These are a few of my favourite things

Deck overlooking the ocean

One of my favourite places – on the deck at mom’s cottage in East Port Medway. Don’t you wish you were here too?

The Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia is one of my favourite places in the world. Each new bit of scenery wiggles its way into my mind, jostling out, one by one, the stresses of everyday life. Leaving my mother’s cottage in East Port Medway, well-maintained rural homes swish by the windows of my Honda Fit—for once, without a child seat in the back.

“Look – forschuttia!” my husband points out the window.

“They’re forsythia,” I sigh. Gary belligerently refuses to learn even the most basic flower taxonomy. All flowers are “buttercups” in Gary-world, and now that I’ve remarked on how much I love forsythia, all flowering bushes are apparently going to be forschuttia. Witness:

Me: “Those purple bushes are pretty too. I asked Mom, she says they’re rhodedendrons. Kind of an ugly name for such a pretty bush.”

Gary: “Purple forschuttia. Yeah, they’re OK. Not like the original yellow ones, though.”


Forsythia bushes are not only sunshine-bright in the spring when they flower, but you can cut a branch off at any time of year, bring it inside, put it in water, and it’ll bloom. They’re one of my favourite things about spring in Nova Scotia.

Opinions are funny things. One person’s favourite is another’s “meh,” so if you’re going to trust my opinions on the Maritimes, you’ll probably want to know a bit about me. I’ve travelled around the world, living in various parts of Canada (Ontario, Calgary, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick) but also for a memorable six months in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. During a delightful stint working on a second Bachelor’s degree, I spent time in archaeological field schools in Italy and South Africa. Southern California and Savannah were more traditional trips, but I’ve backpacked in India, Costa Rica, Ireland, and Tanzania and lazed about on the beaches of Mexico and Hawaii.

I get around.

My husband is a New Brunswick native who spent many years in Calgary, Alberta and toured in Europe while serving with the United Nations in Cypress.

When our daughter was born two years ago in Calgary, we decided to move back home to the Maritimes so that she would grow up with a few more of our favourite things: our extended family, the ocean, and a relatively relaxed way of life.

I’m looking forward to rediscovering old haunts, exploring new places, and sharing the journey with you.

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