We had such a wonderful time and it was fabulous to fly right out of Castlegar. My sister Joyce, bless her, drove us to the airport,and picked us up when we returned. I have to say that flying right from Castlegar, certainly makes it feel like one has had a real vacation. Too bad the airport can not be relied upon year round. As it was, we were delayed in Calgary on the way down due to a thunder storm,then another delay in Toronto after we had pretty much jogged to catch our flight to Halifax. We wound up waiting 20 minutes for 15 students who were flying in from Hong Kong. Emil and I were ever so grateful that Hurricane Earl had passed through Halifax just hours before our arrival so no delays on that end. As it was, we arrived around 2:00 in the morning and our sweet Annette ws there to greet us... yea! It was a relief to see her after all these months..and we all spilled tears of joy!
Digging into our first lobster feed!
Lobsters seem to enjoy hot tubbing as much as we do!
Looking at Annette and Shawn's beautiful home from the street. The good news was that it felt wonderful and tropical there after the hurricane... the humidity was still relatively high, giving us a taste of summer all over again. Today, I spoke on the phone with Dianne, that gal we visited and she said it was another gorgeous summer day there for them... At 7:00 pm, she was still sitting on her deck! Unlike us poor duckfolk who are growing webs between our toes.
Annette and Shawn opening some of their gifties..
Annette outside her house
Then we lose all order as I jump to the last day we were there adn our visit to the amazing Peggy's Cove. It is only about a 45 minute drive from Halifax, yet the landscape there suggests another planet!
The amazing granite rock formations with the beautiful lighthouse perched out on the point. The warning signs tell visitors to keep off any black rocks as they are the ones that are struck by the waves. A healthy wind made us grateful that altho cloudy, it wasn't freezing cold. I can't
imagine being out on those rocks in the middle of winter! Interestingly enough, there are only 35 actual inhabitants of Peggy's cove. The rocks were exposed when a glacier slid over the land thousands of years ago. Peggy's Cove was a derrivitave of Peggy of the Cove. Peggy was a maiden who washed ashore and when she was rescued couldn't remember a thing about herself except her first name, Peggy. Townsfolk felt sorry for her and took her in and brought her food and she bacame Peggy of the Cove, and in turn, the whole cove became known as Peggy's Cove.
So sorry I haven't been posting but I will try to get a handle on blogging again. It has been eventful with first our trip to Kelowna, to see Cirque de Soleil, then our trip to Halifax. Also, I finally picked out my birthday gift, a new laptop that I am trying desparately to get up to speed so that I can switch everything over from old to new. Not so easily done with Windows 7 as it doesn't support Outlook Express... but slowly I will get it all figured out. it can readily connect me to windows Live, or Skype or wherever, but first I had to secure my wireless network, then I had get the new printer working... but my neatest aquisition, has been a download from Adobe...called Adobe Air and it provides me with a reader for the New York Times... and one can get a 2 week free subscriptiont o the Times... so that is what I did... How cool is that? You can watch viseos of the latest fashion shows, or do the crossword or link up to a million other sights, all highlighted in the newspaper...I spent time at the Smithsonian and today I read about a new piece of stage equipment being installed at the Metropolitan Opera House. The equipment is a set of 24 floating stairs that were designed by Cirque de Soleil creators and they will be manipulated to create water backgrounds, mini stages to stand upon and best of all they are computer operated to change their shape and design around a central pole according to sensors on the bodies of the opera singers... Now how is that for technology? I guess you had to read the article and see the pics....