Well, a couple of weeks ago it so happened that our son would be at home to look after the animals so we hit the road. We headed for Brier Island, one of our favorite spots in Nova Scotia. It takes about one and a half hours, including two short ferry crossings, to be on a small island stuck out in the Bay of Fundy.
We parked on the remote headland where our only neighbours were the seals moaning on the rocks and the gulls diving for their dinner. From there we walked the coastal paths and watched the sun setting over the beach.
Brier Island was named after the Brier rose that grows wild all over the island, and at this time of year the rose hips were like shining jewels. I couldn’t resist taking some home and making a batch of Rosehip Jelly.
But just in case you think that we had forgotten our gardens at home we also collected several bags of seaweed to bring home on the roof rack. We shall wash the salt from it and dry it in the sun, ready to use next spring as a broad spectrum fertilizer, rich in beneficial trace minerals and hormones that stimulate plant growth.