2014 Sep 21 – Day 94 – St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB

I couldn’t have picked a nicer spot to end our time in the Maritimes.  St. Andrew’s is just across the river from Castine, Maine right in the lower southwest corner of New Brunswick.  It was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1783 after the American Revolution.  The area has been a very popular resort town for many, many years.  Even now, in the shoulder season at the end of summer there are many visitors here – mostly from the eastern States.

We were treated to a beautifully plated breakfast at our 180-year-old Bed & Breakfast.  Jay’s wife prepares a different breakfast every morning of your stay.  He assured us this evening that tomorrow’s breakfast will be better than today.  We had yogurt with fresh blueberries, a cup of mixed fresh fruit and a banana section, two pieces of French toast, potato sections cooked in maple syrup and a ham, cheese and spinace omelet. It’s going to be hard to beat!

CAM00754 CAM00755After breakfast we wandered down to Water Street and took photos of many of the old buildings.

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IMG_0742 IMG_0746 IMG_0744 IMG_0763We walked over to the Greenock Presbyterian Church in time for the 11:15 am service.  The ministry here is a shared charge with St. Stephen’s 20 km up the road.  From May to October services are held at 9:30 in St. Stephen’s and 11:15 in St. Andrew’s; for the winter months the times are reversed.  Greenock Presbyterian Church is a national historic building.  It was built in 1824 by Captain Christopher Scott and has a hand-carved green oak tree on the steeple.  The Green Oak is the symbol of Scott’s birthplace, Greenock, Scotland.  The pulpit and minister’s platform were constructed entirely without nails.

IMG_0755 IMG_0756 IMG_0759 IMG_0762 IMG_0754 IMG_0766  The Baptist ChurchIMG_0769  The Catholic ChurchIMG_0770  The Anglican Church After church we drove to the edge of the town and enjoyed the afternoon walking around Kingsbrae Garden, voted Canada’s best garden in 2013.  It is a 27-acre garden that was donated, along with the estate home, by a local couple in 1996.  It took two years to plan and plant the gardens and they work on different areas and themes each year. (And by now you should all know what happens when I get into a garden! Photos, photos, photos.  I took 299 photos today.)

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A labyrinth made with thyme planted on the spiral mounds.  Pretty cool.IMG_0811  Love this fenceIMG_0814 IMG_0816 IMG_0818 IMG_0821 IMG_0824 IMG_0825 IMG_0830 IMG_0833 IMG_0835 IMG_0836 IMG_0838 IMG_0841 IMG_0842 IMG_0843 IMG_0848 IMG_0853 IMG_0854IMG_0857IMG_0863 IMG_0867 IMG_0868 IMG_0869 IMG_0874 IMG_0875 IMG_0877 IMG_0878 IMG_0879 IMG_0881IMG_0883  IMG_0884 IMG_0888 IMG_0892 IMG_0893 IMG_0895

IMG_0896 IMG_0927Kingsbrae hosts an annual sculpure contest and the winning entries – first and second place – plus some that received honorable mentions are displayed in a special Sculpture Garden.

IMG_0906 IMG_0908 IMG_0910 IMG_0911 IMG_0912 IMG_0913 IMG_0914 IMG_0915 IMG_0916 IMG_0919It was cloudy when we woke and wandered the town, raining when we came out of church, and sunny while we wandered the garden.  We had a nice relaxing day for our last day in New Brunswick.  Tomorrow we cross the border to the US and make our way over the next four days to Niagara Falls.

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