New Scotland

  • Happy Anniversary!

    We went about our day in a normal fashion, and had just gotten home with dinner (pizza with eggplant and goat cheese and Caesar salad) when Matt’s mom called. From my end of the conversation, I gathered that Matt was thanking her for a card we hadn’t yet received. I suddenly realized that it was our anniversary! Four years, which isn’t much in the grand scheme, but not too shabby. We both felt terrible that we hadn’t remembered on our own what day it was…and we would’ve been much nicer to each other if we had. Unconditional love is a nice thought, but sometimes dirty dishes get in the way…….

    I weeded in the garden for a bit today. Every day I venture out, vulture-like, to see what’s ready to pick. We’ve had some strawberries so far, and the blueberries are getting very close. The raspberries have started to turn, and I picked what I could from the edge of the patch. It always turns into a brambly mess as the weather gets nice, as hard as I try to keep paths clear so I can pick. Instead, I have to put on pants, sneakers, and long sleeves so I don’t get too scraped up.

    Tomorrow we’re going to New Hampshire for the fourth. We’ll be at the Manfre’s lake house, close quarters and hopefully fun times. I’ve always loved the fourth, since it’s right around the corner from my birthday. When I was little, we would go to Pennsylvania to visit with my Mom’s family. They would have a cake and present for me, and I would swim until my lips turned blue. There are pictures of me when I was six in my pink tiger bathing suit with the little skirt, eating cake.

  • I'm a blogger, too!

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    Well, those of you who have known me for awhile probably never would have thought they would see ME blogging. Since I am rather adverse to computers and technology in general, it is rather a stretch. I thought it may be a good project for someone nearing an important age (it's not 20). Maybe it's the fear, or just the novelty, but I hope to keep it going---at least for a few months.

    I am beginning my much-anticipated four day vacation. I plan to do lazy things that I don't normally have time for, like lying in the hammock (a new addition to the estate--check it out when you visit) and creating a brand new gelato flavor (I've been wanting to use fresh herbs in everything). Also, I am determined to make fun popsicles--all the rage now, but there's something very appealing about them. Like the Jell-O pudding pops that I loved as a kid--creamy and comforting, vanilla, chocolate, and swirl. My brother and I had them when we went swimming at my grandparents' pool.

    I also plan to get in the studio and try to remember what I do there. It's unfortunately been awhile...The good news is that 500 Handmade Books just came out (published by Lark Books), and my books are two of the 500! Not a very good percentage, I know, but good enough for me.

    Stay tuned to this space. I promise pictures and more.....

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New Scotland

Aaaaah....vacation! But the coming back to real life...not so easy. We've been back for a week, yet I still haven't finished this post. I think I'm holding on for dear life.

We had the pleasure of spending some time in Nova Scotia, courtesy of our friend who owns the beautiful barn where we were married; she also owns a cute house on the island of Cape Breton, off the "mainland" of Nova Scotia. It's an interesting place, culturally and geographically, still referred to as New Scotland by many of the locals. The landscape is intense: rolling hills undulate inland, while cliffs drop suddenly down to the water, punctuating the fall with huge boulders like polished whales. There are beaches, which are quite pleasant and even swim-able. Since the strait of water on the west side is protected and gets some gulf stream currents, it's not much colder than water along the mid-Atlantic coast.

We did a few hikes in the Highlands National Park, which is where we saw several moose (meese? see previous post for a link to video), bald eagle, and pilot whales jumping in the waves below. The most amazing trail was the Skyline, a 4-mile hike where the halfway point was a series of boardwalk platforms across a ridge, ending on what felt like the end of the world. The Cabot trail languidly curved off the south side of the trail, while the trail zigzagged down to the coast. We also did an "extreme" whale watch in a 28' pontoon-type boat on pretty choppy waters, but the reward was seeing the coast from another angle and having small groups of pilot whales roll right next to the boat. They were playful and almost seemed to be happy that we were there.

After five eventful yet relaxing days on Cape Breton, we drove down to Halifax. The unfortunate part was that we only stayed two days. Our hotel, The Haliburton, was the perfect base to explore the city and the neighborhood was a little restaurant mecca in itself. We ate and drank well, discovering that there are some really good breweries in the city. Our favorite was Propeller, and no, they don't import to the US! I ate some amazing seafood, which was one of my goals for the trip, and covered much of the city by foot. It's very accessible and super friendly, and a great place to hear live music. I highly recommend Halifax (and Cape Breton) as a vacation destination.

Now that I'm back, the only news that I have to report is that I have bangs...after not having them since I was a young girl! I know you're riveted, so hopefully I have something better for you next time.