Monday, 3 December 2018

Up Up and Away … Goodbye to Canada …




I will have arrived back in little old England and will be back in my old home town of Eastbourne … by the time you read this …


Seven Sisters and Cuckmere cottages
... having left on Thursday 29th … overnight at Calgary, arrive back at Gatwick in the middle of the morning on Saturday 1st December … being collected – I’m glad to say with my luggage! – by my brother …




I think I have a flat to go to … need to sort that out and should be in by the middle of December … a few things are planned after that – and then I’ll be settling in to normality …

Eastbourne panorama looking east towards Hastings


Reefs seen from the float plane


… my friends, and those in the various organisations I belong to – haven’t forgotten me – and so I’ll be back going to talks etc … at least my brain won’t atrophy …




The bays - Cowichan Bay

Once I’m up and settled then I’ll be back to normal – though may just take my time til early January 2019 – oh how time flyeth …



Victoria from a float plane trip





 I will miss lots about living here – it’s been a pleasure and I look forward to coming back at some stage … views to die for, opportunities not to miss,  food and vino I've enjoyed ... 






When I was out the other day ...
My wine tour was conducted by Cheers Cowichan ... and is well worth doing - they pick you up ... from all over the show - eg Villa Eyrie ... a place I'd love to visit ... 




BlueGrouseEstate Winery … present owners have knowledge of Peruvian vineyard as they lived down there … 









Avocado and Crab salad at Cow Cafe


Zanatta – lunch here … Vinoteca restaurant ... see Monday's and Friday's posts ... 









Island Oysters 'Antoine' with pernod at Cow Cafe


Enrico Winery  ... another vineyard with a difference ... 


CherryPoint – very early vineyard, then taken over by First Nations, then bought back and now a vineyard again …




Trees, trees, old and new
One last story appropriate to this ever changing world …

I was in one of the local liquor stores ... and two, what (in England) I would call construction guys - but here ... probably loggers or similar ... I'm waiting to pay by the open door ... 

Cowichan estuary looking out from a hide


... there's a heavy smell - almost dung, tobacco, brewery extracts ... I remark on it ... the cashier looks at me and looks at them ... I'm oblivious and keeping a cheery face ... 



I never saw one of these ... but love the board
letting us know they are around - wildlife will be missed


... they are in the other queue (not to say there's a queue often in this part of Canada) buying their evening drink ... 



Cannabis



I wonder where the smell is coming from ... as do the others ... but it's a sort of 'difficult' situation - anyways I pays my way and offs I go ...






Cowichan harbour - floating homes
I go in again about a week later - and the cashier says - oh you remember those guys: yes, I say ... they came in earlier today too - and as they came through, they asked me if that English lady was here??!!






History - these plots were allocated
to the early settlers ... and I have
to tell you more about these maps -
they are on show in Cobble Hill

No - she says and they apparently all have another good laugh - which I will now join in with ... they'd been smoking cannabis ... gosh it reeks and hangs around ... 

We laugh away ... with more repartee ... and comments about these working lads - and my English accent ... then I say I'm going home and she says - oh no ... I'm so enjoying your company ... I'll miss your way with words and conversation ... 





The evening sun glistening through some
of the many trees


So for now – goodbye Canada … and yes for my blogging friends I will continue with my pioneering series, 



and other things I'd like to alert you to - an art gallery, a perfumier par excellence in my book, and lots of other subjects that I've never got round to ... so Canada will continue from the coast of little old England.


Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

60 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Welcome home! That's a smell that Canadians are going to have to get used to! I'll be surprised if you encounter it in Eastbourne - Brighton might be a different matter.

Vallypee said...

Oh goodness, Hilary! I didn't realise your stay in Canada was coming to a close. I must have missed that. What a wonderful experience that was. I hope you manage to settle in back home okay. I was in England last weekend and although it felt familiar, it also felt strange to be there again. I feel that every time I go. The Netherlands has become home, but England is still so much part of me in many ways. Welcome home and wishing you a smooth settling in!

Vallypee said...

PS, the smell of cannabis is quite a familiar one here :)

Elephant's Child said...

I could be used as a sniffer dog. Camnabis makes my tummy turn.
I also hadn't realised that your time in Canada was drawing to an end. Thank you for sharing so much from your stay.

Rhodesia said...

Ha that smell, we could not go anywhere on our visit to Holland without that smell lingering and every cafe was alive with it. It sounds like you are going to really miss Canada and I can only say thank you for sharing your experience, I learnt so much about the place that I never knew before. Hope you had a happy landing and that your brother was glad to see you. We will be in the UK in another week until the end of January caring for Fil - Alzheimers. Hope that you have a good week, Diane

Susan Scott said...

Good gracious Hilary - I had no idea! WELCOME HOME! May it all go well xxx

Murees Dupé said...

