Home! Home away from home, the home I share with Jamie, 3 cats and a lively dog. It is early but the day is light before 6 am. This morning was so special. We kept our bedroom window open so waking was a dream – light rainfall and singing birds. The scent drifting in of damp, living earth and new, fragrant green. I enjoy mornings most in the spring.
I wanted to write to you to share this past weekend when I was still in the woods in Nova Scotia. It was really special, my whole visit but I take so many photographs of this lovely earth that I thought I would focus on just one day, Sunday. So from my little work room, with the early grey light, candles lit and sage burning, I am writing to you dear friends
Sunday was my last full day spending time with family in Nova Scotia. I fill my days when I visit with walking with dogs, sitting by rivers, visiting the sea and just feeling content in such simple things. I love walking with the dogs (I always bring Henry) because they are so free – my heart soars with a sense of freedom watching dogs run free! I had done everything i had wanted to do during this visit – visit my sister in the city, hunt for crystals, visit the ocean, the waterfalls, lie down in some moss for a while (very important life giving things 😀 ) and had completely forgotten that I wanted to find a legendary spot that i had only heard tell of – a massive brick chimney standing alone in a wood.
Sunday was pouring rain and I thought that I wouldn’t have a chance, so to be content staying indoors
So, you can imagine it was really raining! The house is situated near a river, lake and right by the Atlantic ocean so when it rains, it really rains. After lunch there was a lull and I just decided to trust it and get out on my bike to see if I could find this spot. With Henry and Merlin we biked to the top of the hill and ventured into an old forest path for the cattle that once lived here and forestry. My Mom had given me very vague instructions on how to find it, across the lake was about all I had to go on.
I admit, I got lost and almost gave up – when I realized that i had a cell phone and there was miraculously service! So I called home and got directions based on where I was. Across a marsh (I wore rainboots!), through a field and to my surprise in someones backyard – a massive free standing crumbling chimney. I felt like I was back in Ireland looking at ruins! Although, I was a little apprehensive of the window that looked out right at me!
Many moons ago I worked in a small museum during a summer in rural Nova Scotia. One of my little jobs was to transcribe a diary written by a man who lived in the area in the 18th century – he was prosperous and had grand plans of building mills and lumber yards around the area. He discussed his home which sounded extremely luxurious (the older homes here are simple wooden farm houses) with more than one fireplace! I started to imagine that this chimney was part of his phantom house (the historian who would stop in told me they hadn’t a clue where this spot was but suspected it was close to the area where our house is).
As I was taking a couple of pictures, the woman in the house came out and stood on her porch yelling at me “THOSE BRICKS FALL, BE CAREFUL!” the dogs shot over to her and before I know it, I’m with Louise talking about the house that once stood there. She knew a lot about it because it was her husband’s family home from 200 years earlier. The chimney she told me, became so unstable that a company actually came in to dismantle the old home. She was on her way to a Ceilidh, so we didn’t chat too long but I did enjoy listening to her talk about it and her life in the brief time! I miss studying history and folklore and listening to older people talk about a very different time. It was really for the best that I started my trek back because the rain wasn’t over.
I quickly made my way back to my bike, it seemed a lot quicker on the way home. I wasn’t marvelling at much on the way back, I really sensed the rain. When we get home, the sky opened right up and the rain fell in torrents. I can’t help but think that brief time was allotted to us for our wee adventure. It was very special.
As I resigned to stay indoors for the rest of the day – watching TV with my mom after dinner – the sunset broke right through the clouds! I wonder if you have experienced this? It is spectacular sight. Without thinking, we got up and went for a walk! My Mom said it was the earth’s way of saying goodbye to Henry and I ❤
Now it is past 7 am, the cats are all outside, Jamie and a dog are still sleeping and I am feeling happy and full with recounting this to you. Thank you so much for joining me and I do hope you enjoyed seeing the chimney 🙂 Perhaps it is dull to most, but I love this kind of history especially when it is just a bike ride and forest ramble away!
Blessed day to you !!