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Rita MacNeil

Hi Everyone!

I was so saddened to hear that the lovely Rita MacNeil passed over.

One of my fondest memories is when my sister Diane (Lavender Lady) and I went to Cape Breton and visited Rita’s teahouse.

We had such fun. Here is my sister and I sipping our tea with our Rita cups!

The food was wonderful and we said wouldn’t it be so cool if Rita popped by! Well we looked out the window and lo and behold guess who was coming in.

After lunch we asked if she would mind us taking a picture with her. Being so lovely she said yes even though I’m sure she just wanted to be left alone to have her tea.

This picture is a treasured one.

The world is a little less bright without Rita in it. God Bless you Rita and thank you for being You!

Quote for you:

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.‚ÄĚ Plato

Until we meet again, Sharon


Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Four – Part One

October 18th, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Hello Dear Friends. What a wonderful time of year. I hope you are enjoying it. Blessings to you.

Today we head into Baddeck. Check out this clever sign.

Before leaving Cheticamp Diane and I stopped in a hand rug museum and I had an opportunity to work on one of the rugs. Apparently everyone works on it and then one lucky person wins it when its finished. It was fun. I hope I win. Here’s a picture of me so into it. (Scuz’ the yucky hair roots, lol. I was thinking of going gray but it wasn’t working. Hey maybe that’s why the hubs bought me a hat and then gave me money for a new doo?)

Baddeck was the favorite place of Alexander Graham & Mable Bell. Here’s Diane and I having a little visit with them.

We stayed at the Telegraph House in the actual room that Alex & Mable stayed before building their mansion.

Here’s a picture of their estate.

Stay tuned for Part Two when we feed the Eagles and try and contact the Bells! Even a new youtube video for you!

Quote for you:

“What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” Alexander Graham Bell

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Three – Part Three

October 07th, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Top of the Morning to you dear Friends. Our Creator has provided us with another splendid day for us to enjoy.

So in this one we are heading back from Pleasant Bay and just coming into Cheticamp when I saw the most beautiful house I have ever seen in my life. If I could envision The Psychic Cottage this is exactly how I would want it to be. Are you ready?

I even love the jeep. It’s adorable.

I really wanted to go up and meet the person who owned it. Next time I go I will get up the nerve to do that. You know they have to be happy people.

So that’s it the end of day three.

Quote for you:

‚ÄúInsist upon yourself. Be original.‚ÄĚ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Three – Part Two

October 06th, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Hello Everyone.

After we went whale watching we drove up to Pleasant Bay to visit the Monastery Gampo Abbey. It was very calming and beautiful. I wished that my friend Kaleigh was there with us as she has always wanted to go there.  She is very blessed and once she went to where the Dalai lama had a speaking engagement in Toronto and she was waiting outside to see him in the crowds and he actually went up to her and took her hand out of all the people. That is very cool.  

The grounds were really peaceful as you would assume such a spiritual place would be.

We asked the woman that was in the garden working what there was to see there and she sent us to the Stupa along this path which seemed to go on forever. There was lots to see along the way though.

(Definition of Stupa here. )


Diane and I were both thinking about bears and such and the funny part is I had bought this little bell from one of the stores that has a wonderful sound and it is supposed to scare the bears away. My sister and I were wondering if it was just the bears dinner bell and no one would ever find us again.

Finally we were at the end of the path (which we realized was a short drive from where we parked) and there stood the magnificent Stuppa.

It was very very cool. It had a quietness around it that is hard to describe unless you are there. The rocks that were around it all seemed to be balanced and on top of each other like artwork. I’m sure there is a reason as they were quite lovely.

I thought if Kaleigh can’t be there I will balance a rock for her that hopefully will stay until I can visit with her. Who knows maybe we will do a retreat there some day. Now that would be life changing.

Diane was amazed that the beautiful flowers grew along the highway and we had to get a shot of the very large mushroom.

This is where the magic happened. All day we were asking to see an eagle and we saw one in the tree. We were getting ready to go into the car when there was a mist falling on us. It wasn’t like rain as we weren’t getting wet and we weren’t near the water and it was warm. We both looked up at the same time and saw two giant eagles circling over our heads. It was a moment for sure.

For about 3 days afterwards everything flowed like we were in God’s good Graces.

We were blessed.

Something we found out earlier that day from the man that took us out on the whale watch is that every year at the end of lobster season Gampo Abbey buys up the last catch and releases them back into the ocean unharmed. Isn’t that the coolest! Here’s where you can read about it.

There will be a part three for this day¬†and you won’t believe the house we saw.

Quote for you:

“What we think, we become.” Buddha

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Three – Part One

October 04th, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Hi my Dear Blog Friends. Are you ready to visit the Cabot Trail with us?

