In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

a visit to the island

Anna and her cousin Josie came with Anna's papa (Josie's uncle) Leroy d'Entremont to look at Leroy's new lambs again.

Anna and Josie are finishing fourth grade in West Pubnico. Josie saw three kinds of terns on the way across the harbour. On the island they collected what they called artifacts: a tiny feather, a perfect snake skin with a complete head, two sea urchin shells, and the ornate foot of an old cast-iron stove. They helped me water the plants in the greenhouse and change the water in the hummingbird feeder. They ate moussaka and carrot-zucchini slaw and chocolate cake and later peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They saw the hummingbird and Josie added it to the list of birds she's keeping.They climbed into the oak tree in front of the house.
They were the first passengers on a shake-down voyage of the McNutt Island Express, which apparently has a few kinks that need to be worked out. They visited the World War II guns and went down in the bunkers where a snake raised its head and hissed at them: get away! They saw new lambs near the lighthouse. They visited the fish house, twice.
All in all they had a pretty good visit. Then they sailed away again, back to West Pubnico.


Janet said...

Looks like the start of summertime tourist season. I'm sure Anna and Josie had a wonderful time!

Piecefulafternoon said...

A delightful trip for two clever little girls.