It is June 8 and what's this on our front deck? That's right bird poop and nest material.
Looking way up we noticed that that white vent from a bathroom fan had been blown away on spring winds. In replacing it two nesting birds had to be displaced and banished to a new location in the barn. Trouble is I am allergic to this stuff and had suffered for weeks from a serious sneezing/coughing syndrome.
As it happened that weekend of June 8 and 9 was unseasonably warm so we decided on a mini-vacation while the place was ventilating.
Ordinarily we would have puttered about beginning gardens, but the idea was attractive since tew spring weather had been variable to say the least of 2015 to that point.
Tourist accomodations are easy to find in most places in the Shoulder Season. We headed south westward passing through Brooklyn (Nova Scotia) birthplace of Hank Snow.
This is Brooklyn with the former Bowater pulp and paper mill seen across the water. It operated in this community from 1929 until June 2012 Since December 10, 2012 the company has been owned by the Government of Nova Scotia, which is in the process of decommissioning the mill site.
We invariably stop at the Cosby's Garden Centre which has this interesting side product line.
As well as the concrete creations of Ivan Higgins:
Ivan is an accomplished graphic designer and these imaginative creations were an extension of his art commenced about 15 years ago.
Some of his most notable pieces are works which have been commissioned by private individuals to enhance a prized garden or even to celebrate a life well lived and remembered...
Many of Ivan’s creations have found a home scattered throughout the Cosby’s property.
This work is created on site in the winter months.
This collection of amphibians or reptiles is not immediately decipherable from every angle.
At this season the more vulnerable plants were greehoused.
His mammoth sculpting projects are a winter tradition at Cosby's. Friends and customers constantly pop in and out of his 'greenhouse' studio in anticipation of watching his musings take shape.
In the foreground, a fountain activated in mid-summer.
Some subject matter springs from sketches of students hired seasonally.
Leaving Brooklyn we proceed to the town of Liverpool where the largest number of people now live and work. On the east side of the Mersey River one passes through the usual area of box stores and fast-food joints.
This town is even less busy than Lunenburg at this time of year. We pass on through headed toward the western coast.
We had decided to camp out at Hunts Point Cottages which are open from May 15 until the end of September.
Here we see one reason that this is not a year round destination.
The air temperature was still up but water here would be frigid at this time.
On arrival this was the only company in sight.
The beach consists of fine-grained white sand.
The view at the front included a community wharf.
The evening repast.
There were five two room and five one room cottages on site. As this was one of the former luggage, clothing and necessities were stored in one.
The next morning, the post breakfast view.
Time for a beach walk.
Looking back westward. Suites are located in the larger more up-to-date buildings.
On our shore the lobster season is during the cold months.
These shore buildings are traditional as opposed to the steel and concrete structures seen in the Town of Lunenburg.
In season this fishery must be very important to the local economy.
Looking back westward. There are a number of alternate accomodation units along the beach but none operative at the time.
Ruth was engaged in fixing her codes. Note the breakwater.
With "natural steps" leading up to ground level.
The cottage to the west. The green building also housed the office fror Ocean View Cottages.
Here is the view eastward.
We were able to stay beyond checkout time but were on our way home by 2 pm.
It had become overcast by the time we reached Lunenburg County.
This was the scene from our front deck late that afternoon. No longer a warm day! This was an entirely satisfactory stay although the bird allergy symptoms persisted. All was well within the following week.
We would have been content to remain at home but June was a cold, raing month. On June 24 Ruth suggested the La Have Bakery escape. Fifteen minutes to this ferry.
We were desparately seeking a change of place and food.
Waiting for lunch.
It is not all food and bread.
And they do have prepared meals as well as bread for sale.
.The bank at La Have has been supplanted by a Co-Op, so this building is yet again being reconstructed as a private residence. Why? I can't explain!
It cleared that afternoon, so we continued on into Lunenburg Town to see if much improved weather had brought tourists to town. These Trot-In-Time drivers might as well have stayed at home.
The dance floor next door to their station had been newly rennovated but no dancers were sighted.
We thought it a bit too cool for dress like this but I guess if you are moving quickly... He was blowing debris off the Fisheries Museum wharf.
This seasonal gift shop was the only one seen in operation.
.Those open doors suggest a need to clear out humid air.
The Grand Banker went seasonal for the first time in 2014-15 and this was their opening day but we did not see customers.
This nearby eatery wasn't even planning a June opening.
After another restaurant failure in this building in 2014, it was getting brand new signage and a new name and menu.
Knowing that the Lunenburg tourist information bureau would not be open and thinking we might get brochures in Mahone Bay, we travelled there and found it closed. Early July did not look promising, but weather favoured the peak season!