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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Birds, Birds, Birds and Bird Song

The season has arrived for the air to to filled with birdsong and much activity around the bird feeders and bird baths. The migratory birds have arrived and some have even moved on further north, as Mother Nature has intended it to be. But no worries. You will get another glimpse of them this autumn when they make the migratory journey back south again.
The first legislation for the protection of birds in Nova Scotia was enacted in 1794 to protect Black Ducks and Ruffed Grouse during their breeding periods; Indians and poor settlers were exempt. No further laws concerning game birds were introduced until 1900, when Spruce Grouse were given year-round protection; this is still in effect. In Canada, protection of birds was the responsibility of the provinces. However, the argument that migratory birds do not know political boundaries resulted in the signing of the international Migratory Bird Treaty in 1916 and its ratification by the Act in 1917. This treaty extended protection, or jointly agreed-upon designations as game species, to most migratory birds in North America and has stood as a model of enlightened legislation which the rest of the world has yet fully to follow. In the last few decades there has been increased concern for particular species that are rated as "threatened" or "endangered" by national and international agencies. Thus government and other organizations have become more involved in focused efforts to restore nesting habitats, protect from disturbance and in some cases reintroduce populations of depleted species. Examples of such efforts can be found in the species accounts on the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Piping Plover.

The first list of Nova Scotia birds was prepared by Samuel de Champlain (1922 edition) when he visited the outer Tusket islands off Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in the seventeenth century. He noted a surprising variety of identifiable birds, including nesting Northern Gannets, Atlantic Puffins and Common Murres, all since extirpated.

South-west Nova Scotia is one of the best birding destinations in Canada. With the mixed woodlands, coastal salt marshes and beaches, to open ocean there is a great diversity of species year around.  Strong prevailing winds and regular Atlantic storms often blow rare birds, such as the Painted Bunting, our way. 
Map of Nova Scotia's Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

LIVERPOOL is for birds and birders

LIVE Liverpool ...  where the pace is a wee step back in time

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Mersey River Canoes (and Wanigan)

Wanigan  (wan-i-gan)
Etymology: Ojibwa
A shelter (as for sleeping,
eating or storage) often
mounted on wheels or
tracks and towed by a
tractor or mounted on a
raft or a boat.

Wanigans are constructed, from cedar, in the same way as are the Mersey River canoes
  • Cedar sides reinforced with cedar strips on the outside.
  • Cedar lid reinforced with cedar strips on the inside.
  • Steamed white cedar ribs.
  • Cedar planking, tacked with brass tacks.
  • Hardwood frames secured with brass screws
  • Rope handles.
  • Wanigans are finished with 3 coats of spar varnish on the outside and two coats on the inside.
Maintain the wanigan with a coat of floor wax, to the exterior, at the end of each journey.

Liverpool .... home to fine arts, craftsman and good living.

Liverpool for inexpensive retirement or
semi retirement living

Friday, 22 July 2011

For The" Love" of Tennis

Since 1922, the Liverpool Tennis Club has been serving its community at the corner of Park Street and Church Street in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Tennis originated from a 12th century French game called paume (meaning palm); it was a court game where the ball was struck with the hand. Paume evolved into jeu de paume and rackets were used. The game spread and evolved in Europe. In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield invented a game called Sphairistikè (Greek for "playing ball) from which modern outdoor tennis evolved.
The rules of tennis have not changed much since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tie-break in the 1970s.

Liverpool's Tennis Club calender of activities are designed to suit the beginner or the more advanced with lessons available. The Tennis Club also hosts events for various levels of experience and abilities. The current memberships is about 60 members. New comers are welcome to stop in for a day of practice and leave your nominal fee in the honour box at the gate. All for the love of the game.

Liverpool Tennis Club:  http://liverpooltennisclub.ca/

LIVERPOOL.... where friends "love" to meet
for inexpensive, seaside, retirement /
semi-retirement living

      Welcome to the Liverpool Tennis Club!

Monday, 18 July 2011

QCCR 99.3FM - Liverpool's Radio Station

The age demographic of Queens County is an older and QCCR music reflects that. QCCR's  slogan 'Sensational Songs of the Last 60 Years' or 'Fifty Years of Fabulous Favourites' which means they start at the birth of rock and roll with Bill Haley in 1955 and go from there. Other than heavy metal, rap and hip hop, one will be able to hear just about everything. From Annette and Abba to Alanis and Avril; from the Bobby's (Vinton, Vee, Curtola, and Daren) to some songs from the Backstreet Boys and Braxton (Toni), it will be wide ranging. QCCR radio has music from the early years and the pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll such as Chuck (Berry), Bo (Diddley) Elvis, the Platters, Connie (Francis) and Brenda Lee. Music of the 60s includes the "B" groups such as the Beatles, Bee Gee's and Beach Boys, and so many others with the British Invasion. The 70s features Elton, Billy Joel, Olivia Newton John, The Eagles and Chicago. The 80s comes across with the likes of Wham, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and others while the 90's would feature artists such as Mariah Carey, George Michael and Janet Jackson. And of course there's always room in this area for country music, Hank Snow and Carol Baker.Most radio stations have a play list of 400 to 500 songs that are repeated over and over again but this station has one of the largest libraries in this country with thousands, and thousands of music selections - over 10,000 albums to choose from.
          Queens County Community (QCCR) Radio 99.3 - Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Alex J. Walling, General Manager

Listen to QCCR for songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

with QCCR - the voice of Queens County

Friday, 15 July 2011

Victorian & Georgian Colonial Homes


The term Victorian architecture refers collectively to several architectural styles employed predominantly during the middle and late 19th century. The period that it indicates may slightly overlap the actual reign, 20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901, of Queen Victoria.
Liverpool's homes reflect a period where there are a number of combinations of homes built; including Georgian Colonial and Victorian with the romantic Queen Anne touch; its square or round towers.

These traditional heritage homes are graceful and beautiful and Liverpool has a number of them. Georgian houses are generally so well built that they are virtually unchanged 200 years later. This style was cumulative of architectural fashion in Britain during the reign of the first three King Georges of England (1750 - 1820), which spread to Canada and other commonwealth countries as well as the United States. Georgian architecture in Britain was, like Victorian in Canada, the term used for all styles of architecture created during the reign of the Kings George. Georgian architecture blossomed during this period along with this prosperity came the flowering of the arts. In music there was Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. In literature Jane Austin, Coleridge, Fielding and Wordsworth, and the visual artists Blake, Constable and Gainsborough among others.

LIVERPOOL ..... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement /
semi-retirement living

Monday, 11 July 2011

Quaint, Quiet and Wonderful

Being born and raised in Liverpool Nova Scotia on the South Shore, I know from whence I speak. I grew up swimming in the Mersey River as a child. Had and still have sand between my toes and salt water in my blood, from years of spending time on our many white sand beaches. Back in the day when I was younger, this town was bustling with shops and people. Over the years, because of declining work, a lot of our young people took to the highways, went west for bigger paying jobs and leaving these shores; but these shores never left them. In 1974 I moved to Lunenburg (World Heritage Site) and in 1978 opened what was at that time the only craft shop in Lunenburg. We bought a home and moved back to Queen’s County on the Medway River in 1985, small scale farming, raising children in a community where there was no need to lock your door. It is all here; swimming, fishing in the river, hiking in the woods, sitting and listening to the wildlife all around you, day in and day out. Twenty five years later we thought of down sizing and chose Liverpool - a little piece of heaven where one can experience all that one needs with beaches, golfing, hiking,  swimming, ocean, lakes and rivers.  In most cases, all are within walking distance. Theatre and culture are everywhere. Here one can be silent and alone or entertained with friendly people from near and far, where you can still buy a lobster or fish right from the fishing boats at the wharf; so fresh indeed. We chose a house in town on a main route and decided to open a small come by chance or appointment to my Art Gallery “Sea People Art”. Over the years we did many shows while traveling throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and didn't want to stop creating in our retirement years. For as well as salt water art is also in our blood. There is no better place to find your passions whether it be art, theatre, music or just plain leisure; we have it all here. Unlike Lunenburg, Liverpool of Queen’s County is still a hidden gem and those who by-pass those main tourist towns and drive over our Mersey River bridge fall instantly in love with what they find - a quaint and quiet, yet active and inspiring little piece of one’s heaven. I am inspired every day to paint or write or ride my bike, winter and summer, recognizing all who I see and always receiving a friendly wave or hello from everyone. I must admit, if city life is what you want, then jump in the car and quick as a blink you will be there. I myself have not even been to Bridgewater in eight months; as I find that everything that I need is here. There are also wonderful old affordable buildings waiting for interesting people to open shops up in them. There is a lot going on as well as lovely, lazy, days just waiting to be absorbed. I have met the most wonderful people from all over the world, who have stopped in for a visit and are taken in by the surrounding beauty and sure enough they will return or stay in touch, with dreams,to return again someday. We have wonderful old Victorian houses at reasonable prices, perfect for B&Bs, grand historical beauty ready to be restored to their original grandeur. The talent in this town is amazing and I have always commented on that fact. Everyone here that I know is creative, maybe it has something to do with this wonderful relaxed life style. 

Above is a photo of our darling, circa 1902, home on Payzant Street built by shipbuilders with lumber from the ship yard; well built and sturdy as are all our fine interesting homes in and around the town. Also here is an example of my art. Come, visit our town, drop by and stay awhile or forever. You will never look back or regret your decision.

Written by Deb

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Doctor ... Doctor

Liverpool's Queens General Hospital is an acute care community hospital with a 22-bed combined Medical and Surgical Unit (includes 3 Concentrated Nursing Care beds plus 2 telemetry units with full cardiac monitoring capability) and a Day Surgery Unit.

  • Dr. Crawford, Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Andy Blackadar & Dr. Lynda Earle, GPs
  • Dr. Garry Morash, GP
  • Dr. Gary Ernest, GP
  • Dr. Jennifer MacDonald, GP
  • Dr. Nora Mogan, GP
  • Dr. Susan Thorne, GP
  • Dr. Timothy Woodford, GP
Check out the web site:  http://www.ssdha.nshealth.ca/qgh.htm

Good health to Liverpudlians
Liverpool .... for inexpensive, seaside retirement or
semi-retirement living

Friday, 1 July 2011

Liverpool's Bed and Breakfasts



Liverpool ............inexpensive, seaside, retirement /
semi-retirement living