Birds, Cardinals, Chickadee’s Window Bird Feeder | Bird Watching Nova Scotia

For Christmas this year my mother-in-law Bessie, got me a window bird feeder. I have adored her feeders every time I visited. I love this feeder! It took a few months for the birds to find it and get comfortable coming to it, but I love this feeder for a few reasons.

The feeder sticks to the window very well, better then I expected, it actually made it through a winter hurricane and every other wind we have had in Nova Scotia this year!

Most pests cannot get in it, or at least not easily, raccoon’s cannot get in it and they tried, there were footprints on the window to prove it! Lol Pigeons can get in it with a lot of work. I think I may have figured out an addition to make it pigeon proof too!

Another thing I love about this feeder is its easy to clean and pop off the window and wash it well.

However the best thing is the view of the birds, can really get close and see details. I have a chair by the window to relax and watch.

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You can get these in Canada at Home Hardware locations.

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This next picture was on a day I was home sick. This little guy stayed in the feeder all day and night to get out of the weather. He looked so cold and fragile. I’m glad he hung out with me that day.

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We also have a wood pecker coming to my feeders. Love all the birds that I get here, doves, cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, and others I don’t know the names of!

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This is the best picture I could get of a cardinal.

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Photo by Debbie Roberts

Debbie Roberts on Redbubble sells prints of this, her photography is amazing. I love this picture of a cardinal she captured!

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.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth, NS | Leif Erikson Park

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Cape Forchu has been doing a lot of work. The new Leif Erikson Park walking trail is looking awesome. The trail will soon have interpretive panels along it.

Trail from above and Riley.

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Some flowers by the lighthouse.
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Riley on the rocks up too high!! Lol made me nervous.

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It’s much easier walking then the old sorta trail there before. They have widened and paved or graveled the trail. It goes down near the water and one thing I really enjoyed were the rock benches and decorations all over.

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Maddy in a mini rock chair.

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Me, proof I was there as I’m the one always taking the pictures lol.

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Mike on the trail:)

This sorta shows the trail and the rocks.

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Lighthouse from a distance.

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The boyfriend looking out standing on one of the many rock benches. There are big cement pads and I think places for picnic tables or informational plaques?

Love going out for beach walks or on trails. The big chair was destroyed this winter during a storm but I hear they are rebuilding that. Lots of work to happen but I’m excited to see it all done and take the kids out!

Historical Acadian Village in Pubnico, NS

The past few summers we have went to the Historical Acadian Village. The village is run by workers that demonstrate how things were done in the old days. There is a working forge, animals, walking trails and so much more. Each time I have visited it was a totally different experience and awesome.

The Villages Contact Information
Local Phone Number: 1-902-762-2530
Toll Free Number: 1-888-381-8999

This is the entrance to the village.

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Out front of the village is a carved statue of Baron Philippe Mius d’Entremont. It was carved by my brother, James Mackay.

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The forge was going the first time during my visit, he made us a nail to take home. It was amazing to see how they were made and the man running it was so informative and friendly. There are many old tools in this shop. Ask questions they are all very knowledgeable in history. This place should be a school field trip!

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This is the chicken coop, made the old way. The branches weaved to make the outside pen, very cool and cheap chicken pen!

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Mrs. Chicken

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The beginning of a dory, the workers make this over the summer using only hand tools. The young man at this spot was also very informative. Many old tools and baskets.

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Pigs at the farm, they will eat anything including your fingers! Lol

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Salt fish drying, kids loved this..and maybe tested it. The salt fish building smells fishy but its interesting to see how they did it.

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Inside one of the houses at the village. I loved hearing about the items in the house. The ladies in the houses bake cookies in a wood burning oven and give them to visitors. They also bake the staff members lunch each day using older methods. I didn’t get a picture of the gardens, but they grow and tend vegetable gardens and use those vegetables in the meals they cook. The ladies do everything, knitting, cooking, baking, and making preserves. They are also quick to stop and talk about the older items in the house. I love the old kitchen stoves and the kitchen gadgets.

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This was one of the new places I saw this past year. The ladies were working on an entirely hand stitched quilt and they let you help and teach you how. Considering I love quilts, for me, this was awesome. The lady helping me was so patient and helpful and knowledgeable about other areas of the village. She answered many of my questions!

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This guy was weaving nets down by the wharf and talking about all the old fishery methods and tools. This guy was really interesting to talk to and kind. They also gave us a old fashioned lobster claw pin!

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Maddy feeding one of the cows at the village, I think there are 2 there.

Over all I enjoy myself every time I go. There is usually something a little different each time, I know friends have had their kids do laundry the old fashioned way, they have kite flying events, a rhubarb festival, teddy bear picnic day, scavenger hunt events and so much more.

If you can enjoy learning and nature and walking a bit…this is a great place to bring the family for a day trip. They even have a cafeteria on location for lunches and drinks and they are not insanely over priced. There is a cost to get in the village, but it’s worth it.

Admission Rates
Adult $6.00
Children $2.00
Family $14.00

Events Calendar: https://levillage.novascotia.ca/events