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2000 km +: what a week!

A little over a week ago Joel and I went in to Saint John to view the arrival of the Tall Ships for the Festival of Sails event. It was wonderful to see the beautiful ships rounding Partridge Island and heading for the harbour. It was also wonderful to see the people who turned out to welcome the ships and their crews and to celebrate just one of the many summer festivals the city has to offer.

No sooner was that over when I hit the road for Nova Scotia to spend a couple of days visiting friends. It was a terrific time as well and on Wednesday I head for home again.

Thursday I did some laundry and tried to get a bit of rest because my (ahem) 50th High School reunion was happening on Friday and Saturday. I didn’t take very many photos as I was having much too good a time, but I enjoyed watching everyone reconnecting, laughing and sharing both stories and adventures.This involved multiple trips into Saint John and Hampton, of course.

Then, to round off the week I got up at 5:a.m. yesterday and headed to PEI to photographs the Dressage PEI show and the Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships. Got home last night, crashed and got up at 6 this morning to start downloading hundreds of photos, sort them, prepare the proofs and then upload the whole shebang to my website – once it was back up and running.

Yes, this is the week that was. I think this one will be just a little quieter – I hope. Harley needs his mama to be home!


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Five years ago today

Joel and I smoked our last cigarettes. Both of us were lifelong smokers and both had tried (and failed) to quit many times before.

I don’t know why it was different this time. Perhaps because we did it together?

That last night was a frenzy of smoking, both knowing that the next day neither could have a cigarette. We drew every last puff out of each cigarette before reluctantly stubbing it out. When we (nervously) went to bed that night, we cleaned and put away the ash trays, the lighters, the smoking paraphernalia that had been an inordinately important part of our days and that we thought defined us.

The next morning, as I remember it, was a titch tense. But we survived it by being VERY careful around each other, neither wanting to be responsible for somehow driving the other back into the smoky embrace of a cigarette. It was tough. It was tense. Today, five years later, there are still times when one or the other of us will think ‘gee, I could use a cigarette now’. But, like any other addiction, there can never be “just one”. It’s over. And, like addicts of other substances, we will always be smokers – just not today.

Happily we have had five successful smoke free years. Hopefully, we’ll have many more.

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I love my job!

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