Road trip- The Sunrise Trail

On Sunday we finally got back to the Northeastern shore of Nova Scotia. My daughter and I loved getting to the Seafoam Lavender farm last year and wanted to go again . We took my niece from NY as well while she was here visiting. I said last time that this trip should be done over 2 days and I feel it again this year that we should have taken 2 days. There is just so much to see!

Our 1st planned stop was an Antique shop I like in Great Village but I hadn’t checked the time it was open on Sundays so we were there too early. We didn’t have time in our schedule to wait so off we went to our next stop which was the Tipperary Cafe in Tatamagouche for brunch. They are known for their butter tarts but the baker was off so we didn’t get to have one this time but the rest of the food was delicious!

Our second stop was to the Lismore Sheep Farm in River John. I love this farm! One reason I also wanted to go on Sunday was to experience their Sunday market and it was also their annual Sheep and Wool Day- there was sheep shearing, angora rabbits and lovely crafts people showing their wares as well as food trucks and farm goods. You can check a video clip of the sheep shearing on my Facebook page.

Next stop was the Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam. Dave the owner was very welcoming and gracious. The farm is situated on some lovely landscaped grounds with a new shelter to enjoy your picnic in the shade. Pets are not allowed on the grounds but they have a sheltered pet parking area. The annual Lavender festival was the weekend before but the lavender hadn’t quite hit their peak so we waited until this weekend to go so picking was at its best.  It wasn’t too busy so we got to park in a great spot and get right to picking our lavender ( after a 10 min rain shower).  We each got a small bundle to take home and dry. A 1 inch bundle is $5 + tax.  They were just at their prime- it is better to pick when they are still in bud form for drying purposes.  They are drying upside down in the dark right now- it will take about 1 week for them to dry.

 

 

Next we ventured back up the road in River John to visit the lovely Mabel Murple book shop owned by the author herself, Sheree Fitch. I have to admit I never read her books but I was intrigued to see this unique spot she has created for people and fans of her work to enjoy. She also has a lovely picturesque spot in the country with some farm animals, old apple trees and a unique indie book store situated right in the middle. As you can see there is lots of purple to match her main character Mabel! She has created a wonderful spot to dream and spend some time reading or relaxing. What a great job you have done Sheree!

From here we weren’t sure where to go. The girls were tired, it was hot and we were getting hungry.  After looking at the map, we decided to head back up the shore towards home and try to stop somewhere along the way to eat.  We stopped in Wallace and was going to try Whirligigs but it was just switching their kitchen for the supper hours and the menu was just a little out of our price range so went up to the family style restaurant called McMahons that advertised they were the home of the lobster burger. I didn’t feel like too much so decided to get their famous burger. It was surprisingly very good- I would have liked a homemade bun versus a standard hamburger bun but it was still good! The views out the window and deck were lovely.

Our last stop along the shore was in Pugwash. I had always heard of Pugwash and was intrigued to finally see this town last year. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it.  We discovered this little stretch of road that seems to hold a lot of history. I saw this old house called the Thinkers Lodge this year at the end of the road. You can see just the edge of it in the photo below. What I didn’t know until today is that it is available for tours and booking along with this other building I peeked into called the Lobster Factory. The perfect place for a wedding or conference!

Peek-A-Boo!

Well that concludes our tour of some of the Northeastern shore of NS. I still need to get all the way to Pictou and around the Amherst shore. Perhaps next year! If anyone knows of a lovely place we should or could stay overnight let us know!!

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day

Grace upon grace to you Mothers out there as we look forward to Mother’s day. (This post is a bit reflective and creative so hang in there!) We don’t always get it right and we walk around with a lot of guilt sometimes. Can I get an amen? As I approach Mother’s Day each year I always start to feel the baggage and guilt of what I haven’t done well as a mother and how my journey as a mother is not how I imagined it. I feel like I have not taught my kids enough, not been kind enough, not listened enough, not memorised enough Bible verses, etc. The list could go on and on.

My 2 favourite mothers I like to listen to are Ann Voskamp and Ruth Chou Simons. One is an artist in word and one in paint both raising large families. Everything they write or paint with words speaks to my soul. I feel like I’m not alone in how I process my feelings or how I’m feeling as a mother and woman in the world when I read their words. I would encourage you to find them on their websites if you need some inspiration and encouragement. Ann is at http://annvoskamp.com/2018/05/the-most-life-changing-thing-any-woman-can-do-for-herself-this-mothers-day-what-a-mother-actually-really-wants/

You can find Ruth at https://gracelaced.com/blogs/blog/if-we-were-having-coffee-today-speaking-truth-cuz-no-one-s-ever-grown-by-faking-it

These are their most recent posts. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram if you are on those social mediums as well.

Now let’s get to the creative side which is much more fun and lighthearted and keeps me sane on the days when chores and work seem to be the only things I do. I need this creative side as an outlet to fill my tank so that I can be a better wife, mother and worker. You can check out this article from Focus on the Family that really spoke to me too lately. https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/why-self-care-is-important-to-your-marriage

So I usually host Mother’s Day and I hadn’t started planning until a few days ago. When I finally sat down Sunday night to figure out my theme and how to present and DIY some gifts I had bought at IKEA recently, I came across a sweet printable set for Mother’s Day on thediymommy website http://thediymommy.com/french-country-inspired-mothers-day-printable-card-tags/ and that got me thinking about having lavender themed items. I have been a little obsessed about lavender the last few years. I have even tried planting some in Waterside and hope they thrive!  My daughter and I travelled to Seafoam, NS last summer for their Lavender Festival. What a beautiful drive along that shore. We stopped at a few other places recommended by Lori of http://www.farmfreshstyle.ca/. I think we are going to plan an overnight trip next time because 1 day was not enough time to see everything! The lavender festival is July 14th and 15th this year. You can check out their website and Facebook page also to find out more! https://lavendercanada.com/

As I mentioned I had picked up a few items at IKEA to use in my DIY gifts and I picked up an old wooden shelf at Alter Girl in Hopewell Cape recently as well. I thought they would all go splendidly together with some Milk Paint. I am always on the lookout for wood or fabric that I can paint or stencil !

Here you can see the sweet little cards and tags I printed out from thediymommy as my inspiration. I gave the wooden utensils a little pattern with Farmhouse White and Dried Lavender paint colours and sealed with hemp oil for protection.

Next is the shelf painted in Trophy and the lovely linen tea towel stencilled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

 

I love how it all came together!!

I had one of my daughter’s photos from our Lavender trip enlarged to be used as place mats, picked up some Lavender plants at our local grocery and garden centres which made for some quick table decor.

 

Thank you to my wonderfully talented and patient husband for his carefully curated photos and putting up with my craziness the last 2 days.

This is a photo taken from a few years ago of my niece, mother-in-law, mother, me, daughter and grandmother on another Mother’s Day. Most of us will be around the table again this year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day not matter what role you find yourself in this year.