Back in Saint John – September 14-17

We left the B&B in Wolfville for our appointment at Canadian Tire in New Minas. Murray deposited me at a nearby Tim Hortons. He returned an hour later. Canadian Tire had run the diagnostic and found that the part that had failed was on recall so they suggested we go to the Hyundai dealer, as they would fix it at no cost. We did that and Hyundai managed to get us in immediately. Another hour later, the car was fixed for free and we were on our way to Saint John.

The GPS routed us back to the Halifax vicinity, then up to Truro, where we got back on the trans Canada all the way to Saint John. It was only 4.5 hours of driving, which seemed amazing. These provinces are really small compared to western Canada.

When we arrived at Jill’s, a transformation had taken place. She had hired landscapers to tame her yard, bring in fill to change the contours, and put down grass seed. When we had arrived in August, the house was hidden behind bushes and there was a jungle of bushes and brambles between the deck and the river’s edge. This time, the bushes were gone and the yard was wide open. It was much easier to see the house and the driveway was covered in a fresh grey gravel mixture. The view of the river is spectacular. When the grass gets established, the yard will be like a park.

Jill greeted us warmly and treated us to her usual great hospitality. On Saturday, Murray happily drove off to the golf course. I think he needed some “alone” time. Jill and I went downtown to the City Market and browsed a bit, then picked up some things for dinner. We dropped off the shopping at the house then went for a drive out to St Martins, which is on the Fundy coast, northeast of Saint John. It’s a beautiful drive, through forest to start then along the coast. At St Martins, there is a small harbour, where the water was at low tide. In fact, there was really no water in the harbour and the boats were balanced on the sand, using wooden cribs to keep them upright. The fishermen drop the cribs under the boats when the water is higher. At high tide, the rims of the boats would be level with the dock, making it easier to offload the catch of the day. There were lobster traps stacked neatly on the wharf.

Near the harbour was a covered bridge and two quaint little gift shops, where we had to stop to browse.  From the harbour, we drove to a beach area where there are restaurants overlooking the water and caves that have been carved into the cliff by the sea. Since it was low tide, we were able to walk out far enough to have a close look at the caves.

We then drove to the start of the Fundy trail, a highway that goes up the Fundy coast for several miles, then stops at a dead end. The province intends to build it all the way to Fundy National Park eventually.

On the way back, we noticed another covered bridge, close to the harbour and a small dam, so we went over to take a look. All the covered bridges we have seen are only wide enough for one lane of traffic, so it’s important to stop before entering to make sure nobody is coming.

We went back to the city see what Murray was up to. On the way back, we could see that there were dark clouds ahead and there were several lightning strikes. Murray arrived soon after we got home. He had succeeded in playing 18 holes of golf with a threesome who were all Korean. They spoke little English so it was a quiet round of golf.

The storm we had seen building on the drive home arrived before evening set in. It was pretty intense. Lots of thunder and lightning and heavy rain. We could see a couple of the local party boats out on the water and didn’t envy those folks at all.

On Sunday, we called Malcolm and Rys on Skype so we could wish Malcolm a Happy 65th Birthday. It was nice to see their faces and catch up on family news, as well as wedding and baby news. Afterwards, Murray went off to find a liquor store and Jill and I went for a nice long walk in the neighbourhood. It’s pretty easy to understand why people would want to live in this area. The Kennebecasis River is so huge it looks more like a lake. I think it’s wider than the Okanagan! Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, so there were lots of sailboats out enjoying one of the few remaining days of summer. The chill of autumn is already evident in mornings and evenings.

Jill’s Mom and Dad, Marilyn and Wayne, joined us for dinner and we had a great evening, full of  laughs.

Murray and I decided to stay one more day, just in case Sarah’s baby arrived, in hopes that we could steal a cuddle or two before leaving for the US. Jill had to work on Monday, so we saw her briefly at breakfast before she left. Murray went to the golf course, to try to get on for another game but they had a tournament on. Instead we went downtown to wander about. We found our way to the City Market and the pedways to the shopping centres. When we walked past a salon and spa, I went in and arranged to have a pedicure, leaving Murray to read his book at Starbucks. Afterwards, we had lunch, then went to the market to pick up some things to make dinner a little simpler.

Sarah was able to join us for dinner. She was looking very much ready for her baby to be born, however her doctor had determined that morning that the baby wasn’t coming yet. We had a nice dinner together, then she headed off to visit one of her paediatric patient families on the way home. As we relaxed for the rest of the evening, we could hear the honking of flocks of geese overhead, getting ready for the long trip south. Fall is definitely around the corner. We have seen a few trees with red or orange leaves here and there but the forest is mostly green right now. Although we are excited about seeing the beautiful colours of fall foliage, we are not looking forward to cooler temperatures and shorter days.


One comment

  1. jill jollineau · · Reply

    What a treat to have Murray and Diane here this weekend. Sure wish I could have shown off a little one while they were here but it was great to have them spend time with Mom and Dad and Sarah. Safe travels my friends and come back anytime.

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