September 25, 2005

Sky, sky, and more sky

First, a word of apology to the Sackville climate. I didn’t mean to imply that it had been overly rainy here in general — in fact, the weather has been lovely, most of the time: bright blue, cool and sunny, with a nice breeze, interspersed with the occasional thunderstorm (a generally pleasant occurrence in itself). I was just tired and cranky when I wrote my last entry.

Second, even though I haven’t posted in time for Sandy’s contest, I was inspired by it to take some sky pictures. Ok, alot of sky pictures — but I’ll only inflict a sampling on you.

In spite of what I said above, this past Friday was, indeed, a very rainy, grey day — so this is what the sky looked like here in the afternoon:


Not the best day for a drive, but I’d planned to go visit my parents at their cabin in Nova Scotia, just overnight Friday. Mark was going to come too, but unfortunately he was laid low with a nasty cold, so I left him shivering in his blankets and drove the 2 hours (well, it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes, but the rain slowed me down, as did the 50 km detour I made as a result of a wrong turning) to my parents’ place. When I got there I found the sky not substantially improved:


However, by the time the sun set, there was a break in the gloom toward the west:


My mom and I took a quick walk down towards the shore and took a couple more shots along the way:



This was a sign of good things to come, for when we arose the next morning, this was the view from the back of their property:


Their place is on the Minas Basin at the end of the Bay of Fundy, a 15 minute walk from the shore. Before I left to drive home we went down to the beach for a quick ramble while the tide was out. The shore is mainly sandstone, carved out by the force of the sea and the extraordinary tides of the region (for some reason my camera declined to record the bright red quality of the rock):


Of course I had to record our presence on the beach — first my parents, then me and my mother:



I’ve also included some pictures of my parents’ place, for those who are curious — but I’ll leave them as popups, since this is already a picture-laden post. The living room, the dining room, and part of the upstairs, where I slept. It’s a cosy, lovely place, though it’s a work in progress — I didn’t take any pictures of the ripped out walls and the construction projects.

One last picture, this one of a local attraction, Burnt Coat park. This is me standing in front of the Burnt Coat “flowerpot” which has been separated from the peninsula in the last 30 years by the action of the tides. The tide is out right now, but you can see how high it gets by the obvious waterline where the erosion stops. After having this picture taken, I got in the car and zipped home to comfort poor Mark, and, sadly, to succumb to the same illness. I’m hoping I didn’t pass it on to my parents and grandmother, too!


Posted by Aven at September 25, 2005 02:01 PM

Great pics Aven! I am soooo coming to visit you…..

Sorry you are not feeling well, have a bowl of soup!

Posted by: Dani at September 25, 2005 03:20 PM

It looks absolutely gorgeous in N.B. Aven. It’s great that you’re close to your parents place..well..reasonably close :) I love looking at keep them coming ;) Your parents cabin is very the upstairs bedroom you were using :) Dont’ worry about feeling grumpy when it’s raining; rainy days will do that to you. Hope both you and Mark start feeling better and get over your colds very fast. Now..when I’m watching the weather channel, I’m checking out the Sackville area as well ;) I’ve heard the weather in N.B. is severe, but boy will you get a lot of use out of those beautiful, heavy sweaters you’ve made for Mark over the last year eh? Missing you a lot but happy it’s getting easier for you now that you’re settling in. I’m also happy Tigger looks pretty comfortable as well :)

Posted by: jan at September 25, 2005 07:41 PM

Great photos! Sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

Posted by: Stephanie VW at September 26, 2005 01:42 PM

Isn’t Fundy Bay famous for the huge difference in the level of their tides?

Posted by: Laurie at September 26, 2005 03:34 PM

Hi there;

Your pictures are great—my family has a cottage in Nova Scotia (near Pictou) and yours reminds me a lot of theirs! I live in Montreal, so I miss them quite a bit. I wanted to see if you knew about a yarn store/sheep farm not too far away from you (maybe 2.5 hours?). The Lismore sheep farm in River John is at
and you can get there by the scenic route of the Sunrise trail, or you can drive to Truro, then Pictou on the TransCanada, and then out to River John. They have some nice stuff, not too expensive, and make their own wooden needles.

Posted by: Kate at September 27, 2005 09:37 AM

Aven, the pictures look amazing. And your new home is so cute!

Posted by: Jill at September 27, 2005 11:54 AM