We are well on our way – but our blog hasn’t been. So the place you are reading about is not likely to be the place we actually are. Please be patient – we’ll keep noting and writing and taking pictures, and you’ll be able to follow our journey. Just not in real time.
Now we might as well start at the beginning….
It wasn’t quite the way we had originally planned it, but this summer the time came to say goodbye to Halifax. On the other hand, our original plans hadn’t included becoming full time residents of Nova Scotia for as long as we have been. Plans change.
At first, we saw ourselves spending summers with friends in Halifax and winters with cruising friends (met or not-met-yet) somewhere south, with the possibility of a return to Bermuda or the Azores thrown in. Then a multitude of things changed, and now we’re heading north then west then south. Back to Toronto, and sailing on the Great Lakes. Away from the sea.
Halifax, we’ve enjoyed the time we spent with you. We’ve made friends, met kind, generous and helpful people, enjoyed events like your jazz festival and buskers’ festival and the Tattoo Parade and the Natal Day celebrations.
We’ve spent time enjoying the flowers and trees and sitting on the benches and walking the paths in the Public Gardens. We’ve walked along the Alderney waterfront. We’ve enjoyed the visits of all kinds of craft to the harbour – tall ships, racing sailboats, the warships of visiting navies. We’ve seen the oil rigs sheltering from ocean storms in the harbour or coming in for maintenance.
With you as our base, we’ve had a little time to explore other parts of Nova Scotia. We’ve listened to excellent musicians we would not have heard if we had not been there (or not have heard as early in their careers), seen all kinds of wonderful art, tasted the wonders of wild blueberries and local strawberries and many different kinds of locally-grown apples. We’ve eaten locally caught lobster and clams. We’ve even found excellent Jamaican food (though it took a while). And Thai food. And failed to sample so much more.
There were a few powerful storms. Though nothing like the fury of Hurricane Juan, or of White Juan – we’re very glad we missed those. And we learned about the destructiveness of wild fires, though not at first hand. And then there was all the fog you provided – and the days we would watch it roll in and out across the water. This past summer, as we were trying to get things painted and varnished, you made sure that there was lots of rain as well.
We won’t miss the storms and the fog and the rain, but we will miss you, Halifax, and so many of the people and places we came to know.
Thank you for welcoming us and sheltering us.
Goodbye for now…