Growing Out On A Limb

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An autumn sunday morning

Just another hike.  Last weekend was another rainy one but we caught a break in the rain and headed out for a couple of hours on the Kearney Lake trails.

It was a lovely, cool autumn morning for hiking.  The leaves were mostly down and the trail a bit slippery and soggy in parts, but we didn’t mind.  We always seem to have the best time when we’re out like this.

I am super happy to have our best camera lens fixed.  Capturing moments like these are what this blog is all about.  IMG_4748

IMG_4761 It may not seem so in this picture, but Eleanor enjoys our hikes too.  She gets tired of being cooped up after a while, but she usually sings and babbles while we are walking.  IMG_4764 The boys (and a girl hiding in the back).  This family picture was sent into Emery’s preschool to add to their family tree.  IMG_4769 This time on the hike we took a bit of a different trail and ended up on this beautiful rocky ridge.  It was the perfect spot for a break…IMG_4777… A silly break…IMG_4779 … A sleepy break (Just kidding)… IMG_4780 … a serious conversation break…  IMG_4793… a super smiley emery break.  IMG_4783 IMG_4787IMG_4804In case you’re wondering, the rain started on our drive home.  We were pretty happy we snuck this hike in!


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Visiting Arichat

Last weekend we made a trip home to Arichat.  It was a rainy visit but we tried to make the most of it.  And it’s always nice to visit nanny and grampy, rain or no rain.  Our good camera is up and running again too, so there are lots of pictures.  A bit of withdrawal perhaps.

I don’t care how rainy it is, this little girl is always a ray of sunshine.  She sleeps well, she eats well, she is (almost) always pleasant.  Sunshine.  IMG_4679On Saturday, daddy and jason helped grampy put up a new shed.  We were going a little stir crazy inside so the kids and I caught a little break in the rain and went to Martinique provincial park on the island.  While Eleanor slept in the car, the boys and I explored nearby.  IMG_4686The boys can always find something to do on a rocky beach.  IMG_4688 Emery was pushing the limits of his rubber boots.  IMG_4693 IMG_4698 My favorite pic of the lot.  IMG_4701It didn’t take long for the boots and socks to get wet and even less time for the boys to take them off. IMG_4708 Brothers.IMG_4710 What is it with boys and throwing things into the water…IMG_4714 IMG_4716 My sweet Emery!IMG_4721 Not long after that, the rain started again.  Oliver complained as we ran for our coats, but I caught Emery doing this.  The different reactions ring true to their personalities!  IMG_4722 We stopped by Rocky Bay on the way home for a picture.  It’s beautiful in spite of the rainy haze.  IMG_4724Nanny hugs are pretty awesome!
Eleanor and MomIMG_4735Sssshh.  This is one of those elusive playing-together-nicely moments.  I like listening to Oliver try to explain Go Fish to Emery.
IMG_4736Rain or no rain, we seem to find fun wherever we go.

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High Head Trail in Prospect

Last weekend was one of those incredible weekends that was warm and sunny and felt more like it was smack dab in the middle of summer than the beginning of fall.  We had nothing to complain about, except maybe that we had closed the pool just the weekend before.  Wouldn’t you know it.

So on Saturday morning we jumped in the car and headed for a trail in Prospect called High Head trail.  When we were house hunting we looked at houses in this area so we knew it was beautiful but I was not at all prepared for just how beautiful it was.  To me, this is quintessential Nova Scotia – narrow winding roads, buildings with weathered wooden shingles, boats moored here and there, rocky shoreline and landscape.


What could make this better?  A super hero and a Darth Vader.  Of course!  We have been talking a lot about Halloween lately so the boys have been into dressing up and insisted on going on the hike in costume.  How could we say no?  (And why would we?)


I love this picture of Emery having a rest.  (The masks were a bit of a hindrance so they didn’t stay on long).


See?  Breathtaking.  IMG_4393

And breathtaking again.


Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can!  Both of the boys loved climbing and jumping over the rocks.  Mommy did too!  IMG_4397


He loves that costume (even though the mask didn’t work out for the hike).

Eleanor, as usual, was along for the ride and seemed to enjoy it.  IMG_4424

Periwinkles!  Oliver has always been hesitant about things like this but Emery has no fear and reached in the water and started picking things up.  I love his curious little mind.  IMG_4427

We didn’t quite make it to the end of the trail because we did a lot of rock climbing along the way, but we knew it was time to head back when the kids’ moods started to shift.  IMG_4440


So pretty.  I would like to return here when the leaves are fully turned, to see what color the grass and bushes become.  If they continue getting red, it will be quite something!  Just another fabulous find in Nova Scotia!  IMG_4456