Join Sandra Phinney as she embarks on 31-day summer odyssey that takes place within a 100 kilometre radius from her home in rural Nova Scotia. This memoir is a journey of self-discovery wherein the author experiences the adventure of a lifetime in her own backyard. Two powerful themes flow throughout the narrative: the importance of friendships and the richness of rural living.
It’s all about getting up close and personal with people and places in her own “backyard”–Southwest Nova Scotia. Included are stories inspired by her years of living and writing about people and communities in this region in and around Yarmouth. The characters are rich and varied. Collectively, they provide a unique collage of all the people and communities contained in this engaging volume.
Despite her considerable knowledge about Maritime attractions, people, and places, Phinney needed “The July Project” to discover the “heavenly invisibles” that are ever-present but tantalizingly illusive in this jewel-like part of the province. Readers are invited to come along on Phinney’s romp and learn about Southwest Nova Scotia with its rich history, fascinating culture, and deep-rooted traditions.
You won’t find what’s included in Waking Up In My Own Backyard in a typical visitor’s guide, but it will undoubtedly become an indispensable guide for locals and travellers alike. Phinney is an extraordinary tour guide. You will want to follow in her footsteps.