The Mr. and I had a little getaway to Nova Scotia last weekend, with the idea of checking out some property. I’ve always loved the ocean and we liked the idea of a little bolthole by the sea I could retreat to when the wilds of Oakville prove to be too much. I’d been to PEI but never to Nova Scotia so I thought I should take a little look before we bought.
Over the weekend, we flew into Halifax and then drove 1400km, checking out one coastal community after another. There are so many charming places there, it is really hard to narrow things down. For the same money you can get a huge amount of open ocean frontage along the Northumberland Straight or a house in Lunenburg.
Can you imagine living here in Lunenburg? (It’s not for sale right now. I’m imagining too.)
It’s across the street from the Lunenburg Academy, which has its very own ghost. You can rent office or studio space there!
I’m writing about history and magic and witches and cannot imagine a more inspiring spot.
Then again, these places are not too shabby either.
I ate my body weight in seafood, consuming bowl after bowl of seafood chowder in Tatamagouche at The Chowder House (we were there a couple of times because it was soooo good.) You can also buy handmade chocolates and buttermallow bars at the Tipperary Bakery and Cafe, which are divine (we brought a box home!)
I also ate like a horse in Lunenburg. I highly recommend the Grand Banker if you are there. The Acadian seafood stew is to die for. And The Savvy Sailor has amazing breakfasts. I dare you to eat just one piece of the bacon: impossible! You can taste campfire smoke in each bite. Delish!
The only place I would not feel at home was one spot, that shall remain nameless, where we spotted a baby with no helmet on an mud-covered ATV (it was sitting in a car seat in the passenger seat.) Now, I’m all for accepting different styles of parenting, but if you have to pick the bugs out of your infant’s tiny teeth, I’m just not sure we will have a lot in common!
In other news, I’ve been writing, writing, writing. I’m better friends with the women in my book that with real live people these days. I need to get out more.
I’ve not done much fall shopping. I took my son to Brooks Brothers to get him a jacket for the wedding and was impressed by what Zac Posen has done there this year. If I had an occasion to wear it, I’d buy this gown.
But alas, the only event requiring a new set of clothes is my wedding. And I’ve already got something for that.
I’m kind of loving Face Stockholm’s cosmetics bags. They come in every colour possible, but I’m partial to the lavender velvet one myself. Maybe that will be a Black Friday treat for me.