Gulliver’s Cove Hiking Trail, Digby Neck, NS

Found a new hiking trail in Digby Neck, Nova Scotia called Gulliver’s Cove Hiking Trail or as the sign show’s High Cliff Cove Look-Off. It’s a pretty easy walking trail, until you get to the cliff, you can stop there, or go down over the cliff onto the rocks(at low tide).

Gullivers Cove Hiking Trail High Cliff Cove
Gullivers Cove Hiking Trail Photo by Mike Newell

The entrance!

High Cliff Cove Look-Off
High Cliff Cove Look-Off
Rock Lounge Chair
Rock Lounge Chair

One of the rocks down on the beach was like a lounge chair! This other picture below is me down on the beach below, high cliffs!

Amanda Mackay below Cliffs
Amanda Mackay below Cliffs

The cliffs were scary coming down. We came down and around in the area in the picture below. There was a walkway of sorts but that was ruined in the weather, however there was a rope to help you down. I am not a climber and I made it down, so I think just about anyone can.

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The look off..you are quite high up, to get to this point it’s a very easy walk.!

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These 2 sweet people are my step aunt and uncle:) Charlie and Marilyn Belong. I love this picture of them. They are such hard workers! Charlie is the pastor of a church on Digby Neck in Nova Scotia. They are very kind people and work harder physically then some 20 year olds. They both chop, split and haul wood for their fire and many others in their church. Their level of giving and caring for others is something to admire.

Corn Education in Garden
Corn Education in Garden

I love my vegetable garden and they have inspired me in what they can do. They do all their work by hand and grow tons of vegetables! Every time I go up I always go look at their garden and ask tons of questions on what they do.

I love passing that information on, my Dad taught me some and Mike has taught me so much. In the picture above Mike is explaining to Maddy and Cait about corn(picture from last year). Maddy listens and absorbs a lot and loves to help me in the garden.

Amanda Mackay Vegetable Garden
Amanda Mackay Vegetable Garden

This year my garden is still getting started.

My Dad Arthur James Mackay (Diddie)

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This is my first fathers day without my dads. My dad was awesome. The first few words I would use to describe him were, crazy, funny, loving and kind.  My dad lacked the ability to be serious lol. The last day I saw my dad he did something he’s never done. We went up to visit him after Christmas and when I got there, the first thing dad asked me for was a hug. I always get a hug when I leave, but he asked for one as soon as I got there. 🙂

This is part is something I wrote and gave to my dad a few years ago for Christmas…the best present I ever gave him and… myself…because

I’m thankful he knew how I felt.

 

I love you. Words said often by me. I love you Dad and I love you Eileen, wait, that doesn’t sound right, has to be Diddie and Flo. I love you Diddie and Flo. I wrote this to remind you of the great times we have had and to remind you when I don’t get to see you often or I don’t call, please never think it’s because I forgot you, I think about you and Flo everyday. I am not physically with you everyday, but you  are always a part of my heart. Love you Diddie and Flo, Always.

 

Early Life 

Dad, I remember the good times growing up. I remember the fun I had with you when I was younger, Do you remember scaring us with pudding? You were always carrying on, and I will never forget the night, I think you were home with us and mom was out. I remember being in my pyjamas, and me and James were probably being hellions, as usual hehe. I remember you going in the bathroom to “have a shit” as you would have probably put it, and coming out with toilet paper covered in shit. You chased me and James around the house, us screaming, and you telling us to eat it, or look at it, I can’t remember the details haha, but I remember you finally cornering us in the front porch and us freaking because we thought you were going to rub shit on us hehe Then you ate it. It was pudding, I think we both knew then it wasn’t shit, and I thought that was soooo hilarious as a child. 🙂 You were always making jokes. I love that about you dad 🙂

 
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Do you remember the spider? You used to make a finger spider and go up our arms, and if we moved, you “bit”(or pinched) us? I remember all the silly little games you used to play with us. I have not been passing those on to my step kids. Maddy got such a kick out of it when I showed her, now she asks me to do the spider, like we used to ask you.

 

I remember decorating you! This was so much fun, hehe, I remember so many times growing up, when you would fall asleep on the sofa, we would decorate you. Draw on your belly, put or toys on you, take pictures, I even remember putting earrings on you and doing your hair. You always took it well when you woke up looking like a tattooed drag queen too haha. This picture he is only decorated with my dolls.
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Do you remember eating my playdoh? I do, I remember when I was either having a birthday party, or friends were over and you were joking around with us, as you usually always were. We were making food out of playdoh and we were pretending to eat it, you asked us to make you a hotdog, so one of us did and you actually ate it, I remember laughing so much and freaking and thinking gross. Hehe.

