Friday, July 19, 2013

Hello From The Middle of Summer

Hello from the middle of summer. Tony and I had a very rare date together. This was courtesy of Dusty being at a 5 day overnight camp. There's a whole story there in itself, but I'll sum it up by saying that I'm not as tough as I pretend to be. I know the minute Dusty is home he will be driving me nuts, but I miss him like crazy and I want my boy back now. Back to my date with Tony, who has taken to calling Dusty, "what's his name" in his absence. We took the Lahave cable ferry over to Petite Riviere and then went for a beautiful bike ride to Green Bay. There are so many glorious beaches here and each one is so different than the other.
This little beach has these amazing white rocks. This one said, "Please take a nap here."
There are beautiful wild flowers everywhere. Mother Nature is such a great milliner.
We meant to then head on towards Liverpool and explore a bit, but we didn't get too far. I had heard of The Maritime Painted Saltbox, but I had never been there. The place and the owners/artists pulled me right in and by the time we got out it was time to head home. What a scene. Aside from all the amazing art, painted furniture and sculpture, the grounds are beyond belief. Flowers, flowers and more flowers and all these charming out buildings. It's really much more of an experience than a store. Your time in Nova Scotia will not be complete unless you go check it out.
Special guests can sit on this bench.
The coop had no real chicken, but so much better.
One day, Arabesque Chicken will come live at my hat shop.
We needed to head home because Thursday is The Lunenburg Farmers Market and it was time for me to pack. I have been having too much fun these days experimenting with different hat shapes.
And last, but not least, I have been bringing Tony's fabulous fish boxes to the market. Partly because they are great props for the hats and partly because they are for sale. He has a collection of old Saltcod fish boxes and he had the images screen printed by Jesse over at Home Grown Skate Boards. He's upstairs from the Lahave Bakery. Another must see, since he has a giant skateboard bowl built into the floor. One of Dusty's favourite stops. The fishboxes are beyond cool and made with Tony's usual over the top attention to detail. And now I am off to pick the boy up from camp. Either he will be full of wonderful stories or full of venom that I made him go to camp. (which, for the record, I didn't.) Well, hopefully, it's the first one. Come see me in my beautiful shop in Lunenburg.