Our deck at Upper South Cove on Masons Beach Road sprouted this unusual heroes wreath from a climber. We have travelled twice in the warm weather; once to Pubnico and again to Shelburne for an overnight stay. Since then, inland heat has kept us away from other intended destinations. Still, there are many local places worth visiting. The closest public sand beach is eight minutes away at Feltzen Cove, and Mahone Bay, twelve minutes, in the opposite direction. They offer very different experiences. Lunenburg which is closest of all is worth considering in the early morning when air temperatures are still low. It lacks trees while Mahone Bay is essentially forested in residential and wild areas. Tourists love Lunenburg a little to dearly after 11 am. Saturday, August 29 saw us pull away for Mahone Bay just before noon.
One travels to seek reassurance that their really is "no place like home." This particular morning opened with a starting temperature of 70º C and a stiff breeze. driving that cloud. As noon approached the temperature increased but remained stuck at this 80º mark where we live. Our day lilies were starting to run out.
Cone flowers were starting to lose colour but still attracting bees (as seen). In a mad moment Ruth and I used some of the metallic painted gifted on me by Cathy one Christmas to gild our three rusting mermaids.
The Bee balm has had the biscuit as far as bees and hummingbirds are concerned. Still they do lend a bit of colour as August goes terminal.
We left home port just as the wind began to quiet.
We lived in Mahone Bay for three years after having resided in Old Town Lunenburg for about the same period, and found it a easier lifestyle on several counts. Unfortunately, we rented in haste , spending the last two years in a condo unit neat the southern bounds of this village (just above the "M" in "MODL" which identifies the surrounding "Municpiality Of the District of Lunenburg," the largest governing unit of four in the county. Had we picked a place closer the Anney River we would have been happier in the winter months, when walking, at times, became as problematic as driving. Oakland Lake is the water supply. Mahone Harbour is a small part of Mahone Bay.
We approached Mahone Bay following the shore route out of Lunenburg. It would require a panoramic camera to show the number of boats moored this summer. An interesting contrast with our waters where only a single speedboat is moored.
This was the public wharf where general parking is no longer allowed, the area being reserved for vehicles belonging to boat-owners.
On Main Street South an historic building disappeared quite suddenly, "without your leave" from town council. They were not amused! The "Emporium" in the basement of the Mug & Anchor Pub also vanished quite suddenly. This business and that have been reconstituted in Lunenburg in the old and long abandoned pharmacy building on Lincoln Street, where both seem reinvigorated. Mahone Bay has lost its grip as an entertainment and retail hub, but made gains in other areas.
Older couple who apparently did not need to stand by their dream! This property has passed through various hands in the past decade. We parked on Clairmont Street in back of the pharmacy (at left) and commenced this walkabout.
This building was created while we lived on Orchard Street (at right). We didn't think there would be that much local interest in tea-drinking. Appears we were correct! A restaurant up Main Street West , at left also succumbed. That's the bad news. I think the rest is essentially a good news story. We walked westward.
This building now appears to house two businesses which have cut their overhead by co-occupancy. That mermaid was formerly offered at The Emporium.
Beyond it a general store, a rug-hooking business and...
That is an interesting concept.
And then, what appears to be a major redo.
A Google map moment: a. new development, units for sale; b. new development, units for rent; c. liquor Store; d. Suttles & Seawinds; e. tea house; f. two great food outlets; g. gas station; h. two other churches (there are five in all); i. eco-village development; j. fire hall; k. skating rink in winter; l. Legion; m. pharmacy; n. dentist; post office; p. bistro; q. food store; r. cafe & cut rate shoe store; s. another good restaurant. One of the best is off map on Edgewater Street; t. private marine; v. public marina; w. Where we used to live; x. Mahone Bay Centre. Briefly put, everything is within a ten minute walk of Clairmont Street. You really can walk! There are bicycle/walking trails connecting with other places (yellow lines). Yellow dots: paid ads? Red dot, a property now for sale at the top of Clairmont.
Lunenburg does not have freshwater recreational areas. It is a bit cheek on jowl when it comes to properties there, and in that village, the value of homes has been slipping. In fact, Mahone Bay has also seen sales below the assessed value.
Here is a view of a mini-park in Mahone Bay as seen from The Quinlan property, where there are high end condominiums which have also lost some value due to competition from new construction in this village. Mahone Bay is, essentially, a retirement place, a refuge when handling the out-of-doors becomes an impossibility. It is west of that more northernly "Park" seen on the above map.
Last week the two ponds here were filled with lilies. It is close to Clairmont Street.
Tired? You can sit and contemplate. This is an under used place. That footbridge spans the so-called Anney River.
That arrow shows the way through a copse, with the Quinlin complex in the background.
Ruth takes her leave of the mini-park.
On Clairmont Street looking back.
We cross Clairmont to the south side. Looking north westward: 1. entry to the park; 2. Kinburn Pharmacy; 3. Yard sale sign, which we ignore.
Looking south westward up Clairmont. That clunky building at right was a woodworking place and may still be. Not yet high temperatures as revealled by Ruth's long sleeves.
A few shots of homes on the left side of the street.
Next door, a rather large kid's park. At right, the Masonic Lodge building.
