Yesterday was glorious...sunshine, soft breezes, and no need for sweaters. What could be better.
It was our first day trip this year, and a perfect start to hopefully many. Our intention was to head out down the South Shore and get to Shelburne to check out the lobster festival there. But it's two and a half hours each way and our local friends suggested waiting until July 6th for the Pictou Lobster Carnival that is their favorite.
So, we headed off to one of our favorite areas - the Annapolis Valley and see if we could venture further than we did last year.
One of the most impressive natural phenomena of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick...the incredible changes in the tides. It is even more spectacular on the Bay of Fundy which is on our list of new Nova Scotia discoveries (for us) for this summer. That said, this photo was taken at 2:30 in the afternoon and you can barely make out the two fishermen on the dock who were getting their nets ready to take out on their boats. And a grandfather and son were at the end of the pier getting their fishing rods ready. I asked them what they could possibly fish for in the mud. The answer..."nothing, but within an hour when the tide comes in, there will be plenty of bass". As for getting the boats out into the Minas Basin, by 4:30 PM (high tide) the water will have elevated the boats practically up to the dock. We were too impatient to wait around though. That's for another day.
roasted salmon)...two very tasty liqueurs - The Dazzling Damson Plum with sweet basil (apparently great for martinis and I'm sure tossed with fresh berries) and Cafe Diablo with spicy anise that will be perfect drizzled over vanilla ice cream.
On to Wolfville to check out the local farmers market and have some lunch at The Tempest.
But, too hungry to stop and chat and intent on having lunch at The Tempest, we just did a quick tour this time. Next time, we'll savor some of the food prepared on site. But this time....
All in all...a wonderful outing and all within an hour or so from home base - Halifax.