First let me say that flying on Porter Airlines out of Toronto Billy Bishop (Island) Airport has made flying a joy again since air travel was ruined by the
I've been trying to work my way through Elizabeth Gilbert's best-seller "Eat Pray Love" with a deadline of the opening August 13 of the movie starring Julia Roberts. I got a giggle out of this title on the book stand in the Moncton airport.
One of my favourite things we did was have breakfast this morning with my mother's first cousin and my namesake, Geraldine at her home in Moncton.
She is a very gracious lady, like all the Geraldine's in our family (ahem), and told us lots of stories about life on the family farm and about family members.
We were very fortunate on Monday to go to the site of the farm which was in the family and worked for over 120 continuous years. The last farmer being Uncle Willie (my grandmother's brother and cousin Geraldine's father) who took it over at age 15 upon the death of his father and farmed it for over 60 years. We got to tour the farm house which is now owned by Acadia University, Irving Oil and Ducks Unlimited and has been restored to its former grandeur (and maybe even better) at great expense. It is being used as a research lab and dormitory facilities for a major salt marsh restoration project.
If you are at Fort Beauséjour and look due south, the closest house you'll see is the ancestral home on Brown's Road. It can also be seen looking NNW from the Nova Scotia welcome centre on the Trans Canada Highway near Amherst, NS.
Another highlight for me was going into the Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio in Amherst, NS. The lovely yarn was a little too chunky for my knitting needs but I liked so many of the rugs that are hanging on the walls.
And while visiting a newly-found cousin, Marilyn in Port Elgin, I discovered that she, too, likes to hook rugs.
Marilyn said this rug took about a year to complete. I think it was well worth the effort. It measures about 20" by 30".
I love it!
But coolest of all was getting to meet relatives we'd never met before. And for my sister and me, it all started with these folks, our maternal grandparents, Geraldine and George Anderson and their only child, our mother, Muriel.
Photo ca. 1919
Those are just a few of the highlights of our very busy week. More to come...
Did I mention I ♥ Porter Airlines?