A movie that might be a bit difficult to get hold of is "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". It's an extremely moving movie depicting the Holocaust for the horror that it was and how a little German boy gets involved.....very sad, but very true! I don't believe it played in New Glasgow theatre at all and only once in Truro at a later time.
THREE REALLY GREAT MOVIES RUNNING AT THE THEATRE THIS JAN/FEB 2009:
GRAND TORINO is Clint Eastwood at his Best....it's not a Dirty Harry one, it stands on its own. Christopher Carley really does a great job of portraying the young, inexperienced priest in this. It's a movie full of rough language, but could only be portrayed realistically like that. It offers a great time for all adults....but those of us in our 50's or 60's can really relate!
Meryl Streep should win an oscar for DOUBT. Have never seen such a fantastic portrayal by her. Can't tell you what it's about or I'll let the cat out of the bag.
TAKEN keep you at the edge of your seat. Really should open some people's eyes!
Another really great movie you shouldn't miss "AUGUST RUSH" starring child actor, Freddie Highmore, but it's not a kid's show....about this highly talented girl who finds herself pregnant after her only one-night stand with a handsome young musician...and the prevailing circumstances thereafter. I believe the movie was put out in 2007, so you may have to catch it on TV or a rental...don't forget the name "August Rush".
(An Older One) If you haven't seen "SECOND HAND
LIONS", you should! It was produced a couple years ago, but during a big line
of block busters and did not receive the credit it should have. You'll
laugh and cry and want to see it a second time at least. It's a fun
movie! Little Walter has been dumped by his flirtatious mother at the
farm of his two eccentric old uncles whose favourite pastime was to shoot at
salesmen who tried to unload their wares for the supposed stash of cash
people said the old boys had. After the initial shock of country life
without even a TV, the boy is enthralled with wild stories of his uncles in
bygone days in Arabia, such that sparked his passion as he grew older to do
artwork & stories of their escapades and his rare and unusual life on the
farm. The ending is unique and winds it all up together.
Truthfully, I never really cared much for Michael Caine or Robert Duvall,
but in this movie, they both excel and the little boy, Haley Joel Osment, is
great. We saw the movie
four times and got the cd. Donnie could really take the place of one
of the old uncles--that would be his desired life--excitement, chaos, love,
laughter, stories, fights--never a dull moment even in old age!
"PATRIOT DAY" is not what you would expect. Although the actual story is based on the pressure-cooker bomber, it's not really about him--it's a people show. You become personally involved with the cop, his wife and several other people in the movie. It's a movie you could watch a couple times. Really worth seeing!
INTERESTING PLACES TO GO
A PLACE TO GO IN
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
ON SATURDAY MORNINGS 9 AM TO 12 NOON
We have recently heard about a little place out in Crapaud (near the Link) called the "Thrift Shop"
which is apparently set up in St. John's Anglican Church Hall for 4-5 months during the better weather.
We understand people have come upon some neat treasures there. Apparently, it was first just meant
for clothing and textiles (which we are told are all washed and ironed & some neat things can be found
there) but more than that, people have been finding great buys and treasures in the line of small furniture,
collectibles, housewares, etc. And apparently, there is a little bookshop located in the area that sells
items for them (without charge) that are too large to handle in the thrift shop or smalls like jewelry that
would require a display case. So, check 'em both out if you happen to be travelling around the Bridge
on a Saturday morning before the end of October--you never know what you will find there!
TWO THINGS YOU MUST NOT MISS WHEN TRAVELING
IN THIS NECK OF THE WOODS
(1) ICE CAP FROM TIM HORTONS--I UNDERSTAND TIMMY'S IS MAKING IT DOWN INTO THE STATES NOW, BUT IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD AN ICE CAPPUCCINO ON A HOT, HOT DAY--DON'T MISS IT ! TAKE IT SLOW OR YOU'LL FREEZE YOUR INNARDS. AND A MEDIUM SIZE IS ABOUT ALL THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN HANDLE.
