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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saskatchewan Bound!!

Left this morning for Moose Jaw but our first stop is usually Swift Current basically because that the time we get here we have had enough of being in the van!! LoL


Tonnes of grain cars on their way to varies different terminals around the prairies.


Old church in the heritage park at Swift Current.


Just a peaceful spot among the trees.


Love old farm equipment and can you beat that sky!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Toronto Skyline from the 22nd Floor of the Best Western

Waited for a little while to get this want the right colours in the sky and well I think it turned out pretty good!!  It was a neat perspective ... Kinda like being up the high to get some different shots!!!


It is kinda small on here but will up load to my other site once I get home!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Travel Day From Halifax Back to Toronto

Spending a couple of days in Toronto, to visit friends and remind myself how big this place really is!!!

Got in rather late so went and found some supper and come back to the room to crash.  However, we are on the 22nd floor and there is some great night shots out the window so I took advantage of it.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Peggy's Cove ~ August 25th

Went out to Peggy's Cove today ... what a beautiful place but ever so busy, big tourist spot but I bet when everyone goes home it is quite quiet and peaceful place to be.

The land here is all rock, it makes for an interesting way of life ... no farming here ... all the soil is brought in for family gardens.  Even the dead have to be buried further inland.



Peggy’s Cove

This picturesque village and lighthouse are among the most photographed places in Canada.  A romantic folk tale is told about how the Cove got its name.  Young Peggy was travelling to Halifax to meet her fiancé when the ship she was on foundered on the rocks.  She was rescued by local folk, and when visitors went to see her they would say they were going to see “Peggy of the Cove”.

Collision of crustal plates beneath the ocean floor forced molten material to the surface, which was solidified as greyish-white coarse-grained granite.  The rocks have been here for 350 years, give or take a few million; the crustal plates are still moving but no more than a inch a century, and there hasn’t  been a …. hereabouts for 10,000 years.  Enjoy and be careful, especially when venturing on the rocks  Andplease be considerate of villagers private properties.

Peggy’s Cove is home to friendly fishermen, the nearby barrens are controlled conservation area, and the irresistible sea, as it has for millions of years still breaks on the immovable shore.




Peggy's Point Lighthouse
~A Little History

It was decided to erect a light to mark the eastern entrance to St. Margaret's Bay in 1868. While best known as "the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse", it was and remains, officially know as the Peggy's Point Lighthouse as its purpose is to mark the point, not the cove. The cove has its own small light on the government wharf. The first lighthouse was a wooden tower, built atop a keeper's dwelling at the point. It was a red light and used a catoptric reflector (a round silver-plated mirror) to magnify the kerosene oil lamp.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Darmouth .. We have Arrived!!

Left Sydney quite early and made really good time and arrived about 1130a.  We couldn't get into our room so we decided to hear down to the pier and check things out!!!  There was an Art festival going on, music, food and shopping what more do you need!!!


I love sailboats and water reflections!!!  This is a busy spot ... where the ferry comes in.


Music .. not to bad stuff either ... found a shady spot ... sat and listened for a bit!!


Food was great!!!  Lobster roll and the view of the harbour, how can you beat that!!


Halifax


Macdonald Bridge


Ferry Terminal on the Darmouth Side

And the day end with a pretty sunset ... that we were a little slow to shoot but still worth it!!



Off to Peggy's Cove!!!  In the Morning!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Last Day to Explore Sydney!!

Decided to tour along the water front, Today.  However, we had to wait until later in the day because Mother Nature decided it needed to rain most of the morning.

So went down and decided to have lunch and by the time we were all done, the sun came out and it actually got rather hot!!







Friday, August 22, 2014

Lazy Day!!

Always need a lazy day, just a little bit of shooting and lots of relaxing.  Did did up some clothes but did something I have never down ... put this clothes out on the line. Yes, I know so sad the things that make my day, HuH!!!  LoL


Yes, I did have to share this with you!!

Tried to catch the sun set this evening but still didnt have any luck.  But did find a couple of really pretty churches hidden away in on the back roads.




Will have many more images to share once I get home.  It has been a busy but exciting experience well worth every minute!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cabot Trail

The name Micmaq means "my kin-friends", these Natives lived throughout Cape Breton Island in small groups prior to being placed on reserves. In the year 1497 the first Europeans, led by the famed explorer John Cabot arrived on Cape Breton. Cabot's discovery of the island led to it's eventual settlement by Europeans, mainly by the Scots, Irish, French and English. This mixture of cultures remains on the the island to this day.


The Cabot Trail

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cape Breton Sight Seeing Adventures


Long Beach, Donkin, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia



Port Morien



Fort Petrie


New Victoria Lighthouse and Out Going Ferry

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Louisbourg ... Where it all Began!!!

Fortress Louisbourg is a Canadian National Historical Site in Nova Scotia.  

The original settlement was made in 1713, and initially called Havre à l'Anglois. Subsequently, the fishing port grew to become a major commercial port and a strongly defended fortress. The fortifications eventually surrounded the town. The walls were constructed mainly between 1720 and 1740. By the mid-1740s Louisbourg was one of the most extensive (and expensive) European fortifications constructed in North America. It was supported by two smaller garrisons on Île Royale located at present-day St. Peter's and Englishtown.

The Fortress of Louisbourg suffered key weaknesses, since it was erected on low-lying ground commanded by nearby hills and its design was directed mainly toward sea-based assaults, leaving the land-facing defences relatively weak. A third weakness was that it was a long way from France or Quebec, from which reinforcements might be sent. It was captured by British colonists in 1745, and was a major bargaining chip in the negotiations leading to the 1748 treaty ending the War of the Austrian Succession. It was returned to the French in exchange for border towns in what is today Belgium. It was captured again in 1758 by British forces in the Seven Years' War, after which its fortifications were systematically destroyed by British engineers. The British continued to have a garrison at Louisbourg until 1768.


Cannons


Louisbourg Gate


Sticking up a pocket.



Closing Time ... Piper and Drummer.

video


Cannon off and just about jumped out of my skin!!  Yes, I it was loud!!! LoL :)



Firing of the Cannon at 5pm is the closing of the fort for the day.  Great performance, everyone we meet did an excellence job!!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day In Cape Breton!!

What a beautiful place!!!  Its so green here!!  And a little wet but thats ok :)


Low Point Lighthouse, New Victoria.


Sydney Pier


Yacht Club 

I promise to write more, but its late and just wanted to share a few fun shots before bed.  Good Night All!!