Join Sandra Phinney as she embarks on a 31-day summer odyssey that takes place within a 100-kilometre radius from her home in Southwest Nova Scotia. This intense yet enlightening romp around the region uncovers gems rarely found in a visitor’s guide. Waking Up In My Own Backyard is a memoir that digs deep into the meaning of people and place. In the process of exploring her backyard, Phinney discovers herself.

While following in the author’s footsteps—literally or figuratively—readers will get a glimpse into the region’s rich history, fascinating culture, and deep-rooted traditions. En route, you’ll meet some of the people who are the backbone of rural life, and gain an insider’s view about everything from the Principality of Outer Baldonia to the origin of Frenchy’s and how to make rappie pie.

Sandra Phinney is an award-winning journalist/photographer who lives on the Tusket River with her husband, Barrie MacGregor, in Yarmouth, NS. This is her fourth book. Her stories have appeared in numerous print and online magazines; she conducts memoir and travel writing workshops.

Featured on the cover is the author with her beloved Great Pyrenees, Bailey. He loves to go canoeing but loathes getting wet.

Waking Up In My Own Backyard … (Pottersfield Press, 2018)

Softcover: $19.95 + HST + $6 shipping (total $30.94)

Electronic version, ePub: $14.95 + HST (total $17.19)

Please send e-transfer or Paypal payment to