(2) A DONAIR--THEY NEVER HAD THEM IN THE STATES WHEN WE WERE LAST THERE, BUT POSSIBLY THEY'VE TRICKLED OVER THE BORDER BY NOW...BUT IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD ONE, ITS A MUST! JUST A FLAT BREAD LOADED WITH SHAVED SPICED MEAT (WHICH IS COOKED ON A SPECIAL HOLDER CONE), THEN LOADED WITH CHOPPED TOMATOES, ONIONS & MOZZARELLA...THIS IS DOUSED IN A WONDERFUL DONAIR SAUCE....IF YOU'RE OVER 20, YOU'LL HAVE TO EAT IT OFF A PLATE OR YOU'LL BE A MESS WITH SAUCE ALL DOWN YOUR CLOTHES, HANDS AND ARMS....SOMEHOW, THE YOUNG ONES MANAGE TO EAT IT RIGHT FROM THE WRAPPER. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, DONAIRS FIRST APPEARED IN HALIFAX WHERE A GREEK FELLOW STARTED MAKING THEM AND CALLED THEM AFTER A MACHINE IN HIS SHOP THAT WAS CALLED A "DONAIR"....IT'S NOW BECOME AS POPULAR AS PIZZA AROUND HERE AND EVERY PIZZA PLACE HAS THEM TOO. NOW, YOU MUST KNOW WHERE TO GET A DONAIR FOR SOME ARE GREAT AND SOME ARE NOT SO GREAT. YOUR BEST IDEA IN A STRANGE TOWN IS TO ASK A TEENAGER WHERE THE BEST DONAIR PLACE IS AROUND--THEY ALWAYS KNOW! WE USUALLY GET OURS IN TRURO AT MARIOS ON THE OLD PICTOU ROAD IN BIBLE HILL--THEY'RE GREAT--BIG, LOADED AND TASTY-- AND 3 FOR THE PRICE OF 2 AT AROUND $12 ALTOGETHER......AND DON'T MISS PICKING UP A LITTLE TUB OF DONAIR SAUCE EXTRA IF YOU ARE GETTING PIZZA--ITS A DIFFERENT BALL GAME ALTOGETHER DUNKED IN DONAIR SAUCE!
A WONDERFUL NOVA SCOTIA EXPERIENCE
If you've never heard
of the "Sugar Moon Pancake" Place out in Earltown or you've never been
there: Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
"Dining" at the nostalgic log "Sugar Moon" is not just dining--its an experience! Sitting at a long country table in front of the big stone fireplace with the sound of firewood crackling and the most wonderful cup of coffee in hand that you've ever tasted (topped with maple flavoured whipped cream)...the maple biscuits hot from the oven with maple butter and all the other goodies have to be experiences to be appreciated! Everyone working there is so nice and personable and the Nova Scotia music lightly playing in the background really tops it all off! This is Nova Scotia at its ultimate! You will find Earltown about a half hour from Truro and just 20 minutes from Kemptown where we so often hold our auctions. If you are planning a trip there during the maple sugar season, plan to wait in a line-up at prime time on the weekends.
Check this place out at: www.sugarmoon.ca
GOT ANOTHER FREE HOUR OR TWO???
When you leave the Sugar Moon, abovementioned, turn left and go through
Earltown (*see footnote)--if it's a weekday, don't forget to stop in at the old General
Store there (not open on Sundays) and get the man to cut a hunk of tasty
old-fashioned cheese off the block to nibble along the way.
Just past the store there, hang a RIGHT (I believe its Route 326) and go towards Denmark. If it's not wintertime, watch on the left a few miles along for a guy that does those big Wood Carvings from trees with a power saw....he's often got a bunch of them in his front yard....an interesting stop...a great picture with your arm around an old wooden Indian Chief.
