Monday, August 14, 2006

Nova Scotia and the beaches

The best part about our week long stay in Nova Scotia had to be the BEACH!! Since I've been living in Ottawa for a long time now (almost 15 years - yikes!) I really miss the beach and especially the sand and the ocean. I think I really took it for granted when I grew up. I was so excited to share the smells, the beauty and the excitement of the beach with my own children.

Pete, being a little older than David, was obviously a little more excited about spending time at the beach. Making sandcastles topped his list of favourite things to do, with chasing waves a close second. He was a brave little guy and not afraid of the frigid Atlantic ocean temperatures one little bit!

David also had fun in the water and loved to be able to crawl around when we found a shallow area where warmer water had pooled. He was very interested in following his big brother and doing whatever he did!


Even I got a moment to enjoy the sun, sand and waves . . .

This is the view down one side of Summerville Beach, which was about 5 minutes away from the cottage we stayed at . . . it's one of the best beaches in Nova Scotia (or the world!??).

This is taken on the wharf near Hunt's Point Beach, and our cottage is in the background of this picture. It was great to be so close to the beach so the boys could go down and play in the sand or water whenever they got a chance.

Rudy decided he, too, liked the cold water and went for swim himself . . .

We spent one afternoon at Carter's Beach, another nearby beach, with my dad. Peter was very excited to build sandcastles with his grand-dad.





This is the view one evening from our cottage as we watched a beautiful sunset.

David relaxing with some cheerios . . .

Grand-dad getting ready to read Pete a story . . .

. . . while Nana reads David "Hand Hand Finger Thumb".

And had to share this last interesting photo . . . while driving the kids to a local playground one morning, we drove by Bowater Mersey, the local pulp and paper plant. We stood in awe as we watched this big arm lift up this huge truck as it unloaded it's cargo (probably wood or chips) into the massive dumpster below. The truck was basically perpendicular to the ground at one point!!! We couldn't not take a picture!

We have zillions of other pictures but I'll have to save them for my upcoming scrapbooking endeavours. We had a fabulous vacation and couldn't have asked for things to go any smoother. We took the ferry back from Digby to Saint John, then drove to Edmonston where we stayed the night in a motel. The next morning we drove to Quebec City where we stopped for a few hours and let Pete run around on the Plains of Abraham.

Everyone was excited to arrive back in Ottawa and get back to regular life again . . . but we miss the sound of the crashing waves as we fall asleep at night ;-)

4 comments:

lexa said...

Our boys love to watch the wood chip trucks go up on that ramp to empty their loads! Once in awhile they get an up-close view if we go with Daddy to the mill. (Sometimes we go with him when he drives a container of paper to Halifax.)

Nice beach pictures! We usually go to Beach Meadows.

Donna said...

Your pictures are great and I have never seen that truck thing at Bowaters! Next year will be even more fun as the boys will be older and able to enjoy more activities!

Debbie said...

How wonderful to see you all, Shannon, doing those same things we all did as children! You've made me terribly homesick for that ocean sound/smell thing, and I am looking forward to going back, and building our little slice of heaven on the south shore. The family all look so wonderful... glad it went well for you all...love from Ian and I...

Barbara said...

Fab pics!

 
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