Digby Thompsons

Everyday Life & Observations in Digby & Area

2012 in review……..

The year 2012 certainly brought us lots of challenges; personally, healthwise and professionally. Not once did we doubt we were doing the right thing by packing up and leaving the hectic city life. Yes, it was extremely difficult to leave family and friends but we knew in our hearts that everyone wanted the best for us and so we pushed on.

We created the blog in August 2012, keeping in mind that our main focus was to craft a website where family and friends could watch our accomplishments, tag along with us on our many road trip adventures and maybe even appreciate the little piece of heaven we have here in Digby, Nova Scotia.

Thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged us along the way! And thanks for reading! And thanks for your comments!  We will endeavour to go into 2013 with new adventures, posts and most importantly, keeping all of you informed of our latest shenanigans!

And as Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Happy New Year to our family and friends! May the New Year bring happy times and good health.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for our blog

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 50 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 639 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1 GB. That’s about 2 pictures per day….and we started late!

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…………..

Our first major winter blast today!

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Somebody’s gotta shovel it!

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And its still coming down! For “come from aways” that were told we don’t get any snow in Digby………………HA! Maybe as Torontonians we brought the good weather with us!

As for my Uncle Tom – this message is from Randy……….lock up that snow blower……we’re coming to get ‘er!

Cheers! Bring it on!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Digby, Nova Scotia to all of our family and friends! We were fortunate to have our very first WHITE Christmas!

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Santa brought Randy these BIG binoculars; he could probably catch lobsters with these suckers!

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Handmade scarf and crystal butterfly catcher from Mom

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Bandit even got into the Christmas spirit!

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And, eventually the “clean up”

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Thanks to all who sent cards and well wishes!

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Christmas Cheers!

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Santa arrived early!

Santa must have known we were VERY good this year and brought our present early! And what a BIG package it is! It even needed a hydraulic tailgate to get it off the truck!

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What a beautiful day to take our time and unpackage this well packed, fragile item. It needed Randy’s expertise with a drill to carefully take out all the screws.

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Even came with a well made address label

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One panel down

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Lots of  “uncrating” directions

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Lots of “encouraging” words on the inside panels

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Time to move to the indoors to finish the unpacking

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And the BIG “reveal”

Our very own lighthouse, complete with working fresnel light!

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A BIG THANK YOU to Doug and Nancy Koohtow, who while visiting us this past summer, hatched  this idea and which did indeed come to fruition.

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And if you think this is “just” a lighthouse, stay tuned for all the special features of this working lighthouse.

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Tis the season………

A week early, but having accomplished everything on our “honey do” list, we decided to decorate for the holidays. First thing was to find everything in the basement and then drag it up into the livingroom. Just like Christmas…..its a surprise with every box you open!

First things first……………..the tree!

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Light ‘er up!

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The stockings were held from the chimney with care

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The table is set

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Moving outside to the lights

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Even decorated the back patio……….gives our neighbours something to look at!

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We think we are ready……23 more sleeps til Santa arrives!

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First test!

Today brought a little excitement to over 900 Digby residents……the power went out at around 8:30 this morning. This was our first real test to see if we are ready for any outages during the winter.

It all started with breakfast………….coffee, bacon and eggs on the barbeque

By noon the house was getting a little chilly as evidenced by our trusty temperature and humidity meter

So it was time to fire up the generator………..I’ve never seen Randy so happy to wheel out his “big” toy!

With a few extension cords…….

we were able to get the fridge plugged in

and then we headed to the semi dark basement to see about the pellet stove

Here’s the thing about our pellet stove. When the power goes out, the stove has to cool down before it will re-start. This took a little time but voila!

Hurray…………we have heat! But wouldn’t you know it, a minute later the power comes back on and spoils our fun.

It was a good test and we believe we passed with flying colours! Bring on old man winter!

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There’s a new lighthouse coming to town!

We have been collaborating with our friends, Doug and Nancy, who, as you are aware, visited us in September. They fell in love with the Digby area and after visiting a few lighthouses in Nova Scotia, Doug decided to build a replica lighthouse to scale for us.  To get the project off the ground, Doug made a schematic of the job ahead.