Keep going along there (it's a very pretty drive anyway--used to be the old stomping ground of Willard Kitchener MacDonald, the Hermit of Gully Lake that was pictured in the papers and on television several times over the last 15 years.
Probably about 5 miles further along you will come to Denmark. There you will want to stop in at Forbes Bros. to drool over the Royal Doultons and check out the wonderful furnishings.
Also there's a great Pork Shop nearby where they make their own wonderful sausages (no additives).
Keep going along and a little further, you will come to a paved road called the "Louisville Road".....hang a RIGHT there and as you travel along it, be sure to keep an eye out on your left hand side for the 8-foot high fences--you might catch a glimpse of the buffalo there....sometimes they are up near the fence. There's hundreds of them...Don't forget to take your binoculars--if you haven't got any, there's lots coming up in auctions this year!!!
Another couple miles further along you will see the sign for the Lismore Sheep Farm. Check out their Website at www.lismoresheepfarmwoolship.com . Now that is a real treat! On the way in their lane, keep your eyes peeled to the left and you may see a couple of the Scottish Longhorn Cows with the long hair to the ground....sometimes they come up beside the fence...great photos. I've heard they also have the big white "Great Pyrenees" there (like ours), but I've never seen them. Everything in their shop that you can think of made from Sheep's Wool is there--big heavy woollen socks, handwork, bleacher cushions, sweaters, comfy slippers (Rena & her husband got them) etc., etc. We got some wonderful wool filled pillows there at Christmas for gifts and my sister-in-law in Cape Breton says she never in her life slept on anything so great.
Continue along to the end of the Louisville Road where it meets the Sunrise Trail and turn LEFT. Its not far into Tatamagouche, maybe 10-12 minutes.
If you want to take a little detour along the way, watch for the sign for the Sunrise Bakery & Restaurant where you would have to turn off to the right for a couple miles and then backtract to the Sunrise Trail afterwards. This place is run by the Mennonites and you know they are great cooks...and the place is so spotless you could eat off the floor. Early Saturday mornings in the summertime (they're not open in winter), there's usually a line-up of people outside the building waiting to get the yummy fresh baked breads and pastries before their favorites are all gone. They have great homemade soup in the Restaurant, too.
In Tatamagouche there are oodles of neat little shops all along the main street. Don't miss the Village Giftshop--you have to go in through the pharmacy and then upstairs inside....its packed to the gunnels with wonderful quality items you just don't find everywheres.
About mid-main street you will see the Chowder House...the chowder and all the other main dishes are real good but they have cheapened up on things there in the last several years--now they do not even have real butter. (The last American Medical Report I read on margarine said that the hardener used to convert the oils to a spreadable consistency is one molecule short of plastic which cannot be eliminated from the body and gradually accumulates in a person's arteries and blocks them). I remember when margarine first hit the market in Nova Scotia in the early fifties, it was a big hit because of the price, but, my father would not allow it into our house....he said it was made of celluloid--he wasn't far off because plastic is the new celluloid. During the fifties, margarine was banned from Prince Edward Island altogether, just like plastic bottles there today--a wise move, for now there are reports to the effect that even plastic bottles are giving off some kind of chemical that is detrimental to one's prolonged good health.
If you like Pub-style, the Acadian Pub Grill down near the old Train Station is quite popular. We had great scallops & chips there....the waitress is a real character...don't try to put one over on her--she has an answer for everything! There's some of those huge wood carvings in there including one of the Tatamagouche Giantess.
But, best of all, there is the Train Restaurant down by the old Train Station. The seating is very limited (under 20, I believe) so reservations are often required in heavy times. The menu is also limited, as is the space, but its worth every cent. The food is wonderful and the ambiance magnificent--right there in the old Train Car. The average entree is $12 to $20 with a special around $10 sometimes. This is seasonal, so is only open 3-4 months in the warmer weather.
