Canada is also celebrating Labor Day this weekend and many Nova Scotians are on the move. It is the last big weekend before the kids go back to school and the unofficial end of summer. Campgrounds and attractions are packed full so I’m taking it easy and not travelling until they all go back home. However, a bright sunshiny day should not be wasted, so on Saturday Judy Weems and I headed to Advocate Harbor for lunch in our favorite café and a visit to a gift shop that I have been wanting to check out.
In the last few days there has been a noticeable change in the air ~ days are shorter, temperatures have cooled and the leaves on the trees have started to change colors. Many of the hills around the Parrsboro area are blanketed with the bright red of ripe blueberry bushes. It was a beautiful day for a drive.
After lunch in Advocate, we drove to the driftwood beach on the edge of town, near Cape Chignecto. The beach is rocky and strewn from end to end with driftwood that has been washed white by the tides and the sun. You can pick up wood ranging in size from small pieces to whole tree trunks ~ some with the roots still attached. Much of this area is central to the legend of Glooscap, the hero of Mi’kmaq Indian lore. If you look closely at the rocky point sheltering the southern end of this cove, you can see the profile of a face that looks very similar to artistic depictions of the big guy. Maybe his spirit is still camped here . . . . . . .
The campers have been partying hard all weekend. This evening my campground neighbors had some guests that included a pair of young girls who are musically talented. With one on the fiddle and the other on the keyboard playing traditional Celtic songs, it wasn’t long before a crowd had gathered. There was foot stomping, hand clapping and dancing in the grass ~ an impromptu ceilidgh and a rollicking good time. I was invited to join one of the families for dinner, but declined since I had already eaten before the party broke out.