A Busy Fall

I was mortified this morning to realize that the last time I posted here was on August 23rd!  Needless to say, it’s been a very busy fall…

D’Arcy & I are each back teaching school.  He is at a new school, just a five minute drive from our home, across the Salmon River where guests go to see the Tidal Bore.  He is teaching Grade 7 & 8 Math & Science and seems to be enjoying it, despite having all new preps.  I am back at the Nova Scotia Community College, teaching the second year of the Tourism Management diploma program.  I am with the same students I had last year, and this semester they are taking Law for the Tourism Manager, Financial Decision Making, Service Marketing, Rooms Management, Human Resource Management, Ecology & Conservation, and Meeting & Event Planning.  It’s an intense program!

We continued to welcome guests straight through until the end of October, when things naturally slow down.  My classes are scheduled to start at 9:30 each morning which gives me time to serve breakfast to our guests before running out the door, leaving my parents, Dave & Deanna, to chat, give travel tips, and look after cleanup!  We are very fortunate that they live so close to us and are willing to help out!

We had a beautiful fall and hosted Thanksgiving for our families again this year.  It has become tradition!  This year, we were fortunate to host 36 McDonahs & Clarks at our table.  Our 33lb. turkey came from a local farm, veggies & cranberries from the farmers’ market and carrots from our very own garden!!  We do all the cooking ourselves and ask our family only to bring donations for the Food Bank.  It was a wonderful meal and we have so much to be thankful for.

A hot pepper in our garden!

Some of the carrots we picked for our Thanksgiving Dinner.

Cranberries from the Truro Farmers' Market, about to be made into sauce.

Our fresh 33lb. turkey, ready for the oven. The photo just doesn't do justice to the actual size of this bird!

A trip to the Pumpkin Patch for pumpkins. Doesn't everyone pick pumpkins in a shirt & tie?

The table, set for 36

Family

Cousin fun on the front lawn.

Anne's parents, Dave & Deanna

D'Arcy with his mom, Fran

Three of D'Arcy's brothers and a nephew.

Anne with our great-nephew, Phinn

Giving Thanks for our many blessings!

A hamper full of food for the NSCC Campus Food Bank!

The first weekend in November, we were fortunate to have a night away at the beautiful Colby House Bed & Breakfast in Sydney, NS, while attending the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association (NSBBA).  Bev & Gordon were wonderful hosts, as usual, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  I have been the marketing director for the association for the past six years, and stepped down at this year’s AGM.  Bill Monk from A Seafaring Maiden in Annapolis Royal has taken over my position and for that I am extremely grateful!  I haven’t totally stepped away – I will represent NSBBA on the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council which I have a great interest in.  Change is good!

The last week in November, we spent four nights in Halifax attending the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s  (TIANS) annual Tourism Summit.  I was luckly to be able to have my students attend this year as well. The conference was wonderful and deserving of its own post – I came home with many new ideas.  One of the many things I learned at the information sessions is that “Less is more”, so with that I wish you a great weekend and promise to update again more regularly!

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