Wow, it all sounds so wonderful. You always have the best stories to tell, and you experience so much. You are never afraid to try something new. And you do have an excellent way with words. I hope the settling back-in proccess goes well. Cheers😉

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
well. For us, that news was out of the blue!!! Welcome back to the old country - then, where next?! YAM xx

Hels said...

ahhhhhh Eastbourne :) If I was living in the UK again, it would definitely be on the south coast.

And if I was living long term in Canada (for the first time, as opposed to summer holidays), it would definitely be in BC.

Enjoy enjoy!

Jz said...

Aaaannnnnnddddd...
She's OFF! On to the next adventure!
Good news - I know you were looking forward to getting home.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I hope your trip home was pleasant. Funny, now that you know what pot smells like, you'll never forget it.

Fil said...

Welcome home Hilary - it's been interesting reading along with your Canadian adventures. Here's wishing you a speedy settling in process.

Joanne said...

welcome back home, but I've enjoyed your mini-tour of Canada and learned a lot from you. Good luck settling back in to your new home and catching up with old friends.

Mike Goad said...

I hope you had a good trip home.

Funny, that pot story. We've been in Colorado a couple of times since recreational use was legalized and never smelled it, though we did notice a cannabis shop or two.

We're thinking of including a bit of Canada in our travels next year. It's been too long since we were last there. I doubt that we'll be trying any pot though.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Welcome home! Wow, time certainly does fly. I've been reading quite a few of your posts, though not commenting, and it's been fascinating to hear so much about the country from your perspective.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thank you so much for your comments - really good to see you all .. it'll be a while before I'm up and running properly ... but I'll reply properly anon - cheers for now - Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like you had a great time eating your way through Canada.

Anabel Marsh said...

Welcome back from your Canadian adventure!

Victoria Marie Lees said...

I so enjoy your stories, Hilary. I think that stuff stinks, too. And YES! The smell does hang around...and around. My husband and I saw a belted kingfisher in Montana along the river. Drat! I can't remember the name of the river. The kingfisher is a beautiful bird with a forever mohawk. Safe journey and all the best getting settled in back in England. I'll look for your next post once you're settled. Merry Christmas!

Suzanne Furness said...

Welcome home, Hilary. What a fabulous adventure you have had on your travels.

Inger said...

You were away for a long time. I hope you had a safe trip and will get settled without any problems. If we don't hear from you before Christmas, I wish you a very happy one and a happy new year too.

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Botanist said...

Sad you had to say goodbye, but I hope you had a safe and uneventful journey home and will soon get settled back to life in Britain.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy for you that you're back home. I've enjoyed your stories about my northern neighborhood. And yes, pot smells like s**t.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

There is no place like home but from your posts I know that Canada grew on you and you had a great adventure.

With marijuana becoming legal in more and more places, that odor will become very prevalent.

Denise Covey said...

Hilary, a bittersweet post. Always sad to leave a place where you've been happy, but it's always good to return home to the familiar. Your time in Canada sounds mostly positive and I'll enjoy reading more. Will look forward to your return to WEP, perhaps in February?

Meanwhile, I hope the return goes smoothly with the flat and settling in and reacquainting yourself with the social like in Eastbourne.

Merry Christmas!

Denise x

Denise Covey said...

Forgot to say, that cannabis story - what a hoot!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi everyone ...I'm in the library ... so will get back to commenting when I can get into Eastbourne...but so appreciate seeing you all here ...and thanks for your well wishes - cheers Hilary

Lisa said...

Hilary, what a lovely time you had in Canada! Thank you for sharing it with us. I am totally unfamiliar with that area so really enjoyed your version of it.
I hope the settling in goes smoothly and I'm very sure you're going to find a lot there to write about on this blog. Can't wait to hear what you find!
Love the cannabis story! It's funny they (the young men) remembered you!

Jacqui Murray said...

That is a good story. The smell of smoked stuff--be it cigs or cannabis--clings doesn't it? Not that I'd know for either. I just don't want to be around it so it ends up clinging to me!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Lisa and Jacqui... good to see you - more anon ... the cannabis story was funny though ... cheers Hilary

Liz A. said...

Oh yes, that is a distinctive smell, but one you wouldn't know of unless you had smelled it before. Around these parts, it could be either weed or skunk. (Yes, we have skunks. I've seen them.)

I had no idea your extended stay was coming to an end. Welcome home.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Once I would not know what that smell was but 20 years ago we got a neighbour who smoked the stuff so now I know what it smells like.

I hope you quickly settle back into living in England

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Wow! Back home, nice. It's must be fun, exciting, and a bit weird too. :-)

I love the story at the store. Nice of the cashier to let you in on it.

Lynda Dietz said...

