birthday

When a strange new vehicle sidles in next to your old car one might ask, what's up? As it happens I was tipped off that my two daughters were on route from Ontario. They flew in to Halifax International and rented a car to travel to First South.



Allison and Cathy unwinding. The date was actually Friday 19, 2014. In the Jewish world this date marked the festival of Sukkot, commemorating God's protection of the Children of Israel during their 40-year journey through the desert.
 


Ruth taking her leisure.



I was not quite 80 years of age at this time. Sophia Loren is almost exactly a year older.



The following morning was very nearly perfect in every way. This dory is a resident of the most northern reach of Upper South Bay. The photo was taken from my front door.



By way of contrast, here is what we saw out in Lunenburg Bay when Ruth, Cathy and I went to pick up a prescription in town.



There is always plenty of change in any marine scene. That cruise ship could not enter Lunenburg Harbour which is too shallow to accommodate it. It was actually quite distant. In the foreground, a new parking lot marking the spot where a so-called "historic building" burned to the ground.



That Toledo scale at the pharmacy is not actually in use, but it does add a touch of authenticity to this very old building.
 


.My grandson, Zachary, arrived before noon in his own vehicle. Saturday was his day off from classes at New Brunswick Community College in Saint John.



Allison had not had the fun of visiting the La Have Bakery on the next peninsula west, and the same held for this lad, so we decided to go there for a mid-day meal.



.A lovely day with a brisk wind since the late 19th century, LaHave has been connected to East LaHave, located on the opposite side of the LaHave river, via a cable ferry. Today,  LaHave is home to a 14 car cable ferry that crosses the LaHave River from LaHave to East LaHave. The Ferry is Operated by The Province of Nova Scotia and costs $5.50 for a one-way ticket. That fee drops significantly when one prepays for ten trips. The trip lasts about five minutes to ten minutes.



It is a pleasure to get out on deck in warm weather. There is indoor provision for foot-passengers in inclement weather.



There is limited parking near the Bakery (red building).



Inside the entrance one finds a retail store which specializes in foodstuffs including bakery products. The cash register in the foreground is functional and services patrons who have come to this place to eat. Note the little table for little people. Most adults are served in an adjacent room behind the position from which I took this photo. Food is ordered at a counter here from a massive billboard and is then served by number.
 


Here Allison and Ruth are having a look at the selection of books by local writers.




Here is a partial view of the restaurant area. "Why not stop in for a late breakfast, Sunday brunch (9am-1pm), or lunch? We make European style coffees (cappuccinos, espressos, and more), filter coffee, a large variety of teas and soft drinks. We offer a variety of sandwiches, paninos, burgers, mini pizzas (Greek or Pepperoni) and home-made soups." We timed it to arrive a half-hour before the Saturday lunch crowd.



Quarters are too close to record without a wide-angle lens, but this gives some idea of the eclectic decorative treatment. The building which houses the LaHave Bakery, Boat-building shop and a Craft Co-Op was originally built in 1896 as the home of the LaHave Outfitting Company, a ship's chandlery and fish processing plant. The interior woodwork and counters date from that time.



That b&w photo shows this area at the height of its ship-building period. The owners are old and liberal enough to recall that the Soviets were once considered "People On Our Side." The La Have Bakery contains "...files and photographs from this time stored in the main lunch room in the bakery for visitors to view. For those who wish to delve further, the Dalhousie University Archives have records relating to the LaHave Outfitters at..."

http://www.library.dal.ca/DUASC/FindingAids/MS_4_88/



For a photo-history see http://lahavebakery.com/history.html



Gael and Michael Watson purchased the building with their friends, Kathryn and Russ Gordon, back in 1984. By this time it was in need of extensive renovation. They undertook the installation of a new roof, repair to the wharf, and modifications for a bakery. The first floor and basement now contain the kitchens, craft co-op, bakery shop, and various storage areas. The second floor contains the offices and an exhibition space. The third floor has an apartment and Homegrown Skateboard.



Breads are traditionally made using locally-grown, fresh milled grains. We also make granola, and home-style baked sweets such as muffins, cakes, cookies, croissants and a variety of squares.



Fresh flour is also available for your own baking - the wheat is grown for the bakery by Longspell Farm, Kingsport, in the Annapolis Valley and is freshly milled by Fox Mill, in Indian Harbour.




Following lunch, a visit to the washrooms on the second-floor is required if simply to view the pottery wash basins.



The Craft Co-op can be accessed from within the building or externally as seen here. While the prime business is open Monday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm (Winter), 8:30am to 6:30pm (Summer), the craft shop is closed in winter.



Zachary found the cookie bin. This business also offers locally made jams and jellies, marmalade, chutneys, pickles, honey, mustards and maple syrup. A selection of groceries is available year-round: butter, cheese, milk, home-made yoghurt, take-home dinners (made in-house), eggs, Quest coffee (we'll grind it fresh for you), teas, mixed greens and local naturally-raised meats.



Fresh flour is also available,  the wheat supplied by Longspell Farm, Kingsport, in the Annapolis Valley and milled by Fox Mill, in Indian Harbour. In addition this outfit has a small marina and berthing facilities.



