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Camping at Plantation

A couple of weeks ago we took the camper out for what we thought was going to be our last trip of the season.  Plantation campground is in the valley and, even though they didn’t have their normal activities running and the pool was closed, it was really lovely.  I believe that camping with the right people can make even the crappiest campground a good time and that definitely was the case this weekend!

We were parked right beside the playground and the kids made a LOT of use of it.  Our camper is right in the middle of this photo.20170916_095248


Swings, slides, a basketball court, a sand pit… I’m not sure the kids could have wanted for more!  20170916_103402

It was a hot Saturday afternoon so we left the campground in search of a place to swim.  We ended up in Harbourville, where the swimming was not good but the beach was kind of amazing.  The beach is full of rocks that are spotted with gems – mineral crystals leftover from a lava flow millions of years ago.  We all enjoyed beach combing here and seeing the way the rocks sparkled in the sun.  20170916_130210


Still on the hunt for a swim, we went to Aylesford Lake Beach.  20170916_140522It was a bit of a drive, but we ended up at this beautiful spot.  It was closed for the season so none of the facilities were open (bummer) but it was also really REALLY quiet (awesome).  The water was pretty cold but it felt really good on a 30 degree day.  20170916_14054020170916_140905I can’t remember what was going on right before I snapped this pic but I love the pose!  20170916_155736

What else do you do at a campground on a hot day – watergun fight for the kids (and washer toss tournament for the grownups!)20170916_160357

And of course there were campfires.  Campfires and s’mores!  20170916_203910

It was a really great weekend with friends we’ve known and friends we are getting to know.  Good times all around.  And now we are excited for Thanksgiving weekend, our new last camping weekend of the summer.


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On a lovely Saturday afternoon earlier in September, we decided to head to Dartmouth and check out a park we have heard lots about but have never visited – Shubie park.  It seems to be right in the middle of everything – highways and big box stores (like the new Ikea!) – but it’s really quiet and easy to forget where you are once you are on the trails.

The canal runs right through the middle of the park, which makes for some pretty scenery and lots and lots of ducks.



A kind stranger lent us some of her stale bread and suddenly there were dozens and dozens and even more dozens of ducks flocking around.  They were eating right out of the kids’ hands.


There were lots of people enjoying the sunshine and getting some exercise.  We barely scratched the surface of the park, but it is a well-used trail that we will definitely visit again.

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Parlee visit

On Labor day we all traveled to Parlee beach to spend a long weekend at aunt Betty’s cottage – Nana and Papa, Ali and the girls, and us!  It was a cold, rainy, and grey weekend so there wasn’t a lot of swimming time at the beach but we still enjoyed walks on the beach and managed to fill the time and have lots of fun!

We took a walk the first afternoon to the pier – it was really windy and the skies were angry but we didn’t get rained on!  20170901_151504


Cutest lobsters I have ever seen!  20170901_152556

A little walk on the beach, complete with sweaters.  The sand always feels good on the bare feet though!  20170901_184501


The kids couldn’t resist running into the parking lot which always seems to be filled with seagulls!  20170901_190851This handsome boy… 20170902_135938

The big inflatable made a comeback on this weekend!  20170902_153813

The sun came out for half a minute.  We were only there to have a walk but the boys couldn’t resist getting wet!  20170902_161212

The clouds were dispersing (for a while anyway)… 20170902_161353

The kids really loved combing the beach for treasures.  There were seashells, crabs (well, mostly their shells), and a TON of little hermit crabs in the shallow water.  20170902_162954We did manage to make a couple of campfires, though we dressed warmly for them!  20170902_195212What trip to Shediac would be complete without a visit to the big lobster?  It’s a great playground for the kids!  20170903_110510


Not sure what he is looking for … hmm.  20170903_110624


Papa and a few of the grand kids taking a break…20170903_113950

There’s the big ball again.  The kids got tired of rolling in it and decided it would better serve as a landing pad for launching themselves off the deck.  Good times (and no injuries!).20170903_125453


Ali has clearly been practicing her pitching but I think dad’s batting needs a little work (maybe a new bat would help)!  20170903_130511

We did get one afternoon at the beach.  A few of us got in the water (though briefly) but it was a really good time playing frisbee, wandering the beach, and wading in the sand bar pools.  The only pic I got of the whole afternoon was these two lovely ladies basking in the sun.  20170903_145202

We celebrated Aaliyah’s birthday while we were there, which included opening gifts around the campfire.  And glowsticks.  Lots of glowsticks.  20170903_203634

The weather might not have been what we hoped it would be, but it was still nice to spend time with family and relax – good grub, time at the beach, lots of UNO games.  It’s hard to complain about that!

