The Mr. and I just returned from our summer place by the sea. We made a quick two day trip out there to measure for furniture and make sure the place was really ours (property law out east seems quite casual.)
The flight is ridiculously easy. Props to the Hamilton airport and the Westjet staff who made the flight entirely painless. Everyone is friendly, there are no lines, and it all runs very smoothly. It really felt like no bigger deal than taking the Go Train. It’s now officially the Halifax Jitney.
I think we are going to like it in Nova Scotia. First off, everyone is ridiculously friendly. We went to the farmer’s market in Lunenburg and after a five minute chat with one of the vendors, we were extended an invitation to a summer barbecue. Apparently, this is normal. We met up with some friends of friends who’ve moved out there permanently from Ontario and they say friendliness is de rigueur. They were also ridiculously friendly and walked us through the hows and whats of Lunenburg, Chester, and Mahone Bay. There are so many amazing restaurants. I think I will weigh 600 pounds by the end of the summer. I do hope they locate Richard Simmons soon. I think I might be in need of him!
There will be a small sense of culture shock – not as much as when I moved from Big Smoke to Stepford, I suspect – but still some. I’m not sure where I will shop if I need something for a party. I kept hoping a Prada would rise up out of nowhere like that art installation in Marfa but it did not.
I’ll have to ask the summering kajillionaires on Hirtles Beach when I bump into them near the champagne fridge at the Rose Bay General Store. Maybe Alexander McQueen has a pop up shop?
The biggest challenge will be furnishing the place. I want to buy local as much as possible but we may end up doing Ikea and Wayfair as well since we can have it delivered there before we arrive this summer.
It’s a true tabula rasa since it’s unfurnished and we have nothing purchased already.
This was the dining room, but as it has the best views of the ocean in the place, I’d like it to be a little sitting room. There is probably enough room for a table in the kitchen, which is quite large.