Hello again! We're back from Nova Scotia and very much miss the fog and cool temperatures. It was uneventful as far as vacations go - a lot of sleeping, reading and wine drinking. We were in Shelburne, a small town on the South Shore where my father and his co-vivant own a 200 year old home which they've been slowly restoring since they purchased it in 2001. Here's a photo of the outside with the newest batch of shingles on top. They pretty quickly achieve the weathered look of the lower shingles.
They live on historic Dock Street where the film The Scarlett Letter was made. It's a really quaint few blocks on the water with many old houses and a few things built or restored by the film crew and left behind. Here's the Dory Shop which is also a small museum.
The Barrel Shop where they still make wooden barrels (mostly for fish) by hand. The only woman Cooper working in North America works here.
The local stockade (leftover from the movie - not in use I promise!)
Shelburne was founded by English Loyalists who fled America after the Revolutionary War. They are very proud of their Loyalist heritage and have reminders of it all over town.
I have lots more photos, but these should give you an idea. It was so wonderful to comfortably wear jeans and sweaters again, if only for a few days. We also ate tons of seafood. Scallops are my favorite and I vowed to eat them every day (sadly I missed one day in lieu of salmon). We made a few trips to Mr. Fish for scallop burgers which are breaded, fried scallops on a bun with melted cheese and tartar sauce. A much elevated version of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish. The best scallops I had were actually in Portland at a place called Street and Co. They were served with a pernod cream sauce, couscous and snap peas - so, so good.
So now it's time to head back to the sewing table. I have a long sewing to-do list and I should have at least one new creation to show you tomorrow.