 

The farting..lol.Lena still remembers and laughs about when you farted on her lap haha. Gross dad! But we all still laugh about it and I loved it, I found it so funny. I love that you are so easy going dad, you and flo. It’s something that I take from you and Flo and I cherish that so much. You taught me to laugh at the small stuff, to have fun with nothing but just us.

 

Dad, do you remember dressing up for Angies boyfriends, or kissing them with no teeth in and in your underwear, I sure do, it was freaking hilarious, mind you if it had been me I would have been mortified haha. Me and James would just grin or help you put your make up on lol. It was ALWAYS fun at your house.

 

Do you remember going shopping? I bet Flo still does, the things you would do for a laugh, remember the time we were in a line up at Zellers and you farted and yelled, MANDY! And walked away to let me pay for my items. I could have crawled in a hole and died lol, then, now, it was hilarious haha

I didn’t always get your humor growing up dad, but now, LOL I love that you were as crazy as you were and that Flo was right there with you. I love the memories.
 

Now that I am older and I have step kids of my own, and me and Mike drive to get them and drop them off, and I see Mikes side of it, I appreciate all that you both did for us over the years, thank you for driving down to get us for our weekends, thank you Flo for cooking instead of dad(hehe just kidding dad). Thank you flo for cleaning up after us, and I am so thankful Maddy and Riley were not as bad as us, when we were children hehe thank you both for everything that you did growing up, I know I didn`t get to see either of you as much, but the memories made were awesome.

 

Now that I am older, when we come to visit, thank you for all that you still do, I feel loved when I come to your house, I appreciated that flo cooks for us(or burns hehe), I love that you always make time, I love that your house, no matter what house it is, still feels like home. Thank you for my Birthday, you both made it perfect for me. I love you both so much and I will never forget all you have done for me.
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Last picture taken of me and dad. Love him and miss him every day.

My Mom is an Angel. Love you Mom.

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My mom is awesome and beautiful! Since she said she enjoys my writing, I decided to write about her to celebrate Mother’s Day. Love the picture above of mom, me and James, I think she looks like princess Diana.

My mom growing up did so much with us. She was my doctor when I decided to shove random things up my nose and got them stuck, my hair dresser with a bowl for measuring, an awesome cook, especially of kraft dinner. She was our brownie and scout leader, she volunteered at our school to serve hot lunches, taught Sunday school and most of all, my mom was and is my bestfriend.

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Our birthday parties were awesome. We played games like the toilet paper game where we raced to wrap each other up like a mummy. The caramel game where you had to unwrap a caramels with mittens on, or hot potato, all I remember is having lots of friends and family there and having FUN!  Now as I’m older I realize how much work she put into our birthdays. She stayed up late the night before and made our cakes every year too, my favorite was the train cake.

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I loved it so much! She made candy shops, dinosaurs, trucks and a barbie with a cake dress once. I realize how much hard work it was now as I made the train cake for my stepdaughter Maddy, it took hours and patience!

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Mom taught me well!

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Love this picture! Shows the popcorn strings on the tree, I remember mom teaching us to make them with cranberries too and patiently trying to get me to not eat all the popcorn. Mom was always coming up with a new craft idea or being creative. Love my funny brother wearing his ear muffs while opening presents and also in the picture,one of our favorite Christmas presents…marble works! We were always spoiled rotten at Christmas!

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Thank you for Tasha! She is like a sister to me because you babysat her so much and had her over for sleepovers. I know we got along most of the time but I was a brat maybe at times lol. Thanks for treating her like a daughter too. I am glad she was around so much as a child.

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My mom the protector is what this picture makes me think. One of my earliest memories of my mom, was also one of my scariest. Not because mom was scary but because she saved me from drowning!  I do not remember how old I was but I remember vividly sitting near the edge of the water (ocean) with mom a few steps away. I was at least 4 I think? I remember sitting with my back to the water playing in the sand and a rogue wave came and knocked me back into the water and because of the undertow I could not sit back up. I remember trying so hard and then just freaking because I realize I cannot get up no matter how hard I tired, the current was too strong. Just before I needed to take a breath in, my mom got me out of the water. Thanks for saving my life mom! 🙂

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Love this picture of Mom, Kara, Teaghan and Alex. Moms still like a big kid and I love that about her.

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This is Mom and Alex at the dollarstore playing with swords lol. Mom I love that you can do silly things like this still!