Hilary, I don't know anyone who has explored and enjoyed an extended visit more thoroughly than you have. And thank you for sharing all your discoveries with us! Glad you're home safely.

Karen Lange said...

Welcome home! I'm glad to hear you're back in your neighborhood. It's been fun hearing about your adventures on the other continent. Fun too, seeing your perspective on things. Take care and enjoy your week! :)

Debby Gies said...

I hope you had safe travels Hilary. I'm thrilled you enjoyed my country so much. Thank you for doing it justice with all your historic postings. Enjoy your Christmas holidays now back at home with family. <3

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Lovely to see so many of you ... thank you for your well wishes - all well ... slow but, that's the way it is ... I'll get settled, once in flat next week - by Christmas I should be just about there! Cheers for now - Hilary

Keith's Ramblings said...

Welcome back to the Suntrap of the South. Eastbourne looks very different from when you left it! Happy unpacking!

Julie Flanders said...

Glad to hear you are back home and getting settled in! I'm sure you are thrilled to be home and your friends and family are even more thrilled to have you back. I loved reading about your Canadian adventures and will now look forward to more from lovely England.
Take care!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Our country will feel a little bit emptier without you!

Hope your trip home was safe and pleasant, and that you settle back in without hardship. Happy Holidays!

David P. King said...

Welcome back to your old home! Looks and sounds awesome. In case I don't see you again before 2019, have a safe and Happy Holidays! :)

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Your moving? I think moving will be a good thing. Brings new perspective to our brains.

Teresa

cleemckenzie said...

There are so many beautiful places on our planet that are beautiful and interesting. I wish I could visit all of my favorites, but that's just not possible. Glad you had such a great time in Canada, and I know you'll be back into your activities in GB soon.

Elsie Amata said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your time there and I'm certain you touched many lives during your stay.

One time my youngest asked, "What's that strange smell from Ms. Smith's yard?" (our neighbor). I replied I think a skunk sprayed. haha Now my child is older and knows the real truth.

Elsie

retirementreflections said...

Yikes, I am so sad that you are gone already. Please come back soon!
Until then, I look forward to reading what you have in store for us.

Romance Reader said...

Awesome. I'm glad you gad such a great time!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Wonderful to receive more well wishes for my return ... all well - just going slow - but will get back into swing of things - thanks so much for coming by - be back anon ... cheers Hilary

sage said...

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John Holton said...

Looks like you had a good time! I'll look forward to seeing the rest of the series.

Mark Noce said...

Looks lovely! As for Britain, I just got back from there a while back. Loved seeing the White Cliffs, Oxford, and even Wales! :)

Hels said...

Other than home (Australia), I have only lived in two countries for at least two years - Israel and the UK. And even though Tel Aviv and London were never going to be permanent, I had put roots down and was still miserable in having to leave :(

M. Denise C. said...

Glad you made it safely home. Yes, time does fly. Have a wonderful December!

Lenny Lee said...

welcome home Grandblogmom!

your story about the two guys smoking ganja (that's what Cannabis is called in Jamaica) made me laugh. too funny! you sure have some interesting experiences.

i'm glad you got to do some wine tours and got to eat a lot of seafood whilst you were in B.C. i'll look forward to more posts about your time in Canada.

don't forget to change "About Me" on the side panel of your blog.

hope you're getting settled in and getting things sorted out. i'm so happy you'll be getting back with friends and going to lectures, etc.

love you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks so much to you all ... and Lenny thanks for the reminder about the 'About Me' ... I'll change it soon ... getting sorted for move into flat next week - and then a bit of time when I need to sort the new situation out ... hope to be up and running just before Christmas ... I 'need my machine'!! Cheers to you all ... Hilary

Nilanjana Bose said...

Oh, I didn't realise you were moving back! I have so enjoyed reading your Canada posts. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

Happy transitions and wish you all the joys of the season. Going away is good fun, coming home is great too!

Theresa Milstein said...

Welcome home! Looks like a lovely visit. I've been to Montreal a couple of times, and I ate very well! Next year, I hope to head to Quebec.

Sherry Ellis said...

You were in Canada a long time! It sounds like you saw and did a lot of things. It must have been a great experience!

Susan Kane said...

Big changes for sure. It must be like being in a brand new country, not one you know.

Medical cannabis is available here in Calif. Getting a Dr. prescription is not at all difficult--which is a weak link in control--but I am glad. My migraines are disabling, one big reason I retired from teaching.

Keep the info rolling in.

David Gascoigne said...

Hello Hilary: It occurred to me this morning that I hadn’t heard from you for a while and I checked your blog to see if all was well, and I find that you have left us and returned to Blighty. Thanks for such illuminating commentaries during your sojourn here. I will look forward to hearing from you again when you resume in the new year. All the best for the holidays. May 2019 be fabulous for you.