Tatamagouche is a bustling little village--summer or winter--morning or afternoon--and if you're looking to go to the bank there, give yourself time...that little place has a bank as busy as downtown Truro.
Over an hour is now exhausted, so turn around and head back to the first part of the village again and there take the turn RIGHT towards Truro by way of "The Falls" on Route 371 (a very scenic route).
If you want to make a little detour along there past "The Falls", watch for the turn-off to your Left for the old "Balmoral Grist Mill"--that's neat, only a couple miles out of your way--then backtrack to the 371 again and in less than fifteen minutes, you will be back to Earltown from whence you first began.
Then if you want to take a different route home (wherever you may come from) - cut across the gravel road from there at Earltown to Kemptown which takes about 11 minutes--that's the area where they built a new house for the hermit, but I don't think he ever lived in it--he lived the last years of his life in the wooded area to the left of this road. You will come out at Kemptown on the old Loop--backtrack on the paved road about a half km and you will find Scott's Bakery hidden away there with wonderful bread and sweets & a lovely friendly lady to greet you there. Used to be either way from there would take you to the TCH but the bridge went out this winter on the other end and it is closed off, so go back out to the TCH the way you came & pass the Kemptown Hall where we hold the auctions (less than a km to the main loop and you can see the TCH from there)-- Left takes you out to Exit 18A and its only 20 minutes to New Glasgow from there; or Right takes you to Exit 18 which is only about 5 minutes from the Bible Hill/Truro Exit.
GOOD EATING IN TRURO
The Best Western Glengarry (on Willow Street near the Hospital) has great Buffets almost everyday at noon and also Sunday evenings. On their regular menu, the Turkey Salad Plate and Stir Frys are wonderful. In fact, over the years, I've tried almost everything on their menu & never tasted anything I didn't like. Their Coffee is really good and if you want a real treat, ask for Brown Sugar for the Coffee instead of the White--really makes it yummy (but don't forget to tip the waitress extra for the special trip). You'll just love their waitresses there, too. Most of them have been there a while and they really know how to suit your fancy.
For a good old fashioned meal, try Fletchers on the other end of Prince Street down towards food alley & the malls. They've always got home cooked veggies at mealtime and the real gravy. There's good specials on every day. My favourite is the Pan Fried Haddock & they are not mean with the serving; Donnie likes the Hot Sandwiches. And their waitresses are the tops....they wait on you hand and foot and you can carry on with them, too! (if you are the tormenting type, like Donnie).
We've only been into the Wooden Hog a few times (up a third of the way on Prince Street)....it seems we are always around busy times and can't get a parking spot. The desserts there are something beyond--fancy and absolutely mouth watering, and real tasty different hot drinks. I believe they are now serving light lunches so that should be really good too. Decor is great!
A Chinese place up further on Prince Street called China Rose has great Chinese food and Canadian too. The staff is wonderful.
For a huge chunk of pizza with good fresh stretchy cheese or the greatest donairs in town, go to Marios in Bible Hill.
More recent finds in Truro (or I should say Bible Hill) are:
(a) a really great little place on the other side of the road from the side entrance to Tim Hortons in the back end of a building there called "Fair Trade". It's one of those sort of bistro places where you go to the counter to order and take your dishes back after the meal. There's a limited amount of seating so choose a time when it's not too busy. The decor is great. They have fabulous homemade soup and their sandwiches are two inches thick....and the coffee is great!
(b) in the same building as above, but to the front is a classy little Italian Restaurant called "Cuisinart"....with a lovely quiet romantic setting. I've only had a club there, but it was wonderful and Donnie says the Pizza is some of the best he's ever tasted....a wee bit pricey, but worth it all.
(c) and right across the road from these and down the lane a couple hundred feet, you will see an big building with a small sign that says "Roadside Willy's".....it's a bar at night, but a regular restaurant in the daytime. We sometimes drop in for dinner around 4 on Sundays before the entertainment starts. Their roast turkey dinner is something else--and for around $10.....it's absolutely loaded--all made from scratch--gravy & everything. And we are told that all their food is great. A friend of ours had soup & sandwich there for lunch one noontime and he was highly impressed.
