Jodi DeLong – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

AKA: Bloomingwriter, as per my blog (

Occupation: Freelance journalist, author, speaker, plant geek

Place of Birth:  St. John’s, NL

Currently Resides: No city. I live on a rural homestead along with my spouse, 6 cats, a horse and a donkey overlooking the upper Bay of Fundy in Scotts Bay, near Canning in Nova Scotia’s Beautiful Annapolis Valley

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

The Just Us! Fair Trade Café  in Wolfville. I’ve been following their progress since they began, have written articles about what they do, including about the magnificent mural that was created by a Mexican artisan from Oaxaca, about a decade ago, in tribute to the benefits of fair trade. While I have wireless in my rural home, I like to go to the café as a change of scene, to catch up with fellow writers and other friends, and to dash down the street to Box of Delights Bookshop, whose owners are staunch supporters of Atlantic Canadian writers like me.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

Sadly, I rarely drink beer due to medical issues. But I love to eat at Rosie’s/Paddy’s Pub  in Wolfville, and once in a while I will indulge in a half glass of their dark stout. They brew their own beers, make their own foods including their desserts, and have a wonderful atmosphere.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

It depends on what I’m looking for, but I’d say mostly, it’s a tie between Canning and Wolfville. I regularly visit the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and Noggins Corner Farm  for produce, Fox Hill Cheese House  for milk and cheese products, and of course Box of Delights for books (and to sign my own).

In Canning, I like to buy gifts from local artisans so I go to Aspinall Pottery (no website yet, alas) and to Lee’s Creative Activities for jewellery, silk scarves, special toys for children, and of course Lee’s special cookie painting kits. Lee is a young man with many developmental challenges and his is one of several stores in Canning run by entrepreneurs like him. An article I wrote telling the story of Lee, his friends and CAPRE was in Saltscapes magazine last year, and will be reprinted in Readers Digest very soon… I’m very proud of their good news story and love to share it with everyone.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

There are two locations. One is my back yard, from which we can see down the Minas Channel, and out to Cape Split, although for the best view of the Split you have to get in our boat and go out into the Bay and THRU the Split while the tide is running. Incredible. And not to be attempted by amateurs. My spouse is a retired lobsterman who knows the waters very well.

The other location is actually on the 101 Highway, just before you take exit 9 to Avonport. At the top of that hill, you can see across the Minas Basin to Blomidon, and much of the Valley floor of farmland and more is laid out before you in a glorious panorama. People from here, even when we’ve only been away for a few hours, we heave this sigh of bliss when we crest that hill and see the view, because we know we’re home.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:

1. Visit the Lookoff here in Kings County, and while you’re here, check out Cape Blomidon and Cape Split.

2. Visit the French Shore of Clare, especially Meteghan. If I didn’t live where I do, I’d live somewhere in Clare, probably Meteghan. The people are warm, welcoming, and the landscapes stunningly beautiful. 

3. Visit Annapolis Royal, especially its much-lauded Historic Gardens, which are a number 1 named attraction through TripAdvisor

What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?

Although I was born in Newfoundland and love it dearly, my people are all Nova Scotians, so this province is a very close second in my heart. I love the warmth and friendliness of people, the diversity of landscapes, the rich farming heritage, the glorious natural vistas, the fact that it is possible for me to do what I do from a rural farmhouse that seems to be in the middle of nowhere. I plan to live on my property, surrounded by my gardens and wild nature, til I’m planted there.


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  1. hey girl .... i have been thinking about you..hope you get this...i have been thinking of ron and gail rogerson...owners of oak lawn zoo in aylesford...and thinking that someone should write their life story ... you know while they are still alive to tell it in their own words...and i have been thinking you would be a great writer, story teller to do this project...just putting it out there...donna

    Comment by donna knowles — June 25, 2015 @ 9:44 am

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