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Mom and Alex shopping, Alex standing on the cart like I remember doing often when shopping with mom.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of mom…pure joy and happiness. Some other things I remember mom doing clearly is making me barbie clothes, making play dough, teaching me how to make Ukraine easter eggs, making many different crafts, mom was always doing something with us.

My mom is kind and completely non judgemental. What you wear, look like, age, sex, race etc. my mom is kind to everyone. It does not matter who you are! I love that mom has always accepted people for who they are.

I love the piano. Many influences like Robert Mackay and my one of my best friends Lena, kept me going…but mom first pushed me, got the piano and lessons for me. I didn’t like the lessons, but to this day I still love the piano. Oh and thanks for letting me also get out of piano lessons! I didn’t like to sit still that long lol.

Thanks for teaching me some lessons as a child too. I personally think I was a great child..didn’t do anything wrong lol.

For example when I was young I remember being out back by the sandbox with Tasha having a swearing contest lol. I am guessing I won! I should have been given an award, but got punished instead. I was so stubborn I’d find a way to enjoy any punishment you gave me lol except when you gave my Christmas Santa pin to Tasha lol. That was traumatic lol. I was a bit of a brat I guess. How did you not spank me mom?? Lol.

I remember how well me and James got along at times! I would scream if James looked at me and him the same. James would line up his army men for hours and have hundreds of them lines up, then I would fall on them, or get the dog to run through them. I would line up my crayons in a box and James would knock it over…. didn’t we give each other hair cuts too? Lol I’m sure that was so much fun for you.

Oh and mom, I promise not to make you breakfast for Mothers Day this year as I remember you saying you didn’t enjoy breakfast one year for Mothers Day. Apparently me and James took flour, eggs, milk and other things out of the fridge and mixed them on the floor and cooked it directly on the stove burner. Again, how did you not beat us? Lol

Thanks for letting me express my creativity! My aunt Shirley one year got us an art set for Christmas! I can picture it clearly as I remember loving it! I am guessing you may not, lol. Me and James got up one night and decided to paint my room! We painted chairs and antique furniture and the floor, walls, ourselves? I don’t even remember getting in trouble for it lol. But hey, I am sure that night painting, contributed to part of James drawing talent today. Thanks for striping the paint off the vanity and fixing it and still letting me keep it.

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Thank you for your patience, and love and caring. I am so lucky to have a mom like you. Love you always mom! PS when I cook you supper Sunday, I promise not to prepare it on the floor:)

Stew and Doughboys Recipe by Mom

I have been playing with the doughboy recipe for quite some time now and I think I have finally perfected it! I was home sick one day and decided that my comfort food, while I was sick was going to be stew!! I have started to love cooking. My mom(Linda Peterson-Blades) makes best stew and doughboys ever! These pictures were taken by my mom, Linda Peterson Blades.

Carrots Peeled, Onions and Potatoes
Carrots Peeled, Onions and Potatoes

Stew Ingredients

Vegetables
(can use some or all of these items, I personally leave out potatoes if I am making doughboys/dumplings)
3-6 whole potatoes, peeled
6-8 peeled or just washed whole carrots
1 whole turnip peeled and cut into pieces
1-2 parsnips (optional)
1 onion chopped

Others
1 pound cubed beef
Salt
pepper


Doughboys  Recipe
1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons of oil

 

Old Roasting Pot
Old Roasting Pot

Directions

1. In a large pot on stove top, add a tiny bit of oil, the cubed beef and the chopped onion to the pot. Brown the beef on medium heat until it starts sticking, then add water. Continue cooking until the water boils down, add more water and let it boil down again. This will soften the meat. You don’t need to stir it constantly, just don’t let the water run out!

Stew Cooking in Pot
Stew Cooking

2. Add all your veggies and cover with water and cook until tender. Once tender if you want doughboys or dumplings, add them now. Make sure you keep the water level just up to the top of the veggies.

Doughboys Dough
Texture to look for when mixing doughboys
Doughboys in Stew not cooked
Doughboys placed on top of Stew and in Broth
Doughboys and Stew Cooked
Doughboys cooked and puffed up

3. Making dumplings: Add all dry ingredients to a bowl, then add the wet, mix well but not long and quickly drop blobs of the dough into the pot of stew and cover, DO NOT lift the cover for 12-15 minutes! This should make the gravy too, if you do not make doughboys then add some flour water mix to the pot and stir to make a gravy.

Now serve and salt to your liking!

Doughboys and Stew on a Plate
Doughboys and Stew on a Plate

On a side note…my step daughter made this for me out of the blue:) Love it, and my step children!