I have to tell you the Cabot Trail has to be the most beautiful place I have ever been. It is just breathtaking.

We went whale watching in the morning in a zodiac.

Here’s the boat we went out on. Cute eh? I kept thinking about a video I received on email where this huge whale capsized this little boat. I was brave though and got on anyway.

We had to wear these unflattering suits that made us look like astronauts. They were warm though. Thank goodness for my hat and the gloves we bought at the dollar store.

As soon as we went out the guy that was driving the boat who was a real sweetie said that he had a surprise for us. He said he couldn’t tell us until we were out in the water. So that surprise was that there was a shark out in the water. It was very cool and very “jaws” like when we saw the big fin flying by. We didn’t get a picture.

Then we headed out to the whales. Whales are just so magnificent. I remember when my sister and I went to Salem and saw the whales. They are just so cool.

The pictures are hard to see anything (it just looks like a giant sea monster) but check out the video I put on youtube that my sister did. I tried to put it in this post but I can’t figure it out. It’s above though anyway.

There was a beautiful view of the Abby from the boat.

¬†We went to the abbey but that is for the next blog. OO la la. Something very magical happened there…… I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

We found this little seat up made of nature so Diane and I asked the guy sitting their so peacefully if he would get off of it and let us sit there for our picture. He very kindly obliged us. It’s a family tradition when you are in a plane and it is just going up in the air to link your baby fingers so we did it on our little stone seat too for some reason.


Quote for you:

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” Rachel Carson

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Two – Part Three

October 03rd, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Hello Everyone.

We are still in Cheticamp this day. Day Two seems to be quite a full day I’m thinking as it is spread out into three blogs.

Please don’t grow¬†tired of our trip. There are lots of fun things along the way.

So after the “haunted scarecrows” we saw a lovely church. It was beautiful. Not sure if we just had to pee or we really wanted to go in there but we stopped. Here’s a picture.

We went in the church. It was somewhat scary with bloody jesus and¬†other statues and tons of candles¬†in there but fun nonetheless. I rang the bell. Check it out on youtube. (The thing is I can’t figure out how to move it around so you have to watch it sideways. Story of my Life.)

(I should be careful here as¬†a¬†man at the flea market told me I was a spawn of the devil and was going straight to hell for being a psychic. Whew, I’m so glad that the God I know isn’t as judgemental as his. Geez Louise.)

Now the church had a little mini me church beside it. It was a bit peculiar I’m thinking but kind of cute. See it here. Diane was hiding behind it.

So after that we head back into Cheticamp and walked along the pier. I think we found Dexter’s container. Here’s a picture of it. I was scared to peek in.

Then¬†we went to dinner at Gabrielle’s which was delightful and headed home to the Motel to get a good night sleep for tomorrow which was an amazing day. You’ll have to wait though!

Quote for you:

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.‚ÄĚ Paulo Coelho

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day Two – Part Two

October 01st, 2010 | Category: Cape Breton Holiday 2010,Musings by Sharon

Good Day Dear Friends! Welcome to The Psychic Cottage Blog.

The last blog brought us to when we were leaving Pictou and heading into Cheticamp.

On the road again.

We stayed that night at Merry’s Motel. It was a quaint little room. Clean with a friendly couple that ran it. I think my sister freaked out the husband a bit. He just kind of looked at her and you could see the panic on his face like what is she going to say now and how am I going to keep a straight face. My sister has the funniest sense of humour and no one is safe around her. We had a great room that looked onto the pier. Yellow doors are always welcome in my world.

After we were settled we went out to look around the area and came across Joe’s Scarecrow’s. It was dusk and it totally flipped me out. We were all alone there and I said to Diane let’s get out of here. She was taking pictures and walking around and I’m totally imagining the worst horror flick of all time and one of them coming alive and killing us and we are tomorrow scare crow’s. I know I have a very active imagination but I couldn’t help it. Check it out.

It’s a total must see and don’t forget to drop some money into the container to keep it going. It just gave me the willies. It could have been the time of day and we were new in town and my imagination or something. I was relieved when we were back in the car with the doors locked. Diane was laughing at me the whole time.

Ok I’ll have to continue Day two in a Part three as things seem to be acting up with too many pictures.

Quote for you:

“Don’t be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don’t talk.” Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage


Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day One (Part 2) & Day Two (Part 1)

Hello Everyone. Welcome to the Psychic Cottage Blog. I have a feeling these blogs are going to go on until my next vacation¬†as I’m taking this long to get them out.

So we haven’t travelled very far yet we are still in Pictou.

