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Well, a busy week and good. It seems I spent a lot of time on the phone, canceling things, setting up new services, following up on others; how do I retrieve messages from the phone? the cell? how do I configure the router? how do I get a confirmation of driver’s license? on and on. But things are coming together. Did get a bank account. So now I have an address, phone number and bank. The rest will come.

Wednesday I rode into Halifax with John who went to get wood to build a boat. We went to a warehouse with every kind of wood you can imagine, from all over the world. It was beautiful; red, black, purple, brown, white, fine grain and course. Each had its own weight and smell and texture. I am so glad to have seen such variety. It was a sunny day but very windy – driving back with large sheets of ply on the roof felt like we could become airborne.

Began singing at St. Norbert’s on Thursday and through Easter – what a wonderful time to be singing liturgy – latin and allelulias. There was a Good Friday service with all the churches in town involved – carrying a cross from church to church and then to Blockhouse Hill. There was a good crowd, and it was lovely and low key.
easter3Little by little, the apartment is coming together. Found drapes and curtains, and Janice gave me a chair. easter2It is wonderful to sit and read. The people I bought the living room drapes from are leaving the home that her ancestors built and lived in. I think that there are many who have lived here forever, but are moving to simpler lives, closer to Halifax without so much property. The couple I bought the bed from are moving to Spain for their retirement.
pole4Walking yesterday, I took photos of the decorations on the lamp poles along my street. Another one of the charming features of this charming place.easter
Job prospects look good. I am not worried – yet. There were three last week that I feel well qualified for, and would enjoy doing. If nothing else, I know that there is seasonal work around town, and that would get me through the summer and a chance to meet more people for something more long-term. I do know that I don’t want to work as hard as I was. One reason I chose Nova Scotia is the possibility of living comfortably without all the stress.

Spent yesterday driving around, phoning places for rent, talking to people to let them know I’m looking, exploring possibilities and places that might be nice to live. I did look at one little house, about a half hour from Halifax in the country, way back on a side road. It is a one-bedroom, cute and affordable so I know that there are possibilities. The questions I’m asking as I look are where – town or country, close to Halifax or Bridgewater, apartment or little house. Of course, there is still the question of how will I pay the rent, but the first thing is to get an address, unload the van into a new home. I am meeting a couple people on Monday, and there are others to connect with.

For now, my friend John is being generous with room, food and information and I am lucky to have a guide in much of this newness. Today we took a long walk to Labrador Castle, high above the tree line. It was a perfect spring day for a walk – muddy but sunny and warm. On the way there, John showed me the thrift shops, the used furniture places, the grocery/general store with fresh produce right there next to the barrel of nails.
We had coffee at the top of the world, made with a very clever “Kelly Kettle.” The water is in a reservoir around a hollow chamber, sitting on a small container for fire. It boils water in a flash, with very little wood, no mess and the whole thing is compact.

Tomorrow more phone calls, more exploring and more enjoying the discovery.

The Buggy Bank in Berkeley has offered amazing service helping sell my car. If you are ever looking for a decent used car, or want to sell one I highly recommend talking to them. I am so relieved that I left my car with them.

At Labrador Castle

At Labrador Castle

Walking to Labrador Castle

Walking to Labrador Castle

On the way to Labrador Castle

On the way to Labrador Castle

From the top of Labrador Castle

From the top of Labrador Castle

Boiling water in the Kelly Kettle

Boiling water in the Kelly Kettle

View from the front door in West Dublin

View from the front door in West Dublin

Here I am, destination found. It was another lovely clear day for driving – blue sky, rolling roads, pines everywhere, look out for deer and moose. My friend John has offered a room until I find a place, so I am in West Dublin, down by the Lahave river, close to the sea. We went for a long walk on Crescent Beach when I got in. Felt good to be stretching my legs, feel the fresh air.

Now it’s time to prioritize. Find a place, get a health card, register the car, get a phone, get a bank account. I think address is first and move ahead from there. Of course, the other one is find a job – anything for now until I get settled. I know it takes time to meet people, see what’s out there, where do I want to be, what do I want to do. But I also know that if I keep my eyes, ears and heart open, things will come into focus and it all works.

I had forgotten how dry cold weather is. I have been reaching for lip balm and hand lotion since Pennsylvania. There is more snow on the ground here, but the air has that tinge of spring. The numbers here are so extreme: 110 on the highway, -4 overnight, 86 for a litre of gas. I do kilometres, celsius, kilograms ok but never did get the conversion for liters. I think that gas is about 30 percent higher here, based on the cost of a fill-up yesterday.

Good news on the Mazda in Berkeley – the oil had been overfilled, it was burning off excess oil. An oil change will fix that, and the woman is still interested in buying it. What a relief!

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

The Sea

The Sea