Tuesday Time-out

One of my favourite things to do on a sunny day – which happens about once every century in Halifax – is look atΒ a map of the city and discover a new park or trail. This Saturday had us heading into Cole Harbour toward a branch of the Trans-Canada trail system.

Living on the Atlantic Ocean certainly provides us with a lot of gorgeous photo opportunities. We may be miles away from the Rockies we used to call home but I think we’ll survive.

Even though the Salt Marsh Trail is on-leash only Shiva still managed to amuse herself sniffing and eating disgusting bits of plant matter.

Not to mention all the mussels and snails.

It doesn’t take a whole lot to entertain the Shivster. Novelty is usually key when attempting to tire her out. The more new places we can introduce her to, the better it is for all of us.

Nova Scotia may be a small province, but there sure is enough nature to last us a lifetime.

What do you like to do on a sunny day?

36 thoughts on “Tuesday Time-out

    • You definitely should! Like the US, the scenery all depends what part of the country you visit. I’m glad we still have so much left to explore and that we have a dog thrilled to join us!

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    • I love PEI and sadly have only been a few times. The crazy number of tourists keep me away. I should make a point of going back in the off-season.

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  1. on a sunny day (which we practically have 365 days of the year)… i roll on them grass… and be happy πŸ™‚

    i can send some sunnies over to you Shiva.

    woofs n licks,
    Dommy

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    • Awww, thanks! Shiva could certainly use them. She was oddly lower-energy this morning and I blame it on the weather.

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  2. What beautiful pictures of your home. Thank you for sharing them. I was hoping you would some day. I’ve never been to Nova Scotia.

    When I was thinking about moving to Ithaca, I found out that we have the same number of cloudy days each year as Seattle, Washington–around 300 a year.

    Warm, sunny days are very precious and make the long winters worth while to have a perfect sunny day.

    Whenever it’s nice I like to spend every minute in the water, on the water, near the water, looking at the water.

    Honey agrees with Shiva. She likes chewing on driftwood, sniffing things that wash up on shore, and rolling in dead fish.

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    • Lately I find myself taking a ridiculous amount of pictures of my dog doing the same thing over and over and almost no photos of scenery, which is all I used to take photos of. I need to find a compromise somewhere so I don’t miss out.

      I knew Nova Scotia would receive a lot more rain than the Albertan prairie but I don’t think I expected the level of cloud cover. It can be such a downer. But we’re getting used to it. The nearness of the water helps for sure.

      Thankfully Shiva doesn’t seem to feel the need to roll in anything. Either that or we just haven’t found her favourite perfume.

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  3. Another thing I stress to clients is to get their dogs out to new places to wear them out mentally. If they still largely have to mind in such an enticing environment their brains will be much more tired when they get home, as opposed to if you just do the same 3 walk locations all the time. I try and get our pups out on the weekends to places we can’t get to during the week. And since I’m off today and it’s in the 70’s we plan to hit up my parents new place and a park Luna has not been too in over 6 months. Hopefully a tired dog will result.
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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    • Absolutely, nothing tires her out like visiting a new place. She doesn’t have to do anything more than walk around for it to be enough stimulation to relax her when we get home.

      I hope you have a fantastic day off!

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  4. I’m always amazed at how much of the world around us we see just because we need to take the dog for a walk. Seeing the world through doggie eyes is to see it all new again.

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    • That’s so true, isn’t it? Everything seems so different in a dog’s perspective. I like to think I appreciate the little things a lot more now.

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  5. We also have the stereotype that it is all mountains and beauty up there. Here in Chicago, we are quite envious. I love seeing these photos, and maybe a “Tourist in your Own City” post could set us straight.

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    • I know! I need to get on that. I certainly have more than enough photos. Thanks for the reminder.

      There are no mountains in Nova Scotia. They have ski hills but they are just that, hills. πŸ˜›

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  6. What a lovely place to walk.

    Song and I like to walk up the farm track or if at my dad’s we both like to be out in my dad’s garden.

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  7. Wonderful pictures! Looks like a great place to spend a sunny day.

    Our favorite place on a sunny day, Fort Funston (which is currently an off leash dog beach.)

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  8. Beautiful! Anything with “salt marsh” in the name has to be good. I only live 90 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, but rarely ever get there (The Hubby prefers mountains to the beach). 😦

    We do have a river in our back yard, though, and it makes for lovely walks when it’s not too hot.

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  9. Looks like you guys had a great time!! That’s a very beautiful place. Our guys like to eat everything too … gross. Dogs … sigh πŸ™‚

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  10. Just stopping by from another pet blog and I’m so glad I did!

    You’re so lucky to have so many gorgeous places to take your dog. It’s a challenge keeping a city dog entertained with just a handful of parks to choose from. Luckily, the park smells different every time we visit and it’s enough to make Oscar happy. πŸ™‚

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  11. GREAT photos! I didn’t even realize you were on the opposite coast of me. We went to Florida a couple months ago and the sunset/ocean switch totally threw me off.

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  12. Oh, that looks like fun! And it’s SO pretty. I know what you mean abouts getting tired out sniffing new stuff cuz that happens to me, too. It’s pawsitively DEE-vine to sniff where you’ve never sniffed before.

    As for me, one of my favoritest things to do on a sunny day is to go outside and roach in the grass and sunbathe. Heavenly!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    mayzie

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  13. What a gorgeous spot. I just love the East Coast. Nothing tires our boys out like a long romp in an unfamiliar spot. The look on their face makes finding these out of the way spots SO worth it.

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  14. The Salt Marsh Trail. What a captivating name! I have yet to visit the far Eastern provinces of Canada. Friends who have been tell me it’s beautiful (especially Halifax) and your photos definitely help to support their claims. πŸ˜€

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