I was very excited to tell everyone I met that we were going to Berwick today - and I would be sure to mention that it's The Apple Capital of Nova Scotia. I have to tell you, everyone I told this to laughed at me. For the record, they are all the locals. I guess they weren't impressed with my vast knowledge of Nova Scotia (I have now exhausted all my knowledge of Berwick) or they already knew this about Berwick. Darn. I guess I'm late to the Apple Capital party. Oh well. At least we got here!
We drove quite a bit today - across the province three times. It only took an hour to get across - we went across the skinny part of NS.
This morning we traveled from Bridgewater across to Berwick. Along this route we drove past a number of Christmas Tree farms, but mostly it was farms and windy roads. Really lovely.
We picked up Dianne and went to Halifax to see Mike's brother and girlfriend for a lazy afternoon of playing Cards Against Humanity and lunch. It was a good time getting caught up and then we drove back to Berwick, where we'll be staying tonight. And tomorrow night!
We took this photo right in downtown Berwick. And just after I took this photo, this tractor rolled right through downtown.
Yup. The pace is very leisurely around here.
I really like it.
Guess what we're doing tomorrow?
We spent the whole day today visiting relatives and Mike's old school pals. *PHEW* That was a lot of socializing packed into one day. Since I took so may photos yesterday, I thought I'd post them up today. And I haven't even posted my fisheye photos of the animals at The Big Ex OR the quilts OR the baking contest where people entered their pies, cakes and tea biscuits. They had a great big display protected in a case. I had to resist the urge to smash in the glass (in case of emergency style!) and eat it all up. There were loaves and loaves of bread along the top shelf. Oh man. I'll show you photos of that later (just the pantry, not me eating 20 loaves of bread in a frenzy.).
Anyway, yesterday we hit the beach (shown above) and went for a walk along the shore.
I kind of can't believe I'm here still. The air is fresh and you can smell the sea a lot more than in Vancouver. It's not crowded anywhere. I can hear crickets chirping during the day and virtually nothing at night. It is so quiet here at night.
This was a view from the boardwalk at Risser's Beach. It reminded me of the opening credits of one of my all time favourite TV series - Six Feet Under.
Tomorrow we're head out to Berwick, home of the Apple Blossom Festival (we are too late for that). And apparently, I am not qualified to be voted in as Apple Blossom Queen
. I'm a bit sad I didn't get a chance to live "appley ever after.". Oh well. I'll have to find my fame another way.
Onward! Tomorrow we go to Berwick! And see Dianne! It's going to be another fun one.
Also, when am I going to post the rest of my animal photos from The Big Ex? I have no idea. I'll sneak them in soon, though.
They look so cute with my fisheye lens.
*"Appley ever after" was used without permission from the Berwick Apple Blossom Festival website
. Good one, Apple Blossom Festival. I wish I had thought of that one! :-)
It took all day, but we have made it to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Actually, it didn't feel like it took that long. It only took just under 5 hours to get to Montreal and then an hour from there to Halifax. Our layover was shorter than expected because we had some delays leaving Vancouver. This is what the sky looked like when we touched down in Halifax.
By the time we got our baggage, the sun had set and we drove home in the pitch dark. Side note: there are very few lights on the highways out this way. It felt like it was SO dark while we were driving. I realized this because, well, no lights. DUH.
We chit-chatted the whole way to Bridgewater with Mike's mom and dad and are now comfy in our bed which has these beautiful, old quilts on them.
Both these quilts were hand made by Mike's great grandma - Nanny Penney. You can see the hand stitching in them and all the blocks are hand pieced as well. Even though we've got a duvet, I'm sleeping under these babies while I'm here. Glorious!
Tomorrow we're going to the Big Ex
! There will be farm animals! And oxen (also farm animals, I know, but they get a special mention). Oh crap. We missed Toonie Day today. All rides were 2 bucks! And, we missed The Stampeders
(SWEEEET! Sweet city woman!). Oh well, tomorrow is an ox pull and a Strong Man competition! Good God! I hope they all wear singlets and have curly moustaches
and ride those bikes with the big front tires.
A girl can always dream.
Under beautiful quilts while on vacation in the Maritimes.
I AM LIVING THE DREAM, GUYS!
I'm mostly back to my old self with this trip. I had plans to clean up around the house a little bit each night before we go, so of course tonight I cleaned up the bathroom (about three quarters done) and that was about it and did a load of laundry last night (that's still in the dryer.) I fell asleep and then went out for a late night coffee with the neighbour pals and as far as packing goes? I got the suitcase out. I am going to have so much fun cleaning until 2 am tomorrow and then sleeping for 3 hours before we leave for the airport at the crack of dawn.
Hey. It always gets done, I just leave it all to the last minute. And hope I don't wake up the neighbours with the vacuum in the middle of the night.
I'm also wondering why I'm taking naps all of a sudden after work. I think it's the early mornings. Oh, and those late nights. Like tonight.
Mike has tomorrow off, so he'll be on packing duty and then tomorrow at 5:01? Vacation! Huzzah!
We booked this trip back in January. I can't believe it's finally happening. It's been 10 years since I've been to Nova Scotia so I'm really looking forward to going back.
Atlantic Ocean! Here we come!