Number 1- The Lunenburg Academy- This building is known as the castle on the hill. When we first moved here it was still the elementary school, but is now in transition. On the top floor is LAMP, the Lunenburg Adacdemy of Music Performance. We play basket ball to the left of this photo and get to hear live, world class music wafting from the windows.
The Lunenburg Library will soon be moving downstairs. This building is a two minute, bee line walk from my home.
2-The Back Harbour Trail - When the trail is passable, and it usually is, Lego and I walk down the cemetery hill and hit the path. I try to mix up my walks sometimes, but find that I always fall back on the peace and quiet of the old railroad bed. I am always amazed at how we are often alone, or may bump into only a couple of other walkers. Such a far cry from nature trails in a city, where you are forced to learn the rules of the road or get run over. Lego's habit of walking in a zig zag pattern bothers no one at all. The entire trail is 5 km, but it hooks up with a longer trail system and you can bike all the way to Halifax and beyond. One day, one day.....
3-Sidewalks - After five years of living in the country, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, NY, where walking on the edge of a winding rural road meant taking your life in your hands, I vowed to find a home with sidewalks. As a young girl, I lived in Montreal and loved the autonomy of my life on the street with my gang of children. I loved getting my weekly ten cent allowance and walking to the variety store and blowing it all on candy.
It was very important to me that my son would be able to walk to a friend's house or the playground or the corner store to spend (my money) on candy. Mission accomplished.
4- The Dog - Lunenburg is a dog's dream. There is no such thing as tying your dog up outside of a shop. Bring 'im on in! Can I give him a treat? Town hall, several shops, the bank and the post office all have hidden stashes of treats and Lego makes sharp turns in front of his favourite establishments.
5- The Post Office - This is Lego's favourite destination, hands down. Between Troy and Karen, who spoil him rotten and "Two Treat Fridays" I have to watch that I don't get yanked off my feet when opening the door to drop off a package. The post office was where I first learned about "how we do things in Nova Scotia" and I mean that in the best way possible. When I first moved here, seven years ago, I went to deliver a hat and discovered that the small box would cost $30 to ship. I was somewhat panicked. The man behind the counter, put up the closed sign and while seven people behind me patiently waited, he opened my box, cut it down by an inch, resealed it, taking $20 off the shipping cost. Since that initial experience I have had postal workers carry boxes out to my car for me and even calls at home when it was known that I was anxiously awaiting a shipment of labels.
Emocean and swim any time of the day or night. Now that I'm writing about it, I think it might be time to take up the habit again.
Alec Brown, an architect in Halifax. It gets quite a bit of attention and people drive by regularly to snap a photo. Yes, the house is beautiful. Inside is the epitome of peace and openness, but what I love best is the woman that lives within. She is the neighbourhood grandma. All the children ring her doorbell for cookies and if Lego could reach the doorbell he would ring it, too, because Margaret always has a biscuit for him. I am surrounded by great neighbours. Can I borrow an egg or maybe a dozen eggs, a cup of sugar or an onion? These requests circulate freely around our little block.
wood worker who built me the most beautiful little shop.
I love showing off this amazing room in my house, so if you are in Lunenburg, please stop by for a visit. You can head to my website to see more photos of the inside.
There is so much that I left out - great restaurants and shops, festivals and performances, places to skate, play tennis and golf.
I promised a couple of blog posts ago that I would not get political here and I won't. Really. I just want to say that the other voice that is heard from me comes from my true adoration of this place and my desire for as many people as possible to be able to come and share this dream. This kind of beauty needs to be shared.