Final Thoughts – Essex, Ontario

During our last days in Essex visiting my husband’s father Ron, and brother Joel who was down from Kapuskasing to visit us and his dad, the boys worked together to lay a new gravel driveway for their father.  Ron’s health is not the best at this time, but that didn’t stop him from pitching in…

Moments – Essex, Ontario

Here are random moments of county, country life here in Essex, Ontario! Or just moments of what it is like, for me, to be back in Canada! For example… Tim Hortons coffee here is the REAL deal!  Yes, we’ve tasted Tim Hortons in places as remote as the Saudi Arabian Jeddah Airport.  But nothing is…

Ron’s Classic Car’s – Part II

Let me introduce you to the other side of Ron’s garage!  This is the location of the man cave loft, tools, hoist, etc….! Note the pictures on the wall documenting Ron’s career of cars!   The first car I will introduce to you is the 1950 Ford Custom 2 Door.  This is a rare, six…

Ron’s Classic Cars – Part I

Michael’s dad has been an antique and collector cars aficionado since his teens.  Since that time he’s bought and sold more than 140 classic cars, as well as owning a variety of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Our tour of his beloved cars starts here in his custom made garage, built to hold 18 cars.  Ron has…

Back In Canada. Bring The Bacon!

My husband and I are back in Canada for two weeks. In the province of Ontario.  Essex, Ontario.  The reason why we’re here is to be with family. Our journey here was, as usual, a long one.  Yet, with the number of times I’ve flown from the continent of Asia to the continent of North…

2017 Summer Moments – Liz, Linda, A Mermaid, Sons of Maxwell, A Doll House, Family, Reiki, Cold Drinks on a Patio, Donair Pizza & Donair Sauce, Moon Mist Ice Cream, Pork Bacon…..and What Is a Touton??

I leave for Qatar tomorrow.  Back to expat life, regular routine and back to work, the start of a new school year at the American School of Doha on August 15th.  I wanted to reflect on my visit to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  To share some of the moments with friends and family. My visit…

Kelby Cove & Peggy’s Leg, St. John’s Newfoundland

On our last full day in Newfoundland we went for a hike! We started off at South Side Hills off the Blackhead Rd.  This continual descent brought us to Freshwater Bay where we continued up and along the coastline to the amazing point called Kelby Cove where we stopped for about an hour.  We continued…

Quidi Vidi, St. John’s, Newfoundland

This was a recommended go-see by a local. Mainly to try the Iceberg beer and attend the famous kitchen party (he said they serve free fish & chips there!) at the Quidi Vidi Brewery.  We did neither!  LoL!!  We arrived too late for a brewery tour and the kitchen party was on another night! We had…

Signal Hill, St. John’s, Newfoundland

We accidentally arrived at Signal Hill because of redirected traffic to manage the overflow of folk on their way to Quidi Viti lake for the 199th Royal St. John’s Regatta – otherwise called Regatta Day! This was a cloudy, drizzly day so we had a quick look around, deciding to return the next day when the…

George Street & George Street Festival, St. John’s Newfoundland

George Street: We walked along George Street during the day, played some pool at Dooley’s and ate at a few pubs.  The best food and drink during those days, to me was at Yellowbelly Brewery & Public House.  For beer, I tried their Wexford Wheat Ale.  It was nice and light – and yes it…

St. John’s, Newfoundland

We arrived in St. John’s and settled into our AirBnB on Penny Lane. We didn’t have much of an itinerary except to hike along Signal Hill and visit the last two days of the George Street Festival. Downtown St. John’s is the heart of the area – to see the Jelly Bean Houses  and visit George…

Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Our drive to Cape Breton Island was a fond one for me as I spent many summers of my childhood there.  Those days were spent on the south side of the island in Arichat  on Forgeron Road at the home of my grandparents! Michael and I headed north to travel the famous Cabot Trail on the Baddeck side…

Sea Kayaking Around Lawlor Island, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Strolling along Fisherman’s Cove one evening, just a five minute walk from where we are staying in Eastern Passage, we spotted a kayaking tour business!  Upon entering we discovered that the owner is a friend, Fred Stillman! Fred owns Kattuk Expeditions with  Sea Kayaking McNab’s Island at Fisherman’s Cove!  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you are visiting Fisherman’s Cove we…

I Miss the Weather in Nova Scotia!

Living in the Middle East means living in an arid climate with virtually no rain or clouds or any sign of precipitation, including hot winds of the Arabian desert that blow scorching across your skin like a hairdryer on high and a constant sun that blazes down on you with oppressive heat.   Don’t forget…

Summer 2016 – Visiting Home – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

My husband Michael and I went home to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for a few weeks to visit family and friends.  We stayed at a perfect Airbnb loft apartment in Eastern Passage that is everything I know to be and love of Nova Scotian living!! While visiting family and friends we drank locally brewed and famous for,…