East Coast Loving

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.

The photo below was the backyard of one of the places we saw for sale. Can you imagine looking out at the Atlantic Ocean in all of its vastness: paradise. 

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.

The one thing I did buy was my favourite Eillen Fisher wool dress in black that had been destroyed by moths in spite of my anti-moth care methods (washing everything before putting away the wools for the season and using cedar, lavender, and copious amounts of Laundress spray.) I’ve been waiting forever for Garnet Hill to have a sale that included her line and finally they did. 
We are having a last heat wave here, but look forward to retreating into my fall clothes. We had a preview of chilly fall weather in Nova Scotia and it was heaven. I lived in sweaters under a J. Crew excursion vest the entire time and was happy as a clam. 
I even pulled out my Lady Di sheep sweater replica. 
Source: Vanity Fair
If you want something great to read this fall, I suggest Holly Robinson’s Folly Cove. It takes place at an inn in Massachusetts in the fall. It’s a perfect read on a chilly fall day! It’s my November selection at the 1010ParkPlace Book Club launching soon and I’d love you to read along. 
I also implore you to read David Brooks’ column this week. I love his words: “Souls are not saved in bundles.” No, they are not. 
I hope you have a happy October filled with pumpkins and magic and spiced lattes and good books. 


  1. So much good stuff in this post!Lunenburg, I love it. We spent two weeks there in 2009 in a house on the ocean. The house had a ghost and not a friendly one, we had a great time but I was happy to leave the house and finally get some sleep!I also love Chester, lovely town and I like the way it is situated on the water. Love Zac Posen's stuff for Brooks Brothers, I bought some of the spring line when it went on super sale in August (while in Chicago). The fabrics are amazing, and the tailoring!Dying over the sheep sweater, so preppy good. Will source that book and join you on your book club XO


  2. You are too sweet, Dani. I love Chester too. And Mahone Bay. Really, I love it all. I hope you like the book. I'm a sucker for a book about strong women and family secrets set in a beautiful location. xoxo


  3. Love this post! I have ideas about nova scotia that seem probably more romantic than it might be.PS I am not getting updates of your blog!! It doesn't seem to be updating on my blogroll and not notifications on blogger… ugh. I will try and rejig xx


  4. It does seem romantic. I reached out to a friend of a friend who has moved there and they say it's as ideal as it looks. I'm optimistic! Thanks for the heads up on blogger. I've moved around too much, I fear. I'm here at readjenlawrence.com permanently but my previous hopping around has probably confused bloglovin et al. Will try to fix. xo


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