Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Annapolis County has always been a great destination for sports fishermen. The rivers and lakes of this county have historically offered a bountiful supply of trout. In addition to the tales of fish, many of the backwoods guides and sports have gone on to almost mythical status. Some of their feats seem to be almost superhuman. Perhaps this is the way with good fish tales - the truth shouldn't get in the way of a good story.

The most famous of the local fishing trips was chronicled by Albert Bigelow Paine in his book The Tent Dwellers. This book, which was written 101 years ago, tells the story of Paine and his friend Eddie (Dr Edward Breck) as they make their way through the backwoods of Nova Scotia with their guides Charles the Strong (Charles Charleton and Del the Stout (Del Thomas). Their trip involves Eddie trying to collect a porcupine and moose calf for the British Museum, sleeping through the rain and blackflies, Paine falling in the water at every opportunity and a great deal of fly fishing. Much of the area that they cover on their trip is now part of Kejimkujik National Park. The Tent Dwellers is a fun read for anyone looking to learn some interesting stories about like in the backwoods 101 years ago.

Today's picture comes from the Annapolis Heritage Society's archival collection. This image was taken by local photographer Frederick Harris some time around 1900. The two gentlemen in the picture (one of whom is actually wearing a tie) are displaying an impressive haul of trout.

All for now,
RGS

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Barque Carrie L Smith

I consider today's photograph one of the most evocative in the Annapolis Heritage Society's archival collection. I base this opinion not simply on my personal reaction to the dramatic scene which unfolded at the end of the Annapolis Royal ferry slip but from the reaction of visitors who have seen this image in display. When they see this image, visitors will almost always make some sort of comment and ask what happened. There is almost always a look of concern for the crew of the vessel. The image just seems to call out for an explanation.

The subject of the photograph is the barque Carrie L Smith, 598 tons. Around 1900, she was making her way into the Annapolis Royal harbour after having taken on a half load of lumber in Bear River. When she reached Annapolis Royal she was to tie up and take on the other half of her cargo. Unfortunately, the wind had other plans. Making her way through a crowded harbour, she was caught by a strong wind and pushed onto the town's ferry slip. From the direction the bow is facing (back out toward the Digby Gut), the barque was apparently able to tack around before she was caught by the wind. To anyone who has spent time on this section of Annapolis Royal's waterfront, you can easily understand how a large vessel could be driven ashore by the winds.

Now, what happened? While the image looks fairly dire, the Carrie L Smith was able to free herself on the next tide. When she was afloat, the vessel made its way back to Bear River for some much needed repairs. Still in service in 1902, the Annapolis Spectator reported that the Carrie L. Smith had transported a load of lumber to Buenos Aires and took a load of wool from there to Boston.

The remains of the ferry slip can be seen on the Annapolis Royal waterfront directly in front of the O'Dell House Museum. While you can see some timbers which once made up the slip, you will not find the remains of a wooden barque.

All for now,
RGS

Monday, July 27, 2009

Busy Summer Days

Despite the seemingly never ending rain (for those of you not in Atlantic Canada, it has been a very wet summer so far), the Annapolis Heritage Society had a busy day on Saturday. In addition to Annapolis Royal’s regular Saturday morning Farmers Market, this was also the day for our community picnic at North Hills Museum and the latest performance of our play Washing Soldiers 1797.

Rain early in the day made for a bit of creativity at the picnic but we were able to reorganize things and get much of the event under cover in the garage on site. This space actually makes a very good, if a bit small, performing venue. Our unflappable entertainment for the day was Jeanne Doucet-Currie and an assortment of the local band the Granville Ferrals. While the weather in the evening was still threatening, we were able to get in perhaps our best performance of Washing Soldiers yet this season. As always, my thanks go to the musicians who entertained us at North Hills and our very talented cast of Washing Soldiers 1797. Today's pictures come from the picnic and from a dress rehersal of the play. Since I was backstage I did not get the chance to sneak out and take some fresh images on Saturday night.

The nicest part of this time of year is that the visitor season is really (some would say finally) picking up. With the addition of tourists, there is a life on the streets of Annapolis Royal that is very refreshing to see. Even if the events we were organizing on Saturday were not your thing, you could also choose from Bandfest, the Bear River Cherry Carnival or the Port George Jamboree. Chatting with the Editor of our local newspaper, I got the feeling that he was putting some miles on his car just trying to cover everything that was going on. With Natal Day weekend fast approaching, this is an ideal time to take a trip to Annapolis Royal.

