Russ and I were in Woodstock with all his siblings and spouses and believe you me, I wished I was right back here and not in that boilermaker town!
Understand Susan and Ian McKay, our cottage neighbours, were in swimming on the Tuesday as were many others across our area. Record high temps for this time of the year and perhaps matched the highs during our official summer months.
Oh well, I can only dream that we will have one more of those days before the bridge comes down!
On Sunday, Miriam and I, accompanied by Russ, drove through heavy fog to Halifax, but once we crossed the MacKay Bridge the fog lifted and a beautiful but breezy morning transpired. We were headed to the CIBC Run for the Cure for Breast Cancer. We were part of a 36-member team, Marge's Breast Buddies – a small part of a huge group of men, women, kids and dogs who were taking part in this event.
There was run, a 5K and a 1K walk through the downtown streets of Halifax---no big hills, thank heavens--but we did it! The Garrison grounds featured a large stage area where before the start of the event, survivors were called up, years of surviving recounted and the crowd responded with huge cheers for these brave women. My goal was to raise $300 but as of today I received $508.40 with huge thanks to all my donors.
Now a couple of weeks ago I mentioned a new publication available in our area entitled "Hidden Gems of the Northumberland Shore" which features articles, events from Amherst to Pictou. A must read for everyone. Now we found a new "Hidden Gem" in our area and it won't remain hidden for long.
Malagash is noted as a prime tourist area, partly due to Jost Winery, and now we have a new place to stay! Alex and Valerie Skinner purchased the old senior's home on the Malagash South Shore Road several years ago and have converted this large building into a fantastic B&B called "MeHomeBy" B and B.
It has a Newfoundland twist, with the name and all six wonderful guest rooms are called after Newfoundland places. Sounds like Valerie has cooked up a terrific breakfast menu for all her guests.
The large veranda overlooks Tatamagouche Bay and the whole venue features down east hospitality. It is always a thrill when new enterprises start up in our area and I am sure their name will be proudly displayed on our entrance sign along with a couple more.
There are several other terrific places to rent in our area, either just for the summer or year round, such as Rochinda Tilt's Saltscapes and Nancy MacKenzie's Pearl of the Bay and Periwinkle cottages, and Bev's "Lou's Cottage" and I am sure there are many more.
All in all, Malagash is a wonderful place to live and it is always exciting to be able to welcome our tourists.
Jost Winery is holding their annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. Not sure right at the moment who will be supplying the music but know it will be great as usual. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, Nov. 12, they will be holding their Christmas Open House.
Thanksgiving is next Sunday. Please, let's all give Thanks for the wonderful country we all live in. Tragedy does happen to good people, and all who are suffering, grieving and downright scared, need our thoughts and prayers. Woke up this morning to the news of the shooting in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately there are deranged people in all areas and walks of life. Be safe and have a good week.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.