Thursday, October 10, 2019

Back Amongst My Blogpeeps - Part 1

It seems like I was gone forever. One of those vacations where one can't say:"Well, time really flew!"

So many positives:

The Writers Festival which was amazing. Being around this type of environment inspires me a lot. To write no matter what. To carve out writing time without apology.

The fall colours were amazing to behold, I keep forgetting how glorious fall can be even though it's my favourite season.

My friend-host is very generous and treated me royally to the wonderful sea-cuisine of Cape Breton - this is lunch, overloaded porridge bread lobster roll. I salivate remembering it.

We had dinner at Glenora Distillery on my last night, an exquisite place, carved out of the hillside and entered via by a long driveway.


Here is the sticky toffee dessert we were served:

On another night we heard The Blue Engine String Quartet and I was blown away. They focused on Haydn (I am a huge fan of all things Haydn!)and had that wonderful skill and warmth and generosity that only a long surviving group can achieve.

At another concert (3 amplified guitars, no percussion: not a huge fan of such noise) I was totally and surreptiously amused by this artist in a corner of the performance space, oblivious to the sounds around him.

More soon - now I go to feed on your blogs........












23 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful and restorative (and much needed) break.
    And oh, those autumnal colours. I think of them as arboreal fireworks and look forward to them every year.

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    1. "Arboreal fireworks" - how perfect is that?

      it was a good break in many ways.

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  2. Oh what a wonderful retreat, the colors amazing (none appearing here as of yet) and your kind words to this ancient one bring tears to my eyes.
    Love you....

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    1. I was inspired for sure Ernestine and the writing bug re-fired up.

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  3. I can't get past the autumn foliage. Just stunning. Of course we have trees that change colour in autumn, but we don't have vast areas of them.

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    1. It is truly breathtaking Andrew, non-stop hills of it. A very precious seasonal show-off.

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  4. I'm so pleased you had a wonderful time, WWW! As everyone else has commented, those fall colours are simply stunning! Foliage here is still green, it'll be a few more weeks before I can "ooh" and "ahhhh" admiring what emerges locally, but it'll be nothing like those wonderful huge spreads of colour in your photos.

    Food looks delish, and some great entertainment too. All boxes well and truly ticked!

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    1. it was endless colour, T, one of the best stretches I've ever seen often enhanced by the blue blue ocean below. Yes many boxes were filled indeed!

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  5. Fabulous foliage, and the string quartet appears mellowly melded.

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  6. "Mellowly melded" wonderful turn of phrase. I was also so aware of the joy in their playing. I was quite transported!

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  7. Porridge Bread? and lobster, mmmm.

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    1. Yes a kind of what we called "whole wheat" in Ireland. Beautiful light flavour which didn't drown the lobster.

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  8. We were in Cape Breton Island on September 26 and 27. As yu say, the fall colours were amazing. We went right round the Cabot Trail with its stunning scenery. We also went to the Millbrook Mikmaq centre and the Gaelic College. We heard several very skilled fiddle players on our travels. But no lobster rolls for us, being vegetarians!

    Glad to know the writers' festival was so inspiring!

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    1. Oh Nick we just missed each other then! Yes, isn't the Cabot Trail stunning? I started counting all the colours and lost track. I was thinking of knitting a shawl called "Cabot Trail."

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  9. This sounds like a real good holiday. Everyting looks so nce. I am only a tiny bit envious, but you deserved it, every bit. Do tell us more.

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    1. I will Uglemore. I am still sorting out the journey and my journal, I honestly don't know how much to reveal and I don't have a clue why not. Something to do with Irish Catholic Guilt and putting a brave face on everything and offering it up :D

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  10. Glad you feel inspired, good food and good company, what's not to enjoy.

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  11. Thank you Gemma, I truly do, honouring the writing being part of it. A very important part.

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  12. Welcome back! Sounds like a great vacation. Those lovely colorful trees hit the spot.

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  13. NIce to have you back among the bloggers and I am glad that you had such a wonderful time.

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  14. What gorgeous colors! I'd have loved visiting that distillery. And lobster rolls - can't go wrong, there!

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