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Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020) — Jun 15, 2020

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020)

Truro x Yarmouth - First Wedding Anniversary
Truro x Yarmouth – First Wedding Anniversary

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!) πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

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:

Happy first anniversary, and may you celebrate many more anniversaries in the years to come!


Speedpaint: The Cape Breton Fiddling Mer-Trio — May 1, 2020

Speedpaint: The Cape Breton Fiddling Mer-Trio

I’m kicking off MerMay with the Cape Breton fiddling trio – Judique, Campbell and Lime Hill – as mermen! MerMay is a month-long celebration every May of all things mermaids, mermen and merfolk. πŸ§œπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ§œπŸ»πŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

This is a kind of follow-up to last year’s big artwork of all the Nova Scotians as merfolk, but I’ll now be drawing some of the characters individually. As I’ve changed Judique’s design since then (he now wears a yellow jacket in his normal form), he also has had a small change made to his merman form – he wears a yellow vest over his shirt, bringing his appearance more in line with the other two members of the gang.

Now they’re all ready to reel off some tunes under the sea! 🎻🌊

The Cape Breton Fiddling Mer-Trio
The Cape Breton Fiddling Mer-Trio
The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt (2020) — Apr 12, 2020

The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt (2020)

The Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt

Spring is here, it’s time for the Great Nova Scotian Easter Egg Hunt! πŸ₯šπŸ§Ί

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.

Truro & Yarmouth's Wedding Party
Truro & Yarmouth’s Wedding Party

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! 🀣


Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020) — Feb 14, 2020

Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020)

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. πŸ’Œ

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! πŸ’πŸ’˜πŸ’•


Nova Scotians on Bonfire Night (2019) — Nov 5, 2019

Nova Scotians on Bonfire Night (2019)

Nova Scotian Bonfire Night
Nova Scotian Bonfire Night

Bring out the fireworks and sparklers – it’s Bonfire Night again! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡

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?

Remember, remember the 5th of November – and to protect and enjoy yourself!



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