October 08, 2012

Farewell, Nova Scotia

So we've been back home for a little under a week now. Vacations always fly by way too fast, and I always find myself wishing we had "just one more day". I easily could spend a month at my in-laws place, except I'd probably gain 15 lbs from all the relaxing, book reading and eating that occurs. I know this is where I'm supposed to talk about books, but I thought I'd share how we spent the rest of our trip from where I left off. Really, I'm just stalling in writing about all the books I've read lately.

We spent another evening at Melmerby Beach. We literally had the beach all to ourselves and walked the entire length of it. It was peaceful, calm and like something out of a movie.


Jim's parents. How cute are they?


We ate some more seafood - my favorite: Mussels!


We spent a day and night in Halifax with Jim's folks. It was chilly but we walked along the harbour downtown.


Then we spent the night at Casino Nova Scotia! In honour of the 100th anniversary since the sinking of the Titanic, they had a replica of the Titanic Grand Staircase, which was obviously a photo opportunity just waiting to happen:


We went to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the re-launching of the Bluenose II. Unfortunately, it was a dreary, rainy day which really put a damper on the festivities that had been planned, but we dressed prepared and managed to enjoy the day. Lunenburg is full of history and charm and I'd love to spend a weekend there in one of it's many B&B's and pop into all the little shops.





We met up in Lunenburg with Jim's aunt and uncle, Ethel and Keith and explored the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic with them.



Keith and Ethel have a cottage in Greenfield, Nova Scotia, which is about a 45 minute drive from Lunenburg. They live in Nova Scotia during the summers and then Florida in the winters. These two know how to retire! We spent a night at their lovely cottage on the lake, but this is the only photo I took:


This was our view from the room Jim and I slept in. Doesn't get much better than that!

Many a round of Scat and Pass the Ace were played. Luckily for me, Jim's family loves card games as much as I do! As long as I can stay in the game past John, I'm happy. Jim's cousin Jennifer had a baby last year and we got to celebrate Wyatt's first birthday with him. Here's the whole family playing cards (after Wyatt went to bed of course):


Our last few days we made our rounds, saying hello and goodbye to family and friends and just enjoying being with Jim's parents. I feel truly blessed to have in-laws that I love spending time with.

As for the reading I accomplished while on vacation, I managed to read three out of the four books I brought with me. Summer Sisters took waaaaay longer to read than I had anticipated. I just didn't have that "must devour now" feeling with it as I did with On the Island and Love Anthony. Unfortunately, I didn't get to The Thorn Birds, and while it's on the back burner while I read The Grapes of Wrath, I still hope to get to it this fall.

And as hard as it is to say good-bye to Jim's parents, it's made a bit easier knowing you are coming home to this face:





12 comments:

  1. I think it's awesome when people put something besides reviews on their blogs. Love that you had fun in Nova Scotia! Beautiful pictures, especially the last one!

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    1. Aw thanks Leanne! I like it when bloggers do it too! But I'm always worried someone's going to be like "but this is a book blog!"

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  2. What a great recap, Brie! I'm happy you and Jim had such a good time! The scenery is so gorgeous on the East coast, I can't even wrap my head around it! And all the seafood? I'm jealous! :)

    Saigon must've been happy to have his parents back!

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    1. Thanks, dude! It saves me from having to post photos on FB ;)

      I really can't stress enough how beautiful the east coast is. But so is the west coast - that's what's so amazing about Canada!

      Saigon was SUPER happy. He definitely slept right in the middle of our bed that night :)

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  3. Great post! It looks like you had a wonderful time, and coming home to those puppy eyes would ease the end-of-holiday burden for anyone =P

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! We did have a wonderful time, I wish we could have stayed a whole month! Saigon makes everything better :)

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  4. Love all the pics, you took some great ones! I want to go to visit Nova Scotia now. I bet pip was just ecstatic when you guys came home!! Glad you're back home with my boy.

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    1. You'll just have to come with us one day! :)

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  5. How great is that Titanic staircase??? I would have been all over that, much to Jason's dismay.

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    1. Haha! Jim was like "what? No. No, no, no." But I won :)

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  6. Those pictures were like being home. Thanks for the wonderful blog!

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