Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, World, There Really Is a Sophie Doodle!

I have Internet!

The Brigantine Inn in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia,
has provided me with a way to communicate
that Sophie Doodle is as real as real can be!

She bounded into my life yesterday with licks and love,
and I gave her all the scritches, hugs, belly rubs, and pats
that many of you requested!

Sophie Plays with a New Toy
the Guys Dubbed "Weeser"

But as wonderful as Sophie Doodle is,
nothing was better than to give Ron a great big hug
after way, way too many years.

And meeting Jim was every bit as special.
He's a great hugger too.

Ron, Jim, and I

We had so much fun laughing and talking
that I forgot to take pictures 
of their gorgeous wooded garden,
their warm and welcoming home,
and the incredible seafood chowder and bumble berry crisp
that Jim made for the best lunch I can remember
in a very long time.
It was just so awesome to be with them!

But I collected my photographic wits
after we jumped in the car and headed for
MacDonald Hill and Lawrencetown Beach.

Let me share some of those with you!

Sophie in the Way Back ~
Graciously Yielding Her Usual Seat
to the Guests From Away

Ready to Go!

Looking Down from MacDonald Hill

Jim on the Trail Over MacDonald Hill

Sophie races to catch
                    Mr. Orangie.

Dueling Cameras

Ron on MacDonald Hill

Nova Scotia's Wild Roses

A Unique Photographic Style

Dune Walk

Barb, Ron, and Sophie

Lawrencetown Beach

Jim and Sophie in the Dune Grass

Ron and Jim

Some of Jim's Beautiful Mid-Century Maniac Wares

Ron and Jim

An unforgettable day 
with unforgettable friends,
old and new! 


  1. So glad you had fun with the boys and Sophie . . . but how could you NOT? Love your fab photos! Especially that one of the three of you -- it's a keeper!

  2. What a great post, and I just love these photos! So glad you all had a great time!

  3. Lovely pictures! Glad you're having a nice time! :)

  4. How awesome to meet Jim!! The blogging world is a small world indeed :)

  5. Beautiful spot. And nothing is more fun than a dog on the beach with a ball.

  6. I am so glad you found the 'on ramp' and could post the pictures of this part of your visit. I am looking forward to seeing more! Have a blast….

  7. OMG are so fast getting these up....I spent all this time trying to figure out how to approach this so I went the "laughing" route. Makes sense kinda sorta doesn't it!?!

    Hope you like the beginning of my 2 or 3 part series!

    This has been quite momentous occasion, you know, for me. One year 50 years ago brought all this love and laughter.
    So many thanks!!!


  8. Oh Louise! What a wonderful visit.
    Love the photos, especially dueling cameras and the unique photography style.

  9. Hi Louise! Long time no see! lol
    Believe me, the pleasure was all ours to meet you and your sister Barb.
    So you really are real! Your laughter is contagious and it is what we all need on a daily basis.
    See you next week in the city.

  10. S glad to see you back. Can Sophie be any more adorable? And love those green dishes. What fun you are having!

  11. Thanks for all the kind comments everyone! Barb and I are in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We have spent the day visiting friends of Barb, a friend of mine (We were two of the four girls in Acadia's large geology department decades ago), and our niece Heather who is heading to the Halifax airport to move to Surabaya, Indonesia, after leaving Kuwait in June. We are sore/exhausted from laughing! Especially after seeing Sophie Doodle's latest post which featured us laughing! ( We're also wiped out from a bottle of wine we are finishing (which our waitress from the restaurant carried up open to our room ~ more laughs). So I hope you'll forgive me for not answering individually this time. I think I've put on weight starting with Jim's incredible bumble berry crisp ~ We've been eating all these Nova Scotia desserts we've been craving while we were away ~ many with whipped cream. Thanks to Ron and Jim for the best time! Let's see if I can access the internet somewhere in my grandmother's house when we get to Smith's Cove tomorrow! Good night for now!

  12. Wow, I love this! Oh, what fun. What an incredible thing to hang out with the three amigos; my pals on the east coast. And your photos are spectacular. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  13. Looks like you had a marvellous day with Sophie and her dads.

  14. This is such a great post. Those are lovely pictures.

  15. No greater joy than a pup with an orange ball to fetch and good friends.

  16. Wonderful pictures! Who doesn't need friends, right?

  17. I love Nova Scotia. Your photos show what a good time you had.

  18. It looks like you had a wonderful time! Love all the pictures, they show so much happiness :)
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog a while ago. I'm so sorry I didn't get to answer any earlier. My last finals went well, and I'm already in the paper writing and final-studying mode for the current semester. Things are crazy busy right now. Can't wait for this to be over :) I hope you're doing well! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  19. I love all of your photos, Louise.....such a beautiful place. And I could eat Sophie Doodle up with a spoon. Too precious!!! XOXO

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  21. Louise I'm so glad you got back to visit Nova Scotia. Your photos tell the story of a wonderful stay. Best wishes - Mark

  22. Geeee!!
    I was sure I had left a comment here...............; "years" ago!!!
    But since you haven't published anything since july, I guess - and hope - you are having lots of fun...
    Lovely and lively photos, Fundy!
    Love from France!


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