Digby Neck Nova Scotia | Long Island, Balancing Rock | Hiking Trails NS

Over the past few years I have made many trips to Digby and specifically Digby Neck.  My boyfriend and his family lives on the neck and the views there are unbelievable, want a full day of awesome views, try Mount Shubel and the balancing rock hike. I will have better pictures of Mount Shubel soon! Here are a few of the images from my many trips there.

This is taken off the wharf this winter in Centerville, NS… I think that was the name of the area. This was taken in January of this year!
 This one was taken where the Digby Neck ferry to Long Island comes in 🙂 This January as well.

The next few pictures were taken one a day in 2010 when me and Mike and the kids spent the day on Long Island geocaching! It was the most beautiful hiking trail in Nova Scotia. The balancing rock is a tall basalt stack located on the coasts of Digby County. (more info below)

Lots of stairs ahhhh.

The Balancing Rock Trail is a 2.4 km trail through forest and with nice trails and board walks for easy walking in some parts. This rock is a part of North Mountain which forms the cliffs along St. Mary’s Bay and the Bay of Fundy.

The rock  has been standing an estimated 200 years and it is attached by two small sections only; you can look through open space under it. Local people tell of several fishermen who tried to pull it over with fishing boats with no success.

I love this hike and I want to go again soon me, Mike, Maddy and Riley made the hike there, and back, there is a geocache there just before the cliffs of the balancing rock. It was a great day!

Allergies Suck! | My Pets, Pug, Hamster, Ducks, Fish and Cat

Living with allergies sucks! I wanted to share my story of living with allergies and how much it sucks and how difficult it can be. Other people in my situation, I feel for you and I do understand!

Growing up I was animal obsessed! I had cats, dogs, guinea pigs,  fish, hamster, turtles, and more that I probably cannot remember! I loved my animals, I loved them all immediately and cried when any of them passed away, even the fish, I am very soft hearted still! I love animals! Unfortunately, as I became older I was diagnosed with severe allergies to dogs and cats and most animals with dander. I was devastated, my mom had to then get rid of our family dog Hugs, and I then lost one more animal I loved in a very different way. We had to give Hugs up for adoption.  Today I am thankful that my mom was strong enough to make that decision for my health, but I knew she and my brother loved Hugs too.

As I got older I tried to fight allergies, my first animal was hamsters, they were soo adorable. This one was Buddy named after the movie Elf. This hamster was awesome, he was so gentle, and funny, I had him litter trained(yes you can litter train hamsters), he had tons of tubes and out posts to play in, and every treat you could imagine, he even got out each night to go for walks in his ball for hours. He was an awesome hamster! The down side, I was severely allergic to his pee. Made it difficult to breathe so scooping his litter every day was a must. There was even a mini litter scoop it was so cute. As time went on, I got ore hamsters and the allergies to them didn’t get better, they got worse. I kept them all until they passed and then no more hamsters, I remained pet free for a while after that.

This is a picture of Dora, she liked baskets and would rip my flowers out and stuff in, it was so cute lolDora and Carl the fish, they liked to hang out:)
I adopted a cat from the SPCA thinking buying a large HEPA filter and grooming the cat(took her to get baths each week) would allow me to have a pet again. Wrong, so wrong, I tired so hard to make life live-able with having a cat and severe allergies, and I was sick a lot while I owned Dora, my doctor could not figure out why I was sick all the time but I could not give her up and she was not super active so that helped and the breed(I went to the spca daily for a while and held one cat, then waited for a reaction, Dora was my lowest reaction). I loved her so much, it was difficult, I couldn’t pick her up and cuddle her like I did as a child with my pets, I couldn’t have her in my bed at night, I could barely have contact with her, it sucked, but she was not a super cuddly cat either so it helped. I’d give in some days and pick her up and cuddle her anyways, then pay for it later.  Dora passed away from illness a few years ago, one of the worst days of my life, she had been in and out of the kitty hospital and she needed a needle in her spine and a pill daily and it was almost impossible to get her to take them. She died in my arms, it was the saddest feeling ever.

After she passed I adopted this little guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbdSyA_Hffc

He was such an awesome kitten, however, my allergy reactions to him were INTENSE enough that I had to let him go after having him for only a few weeks. It was so hard. After that I vowed for the animals sake and my own to only adopt hypoallergenic, however, I have not yet found a breed I do not have a reaction to, that I can also afford!

I crave having a pet back in my life, I miss it, but my heath takes a huge hit when I do. I do  visitation with my friends animals and that helps we have Frankie:
He was at a party and everyone was sitting on the floor, Frankie joined in, he’s ADORABLE <3

My newest pets are awesome, my outside ducks! I have tons of ducks in my yard that live here most of the time, and it is awesome, they are super tame and I am not allergic! Now if I could just get them to cuddle and sleep at the foot of my bed I’d be all set lol. They are not scared me of and the kids, and we all love them here is a video of Riley feeding them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4hwbQKHFNQ
In all I have been having that craving lately, I miss having a pet, but I need to remind myself of the pets I can have, and how ill I become when I get pets I am allergic to. I will never stop loving cats and dogs, however, I know that my body limits my interaction with them. 🙁 🙁 🙁 But I am super thankful for ducks and wild birds and ll of the other animals I get to visit and see.

Thankfully I have an awesome family that understands and supports my limits. Thank you Mike, Maddy and Riley, if I was able to, I would have way too many cats and dogs, maybe someday when I can find an animal I am not allergic to so much we can get  pet together.

Also anyone with severe allergies to pets, please message me and let me know of any pets you react well too. Someday I want to own a dog or cat again.

Autumn Spiced Buttery Caramels | Homemade Caramels | Valentines Day Gift

A few years ago I had some Autumn Spiced caramels from a store on etsy, there were autumn spiced with a fall, Christmas type flavor. After about 5 tries I got this recipe and it is AWESOME. Here are the instructions I use without a candy thermometer. This is a great Valentines Day Gift Idea.

Ingredients
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup and 2 tbls salted butter
1 cup of whipping cream
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of white corn syrup

In a pot  add 1/4 tsp each of cloves, ginger and nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
about 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup of whipping creme. (will try 3/4 of a cup next time for butter content) and heat on low-medium heat.
Grease a pan, I used to tinfoil a pan and butter it, but no longer, just directly in a pan works, but do not forget to butter it.

In a separate +pot add 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of white corn syrup and stir gently to mix then do not stir, put on medium heat, and boil to a golden brown, DO NOT STIR

As for testing the caramel use a glass of super ice cold water and test it often, you want a soft ball to form, I always get harder caramels then necessary, but still good. When done immediately pour into your greased pan and wait and hope!