Make a Christmas Wreath in an Hour

The finished Christmas wreath

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:

  1. An assortment of evergreen bough such as pine, cedar,holly, boxwood or fir.I usually use mostly fir with some pine.
  2. A wreath frame-check out craft stores such as Micheals
  3. Green floral wire
  4. Wire snips
  5. A bow, and other decorative accents that strike your fancy

    Christmas Wreath supplies
    Christmas Wreath suppliesow and other decorations that tickle your fancy

Cut your greenery into lengths of about 6 inches. Fasten the wire onto the frame.

Starting the Christmas Wreath
Starting the Christmas Wreath

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.

Continuing with the Christmas Wreath
Continuing with the Christmas Wreath

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.

Wrapping the wire on your Christmas Wreath
Wrapping the wire on your Christmas Wreath

Christmas wreathJust 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.

The finished Christmas wreath
The finished Christmas wreath

Guzzle and Gorge in Port Williams

Planters Ridge Port Williams

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.

Port Williams
Unsuspected Roadside Art,Port Williams

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.

Fox Hill Cheese, Port Williams
Ashley getting me a scoop at Fox Hill Cheese, Port Williams

O.MG. No point of reference, because it was my first ever gelato-but it this chocolate stuff was delicious!

Port Williams
Chocolate Gelato-Fox Hill Cheese

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Corn Maze Terror and 6 Corn Mazes for You to Try

Corn maze

Who had the bright idea of a corn maze anyhow?

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 Maze

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.

Central Nova Scotia Corn Mazes 

Fresh Family Fun Corn Maze & Fear Farm
RiverBreeze Farms
Admission to Corn Maze
Admission to Fear Farm
Find It: 660 Onslow Road, Truro, NS
Phone: (902) 895-6541

Annapolis Valley Corn Mazes

Noggins Corner Corn Maze 
Noggins Corner Farm Market
Admission
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday -Sunday, Holiday Mondays (September 4th and October 9th): 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Find It: 100089 Hwy #1
Greenwich,NS
Phone: (902)542-5515

Evans Family Corn Maze
Admission
Open Daily 10-7pm
Haunted Mazes-Oct 22 & 29,6pm
Trick or Treat Maze Oct 30 5-7pm
Find it: 13808 Hwy 1, Wilmot,NS
Phone: 902-825-3878

Willowbank Farm Corn Maze
Willowbank Farm
Admission
Open Daily
Find It: 110 Starr’s Point Loop
( Exit 11 off 101 hwy )
Port Williams, NS
Phone: (902) 542-9153

Davison’s Corn Maze
Davison’s Farm
Admission
Open from noon -dusk Saturday & Sunday
Find It: 1119 Falmouth Dyke Road, Falmouth,NS
Phone: 902-798-0283

Cape Breton Corn Mazes

Hanks Farm Market Corn Maze
Hanks Farm Market
$4 pp
Find IT: 581 King Grove Rd
Sydney,NS
Phone:(902) 674-2646

Stay tuned for more frightful activities I’ll blog about during the month of October.
Have your own gory favorites?? Comment with the informations below!

Find Yourself a Romantic Fall Getaway in Nova Scotia

Romantic Getaway

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!

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TrailQuest is the New Game in Town

 

There’s a new game in town.In Kentville, that is and it will be spreading soon to nearby areas.

Trail Quest
The Quest begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

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Stepping Back in Time-Ross Farm Museum

Ross Faem

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.

Ross Farm

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60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley

60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley
Windsor to Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Valley
Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

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.

But there are other options. Like  these

Windsor

Hockey Heritage Museum

Haliburton House Museum

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Facility Tour call:903-798-5841 for info

West Hants Historical Society  Closed Sunday & Monday

Fort Edward National Historic Site

Indoor Pool-Super 8 Hotel (waterslide) when not busy-call 902-792-8887.

Sainte Famille Winery
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11 Pet Friendly Nova Scotian Accommodations under $100

Pet friendly

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.

Here’s what I found below:

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Havin’ Noodles at The Noodle Guy

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.

The Noodle Guy

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.
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