All for now,
RGS

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tennis Anyone?

Like most communities, Annapolis Royal has its own sports heritage. Hockey, baseball, golf, basketball and tennis have all played important parts in community life. Among the more exotic sports played in town was cricket which was played in the middle of the Fort Anne parade square.

Looking through some archival images today I came across two good pictures of tennis being played in Annapolis Royal some time around 1900. At this time there were three private tennis courts in town. The court shown in the top image was located at the Hillsdale House on Upper St George Street. The other two courts, owned by the Corbett Family and the How family, were located near the current location of the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. All three of these courts featured grass playing surfaces.

The Annapolis Tennis Club, shown in the second image, was built in 1902. This club was located at the current intersection of Champlain Drive and School Street in Annapolis Royal. The club lasted in this location until 1953 when Champlain Drive was developed.

Today, the tennis courts are located beside the local high school (Annapolis West Education Centre) and the community swimming pool. Like most modern courts, these feature a hard top playing surface.

All for now,
RGS

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Florence Whitman's 1883 Wedding Dress

I have made a couple of posts where I have discussed the Summer Bride exhibit we are currently running at the O'Dell House Museum. As I walk through the exhibit, there are a couple of dresses which always stand out. To be entirely clear, my wife's dress is my favorite in the exhibit for a variety of reasons (as well as for the most obvious of reasons). One of the other dresses which always catches my attention is that of Florence Whitman (Ritchie) who was married in Annapolis Royal on April 22, 1883.

Florence Ritchie was a member of the prominent Ritchie Family of both Annapolis Royal and Halifax. There is historically no other family whose fingerprints are more firmly placed on the Nova Scotia legal system. Members of the Ritchie family, including Florence's father, had been Judges in this province for generations. The most noted jurist in the family was Florence's uncle William Johnstone Ritchie who became Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court.

This dress with its high neck and impressive bustle would have been the height of fashion in Nova Scotia in 1883 (we were often noted for being about a decade behind the fashions of London and Paris). Since the Ritchie's were a family of means, an attempt was obviously made to have a quality wedding dress. The historic photograph of Florence at the top of this post was taken as a studio shot in New York City. I like this dress since it speaks to me (no not literally) of the nineteenth century rather than the twentieth. There is an element of pastoral grace about this dress which I find appealing.

After their marriage, Florence and her new husband, Francis Cutler Whitman, settled in Annapolis Royal. This dress is now a part of the Annapolis Heritage Society's costume collection. Summer Bride will be on display at the O'Dell House Museum until the end of August 2009.

All for now,
RGS

Monday, July 20, 2009

Old St Edwards Anglican, Clementsport

Over the past few months I have been posting an occasional series on the surviving 18th century churches in Annapolis County. Whether through good luck or good planning, we have an enviable collection of 18th century churches. There are four of these churches within Annapolis County and another one, St Mary’s in Auburn, just across the border in Kings County. Add to this the oldest Roman Catholic Parrish in Canada, the oldest surviving Baptist church in Canada, the site of the conversion of the Mi’kmaw Chief Membertou and the site of the first Baptist Convention in Canada and we can see an interesting religious history is developing (those planning religious pilgrimages should take note). Today’s post is on perhaps my favorite of the 18th century churches, Old St Edwards Anglican in Clementsport.

I am fond of Old St. Edwards for both the simplicity of its style and its physical placement. For those of you who have not been to Clementsport, the church is perched atop a hill with a commanding view of the Moose River. Legend has it that light from the church on the hill guided many a sailor home on dark nights. Like many churches, Old St Edwards is surrounded by a burial ground. Stones in this cemetery, like that of Douwe Ditmars, go back to the community’s Loyalist founders. It is hard to imagine a prettier country church than Old St Edwards.

In 1790, fifty families in the Clementsport region petitioned Bishop Charles Inglis for the construction of a church at Clementsport. Prior to this services had been held in houses and a barn in the community. Both Rev. Jacob Bailey of Annapolis Royal and Rev. Roger Veits of Digby would have made the trip to Clementsport to conduct services. Bailey and Veits were both employed as Missionaries for the Church of England’s Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. With approval from the Bishop, construction began in 1793. One of the stories of the building of the church tells how clam shells were burned to get the lime for the plaster. Building was virtually complete in 1795 but the church was not officially consecrated until Bishop Inglis’ visit in 1797.