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David’s Camp

In August we parked the camper and spent a nice weekend at uncle David’s camp in South Brookfield with nanny and grampy, the hills, and david, mary, and willa.  It is right on the Medway river so it is in the woods, quiet, and peaceful.

The kids had a couple of evening swims in the river.  It was too cold for me but they enjoyed a sunset swim.  20170825_192832


20170825_193134We spent most of the weekend playing games, eating good food, playing outside, and around the campfire.  The camp is really near Kejimkujik park so we headed there to see Mill Falls and for a quick walk in the woods along the Mersey river.  The trail was beautiful.  20170826_152259



It was a really lovely weekend and I’m sure we will be back again and again and again!  (Fair warning, David…)

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Camping on the Eastern Shore

Last weekend we went camping on the eastern shore – not far from home but an area we haven’t explored much.  We spent three nights at Webber’s campground with friends.  It is a charming little campground on Lake Charlotte with all the amenities we could possibly need and a nice little beach to boot.

Everyone took a quick swim after the camper was all setup.


A beautiful girl and a beautiful sunset.  20170804_200624All setup!  It’s organized chaos, I promise.  This was our first time out in our new-to-us camper!  We had two sites side-by-side that were overlooking the lake so we were setup pretty comfortably!  20170804_202856Emery and I went out for a kayak on Saturday.  The smile didn’t last long – we got around the point and the breeze was strong enough that Emery found it hard to paddle back and got frustrated.  We ended up setting up a tow and I paddled us both back.  I hope it doesn’t discourage him from paddling again soon!  20170805_111643On Saturday we played water balloon games setup by the campground.  The kids had so much fun.  I think I ended up wetter than anyone (I’m still not sure how that happened).  20170805_141721Eleanor got a few good shots in!  20170805_142743They also had face painting.  Eleanor was all over it (as were our friends) but this is the first time Oliver or Emery haven’t turned their noses up at face painting.  20170805_150019


20170805_151148Ice cream… enough said!  20170805_184225On Sunday it rained off and on most of the day.  The kids were content with games and whatnot.  And besides, rain meant the fire ban was lifted for that evening so we were looking forward to marshmallows and not complaining!

Eleanor helped herself to the macaroni leftovers.20170806_135451

Thank goodness for the umbrella hat!  Everyone took a turn.  20170806_143231Spaghetti supper!  20170806_175550Everyone’s favorite – chocolate bar bingo!  We had no winners at our table but the kind gentleman (and two time winner) at the table next to us was happy to share.  20170806_190132

20170806_193100Finally… campfire!  It’s much better than candles around our feet (although the adults certainly made do with that as well).  20170806_210127

Sparklers – mesmerizing!  20170806_221512_001



And a final swim on Monday morning after packing up.  It was hot – we needed it!  20170807_104045


It’s a heck of a lot of work but nothing quite compares to camping.  I have such great memories of camping with my family as a kid – I hope I am setting up my kids for the same.  The bonus is time spent with good friends along the way!

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Tall Ships Festival

Tall Ships Festival 2017 … the boys and I are home alone this weekend and I wanted to do something fun and special, just my boys and I, so we headed to the waterfront!  20170729_153201

This is so cool… a bunch of really big beautiful ships docked right here.  And they’re RACING.

And the Bluenose was here (pic for hubby)!  I thought the boys might like taking a tour of some of the ships, but the lines were super long and not really little-boys-that-like-to-pick-on-each-other-friendly.  20170729_155743We took a little tour of the harbour on the Harbour Queen.  I wish it had been on a tall ship and I’m not sure how impressed the boys were with the ride, but it was neat to see the tall ships and the city from the water.  20170729_170738This was by far the coolest ship – from Spain and totally a pirate ship.  It even had cannons sticking out the sides.20170729_171831

20170729_183543The boat ride may have been over-shadowed by anticipation for this – the bouncy castles.  Several to choose from, all of them a blast, but this may have been the favorite – the Toxic Drop.  20170729_191750


So pretty.20170729_200048We spent the rest of our time eating pizza, at the playground, having ice cream (that we were able to completely eat in a very long line while waiting to pay), riding the wave (if you’ve been, you know what I mean).  We tried to take in the concert with Natalie McMaster and the symphony, but after five minutes (and as I’m standing there wow’ed by the energy) Oliver said, “Mommy, this music doesn’t even have words” and they both lost patience (and this after almost being crushed by the crowd to get in there).

This was what we were waiting for.  The fireworks were shorter than I expected, but still cool.  Location, location, location.  20170729_213816_001


And who doesn’t love being downtown at night?  The people, the live music, the lights… and I got to do it all with two of my favorite people.  I’m a fortunate gal.