Pictou, Piper's Landing, & Some Rum

Trip Start Jan 30, 2011
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Trip End Nov 16, 2011


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Friday, August 12, 2011

I managed to lose two games of Scrabble with Simon and Joan this morning, but at least achieving a score above a hundred let me hold my head high on the second game as opposed to my appalling result on the first; surely I can blame the use of an American dictionary for my losses. A Dairy Queen Burger was lunch, followed by a visit to Pictou as the sun was out in full force.  My uniform still included jeans and socks, but it was at least warmer than my first full day when I went out in full-length leggings and a coat, albeit a lightweight one; I was just happy it wasn't raining.  We wandered around the lobster hatchery and saw the mini lobsters not fit for a shot glass of bisque and were treated to an evening full of sunshine as we did.  We didn’t board the 1773 ship Hector, instead settling for the backpacker view from the road where I could get a free, if distant, photo. 

Rather than stay at the quay for dinner we rode out to Piper’s Landing, a swish restaurant sitting on the banks of the Northumberland Strait, which made for an enviable sight as the sun was shining, but then again doesn’t everywhere look better when the sun has got its hat on?  The restaurant only opens from five until eight, and as we were a few minutes early I took advantage of the well-placed benches at the door until the hostess opened up, of course she did this as soon as I got comfortable but we were just glad to gain access

A Cosmopolitan for me was accompanied by a Gin Martini for Joan, shaken not stirred as the catchphrase dictates, and the Mixologist, as I believe we must now refer to the cocktail makers, was right on the ball saying it wouldn’t taste too much of alcohol, though I was glad I had some potatoes with my meal to soak up the alcohol that didn’t taste like itself.  I had a delicious meal of haddock stuffed with scallops, followed by a heavenly slice of rum apple cake; a better meal I couldn’t have imagined. 

A trip to Green Hill lookout followed, where we looked out over the two counties below, apparently you used to be able to see six but the trees’ growth has overtaken the other six.  A gathering of cars and dogs accompanied us, well two cars and one dog, as I tried not to step too far over the edge taking a picture of the green landscape.
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