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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Digby June 29th 2017

Spent seven days in Nova Scotia travelling down Digby Neck to Brier Island, finally making my way to Halifax via the South Shore. I wanted to do some coastal hiking and beachcombing through the area. Being from New Brunswick I took the ferry across the Bay of Fundy from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia. My first stop was Prim Point lighthouse just outside Digby. I timed it right as I saw the ferry make its return trip to Saint John. A short trail to the lighthouse where I scrambled over the basalt rocks. Following this I visited Gullivers Cove where I found another hiking stick and did a short trail to High Cliff Cove. The next day I drove down Digby Neck, took the ferry to Long Island, then drove Long Island to ... read more
The ferry returning to Saint John New Brunswick from Digby Nova Scotia
The basalt rocks at Point Prim Lighthouse
Walking stick treasure at Gullivers Cove

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 28th 2017

Halifax, Nova-Scotia, 28 juin Tout au long de ces côtes déchiquetées, parsemées ça et là de quelques plages de sable blanc, l'histoire mouvementée de l'implantation des européens dans ces contrées maritimes nous interpelle. Il y eut bien sûr les premiers habitants, notamment les Micmacs, mais le paysage actuel laisse davantage paraître la présence coloniale britannique. Il faut toutefois rappeler l'âpre bataille de survivance des Acadiens installés dans le sud de la Nouvelle-Écosse depuis l'époque de Port-Royal, car de petites communautés persistent et signent toujours avec cet accent si charmant et j'ai retrouvé les traces de ces Cayens jusqu'au Cap Sable, tout au bout de la pointe sud de la province. Ces premiers arrivants européens furent suivis au milieu du dix-huitième siècle par des colons recrutés en Suisse et en Allemagne qui fondèrent la pittoresque Lun... read more
Cape Sable

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Yarmouth June 27th 2017

Yarmouth, Nova-Scotia, 27 juin J'y étais passé rapidement il y a deux ans, mais l'impression laissée fut forte. Cette fois, j'ai eu le bonheur d'arpenter la majeure partie du littoral de cette baie hors norme au rythme des formidables marées. L'Océan Atlantique s'engouffre avec vigueur dans cet entonnoir naturel de près de 300 kilomètres de longueur par 80 de large qui se termine par les baies de Chignecto au nord et Minas Basin au sud (Celle-ci prolongée par la baie de Cobequid). C'est d'ailleurs dans cette dernière, à Burntcoat Head, que l'on observe les plus hautes marées du monde à 16,8 mètres d'amplitude (le record absolu étant de 21 mètres, observé lors du passage d'une tempête en 1869). En plus de la configuration des côtes, la coïncidence du temps que prend l'eau à se retirer d'un ... read more
South Maitland

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 27th 2017

I had always wanted to visit Canada so when, on Thursday 22 June, we arrived in Nova Scotia and we were greeted by pleasant, friendly, smiling and very helpful folk, I knew I had made the right decision. What a contrast this place is after New York! On the flight, I got to sit all by myself. That is, I was in a single seat near a window – I don’t recall that every happening to me before. For a good while before we landed in Halifax, I could see a swathe of endless green below me. A forest covered the land which seemed to go on forever. Where the green ended, there was water – lakes and sea, Mother Nature in all her glory! The city of Halifax is not exactly beautiful, in my opinion, ... read more
Canada is celebrating 150 years since federation
The new public library is a fabulous example of good modern architecture and has its own green roof.
Atmospheric sunset

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 27th 2017

With a little sadness, we woke up to our last day, travelling day. A number of people in the hotel dining room were from the conference, which gave us a few more moments to reminisce and to exchange details for keeping in touch. People who were at the conference in Bermuda five years ago (the other end of the North America station in the 18 century) are lobbying to have another one there in three years. Patrick says this is his last, but he seems to want to be persuaded. After checking out and storing our bags, Deirdre and I strolled out into the warm sun. Our destination was the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, but by the time we reached it and checked out the exhibits list, we decided that being outside on such a ... read more
Big Red Chair
Halifax harbour

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 26th 2017

The first lecture this morning was given by our now friend, Peter Sabor, on Jane Austen's reputation in the US during the fifty years after her death. I was surprised to learn that her novels were popular and appeared in several editions. The second lecture was about Fanny Palmer Austen, who married Jane’s brother Charles, in Bermuda, and who lived in Halifax during the years he was stationed here. She wrote often to her own sister and was also accepted by Jane as a sister, which meant that her portrayal of Halifax was known to all the family. My objective for our free time was to check-out the salt cod supply at Superstore. Yesterday on the way out of town, I saw a Superstore, not particularly far from our hotel. When Ann and I were in ... read more
McNabs Island lighthouse
Shipyard bell 1759
William Hall, sailor hero in Lucknow

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 25th 2017

Even though this was Sunday, we had three lectures this morning. The first was by Cheryl Kinney, a doctor and specialist in Jane Austen. She explored the mystery about Jane Austen’s final, unsuccessfully treated ailment, usually thought to be Huntington’s disease. Sarah Emsley, a local writer on Jane Austen, proposed that Anne Elliott in Persuasion had more ambition than usually credited to her, because she was masked by her adherence to social norms. By popular demand and dressed in the correct admiral’s uniform, Patrick Stokes repeated his knowledgeable study of the navy in the 1800s, concluding w... read more
Mural to remind of home
Patrick Stokes
Admiralty House, built in early 1880s

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 24th 2017

We were on the bus promptly at 8:30 to go to a wine tasting in the Annapolis Valley. Fog covered the trees in the distance, helping us appreciate our escape into the countryside. After a slight detour to the wrong place, we stepped out into a warm breeze wafting over the vineyard of Pete Luckett. Deservedly, he is a local celebrity. His funny, spirited greeting had us all quickly smiling. Pete Luckett started as a “barrow boy” in Nottingham, England, i.e., he sold fruits and vegetables from a cart. He moved up to a shop and eventually sold that to work his way around the world. Settling in New Brunswick, he started a fruit and vegetable shop and ended with a chain of high-end grocery stores, named Pete’s. (We ha... read more
Pete Luckett, Vintner
Dike and sluice from 1680
Evangeline by the Memorial Church

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 23rd 2017

Our morning began with another lecture by John Mullan, this time entitled “Persuasion and Self-delusion”. Although his talks are entertaining and well referenced, I did not totally agree with him. I thought some of the characters were not self-delusional but trying to talk themselves into accepting difficult circumstances. Something to ponder, which means the conference is indeed a success. Later in the morning, we boarded the bus to go to Government House for a reception with the Lieutenant Governor, JJ Grant. After a brief tour of the well-proportioned Georgian home, we were ushered into the ballroom, set up with rows of chairs. The aide-de-camp welcomed us, and then announced that the Lieutenant Governor was unavo... read more
Uniacke House
Uniacke House doorstop
Uniacke whale oil lamp

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax June 22nd 2017

This morning my mental elastic was pulled taut as our first speaker tried valiantly to associate Jane Austen with Canada, even beyond the obvious employment for a time of her brothers in Halifax. This is why I decided not to do a PhD in literature – obscurantism. The second presentation was much more gruesome and macabrely funny: a medical doctor revealed that men in the navy died most often of disease (mucky water, yellow fever, literally rotten living conditions) and that anyone injured was lucky if he didn’t suffer an almost certainly fatal amputation. With several hours free, Deirdre and I took the opportunity to walk in the Public Gardens across the street from the hotel. These Victorian formal gardens are justifiably a proud fixture for Haligonians. Trees shaded many of the pathways around and across ... read more
Multi-coloured Victorians
Provincial Legislative Library
The Round Church

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