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A Gay & Transgender Mosque in Halifax?

unity_mosque

A small group of Muslims in Halifax want to start a unity mosque — a space where openly gay and transgender Muslims can be themselves while they pray and women would be allowed to lead followers in prayer.

However, several imams in Halifax said everyone is welcome in the city’s five mosques regardless of their sexual orientation. They told CBC News they have not heard of or met a gay or transgender Muslim in the city.

All mosques, everybody is welcome in the mosque regardless of race, colour, gender, whatever,” said Imam Ibrahim Alshanti, of the United Muslims of Halifax. “To open a new mosque specially for these people, maybe it’s not necessary.

Read the full CBC article

My last days in Nova Scotia…

Yet another day trip to Halifax with my Mom — at least it wasn’t raining this time! While she was in her meetings, I took the opportunity to drop by the VenusEnvy store and picked up another bondage book, as well as another 60 feet of that beautiful black rope that I got last time.

We stopped in a small strip mall just the other side of the bridge in Dartmouth on our way back. Found a thrift shop and picked up a wonderful comfy little black leather jacket for under $15; one of the buttons fell off and is in the pocket, but I think I will be replacing them with all-black buttons anyway. It has cute leather cross-lacing detailing at the wrists and at the side slashes on the hips. Perfect for club hopping and such…

Also checked out the dollar store next to the thrift shop and found some great quality hardwood pingpong paddles (will be wonderful for spanking!), as well as some nice rubber-tipped clothespins with a lovely bite.

My Mom had to stop at the local coop credit union to do some banking, so I decided to pass the time in the “coop feed store” next door, looking for kinky stuff… Bingo, hit the jackpot! Found two delightful riding crops, one black and the other a nice burgundy red, for only $6 each! The same quality in an erotic boutique would easily run from $40-$60 each. Man I *so* love tack and riding shops for some of my toys — I can buy so much more for so little! I also picked up two rolls of nice bright red “vet wrap” for mummification purposes.

I can’t believe how many kinky goodies I’ve found on this trip… (giggles to herself)

The next day, before leaving to go back to Montreal, I went to check out my sister’s new antique shop in a nearby little village. It’s in a wonderful old historic two story building, dating from the 1880’s. It’s also next door to another antique shop, so it will help with generating new customers for her as well. She is supposed to open in a few days, so she was still gathering and pricing her items before opening day.

While walking through the shop, I discovered a beautiful antique top hat — something which I’ve been looking for on and off for quite a few years. I always hesitated to order a top hat over the net (especially an antique one) because it can be so hard to tell the quality, condition and how well it fits by only a few pictures.

So it was to my utter delight that I picked it up and put it on my head and found that it fit like it was custom made for me! Wow! My sister was amazed as it is a very small size and nobody who had tried it on over the years has ever fit it. (Apparently she’s had it for over 8 years, but I never knew about it.)

The top hat has maker’s marks from Paris and dates approximately to the 1870-1880’s, so it is around 125 years old. It is in excellent condition and even has the box in which it was imported to London England and then to Canada. It felt so right that it fell into my path and that it fit me so perfectly that I just *had* to buy it! I plan on adding a removable black veiling draping off the back to add a more feminine touch and to wear it to some of my future fetish events as it will go so well with my black leather corset and elbow length black velvet gloves.

Afterwards, my sister and I drove out to a very scenic rocky beach overlooking the north side of Cobequid Bay that she had wanted to share with me. It had a cute little lighthouse with a real house underneath it with a family that still lives in it. It was a spectacular view on a clear and sunny day with the tide coming back into the muddy tidal inlets and the rocky coastline. I had my digital camera with me and took some very nice photographs.

Picked up a few small rounded beach pebbles that “called” to me to bring them home with me. On the way back to the car, a large feather caught my eye at my feet. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that it was an eagle feather! I took it as a special sign that my father was watching over me and that he sent it to me as a reminder that he was always still nearby even though he was no longer living. (He passed away last February and I still miss him dearly.) I tucked it into my top hat box for safekeeping until I return home, to put with the hawk feather he sent me last year during my last trip back from Nova Scotia.

All in all, a nice way to end my visit to Nova Scotia on a positive note. I still had a long drive back but at least I was in a good mood…

There & Back Again… (with apologies to JRR Tolkien)

Blue Rain

So, I am back from the past few days on the road, from central Nova Scotia, southwards to Halifax and then out to Cape Breton and back again…

We were only in Halifax for a few hours; I was bringing my Mom to some business meeting. Despite some major road construction in downtown Halifax, I was able to find some parking near my favorite little candy shop, called “Freak Lunchbox”. They have the weirdest and most fun stuff there — almost every type of candy you can imagine and some you’ve never heard of. Also, many brands that we normally don’t get in Canada. They even had several types of “Simpsons” brand mints (as in the animated series).

