Can you pee crooked?



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“This outhouse leans, can you pee crooked?” – Outhouse at Aunt Mary’s in Necum Teuch, Nova Scotia

This past weekend the Huz and I hopped on a plane and headed for Halifax. His folks moved out there late last year, so it was definitely time for us to make the trek.

One of the highlights was a visit to Aunt Mary’s in Necum Teuch. Necum Teuch (I just like writing that, Necum Teuch) is about two hours outside of Halifax, neatly tucked between Moser River and Ecum Secum. Home to late East Coast storyteller and artist Angella Geddes, Aunt Mary’s is also home to her dozens of amazing, human-like scarecrows…

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Angella first recreated her father’s annual garden scarecrow as a tribute in 1988 and ten years later she published her first children’s book, “The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch” – immortalizing her scarecrows and their stories.

From the Eastern Shore Magazine:

“The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch” introduces each scarecrow and tells his (or her) story. It also includes a Scarecrow Game, instructions on how to make your own scarecrow, and a recipe for Kartoffel, Aunt Mary’s “unspeakable” soup!

It also tells the legend of an “ugly, selfish creature called a Swamp Soggon” who became angry one day and turned – “almost everyone-in Necum Teuch into scarecrows”.

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Up until her sudden death in 2006, Angella’s scarecrow army was steadily growing, as were the legions of folks coming by for a peek.

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The pace at Aunt Mary’s has slowed since Angella’s death, but in speaking with a few locals, I discovered that friends and family are dedicated to preserving Aunt Mary’s as best they can. So, if you’re ever on Highway 7 between Moser River and Ecum Secum, I definitely recommend making a stop in Necum Teuch. That’s Necum Teuch…

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More photos of Aunt Mary’s here… enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Can you pee crooked?”

  1. Terri says:

    Angella was one of my dearest friends. I loved finding this piece about her. Thank you.

  2. lilydustbin says:

    That’s really nice to know Terri, thanks for leaving a comment. I often look back on that day with fondness — her art will stay with me for always.