Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Surf's Up!

As promised, here's an update on our life here in Nova Scotia :o)

On March 10, DH and I packed up my car and a rental minivan (and yes, they were PACKED), said good-bye to my bachelorette pad and headed out on a seven hour drive to our new home. As we crossed the border, I stuck my hand out the window and waved adios to New Brunswick :o)

By the time we found our rental place it was dark but let me tell you, that did not diminish the 'WOW' factor! As DH and I unloaded the cars, we listened to the waves crashing just a few yards away and we watched as a brilliant full moon washed light over the water. Home.

DH took a week off before he started work so it was wonderful to spend the time with him as we explored our new surroundings :o) We are literally right 'on' the beach. I'm amazed that the province lets people build so close to the water. Our rental is located in a much sought out area because of the beautiful sandy beaches. When the tide goes out, you have lots of space to walk and explore -

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Brie is absolutely in love with the beach and she just goes crazy when she can get down there and run around like a crazy dog :o) Because we are right on the Atlantic Ocean, the water is cold but I'll be curious to see what she does come summer. She loves digging up shells and even found a small crab one day. I don't think Mr. Crab was too impressed so we let him be. LOL! Thankfully she will never (hopefully) meet our resident seal, Summerville. From time to time you'll see him basking on his rock quite a ways out.

I can definitely tell you that my creative mojo has returned! How could it not in such an inspirational spot as this? I've already taken a few dozen photographs but I'm learning to watermark before I post them. Eventually I hope to start selling my pieces, perhaps locally and on the internet. In the meantime, here's a picture of the Princess posing for the camera -

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It seems that we are within the best surfing areas of Nova Scotia. Who would have thought! When I think of surfing, I think Hawaii or Australia. Apparently it's quite popular here. DH is talking about taking up the sport but I'll be happy just to sit on the beach and 'observe'. Cold + water do not mix well for me ;o)

DH started work on March 16 and it's so nice to see him come home at night with a smile on his face :o) He's got a lot of training left to do but he seems happy and in his element. Of course all the toys that he's been given add to the fun. He's just like a kid on Christmas morning! LOL! I'm so jealous that I've even considered going into training myself. I said "considered"! ;o)

I've met a lot of the people that DH is working with/for and they are all super people. It's like one huge family and his office is very family oriented which is nice. Through his training period, DH made a few friends that live close by so in some ways it doesn't feel like we are new here at all. Of course it does help to know a few things in advance -
  • The town of Port Mouton is pronounced Port Ma-toon. If you pronounce it the other way, you're automatically targeted as a newbie.
  • It's very wise to always make sure you have $4 on you whenever you go through the toll at Cobequid Pass. I doubt very much you'll find $4 worth of change if you dig through your car seats.
  • Always use your signal light when changing lanes. The fine here is $150!
  • And FINALLY, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in this province. YES! 'Bout time.

20 comments:

mumzy said...

Wow! That is quite the fine for not signaling. I guess they must stress the fact that one should keep their minds on their driving.

Every time I talk to you, I get a little bit more jealous of your new location. We are definitely coming to visit soon. So glad you are both so happy about your new residence.

{{{Hugs & Love to both of you}}}

Natasha said...

All I can say is WOW!! What beautiful place to wake up to every morning....Your little dog looks quit content on that rock :)

Natasha
who is enjoying these pictures :)

Annie said...

So you get to be a beach bum now. How cool is that!

I remember the movie, "Gidget Goes Nova Scotian".

Karen said...

wow it looks like you have landed in heaven , the princess looks very much at home
glad you are liking it there

Rachael said...

Wow sounds just wonderful, I am so happy for you and your DH!!
Glad your Mojo is returning!!

Alberta said...

Cathey...I'm so amazed by your new surroundings...no snow in sight! You gave me a little respite from our very white and cold spring start! Thank you!

~Tammy said...

OMG the view is incredible. This is your very own little piece of heaven.

Your pictures are stunning. Little Brie is too cute on the rock. Funny, Daisy hates the water.

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling at home already.

WendyCarole said...

What a brill photo. Glad to hear you are enjoying it all

Irene said...

WOW what a view ! And to wake up to it every morning, must be heavenly. So nice to hear the happiness in your "words". Look forward to seeing more pictures of the area.

Sharon said...

What great pictures! Nova Scotia sounds great and living on the beach sounds like a dream. Is a very expensive place to be? 4 dollars for a toll sounds kind of high and that fine for signal lights is pretty big too. I think our beach toll here is 2 dollars now-it was one for many years.

Daffycat said...

Oh, Cathey, your new home sounds wonderful! I'm so glad Brie is happy too. Did Duncan and Pickles come with?

~Tammy said...

I've left a comment/reward (2x) on my blog for you.

Ranae said...

Oh Gawd! you are so lucky, That landscape should do something for your creative mojo,lol I need some of that. It's gorgeous.
I think you should invite us there for a stitch in, lol

Kathryn said...

Personally I think anyone who turns without signaling should have their head chopped off, but that's just me.

In northern California one of the most famous surfing spots on the mainland is Mavericks near Half Moon Bay. Because of the Arctic current, the water is about 55 degrees F or less year round. They just surf in wetsuits, so why not in Nova Scotia which has the advantage of the warmer Gulf Stream?

I'm glad you are enjoying this lovely spot and your husband is enjoying his job.

Lori-Ann said...

Hhmmm... my new design would be VERY fitting in your new digs!! LOL.

Cobequid Pass?... Is that the one that gets backed up in a snow storm? Oh, well... Spring is nearly here.

I can see why you are so inspired. Lucky duck.

Yea... Mouton is french for sheep (anyone tell them that? LOL)

Olenka's Stitches said...

Wow, it sounds like a great place. And what great trafic rules!
Take care!

Erynne said...

Oh WoW! Absolutely gorgeous!
What's it like sleeping at night so close to the ocean?

Brigitte said...

Oh, what a beautiful place this is. You live where other people go on vacation. I loved looking at all those wonderful pictures. Enjoy your new surroundings to the fullest.

Sharon said...

I am so happy for you and your husband Cathey, I have heard many people say Nova Scotia is one of the prettiest places on earth. I have a good friend who lives in Meteghan, Digby County, is that anywhere near you? She is a crosstitcher too. I love the look of your blog too, pretty pumpkins. ((((enjoy your new home)))) xoxox

stitcherw said...

Wow your new location looks great, what a fantastic view you have. Cute picture too, she looks like she could be posing as a Lifeguard Dog standing on the little hill like that. The graduation photos were great too, got to love a man in a uniform, yup, pretty hot. BTW, belated congratulations on finishing SeaSide, it turned out gorgeous.
Sue