July is almost over! Can you believe it? For many of us in the northern hemisphere, this means that summer is drawing to a close, and back to school is either on the doorstep or just around the corner.
For the first time in years, I am not getting things ready to head back to school as a teacher. My youngest son finished his grade twelve year at the end of June, so my short stint in homeschooling is over. (I was a classroom teacher for years before stepping away and homeschooling him at his request three years ago.)
It’s kind of odd to not need to think about ordering curriculum or looking for sales on pens and binders. 🙂 However, it’s a really wonderful kind of oddness, and I am eagerly looking forward to stepping into this new chapter of my life.
But before that new chapter begins and while my husband, who works as a school janitor (a job he began when he, too, stepped away from classroom teaching several years ago) is on his summer schedule, I am taking advantage of the summer and having some fun. Day trips are the thing for this summer in my life, and below, I am sharing a few photos from some of the adventures we have already taken.
Lawrence House Museum, Maitland, NS
The owner of this house, William D. Lawrence, made his mark in maritime history by constructing the largest wooden-hulled, fully-rigged ship ever built in Canada in 1874. The ship was built directly across the road in the Bay of Fundy and towered over his house which is a three-story Victorian.
Notice the floorboards. (Most easily seen in the picture of the dining room) They are made of the same planking which would be used in boat construction.
Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke, NS
This estate was built, beginning in 1813 and finishing in 1816, as the summer home for Attorney-General Richard John Uniacke (1753-1830).
This is one of my favourite places to visit, and I will be going back there for a ‘behind the ropes’ sort of event in August. (I am excessively excited about that 🙂 ) The pictures here are just a few of the interesting details you can see at this museum. In the first and second pictures, note the hooks in the kitchen ceiling which would have been used to hang meat, herbs, and the like. The final picture of the bed makes me think of Colonel Fitzwilliam lying in bed in Loving Lydia, looking at the canopy above him and counting the ruffles. It probably helps me think of Colonel Fitzwilliam because next to the bed in a small cupboard are two red uniform coats, a pair of shiny black boots, and a sword in its sheath.
Perkins House and Queen’s County Museum, Liverpool, NS
Perkins House s built in 1766 and was the home of Simeon Perkins, a merchant, judge, and Member of the Legislative Assembly as well as lieutenant-colonel of Queens County. Perkins was also a diarist who kept a detailed diary about colonial life in Nova Scotia from 1766 to 1812. However, most interestingly to me, he was also actively involved in privateering. Why is this the item I found most interesting? Well, when writing Mary: To Protect Her Heart, I researched privateers since the hero of that story is one. I based a good bit of who Gabe is and what he does on information I read surrounding the privateers sent out from Liverpool, NS, most notably the Liverpool Packet. Sadly, Perkins House is not open to visitors due to structural issues, but there is a lovely privateer display next door in the Queen’s County Museum.
Peggy’s Cove, Victoria Park, and Seafoam Lavender Farm
Along with visiting some historic sites, I have also gotten to enjoy the natural beauty of Nova Scotia.
We still have about a month of summer left for exploring our province since school does not start here until September, and we have a list of possible places to visit. I’m not sure if we will get to them all or not. If you would like to see pictures from the places we do visit, I’ll be posting a few from each adventure on my Instagram.
When my friend Cindy and I were visiting the lavender farm, we drove past many, many cottages on the banks of the Northumberland Strait (the body of water that separates Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). When I think of visiting a cottage, I think of lazy days filled with strolls along the water and plenty of time to sit in the shade or sun (if you’re not as fair as I am LOL) with a good book or two or three or… how about six? That is how many books are included in A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 2. If you’d like to be entered into a draw to win an ebook copy of this collection of books, just drop a comment below telling me about something you like to do or a place you like to visit in the summer OR you can just comment on the pictures above. So which books are in this collection? These:
Contest closes August 6, 2019 at 11: 59 PM Eastern Winner announced August 11, 2019 Prize: One ebook copy of A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 2
FYI: A Dash of Darcy and Companions Cottage Collection 1 is available to read in Kindle Unlimited but only until August 29.