Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Catch Up

Hello! This is not my usual time to write, but I've got some time to kill this morning. When Jai left for work at 6:30 this morning, he said "I'll be back by 9:30, maybe we can have breakfast together." And I mumbled "OK." But now that it's 8:30, and I've already been up for 45 minutes, breakfast is looking really far away. Oh well, it's a good opportunity to catch up.

View from The Lookoff:

It looks like it's going to be one of those days where you run a bunch of errands and hopefully clean the house. It sure would be nice to have a clean house again! We've both been smokin' busy over the last...well, month, really. The weather report is calling for 29 degrees here today, so it should be a good day for all that stuff. Not that it's been all work and no play...

This is our market stall this week:

On Saturday, after the market, Jai and I and our friends Brandon and Jo went up the Nova Scotia coastline (I wanted to say "up island!") to visit the peaks of Blomidon. I had to drop off a little piece for that charity art auction I was telling you about earlier, so it seemed like a good opportunity for some exploring. Our other friend, Carolyn, had given us directions to find the "mud flats" of Nova Scotia. (Stopping here for a mini-rant) Nova Scotia is totally ridiculous in some ways. It's not set up for people who didn't spend their entire lives here. The road signs in this province are absolutely terrible - by far the worst of any of the provinces that we drove through on the way out - which is almost all of them! Not only that, but they have no interest in showing off any of their sites to people who are from away. Since we've arrived, almost all of the coolest things we've seen have been at the end of an unmarked dirt road. It's very strange. Anyway, at the end of yet another unmarked dirt road, we found this:

Pretty amazing!
Then we came back in to Wolfville and spent some time at Noggins Farm. They had U-Pick pumpkins, a corn maze, U-pick flowers, and an awesome little farm market. It was so much fun - the perfect First Day of Fall activity. There were people and kids everywhere, and yet it still managed to maintain that feeling you get at the beginning of a horror movie. It was perfect.

And it's Fall Cleanup this month, which means Free Junk (or treasures, depending on how you look at it.) Jai found the find of the decade, at least, when he stopped to get me this wagon:

I've been wanting a wagon for so long, and this one was put out in the trash in perfect working order, only needs a new side. I doubt I can ever top that find, but that doesn't mean I won't try!


sherrieg said...

Where, oh where are 'the mudflats'? We would love to mosey on up to see that spot. You're completely right about the best places not being marked; it makes it almost magical when you find one! :) And your market stuff is great! What day is your market? Maybe we can make a day trip of it sometime soon... :)

jai and Lauren Soloy said...

To get to the mudflats, you go to Canning (outside of New Minas), then turn left on the last road in town. Drive for a while, and you'll start to see the water. After the wharf, there is a dirt road right before Blomidon Park, and if you take that, you will get there. Of course, we took the wrong road out of Canning, which is how we ended up at The Lookoff - another gorgeous spot. If you go that way, you drive for a while, then see a dirt road on your right, and take it. I'm pretty sure it's the only one. It goes for a while, then you end up crossing over the other road and getting to the mudflats. Clear as mud, right?
The market is in Annapolis Royal on Saturdays from 8-1. It ends on Thnaksgiving weekend, so there are only two more to go. It's a pretty good market, though, probably 50-60 vendors selling all sorts of things. Definitely worth checking out if you've never been :)

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that the wagon found a loving home...
I was at work the other day and the flyer came in the mail for Midnight Madness. We saw your ad and couldn't figure out where you were and that we hadn't heard of you before. We then looked at your webpage (very nice things by the way). Still didn't know who you were, so we then went to your blog. So, we are scrolling down looking at pictures and all of a sudden I see the wagon. I knew exactly where it came from. My sister had it and she gave it to us. We used it for quite a while and it sat for the longest time in our garage. So, out it goes in the cleanup. We always put things like that out early in hopes that someone will get it. We are very glad to see that you were thrilled with your find.
Hope you enjoy it, all the kids did.