Friday, August 23, 2019

Family Is the Best!!!


One weekend in my annual calendar is permanently booked.
It's booked in a lot of calendars among my extended family members.
That special weekend is the first one in August.

Wherever we live, if we possibly can, my extended family heads
for Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, to join other family members who live there.
We may come for three or four days, tens days, or several weeks,
but however long our trips, we make sure they overlap that first weekend in August.


First Sight of Home!
Bear Island and Digby Gut
from the Bear River Bridge
Nova Scotia, Canada
July 2019
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Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, grandparents,
grandchildren, husbands, wives, and significant others,
we all get together and cram everything we can into the time we have.
It seems like one big, extended party with ever-changing activities.

A definite highlight among all the highlights is the lobster-scallop feast
my sister Donnie and her husband Martin host every year
for the descendants of our parents Don and Sara MacBeath
and all the significant others, relatives, and friends this event brings together.


My Sister Donnie
Smith's Cove
Nova Scotia, Canada
August 7, 2019
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Martin on Scallop Duty
August 7, 2019
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What we do doesn't matter.  
What matters is that we are together.

The MacBeath, Mundry, Heembrock, and Barbour Branch
of Our Extended Family
Front:  Left to Right
Sara, Susan, Barb, Louise (Me), Bertie, Natalie, Donnie 
Back:  Left to Right
Gavin, Roy, Terry, Peter, Martin, Krista
Photographer:  Olivia
August 7, 2019
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Olivia, Honorary Sister, Daughter, Cousin, Niece
with Donnie, Pete, Sue, Roy, Terry, and Bertie
August 7, 2019
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We all chip in for the lobsters and scallops and drinks,
and a number of us prepare special hors d'oeuvres or a side dish.
My claim to fame is my homemade guacamole.

Bertie's Claim to Fame:  The Salad
with Martin and Terry
August 7, 2019
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Guaranteed the evening will include ferocious card games,
noisy yard and parlor games, a huge bonfire in the fire ring,
a fabulous playlist of music put together by Martin,
and way too much to eat and drink.

And of course, photographs.
We Five, my brother, my sisters, and I, always must get a photo of us.

The First We Five Photo
Donnie, Barbie, Me with Bertie, and Roy with Gretchen
Margaretsville
Nova Scotia, Canada
April, 1959
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The Latest We Five Photo
Barb, Bertie, Roy, Me, and Donnie
Smith's Cove
Nova Scotia, Canada
August 7, 2019
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Some of the NexGen
Gavin, Sara, Krista, Natalie,
and Olivia
August 7, 2019
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OurGen
Front:  Left to Right
Susan, Barb, Louise (Me), Bertie, Donnie 
Back:  Left to Right
Roy, Terry, Peter, and Martin
August 7, 2019
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Here are some more photos from this highlight of my year.

Bertie, Krista, and Terry
August 7, 2019
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Barb
August 7, 2019
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Sara (standing) and Olivia
August 7, 2019
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Gavin and Krista
Donnie and Martin's "Children"
August 7, 2019
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Peter shows his daughter Sara how to prepare a lobster.
August 7, 2019
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Sara ~ I've got this!!!
August 7, 2019
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Martin relaxes for a bit.
August 7, 2019
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Louise (me) and Sue
August 7, 2019
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Barb and Sara
August 7, 2019
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Natalie
Bertie and Peter's Youngest
August 7, 2019
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Roy and Terry
My Brother and Husband
August 7, 2019
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Sara, Olivia, and Natalie
Three "Sisters"
August 7, 2019
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Playing with a Lobster
Natalie and Sara
August 7, 2019
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Lobsters to Eat
August 7, 2019
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Sue
August 7, 2019
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Digging In
Clockwise:
Natalie, Krista (hidden), Peter, Gavin, Sara, and Olivia
August 7, 2019
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Did I really eat all this?
Yes, this and more!
August 7, 2019
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Don't Even Ask!
August 7, 2019
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I am so missing everyone, those I was lucky enough to be with this summer
and those who couldn't make it to Nova Scotia this year.
I am keenly aware of the passing of time and how fleeting and sweet life is.
Most of all, I treasure the love of those who love me for exactly who I am:  my family!
Family is the best!

Roy and Me
August 7, 2019
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


Me, on Donnie and Martin's Deck
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 7,  2019
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Personal Note:  Sorry, but I'm still catching up.  I had a spectacular fall earlier this week,
                           but I'm almost back to normal now. 


