Sooooo ..... we skived off work and school. We drove on the highway to Chester, then headed across Nova Scotia to the Fundy Shore. What a glorious day it was. Just outside the village of New Ross, we came accross this autumn scene. (Stop. Suitable "Ohhhhs!" & "Ahhhs!")
We passed several beautiful Christmas tree farms. I've always wanted to own one. There's something so wonderful and magical about wandering in amongst these baby trees! I can imagine them being lovingly tended to and manicured to bring out their best; I see smiling families choosing just the right one; I see decorating while listening to "Sesame Street Christmas" or "Raffi" with the children; I see dark, late nights sipping mulled wine and just watching the lights twinkle on the tree.
I know that's all a bunch of malarky for the most part. People will freeze their butts off searching out that tree with dad saying "Hurry up and choose!" and the kids complaining! And that same dad will be saying "Sasa#@fraga$% durf!" (and much worse) while putting the lights on; and mom will be internally fuming because "No one else ever wants to help me decorate"! But I'm old; and my way of dealing with life's stressors is to live in a fantasy world which I've created. One full of Norman Rockwell images and happy families. So, back off and don't ruin it for me!
Once we're across to the other side (outside New Minas), we're back on the highway to head up to the Wolfville area. First stop ......
What a gorgeous aroma of fresh apples and pears and hay! They have what they call a "tunnel" (in the background behind the flowers) where they are still growing strawberries -- quite out of season for Nova Scotia.
I'm not sure how many times I went round and round and ended up in the same place! Here I am yet again saying "What the creamed corn!! Where the heck am I?"
We waited some more .... and we saw a group of Chinese students go by on their wagon ride. ***
And we waited some more. About 20 minutes after I crawled out of the maze, Nadine emerged ... WITH HER PAGES ALL FILLED OUT!!! Yes, all 20 questions and 9 rubbings completed! Youth won over wisdom!!
Back home, she was crowned the MAZE MASTER!
As for me, I gave myself an A for effort!
And I vowed that from this date on, the only corn maze I'll be working my way through ever again are those on my tootsies!!