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Thursday, August 29, 2013

pretty St. Martins



This is my third and final post on our day trip to St. Martins this past Sunday.  I took so many pictures and can't share them all but, I decided to share some of my favourites in 3 stages.  If you missed the first two posts please scroll down the page below this one.





There is a nice wharf with lobster boats tied up, and some lobster traps and buoys along the side.  The little buildings are gift shops.

There is a small park in the middle of the intersection along with a lighthouse across the street from it.



There are also not one, but two, covered bridges on the same creek and within sight of each other.  This is very rare and a famous tourist attraction.

The bridge in the foreground has 
Irish River # 1, Vaughan Creek 1935
 at the top of the entrance.  Can you see the other bridge in the background?

Here it is below.


I wish we had driven across this bridge and taken photos from the other side up on the hill.  Next time.


This house was across the park and had some things for sale in the side yard as well as ice cream at the right side porch door.

This sign was on the outside on a chalkboard.


How fun is that?  No, I didn't try it.
I was too full from our meal, even though I love ice cream.

And this has to be my favourite house/shop there.
I love all the bright colours don't you?



I love this!!

And this!

I left empty handed as we had to hurry back home to 3 dogs and a cat who would be hungry by the time we got there.  



We made a quick stop at Faye's little gift shop too.  I knew she was away this day but had to stop and see for sure.  I wish I could have done some looking and shopping there as I know Faye has some great vintage things and lots of home made goodies for sale.
Next year.


All in all it was a wonderful day.  We really enjoyed our time with Mark and Jenn and seeing this beautiful village, the beach, caves and Fundy Trail.  I'm glad you came along with me too.

 I'll have to find something new to blog about now.  


Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
Pamela




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

drive, walk, hike or bike the Fundy Trail


Today we'll continue our visit to St. Martins and the Fundy Trail.  If you missed yesterday's post please just scroll down to read it. 




There are many lookouts that one can stop at along the Parkway to enjoy the views of the Bay of Fundy or the shores and beaches.  
There are also trails that go the whole distance through the Parkway as well as short trails to certain areas.  One can walk, hike  or bicycle on these trails or drive the Parkway and stop when you wish.

We chose to drive straight to Big Salmon River first.  There is a beautiful Interpretive Centre there where you can learn about the history of the Big Salmon River.

The back porch of the Interpretive Centre overlooks the Big Salmon River which flows into the Bay of Fundy.  The tide is coming in and filling up the mouth of the river.


This is the new Parkway bridge which crosses the river and continues on up the coast.  As I mentioned in my last post, the Parkway is not finished but will eventually end at Fundy National Park.  Can you see the small suspension bridge under the bridge?
It's up the river a bit.


The swinging suspension bridge.


Someone likes to make the bridge bounce!

We did a short hike on the other side of the river then came back and walked out to the mouth of the river.


We then got in the car and drove across the bridge and along the Parkway.  This is one of the massive rock cuts made for the road.  I can't imagine the amount of rock they removed from here.  




We stopped at a few lookouts.  This one looks down at the Interpretive Centre and the mouth of the river.



Another lookout that looks down on a lookout on one of the trails.


Murray, me, Jenn and Mark



Such beautiful views from different vantage points.  We were really hungry at this point so turned back and made one more stop to view Melvin Beach.  This beach is accessible on one of the trails but we didn't have time to do it this day.  Murray and I have done it before.  There are a lot of stairs to go down then up.






When we got back to the caves beach the tide was in and this is what it looked like below.




Here is a before and after photo of the beach.


You can see how high the water gets when the tide is in.  Look at the end of the point where the trees are.

We had our lunch at 3:00 at The Caves Restaurant.  They are known for their "world famous" clam chowder and fish and chips.  I enjoyed fried clams and chips.  Yum!



After we filled our bellies we drove down the road to the covered bridges and the lighthouse.  There are several gift shops along the small wharf and on the other side of the little park.  It's so pretty there.  I guess I'll have to make it a 3 part series on our visit so come back again for the last 'episode'.  :)



Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your kind comments.
I hope these posts on the beauty of our province (and the recent ones of our trip to British Columbia and Alberta) might inspire you to visit one day.

Blessings,

Pamela



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

a day trip to St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy




On Sunday we took a little day trip to St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy which is about 2 hours from here.  This was once a bustling shipbuilding town in the 1800's and now it is a summer tourist town.  

It is known for it's beautiful stoney beach and the caves that have been formed by years of erosion from the high tides of the Bay of Fundy.

There are gift shops and eateries, a campground, and some beautiful inns in historic houses, a famous lighthouse (Quaco), a wharf with lobster boats tied up, another lighthouse and 2 covered bridges.  It is also home to the start of the famous Fundy Trail.

