Today is a very special day for Truro and Yarmouth Deuville; it’s the first anniversary of their wedding. Though it’s been a year, it still feels like yesterday that they walked down the aisle, exchanged their vows, and shared their first wedded kiss. (June also happens to be Pride Month – a double celebration for LGBTQ+ couples just like Truro and Yarmouth!) 🏳️🌈🌈
I drew them here in their wedding outfits as a throwback to that happy day, the memories of which are contained in this mini-gallery:
The Wedding of Truro & Yarmouth
Truro & Yarmouth’s Wedding Party
Truro Deuville & Yarmouth Clements
Truro Deuville & Yarmouth Deuville
Happy first anniversary, and may you celebrate many more anniversaries in the years to come!
Spring is here, it’s time for the Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt! 🥚🧺
If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of years, you may recognize the setting of the egg hunt; it’s the exact same place where Truro and Yarmouth had their wedding party last summer; the same bandstand, the fence, and the hydrangea bushes. Even the entrance arch still has wisteria growing on it, which was planted as part of Truro and Yarmouth’s wedding arch, but of course the buffet table and audio equipment are no longer there. There are, however, eggs of all different colours scattered around the garden, wild daisies popping up, and even a bunny as part of the Easter theme.
Due to current events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), epidemic, why not have an Easter egg hunt at home? Simply hide some chocolate eggs in random places around the house (or even around the garden, if you have one), then send your family off on a fun hunt around the home. The results will be just as tasty!
Have a very Happy Easter, and don’t overdo the chocolate! 🤣
Love is in the air, and my Nova Scotia-themed cards for Valentine’s Day are back! I’ve also made some new cards for the new year. 💌
To save these to your computer for writing on and sharing, simply click on a card, right-click and select “Save image as…” Then you can either print them out or post them on social media, and send them to your Valentine! 💝💘💕
Bring out the fireworks and sparklers – it’s Bonfire Night again! 🎆🎇
In case you didn’t know, Bonfire Night – AKA Guy Fawkes Night – is an annual celebration held every 5th of November in the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth territories. It commemorates the day Guy Fawkes and his gang of conspirators failed to bomb the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605, in an attempt to assassinate King James I of England. (I go into more detail on the origins of Bonfire Night in this post.)
With Canada being part of the Commonwealth, a leftover from the days of the British Empire, I was surprised to see that – with the exception of Newfoundland – Bonfire Night is almost relatively unknown across the Atlantic. While it’s not really about them or their parliament, I had wrongly assumed that it was a shared celebration across the Commonwealth, as they are all tied to Britain.
But geography doesn’t really matter, as some of the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life (ANSWOL) have come together for a fireworks show of their own. The fireworks were drawn with glitter pens, giving the impression that they’re “popping” out of the night sky. Westville and Parrsboro even have sparklers sizzling away while the bonfire burns bright. This is also Truro and Yarmouth’s first Bonfire Night as a married couple (it feels like it was their wedding just yesterday!)
If you’re having a bonfire or a fireworks display of your own, or are going to a public one, safety is always important. Why not see these safety tips?
It’s that time of the year again! The whole cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life (ANSWOL) is getting into the spooky mood with their Halloween costumes.
Everyone wears a costume that has something to do with their hometown, with the exception of a few who are just wearing ordinary clothes because I either couldn’t think up a costume for them, or they don’t celebrate Halloween for whatever reason. (Maybe it’s too scary for them?)
If you’re familiar with Nova Scotia, or live there, some of the costumes will be pretty obvious to you. For example, Lunenburg is the Bluenose II, a famous sailing boat built as a replica of the original Bluenose, which was a several-time winner of the America’s Cup in the 1920s and 30s. Oak Island is a pirate, owing to an everlasting legend that a secret stash of pirate treasure has been buried there, on which a popular reality TV series is now based. Berwick and Oxford are an apple and a blueberry respectively, owing to their hometowns’ natural abundance of these fruits. (Berwick’s apple costume even has some worms wriggling through it for extra spookiness!) Others are just for fun, like Hantsport and Stewiacke’s wizard and devil costumes, James River’s beaver costume (because his last name is Beaverton), and Pugwash as Captain Pugwash (get it?) 🤣
If you don’t celebrate Halloween, just have a great day. If you do, though, have a Happy Halloween, and may it be filled with lots of treats, not tricks!