Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peggy's Cove and westward

 We left Halifax in the morning heading towards the South Shore and Peggy's Cove. It was hot any sunny but by the time we got to Peggy's Cove the fog had rolled in.

I'd seen photos of this place but nothing prepared me for the great hunks of granite the surge up from bthe ground.  It was bleak and moody with lots of old lobster traps and derelict boats and little cottages peeking out of the mist.

But these photos are carefully selected to show what I want you to see.  In reality Peggy's Cove was mobbed by tour buses from a number of cruise ships that were docked in Halifax.  I couldn't get a photo of the iconic lighthouse because there were dozens of people all over the rocks at the base. Kind of spoils the effect doesn't it?  We walked around briefly, scooped a hot dog from a woman cooking them on a barbecue outside her house and headed south.

And there we happened up Mahone Bay in the sunshine. A bucolic place with 250 year old buildings strung along a lovely bay, this is a sweet spot to spend an afternoon.

The town boasts three churches with tall steeples and as we arrived a wedding was spilling out of one of them onto the commons. Beautiful

We parked by this lovely old building called Suttles and Seawinds, which I had heard of a few years ago when my sister ordered special wool from them. It appears the business of wool production is still going strong. 

These folk art paintings were exhibited in another lovely old wood framed home and we spoke to the artist's husband who runs the gallery. It turns out that they winter in Oak Bay in Victoria and spend the summers in Mahone Bay. It seems that there's enough of a market for these paintings to allow them to purchase a home in Oak Bay.  If it weren't for the winters (brutal) we could easily live here. After a snack and a glass of wine and a walk up and down the main street we headed south to Lunenburg.                                                                                                                                                    I'm a bit behind on my posting as we're in Annapolis Royal tonight but I'll try to catch up with another post about Lunenburg tomorrow. It is quite a special spot.

1 comment:

  1. When I visited Peggy's Cove, it was a sunny day. The mist gives the place a very different feel.


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