There's lots of other places in Truro too like The Warehouse and several new ones we've never been in about which we've heard great reports.
--Just happened to be going through
some of the books for the Easter auction and came across
a softcover dated 1914 called "Under the Southern Cross" by Rev J. D.
reference to Earltown (Colchester Co.) in it that caught my eye:
"The Rev.J.D.McKay was born 46 years ago in the highlands of Nova Scotia--Earltown, a community rich in the product of worthy men. The beautiful hills around his native village and the sacred influence of his home were ever reflected in a character that always dwelt in the high places of his life. His boyhood and younger manhood were passed in the peace of a godly home, among the hills and vales of one of nature's beauty spots, in a beautiful social environment and in the ordinary routine of the village school, where, for scholarship and comradeship, he was among the first."
Observation: I guess we all pass through the little Village of Earltown with the blink of an eye, very seldom taking the time to enjoy its beauty or even considering it as one of Nova Scotia's "beauty spots"; nor do we ever ponder to think it was once a very well-populated, thriving community and the home of several brilliant people....I guess this is a wake-up call for us to "stop and smell the roses"-- in our own backyards!
ATTN: FIREARMS ENTHUSIASTS
JULIA HAS ANOTHER GREAT
ANTIQUE FIREARMS AUCTION COMING UP IN MAINE. CHECK HIS WEBSITE: www.juliaauctions.com
If you miss this one, keep checking his
firearms auctions every several months.
PLANNING A TRIP
THROUGH MAINE ???
Don't miss Houston-Brooks Auctions at Burnham about 40 miles South of Bangor--pretty well every Sunday-- beginning at 7 AM outside & downstairs stuff and you wouldn't believe the crowds at that time of the morning. It's fast & you'd better hold onto your bidding number or you'll be off to the races without knowing it. But its a pile of fun. And the food is great there too--their rendition of the Egg MacMuffin far outweights McDonalds. Main Auction beginning at 11 AM. Check out their website: www.houstonbrooks.com
WHERE TO GO & WHERE NOT TO GO
Donnie & I dearly love Cape Breton (well
Donnie stems from there) and we have stayed a lot on the Island and
no problems except one and that one I will detail later. The most usual
place we have to stay is in Baddeck since we sometimes hold auctions there.
There's lots of lovely motels there but our favourite is the Telegraph House
right in the Town. They are so obliging there, got internet and you'll
never beat the breakfasts anywheres...and they do give a discount on breakfast
if you stay there overnight.
We occasionally stay in the Sydney area and find any of the chain motel just fine--never stayed much at any of the others.
Now, here's the kicker! A year or so ago, Donnie's natural aunt died and was "churched" (as he calls it) in Judique. The wake & funeral were scheduled for a Wednesday night and Thursday morning, so we reserved ahead at an Inn in Judique just up the road from the Shrine. I checked the weather ahead on Monday and it was forecasting snow and stormy for Wednesday and Thursday. So I phoned the Inn right away and asked if they had one Bedroom with Bath available on the Main Floor for Wednesday night (I was thinking ahead that I did not want to walk outside stairs in high heel boots in a snowstorm(as I knew they had outside stairs there). The man on the phone persisted to describe to me their "lovely" units with living room, kitchen and bedrooms. I specifically said we did not want that--that we just wanted a Bedroom and Private Bath ONLY.....and on the Main Floor and with a TV in front of the Bed", as we always watch the late news on TV in bed. The man finally said, "yes" they had that and available for Wednesday night at $140. I asked if that was the off-season rate and he said "yes". I really wondered what the "in season" rate would be..... Anyway, I booked it, gave my credit card and we were off to the races! Wednesday, we went early to look after some appointments in Sydney and cut across towards Judique. Weather was very bad and we were travelling very slow, so I call the Inn to advise that we were still on the way and to confirm our room. "No problem", the man said. When we got there, we were in a rush as the wake was supposed to be from 7 to 9 and it was already 8:30, so we went right to the Inn to check in first.
