scotia were lined up ready to take on their traps (seen piled on the wharf in the background).

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Snapshot Saturday: SAND, SEA & SKY


The Saturday Snapshot meme is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

I took this on Wednesday in beautiful Malagash Nova Scotia. The water of the Northumberland Strait (part of that same North Atlantic that sunk the Titanic) really was that blue.

Malagash NS 18Apr12

Could you tell that it was was only 5C / 40F?

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Lawn Ornaments, Country Style


I was out doing some volunteer work yesterday morning and came across what I at first thought was a large dog on the front lawn of a house.

Cow and house

When I realized that it was a cow, I thought for sure it was a lawn ornament – until said bovine raised her head to look at me.

cow close-up

Another “we never saw this in the city” moment!

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Afternoon Sighting: Inseparable Pals


On the way to the nearest town 45 minutes away, the highway runs by a field in which there is often a white horse. And if the horse is there, so is the goat, following the horse around like a shadow. This summer, there is a new addition – the goat’s kid, who is not visible in the photo.

Horse & goat,North River

I think people must stop often for photos and the horse is fed up. Nearly every time I took a shot, he moved his rear-end to the camera. Not amused by the paparazzi , I guess.

Afternoon Sighting: Vigilant Llama


The less-than-rich soil and shorter growing season along Nova Scotia’s North Shore means that most of the farmland around is used in woodlot, wild blueberries, hayfields, beef & dairy herds, and sheep – lots and lots of sheep. While many of the area farmers still use dogs to herd and protect their flocks–border collies and Bernese mountain dogs being a couple of the favorites–more and more are turning to the use of llamas.

Llamas are relatively friendly, curious and a great asset in keeping the local sheep from the local coyotes. You can read about their guard qualities here.

Yesterday afternoon, we passed a large flock of baa-ing ewes and lambs (what a marvelous sound!) and caught their protector in the middle of a grassy mouthful.

llama,Jul 2011

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Afternoon Sighting


I was out doing some volunteer work yesterday afternoon and came across this curious bovine in the barn at the edge of a dooryard. Not something I saw very often in the city…

cow,barn door

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