". Arranged Words: A Journey

22 Nov 2022

A Journey

 The Nova Scotia flag. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.   

Hi everyone,

A few pictures from my recent trip to Nova Scotia. I had planned to go in July, then the middle of October, but "the best laid plans of mice and men [women] often go awry." Robert Burns.

Dire news bulletins trumpeted warnings about this virus and that virus. Finally, after another delay because of Covid at the residence my Mother lives in, I sallied forth, not completely undaunted, but determined to go while praying that I wouldn't bring Covid along with me. 

Finally, masked and somewhat anxious, with a carry on in one hand, and a suitcase stowed in the hold, I stumbled onboard the plane and hoped for the best. Thankfully, all went well.

I was eager to see my family, and especially my 99 year old Mother. She was surprised and pleased to see me, and I was delighted to see her too!

When I left her, I thought I might have a meltdown, ( perhaps it will happen yet) but, somehow, I just felt a wonderful sense of comfort and peace that remains with me still.

            While there, my sister and I went to visit an old friend. This is the view from his living room window.

                                                             Lucky duck!

                         Shortly after I left, a winter snowstorm draped itself across his view. Lovely!

                                      Love the little dory planter in this old shop window.

 A real Dory. They are always painted the same bright colour. No doubt to make it easier to spot in the fog.

Such a sturdy little boat that was launched from a schooner way back when. Old fishermen tell yarns/tales of calm days and of cold, wet, rough days fishing from dories with curtains of sea spray washing over the gunnels. They must have been thankful for a Sou'wester and their oil skins.

I had some time to walk along the waterfront. It brought back a lot of memories. 

I also tried to imagine what was happening on the waterfront in this town settled by United Empire Loyalists in 1783. Tall ships would have sailed up the long harbour to unload 5000 people 1783 and also 5000 more in 1784. By 1784 it was one of the largest towns in North America with, you guessed it, a population of 10,000 people. They, no doubt, would have been busy settling in, picking lots, clearing treed, stony land, and building houses while, likely, hoping and praying that winter would not arrive early.

The Ross Thompson House: a large four storey, wooden building with a gable roof at the south end and gambrel roof at the north. Now a museum, in its day it was a store and a private residence; the Ross brothers opened the store in 1785. Many stories must be locked within those walls. I may have one in mind.

While I was visiting, a late hurricane swept up the eastern seaboard. The winds were not really severe in the area of Nova Scotia we were in, but, as you can see, the seas were high-spirited and rocky. There was, however, extensive damage in the Halifax area. PEI and other maritime provinces suffered a lot of damage as well. Unfortunately, Florida took a major hit too. My heart goes out to all the people affected by the storm.

A locally build and designed Cape Island Boat. A true master of the seas. Some of the larger models used for lobster fishing cost between 1 - 2 million.

Moored close to shore for safety. I hope the crew stayed on shore.


                                       These two pastel paintings have been added to my shop.

 Somehow Blogger lost this post three separate times, so I better sign off now and save, save, save it. Not that the save button helped before. But I hope to get the better of Blogger this time. Yes, Ms. Tenacity Forbearance is back in the building.  :)

                                       A safe and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

                                                            'Til next time...

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Jenn Jilks said...

What a lovely trip out east for me! I enjoyed your post, thankfully you managed to post it. Technology...

NCSue said...

It looks lovely, although I suspect I'd prefer to visit in summer! It looks rather frigid!
Thanks for letting us know the origin of the name "Nova Scotia". I didn't realize that - isn't it lovely to learn something new each day?
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Violetta said...

Nice pics - especially of the stormy weather with the waves. All the best and have a good time. Thanks for your stopping by at:https://naturpurfotos.blogspot.com/2022/11/herbstausfluge.html

Jeanie said...

That sinking boat looks a little dicey! Nova Scotia is a spot I've always been curious about and have yet to visit. This looks like a great trip and I'm glad you shared it -- good motivation for a visit myself! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dixie!

Peabea Scribbles said...

Wow, he is lucky with that view, and you captured some lovely photos of it. So glad you got to make the trip and no Covid. We too keep hearing some versions are still here in Ohio, and hospitals are full with the RSV...think that it...that the little ones are getting. Love the photos.

Christine said...

What a lovely trip!

Suzana said...

What a beautiful trip and the images are... wow!
A lot of inspiration in these places!
Thank you for sharing these beauties, Dixie!

DVArtist said...

This is simply a beautiful post. I know that feeling of leaving mom. I am so glad you were able to see her. Thank you and have a lovely day.

Tom said...

...my family visited Nova Scotia about 60 years ago, I think that it's time to revisit!!!

Kinga K. said...

Wow, what an amazing trip! Fantastic photos, I'm in love with this place <3

Rain said...

So nice that you visited with your Mum! I love the Maritimes. Nova Scotia was my first choice to nest, but New Brunswick is just as lovely. NS had a nice quaint feel to it, I love visiting there! ☺

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you went and got to have a good visit with your mother. It was the perfect time to visit. I love the wintry photos you took. That's a place I would love to visit but probably not in the winter! Thanks for leaving me such sweet words of comfort today. I appreciate it very much. It means the world to me. Hugs, Diane

stardust said...

Having learned its Latin meaning, “Nova Scotia” sounds more beautiful and hopeful. Your seeing 99 year-old mother again made my heart so warm.


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos of Nova Scotia. The views from the window are beautiful. I like the cute window box shaped like the boat. I hope there was no damage from the storm. Lovely series of photos. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great day and happy new week!

Veronica Lee said...

Such a wonderful trip!
That sinking boat looks a little scary!
Love the beautiful photos you captured.

Soma @ InkTorrents.com said...

I am so glad you were able to visit Nova Scotia and you beloved mother. Wonderful photos and I enjoyed reading the text too. The winter snowstorm photo is of course my favourite.


Fundy Blue said...

Loved this post, Dixie! It's been forever since I was in this United Loyalist town. How wonderful that you were able to visit your mother! You've made me homesick!