Old St Edwards is an excellent example of the New England Meeting House style of church combined with Classical elements. This style is obviously related to the Loyalist origins of the parishioners. The prominent decorative element of the church is the Palladian windows which are each topped by a keystone molding. At the top of the church is a short four-sided steeple which almost seems a bit stubby by modern standards. Inside, the church contains its original pulpit and box pews.

Today, the museum is operated as a museum by a local not for profit group. On the third Sunday in August the church holds its annual memorial service.

All for now,
RGS
















Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pre WWII Car Day

Today's post is less about words and more about pictures of some of the cars which visited North Hills Museum earlier today. From 2 - 4pm the museum played host to six pre WWII cars. Before arriving at the site the cars had visited the Annapolis Royal Farmers' Market and cruised down to Victoria Beach. In order of the cars arriving on site, they were a 1928 Ford Model A, a 1930 Chevrolet, a 1924 Ford Model T, a 1930 Ford Model A, a 1935 Morris Oxford and a 1925 Chrysler. Our thanks go to the owners for sharing their cars for the afternoon.

All for now,
RGS



















Friday, July 17, 2009

Meet the Ghosts of the Sinclair Inn Museum - Part 1

I have written before about the long and complicated history of the Sinclair Inn Museum. This three hundred year old building seen the transition of colonial power from French to British, experienced the French and Mi'kmaq raids of the 1740s when many of its neighbours were burned. The building and stood near the location of the Acadian deportation from Annapolis Royal and received an influx of Loyalists who were fleeing the newly minted United States. The building was used as the first Masonic Lodge in Canada and may be the first licensed public house in Canada. In more recent years, the building has been a hotel, a car dealership and the premises of a local bootlegger. With all of this varied history, the Sinclair Inn decidedly has many stories to tell. For the purposes of our museum, can these stories be told in an innovative and interactive way?

This was our quandary a few years ago when we were working on the interpretation of the Sinclair Inn Museum. Could we present historical information in a different way? How could we tell 300 years worth of stories in a relatively confined space? After a great deal of discussion, we brought Ern Dick of Granville Ferry to the table. Ern and I had both seen an interesting technology known as a Peppers Ghost used at the Pointe-a-Calliere archaeology museum in Montreal. He felt that this sort of application would work in the Sinclair Inn.

For the sake of clarity, a Peppers Ghost is not new technology in any way. The Peppers Ghost illusion is actually one which has been used theatrically and in museums since the 1870s. It was perfected by the British inventors John Pepper and Henry Dircks. Essentially what is happening is that the viewer is seeing an image reflected off of a clear screen shown across the desired background. In our case, the background is the stone basement of the museum. From the perspective of the viewer, they cannot see the screen so the image looks like it is hovering in mid air like a ghost. The image is in no way a hologram.

At some point in the coming days, I will add another post discussing the process of getting the theory of the Peppers Ghost installed in the Sinclair Inn Museum.

All for now,
RGS

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Lequille Express

The sounds of Annapolis Royal at the end of the nineteenth century were very different than those we hear today. Between the shipyards and blacksmith shops, hammers would have been a prevalent sound. The ring of a caulking iron and the dull chime as a blacksmith hits hot metal on an anvil would fill the air. The local waterfront would have been host to a number of ship's bells and the creaking of wooden vessels which were tied there. Whistles from nearby mills and factories would alert workers to the beginning and ending of shifts. Additionally, the rhythmic clopping of horses hooves on gravel roads would have accompanied almost every activity. While they are in a much diminished form, some of these sounds can still occasionally be heard. Sadly, there is a common sound from the end of the nineteenth century that I have yet to hear on the streets of Annapolis Royal. That is the sound of ox bells.

Oxen were once among the most common sights in Annapolis Royal. In his book Years of Wonder, Manfred Mills relates that he would see 40 to 80 teams of oxen walk by his house on Upper St George Street on an average day. The teams, each with its own driver and loaded with up to 3000 board feet of lumber, would average about two miles per hour. With a bell around the neck of each ox, the teams would have been heard long before they were seen. The lumber would be deposited on the town's waterfront where waiting ships would carry it to ports around the world.

Today's image comes from the AHS Archives and is titled with the inscription "Lequille Express". Lequille, a small community which lies directly to the south of Annapolis Royal, was the source of a great deal of the lumber that arrived in Annapolis Royal. By the 1880s, much of the country beyond the town had established portable sawmills to furnish lumber to a growing export trade. The carts in this picture appear to be headed for home at the end of the day. Rather than lumber they are carrying supplies which had been purchased in town.

All for now,
RGS

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Painting on a Rainy Day

Some astounding art was created in the middle of a downpour earlier today. Well, we did manage to squeeze in some pleasant weather in the morning and late afternoon but, for the most part, this years Artifacts and Interiors event at North Hills Museum was a soggy affair. Despite the rain, our artists and visitors had an enjoyable day.

While I forgot to count at the end of the day, there were are at least 35 new paintings created for this year's event. It is very interesting to see the differing interpretations of scenes and artifacts which we work with on a daily basis. I must admit that I left the museum lighter in cash than when I arrived. It makes it much harder to walk away from a painting when you know the subject very well. While a number of paintings caught my fancy, I restrained myself by only purchasing one. I am now in the process of trying to rationalize buying another for a Christmas gift.

In addition to the fun of seeing art created before your eyes, it was wonderful to see the camaraderie between the artists. I am not sure if this is the case in every community but there is an evident spirit of friendship and support between the artists working at this event. The second photograph in today's collection is an excellent example of what I am writing about. This image features Geoff Butler and Wayne Boucher working in the museum's barn. Geoff and Wayne have both won countless awards and are deservedly two of the cornerstones of the provincial arts community. Rather than being aloof, both men were content to have some fun and interact with the visitors and other artists. It was nice to hear laughter and see smiling faces on a rainy day.

The artwork created today will be available for purchase at the museum for the next month. Even if you are not interested in buying, it is worth a trip to the museum to see what was painted.

All for now,
RGS










Friday, July 10, 2009

Artifacts and Interiors

We are on the verge of one of my favorite summer events. This Sunday (July 12, 2009)North Hills Museum will be hosting some of Nova Scotia's finest artists during our Artifacts and Interiors event. Once a year we have a collection of artists descend on the site to create original artwork based on the collections and landscape. I find it a great deal of fun to chat with the artists and watch as some spectacular art is created. Among this year's invited painters are Wayne Boucher, James Povah, Geoff Butler, Louise Williams and a number of other very talented artists.

Artifacts and Interiors is an event which is truly in the spirit of Robert Pallen Patterson. Mr Patterson, the man who willed the North Hills Museum to the province of Nova Scotia, was a lifelong collector of fine art. I believe that he would have been thrilled to have original paintings made of his house and collections. The spirit of Bob Patterson can inspire another generation of art collectors.

All of the artwork created during Artifacts and Interiors will be available for purchase at the site. Our image today features Jane McBurney Racine painting in the museum's dining room during the 2008 event.

All for now,
RGS

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Why is the fort surrendering?

In the course of a visitor season I hear some of the same questions over and over again. Some of these are innocent questions and they are easily answered. Some of these questions take a bit more time to answer properly. One question I find difficult to answer quickly is "Why is the fort surrendering?" A few years ago when I first heard this question I really had no idea what the visitor was talking about. Was there a re-enactment planned that I didn't know about? No, that was not it. Apparently there was a white flag flying at Fort Anne and it looked like they were surrendering to some unseen enemy. Well, I didn't know the answer so I had some questions to ask myself.

When I have a question about Fort Anne I have found that Alan Melanson is usually the source for the answer. Alan has worked his entire career as a Parks Canada interpreter with the vast majority of his years being spent at Fort Anne. He has an extesive knowledge of the site and an amazing gift for sharing our history with visitors. Every community should be lucky enough to have a heritage resource like Alan. I was told that the flag was not a flag of surrender but a white cross flying on a white field. During the Acadian period, this was the battle flag of the French.

This was the flag which would have flown not only in Acadia but in Quebec, Louisbourg and Plaisance. As early as the 1620s this white flag would have shown up in the new world. While it was a common flag there were a number of other French naval or merchant flags which were also flown. In 1661 King Louis XIV decreed that the white cross would be the official flag of the French Navy and that this flag would fly over all coastal forts and colonies. This would have been the flag which generations of French citizens fought under.

So, now to answer the original question. The fort is not surrendering. Parks Canada have chosen to fly the white cross to show what would have historically been flown at the fort. Rather than a flag of surrender, to someone in the seventeenth century, this flag would have been seen as the mark of a mililitary who was ready to fight.

All for now,
RGS

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fanlights at the Sinclair Inn Museum

I had a few minutes to visit with our staff at the Sinclair Inn Museum earlier today. Every time I am in the Sinclair Inn I have the chance to remark on the large number of interesting architectural features. From the wattle and daub (torchis to an Acadian) construction in the back to the foundation which fits neither the front nor the back of the building this is a unique structure. What caught my eye today were the fanlights.

To give a somewhat technical description, a fanlight is a semi-circular window with mullions radiating out from the center in a fan like pattern. These windows are often placed over a door or another window although they can be found on their own as they are at the Sinclair Inn Museum. When used over a door fanlights were usually installed to allow light into a hallway. Locally, this style of window was quite common on buildings built in the late Georgian and early Victorian periods. At some point, I will post a sampling of fanlights found along the Granville Road. There are a surprising number of fanlights along that particular road.

The Sinclair Inn is made up of two houses which were built in 1710 and 1711. When the two sections of the Sinclair Inn were joined in 1781, Frederick Sinclair decided to add various bits of contemporary decoration to improve the look of his building. A second floor was added and an attempt was made at Neo-Classical symmetry. The roofline of the building was changed so that the gable faced the road and a gable dormer was added to the side of the structure. In both gables, Colonel Sinclair placed decorative fanlights as an additional Neo-Classical touch. These fanlights were sided by pilasters and surmounted by a peaked entablature which mimicked the pitch of the gable. (By the way, pilasters are decorations which look like pillars but do not support any weight and an entablature is the part which tops a window or door). The image at the side shows this treatment above a door. For the next 100 years the Sinclair Inn had 4 very attractive fanlights. As styles changed, later owners of the Sinclair Inn began to alter the windows and doors. Doors were moved and windows were replaced with larger square windows. While these may have allowed more light into the building, archival photographs show that they did not help the aestetic appeal of the building.

When restoration work began in the 1980s, a decision was made to restore the exterior of the building to its 1781 appearance. This decision meant that fanlights needed to be built and reinstalled. The reproductions were built based on archival photographs and physical evidence inside the building. When the restoration work was complete, the exterior of the building looked much more appropriate for a 1781 structure. An interpretive panel inside the museum shows how the reproduction fanlights were assembled.

We were actually lucky enough to find one of the original 1781 fanlights stored in the building. This window has been placed in an acrylic box where it can be safely displayed. The frame of this impressive piece of craftsmanship is carved from a single piece of wood. The frames of the reproductions were made from two pieces secured with a wooden pin.

All for now,
RGS

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Adams - Ritchie House

Annapolis Royal has some buildings with very complicated histories. I suppose this is to be expected in a community with 300 year old buildings and a legacy of conflict between European powers trying to control North America. Structures have been built, altered, partially destroyed, moved to different locations and combined with other structures. Among the most complicated structural evolutions was the Adams - Ritchie House on St George Street.

The Adams - Ritchie House may have been built as early as 1713 by a man named John Adams. Adams had been a member of Sir Charles Hobby's regiment during the 1710 attack on Port Royal (renamed Annapolis Royal after the attack). Adams also appears to be a protege and business associate of Hobby as there are a number of rather confusing property transactions which take place before Hobby's death. After the peace which came with the signing of the treaty of Utrecht in 1713, Adams left the military and began a career as a merchant in the newly minted Annapolis Royal. During his life he was also a member of the governing council and collector of customs.

Now, this is where the story starts to get complicated. While the property was clearly owned by Adams, our recent round of dendrochronology (tree ring dating) testing has given us a construction date of 1747. In many ways this date makes sense. We already knew that the building had been partially destroyed during one of the French and Mi'Kmaq attacks on the town in the mid 1740s. Previously it was believed that much of the structure had been saved from this destruction. The results of the dendrochronology show that more of the building was destroyed than was previously thought.

By the 1770s the house had passed into the hands of the Ritchie family. It is here that John W. Ritchie, one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born. Additions to the building at the end of the 18th century include adding a second storey, and two wings which can be seen in the top picture.

The building underwent a massive transformation under the ownership of A.M King in the 1870s and 1880s. King, who apprenticed as a tailor in the United States, came back to Annapolis Royal to open the Annapolis Clothing Hall (later the Annapolis Clothing Emporium). From this location King employed a number of employees to produce dungarees as well as other items of clothing. To accommodate his growing business, King added a third floor as well as full Victorian front with two bay windows. This building can be seen as it looked after 1885 in the second photograph.

By the 1980s the Adams -Ritchie House was in a hard state. The building was all but abandoned. A hand written sign in the window read "closed until after the parade" with no mention of what parade or what year that it was written. It is at this point that the Annapolis Development Commission began work on the building. The third storey, Victorian front and wings were removed to show the building in a much earlier form.

Today, the Adams - Ritchie House is still shown in its restored state. The building is home to the very successful Leo's Cafe. Patrons can sit down to a cup of coffee and a sandwich made with bread baked on site. Even better are the selection of desserts which include a raspberry cheescake brownie. This is definitely one of the favorite Annapolis Royal dining locations for visitors and locals alike.

All for now,
RGS

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Reflections on Granville Ferry

All things considered, it has been a fairly rainy start to the summer in Annapolis Royal. We have not had many full days of rain but, on the same note, we have also not had many fully sunny days. We seem to be stuck in a pattern of overcast days with periods of rain and sun mixed in. Perfect weather for the indecisive sort. Once in a while, just to break up the pattern, we have a full rain storm complete with thunder and lightening. With the lightening flashing and thunder booming, these storms can be fairly spectacular. One of these storms happened at about noon today and sent all of the patrons and merchants at the Farmers Market running for cover.

Interestingly, we actually do get a calm before this sort of storm. When the water in the Annapolis Basin becomes a virtual mirror in the middle of the day, you can usually be assured that bad weather is on the way. This collection of photographs of Granville Ferry was taken from the parking lot at the O'Dell House Museum.

All for now,
RGS

Friday, July 3, 2009

SS Empress at the Railway Wharf

This image, taken about 1880, shows the confluence of two forces which brought Annapolis Royal to its economic peak between 1869 and 1891. This period was of course the Golden Age of Sail in the Maritimes. Communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were all prospering due to the fishing, shipping and shipbuilding industries. Waterfront communities enjoyed a period of prosperity which we have not seen since. During this period in Annapolis Royal, we had the additional advantage of being the terminus of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway. Produce from the Annapolis Valley was transported to Annapolis Royal where it would be stored or packed into waiting ships. From here the ships would take Nova Scotia products to ports around the world.

In this photograph we see the steam driven paddle-wheeler SS Empress waiting for a load of passengers. The SS Empress left Annapolis Royal for Saint John, New Brunswick on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The cost of a one way fare from Halifax to Saint John using both the train and ferry cost $5.00 in 1872. While this seems inexpensive today, in the 1870s this was a substantial sum. The average salary at the time would be in the range of $1.00 per day. In addition to the Bay of Fundy service to Saint John, another ferry worked the waters between Annapolis Royal and Boston.

Sadly, this is a photograph which could not be taken in Annapolis Royal today. The missing link in the rail line between Annapolis Royal and Digby was completed in 1891. This made Annapolis Royal simply another stop on the line. The ferry service to Annapolis Royal came to an end shortly after this time. With changing economic times, the train tracks themselves were pulled up in the late 1980s after more than 100 years of rail service.

All for now,
RGS

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fundy's Rolling Fog

Moving furniture on hot and muggy days is not much fun. That is a rather obtuse way of saying that the past few days have been exceedingly busy so I have not had much chance to post. Since I still can’t officially say much (at least nothing I am going to post online), I will give a full update about what we have been up to at the start of next week. To add to the mystery, I will say that a very large, interesting and heavy artifact collection is coming to the Annapolis Heritage Society.

In my running around, I was able to snap a few photographs last week. One of the interesting parts about living in the Annapolis Valley is the ever changing weather. I have mentioned it before but we do live up to both the statements “if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes” and “if you don’t like the weather out your front door, look out your back”. Today’s images are a clear example of the second statement. These photographs, taken in the middle of last week, show the Bay of Fundy fog starting to roll over the North Mountain. I always find it interesting how the day can be clear and bright in the valley while people living on the Bayshore can be fogged in. On certain days the fog starts to climb the mountain and roll gently into the valley. In this series, the fog can be seen clinging to the top of the mountain with blue sky above it. With the picturesque village of Granville Ferry as the backdrop, this can make for some very interesting pictures.

As a further example of the changeability of our weather, about a half hour after these pictures were taken we were experiencing a full downpour. About two hours later we were back to blue sky and soft white clouds.

All for now,
RGS