We left Cape Breton yesterday morning and arrived in the Mahone Bay area by mid afternoon. Myrna, the penpal that I inherited following the death of my mother-in-law almost 15 years ago, and her husband, Ronnie, met us in town. What a wonderful moment that was! Before leading us to the campground, they took us to Tim Horton’s. Myrna says she never goes into town without stopping for an ice capp and Ronnie loves coffee as much as Richard does. On the way to Tim Horton’s, they had country music playing on the radio. Richard mentioned that we enjoy listening to country and that led to an immediate invitation for an evening of entertainment! They spend every Tuesday evening in a crowded little country hall listening to local musicians perform. Last night was a lively evening with a 1950s theme. Some of the performers were quite talented while others were just having a good time. We enjoyed being introduced as Myrna’s “adopted” kids!
Our home for the next week is a lovely spot in a riverside campground a few miles from Ron and Myrna’s house. We can listen to the water as we fall asleep! Unfortunately, the weather here isn’t much better than it was farther north. Everyone assures us that the rain and fog we’ve been experiencing so far is unusual for this time of year but the forecast for the next few days looks like more of the same.
We spent the morning catching up on laundry and made a quick trip to a local building supply store to pick up a length of one inch dowelling that makes a perfect support for the corner of the trailer and should help us make it home without having to stop for repairs.
Ronnie picked us up at 2 o’clock and we spent the remainder of the day in their home overlooking the bay at Indian Point. We shared many memories and poured over family photos that we brought with us as well as ones that Myrna had been saving to show us. She presented us with a lovely family photo of the two of them with their nine grown children.
Five of Ron and Myrna’s children live nearby and we had the privilege of meeting two of them this evening. Son, Lindy, and his wife, Carol, who live just down the road, came over for dinner which began with a wonderful feed of steamed mussels. There’s nothing quite like seafood fresh from the ocean! From the window, we could see Lindy’s boat moored just offshore. If the weather clears, he plans to take us out for a tour around the local islands. Needless to say, I’m praying for a change in the weather! Daughter, Daphne, and her son, Joel, came over after dinner for a visit. We feel completely at home with these people and we all continue to marvel at a penpal relationship that has gone on for almost 70 years and has moved into a second generation!