For Map Lovers Like Me:
Location of Nova Scotia



Location of the Annapolis Basin



Location of Smith's Cove and Digby




Friday, August 16, 2019

Tackling a Scallywag!


Finally, I tackled a scallywag I've wanted to take on for years!

It took me one hour and fifty-one minutes to slog through
5.26 miles (8.48 kilometers) of sand, water, mud, and rocks
but I did it!
And I can't wait to do it again next year!
Tides permitting.

What scallywag?
Only The Scallywag,
the Smith's Cove Fire Department's Annual Scallywag 8K.
It's a fun run and walk from the fire station to the beach,
across the sand bar, around Bear Island, and back to the fire station.

My sister Donnie and our sister Bertie's daughter Sara went for it,
while the rest of our extended family and friends cheered us on.

Sara, Yours Truly, and Donnie
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 2, 2019
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Scallywag Route
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Yes, the Scallywag is an 8K event,
but for those of us who don't like slogging through icky mudflats,
the route is a little longer if we want to avoid the worst of the mud.
I do not like icky mudflats, so I walked 8.48 kilometers.

And, by the way, that mud sticks to your shoes, 
and clumps on in a heavier and heavier sodden mass
until you can hardly lift your feet.

My sister Donnie says you can use a skate-skiing motion
of your feet to glide across the mud faster, but I just sink. 

You can only walk to Bear Island during low tide
when the sand bar is exposed and joins the island to the mainland.

Bear Island at High Tide
from Donnie and Martin's deck
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Bear Island at Low Tide
from Donnie and Martin's deck
August 3, 2019
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Bear Island is one of two islands in the lovely and historic Annapolis Basin,
a sub-basin of the Bay of Fundy.

Annapolis Basin is 15 miles (24 kilometers) long in a northeast-southwest direction,
and 3.7 miles or (6 kilometers) at its widest point from northwest to southeast.

The Bay of Fundy is one of the greatest national wonders in the world,
because it has the largest tides in the world.
In the Minas Basin at the head of the Bay of Fundy,
the difference in water depth between high tide and low tide
is 53 feet (16.15 meters). 

The Annapolis Basin is more sheltered and shallower than the Bay of Fundy,
but its water depth changes 22.9 to 29.5 feet (7 to 9 meters)
between low tide and high tide, as measured in the town of Digby.
tide-forecast

Digby's Busy Wharf Scene
Note the dark brown poles.
As the tide rises the dock floats up,
held in position by the poles.
August 1, 2019
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From the time I was a small child roaming the beach in Smith's Cove,
I was warned of the dangers of that tempting sand bar going out to Bear Island.
When the tide rises, it comes in fast, the water is cold, and there are treacherous currents.

My father threatened to skin my siblings and me alive if he caught us on the sand bar,
but it was the story of our mother's near drowning when she was nine or ten
that kept us on the shore and away from the beckoning bar.

Were it not for the quick action of her Uncle Donald,
who was tending his fishing weir not far from the sand bar, she would have drowned.
She was up to her neck in water when he reached her and dragged her into his dory.

A Deceiving Lure 
from Donnie and Martin's deck
August 3, 2019
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I was very excited to participate in the Scallywag,
because it was an opportunity to explore Bear Island's shoreline
in the safety of a large group
and under the watchful eyes of Smith Cove's Fire Department.

Although I had been across the sand bar three times in my life,
I had never ventured more than a few hundred yards on the near shore of the island.
I was too afraid of getting caught by the rising tide.

If you get caught on Bear Island between tides, you face a long, cold, miserable wait,
especially if no one knows you are there and can get a boat over.
The time interval between low tides is about 12 hours and 23 minutes;
and the sand bar is exposed for a couple of hours a day.
This time interval and the amount of sand bar exposed
varies according to the strength of the tide.
Regardless, you're looking at a ten or eleven hour wait, if you get stuck on the island. 


A fire department volunteer
patrols the beach making sure everyone is okay.
from the far side of Bear Island
August 2, 2019
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The Scallywag was a little late starting,
because everyone had to wait on the best position of the tide.
Last year the event started too early, and the faster runners
were running through water on the unexposed parts of the sand bar.  


