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

France by Boat

November 17th, 2015

 As part of our Europe tour 2015, which included my PhD defense in Brussels, we went to the Chablis region near Auxerre.

See the gallery: http://gallery.lesduke.com/index.php?/category/276.

 We rented a boat from LeBoat with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a spacious kitchen and dining area.

France by Boat
Our little boat

The tour started in Migennes ...

France by Boat
Where is Migennes?
 

... and then we went south. Click on the file link to open the tour and some selected photos in Google Earth (only if you have Google Earth installed and are able to work with the files - there are numerous placemarks plus the route track).   leboat_-_october_2015.kmz

The tour was fantastic. Going through the locks was an interesting activity:

 

France by Boat
Before

 

France by Boat
After

and just cruising down the canals watching the countryside pass by ...

France by Boat
Canal near Apoigny

...stopping whereever we wanted to eat and be merry...

France by Boat
Moored

 

... made the whole trip worthwhile.

Watch the video of our tour as well: