Cowlow Cove by Mary Stone

My family has lived on Cowlow Cove, Boutiliers Point, Nova Scotia for 48 years. We swam in the water, fished off the wharf, rowed around and out to Potato Island, enjoyed watching the ever changing movement, colors and moods of the bay, explored the shorelines, picnicked and camped on the islands and watched our children develop a love of and appreciation for all that our cove, bay and ocean have to offer.   There is much wildlife in and and around the cove, despite the presence of many homes and cottages. Fish and mollusks and shellfish of all kinds, seagulls, Canada geese, ospreys, blue heron, black ducks, pheasants, woodpeckers, goldfinches, purple finches, chickadees, sparrows, crossbills, nuthatches, juncos, mourning doves, flickers, crows, pinesiskins, hummingbirds, warblers, blue jays, deer, weasel, groundhogs, racoons, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, fox. I could probably think of more wildlife that has been seen in recent years.   The shoreline has two small sandy beaches, rocky areas with seaweed and eel grasses, 3 wharves, 1 now-closed fishing business with a wharf and two large red buildings. There are approximately 11 year round homes and 6 summer homes fairly close to the shoreline. The year round residents range in age from 30s – 91.  Some residents belong to the Cowlow Cove Society and members pay fees to maintain one of the wharves. The other wharves are privately owned.   Except for the changes wrought by wind and waves our cove has remained pretty much the same for the last 48 years except for a building and wharf built by the local fisherman.   Now that the fishing business has closed down, I am anxious to see what will happen to the property and the buildings upon it and whether or not this will result in changes to Cowlow Cove.