A fort and a fiddle

Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 13, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Saturday, June 21, 2008

After a very late night getting off the ferry, finding a Wal-mart and settling in, we slept in this morning.  Today was Chloe's 7th birthday.  She had expected to be woken up to "Happy Birthday to You" singing, but since we all slept in, she was awake before we had the opportunity!  We had prepared for her birthday breakfast the day before, so the muffins and sugary cereal were hauled out!

She was hoping for some presents to "open."  As our shopping has been limited to grocery stores, the odd Wal-mart, and lots and lots of souvenir shops, I hadn't really picked up much for her at all.  I aksed her if it would be okay to "open" Wal-Mart doors for a little shopping trip and she readily agreed.

Upon leaving, she was equipped with a working, but designed-for-children, digital camera.  Very simple.  Very low key.  But she was thrilled!  The camera would hold 26 pictures before having to be unloaded, so she was quite frugal with her photo ops all day long.

Anna and Simone had picked up little things for Chloe in anticipation of her birthday, and these were now gifted as well.  Armed with candy, a new slinky, a giant pencil (You probably have one too.  You know what I mean, right?  Those giant pencils only sold in souvenir shops that are too awkward to write with, and too big to fit into any pencil sharpener I've ever seen!), and various other "junk," she was set to enjoy her day.

Her day took her and the rest of us to Louisbourg National Historic Site.  This is by far the most extensive site we've visited so far, in terms of displays and just plain building to visit.  We were there from about 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and decided we still needed more time.  However, since the staff were eager to lock up, we thought we'd camp close by and come back tomorrow.

Chloe had been promised that she could choose a place to eat on her birthday, but there really wasn't much to choose from in the town of Louisbourg, so she agreed to having spaghetti and meatsauce and putting off her choice until we reached a town that had her restaurant of choice (most likely fast food!) 

When registering at the campground, the owner made us aware of a concert happening just up the road at Louisbourg Playhouse.  I checked it out and thought it would be a great "treat" for Chloe's birthday.  We were not disappointed.  We arrived at shortly before 8:00 p.m., entering a rustic-looking concert hall (with comfortable seating though!)  On the program for the night was J.P. Cormier - musician extrodinaire!  He played guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin - all amazingly well.  He (along with his wife-pianist, and a bassist) entertained us with Cape Breton music for about 2 hours.  Chloe had actually had enough by about 9:00 and slept on Dennis lap (don't understand how she could possibly sleep through it!) for the rest of the concert, but the rest of us were rivited.  He played those instruments like I've never heard them played before!  We picked up a few of his CDs, which the boys begged me to promptly load into their MP3 players.

It was a full day.  A very rich day!
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