View on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania last February.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ross Farm Museum

We left our spot at Tracey’s house at around 9:30am yesterday. We stopped at the gas station and put $140 worth of fuel into Sherman, and that gave us about half a tank! But it should be enough to last us for the month because we’re not going very far.

We stopped at our local wine making shop and started another batch because they had a special on that runs out this weekend. It’ll be ready for when we get back around the 15th or 16th.

Then we headed towards Lunenburg area. We have no firm plans so we had no idea where we would end up last night, but we knew we didn’t want to drive very far. Just past the village of New Ross is the Ross Farm Museum, so we stopped in there to see what it’s all about.

Their parking lot is slightly sloped, and is right beside the road, although the highway through here is not very busy. We thought it would be okay for a night though. (GPS 44.7269 -64.4560)

Of course at this time of year there’s not many people around, although there was a school group touring the farm when we arrived. We went in the office, and the friendly lady in there explained a bit about the farm and said we were welcome to spend the night in their parking lot.

The farm is part of the Nova Scotia Museum system, so it cost $6 each to get in. This was fairly reasonable though, and we spent the whole afternoon touring the farm. Every exhibit had a staff worker in period costume and they spent a lot of time chatting with us and explaining things about the operations of a farm in the area in the 1800’s.

The lady looking after the schoolhouse exhibit does "tatting", the fine knotting of thread. 

Lots of fun seeing the animals

Eight piglets having a nap

Funny looking rooster has a permanent hat!

Dogs are welcome on the farm provided they are leashed, so when we were finished we took Whiskey for a walk along the trails beside the lake. When we got back to the office area, the lady there said that the operations manager wanted to speak to us about our parking arrangement. We thought they were going to tell us we couldn’t overnight here, but when he came down, he suggested that we move into the employee area at the back where it would be further from the road noise! Very nice people here, and we totally enjoyed our visit!

Sherman, parked up for the night!

This morning, we’ll continue on towards the towns of Lunenburg and Bridgewater. There’s a free dump station at the Irving rest stop at bridgewater, so we’ll stop and use that. Then, we have no plans so we’ll see where our day takes us!


  1. Isn't the tatting beautiful. My SIL's grandmother loved tatting and we have several snowflakes and snowmen she tatted for us at Christmas. They are treasures.

  2. I love the picture of the little piggys. They are so cute when they are little.

  3. I wonder how many people still do tatting? Love the roosters' bonnet.

  4. Confirms what I hear about everyone being so are you getting internet is Wifi freely available in these small towns? Cheers Les

  5. I am learning tatting and I belong to campground_crafter and there are women on their that do tatter... I love the pictures and it's nice to know good people are taking good care of you. My husband the horse freak of course you can guess his favorite picture (he's never been on a horse)... Keep having fun.


  6. Janie and John...It is such a delicate craft. She did a beautiful job with it, the stitches or knots are so tiny.

    Gail...They were totally worn out. A school group was there earlier and the piglets were playing with each other so much for the group, that by the time we went through they were exhausted.

    Contessa...Yes people still do it, but it looks like it is starting to become a lost art. Not nearly as many people do it now as back then.

    Les...Everyone we encounter has been fantastic. We aren't having trouble finding wifi in the towns, but in the country it is much harder, lots of people have secured wifi or are still hard wired. That's when we use our MiFi device.

    Evielynne...It is such a beautiful craft, but needs lots of patience as it takes such a long time to complete an item, the knotting is so tiny. I love horses too.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  7. It was really great meeting you folks during your visit to the museum(I was the interpreter in the Ross Barn). Just happened to stumble upon your great blog post, would you mind if I shared it with our Facebook and Twitter followers?

    Thanks a bunch,
    Matthew Gates

    Ross Farm Museum
    Interpreter & Website/Social Media Manager

  8. Of course that would be fine Matthew. Hope you have a great summer season!

  9. Thanks! Hope you have a great summer as well!


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