I find downtown Dartmouth to be incredibly inviting. Hospitable. Alive. There is a slower, more reasonable rhythm that you can easily settle into and follow as you explore the side streets. Colours and character abound - especially in the summer months when trees are in full leaf and flower boxes in full bloom. Much of the area is still new to me, leading to a sense of excitement with each visit. It was no different for Emma & Dylan’s wedding.Read More
An ode to the flower. The blossom. The bloom.
As an ethnobotanist I’ve always been fascinated with the choice of flowers for each bridal bouquet or boutonnière. Why was an arrangement pieced together? Was it purely an aesthetic choice, or do the blooms carry meaning? Perhaps a combination of the two?
For years I’d grown accustomed to symmetrical arrangements, pieced together with recognizable blooms and unbound by season or location as they are often readily available. Then came the asymmetrical arrangements full of colour, full of vibrance, full of character.
Locate Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore on a satellite photo. Then shift your focus slightly to the south until you find the community of Annapolis Royal. Now follow the Annapolis River to the east as it winds through Moschelle, Granville Centre, Roundhill, Belleisle, Upper Granville, Bridgetown, Paradise . . .
With each bend, with each meander there appears an increase in the amount of farm land along either bank. The patchwork of fields, orchards and pastures intensifies as you reach Kentville, New Minas, Wolfville and the roots of the Cornwallis River before reaching a peak as you reach the shores of the Minas Basin. Every shade of green imaginable, with a dash of red soil for character. Nestled within that crescendo, alongside the old highway is Lightfoot & Wolfville. Another shade of green from the air, but so much more once you’re on the ground.Read More