Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Maritimes

Sara, here is a map of Canada and you see down to the bottom right, are the Maritime Provinces, New Brunswick which is tucked next to Quebec, Nova Scotia & Cape Breton Island to the east of that, Prince Edward Island tucked at the top inbetween and then there are Newfoundland and Labrador which are up to the north and which are very wild and beautiful, very short growing season, both take the brunt of the Atlantic Ocean weather.  Newfoundland has spectacular scenery I'm told.  The link here is directly to the Maritime Provinces.  Our Provinces are very large compared to most of your States.  Jean from Mill Bay lives in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada where her daffodils and tulips are blooming long before ours here in Ontario and you see how far south we are and how far north and west she is.  She may tell you the secret as to why her weather is so good and why Canadians love living on the west coast of Canada and not so much on the east coast of Canada.  New Brunswick in particular have very harsh winters.

Rosey, who learned all the States in the United States of America in school but I don't think the American children were taught much about Canada.  We've sort of been a knob on top of the United States...but we have many natural resources that interest the US.


At April 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Duh! And I've been there! When we went on our cruise out of Boston 2 Sept. ago we went to Nova Scotia. The tides at the Bay of Fundy 42 feet. How quickly we forget. Bought the book "Evangeline" at a local book store. Funny that the Scotch-Irish people settled there, and also in No. and So. Carolina up country where my people come from. I could have been a Canadian. "A"!
Actually I hate cold weather, even though DH and I are the skin cancer king and queen, I can't imagine living in cold country all the time.
Right now we are having "soft" weather, supposed to have 3-5 inches of rain by this time tomorrow. Everything is green, but I hope the sun shines on Easter Sunday.
Sara in rainy Fla.

At April 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Sara, I knew you'd been there because of your trip a few years ago. Wondered if you'd remember what the provinces there are called.

I cannot imagine living with the heat of Florida from May to September...I was in Miami years ago before air-conditioning was prevalent in cars and when I stepped out of the plane at the airport, my heels sunk into the melting tarmac. The drive up the coast was equally suffocating, I had my head out the window trying to breathe. it's all in what you get used to and where you live or prefer to live. I love the changing seasons, winter of course is too long and it gets to us all, that's why we fly south to Sara's land.

At April 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

I think Nova Scotia translates from "New Scotland"? Seems like I learned that somewhere, sometime. I also read that the Scots liked the Appalachian mountains because it resembled their highlands, but I don't know if that's exactly true. However, a lot of the old family names sound Scottish.

Rosey P - I can not imagine trying to live in Florida with no A/C, nor anywhere along the Gulf coast, either. Ugh .....

At April 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

There was a blip in the paper a few days ago, on how people live in Fla. year round. They go from their air conditioned houses to their air conditioned cars to their air conditioned jobs!
My DH grew up in So. Fla. before AC was common. Life was at a slower pace, the roads were 2 lane, not 6, and lots more trees and vacant lots to play in. When they were really hot they went to a community pool or to the beach. People slept with fans and their windows open, wore cotton clothes.
Does anyone remember going to church and having fans with the name of the local funeral home on the back?
Sara in Fla. where we didn't have quite so much rain as they said, just about 1 inch total.

At April 21, 2014 at 6:15 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

The world is advancing slowly into chemical disintegration. I know that having sprays for mosquitoes must have helped Florida develop into a more comfortable place to be and certainly air-conditioning (molds)provides comfort for many and a living for some. But the fact is, we are living in an artificial world and if you are aware of the ice cap melting in the Canadian Arctic, you may be more aware that our world and weather patterns are changing and not for the better.

Sara, what a hoot having the funeral parlour listed on the fans in church. Very expedient advertising wouldn't you say.

I am raking up spruce cones, millions of the little devils at the same time I have ice mounds in the garden. We have a wedding party coming in here on May 9/10 and they want to take pictures outside. Means the pool has to be opened and cleaning and functioning just fine (always machinery breaks down when you need it, the law of the country) and we've had so much tree damage with limbs breaking off, the spruce cones are like a scrunchy carpet beneath our feet. Life is changing. I'll bet your hubby misses Florida, Sara, as it was, instead of what it is now. The condominiums alone are eventually going to sink Florida.


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