The Fundy Trail winds over the coastline toward Fundy National Park.  It isn't complete at this point but work is still being done on it.  There are many trails one can walk, bike or hike on to view the different vistas along the way.  Please go to this link to learn more about this beautiful spot in New Brunswick.

We started at the beach so we could explore the caves before the tide comes in.  It was low tide at 9:25 or so and we got there at noon.  We had to hustle.


This is our son, Mark, and his fiancé, Jenn, standing at the mouth of the largest cave.

Sunday was a beautiful sunny and hot summer day.  Perfect for going to the coast.  One can be enjoying wonderful sunshine where we live but it could be 10 degrees cooler and cloudy or foggy on the coast.  That day it was perfect.


The inside of the cave looks bright but it wasn't.  I was standing in the bright sunlight when I took the photo.  It isn't very deep but it is tall and wide.


Inside the cave looking out.


The two 'circles' in the cliff appear to be the early formation of new caves.  I wonder how many thousands of years it will take.


This is a rocky outcrop covered with seaweed.  
The tide is starting to turn back in at this point so we don't dawdle in this area.  The tide can cover the rocks and beach very quickly.




We had to cross 3 little streams with wet slimy rocks to get to the caves.  Water shoes or sandals are recommended or you get your feet wet!
We were prepared after a previous visit when we were in sneakers.
Lesson learned.  :)



Looking back over to the caves where we were walking.

We then headed for the Fundy Trail Parkway which I will share with you tomorrow.  

I hope you come back.
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  
I always like to hear from you.

Blessings,
Pamela



Monday, August 26, 2013

all the rain seems to help the garden grow






I love this corner of the rock garden this time of year.
It's so bright with pink blooms of cosmos and coneflower.

We've had a lot of rain in August but the past two weekends were sunny and hot with a couple of thunderstorms in between to keep things damp and growing.

Liatris.

Rudbekia


Hydrangea blossom.....

.....from this bush!

loaded again this year


Clematis Jackmanii


Blue Endless Summer Hydrangea blossom

This plant was new last year and had 7 blooms on it.  This year it had 3 although it grew in size.  The deer had a few nibbles in the spring as it was leafing out which reduced the number of blooms.

One of the window boxes on the deck railing.  They did really well this year.

The tub of herbs are doing great too.  The basil smells so yummy when the wind blows by it and it tastes good in salads too.


There are still some hummingbirds around the feeders and flowers.  This little one stopped for a rest the other day.  I took the picture through the dining room window so it's a bit blurry.


David Phillips, the senior climatologist with Environment Canada, says that "unseasonably warmer and drier weather for the fall in the province (of New Brunswick) and the rest of the region will happen thanks to a persistent area of high pressure prevailing across Atlantic Canada".  We will expect warmer-than-normal weather over the next three months.  Our temperatures for mid-September could be in the mid-20's (seventies F).
Sounds great to me!!

He also stated that "one of the benefits of historic rainfall amounts this summer will be a spectacular fall foliage display".  
Lots of pictures to be taken.

He also said "we can expect a hurricane in September to impact the eastern seaboard including this region".  
{all quotes from the Daily Gleaner's Laverne Stewart}
That could be interesting!

With that kind of weather forecast I can look forward to our extended summer until September 22 when fall arrives and then for a nice fall too. 


We enjoyed a beautiful day trip to St. Martins on Sunday and I'll post on that, hopefully tomorrow.

Blessings,
Pamela



Saturday, August 24, 2013

historic Odell Cottage








Odell Cottage is one of my favourite homes in the old
downtown plat of Fredericton.



This cottage was built in 1855 by William Odell on a pasture 
lot extending to Kings' College 
(now the University of New Brunswick).  

It is a wood frame structure with an ell on the back.




In the mid 1970's I boarded at this house during one winter.
It belonged to a cousin of my father's.
My bedroom was where the two windows are in the above photo.

the side wrap porch

On this day when my friend and I were walking we met up 
with the cousin who now lives in this house.
She graciously gave us a tour of the inside bringing back 
memories of my time living there.  
Few changes have been made other than fresh paint and large
garden doors to a back patio.
It still remains a beautiful cottage with it's original doors, windows, woodwork etc.


This side wrap porch is beautiful with ornate trim.
The cottage has been pink for a long time.


It is also known as Fiddlehead Cottage because
of the fiddle head shapes in the carving on the porch.

Isn't it just the sweetest cottage?



There are some very beautiful old homes in Fredericton.
These photos were taken in September 2012.


It is a beautiful day here and tomorrow we are going to St. Martin's along the Bay of Fundy to explore the caves and the Fundy Trail.  We'll also be dining on some seafood.  And you know I'll be taking pictures.  I also hope to visit Faye at her little shop "House of Henry".  Her delightful blog is The Blessed Hearth.   Drop over and see what she's been making this week.  
 Watch for a new blogpost soon!

Enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,
Pamela







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