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Life gets busy. I have neglected this for so long, that I wonder if anyone is even checking in anymore. However, there are lots of photos I want to share, and some commentary on them. I have been working pretty steadily at the wharf, selling tickets to sail on the Eastern Star, a beautiful 48′ wooden ketch.

Eastern Star

Eastern Star

I don’t think I’ve been outside so much since I did the peace walk – I do love being outside day after day. It is fun, I love working with the public, lots of people and the people I work with on the wharf are lovely. There are the skippers; Fred, who looks like an old salt with his fisherman’s cap; Will. who has been on the sea most his life; Billy, another old salt; Kevin, with his plaid shirt; and the skippers and crew on the Eastern Star, who do this in the summer but have interesting lives doing other interesting lives: a B & B, refining gold, teaching English in Asia. Other interesting people – Brian, who was a formula one driver with a European racing team, with drivers like Jackie Stewart and Gilles Villeneuve. The other women in the ticket booths have become friends, too. And some of the bonuses are fresh fish – flounder are just about jumping into the boats these days, and going out for a sail when I want.

Lighthouse at dusk

Lighthouse at dusk

Of course, this won’t last forever, but talking around, I think I will start a bookkeeping business, with web-site editing and maintenance as an add-on. There are many self-employed and small businesses around here, and a shortage of bookkeepers. I have gathered so many skills in my checkered career path, this is one I can draw on. Something I can do at home, take as many clients as I need, do it in my jammies if I want and be comfortable.

Went to a birthday party and we played charades. Had a beautiful long walk with the same group of people along the shore. It was a hot day with no-one else on the beach, so a couple of the women and I just stripped and went skinny into the Atlantic – so refreshing, so wonderful to be in the sea and sun.

Green Bay

Green Bay

There was a tall ships festival here last month, and sitting on my porch in the morning, I saw the Harvey Gimlisch sailing into the harbour. What a sight.

Harvey Gimlisch

Harvey Gimlisch

We also had the redcoats and Mounties on the wharf.

Redcoats

Redcoats

And then there was the evening that I was loading the sunset sail, fifteen people waiting to get on, and the skies opened up; lightening and thunder and we were all drenched. Of course, they didn’t go out, but the storm was followed by a rainbow!

Rainbow on the wharf

Rainbow on the wharf

And no description of life on the wharf would be complete without a photo of the Bluenose.

Bluenose II

Bluenose II

When I’m not working, I get a little lost and find new beaches. They are everywhere, and each has its own flavour. Some are very rocky, some very sandy, some gravel, some have lots of shells, others none. I have been picking up beach glass and shells and stones – they are all so irresistable and beautiful. The colours, red, blue, green, white, coral, black, striped, mottled – I can’t help stopping to see each one. And then sometimes there is a real treasure; a sand dollar or stone shaped like a heart.

sea treasures

sea treasures

I’ve been here just about five months, and there are people who wave when I drive past now, and people who stop in chat in the grocery. I feel connected and at home here. There is a book club at the library, and when I’m not working on a Tuesday, a knitting group at a yarn shop in Mahone Bay. Life is good.

Bella broke down about a month ago – 5000 miles here without one problem, and there I am driving to Bridgewater and she just stopped. When I restarted and thought maybe I could get to Canadian Tire, the temperature gauge shot up so I phoned AAA. Thank goodness I had my cell phone with me. They towed me back to Frank’s in Lunenburg. The bottom rad hose had split, and of course the fluid all leaked out. So  he did a fix, and we waited a couple weeks to see if it will hold, and he did a test to make sure it’s not a head gasket or anything more serious. It looks like it was only the hose, but now I have to trust her again that she’ll keep going for awhile more. Aaaargh, cars. I mostly don’t need one, but when I do, I do. And to sell this and get another little putt-putt is like trading the devil you know for the devil you don’t. So I guess I’ll hang onto Bella. I will need to get snow tires and undercoating before winter, though.

That’s it for now, but I will try to be more regular keeping on the blog. It’s no longer chapter lx for me though, but chapter lxi.

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It has been awhile. My computer has been down, an ebay find came on Friday but the OS discs I have won’t install on the new one but somehow this old one is okay for now.

I went out on the porch this morning – I like to have my coffee there in the fresh morning looking across the water – and there were webs stretching from the porch railing onto my chair. They were very fine, so light that the breeze was enough to move them to another surface – my chair- and there were thousands of tiny spiders traveling back and forth. The webs were attaching to the floor, all the railings, the post, wherever the breeze blew.

I heard a man on the radio last week who taught crows to use tools, and they taught other crows. We are not the only ones evolving. I heard another man who played music in the rainforest in Costa Rica, and the birds imitated his song. He has made a recording of this duet.

I am not working yet – still waiting for the boat to go into the water. It was going in on Thursday, but the weather was inclement, so next Thursday. The cushion I came with is deflating. Got the car safetied and registered, cost more than I planned but now I have plates, with the Bluenose on them. The Bluenose, this is its home harbour, back of the dime, the old C-note, beautiful boat. Of course, even when I do begin working, it is only seasonal, still have to find something more permanent but I know everything will work out. What is my motto – everything always works out, though not always how we thought or expected. That’s life, we plan but don’t control, only dream.

At the roadside

At the roadside

Nova Scotia is blooming. Lilacs, lupins at the side of the roads, phlox and buttercups and ferns on the walking path, and the most magnificent rhododendrons everywhere. Being on the shore, it has not really been hot – don’t think it will really ever be hot. Bugs are out; I was at a knitting outside day on Saturday, and the black flies were at it.

Brought home a little kitten on Friday. I think her name is Poppie – we’re trying that on. She has a little clown face, with a black nose that splits her face in two. The first time I left her, she was waiting at the door when I got back. She had never been alone before, away from her mother and litter mates. But I am her new Mum and she spent the first night exploring the length of my body in bed, and then settled somewhere near my armpit. Nice to have another warm body here.

Poppie

Poppie

wild

At Blue Rocks

At Blue Rocks

Went to Blue Rocks, not far from here, last weekend. This is how clear the water is there. It was a beautiful day for walking along the shore. It is very protected there,  quiet pools.

I hope in the next few days to have a good working computer again, and post more often. This one has not been recharging, but somehow last night it did, and is still fully charged. I don’t want to drain the battery down, though so that I can transfer what is here to the new one – so many photos and so much music it would be hard to reconstruct.

Well, I missed all the pink trees blooming in the South, but here are some that I turned around for. You can see how lush everything is.

Trees in bloom

Trees in bloom

I worked on Tuesday. The boats there are so large and beautiful. The Picton Castle has just returned from a voyage around the world, and the Bluenose II is here for only a short time. This is home for both of them. It was very busy on the wharf Tuesday, warm and sunny and tourists out strolling, but it has been rainy and chilly since then.

The Picton Castle

The Picton Castle

Working on the Castle

Working on the Castle

Bluenose II

Bluenose II

View from the booth

View from the booth

Since it is still awkward to do anything fine – the stitches come out Monday, this has been a chance to take care of other tasks; getting papers in order, making phone calls, sorting pictures on the computer. It is amazing how many there are, with no order and no easy way to find anything. When I think of the boxes of photos that waited for years to be labeled and sorted, I guess nothing is new. In a way it is good not being able to just pick up knitting or crochet, but having to think, what do I want to do now?