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Nature has us climbing cliffs, repelling down rocks, exploring new beaches and looking for a hole in the wall.

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An early ferry ride over to the Grand Manan Island was more than I bargained for,

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The sea looked calm enough, however yesterdays storm serge left the ocean with sea squalls that dipped us from front to back and made many people  on the ferry sick.

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discovered a number of nice beaches for seaglassing

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found the need to get out to that lighthouse by way of that rope bride to the left

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getting closer and still haven’t come to that bridge yet

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made it out to the lighthouse and took a picture back of the beach we were on.

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Then we hiked up cliffs, the smell of the pine needles and leaves were sweet smelling almost reminded me of candy floss.  I thought for a minute it was just me so I asked and the French Gardener was smelling the same way.

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and down large hills along the edge of rocky cliffs

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looking for this hole in the wall, pretty neat isn’t it?

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Then we went for a drive and found a little house we could so live in by the sea, another spot we stopped was at a house where a lady was roasting coffee in her driveway and she made us a fresh cup of coffee and it was the best coffee I’d ever tasted, fresh roasted, ground and perked.  I noticed she didn’t use tap water and when I asked her about the water she told me a man at the end of the road lets everyone come to his spring and get water that he has had it tested and it is the best.  We took that ride down the road, found the spring and filled up our water bottles and we may  have to fill them before we leave the Island, and oh and a pound or two of coffee.

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Found a lovely spot in Dark Harbour

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and decided to stay until sundown. It  was a beautiful day, after a very wet stormy one and a nice change for my bones were starting to feel uncomfortable in the dampness.  I haven’t looked ahead to tomorrow but I’m thinking it is going to be some of the same, just all around good. 

Enjoy your weekend,
Cindy


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And it’s CHOCOLATE
Morning came after a noisy night of young hemmy muscle trucks parked in the parking lot at the Calais border. I had the choice of 1 out of 4 movies that I had picked from the $5 bin in wal-mart before we had left the Island and after watching the first movie I was convinced they are in that bin for a reason.  We didn’t want to be on the street because of all the trick or treaters back and forth across the road so we decided to hunker down early and watch a movie just across from the Ganong Chocolate Museum.

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On first entry the museum holds many artifacts and chocolate molds from the early years of the Ganong family owned business. 

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Ladies worked hard behind a glass enclosure making Christmas truffles and hand dipping them into covered chocolate.

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All rounded rolled by hand and ready to be dipped.

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A short walk about the hand dipping station found some interesting facts and open boxes of chocolates everywhere for taste testing, oh my.

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Tools and tins used to make candy years ago, even a ribbon candy crank in the bottom left.

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A cool safe behind a door that lead to the secret of Ganong Chocolate, the combo was a bit tricky.

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Tools to dip the truffles by hand into chocolate are still used but only at this time of year when the coconut balls are made.

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Remember “I love Lucy” when she got the job putting chocolates into the box off the conveyor belt and couldn’t keep up and stuffed them into her mouth.

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Onto another room with big mixers and more open boxes of chocolates.

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The actual company phone is on the wall where each of the family members in the department had their names written beside the black button.

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In 1904 Evangeline was adopted as a symbol of purity, excellence, constancy, romance and sweetness as described by Longfellow and her picture was used on the boxes of many of the Ganong Chocolates . Her picture graced Gaong chocolate boxes, chocolate wrappers until the late 1970’s. 

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Evangeline symbols and trademarks about the museum.

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A scribe that you can rub on and make your own print

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Years of beautiful boxes ever decorated with beautiful women and children

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My favourite with the big hat

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No I like this one in the middle bottom better, a little more classy, and sassy.

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Wonderful valentine boxes line the wall and tell the history of the box making company that was upstairs from the Chocolate factory where all the boxes were made by hand in those days.

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Cowboys and Indian Chief cards 50 in each collection that painted the wall like artwork explaining how each box of chocolates had a playing card inside and you could collect all 50 of each.

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The chocolate factory had a large fire in 1903 where a lot of the debris was tossed into the lot across and a young fellow found these marbles and donated them back to the museum years later.  These marbles came as a gift in a box of chocolate in the earlier years before the fire.  Ok, Evangeline, cowboys, Indian Chief Cards and marbles… I get the marbles because marble is used in the cooling down process of candy.  I also sort of get Evangeline for the year of Acadian but what does cowboys and indian cards have to do with chocolates anyway?

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Then lastly into the giftshop where sample boxes of chocolates sat up top the counters for tasters like they hadn’t known we’d been testing all along the tour.

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The smell was decadent

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A new chocolate out this year for Christmas is the chicken bone candy chocolate coated bit size piece of wonder

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Imagine chicken bones and they are also a chocolate dipped nougat

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Displays of chocolates everywhere to tempt you into another sale

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Finally a his and hers special, chocolate mint and chocolate caramel clusters

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And before I go I want you to know I did take the time to look up at the amazing ceiling that reminded me of our first home Dad moved us into in Ottawa with the tin chocolate ceilings, amazing isn’t it?  I hope you enjoyed the chocolate Ganong tour today.

We just arrived at the ferry crossing in Black Harbour to go over to the Grand Manan Island, it is dark, very windy and the ferry isn’t moving until tomorrow morning because of the high winds.  We are about to batten down the hatch and put on a movie.  I’ll be back in the morning because the internet service is exceptional.

Have a good night,
Cindy


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