Next step was to put the schematic to use and actually start replicating said lighthouse. Many hours went into fabricating the light housing and planning for the fresnel lense.

Painstakingly details

Nearing completion

Standing at almost 7 feet in height, the finished product

Now comes the final stages of planning the logistics of transporting the lighthouse to Nova Scotia and, we can’t forget the best part, the actual commissioning of the lighthouse in our back-yard………..its going to be a party!

All photos copyright and courtesy of Doug

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Trick or treat?

Our first Halloween in Digby!

And from the talented Thompson team……….

Leanne’s pumpkin

Randy’s pumpkin

Happy Halloween!

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Are you prepared?

Having spent yesterday following the path of Hurricane Sandy, we got out today to see what the ramifications were in the Town of Digby. With the opening of lobster season on the Bay of Fundy, about 25 lobster boats from Digby are fishing daily. However, only 4 boats went out Monday and returned early in the afternoon.

Digby Harbour, where the world’s highest tides are, harbour authorities were monitoring conditions at high tide where it peaked at 26 feet on Monday. With Environment Canada predicting extreme seas as high as 21 feet, many lobster boats from as far away as Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick came into Digby Harbour seeking refuge from the seas; a total of over 65 boats, which is rare to have everyone in at once as quoted by Digby’s port manager.

Elsewhere in the Province, apple growers were scrambling to pick the last 20 percent of their approximately two million bushels produced this year. The apple industry is worth $20 million annually to farmers and over $100 million to the economy of Nova Scotia.

Halifax Port Authority saw the arrival of 3 unscheduled cruise ships for safe harbour hosting approximately 3,000 passengers for a night.

As for us, we have been prepared since we moved to Digby. Our food reserves are topped up, we have plenty of bottled water, and various forms of fuel. We signed up with the Canadian Hurricane Centre for regular updates via email and since the inception of this particular storm, we have been notified 3 times a day. Although hurricanes are a rare event in this part of Nova Scotia, the water surges and high winds can be a factor.

At present, we have ominous skies and a few gusts of wind……….

But the fall colours are still with us………a shot of the Town of Digby from the harbour

We arrive back home to wait for the rain and not that we are wishing for bad weather, but I know Randy is just itching to get this bad boy going!

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Day Trippin’ – Part Four

Continuing our Day Trippin’ series, today took us down Route 1 known as the Evangeline Trail towards the Acadian shores on St. Mary’s Bay to explore some more Acadian history. Stopping first in Clare, we come across this fine church known as Eglise Saint Bernard. This stone, neo Gothic structure is famous for its acoustics and can accommodate 1,000 people.

Continuing down the road, still in the Acadian district of Clare, County of Digby, we stop at Belliveau Cove.

A major centre of wooden shipbuilding in the 19th and early 20th century, it is now famous for their soft shell clams called steamers, which between May and October, the exposed sea floor at low tide is the best place to dig for clams. Of course, a cove wouldn’t be complete without its own lighthouse.

And a very popular farmer’s market in season

Further down the road is the historical site of the first Acadian cemetery from 1755.

Next up we pull into the community of Church Point (Point de l’Eglise) and you can’t miss the Eglise Ste-Marie overshadowing everything around it.

Completed in 1905, its the largest wooden church in North America. It is 190 feet long by 185 feet high, and the steeple, which requires 40 tons of rock ballast to keep it steady when the ocean winds blow, can be seen for miles.

Church Point is also home to the only French language institution among Nova Scotia’s 17 degree granting colleges and universities. Founded in 1891, the university focuses on Acadian studies and culture in the Province of Nova Scotia.

The de-commissioned light at Church Point light was discontinued in 1984 and is maintained by the University. However, it has fallen into disrepair as seen in this photo.

Directions were scarce to this site but it does house some nice little buildings for picnicking and an afternoon seat on the swings.

Hopefully this glorious weather continues and we can bring some more day trippin’ stories your way!

Cheers!

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Everyday Life & Observations in Digby & Area

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