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On to the ring of day

Alpaca Celtic Studies Daughters dreams Driving Family Mothers Music Nova Scotia Photographs Singing Travel

Driftwood is burning blue, wild walk the wall shadows
Night winds go riding by, riding by the lochie meadows
On to the ring of day, flows Mira stream singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the dark away

Close by Beinn Bhreagh‘s stream, wander the lost lambies
Here, there and everywhere, everywhere their troubled mammies
Find them and bring them home, sing them to sleep singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the night away

Daddy is on the bay, he’ll keep a pot brewin’
Save us from tumbling down, tumbling down to rack and ruin
Pray Mary send him home, safe from the foam singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the stars away
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the stars away.

-Cape Breton Lullaby, lyrics by Kenneth Leslie

Recently, Char & I had tripped northward for some college visits.  She is very interested in Celtic Studies and there are some comprehensive programs in Nova Scotia universities.  This post is simply to share the scenery.  We saw a minimum of 6 rainbows along the way and I’d wished there’d been a way to capture the surreal event of driving through a glimmering rainbow!  The road, the car, the dashboard, the AIR was shimmering and glittering and it was akin to spirit walking.

The wipers were off and on, off and on for the entirety of our trip and it made me feel we were on the “Island of Hegg” out of “The Decoy Bride”, a favorite British romantic comedy of mine.

There is a song that my girls and I love, “Cape Breton Lullaby”, and so, of course, on our Nova Scotia bucket list was to find “Mira Stream” to sing – which we did.

While in Antigonish, NS, we helped to round up a mama and her baby Alpaca to go off with their new owners at the “Azelia Farmhouse”
This little one had just been born 5 days earlier to her mama and they stood off and out of the way during the round up.
Rainbows over Nova Scotia Highway 104
the inland sea, Bras d’Or Lake, on Cape Breton
looking back to the south over Brad d’Or Lake on Cape Breton –
Cape Breton’s coastal city Sydney has a very popular, but tiny, downtown and the queen street of it all is “Charlotte St.”, where we, of course, posed Charlotte!
Mira Bay, Cape Breton, NS
Mira “Gut” -bridges to the “gut” of the Mira River before it flows into the bay.
Sea Grass on Mira Beach
Sea flowers on Mira Beach
St Anns Look Off Cape Breton Nova Scotia is on the Trans Canada Highway on Cape Breton Island. Situated on the north side of the westbound lane is a look off overlooking St Anns Bay. From here you can see the beginnings of the Cabot Trail, the Englishtown ferry and the magnificent Cape Breton Highlands.
positioned across the street from “Lickatreat” and “Tim Horton’s”, this pillar sat silently awaiting the rush of summer patrons. We were satisfied just viewing the establishment. We’ll take a rain check on the vittles, thanks.
You’ll find what I thought was so exciting about this on your own, I think…
Crepes with bananas and Nutella at the Naked Crepe Bistro in Wolfville, NS
Lobster is king in Nova Scotia -here is the parting look in Halifax

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