After parting with my parents in Portland, (which was a little sad for the boys–especially Harlan who has not enjoyed going to the airport only to drop off favorite family members and not fly himself), we began the next stage of this summer adventure. *I’d be remiss not to mention Rosie’s where we had lunch on the very rainy Thursday. It hit the spot for everyone–black bean sliders, lobster rolls, fish ‘n’ chips, and just plain buns.
We visited with our college friend Gabe and his wife Lotus for the night. Lotus had friends visiting from Beijing, and Gilbert found a new passion. He loved tea service. Mr. Lou made Oolong, white tea, green tea, and a special black tea: it was compressed and he had a huge trunk of it in his house at home. He’d cut off a small branch to bring to visit. Gilbert carefully tasted and discerned which tea he liked best (the Taiwanese oolong until that was displaced by the fragrant green tea).
Afternoon and Morning Tea.
Our friends have chickens and ducklings, and they’re in the process of building a coop for the birds. All the boys enjoyed helping get the poultry up for the night, and Gilbert was pretty happy when he got to bust a rotten watermelon for them.
WARNING: Major Gross Story Ahead–Skip to the end if you don’t want to read it.
The next day, we did some shopping at Trader Joe’s, filled up with gas, and went to catch the CAT to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. We got there at 12:45, since they said check in by 1:00, but we didn’t actually load until 2:50, for a 2:30 ferry. That was a hot and miserable couple of hours, but nothing compared to what came next! We frantically ate a lot of our fruit, since it said we wouldn’t be able to take it into Canada (that turned out okay, and they didn’t care that we had cherries and a watermelon–Poor little Porter asked me so sweetly to buy a watermelon, and it would have been sad to have to throw it out).
On the ferry we settled in, walked around, relaxed, and congratulated ourselves for making it on with our picnic and kids. The movie started, Harlan, then Porter, fell asleep on laps, then Seamus (who’d been sitting where he could see the movie) came to inform me that Gilbert had gone to the bathroom and thrown up. We gave him a sick bag and told him to take it to G in case it happened again. It did. Poor kid. As the movie finished, Harlan woke up and wanted to walk around. He also wanted a nectarine, then he didn’t, so I ate two. Then he wanted to go outside, then come inside, then he wanted Dada, but Porter was still asleep. Then he wanted a cracker, then he didn’t, and I should have known what was about to happen. Yep. All over the little kid area, even though I did manage to get hold of a bag and catch some. I almost succumbed myself at that moment, and a dad who’d just gone through the same with his ashen looking toddler quickly handed me my own back. Harlan is the proud owner of a brand new Nova Scotia t-shirt!
We returned, a little worse for the wear, and I felt bad because Patrick couldn’t have helped me, but also relieved because Harlan hadn’t soaked me like the woman behind me’s child did her. She’s also the proud owner of a brand new Nova Scotia t-shirt…Porter then came over to sit on my lap while Patrick took Harlan to go to the toilet. By this time, we’d smartened up and had a whole stockpile of bags at the ready. Porter was holding his nose and then deliberately brought the bag to his face and proceeded to be the third and final victim of seasickness, at least in our family.
Gilbert and Harlan both had another round of it before the boat docked, and we were never so happy to be in port in our lives. The rest of us didn’t feel too bad, but after we got to our AirBnB and had unpacked the cooler, the whole house started swaying and spinning for me. The bed rocked me to sleep! Haha.
But this is we woke up to, right outside our front window:
Good Morning, foggy Bay of Fundy!
We saw the ferry come in from New Brunswick this morning. We walked to the gorgeous lighthouse and explored the rocks and tide pools. We went into town to get some Canadian dollars and check out the Digby lobster bash. There were bounce houses, cannons, and lots of boats.
We are looking forward to more exploring, but we are taking it easy today, and probably tomorrow. We’re definitely going to visit Gilbert’s Cove, Annapolis Royal, Grand Pre, and Halifax. There’s so much to take in! The house is fantastic, and it has a yard with a breeze that has Seamus and Gilbert reenacting World Cup goals and saves by the hour.