A Very Short Introduction to Lubec

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You see that little Lighthouse through the tree on the left of the photo? It’s on the south end of Campobello as seen from a street in Lubec, Maine. That’s how close the two are.

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Founded in 1811, Lubec has a population of approx. 1300, not counting all the Canadians parked on stools in their bars every night.

I only had a few minutes to take shots this morning so I promise to do a better portrait of the easternmost town in the continental US in the future. 🙂

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Don’t Hate Me Saff

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I went back to the Harbour today to do some photography homework. As you can see they’ve been pulling in the last of the lobster traps and had one more day (or so) of a scallop season.

I ran into Deb’s son Dave and my friend Stanley. The latter said “but I haven’t shaved”, like that made a difference.

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We talked about how much I like living in my house and Dave mentioned that it does get cold when the wind blows. No sh*t! Anyway, Stanley told him we’re fixing that. I think I just have to wait until they run out of things to fish for a while. 🙂

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I wandered over to the other end of the Harbour and tried taking my homework shots. It’s a lot harder to do when you have to think about it.

I finally realized today that the instructors think they’re turning me into an artist. I just aim to know which buttons to push to get what I want. Artist is a long way away.

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As I was leaving I chatted briefly to a woman climbing up onto the pier (it was low tide). It was another one of those friendly conversations you have here all the time.

When I left her to make my way to my car, her son (the fisherman) called me back. He handed me a bag of 4 dozen fresh scallops (because he had too many).  I thought about my scallop loving friend in Oxford.

Sorry Saff. *grin* I love this place!

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After 6 Months

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6 months ago today I stuffed the cats into a cage in the back of a car, strapped Jamie into a doggie seat belt, loaded Ahuva’s 18 suitcases (and herself), and headed out from the West Coast to the Bay of Fundy.

A lot of people ask me “Why?”. The truth is that there are a variety of factual answers.

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I chose the location partly because of its beauty and partly (largely) because I can afford to live here.

I also chose it because it meant an adventure.

I was very disappointed in grade school when I was told there were no places left on earth to discover or explore. You and I know that teacher was wrong – but even at the age of 10 the “new” was appealing to me. I’m not alone in this.

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All of us non-indigenous residents here in North American can look at our family trees and see migrants heading out for new territory over the centuries.

On both sides of my family I have relatives who lived/died all over Canada and the US (including one man who was murdered during a Columbia River salmon fishing dispute). They can also be found in Italy, Australia and further entrenched in Scotland/Ireland/England.

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In 1909 a girl, who had just celebrated her 18th birthday, immigrated to Canada from Glasgow. She was followed by members of her family over the next few years.

Just after WWII her daughter left the family in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) and traveled 3,000 km (1900 miles) to start a new life in Vancouver. Her parents followed once her father turned 65 and retired.

My grandmother and mother headed out for new lives – it was in my genes. I’m just doing it later in life.

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So far I have to say I’m extremely happy. The Island is as beautiful as I hoped, the people are wonderful, my cats are speaking to me again, and I still see friends/family via Skype (which my ancestors didn’t have).

I have lots of time to make a place here and figure out how to contribute. Happily there are no regrets at all.

Just one part of me is having difficulty with the move – weirdly it’s my sinuses. I’ve been having the first sinus headaches of my life. Still, there’s a reason the pharmaceutical industry is thriving. 🙂

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An Efficient Mother Nature

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My Canadian readers will be able to tell instantly from this photo that Jamie is ready for the Olympics in her official team sweater. The rest of you will just have to take my word for it.

I took this image a few days ago and the weather has been through our traditional cycle twice since then.

Luckily I have these.

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The pavement was frozen but bare yesterday afternoon. At 6 it started to snow, then heavy blowing snow, then freezing rain, followed by heavy rain, and concluding with the expected flash freeze. At 6 this morning my friendly plow driver was trying to remove all the ice covered snow from the driveway. A 12 hour cycle – very efficient.

There are four pairs of boots in my mud room, but the ones with the ice cleats have saved my life a few times already.

We’ll just watch the Games and wait til the next thaw. 🙂

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Just Playing

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The oft promised heavy rain has yet to appear which made it possible to head back down to the Harbour.

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One of the things I have to play with this week for the photography course is texture. So just go with it ….

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I’ve been doing some reading to prepare for a blog post I’m planning and I realized something weird.

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I know a lot about the male ancestors on my Father’s side of the family. I know a lot about the women on my Mother’s side of the family. The reverse is not true in either case.

I’ll have to remedy that. 🙂

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Playing with the Wind

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We are back to -25C windchill, so I decided to bring in wood from the front porch. It’s less of an adventure than going across the yard to the shed.

Lots of wind usually means flocks of birds playing on the currents, and mostly that means gulls.

Today my friendly (sort of) local eagle was out there. With 4 friends!

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One of them sat on a nearby rock and I used a number of expletives to describe how big he was. They grow them large on this coast!

If I’d had my long lens on the camera you’d get pictures of all five of them enjoying themselves as a group – no aggro, no animosity, just good friends and good gossip.

I’ll try to have my equipment set up better for the next time. 🙂

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