Monday, 31 August 2009

Nova Scotia revisited...

Every morning before 6 am, Susan was up and out the door at 6:30am to teach some of her students that had to head off to work that day. (the photo's of Jane and Emily are from the 2009 Blainville Dressage Show in July).

I'd rustle myself up out of bed and grab a mug of Gram's coffee (best coffee in the world) and a piece of toast with natural honey before I headed down to the ring to say good morning. I'd watch a little bit of the lesson and then head off for my run.

How amazing to be able to watch riders with such passion for the sport and their horses and be able to go for a run along some of the most scenic vista's Nova Scotia has to offer.

Jane had taken the week off from work while I was there and she was the chauffeur extraordinaire. We spent all of Wednesday busy at the barn and finally after all the lessons and barn chores were done, Susan, Jane and Emily and I went out to dinner at the Port Pub Bistro. I can't believe how stupid I was ordering a pasta dish when I was surrounded by fresh seafood, gah, what was I thinking?

Thursday was another barn day but Susan had asked a fisherman friend if he caught any lobster that day we would love to buy some. Well doesn't he arrive in the afternoon with a cooler of lobster's!!! Needless to say, we had an incredible snack of steamed lobster's and an amazing salad for dinner, of course there were adult BEvERages with the meal, all the while we were looking out over the Bay of Fundy. Wow!

Susan and her student's were heading off to Truro for a horse show on the weekend and we were going to meet up with them on Saturday afternoon. Friday was going to be my **last morning at the farm and it was our tourist day and we would spend the night in Halifax, so I could get to see the sights of the city. Once I got back from my run, Jane finished what she had to do with her horse, I packed up my bags said goodbye to the gang, the horses and the farm and Jane and I headed off across the province to spend the afternoon in Chester at Mahone Bay.

Could a holiday get any better?

Well, yes it could...

What I haven't mentioned is before I left home, I had sent an email to a fellow blogger, saying that I was going to be in the maritimes and wouldn't it be fun to get together if we both could fit it into our schedules. (I'm forward like that!).


We had been in contact by email and then by phone and then upon my arrival he called saying he was from the Provincial Tourism Board wanting to do a survey of my trip so far...I'd just landed....I knew this was going to be fun, but we just couldn't get a set time to meet up. Since the girls had me busy most days and into the evenings and my blogger friend works full time, our hopes of meeting and going for a cycle were going by the wayside. Something had to be done....so after much to-ing and fro-ing we met in Chester at the Rope Loft.

Yes, I was going to meet Bluenoser, aka 50K Loop, aka Thom!! How great is that? We had a blast!! It was a short visit, way too short a time together, but I'll be back. You can take that as a threat or a promise!!! LOL...

Thom is just as I imagined him to be, full of fun, stories, maritime humour, wit and wisdom. He had just become a grandpa the night before and was still celebrating the birth of his granddaughter. We just didn't have enough time to really settle into any one conversation, but it was great nonetheless and I'll be back to cycle the loop...

jeezzz, this is just turning into a long story, too bad the vacation wasn't as long....

**more to come.....

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

11 comments:

Jess said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself! Love the picture of the harbor -- very pretty!

Anonymous said...

jam packed - I love that kind of vacation.
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TNTcoach Ken said...

That sure is a tall glass of Vodka....... Ha, seems like a great time.

Marci said...

Thanks for sharing your vacay with us, it looks like a great time. I love your little side-bar pic of sangria... makes me want to go sit on a patio with a pitcher and a book!

Nat said...

I am just going to tell everyone that this is the vacation I had ... rather than a week in a tent. ok?

Jo Lynn said...

A blogger meet up? I'm seeing more and more of these. Don't you love it? :)

Groover said...

Oh, Bluenoser has been busy entertaining the ladies lately. :-) Just had some kind of de-ja-vu reading your blog post because Dee from Townsville (http://troppocycle.blogspot.com/) has been over just recently, too. It's great that you had a chance to meet and chat, even though it was only a short visit. Great holiday!

bill carter said...

HI Lily

I just love the way you experience and live your life. So many people kind of sleep walk through life, but you truly go out there and get it.

Fresh steamed lobster? Oh my God does that sounds good!

Alexandra said...

So glad you had a great vacation in Nova Scotia, my home province! It's fun meeting blogger friends! If you are ever out this way keep us Calgarians in mind!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Thanks for letting us travel with you. I've wanted to see eastern Canada for a while now but can never fit it into the schedule. Hopefully next summer won't be so busy. Thanks again, I could smell those delicious lobster :)

Judi said...

sounds like a hell of a vacation.....