Tag: New Brunswick

The Time I Saw Puffins

Visiting Machias Seal Island to see the puffins has been on my bucket list for a while. Despite its proximity to Grand Manan, I had never been there. The island is part of a bird sanctuary and the number of visitors per day is limited. While the Machias Seal Island is owned by Canada, it is also claimed by the United States, so those visitors are split between the two countries. Tours normally sell out within a few weeks after they go on sale in the winter. In the summer of Covid, things are of course different. Visitors outside Atlantic Canada being unable to visit created openings on the tour this summer which was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up. After one bad weather cancellation, we set sail this morning. Despite the fog, the puffins were so close and easy to see. I’m not a bird watcher (despite the abundance of birds around Grand Manan) but this was an incredible tour. Puffins make a weird noise, somewhere between a chainsaw and a cow, which I did not realize until we were ashore. We spent 45 minutes in a blind watching and listening to the birds. A quick sail around North Rock to see seals, and we were back to the Seal Cove wharf about 5.5 hours after we left.

The Time I Stayed in a Hotel Again

I jokingly said on Facebook that it had been so long since I travelled I wasn’t sure I remembered how. There was a bit of truth to that. I came home from vacation on March 14 and haven’t left the island since. For someone who was travelling somewhere at least once a week, three months at home was unheard of.…

Dear New Brunswick Politicians

The last 48 hours have been crazy, right?   As we all spent yesterday and today learning about what the procedure actually is when there is no majority government and the current government has fewer seats than the opposition (there’s some lessons there I don’t remember from Grade 9 Social Studies) one theme kept recurring over and over: we’ll be…

Hopewell Rocks

I had the opportunity to visit Hopewell Rocks last week; I hadn’t been there since I was in my early teens. There’s a different appreciation to see them as an adult. They are world famous for a reason. So worth the trip to get there!  

My Knit East 2017

Every other fall I look forward to attending Knit East. This biennial event is hosted by Cricket Cove in St. Andrews, NB. It’s 2 days of knitting, yarn, and learning in a gorgeous hotel only a couple hours from home. It’s about as good as it gets.   Knit East 2017 was held in late October, right at the peak…

A Good Day to Fly

One of the great things about my job is that sometimes I get to travel by small plane. It is such a different perspective and despite my motion sickness I mostly enjoy it.

Today was a crystal-clear beautiful summer day and because of ferry difficulties we ended up flying to St. Stephen. I played tourist while enroute.


There was a spare headset for me today too but no where to plug it in so I could talk…at least that’s what they told me. 😉