Waiting On the Tide for the Scallywag to Start
Smith's Cove Fire Department
August 2, 2019
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Yours Truly Waiting on the Tide for the Scallywag to Start 
Smith's Cove Fire Department
August 2, 2019
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The Scallywag is a fundraiser for Smith's Cove Fire Department,
which is staffed by volunteer firefighters.

This year, for the first time, the fire station will be able
to function as an emergency warming center,
should a winter storm take out electricity in the area.

Finally, the observers from the beach radioed that the tide was right,
and we were off, walkers first and then runners, down the paved hill,
along an abandoned rail-bed trail, past Harbourview Inn,
past the graveyard where generations of my family are buried, and onto the beach.

Heading Through Harbourview to the Beach
August 2, 2019
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The Beginning of the Beach Section
August 2, 2019
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Walking Along Smith's Cove Beach
August 2, 2019
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Our family cheers everyone on by waving the Nova Scotian flag,
ringing cowbells, cheering, and clapping.
from Donnie and Martin's yard
August 2, 2019
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Through Sand, Water, Mud, and Rocks
Can you spot four runners on the sand bar?
August 2, 2019
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Onto the Sand Bar
August 2, 2019
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Crossing the Sand Bar
August 2, 2019
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My sister Donnie pauses in her run to say, "Hi. ..."
August 2, 2019
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... and snaps my photo. 
August 2, 2019
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We walk together until we reach Bear Island 
August 2, 2019
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Bear Island 
August 2, 2019
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I have heard rumors of bears sighted on Bear Island during my lifetime.
Black bears are the only species of bear found in Nova Scotia,
and they are common throughout the province.

However, encountering a black bear on Bear Island is highly unlikely.
Bears are smart and search out easier places to find food.
They are also excellent swimmers, so I won't rule the possibility out.

Donnie's off and running again. 
August 2, 2019
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The Far Side of Bear Island
with Digby Gut (the entrance to the Bay of Fundy) in the background. 
August 2, 2019
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Gulls Protesting the Intrusion
The Far Side of Bear Island
August 2, 2019
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At the End of Bear Island
August 2, 2019
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Looking Back at the Far Side of Bear Island
August 2, 2019
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Looking Forward at the Near Side
August 2, 2019
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The Locals
August 2, 2019
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Not Happy!
August 2, 2019
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Black Cormorants and White Seagulls
August 2, 2019
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The Rocky Shore of Bear Island
August 2, 2019
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A Volunteer Watching Our Progress
August 2, 2019
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Returning on the Sand Bar
August 2, 2019
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Looking Toward Smith's Cove
August 2, 2019
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Mudflats
August 2, 2019
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As I approached the Smith's Cove end of the sand bar,
I could hear the cowbells, clapping, and encouraging cheers
of my extended family and friends greeting participants as they passed on the shore.

Nothing lifts your tired feet better than people cheering you on,
calling you out by name, and yelling "You go, Girl!  We're proud of you!"

"You go, Girl!"
from Donnie and Martin's yard
August 2, 2019
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Last year, one member of my family (who shall not be named)
decided to stop off at one of our cousin's houses 
after reaching the shore and have a cold beer or two.

The Unnamed didn't realize the fire department volunteers
were sweeping the island, sand bar, and shore looking for the missing participant.
Finally another family member tracked the Unnamed down and alerted the fire department.

Let's just say no one made that mistake this year.

Counting as the Participants Come off the Beach
near Harbourview Inn
August 2, 2019
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Back at the fire station, welcome refreshments waited thanks to the Scallywag's sponsors:
Digby's Subway and the Atlantic Superstore and Smith's Cove's Lazy Bear Brewery.

Some participants went to the Lazy Bear which opened its brewery for them that evening,
but I joined my family at Donnie and Martin's for more cheers, hugs, and hot pizza.

I was so proud when I finished.  I wasn't sure I could do it,
especially since I had gone kayaking for the first time that morning.
If time and tides don't work against me, I'll be back for the Scallywag next year.

The Final Water Station
near Harbourview Inn
August 2, 2019
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


One Happy and Proud Participant
Smith's Cove Fire Department Scallywag
August 2, 2019
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For Map Lovers Like Me:

Location of Nova Scotia



Location of the Annapolis Basin



Location of Smith's Cove and Digby




Location of Bear Island
Imagery Maxar Technologies


Our Niece Sara (Standing) Paddleboarding with a Friend
At High Tide in Smith's Cove
from Donnie and Martin's yard
August 2, 2019
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