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Gail Martin

......... there is a village that is rarely mentioned in the tourism publications. About 30 miles past Sheet Harbour, Necum Teuch nestles between Moser River and Ecum Secum. A few houses past the Necum Teuch road sign, a white house stands close to the highway. Slow down or you'll miss them!!! Scattered around the house, in the garden, and down into the swamp, are the delightful scarecrow creations of Angella Geddes.


Angela Geddes and Friend
The photo shows Angella Geddes with Miss Marie Marlene.

Aunt Mary and Captain Smith, Kelvin Lovely, Miss Marie Marlene, a 'scary' Swamp Soggin and all the others are waiting for you. If you stop, you may meet Angella, the creator of "The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch". Since Angella first lovingly recreated her late father's annual garden scarecrow in 1988, the 'gathering' has grown in number and become famous. Angella immortalized her scarecrows in 1996 when she published her first childrens' book (Nimbus Publishing, 1996).

Another book has been launched in 1997. Wayne Ronstadt, from the television show, "On the Road Again", brought a film crew to Necum Teuch, and showed the scarecrows to the rest of Canada. Here, at Highway7.com we show them to the world!

Angella's book , "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-soup, 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". Is it true? Perhaps you'll meet some of the survivors, if you stop for a bit. Maybe you'll even meet the "Swamp Soggon" yourself, and stay forever in this idyllic little village on the forgotten coast. Life could be worse.

"The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch" can be purchased at bookstores and souvenir shops throughout Nova Scotia. Or you can order it directly from:
  Angella Geddes
  RR1 Moser River
  Box 22
  Halifax County, NS
  B0J 2K0
  Email: ageddes @ highway7.com

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