Here it is: a very late, final Halifax blog post. I thought I’d share a few photos from my last week in town, when I was touring about with the parents.
Dad and I toured the Citadel, then wandered down to the harbour, where a Mexican training ship – the Cuauhtemoc – was open for visiting. I’m pretty sure Dad could have moved aboard quite happily.
Mom arrived a few days later, and we continued to wander around the city. We had tea and oatcakes in the Public Gardens, hiding in the coffee house to avoid the rain.
We drove down to Lunenberg, then back up through Mahone Bay and Peggy’s Cove.
I convocated on the Tuesday, and we flew home the next day – 12 suitcases in tow. (6 checked, 6 carry-on)
Now I’m searching for a job, and enjoying being back home. I was looking forward to some hot, dry weather, but the Halifax rain has followed me back to Alberta. Thanks to all of you who kept me sane by phoning and sending me messages during the past two years – I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog as much as I have!
I’ve been watching the approach of Dad’s plane on the airport’s flight tracker. Looks like it was delayed by about a half hour – probably slow getting out of Calgary. Happens all the time when I fly out. I’m guessing he won’t get to the apartment until at least 9pm. I think I know where we’ll go for some food/drinks, but it depends what he feels like.
I’ve got a big eggy breakfast planned for tomorrow morning, and then we’ll head out to the Citadel and the Maritime Museum. Going to take him to see the model of the ship he came to Canada on – très cool. This is going to be a great week – I can tell already!
Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun was shining, there wasn’t too much wind, so I went for a walk down to the public gardens. Lots of tulips, a few smaller rhododendrons, and plenty of very fat ducks. I had a cup of coffee and an oatcake (with bonus sunflower and poppyseeds) while I read the paper, and then meandered home. When I got there, there was a giant patch of sunshine right on the couch, and I had the best nap I’ve had in a very long time. Just wonderful.
I’ve started getting used to the sound of the noon cannon being fired off at Citadel Hill, but this morning’s was a bit startling. Guess they decided to go with the old 21 cannon salute in honour of Victoria Day. Would have been a lot cooler with less cloud coverage – here’s a video someone took in 2006:
I had a late breakfast at the Gingerbread Haus today – coffee and a piece of strawberry cake. I picked up the mail on my way out the door, so I had a lovely stack of birthday cards to read while I ate. Thanks to everyone at home for the well-wishes! Good way to start the day.
M&D gave me this ring for my 16th birthday. Funny to think that it’s 10 years old. I remember sitting on my new quilt in my “secret agent girl” Tshirt, wearing the ring and having photos taken. Seems like a long time ago in some ways, but just the other day in others.
Not much going on out here at the moment. I’m enjoying having the apartment to myself, though it’s a little tough filling all these empty hours. Went for a wonderful walk downtown, then back home along the harbour the other day. The crews of all the big sailing ships have the masts laying out on the docks for refinishing. Everything’s getting spruced up for the start of the tourist season – the first big cruise ship arrives next week.
I’ve found a home for my bed, which makes me happy. Now it’s just a matter of arranging its pick-up on the 28th.
My second box of veggies/fruit arrived last night. It was packed full of dark, leafy greens – lots of spinach, a bunch of baby beets with greens, and a little bag of arugula. The arugula is going on a pizza for sure. There were also two grapefruits, two oranges, two pears, a lemon, another head of garlic, a bunch of celery, a sweet potato, some green onions and another bag of mushrooms. A lot to get through in a week, but I’m looking forward to it.
I had a lovely lunch today with Ruth at Rogi Orazio, in the Hydrostone building. We split a bunch of appetizers – mussels, calimari and chicken croquettes. Good coffee to finish off the meal, and then a bit of a wander through the shops and galleries of the block. Saw a few things that might make good souvenirs of my time here in Halifax…
May is looking to be the month of food. I’ve set up a trial account with Home Grown Organic, so I’ll be getting a box of fresh veggies delivered every two weeks or so. Depending on how fast I go through the stuff, I might change it to every week and a half. This week’s box looks like a lot of nice fruit and leafy greens. Might have to give the grapefruit away to a friend, since I’m not really a fan… Though I tried a pomelo this afternoon (like a grapefruit, only larger and sweeter) and it was fabulous. (but a lot of work)
I stopped by Pete’s Frootique this afternoon to have a chat with their fish guy. Unfortunately it was a newbie fish guy, so he couldn’t tell me much about octopus, and the procuring thereof. I have a phone number for the proper fish monger, though, so maybe I will get to cook octopus for my birthday. Not entirely sure why I have started thinking of this, but it seems like it could be fun. I’m thinking a little antipasti night, with the octopus as the fancy part. Possibly followed by an ice cream cake from Dio Mio.