Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bittersweet Farewell

How time flies when you're having fun!
After almost three wonderful weeks
in my native Nova Scotia, 
it was time to say goodbye.

We Five:  Bertie, Barb, Louise (Me), Roy, and Donnie
One Last Photo Together (This Trip!)
Digby Waterfront, Nova Scotia, 2014

It's always bittersweet to leave
my sisters and brother.

Except for Terry, 
there is no one I'd rather spend time with
than my awesome siblings.

We get each other.
We always have one another's backs.
And boy, do we have fun together!
Often ridiculous fun!

Do you and your family 
do ridiculous things together?

We have a tradition of rolling down 
the steep grassy hills 
of Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal.

Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal, 
Nova Scotia, 1930 

Our newest niece Jeannie 
married our nephew Neil in 2012.

Jeannie and Neil
Moana Surfrider, Waikiki, 2012

There was no way 
she could escape Nova Scotia this year, 
without rolling down a Fort Anne hill
for the first time.

Jeannie is an awesome sport,
and she is now an official member of the family!

Jeannie Rolls

We don't have to do anything special.
It's enough just to be together.

Roy, Nat, Else, and Bob

Bertie with her FIL Bob

BR:  Donnie, Susan, Roy,
FR:  Barb, John, and Louise

Barb, Sara, and I
Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotia, 2014

Families are the best!!!!!

'Til next time ~
Love and miss you guys terribly!


  1. Looks like a special time with your family. The video of them rolling down the hill is funny. Bet that makes a great sledding hill in the winter.

    1. Hi Alex! I have to admit, I've never gone sledding down that hill, but I bet it would be a blast! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  2. lol can't say I've ever thought of rolling down a hill haha but looked like fun indeed. Sounds and looks like a grand time was had as you visited NS's pad.

    1. We did have a grand time, Pat! This sounds really weird, but the day after my father's memorial service, we five sibs, my SIL Sue, my fifty-nine year old mother, and my then fiancé Terry, all went and rolled down the hill at Fort Anne together ~ we were so dizzy and laughing loudly. Then we went out for a Chinese dinner together, something Dad used to love to do. It felt so great, just the finishing tribute to Dad. Have a great weekend!

  3. Your hill rolling activities reminds me of that English village where they roll the cheese down the hill and chase it!

    1. That sounds like fun. We'd probably join in, catch the cheese, and make grilled cheese sandwiches! Have a good one!

  4. Oh Louise, I got such a laugh watching the hill roll video. Your family looks like fun. Oh, to be that silly! I just got done visiting with my sisters for a week. We've never rolled down a hill....but it looks like great fun.

  5. Hi Peggy! I was just checking my blog before packing my computer and heading out the door. I'm glad you got a laugh watching the video. Some people think our family is C–R–A–Z–Y ~ but we do have fun. I'm happy to hear you got to spend a week with your sisters. Have an awesome long weekend. I'm going to catch up on your blog in the mountains! It was so good to hear from you! Take care!

  6. What a great time, and your photos are lovely! I also love the old photo of Annapolis Royal!

    1. Thanks, Linda! It hasn't changed much in Annapolis Royal, except the bridge is gone. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Hi Terry! I hope that you are enjoying your weekend! Hopefully it's a lighter workload with Boomer and Ben gone.

  8. I admire your excellent relationship with siblings, Louise. That's something to be treasured.

    1. Thanks, Geo. And I do treasure our relationship. It's one of the greatest gifts in my life. I hope you are having an enjoyable long weekend.

  9. You had a wonderful time together. But togetherness makes it all difficult to say goodbye. However, you guys have good memories to remember each other which would make little easier to say goodbye. Thanks.

    1. Hi Sangay! Thank you for your thoughtful comment! And thank you for following my blog! I've been traveling and off-line for a while, so I'm not sure when you joined. But thank you, thank you! I look forward to enjoying yours.

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    1. Just me battling with my computer! Arrggghhhh!!!!!

  11. Family ~ let's see ~~ I think you have it in spades, Louise ~~ there's a card reference for you. (winks)

    Hold on tight to what you got
    ( as in the music video with Frankie Valli )

    I think you guys just need to lift you feet a wee bit higher and enjoy.


  12. Hi Ron! I'm behind on my emails, so I didn't realize this comment was here. I'm coming down the home stretch when it comes to catching up, though! Yeah! Love Frankie Valli! Have you seen "Jersey Boys Yet?" Fantastic. I'm about to head over to Parkway for FNDN with T. Have a great evening!


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