Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The "God shot"

Over the holidays, I learned that God resides in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. Here he is, in fact, reaching down with one of His sunlit arms to retrieve one of the many lost souls that have been claimed by the frigid North Atlantic. I'm told He does it daily, in fact, at 2 p.m. sharp. It's good for the tourism.

We were in Nova Scotia over the days following Christmas to visit my friend Hadley, who actually lives here in Toronto but was in Halifax to visit her family over the holidays.

During our maritime sojourn, we had a chance to take a ride out to picturesque Peggy's Cove, which, aside from being a tourism hotspot, is actually a functioning fishing village. When jokers like me can take shots like the one above, it's not hard to see what all the fuss is about. But don't take it too lightly, for there are many stern warnings for those who dare to step too close to the raging sea, like this one, posted on the side of Peggy's Cove iconic lighthouse:

Fortunately for us it was a calm day, though Old Man Winter did unleash his wrath on the province for much of our time there. Here are Amy and Hadley doing their patented "Big dog-little dog" routine, which provided a pleasant distraction from our concerns about the weather and the ocean. These were not at all helped by Hadley's intermittent, piercing cries of "the sea will take you!"

Of course, it's not a visit to Nova Scotia without a hearty meal of lobster, plucked fresh from the sea by a small outfit outside Peggy's Cove and generously served up by Hadley's folks.

If you get the chance, you really must eat lobster with native Nova Scotians. They seem to know instinctively where the best parts of the crustaceans, like those little fins on the back of the tail and various unmentionable organs inside the torso, can be found. Not the most popular bits among the Red Lobster crowd, for sure, but succulent nonetheless.

Just before we arrived, Hadley's superb first novel, Johnny Kellock Died Today (which is set in Halifax in 1959), was released in mass market paperback. To check it out, click here.

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