Summer Visit to Port Joli

 
 
 
 
I’m behind in my update! My excuse? I’ve been working very hard on “The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden” – for which, by the way, I have received a Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage grant. Thank you!

In July, three other kids’ writers and I spent almost a week in the lovely house in Port Joli owned by Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson. The house has a view of the bay, and is within a five-minute walk of a length of sandy beach which adjoins Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. Keji Adjunct is just across the bay.

The ocean was icy-cold. But it was summer. I had to do it. Not just once, either.

The photos of the beach are Marcia’s – lovely reflections on the sand…

We worked in the mornings, walked and swam in the afternoons, critiqued in the evenings. Such good feedback – thank you, Jackie, Jan, and Marcia.

Oh yeah, we also ate extremely well. It helps creativity along!

On our last day, we drove to Shelburne, where they were celebrating Founders Day. An army camp was set up by the water. I’ve posted a few of my favourite photos.

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