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Monday
Sep292014

rise & shine

If you're going to rise, you might as well shine. ~ Unknown

I thought summer was over in Manitoba. I turned on the heat, I put away my shorts. I dug out my warm quilts and stocked up on my favourite autumn teas. I had accepted the fact that the cooler weather was here to stay. Then out of the blue the temperature soared, the sun shined, and Manitoba was granted a glorious gift of one more summery weekend. What a magnificent weekend it was!

My husband and I made plans to head to Winnipeg to stroll through one of our favourite Winnipeg attractions, Assiniboine Park. With bellies full of delicious Stella’s breakfast, we spent the morning wandering through the various gardens, basking in the sun, enjoying the fall colours. There is something very soothing about how the light reflects off the calm park scenery in the warm fall air. I felt compelled to capture it the best I could as we meandered through the park, with the intention to revisit these photos this winter when I need a pick-me-up. So when I complain about the cold, ice, and darkness of challenging Manitoba winters in the new year, please remind me to think about this remarkable walk in the park to help inject a little bit of sunshine and warmth back into my heart and soul.

For more information on Assiniboine Park, please click here.

Friday
Sep052014

valley girl

As much as I love Manitoba and sharing my prairie experiences with the world, sometimes you've just got to mix things up. When I am craving adventure elsewhere, my heart always turns to my first home, my valley, my roots.

I grew up nestled amongst the north and south mountains close to the Bay of Fundy, in a small community in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Fishermen, fruit and vegetable farmers, air force personnel and their families from 14 Wing Greenwood, and a variety of small towns filled with lovely longtime and devoted residents all intertwined to form the backbone that helped shape my childhood experiences. It is in the Annapolis Valley where I feel the most at peace, the most accepted in life, and it is where I return to my innocence.

John Mellencamp's song Small Town with the lyrics "No I cannot forget where it is that I come from, I cannot forget the people who love me. I can be myself here in this small town, and people let me be just want I want to be" always rings out in my head as I drive down Highway 101 and see those beautiful cliffs of Blomidon, which act as a sign from above that I can now relax, I have returned to my beloved valley, I am home.

The Annapolis Valley will always be my most treasured corner of the world. It is with this spirit and pride that I share with you a few photos from my recent trip to my valley, my special place, and my heart. You can take the girl out of the valley, but you can't take the valley out of the girl.

The view from Delhaven Wharf, Nova ScotiaDelhaven Wharf, Nova ScotiaBlueberry shortcake at The Port Pub, Port Wiliams, Nova ScotiaSnowbirds at Armed Forces Day at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova ScotiaLet It Ride, Harbourville, Nova ScotiaThe Look-Off, Nova ScotiaGrand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaEvangeline, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaHiking at Blomidon Provincial Park, Nova ScotiaCaution! Sea Monsters Ahead! Black Rock, Nova ScotiaBlomidon Estate Winery, Canning, Nova ScotiaBlue Beach, near Hantsport, Nova ScotiaLobster traps, Halls Harbour, Nova ScotiaEvangeline Beach, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaSkipping rocks on the edge of the Bay of Fundy, Nova ScotiaDyke view, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaFish Cakes and Reisling, Domaine de Grand Pre, Grand Pre, Nova ScotiaHigh Tide, Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia

The Annapolis Valley is a perfect destination for families, honeymooners, and anyone who wants to experience picturesque communities living harmoniously with the land. With an abundance of locally grown foods from a variety of farms, markets, wineries, and artisan vendors, it is the perfect choice for foodies. Combine that with quaint villages where you can experience the highest tides in the world, and small towns boasting history and oozing charm, it is a fantastic choice for relaxation, beauty, and reconnection. For more information on the Annapolis Valley, please visit http://www.valleytourism.ca/ and http://www.novascotia.com/.

Thanks to all my family and friends for helping to make my most recent Nova Scotia vacation so wonderful. I miss you all, and I miss Nova Scotia. You are always close to my heart.

Tuesday
Aug052014

solid as a rock

I love attending concerts and festivals. Particularly ones involving rock music. Manitoba is home to some great music festivals, and one that piqued my interest over the seven years I have been in Manitoba is Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa. This festival is organized and run completely by volunteers and takes place every August long weekend in the lovely community of Minnedosa, which is known as Manitoba’s valley paradise.

When Travel Manitoba invited me to be part of their #ExploreMB Like A Local campaign and asked if I would like to visit Minnedosa and attend Rockin’ The Fields it was a no-brainer. Of course I wanted to attend, in fact I was ecstatic and absolutely thrilled! When the August long weekend rolled around one of my best friends and I road tripped to Minnedosa. We spent the day exploring local attractions (see my recent blog post for some great Minnedosa getaway ideas), and that evening we headed out to the Minnedosa Rodeo (lots of fun!) and then on to the Rockin' The Fields of Minnedosa festival.

What an awesome set up for a festival! First off, you are surrounded by rolling hills and stunning views, which makes it such a beautiful creative space for musicians and concert attendees. Add to that easy access to Minnedosa Beach and a variety of amenities and attractions in the Town of Minnedosa and you've got the perfect spot for the August long weekend.

Rockin' The Fields combines rock music with camping, with many attendees choosing to camp adjacent to the stage grounds, but the Town of Minnedosa also boasts some hotels and B&Bs if camping is not your thing. There are two stages for music - the main stage and the second stage - and each stage hosts a variety of rock bands on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons there is also a jam under the big tent. Overall the weekend boasts around 20 different bands, and this year the headliners were The Sheepdogs, Honeymoon Suite, Bret Michaels from Poison, and Three Days Grace. Perfect for people who love to rock and roll.

There are also a variety of other options if you don't want to spend the entire weekend listening to music. This year Rockin' The Fields also hosted a car show, volleyball tournament, poker tournament, scavenger hunt, and you can also visit Minnedosa Beach, walking trails, golf course, and local businesses. The Minnedosa Rodeo is held the same August long weekend as Rockin' The Fields so you can spend the day at the rodeo and then rock out at night. There are food and merchandise vendors onsite at Rockin’ The Fields too, making everything within easy access. Lots of options to keep busy and to make your August long weekend one to remember in the Town of Minnedosa.

What can I say about the music? To sum it up with one simple word, awesome! There is lots of room to spread out and seating is available on the hill if that is your preference to view the bands, but many choose to sit in the grass picnic style or rock out next to the stage. We managed to catch Honeymoon Suite who totally killed it, showing they still definitely know how to rock. Up next was Bret Michaels from the band Poison. He was the highlight of the evening belting out his big hits such as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Something To Believe In, Unskinny Bop, and Talk Dirty To Me. The crowds were pumped, the music was rockin', and I had a fantastic time. Thank you the Town of Minnedosa, Rockin' The Fields volunteers, and all others who made my first ever Rockin' The Fields of Minnedosa experience memorable.

For more information on Rockin' The Fields of Minnedosa please visit http://www.rockinthefields.ca/.

For more information on the Town of Minnedosa please visit http://www.discoverminnedosa.com/.

For more ideas on a Minnedosa getaway please see my recent blog post highlighting a variety of Minnedosa activities and events by clicking here.

Thank you to Travel Manitoba and the Town of Minnedosa for inviting me to discover Manitoba’s valley paradise and for sponsoring this blog post. The opinions expressed are my own.