I couldn’t resist buying an old-fashioned potato gun; I haven’t seen one of those things since I was really young. Also, a cherry-flavoured gummy pet rat, some authentic “Turkish Delight” (for any of you who’ve ever read “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”) and various other bags of goodies. I got out of there with my wallet $35 lighter. But at least I’m not alone… apparently Rob Lowe spent over $90 in that store not long ago and Cybil Sheppard called it “A delightful little store”.

From there I ventured up the street and to my utter delight, I discovered a little shop called “Venus Envy” that I had heard about online. They also have another location in Ottawa. Finally found a copy of Midori’s rope bondage book and picked it up. (I know I could have ordered it online, but I am from the old school of those who prefer to leaf through a book for myself to decide whether it’s worthwhile, before plunking down $40-ish CDN for it.)

Also picked up a great sort of DIY book on how to make all kinds of kinky crafts, toys, tools and furniture. Has all kinds of illustrations and photos. I’m looking forward to having fun with that one, as I’ve always loved creating things with my own hands. That one cost me $55, but it’s a huge softcover that is comparable in size to a big Sears catalog. The name escapes me for the moment, because the book is in a bag in my car. (The Better Bondage Book)

I also picked up a tiny but great handbook on Wax Play, that has some recipes on DIY low heat candles, as I’ve been wanting to create my own, in order to better control the quantity and quality of the ingredients. (I’m a stickler for that sort of thing.)

And lastly, 20 feet of exquisitely beautiful black braided cotton rope. I had seen the same rope at my local Reno Depot at around $2.25 a foot, but there it only cost $1 a foot!

So — an expensive outing that lasted only an hour, and I walked out of there about $140 lighter. So, about $175 for the day and it wasn’t even lunchtime yet! (Aren’t Platinum Mastercards wonderful?) Ouch… but I am very pleased with my purchases and will have lots of fun with them when I get back to Montreal.

I showed my Mom the rope when I picked her up after her meeting and she agreed that it was very nice quality and a very good price too. I also told her about the books I bought and I even explained the basics of wax play on the return drive.

(I know I am repeating myself, but I am sooooooo lucky to have such a *amazingly cool* Mom!)

We stopped at the MicMac Mall in Dartmouth for a bite to eat before heading back north out of the city. Stopped at Mom’s place for a few hours nap and supper, before packing the car and heading out for the 4 hour drive to Sydney, Cape Breton.

Only a bit of rain on the way there and some fog and mist, which of course, slowed down the driving again. We arrived at my Uncle’s in Sydney at about 2 am. I unpacked and managed to unwind with a half hour game of Galactic Battlegrounds on my laptop before catching some ZZZZzzzzzs.

The next day was busy running errands and dropping off promotional material around the city while my Mom was attending her conference. I got a fair bit accomplished in such a short time, so I felt quite happy at the end of the day. We got my Saturn packed up again and hit the road at around 8 pm, only minutes before the downpour started.

Have I mentioned how much it’s rained since I’ve been down here?

Yes?

Well, I’m *really* getting tired of it, as are my aching knees. (I had a hiking accident in Calfornia over 10 years ago and my knees haven’t been the same since…)

We arrived back at my Mom’s a bit after 2 am, but that included a short meal break at a Tim Hortons in Port Hawkesbury. I plugged in my laptop and checked for any important email (again resorting to the agonizingly slow dial-up) and then channel surfed the satellite channels until I was tired/relaxed enough to actually fall asleep.

Was hoping to get some more errands done today (Friday) but the rainy weather (yet again) put a literal damper on things and I took it easy and stayed in and recuperated from the week’s hectic driving schedule around the province.

Not too sure what my weekend holds at this point, as some of it will depend on the weather. I might try to get some work done on my laptop if I’m stuck in again…

Man, I am *so* going into withdrawal from my high-speed cable internet access at home in Montreal — as well as from my usual kinky activities. Ahhhh, but that which does not kill us makes us stronger… or so they say.

So, what does your weekend look like? No rain I hope… Please tell me that you are having more fun and are having better weather than here? TALK TO ME PEOPLE, I’M GOING NUTS OUT HERE!!

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

The Journey Continues…

Tulips

This past Victoria Day Weekend was also the annual Tulip Festival in the little maritime town where I am staying. (See pic above.) Lots of rain though, so I didn’t venture out too much…

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), I have to drive about an hour south to Halifax for a meeting, then back here. Then we leave again that evening for Cape Breton, another 4 hour drive for another meeting on Thursday and then back here for Friday…. ugh. Lots of driving.

Personally, I feel like curling up with my laptop and playing “Diablo 2” or some “Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds“, rather than spending the day driving around the province.

So, what’s your favorite computer game? How do you waste your time when you are not online? Looking forward to feedback and/or comments, so I have something to check when I get a chance to get back on the Net and check my email and my blog…

~ Mistress Jade Dragon