Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Out and About, a Symphony in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

An Overwintered Boat on the waterfront near the twin schooners
Will spring ever arrive? Ahhhhhhh....  Took a run up to Lunenburg a few days back, one of those blue sky, sunny, still, very cold days. Two schooners are being built on the waterfront, and I must say, it's great to follow their blog and see the progress, but actually standing beside the hulls, in all their glory, well, it was a monumental experience.
Two women caulked one of the boats, while another worker faired the hull. The second schooner has not been faired yet and has more work to be done on it (see below). The Twin Schooners blog keeps the locals and the not so local, well informed of the progress.
Is that stern not totally SWEET!

Unfaired and not caulked yet.
This area of Nova Scotia has a huge history of boat building, but it's been a long time since we've seen schooners built on the waterfront. There's another even bigger schooner being rebuilt just minutes from these two, our Ambassador, the famous Bluenose II. View the webcam where you can watch the rebuild in action.

As for garden action..well some bloggers are reporting the winter gap for vegetables in the garden, although we do have some beets and carrots under the row cover, and a variety of greens still available in the covered raised bed. But really, to be honest, I am looking forward to spring, ripping out those greens in a short while and replanting fresh, especially arugula and mizuna. The snow is back now, arriving just when I began to see bulbs pushing through the ground. Fired up by those few days of sun, I had cut down the ornamental grasses and started to pull the old tomato vines off the trellis at the back of the garden. But now it's back to the white stuff.
Inside, my spirits are lifted by the tiny Tete a Tete daffodils growing in pots on the windowsill. Thanks to blogger Gwynneth from her Etsy Shop, they are truly enhanced by her terrific thrown pots, Tenmoku glazed sitting pretty on dainty sculpted feet. Spring's waiting, just over the horizon!
Thanks GZ !


  1. I like those pots and I've recently discovered Gwynnethe's blog - she lives only miles from where I used to and where Jane's parent's live. How long before I order some too? Actually, I want a huge bread crock!

  2. Must be amazing do see those boats in person! There are a few Tete a Tete blooming here in the garden now (way early). They have the littlest sweetest blooms.

  3. Believe it or not Brenda, we had a brief snowfall here today on Vancouver island. I don't know if we've ever had snow this late. Your place looks beautiful in the snow. The wee daffs are adorable. Your home just radiates your spirit.

  4. Awe ... the boats are amazing! Nice that you had an up close look at them being worked on! I love to see the schooners out in the Bay here!

    We had snow, wind, ice and rain yesterday ... all the schools were closed. The weatherman says we may have a repeat tomorrow ... oh dear .. I am ready for spring!


  5. I'm so glad you visited my blog so that I had a chance to return the visit. I've had a nice little look-around and will be back for more. Like you, I am a transplanted Cape Bretoner. Small world!

  6. I'm starting to get a little antsy about spring here too. Will it be early, will it be late? I feel like I'm constantly checking and rechecking the weather for signs of warmth. I'm amazed you were able to get out and cut down the grasses and vines. Our drifts are still too high to go without snowshoes in the yard.

  7. beautiful boats, good to see craft skills keeping going.
    Thanks for showing the pots working!