Dingwall

 

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This was the sky over Cape Breton as we arrived. Very By the Power of Greyskull! Fortunately the sky did not rain its wrath down upon us, and we enjoyed a relaxing (or mostly relaxing week).

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Lucy, showing us how it’s done.

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And again (also, I can’t get enough of the wildflowers)

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And wild strawberries!!!! I was walking around picking them wondering which animal had eaten them all when I realized that the animal in question was a certain husky lab, two feet away from me and delicately picking off strawberries by the dozen.

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So… we went on a bike ride. This is what Tim said: “Oh, it’s on the coast, it’s sure to be flat.” WRONG! I have never seen hills like this, much less tried to ride up them on a bike. Here is a picture of me at the top of a hill that was practically vertical and went on for EVER! That is, here is a picture of me at the top of the hill, which was at least the 4th vertical, never-ending hill we went up, refusing to go any further. The views were spectacular though. And riding down the hills was super fun.

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Fortunately, the beach was available for post-biking relaxation.

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The next day we went for a hike. Apparently hiking in Cape Breton is dangerous, as not only are there numerous wild animals that will eat you, but you stand a good chance of falling off a cliff or being eaten by a wave. Fortunately, I have heard that making a lot of noise scares animals away, and I have an extensive repertoire of show tunes, kid’s songs, pop songs and (weirdly) old hymns that I managed to sing without break for a two and half hour hike. I imagine that the animals of Cape Breton are now suitably annoyed and everyone should feel safe hiking for the next week or so. It was truly beautiful … I managed to pause my “I am a city girl who does not know how to behave in the wild” for long enough to take pictures of the jack pine forest and the coast line. 

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Tim was, of course, suitably stoic and feared neither man nor beast.

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On July 1, my sabbatical began. Cape Breton seems like a good place to kick things off. That’s me, finishing up Chapter 3 of my book, with a giant box of books to read (it takes up fully a third of the Yaris’s trunk space. Priorities, priorities).

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We stumbled on a farmer’s market, and bought a giant hunk of a gargantuan haddock out of the back of someone’s pick up truck. Totally above board. And totally delicious!

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Cabot Landing

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Bay St Lawrence – so pretty.

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Exploring 4 Mile Beach (it really is 4 miles long)

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Moody lobster boat.

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We did spot a moose in the end! It’s the cabin owner’s kid, but whatever.

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We ended at the North Highlands Community Museum, which was small but pretty fabulous. Key attraction: when I asked the tour guide what her favourite artefact was, she brought us here – a drawer full of a small number of the fish hooks pulled out of people at the local hospital, from 1970-1990. Amazing.

Tomorrow we leave for Lunenburg.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Dingwall

  1. Wow – amazing photos. And those fish hooks are hilarious!!! Must show Devin. His may be in a collection somewhere in Sudbury!

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