This site is not just about my Art but about all the adventures that I go on while looking for materials for my Art. I go beachcombing all over the shores of Nova Scotia and take video and write stories about my adventures. Some of the adventures are from a few years ago when I used to have another website but deleted it.
All the videos and pictures on my blog have been taken by me and have not been photo-shopped.
I haven’t been down to the Stone House all year…it’s my favorite spot to go…it’s very remote and way down a long dirt road . It’s built right on the edge of the land/cliff, some folks say it should never have been built there but I love it.
No one lives there in the winter as it is so remote its very hard to get out of there in the snow. This month they have been preparing the house for winter so they have pulled the decks up over the windows to protect them and they have drained the rock swimming pool so you won’t get a great look at what the house really looks like but I will post a couple of pictures of what it looks like in the summer months. I also have a video in one of my older posts of the house that I took 3 or 4 years ago during the summer.
The swimming pool is built-in the crevices of the ledge rock and the entire house is made of stone. The inside has heated stone floors…really nice. A few years back a big storm along with a high tide rolled a boulder up the side of the cliff and threw it right through the living room window. If I’m not mistaken this has happened twice in the life time of the house which I think is around 25 years or so. So the owner has decided to make things stronger and redo some of the decks. It was a nice morning for a drive so I decided to go and see what they have been doing to it….I also got to see a great blue heron and a bald eagle along the way…my kinda place to live…
So for a few years now every time that I drive past Bridgewater I see this great art structure being built along the side of the highway. It looks so amazing that I try to slow down and have a look, but it’s a very busy spot on the highway so I never seem to actually stop and get out . So today I am going to find out exactly where it is and get a good look at it. Its Sunday and no one is there and it’s locked up but I do get a chance to go around it and get some video. It has been built with a number of artists contributing to it. The sign says “Bern Art” and you can check it out on Facebook but I am putting a link to his web page for you to check out for more info. The Maze “Be Amazed”
I love Lockeport, we are a little island that you needed a boat to get to at high tide and could walk to at low tide, then in the early part of the century a causeway was put in and sand dunes built up to protect it. We have one way in and one way out. We are island people and proud to be so. We have a famous beautiful long beach(as you can see on the map) well we actually have a lot of beaches around our whole island. Fishing was always the main industry until it declined, but our history is steeped in it. I collect a lot of history of Lockeport and I found this old interview that CBC had done on Lockeport in 1972. They came down and interviewed a bunch of people about Lockeports history. It’s fantastic to listen to!! I have a few of the barrel heads from some of the old barrels that they mention, one is from the old Sutherland store with 1932 on the back. These are what I do my Art on. If your from Lockeport and over 50 you will probably recognize the voices of some of the people, I recognized some of them but some I do not; Vivian McMillan, old Mac Huskilson, Farley Swim, Lillian Benham…… It is 46 min long and I’m not sure if that was the end or if there is more out there…it starts about 7 seconds into it. Enjoy!
I was asked along with Teri Hall (who works with beach glass) to talk about Beachcombing and Sea Glass on the CBC Maritime Noon show…had fun! (Our talk doesn’t start until 13 minutes into the audio podcast.)
(For some odd reason you may have to let the video load first, hope to fix that soon)
Heading down on an adventure today… I found an old dirt road that I haven’t been down before…let’s see what’s at the end of it. It’s always an adventure ..what a beautiful spot, the day is sunny ..salty air.. wind in your face.. perfect! As I approached the end of the long road I kept coming across signs of ” Elinor’s Dis & Dat shop ” come and visit!..and I said to myself “Well I have to find out where this little shop is”. I then came across some stuffed animals nailed onto an old log and some more interesting things..it got my curiosity going.! I came across part of an old lighthouse and after talking with some people they said that was just part of the lighthouse , the other part was moved up on a hill across the road.
As I approached the end of the road I saw some old sheds that looked really interesting. One had the door open and a sign read “Elinor’s Dis & Dat Shop, come on in” so in I went and the next thing I heard was a lady hollering to come over and visit. So over I go to visit her, she heard me before she could see me as she doesn’t have very good eyesight. Her name was Elinor Selig-Roberts. She is 85 and has lived there most of her life like her parents and her grandparents before that. What a lovely talk and visit we had.
I have gone back many times in the last few months to visit with her, she has so many wonderful stories to tell. She keeps me spellbind-ed. I sure do love her, we have become great friends. She wrote a wonderful book on the history of Long Cove and her life, it is a great read! Her second book is coming out soon so I hope to do another video with her. I had to upload this video in Part 1 and Part 2 as it was so long . This video is just about my adventure and meeting her for the first time. I hope you enjoy it. I had a great time making it. 🙂