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A taste of Nova Scotia

I thought I'd share a little of my beautiful home with my fellow February bloggers (and anyone else who happens along!)

Today, I was listening to this beautiful love song - love song to Nova Scotia, that is - written and sung by our own Rita MacNeil. Her lyrics are perfect - we who live here certainly do feel we've discovered a treasure!

Nova Scotians (aka "bluenosers") have long been defined by the sea. The late, great, Stan Rogers captured this perfectly in his song about our namesake schooner the "Bluenose". She's long gone to her watery grave, but we remain inordinately proud of her and our seafaring heritage!

By the way, we're not really sure where the name Bluenose comes from...among the several theories is one speculating that the fishermen of days gone by wore wool sweaters which were dyed blue. When out in the fog fishing, their noses would run and they'd swipe them with their sweaters, the dye would rub off, and voila, literally bluenosers! Another is that the term is related to a ubiquitous blue potato that used to be grown in the Annapolis Valley. Who knows? The term stuck, that's all I can tell you for sure!

If you want to see my beautiful province through my eyes, head over to Slow Photos and check out my new album "Nova Scotia".

But first let's end with some humour (and I fear to say it, but...yes, many of the following ring true!)

You Know you are a Bluenoser When…
1. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor….on the highway.

2.”Vacation” means going to Moncton for the weekend.

3. You measure distance in hours.

4. You know several people who have hit a deer.

5. You often switch from “Heat” to “A/C” in the same day.

6. You use a down filled comforter in the summer.

7. You can drive 100 km through 13 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching.

8. You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events.

9. You install security lights on both your house and garage and go and leave both unlocked.

10. You think of the major food groups as: Meat, Fish and Tim Horton’s**.

11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.

12. There are seven empty cars running in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire store at any given time.

13. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

14. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

15. Your lingerie consists of tube socks and flannel pajamas.

16. You know all 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Construction.

17. It takes three hours to go to the store for one item, even when you’re in a hurry because you have to stop and talk to everybody in town.

**Tim Horton's is a Canadian doughnut & coffee chain...just say the words "bring me a double-double" around these parts and literally everyone will know you want a coffee from Tim's with double cream, double sugar. I can't stand the swill myself...er, if you never hear from me again, you'll know I've been lynched by the many legions of Timmy's fans...

Comments (3)

Great post and I really enjoyed looking at your NS photo album - what an amazing and beautiful place!


Thanks! It really is a beautiful place to live. We have such diversity in our landscape here - the Atlantic coastline (with rocky and sandy beaches), rolling hills of farmland, forests, lakes, mountainous terrain along the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, etc. I imagine that's why, as far as travelling goes, I tend to be drawn to places for their history more than their landscape (of course when the two are in synch, like in Italy, all the better!!)

So many of the photos remind me of Maine. I have a friend that has been to Nova Scotia many times and always raves about his visits. Now I can see why.

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