Well, my friends… we finally made the long drive to New Brunswick, we hugged family and friends, had some laughs, shed a tear or two, and now we’re back home again. Home in Ottawa. And happy to be “just we two” once more, in our little house on the river.
And I am happy to be back on the blog. Excited for what fall will bring.
Instead of writing a travel post I put some snippets of our trip together into a vlog. Hope you like it. It’s not too long this time. I edited the heck out of it! So pour yourself a second cup of tea and enjoy. Hopefully. Ha.
Now. A couple of things I showed you in the vlog require some explaining. The sign, below, for example. I laugh every time we drive by this sign. Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is a town well known to all New Brunswickers who make the yearly trek back home. Not the town itself, exactly, which I’m sure is lovely… just the name and the road sign. Back in the nineties, when I actually found out what a “ha-ha” was, the sign became even more funny. And I’ve always wondered how the word ha-ha, which historically means a deep ditch or a sunken fence, or other impediment, presumably in this case nearby Lake Témiscouata, morphed into Ha! Ha! with those distinctive and apparently famous exclamation marks.
And here’s the other story I didn’t tell in the video. To give Mum a break from so much “company,” Hubby and I spent three days in Saint Andrews by-the-Sea. We stayed at a brand-spanking-new Air B&B, owned by my sister and her husband and their daughter and her husband. We were their first guests, and we stayed gratis. As they requested, we helped by pointing out any bits they might have missed when they were setting up the house. Like the missing cork-screw. Ha.
Anyway, when we were leaving Mum’s, I packed in a hurry and forgot my make-up. My entire make-up bag. All of it, except for a cover-up stick, lip balm, and lipstick which were in my purse. Gasp. I was forced to show my bare face in public… strolling downtown, sitting in restaurants… for the first time since I was a teenager. But, you know, it wasn’t a totally scarring or scary experience. Mind you, I wielded that cover-up to the best of my ability, under my eyes, and on my patches of rosacea, and I used the lipstick somewhat creatively as a blush, and even as a bit of eye-colour. And I lived to tell the tale.
Maybe I can do without make-up all the time? Maybe this was an opportunity for personal growth? Pfft. Let’s not get carried away. Now that my hair is white I need colour. On my eyebrows and cheeks in particular. Still. It was… interesting.
As you saw in the video, Hubby and I met some new friends when we were home. Denise MacLean and her husband Scott who own a beautiful heritage property in the countryside near Harvey, New Brunswick. If Hubby and I ever leave our riverside idyll, I’d want a country place just like theirs. I first “met” Denise through the blog and on Instagram. She makes wonderful pottery. You can follow her on IG here. And I found out that her husband Scott is the brother of an old friend of mine. Cool, eh? As Denise said when we arrived, “Isn’t the internet wonderful?” Scott and their son have started a craft brewery “Think Brewing” which he spoke about in the video. The beer is great. If you are drinking beer in New Brunswick, make sure to ask for it. You can follow them on Facebook here.
So yeah, we’re back home. And happy to be here. Hubby is currently packing for his fall wilderness canoe trip. So he’s happy. And I am happily anticipating my alone time when he’s gone. And which I sorely missed in the spring thanks to Covid. Hubby and I love to be together. But we do need some time apart. At least I do. For six days I will be all alone… and loving it. I wrote a whole post about my alone time a few years ago. You can read that here, if you’re interested.
I’ll be doing a lot of shopping, and meeting up with friends, organizing my fall closet, and sitting in this very chair with my tea and my book. Every single morning. Unless it rains. Sigh.
Now that I’m back I will be returning to my regular posting schedule. Oh… we have so much to talk about, my friends. What have you been up to these last few weeks?