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deep draughts

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born."

~ Henry David Thoreau, Chapter 2: "Where I Lived, and What I Lived for," Walden

There is so much to mull over on a birthday, no? I spent the latter part of the (Thursday) evening decorating the house a little for my birthday party, which will be tonight (Friday), and now the house is silent and I find myself unprepared for sleep. I am wide awake in a quiet house: TSO is at another house dogsitting and RugbyGirl is upstairs sleeping; even Bravo our cat is lurking around trying to find some entertainment in this waking time for us both.

At a little after midnight I rang in another…

all I want for my birthday

is this poster. HA HA HA!

ok, I'll stop bragging

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It was gorgeous--PEI and Nova Scotia, I mean. Here are the last two pictures I wanted to share. The first is the Bay of Fundy, somewhere outside Alma, Nova Scotia. The second is in that same area, but is a view of the winding, uphill stretch of the Bay of Fundy Scenic Drive. It was such a beautiful road to be on to watch the sunset!

unrecognizable miracle

dying is fine) but Death ?o baby i wouldn't like Death if Death were good: for when (instead of stopping to think) you begin to feel of it, dying 's miraculous why? be cause dying is perfectly natural; perfectly putting it mildly lively (but Death is strictly scientific & artificial & evil & legal) we thank thee god almighty for dying (forgive us, o life! the sin of Deathe.e. cummingsLast week we watched as the 2nd anniversary of my Dad's death--two years!? Really? Where has the time gone--came and went and it was hard and there were tears and sadness, but also laughter and funny mem

incommunicado

I have been so bad about writing and posting a couple more vacation trips, I attribute that to a few reasons:Everyone at the Farm has been sick, so I have been avoiding the germ ridden community computers (although now they have hand sanitizers) when at all possibleMy laptop could not hold the damn signal at the general store or library in town the other day so I gave up tryingI have been in a funky mood and thought some time sans blogging might be good for meBut, good news! GREAT NEWS dear friends! We finally finally finally, after TSO struggling with stupid Verizon for over a month, have gotten our email which means our phone (through Vonage) will be working too. I realized two things during this time: 1. I have never felt so homesick before, since it felt so hard to actually talk to people, Facebook and emailing aside; an actual voice really does make all the difference. 2. While I have never had any problems with Verizon as far as my cell phone service has gone for the past whate…

along the coast; the road home

And so as all travels must, ours came to an end Sunday morning, arriving back to the Farm at 4:30am after about 18 hours in the car on Saturday/Sunday. TSO suggested as we drive along the coast we try and go see the Hopewell Rocks; the huge rocks that at low tide stand as flower pots protruding from the sea, and at high tide are flower pots whose bottoms are covered by 50 feet or so of water. We got to the little town of Alma, where there is an entry to the Park, but were unable to find it, trying to follow these lighthouse signs, which we finally figured out weren't infact leading us to a lighthouse on the coast, but rather mark the Fundy Drive, the route that follows the coast. (Yes, it took us all day to figure this out--I just kept thinking that there were lighthouses tucked away out of our sight!!)

We were dissapointed to have missed the Hopewell Rocks, getting so close and not finding them, but I felt a little better today after looking at the website and realizing that the P…

change of itinerary

Last night I copied down directions (from Mapquest) to get us home from Truro, NS, where we were supposed to see the Bay of Fundy. And see it there we did. It was dissapointing--a ghetto view from behind a motel. So, TSO suggested we keep driving and head towards the towns that run alongside the Bay of Fundy. This has provided us with some breathtaking views and helped us find Mo's in Five Islands, NS. We are eating their awesome chowder (with fish, clams and scallops caught locally) and BLTs. SO GOOD! Come here if you are ever in the area!

We are going to change our route a little and once we cross back into Maine, head for the coast and follow it down which should allow us to see the Bay of Fundy on the Maine side.

It is beautiful here, even with the misting rain and though I am longing to sleep in my own bed, I love Nova Scotia. *sigh* So lovely here.

Peggy's Cove, NS

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1. The SwissAir #111 crash memorial 2.-4. Peggy's Cove

Today TSO and I headed towards Peggy's Cove, stopping just outside the town to look at the Whalesback Memorial for the SwissAir flight #111, which crashed in 1998. It is amazing to look out at the ocean and think that this once held the wreckage of a plane crash, since as we looked out all we could see was beautiful, diamond-like sparkling waters.

