pubnico

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in travels | 1 comment

I wrote about our travels to Pubnico, Nova Scotia two years ago here. We followed the same trail again last week, driving 6 hours from Portland, Maine to St. John, New Brunswick, where the wood sculptures of John Hooper greeted us around every corner.

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We arrived in complete fog, and tried to blend in.

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While taking the typical photo of a local landmark, an alien figure clanked into view.

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What a delight to meet Alphonse Elric on his way to ConFusion.

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We boarded the Princess of Acadia for our 3 hour cruise to Digby, Nova Scotia with low visibility. Other than a jumpy pack of cadets, most were relaxing inside the lounge. I drew this drowsing passenger.

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Marty sketched some window views.

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The sun was shining in Digby where the low tide aroma filled our senses.

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We left the highway to ride up the Acadian shore, through Clare’s Festival Acadien and past this familiar eglise shrouded in fog.

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With great delight we finally arrived chez d’Entremont.

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Our host, Nicole d’Entremont, an author and retired educator, is heir to a legacy of ancestors who settled the Pubnico area, where her father left at 18 for other shores. He returned for visits as a young father and architect, designing this simple A-frame in the mid-sixties. It inspired my sketch of the front of the house, done while squawking seagulls commuted overhead between two nearby fish plants.

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Marty was up in the field behind the house, drawing another view.

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Later, Daisy took this photo of the A-frame aglow.

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She was excited to meet some Canadian kids, Ashley and Isaac, when we were invited next door to see fireworks celebrating the Festival acadien. We’d visited the Musee Acadien where a massive collection of vintage cameras is displayed.

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This groovy quilt was in progress. Can I have it?

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I spotted this curious toy, perhaps for a child writer?

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Nicole led us on several long walks to coves, cemeteries, and the nearby Sea Life Fisheries, where herring is processed.

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We visited again the magnificent Pubnico Point Wind Farm, strolling under the turbines. The clean air makes Daisy jump for joy, again!

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What a terrific break from technology. Having space and time for long conversations, skipping rocks, walking old train routes, whale watching, and drawing was utterly nourishing.

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I found a spot on the shore rocks below the A-frame to draw a view past piles of driftwood.

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Dinners by sunset, rappy pie, and seeing the Milky Way.

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Thank you, Nicole! As we await your return to Peaks Island, we hold Pubnico dear in our hearts.

 

 

One Comment

  1. We really enjoyed your pictures of Nova Scotia . We also enjoyed your company and was so glad you guys could make it for our campfire , it was so nice meeting you. And thanks again for the book . We really liked it.
    The Cunninghams

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