Welcome to the 183rd edition of Travel Photo Thursday. My regular semester is over. However, I’ve been given the dubious honor of teaching a summer class. What that means exactly is teaching a 15 week credit course over a 3 week period. Today we are officially at the 1 month mark. This gives an entirely new meaning to “time flies”. Today I am going to take you on a little unexpected shopping trip that I ended up doing the last time I was home in Nova Scotia.
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The picturesque hamlet of Nova Scotia’s Blue Rocks was made famous by Canadian photographer Sherman Hines, who took a liking to photographing outhouses. He has published a number of outhouse pictorial books featuring many of Blue Rock’s outhouses, and I believe he continues to publish an annual calendar entitled “Outhouses”.
One of those famous Outhouses….
Blue Rocks is a six minute drive from the UNESCO fishing town Lunenburg (just follow the signs), and when you make the left hand turn you’ll see houses (and outhouses) on the left, and drop dead gorgeous scenery on the right. The shopping is on the left, all two shops. One is big, beautiful, and kind of flashy. The second one looks like it could have been a kids playhouse at one time. This was the one I was interested in, and wanted to meander around after I finished taking oodles of photos.
Can you think of a prettier spot to start your kayaking adventure?
This driftwood will probably end up in the shop we are going to visit, momentarily 🙂
I pull into the driveway of the “wee” shop, and I’m barely stopped before I have the car door open. As I’m walking up to the door there’s a car coming down the drive. I get a nod and a smile from the driver and his passenger. I return the nod and smile. If you ever visit Nova Scotia, remember your nod and your smile 🙂
Before I could actually get into the gift shop, which I discovered is called “Artsy Stuff”, I had to get by the sentry…
Hand carved and painted, you can take this Nova Scotia fisherman home for forty bucks!
I opened the door, poking my head in, as I said hello. Silence. There’s nobody in the shop. I start to look around, figuring someone will be around momentarily. Then I see this…
I realize that the people I nodded and smiled to on the way in were the owners. The store runs on the honor system. You can see the notebook beside the cash box. People record what they buy. Some people were a little short on cash, so they wrote an IOU. Others left a little more. At the end of the day, I have the feeling the cash box balanced perfectly. 🙂
There were so many cool things to buy, and they were all cheap, cheap, cheap. The owners made it very easy to walk out with a little piece of Nova Scotia. Scallop shells (the real thing) for a buck, fisherman buoys for six bucks. I thought the photo art was a steal.
Love the handmade lighthouses…
I couldn’t resist a photograph mounted on driftwood …$10.00.
This is rural Nova Scotia. Folks are trusting, and they give you good value for your money. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, do drop in, and tell them Nancie says “Hi”.
Have you ever run across an unmanned souvenir shop in your travels?
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