Peggy's Cove is one of those absolutely lovely places that I fancy I will come across one day if ever I lose myself and magically pop out in a new world, sort of like Ewan MacGregor's character in Big Fish. I was more than just a bit surprised, however, that this scenic, little fishing town was so swarming with tourists so late in the season. Maybe it was that today was a particularly warm, sunny day in the midst of many cool and rainy days? I asked TSO where all the town people were hiding out, as it seemed all we saw were tourist--I definitely felt like Dorothy in Oz befor…

woot to the Chief from Nova Scotia

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"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened…

Pics of PEI and Nova Scotia

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Pics: One of the ocean views from Prince Edward Island. Ferrying away from the Island.
One of the bizarre signs found in Canada...wtf? TSO putting our tent together. Home for the next two nights!





camping...kinda

So, we're doing it. TSO and I are camping...kinda..."car camping," as M & N called it this past weekend. I mean is it real camping if you are simultaneously rubbing your cold nose, facebooking and writing a blog? Ok...umm...maybe not 100% real camping; but we are sleeping outside, in a tent that M & N let us borrow, in mummy bags which TSO provided, and we cooked over a fire: a tasty dinner of well done hotdogs and foil wrapped and roasted sweet corn and baked potatoes and slices of cheese. TSO made the comment of, "and we both work in kitchens!" but I was proud of our meal. It was better than the alternative: eating vinegar packets which I made TSO save from our ferry ride earlier this afternoon, "just in case of emergencies!"

This morning S took us to see the ocean before we left the lovely little town of Cardigan, PEI. The visit was per my request, as I heard so many good things of the ocean vistas of the island. It was cold and windy and a …

three if by sea

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Saw this picture and story on the front page of H & S's paper this morning, cool since we saw the three docked ships yesterday in Charlottetown:



Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Thousands cruise into capital's port
LAURA YORKE
The Guardian

"A chilly and overcast day couldn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of tourists that roamed the waterfront of Charlottetown Wednesday.
The Costa Atlantica, The Norwegian Jewel and the Maasdam docked at port while over 6,000 map-toting passengers, dwarfed by the monstrous vessels, set about their day’s itinerary.
This was the first time Charlottetown has had three cruise ships docked at the same time, said John Cudmore, CEO of Tourism Charlottetown and the P.E.I. Convention Partnership.
The three ships travel around the same areas and it just so happened that they were all headed for P.E.I. at the same time, he said. Including crew, almost 9,000 people were scheduled on the boats..." For the full story, click here.

P.E.I., eh?

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The house is quiet. H, S and their daughter E are sleeping and TSO is now reading some depressing Flannery O'Connor book. Wanted to mention what we've done so far, though yesterday and today have been very low key.

Yesterday we drove from Massachusetts--leaving at 2am--to Cardigan, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), home of my friends H&S (and no, not home of those wonderful sweaters, don't worry I asked) . The roadtrip was fairly uneventful; there was no moose sightings, though signs in both Maine and New Brunswick had us on the lookout. It also must be said that in New Brunswick there is a sign on either side of the highway telling you to be on the lookout for moose in both French and English--TSO suggested that we look for moose speaking both languages, which is a great segue into the bizarreness that are road signs throughout New Brunswick and P.E.I. Reading said signs has been entertaining and I have made it my job on this trip to come up with the odd scenarios that th…

P.E.I.

We made it.

T.S.O and I arrived yesterday afternoon to Prince Edward Island where we are staying with my friends H & S. Don't want to write much now as we are leaving them tomorrow to head--by ferry--to Nova Scotia, so should spend some time chatting and not in front of my laptop.

The 14.5 hr. drive up was beautiful; Maine is definitely vibrantly entering fall, as P.E.I. is slowly gathering momentum in their color change.

More soon...hopefully writing tomorrow from Nova Scotia! And will post picutres too.

joining the 21st century...against my will

The Farm joined Facebook.

Weird.

I was kinda digging our slight annonymity in the tech world.

Ah well, nothing last forever.

Seems strange to think that our old school Farm would ever make strides toward that kind of technology when so many things here change so slowly, and also since so many staff members here are of the "old guard," and refuse to get familiar with things like email.

Hmmm...I don't like it.

been a long time

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TSO and I are taking a road trip/vacation of sorts--what?! A real roadtrip/vacation! I mean, I think so. Right?
Going to a foreign country: Canada. Check.People who speak a different language: Canadian, eh? Check.
Sightseeing: check.Carrying cameras and taking pictures of...things: Check.
Sounds good enough for me.

My friends' Hockey Guy and Wife (who I met while in undergrad) live on Hockey Guy's native island: Prince Edwards Island (PEI) and had thrown out a "come and visit some time, you'd love it," invite some time ago, so all of a sudden it sounded good and WHAM...I was going...kinda. The flights started at $700, so I thought if I could only find someone to go with me to help with the driving (it is about 13.5 hrs), I could go that route. It wasn't too much arm twisting (I hope...?) before roomie TSO agreed.

So, now...we are leaving in less than a week and have made some tenative plans of staying with Hockey Guy and Wife for a couple of nights, then moving on…