This is only part of it! The arrow in the distance points the way to walking trails.
This home close to the head of Clairmont was for sale. It has some Queen Anne architectural features.
This Masonic Lodge does not meet in July and August but meets at 7:00 pm every every third Thursday at other seasons.
This house is almost exactly across the street.
Onward and upward, as they say!
Looking back on this house for sale.
Partial privacy fencing does not seem inappropriate. Passing though that "field gate" might require permission. That area is accessible by way of a very short walk.
There is a lot of space between properties, something which is impossible in Old Town Lunenburg.
Nothing in this small town is over used in the summer.
At the top of Clairmont Street one finds a route to the public pool. This is Mahone Bay's fire station.
Take a turn to the right and Clairmont becomes Kinburn Street, overshadowed by medium-sized fir trees.
See what I mean?
Up here in this modest neighbourhood, a bridge over the Anney Stream.
Up, on and over that narrow structure. The entrance to the liquor store is at right, a few minutes west of Clairmont. A very easy walk.
This photo demonstrates the level land hereabouts.
Beyond a new development which is attracting seniors perhaps because it is close to that last store?
We retreat down the hill since the sun is warming the air.
And again, that "for sale" place.
Across the street a little further north. Lunenburg has not yet allowed panels on the roof.
An "altered" Lunenburg Bump.
At the corner of Pond and Clairmont Streets, a huge place which is also for sale.
Peering around it to the south: The Pond lies beyond that arrow. The Legion is to the left of the arrow.
We decide to take in this yard sale on Clairmont.
Happily, we are in no need of material goods.
There are lots of them here.
Prices are right, but our house is small!
The proprietress explained that she does this four times a year, hopefully with good result!
We get our photo taken!
Is that all there is? Never! We are back where Clairmont intersects ts Mains Street South.
Want to rent or buy a bike? This new business next door to the Anney River estuary has flourished.
Back on Main Street the temperature is commencing to rise. Here we have a very laid back Canada Post operation, where morale is a bit better than hurried Lunenburg. Next in line, Eli's coffee shop.
On the other side of the street the Mateus Bistro, showing their summer outdoor dining area.
The only food store in town. Sometimes we by-pass the Lunenburg equivalent because they carry products not found in the two box stores there. In some instances prices are lower.
Beyond Eli's, the famous Mahone Bay Trading Company, the biggest retail draw in town. The yellow building is a B&B. Notice those level sidewalks, something not found in Lunenburg.
On the way back to our vehicle, I take note of water levels in the Anney. In a really dry summer there is even less water here in August.
We stop at the liquor store off Kinburn Street to get the best buy on beer for a promised warm weekend.
The inland road home is faster than the shore route and very rural. In summer everyone seems host a yard sale. Having spent our $5 earlier, we pass on over.
As you can see there is a promise of fall here at Upper South Cove. This is close to the head of this inlet, an area subject to sea surge and periodic flooding, which sometimes involves the adjacent highway.
Much cooler here than at Mahone Bay. Note those remains of an overnight shower. A strangely under inspiring seascape!
But the garden still has a few close-up jewels to look at.
Here Lunenburg and Mahone Bay are topographically compared. In both cases there is some low land close to the Salt. Those grey areas are subject to flooding. Residential and prime business areas of Lunenburg are located on three precipitous hills, guaranteeing a daily cardio-vascular workout whether you want it or not. You can climb hills in Mahone Bay but usually for recreational purposes. In Lunenburg all facilities are scattered and many are located at the periphery of both Old Town (Fisheries Museum area) and New Town (Green Street area), making an automobile a necessity. Both places have an aging population but in Mahone Bay you won't need a $5 taxi to go for groceries, beer, or Tim Horton's coffee.
We currently live on the side of one of those steep drumlins. No problem in these fine days of warm weather, and as resident outbackers we know about fine unsupervised sand beaches like this one at Feltzen South, seven minutes away by car. It is not a tourist destination and unmarked except for a small sign that reads "Beach Access." As August approached expiry, we went here for a walk. The long-range forecast for September continues to advertise above normal temperatures with a breeze. Mahone Bay which is a bit warmer than these open Atlantic locations will be at its best this coming month, while the Lunenburg Bay area may be too cool for absolute comfort on some of these last days of summer.
Upper South Cove is a fairly broad stretch of salt water. The view on the road home is almost entirely at water's edge. There is a motel on that point of land at right. According to Google's topographic map we are located about 9 metres above sea level and the driveway can be a problem during the winter. Sometimes we have to park the car at roadside and carry supplies up an ice or snow covered embankment. We love this place, so will continue to work around this small impediment as long as health permits. However, since all good things... we can see an ultimate relocation to a place with indoor parking, and that means Mahone Bay.
The hills behind our home are equal in height to those in Lunenburg Town. If you want to experience a really interesting winter you might consider this neighbouring house once featured in Harrowsmith. Worth looking at for a reminder of times long past. All those grey lands are ultimately doomed as real estate prospects. Our ancestors had the sense to build away from the verge of land and sea. In case of tsunami, that very high location would make a good choice. Felzens Beach is the second near island down the coast. It lies due south of our homestead in Lower South Cove of Lunenburg Bay.