So much to be Thankful for!

This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Nova Scotia, and were fortunate enough to be able to host 35 (including us) of the McDonahs, representing four generations, for Dinner!  We closed out the B&B for the night so that we could get everything ready.  It was a pretty special sight to see that many of us sitting at one table.  We went around the table, one-by-one, revealing what we were thankful for.  Although the sentiments varied, I know we were all thankful to be part of such a large, fun & loving family!

Preparing to make the dressing...

Preparing to make the dressing...

A photo while setting the table

A photo while setting the table

"Turporken" - a de-boned turkey, stuffed with a pork roast, stuffed with a de-boned chicken which has been stuffed!  This one turporken would serve 25 people. We also barbecued an 8lb pork roast.

"Turporken" - a de-boned turkey, stuffed with a pork roast, stuffed with a de-boned chicken which has been stuffed! This one turporken would serve 25 people. We also barbecued an 8lb pork roast.

Some family, chatting before Dinner

Some family, chatting before Dinner

The only photo of the day with both D'Arcy & I...

The only photo of the day with both D'Arcy & I...

Everyone finding their seats...

Everyone finding their seats...

D'Arcy's sister, Kathleen, started off the "What I'm Thankful For" Circle

D'Arcy's sister, Kathleen, started off the "What I'm Thankful For" Circle

Sarah, presenting her grandfather with an "ear" of corn she'd grown just for him - it was about 5 cm long!

Sarah, presenting her grandfather with an "ear" of corn she'd grown just for him - it was about 5 cm long!

Dinner Time!

Dinner Time!

"Great" Auntie Anne with the youngest family member, Phinn

"Great" Auntie Anne with the youngest family member, Phinn

What a wonderful day we had – we are truly blessed!

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Winding Down

Fall is definitely here and our main “tourist” season is winding down.

The last boquet of glads for this year

The last bouquet of glads for this year

We have bookings though until the end of next weekend, but after that we will switch and get mostly business people throughout the winter and spring. We’ve already started getting calls for Christmas parties.

The garden is mostly harvested, the trees are turning, and it will soon be time to rake.

And rake.

And rake some more…
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The driveway was lonely & bare yesterday afternoon since last week was our final Salad Bowl Gardens delivery of the season.  What fun it was to be able to serve local, organic produce & eggs all summer!  It was also a treat to see all of our neighbours each week as they came to pick up their haul, but getting to play with Oliver was always a highlight!  Oliver certainly has a fan club at this house, although we’ll see what happens next year when he’s on the move and can get away from his fans!

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Roxanne & Oliver - who could resist those cheeks?!

Roxanne & Oliver - who could resist those cheeks?!

This week the house is full with the smells of bread and pies and cleaning supplies.  We’re having our (D’Arcy’s side) family here for Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday.  We’re expecting to host between 30-40 people, so there’s lots of preparation to do!  I’m trying to get as much done ahead as possible so that I can relax and visit when the time comes.    The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Sunday, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

DRUM!

We had a chance to get to Halifax on Saturday for a performance of DRUM! I am having a hard time putting into words just how much we enjoyed it! The show is explained in the program by the following:

“Before the Tall Ships came, there were the drums of the Mi’Kmaq, the rhythm of the rugged, beautiful lands of Nova Scotia.  For thousands of years, their songs and those of the other ancient native peoples were the only music accompanying Nova Scotia’s crashing waves.

Then came the others, displaced people all, carrying their faith and their music as precious reminders of the homes they had left behind.

First the French, who settled and farmed, transforming the ways of the old country into a new culture – the Acadian culture – as vital and rich as the new land they ploughed.

Then the Celts, the Scots and the Irish, who coloured the landscape, so like that of their homeland, with swirling tartan and the airs of the pipes, the harp and fiddle.

And north from the Thirteen Colonies and the Caribbean, the black settlers, twice dispossessed, the weavers of rhythms rooted in their African heritage and fired by hard times.

Each nation born of a timeless culture, dancing to their own rhythm, their own unique beat.

DRUM! is a gathering of all these rhythms.  It is the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia.  A spectacle of sounds, styles and traditions, ultimately coming together in a world beat grand finale.

DRUM! communicates a message to the world:  we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a stage, a country, a world.”

The show especially captured the imaginations of our own drummer, performer, and highland dancer.

The show is over for this year, but we highly recommend for anyone planning a trip to Nova Scotia at this time next year that you try to get tickets!!  We’ll definitely go again!

Afterwards, we went to the Henry House for dinner.  The Henry House was formerly the home of the Granite Brewery, where D’Arcy & I first met while working there together.  The menu and the beer remain mainly the same, and we were happy to see Mel, who is still working there on Saturday nights after all these years!

It was a fun night out, as Halifax is such an easy trip from here for the day.  We will definitely put up a reminder for guests when DRUM! comes to town next year!