Walkabouts and wonders

"A life not examined is a life not lived" – Socrates

Journey’s end (in Nova Scotia)

Oh, the joy of changing to just one layer of (non-woolen) clothes! After six days of coats and hats, gloves, fleeces, woollens, etc. it is so nice to walk barefoot in shirt and jeans. This trip has also convinced me that scotch whiskey, tea and hot and cold running water, are the three-fold pinnacles of civilisation – forget putting a man on the moon.

The last three days are a blur – despite limiting the driving to no more than 5 hours a day, and spending last night in a Halifax 4 star, we are all cream-crackered (knackered).  The most that I can provide is a few scattered impressions –

Newfdland dr_007The lighthouse by the entrance to Sydney harbour, where the ferry from Newfoundland docked in the gathering gloom of Friday evening. Here, we discovered that the old joke,”What time is it in Wales when it’s 3.00pm in London?” really is “1955” when transposed to a particular bed and breakfast in North Sydney. This describes not only the decor, but the central heating and the carpets. But on the plus side, we discovered a restaurant called “The Black Spoon” which gave us the best food since St John’s. They even provided it as take-away as take-away as well, when we discovered that John couldn’t maneouver safely over the steps to the door.

Newfdland dr_006An island in the Strait of Canso, that divides Nova Scotia from Cape Breton. The view is from the parking lot of a service station where we found, quite possibly, the best made cup of tea from the whole journey.

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A mug of home-made tea beside the last of the half-kilo of home-made “intellectual cookies” that have sustained us through the drive – so-called because they were baked by John and Phyllis’ friend and sailing companion Doug a retired professor of English Literature and all-round great guy.

And finally, a suitably over-exposed shot of the debris from my  suitcase, following the moment  I realised I could at last get out of my travel clothes!

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Now, for that scotch – cheers!

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