Little T and I arrived bleary eyed and jet-lagged to the colour spectacular that is Autumn in Canada and started to take in the all of the houses covered in siding, the front gardens decorated for Halloween and the enormous lakes everywhere. It really is a lovely place to behold.
Lucky for us it was Thanksgiving weekend and as my sister also has a passion for good food and cooking, I got to eat a golden roasted turkey with all of the trimmings, covered in freshly made cranberry sauce. Of course there was no other way to finish this beautiful meal than with a slice of home baked pumpkin pie. What a wonderful welcome it was!
A very typical way for families to spend an October Sunday in Nova Scotia is to go pumpkin and apple picking on the nearby farms. Wanting to make sure that we got the full Canadian experience, we all jumped in the car and drove down to the quaint and gorgeous Annapolis Valley to do just this. Despite the day being really rather chilly, Little T and his cousins had an absolute blast, running from one bright orange pumpkin to the next, trying to find the biggest one in the patch. The tractor ride into the apple orchard was undoubtedly Little T's favourite part, he smiled from ear to ear as we bumped over tree roots and ducked to avoid apple laden branches on the way.
We did a fair bit of sightseeing over the two weeks, visiting small little towns dotted along the coast, admiring the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocks at the bottom of a red and white lighthouse and walking along the docks of Halifax harbour. I got to go to some of my favourite shops and bought some of my favourite things including several bags of candy melts, Hershey's choc chips, Reeces peanut butter cups and even a Crochet Dude hook. If only airlines didn't have a limited baggage allowance...
The best part of the entire trip for me was definitely spending lots of quality time with my sister, reminiscing about the good old times, sharing new stories and getting to know each other all over again. Here's hoping that we don't have to wait another decade to do it again!