Roots in Nova Scotia

, Subject : Inspiration

Nova Scotia BuildingLynne Cox and Roots Director Micheal have just returned from an eye-opening visit to Nova Scotia where they travelled ‘the long way round’ to the Ghost 13 Conference. This gave the travellers a chance to see the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy, the French-influenced West coast, and the South Shore where picture-postcard coastal views battle with thick fog from the Atlantic.

Micheal commented: ‘The parallels between Scotland and Nova Scotia shouldn’t have been surprising when you take into account our shared history and geography. However, this only served to highlight similarities, such as the kilted pipers at the tourist traps – or the differences, such as driving on the wrong side of the road! I was particularly taken with the clustered settlement patterns of the little fishing villages and the integrity of the simple timber agricultural sheds. Although my eye was tuned into these types of building’s having grown up on the Isle of Tiree, I believe there is a universal beauty in honest construction like this which embodies a landscape, a culture, and it’s people.’

One of the highlights of this trip was being willingly kidnapped by our eccentric host, Roger the artist, who took us on a tour of local McKay-Lyons Sweetapple buildings, ranging from early, recent and under-construction houses. The whistle-stop architectural tour and the warmth of hospitality served as a perfect introduction the Ghost Conference.

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