.Of course this is not high season for most part-time mariners.



A hands in pockets day in spite of bright sunlight.




The bicycle rack surveyor.



A quick tour of the craft shop.



Back to East La Have by ferry and home by way of Riverport, seen in the distance. Sunday, so Al Cool's government store in Lunenburg is closed.



This is the popular alternative.



Ruth does the carrying since I am still under an edict to "Take it easy" because of glaucoma operations.



This place recently sold to new German immigrants, who seem to have the smarts to make this a successful business.



At home, Ruth organizes sewing gear in a box received at Christmas.



More wonderful weather on the morning of my birthday, the only dark cloud being the fact that Allison has developed flu-like symptoms. After Zachary left for Halifax to meet friends, the four of us decided to visit Ross Farm Museum, which we heard had been undergoing vast change since Ruth and I were last there. In 2015 my birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving. Since it was a holiday workmen were not on premises and an open house had been declared. We gassed up at Mahone Bay where these late fall flowers were photographed.



Allison makes a grand entrance.



Located at New Ross, well away from the coast in Lunenburg County, this attraction is currently open on weekends due to construction with the exception of school groups which can be booked through the week. Winter hours are: 9:30AM - 4:30PM. Admission: Adult $6.00, Senior (65+) $5.00, Child (6-17 years) $2.00,
5 & Under Free, Family (max. 2 adults) $15.00.


The community of New Ross has helped raise cash for a new interpretive centre near the parking lot. It was not far along at this stage but the shell of buildings was scheduled to be in place early in 2015.



Here is what I encountered in sequence> These are a heritage breed of free-range birds.



Although suffering from a harsh cough Allison managed a smile.



In the distance, an old-time auction, with visitors invited to bid on handmade goods.



.Wooden goods produced in the workshop behind the auctioneer as well as preserves, vegetables and what-have-you.



And the successful bidder is...




Costumes are not unlike country garb I saw as a kid.



Arriving late, we had no bidding cards.



All great fun, notwithstanding!



Allison went snooping about the fenced Ross Farm herb garden.



Looking back toward the animal and machinery barn from my position on taking the last photo.



The Ross Farm proper is entered from the back door.



The summer kitchen annex



In the winter kitchen, heated by an open cooking hearth,  we were offered freshly baked pumpkin pie.



My two daughters made an exhaustive tour of the farmhouse.



The horse-drawn wagon tour was next on the agenda. That's the barn at left and the farm at right.



The foreground shed houses milling machinery for creating barrel staves, shingles  and other kinds of woodwork.



Geese and ducks frequent the pond at right.



.Our canvas-covered wagon passes the working blacksmith shop.



.The cooper's shed is partially seen at right.



Away from the cleared land into the woods.



Look at that blue sky.



A local old-timer and the wagoner (in straw hat) pass the time.



Seen on the return trip from the lake.



A drover tends his team of oxen.



Cathryn's photo is evocative.



Finally, a couple of workshop photos to conclude. Most shots were underexposed.



I don't recall what was being woven here. I'll add info if any of you out there know.



On the way home, a stop at the shoe store in Mahone Bay. I think Allison had some luck.



The rest of us were heavy lookers on.



.I had thought we might go out for an evening birthday party, but by then all of us were feeling symptoms of something. We therefore celebrated with fruit dishes and individual servings of birthday candle lit pudding.



Adulterated with beer and wine.



I don't recall the comment that promoted this reaction.



I admit having a good time in spite of a raspy throat.



.Allison took this end-of-day shot.



.By October 14 we all knew there would be no widespread touring in Nova Scotia so settled for this mini trip since Allison had nut been to the nearby "answer to Peggys Cove."



Some of the most photographed and painted fishing shacks in existence.



Cathy and Allison probably have a good collection of photos.



This fishing shack is actually considered a heritage building and is maintained by the government.



Allison was definitely buffering the flu or whatever.



A dark and gloomy day.



Somehow Ruth seems to be able to work under serious impediments, such as oncoming symptoms of illness.



Washday.



.We repaired to The Knot Pub that day, but lunched and drank lightly.



We all deserved "A" for "Effort." ???



.At this stage Allison was looking a bit drawn and Ruth disassociative. Cathy composed and a little distant.



Worst is, the weather was about as good as it gets.



Cathy proves she is faring better than the rest of us.



First sign of bird migration.



Under the weather with Ruth. A bit colder but nice on the deck when the sun peeked through clouds. Photo by Allison.



Ruth also had that  enigmatic look.



Nevertheless she gathered enough strength to bring out the bits of an  comforter she had knitted for me but never pieced.



Cathryn has the capacity to take on somewhat boring jobs and worry them to conclusion. She edited my writing and agreed to this chore. Allison's photo.



Once again, she came through!



It is a tough old world at times. Photo by Allison.



For her part, Allison came through with one last photo of Upper South Cove at sunset.

And then on that final damp morning... Allison brought her clarinet with her, wish I had been in listening condition and that she had been in better playing condition.

A family is a unit composed not only of children, but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

Ogden Nash

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