Stepmom Card From Maddy
Stepmom Card From Maddy

Boulder Cove Cottages Review, Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Our getaway this summer was beautiful. We had planned on camping, but due to the weather, Mike surprised us with a trip to Boulder Cove Cottages in Shelburne, NS. I loved this place, its beautiful, relaxing and close to my family. My dad and Flo came to visit us at the camp for bonfires and suppers. Dad passed away this winter so I will miss Dad the next time we go but my stepmom, my niece, nephews and other family friends are still there to visit!

This is the outside of our cottage, the Birchtown cottage. There is a BBQ and a deck over looking the water, a fire pit and deck chairs and a picnic table.

Birchtown Cottage
Birchtown Cottage

The views from our cottage were amazing, the water, wildlife and in this picture, the sunset.

Sunset View from Birchtown Cottage
Sunset View from Birchtown Cottage

I am highly allergic to cats and dogs, however, I still love them, so when opportunities to visit with them arise, I take full advantage (and Reactin and Benadryl lol). At Boulder Cove they had 3 dogs on site and they were adorable and hilarious!

On a side note if you have bad allergies like me, I did bring my own pillow as the pillows in our cabin were feather and I am highly allergic to feathers…and trees, and pollen, and shellfish.. so pretty much everything lol.

Magnum or Knucklehead the Black Lab
Magnum or Knucklehead the Black Lab

This guy was magnum or knucklehead and he has such a sweet personality and LOVES to fetch anything, even in water.

Magnum Swimming at Cottage
Magnum Swimming at Cottage

Something else hilarious is Magnum love/hates squirrels. If you say SQUIRREL!!!! really loud and quick he freaks out and goes hunting for them; and if he sees one..get out of the way lol.

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This guy was older and calm and sweet. He also had a butt dragging habit that cracked us up when he would slide or drag his butt down the hills. Apparently this is a habit and not a condition as he was at it again during our second visit a few months later. lol

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This guy or girl.. I forget.. was Mercedes. My nephew Alex loved him. He was the quiet one of the bunch but so sweet and gentle.

All of the dogs were trained to not enter the cabins, they were all great with kids and very well behaved. They made the vacation so much better!

The location of the cottages and walking/bike trails were amazing as well. Bikes are provided free of charge and helmets. They had bikes for all ages, in the same room there was also many boardgames too!

Here are a few pictures of the trail.

Walking Trail at Boulder Cove Cottages
Walking Trail at Boulder Cove Cottages

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Walking Trail at Boulder Cove Cottages
Walking Trail at Boulder Cove Cottages

Some more pictures around the cottage.

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The fire pit and picnic table out front.

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The whirlpool tub where I spent half my time lol. The bathroom had a tub, plus a stand up shower, Q-tips, shampoo, lotion, makeup pads, towels and face cloths and more in the laundry room. The laundry room is free to use but you need to bring soap! I pack the laundry sheets with the soap built in them.

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That is Maddy’s hand feeding the chipmunks! The wildlife was everywhere at the cottage. There were loons, bald eagles, squirrels, frogs, and more I’m forgetting but one of my favorite was hearing the loons in the evening or morning.

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The actual cottage was so well stocked I was amazed! This was one of the bedrooms. The bedrooms have 4 pillows, tons of blankets and an extra one in the closet, dresser and nightstands on both sides and Kleenex! Lol One room even had a magicbag.

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The kitchen had everything! All cookware, utensils, cleaning things, baking sheets, toaster, coffee maker, bbq tools, roasting sticks for bonfire, tinfoil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, microwave, and too much to think of and list!

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They had wireless internet and satellite TV as well, but honestly my goal was to spend time away from those things, but the kids enjoyed having it to use in the evenings.

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Down by the dock they have canoes, kayaks, a rowboat and lifejackets to use. They even had fishing rods you could borrow! Many extras and no extra cost!

I loved this place it was quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The owner was awesome, very friendly and talkative. She lives on the property with the cabins so its comforting to know someone’s there if help is needed. Her daughter also became like another family member, Angelia and Maddy played together very well and we loved having her join in! Angelia came knocking on the door the minute we got there so Maddy was having a blast the entire time. The owner let Maddy play inside her house even! They played for hours at the playground area and play house.

Overall my review of Boulder Cove Cottages is, I would 100% recommend trying this place out!

Boulder Cove Cottages
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 875-1542
Fax: (902) 875-1301
Website: http://www.bouldercove.com/
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Shelburne-NS/Boulder-Cove-Cottages/187415411275887