Thursday, September 11, 2014

Prospect, Nova Scotia

Last month I had a great day in Prospect, a small village about a 30 minute drive from Halifax. I was invited to a barbecue at a friend's house. As so often happens in Nova Scotia, when we arrived it was a bit foggy.
But just a fog bank that would soon disappear.
What a gorgeous place. Prospect is still an active fishing village.
Quiet and lovely. We had a little bonfire that crackled into the evening, and happily we cooked marshmallows and made s'mores.
This is the view from her living room. Say what?
The house belong to her grandmother and is over one hundred years old. View from the bathroom upstairs!!
There was food, lots of food! BBq ribs, Asian coleslaw, Mexican salad, hummus, chips, macaroni salad, so... much... food!
Good company! 
This is a silly picture. I was fooling around and told everyone to look stern or uninterested. Haha one person did not get the message:)
Baby's Sawyer's first party:)
Hanging out on the Government wharf. Almost every small seaside village has one of these.
The sky was lovely
The air so fresh..............
And then it got even more beautiful. There were fireworks and laughs.It was a great evening.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flights of Fancy

 I LOVE old pictures. These are daguerreotypes circa 1855. They are from the George Eastman Collection I find them fascinating and mysterious.Who were they???? I want to know their stories.This woman in the above picture looks so sad. Here she is a bit closer, such an interesting face. What was their relationship like. Did he love her? Were there children? When she smiles does she have a little gab between her two front teeth? She is gazing at  us across the centuries. What would she think if someone had told her that in 160 years, people around the world would be looking at this picture and wondering who she was.....
What were the reasons behind having their picture taken. It was expensive and needed an appointment. Was it for a special occasion or to send to someone? The woman in this picture next to the man...is she his mother? Wife? She looks like she might be blind or did she just keep her eyes closed. Perhaps it is his wife behind him. What did he do, where did he live? Did they have jolly meals around the table?
Here's one that is quite interesting. A pose you would never see today. I'm assuming they are brothers.One quite a bit larger than the other.
Seven women. All trussed up in those crazy corsets. Who are they? Why the photo. Drives me crazy sometimes wondering. Imagining.
Moody little girls. Was one of them having a tantrum just before this was taken? The lack of expressions always gets me. I realize that the long exposure is friendlier to a still face but it is eerie. I hope they both lived long lives and died as old ladies with grandchildren and great grandchildren surrounding them.
The last one. Wow, such a strong face and attitude. To me he looks like a worker or prospector that came into some money and wanted to have a picture taken for his gal. Wild hairdo. This guy had some style:)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cat Calendar 2015




My 2015 Cat Calendar is now available for all of you who like to shop early. This is the earliest in five years I have managed to get it out.  Get some prezzies purchased:) To see the images in the calendar, click on my link, then click on "preview" which is directly under the picture of the calendar. Lulu ships worldwide. 11" x 8.5", coil binding , white interior paper (100# weight), full-colour interior ink Bookmark link to find it again:)15% off
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Big Day Downtown, Part 3

Historic Properties is undergoing a bit of a renewal! We visited my friend Edie Orenstein milliner extraordinaire, who works with Turbine, designer Lisa Drader-Murphy's  fashion company on the waterfront.
The shop is full of wonderful clothing, jewellery and hats.
Two stories to explore:) Here is Edie's workspace.
Check out this hat!!!
And Edie herself with a $1000+ wooden hat block just in from Europe!  She does everything from scratch.
Then we are off again to Urban 30 on Barrington Street. Brainchild of  Alicia Melanson Hair and Makeup
This is a...
You can pop in for a quick wash and styling before that night out or book nails/makeup and do it all.
Bright and retro mod it is a fun place to hang out. Sit and enjoy a hot beverage before or after your appointment.
You can book your entire wedding party for makeup and hair-dos. I was hoping to get a manicure but alas there were no appointments available until later.
Good place to know about!
Whew, after all that traipsing around the city, time to wrap up with some cold beer at the Lower Deck.

Don't mind if I do:)
Ahhh, that's better. Sitting in the shade after a full day, enjoying a Keiths.mmmm
2015 Big Day Downtown
Part 1
Part 2

Big Day Downtown Halifax 2014 part 2

So, continuing the adventure on my Big Day Downtown, I took a friend to lunch at Scanway's new downtown location on Grafton Street, next to Drala. They've opened a bright cheery rustic cafe with open brick ,lots of light and a view of the kitchen.
Wonderful breads, frozen treats and lunches available
 Check out their Mac and Cheese sammie!
 Of course they still have sweets too:)
 We opted to eat upstairs and enjoy summer alfresco dining while we still can.
Up, waaaay up.
 They have a large patio with a view over "Pizza Corner."This was our table!
 Ever see a non-tipping glass? It won't fall over:) We tried haha.

 The menu had some salads and lighter fare and all the sandwiches were $7.50 My pal ordered the lobster roll and said it was great!

I had them make a special one for me. I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat cheese. So, voila! Toasted garlic rosemary bread with grilled peppers ,onions and a jicama cabbage apple slaw! It was delicious:)
There were some amazing desserts and boozy milkshakes on offer but we decided to stop while we were ahead. Nutella &Myers Dark Rum, Apple Pie &Bourbon, Blueberries & vodka, Kahlua& crushed Florentines....you get the picture. Apologies to the lady who was mid mouthful when I snapped this. Those Sundaes looked great!
Off to the HalifaxWaterfront next. That's Theodore the friendly tug boat and one of the Dartmouth ferries in the background.
 I was told to go to the Lost Cod Clothing Co. and get something made for myself. We joined the throngs of people enjoying the sun and made our way to the little shack.
They have reclaimed old Nova Scotian business logos and will put one on any item you choose from their store! Very cool. I picked an apron I can use for painting in and had an old apple company logo put on it. See? You can order online too.
 Had a lovely chat with this lady. A regular fixture on the waterfront:)
Then we strolled  to Historic Properties.These are great new chairs that just appeared here this summer. Love their colours.
Find out where we visited next in part 3:)
Part 3
Part 1