This time of year,you can purchase a pre-made Christmas wreath for sale at a price of $15,$20 or more on practically every corner.
But you can make your own for less than that, and decorate it so that it reflects your personal style. All you need is a few simple items, and an hour or less. Don’t even worry about ‘not being creative’. Making a Christmas wreath is easy and you’ll discover your own ideas for decorating it are what makes it truly unique and truly yours.
To make your own Christmas wreath, you will need:
An assortment of evergreen bough such as pine, cedar,holly, boxwood or fir.I usually use mostly fir with some pine.
A wreath frame-check out craft stores such as Micheals
Green floral wire
A bow, and other decorative accents that strike your fancy
Cut your greenery into lengths of about 6 inches. Fasten the wire onto the frame.
Gather a bundle of these greens-3-4- pieces and ties the ends firmly with the wire onto the frame looping it around the stems several times. Mix the greens adding a spring of pine or the fir, or a bit of box wood or holly.
Add additional bundles of greenery, overlapping each bundle and wrapping securely with the wire. Tip. It’s faster and easier to not cut the wire into sections, just use it straight from the role. You’ll also be able to recycle the wire for next year if you want.
Just continue wrapping and filling out your frame until the circle is complete then tuck the final bundle under the first one, and tie the wire to the underside.
Now you can wire or hot glue balls, bells, berries and bows til your hearts content.
Port Williams is a small village that doesn’t know it’s small. According to Wikipedia,the population hovers around 1,100. The area was initially populated by Mi’kmaq, Acadians, and Planters-the Acadian influence evident by the nearby dykes.
The village perches on the northern shore of the Cornwallis River-named after Edward Cornwallis, first governor of Nova Scotia. In the days of sail, the Cornwallis served as a very busy waterway, bringing ships into the port to be loaded with local goods destined for faraway places such as Great Britain. In fact,the village website proclaims Port Williams to be” The Biggest Little Port in the World”.
I recently spend an afternoon exploring and it really wasn’t enough time. Although Port Williams has parks and dykes and churches and museums and cycling routes to explore, I must confess..on this day, I visited none of those places.
I came to eat and drink.
Fox Hill Cheese House is a 6th generation family farm which started out delivering milk door to door by horse and wagon.Now the operation produces many fine products including Jalapeno Gouda (which I recommend) and gelato.I had heard so many good things about Fox Hill Cheese’s Gelato-well,what could I do, but stop in and try some.
So, I did.
O.MG. No point of reference, because it was my first ever gelato-but it this chocolate stuff was delicious!
Haunted Houses, ghouls, zombies…..I love Halloween-but fright and gore-not so much. However,you may adore that stuff….so, I’m posting a list of freaky events and the like-and you can choose your own level of frightfulness. Good to luck ya.
The history of mazes( aka labyrinths) goes back thousands of years, but ones made from corn-not so very long ago. At Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania,Don Frantz and Adrian Fisher designed and built the first corn maze in the US in 1993. Mr. Fisher of Dorset, England is considered the world’s top maze designer, with 6 Guinness World Records, and numerous other awards- so, no slouch to corn maze patterns.
Corn mazes are all the rage for fall. Get the family outside in the fresh air, good clean fun for all,yada,yada, yada.
Still, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,right?
I’ve ‘enjoyed’ a corn maze trek with a twist-Zombies!
Davison’s Farm in Falmouth, NS host’s a Corn Maze every fall beginning in early September, and although I am not a fan of being in a situation when I don’t know where the exit is-I decided to try out.
View the video below to see if I did find the exit.
And then, you can check the accompanying list of corn mazes to try one for yourself near you! Always CALL before you go to ensure the property is open.
Those long, lazy days are summer are gone. Gone. All gone.
Although it’s not officially fall, the cooler days make me feel so much more energetic. Time for routine! Time to get back at it-whatever ‘it’ may be.
Autumn need not be all work and no play, however.How could it be? All those crisp, cool mornings, wooly sweaters, colorful pumpkins and the smell of wood smoke…sorta make a body want to cuddle up and eat pie, you know.
I don’t know about the pie,but I do know that when it’s fall in Nova Scotia,the time is ripe for a cozy romantic getaway. I’ve listed a few for you to think about below, and the ones that are *recommended properties are ones I have personally visited and truly enjoyed.
Have at ‘er. If you have favorites of your own,list them in the comments below-and if you do go to any this fall-write and send pictures!
There’s a new game in town.In Kentville, that is and it will be spreading soon to nearby areas.
That game is TrailQuest, a historic scavenger hunt created by young Daniel Duke of Port Williams. Duke recently spent time with his family living in the UK where such hunts are beloved by the masses.
I was given an opportunity to test drive Kentville’s version before it hit the market. Naturally, heat hater that I am, I choose the hottest, stickiest day of the summer and set out. From my rough calculations and the help of Map My Run, I figured it was over a 3 km walk to complete all the required walking for the scavenger hunt. So wear some good footwear.
Nope. I won’t give away any of the clues. But I will tell you that it is a great way to discover some historic facts about Kentville which I sure didn’t know. It’s a nice walk, and since it’s self guided, your pace is only dictated by the pace of your fellow hunters (it’s great for families, couples, whatever) and your own gait. (mine is slow) It took me about 2 hours to complete the route. But then again I needed to backtrack one section. (nope, not saying where)
New Ross is a small community nestled in the heart of southwestern Nova Scotia, between the Annapolis Valley and South Shore. If you live near here, perhaps you know it- walked a trail, attended one of their Christmas Fairs, or enjoyed a community supper. There’s a very good chance you’ve taken the kiddies to Ross Farm Museum or just stopped in yourself. Even if you’ve been to Ross Farm before, there’s always some event happening, be it a Pumpkin Planting or a Lunenburg County Pudding & Sausage Making Demo, so there is a good reason to drop by Ross Farm. As if you need one.
We didn’t need a reason when we stopped in there recently on our way to Oak Island.
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It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Maybe that’s the only thing you think there is to do on a weekend in the Annapolis Valley when it’s raining. I know, I know. We’re hardy folk and think nothing of hiking, swimming and even golfing in the rain.
I am getting annoyed-I did some cursory research on pet friendly accommodations by checking a local tourism website. Now, I find, when I double check the location’s actual website, it’s hard to find any mention of pets. Grr. So, if I can’t find the information without a lot of digging or without directly contacting the owners, I just scratch them off the list.
Besides, if I don’t have the time or patience to click through 5 or 6 tabs to find (or not find) the information I need-then you don’t either.
Of course the ‘Under $100’ rate may be subject to availability, and time of year, and who knows what else, really.
Be sure to check sites such as Expedia and Trivago – you can often get a better rate.
Recently, I had opportunity to try out a restaurant new to me-the Noodle Guy in Port Williams .
The Noodle Guy is one of those little nook type eateries with the menu chalked up on a blackboard and cozy little alcoves for good conversation.
I was not surprised at that-it’s kind of a trend right. now.
What’s not a trend is the Noodle Guy himself. Ross Patterson’s (AKA Noodle Guy ) little labour of love received the Best Restaurant in Nova Scotia outside of the city by the Chronicle-Herald in January 2016. Continue reading “Havin’ Noodles at The Noodle Guy”