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Report 1902: A Quick Scamper Round Nova Scotia

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2010

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Page 16 of 16: To Sheet Harbour, the Fisherman’s Museum and Back to Halifax

photo by Michael

Summer kitchen in Fisherman’s Life Museum

From Sherbrooke we followed the Marine Drive Trail along the coast to Sheet Harbour. It was a very misty drive and we couldn’t see much. It looked to be a low, pretty coastline with a rocky shore and trees.

Sheet Harbour was much bigger than we expected with school and hospital.

We were booked into Back in Thyme B&B for the night. This is a 130 year old house which had been built by a ship’s captain. It was on the side of the river and surrounded by large flower gardens. It was a pretty building with pink painted exterior and green window frames. Our bedroom was on the ground floor and would have been the best parlour, as it was at the front of the house facing the river. It was a cosy bedroom with small bathroom attached.

This was very much a family home and we were made to feel part of the family. We arranged to go and buy food from the large, well stocked Foodland and eat it in the kitchen. Space was cleared on the table and a pot of tea made for us while we chatted to the owners.

This was a delightful place to stay. We enjoyed it and can recommend it.

Next morning it was a pleasant drive along route 7 from Sheet Harbour to the Fisherman's Life Museum at Jeddore Oyster Pond. The sun was shining and it was a nice morning.

This is a pretty white painted cottage with dark green trim on a grassy bank above the river with fruit trees. There was a large barn which stored hay for the winter, a few sheep and a small earth closet. The half moon carved in the door meant it was for use by the women; a full moon indicated use by the men, but there was no closet provided for them here.

The house was built in 1857 and was the home of Ervin and Ethelda Myers and their 13 daughters. Ervin fished in the summer and worked in the woods during the winter months. The family grew root crops and preserved food.

A coach tour was just leaving as we arrived and there were four costumed interpreters on duty that morning, sitting chatting in the summer kitchen and drinking tea. This had been built on at the side of the house and had a wood burning stove for cooking. Staff had been baking biscuits in the oven and, when we left, their lunch was being put to cook in the oven.

There was a smaller winter kitchen in the main house and a best parlour which had a pump organ. There were handmade hooked rugs on the floors with hand crocheted items and patchwork quilts on the beds. An extra room had been built on the back of the house with a large window for one of the daughter's who was recovering from tuberculosis.

We dropped down the path to the wharf with its fishing stage, which had a collection of nets, eel traps and other fishing equipment.

This was an interesting and informative visit. We were taken round the house by one of the guides and then sat talking in the kitchen, drinking tea and eating biscuits.

We continued on route 7 doing a short detour to Ostrea Lake and Pleasant Point.

At Musquodoboit we took route 357 up the valley. This was a very pretty drive through farmland to pick up route 212 for the airport. We dropped down into Dollar Lake Provincial Park for the autumn colours.

It was then on to Halifax airport to drop off the car and catch the flight back to England.


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