We stayed at the Evening Sail Bed and Breakfast …….


in the Driftwood Room. …..

Ironically (or I’m sure my sister arranged it that way) that is the name of the street¬†where we grew up near Jane & Finch. Before it was Jane and Finch. The mall was actually a field. Hard to believe eh?

(My sister told me about a cool story about the colour of the building and how it represents long time ago how they would use everything from the whale and the blood to paint the houses but I could find nothing on line about it. If anyone knows about it let me in on it. Although I’m glad they used all the whale it still sounds somewhat creepy to have your house painted in blood. Reminds me of a horror flick.)

Check out the suite. It was so so beautiful. There’s a nice orb over my head in the corner while I’m doing my work. Kind of cool.

All I could think of was Jenny and the City Cottage when I was in this room as I thought she would love it so much. I want a bed like that. Isn’t it wonderful?

So we went out on the town for a bit and we came across a lovely little store called Casper Gifts and Crafts. The¬†cutest thing happened in the store. My sister kept saying that the owner looked like someone and wondered if she knew her. The owner said that everyone thinks she looks just like Elizabeth Manley. My sister realized that this was it and why¬†she looked so familiar. Here’s proof. She let us take her picture. Diane surprised me and bought me a sweet little witches’ hat broach from the store. Our mascot wore it throughout the trip. I’ll show you¬†our mascot later on.

 We went to bed early snuggled in our fancy beds with the fire place low after watching some movie about an italian boy and then the big treat in the morning was breakfast at the Evening Sail.

Yum Yum. You won’t believe the spread they put on. She did tell us that it was family style and boy what a family. The table was huge. We were a bit late so I didn’t want to get a picture when everyone was eating but check out the table. They said that when they bought the Bed and Breakfast that the table came with it and apparently it is two tables put together so it stayed where it was and was only moved when they cleaned which I’m thinking is continuously as the place was imaculate.

Evening Sail is owned by a Mother, Gail, and Daughter, Michelle team.

Now let me tell you about the breakfast. Oh I would so stay there again. It was so delicious. Before breakfast was served they had juice, coffee, tea, fresh muffins, amazing jam and cereal. Other stuff I can’t remember too. Then they served to each of us a plate of this quiche that was like over 3 inches high with a bowl of fruit and a scone that was just beautiful with candied sugar on top. Oh my mouth is watering as I’m writing this. They are well known for their waffles too. Gail sat at one end of the table and Michelle sat at the other and they shared their many stories about the area and kept the conversation going. It was delightful! Oh I so want to go back.

There was a property next door to theirs for sale and I said to my sister they should buy that and open a little tea room because they sure know how to cook!

We gathered up all our belongings after breakfast and headed out to Cheticamp.

Stay tuned for more exciting magical stories about our trip!

Quote for you:

“Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight…”
~Hazelmarie ‚ÄėMattie‚Äô Elliott

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood – Day One – Part One

Good Morning Everyone. Welcome to the Psychic Cottage Blog.

Now that I’m back to myself and settled I wanted to let you in on our trip!

My sister and I decided to call our adventure the Divine Travels of the Ha Ha Sisterhood because we didn’t stop laughing from the time we left home until we got home and even then it didn’t stop. We do have tons of fun together.

Our first little town was Pictou. It was a quaint little town. Lots of hills and the town main street walks along a beautiful ocean front. It was so cold that day. The people of the town said that it was so hot the week before because of Earl. 

¬†We went to Mrs. MacGregor’s Tea¬†House for lunch. It was nice. My sister remembered it to be different but it was a¬†lovely lunch¬†and it was good to just stop for a moment after all the running around.

Check out the sidewalks. Aren’t they cute.

There wasn’t much action in Pictou but we found lots of ways to entertain ourselves. What is it about having a sign with a hole in it that makes people want to stick their heads in it. You will see lots of these pictures throughout my blogs on the trip. It’s such fun to look ridiculous.


¬†And the fun never stopped! It was so chilly that day. Stay tuned for Part Two. How come I’m in all these pictures and not my sister. Hmmm.


  Quote for you:

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”¬† ~Milton Berle

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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Home Sweet Home!

Hello everyone! How are you?

My sister and I are home from¬†our trip to Cape Breton. Here’s a picture in this sweet little restaurant called the Village Kitchen¬†in Baddeck. Yummy food.

It was great fun and we had amazing sister time.

I had trouble getting through on the internet so I am a little behind on everything. I apologize for that.

Lots of good stuff for you coming in future blogs and tons of pictures! As soon as I’m caught up I will blog you.

Quote for you:

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.”¬† ~ Author Unknown

Until we meet again, Sharon

The Psychic Cottage

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