No one was at the Inn, but there was a note there to phone a certain number which we did and they told us where to find the key. There appeared to be only 2 units on the Main Floor, so I was sure one of those was ours, but the first one was obviously occupied and just as we were taking our bags out of the car, we realized people were going in the last one. We looked at the information with the key and to my dismay, it indicated they had given something on the second floor. I tried phoning the fellow back but by then received a recorded message. Donnie just wanted to get it all over--irritated that we were charged $140 to drag bags up the outside snow covered stairs. Needless to say, I was quite aggravated as I trooped up the long stairs in high heel boots, picking my steps as the snow was 4-5 inches deep and getting quite slippery. All I wanted to see at that time was a nice comfortable bed with a TV in front of it, thinking we could come back to that in an hour or so. To my dismay, when Donnie opened the door, all I could see in front of me was a huge kitchen (I was there for a night away from home and I certainly did not want to see a kitchen).... As we rambled through a huge apartment, there was a big sofabed set in front of a TV, then two bedrooms off that. I immediately went into the bedrooms to find nothing in there but the beds and nitestands, maybe a dresser, but NO TV. Donnie said he wanted a Bed with a TV in front of it. I said I'd asked for that and they said they were giving us that. Donnie said we would probably pull out the Sofabed and sleep on that in front of the TV....but I just couldn't bear the thought of a sofabed all night with those ribs sticking into us....you've probably all slept on a sofabed and know what I mean.....and this was for $140. I was grumbling and Donnie said we just had to get down to the Funeral Parlour before the wake was over and deal with this situation afterwards. I went into the Bathroom (again, I got aggravated as it was not a nice comfortable bathroom, but a combination Laundry/Bath)...anyway I used a facecloth and a little individual soap to wash my face and we took off.
After the wake, we came back and sat in front of the place and Donnie said, "What do you want to do?" "Well," I said, "I can tell you what I don't want to do and that's to stay here". So he said, "Neither do I", so we grabbed our suitcases and drove back down to 'Hastings (about a half hour away on snowy roads) and there booked in at a lovely motel with access right in front of the door directly into a nice Bedroom w/Bath and TV in front of the Bed and would you believe for $69 plus tax. And further to that, a lot of take-out places were still open so we were able to get some munchies.
The next day after the funeral, everyone was asked to go across to the hall for lunch. I've never seen such a "spread" even at any big buffets that you pay for. There was everything from the complete fixings for a turkey dinner to cold plates and such an array of sweets, it was hard to choose and everything was homemade. We mentioned to another out-of-towner there about our experience the night before at the Inn and she said they had booked in at 'Hastings right off the bat thinking it would not be acceptable up there at the Inn.
Anyway, when we got back home, I tried to call the fellow at the Inn but could never get through to any live body, so e-mailed them of our dismay and indicated that we did not even use the room. I went into detail how I had specifically asked for 1st Floor, One Bedroom & Bath with TV in front of the Bed. I also indicated that when we went into the huge apartment assigned to us, that I used one facecloth and one individual soap. And then I said, "I trust you will refund most of our deposit of $140 under the circumstances with perhaps a reasonable service charge because of using the facecloth and soap". I expected they might nail us for $25 or so which would have been acceptable. I never though to follow up on this as I thought anybody would be reasonable in this regard, knowing they gave us exactly what we DIDN'T want, but when the Mastercard bill came in, they had charged us $100. Can you imagine that! They charged us $100 for an evening of aggravation and the use of one facecloth and an individual soap.
So now you know where NOT TO STAY on wonderful Cape Breton Island--the Inn at Judique near the shrine!