Finally a slightly overdue post on our trip to Nova Scotia!
Although we got back to Scotland on Tuesday, the whole week seems to have disappeared in the blink of an eye and at feels like nothing has been achieved. I am behind reading blogs, behind on uploading photos and behind on sewing! I honestly think it's because I've spent most of the week washing clothes - where does it all come from? There's more than two suitcases worth, that's for sure!
Anyway, I am hoping that this update marks the start of some progress!
We flew off to Halifax on 6th April. It's a trip we have
been wanting to make since we lived in Alberta between 2007-09, but
because internal flights are expensive we decided to wait till we were
back in the UK to do the trip, and then along came Theo, and a Afghanistan
deployment, and it started slipping out of our grasp, but to cut a long
story short, my parents offered to have the boy for a week, we booked
the flights and off we went!
It is fascinating going back to a country after 3 years away and seeing what you have forgotten and what you have remembered through rose tinted glasses. The one thing that immediately became clear is that Nova Scotia is not Alberta! For those of you who don't know Canada well, Alberta has a lot of oil and gas and with it, a lot of employment, money and low taxes!
That aside it was still the same country. Tim Horton's Boston Creams
still taste amazing (particularly the first one after 3 years eaten in
the sunshine on Halifax waterfront) and Canadian Superstore (or Atlantic
Superstore as it is in the east) still stocks brilliant cheap kids
clothes (just don't ask how much I spent!)
forgotten that spring comes late to Canada and that this does not just
mean it is cold (we were ready for that!) but that the grass is brown
and the trees are completely bare. In contrast coming back to Scotland
has been an absolute explosion of greenery!
Halifax was absolutely fascinating. We hadn't planned to visit in the
run up to the Titanic anniversary, but as it turned out it added a
really interesting angle to an already interesting place. Not only was
there all the Titanic stuff to see, but lots on the Halifax explosion (telling a friend about it yesterday, she said "but why doesn't everyone know about it?" - quite!) There was fascinating information in the museum about
laying the transatlantic cables, Pier 21 which was the Canadian centre for immigration and the Swiss Air memorial. For
a small city, Halifax has seen an incredible amount of sadness and we
both found it very moving.
Of course any holiday is not
complete for me without some photo opportunities and this time I
bravely left my SLR camera at home and relied entirely on my new compact
camera and I was not disappointed! In fact it was quite liberating to
know that all the kit was thousands of miles away and there was no
decisions to be made about which lens to use!
So, apart from the bare trees, it more than lived up to our expectations and we will definitely be going back. We already have the summer of 2015 penciled in, when Theo will be old enough to appreciate it and this time we'll factor in some ferries and Prince Edward Island too.
There are many more photos, but not enough time yet for post-production twiddling, so I may do another post later in the week...