Winter in Port Mouton

April 26th, 2016
Winter in Port Mouton

This winter - 2015-16 - was the first here in Port Mouton for us since 2008. Back then, we actually lived in Dartmouth, and merely visited Port Mouton on the weekends. However, this year, we lived here through the full winter. Since Christmas (see last post), we have been busy with projects, the big job hunt, and enjoying life here. Luckily, we did not have to shovel too much snow. 

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette with shovel

Winter in Port Mouton
Paul with shovel

We did, however, have to chop a lot of wood. After burning through our meagre supply, we had to go to the local wood guy to get more.

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette with wood

Winter in Port Mouton
Paul with wood

I did have a few trips out of town to Red Deer, China and Ireland in search of the new adventure. Ireland (Paddy's house is a great place to stay) would have been nice, but Australia will be great! (you will have to wait for that post!).

Winter in Port Mouton
Paddy was a great host

Winter in Port Mouton
Oscar Wilde - Rogue and inspiration

We also got out of the cottage to visit a few local locales such as,

Winter in Port Mouton
A lovely spot on the Roseway River

and

Winter in Port Mouton
Also on the Roseway River

We did have a few storms that left us with some snow ...

 

Winter in Port Mouton
The library after the snow fall

Winter in Port Mouton
Clearing the way to the storage shed

... and at times threatened to wash us away with high tides ...

Winter in Port Mouton
Waves do come over the rocks down there!

Winter in Port Mouton
Lots of water splashes over - you would not believe it at low tide

but...

.. after the snow stops, the weather can be beautiful.

Winter in Port Mouton
After the plow

However, most of the time, we had great weather and spent time outside tidying the property and enjoying the lovely Queens County atmosphere.

Winter in Port Mouton
Shed in winter

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette bundled up against the cold

Winter in Port Mouton
The cottage with contrast

 

Location: Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton

January 5th, 2016

This year we spent our Christmas holidays safe and sound in Port Mouton, away from the distractions of the outside world. We had visitors from 'The Rock' come and stay with us as well. Annette's sister Maureen and her husband Terry came for a week to eat, drink and be merry.

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Family visit on the rocks

We were lucky to have some great weather in between the rainy days. We went for some long walks...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Walking down the lane

... checked on the Bells Point public library...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Take a book, Leave a book

... wandered along the shore...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Annette on the frozen shoreline

... and went to the beach! Who cares if the temperature is minus 2?

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Day at the beach

While our visitors were visiting, we took advantage of their kind nature to get some work out of them. It was rather fun though, and so we didn't feel too bad about this.

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Getting the fire going - The burning bush - err, brush

Of course, we also had gluwein (AKA mulled wine) on the deck during the fire to help us keep warm. The fire helped us keep warm as well!

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Gluwein and a big fire

We had some foggy weather on one day...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Mushrooms grow well in the fog and damp

and then, finally, a snowy white Christmas!

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
The cottage in the snow

The only issue was that our guests had already returned home and so the storage shed was left empty during the storm.

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
The old storage shed

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Side view

However, we are not daunted by a bit of snow. With the garden spirit watching us...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
My garden spirit watching the cottage

... and the mushrooms soaking in the snow...

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Mushrooms also grow in the snow

... we settled in for a quiet night by the fire.

Christmas 2015 - Port Mouton
Outdoor fires are better than indoor fires.

We captured a bit of the snow on video. I am sure we will have had enough of snow in a few months, but for now, this was the first snow fall we had seen in years.

 

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada