Onward to Digby (and sim card woes)

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Friday, September 9, 2011

I woke at 4:30 (8:30 UK time) and was not able to get back to sleep, so I wrote my diary and watched the morning unfold. Sunrise was not until 7am, but the sky started colouring up from around 5:30 and there were small birds active in the garden below our window from around 6, so there was plenty going on. We had a walk in the garden until breakfast where I saw a few birds, but all too briefly to identify.
There were two other guests joining us for breakfast: Pia from New Zealand, who was travelling around various Canadian cities working with students, and Kate from Toronto, who was doing her doctorate in museum studies and studying with a specialist tutor at Acadia University. It was very interesting speaking with them over the lovely breakfast Brian had made.
Brian obviously takes great pride in the cooking and presentation of his breakfasts. We had fresh fruit cups with vanilla yoghurt to start, followed by granola (a muesli- like dish), and then what Brian called quiche, but which I think was more like frittata. He said it was the first time he'd cooked it, but it turned out brilliantly.
Before we checked out we took a final stroll round the garden. Brian joined us, and we took the opportunity to ask about the brown paper bags we had seen hanging in a bush and on the workshed in a very Blair Witch fashion. Apparently the wasps here are very territorial, and the shape of the bag in the bush mimics an existing nest, so discouraging the wasps from creating a new one.
After leaving the B&B we had a short stroll around Wolfville. I had noticed the fire station last night with it's gleaming fire engines and wanted to get a photograph. As we walked down the main street, Brian drove up. I had left my wash bag in the room - I am usually so careful to pack everything away. Anyway, I was extremely grateful that Brian had taken the time to seek us out.
Our next stop was New Minas to pick up a sim card for my iPad. Back in the UK I had looked into how to get Internet access for my new iPad while travelling, and had located the item needed and a store to buy it from. I had even had email help from one of the employees, so I was all set. Buying the sim card was easy - just CAN$10 then buy as much time as needed. It was all going so well until I put in my billing address - only Canadian addresses were permitted. I tried phoning but the freephone number was not supported by my phone roaming package, so I was not going to be able to have Internet whenever I wanted. Bummer! I do think it is very short sighted of the phone companies. They could make plenty of money from foreign visitors if they accepted foreign credit cards, but that's their problem.
We carried on to Digby, arriving at 4pm. Before travelling to the accommodation we had lunch at KFC (big mistake) and popped into Sobeys to get provisions for a few nights.
We arrived at Graham's Pioneer Retreat about 5:30 and met Linda Graham, the incredibly friendly and helpful owner. She took us down to our cabin, named Felicity, which is situated overlooking St Mary's Bay. Linda explained that the fridge, fire and cooker run off propane, so are always available, but the electricity and water pump are run from a generator. She suggested it was best to run this in the mornings for the shower, and this would also be when we could recharge batteries, etc. Candles and torches were provided.
There was one other note - a bear had recently been seen in the locality and Linda asked us not to leave the bird feeders up overnight. With that, she left us to our solitude, and our first night in the cabin by the bay.
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