We received, and accepted, an offer on our property on the weekend from a lovely couple who have taken over a local B & B. They stayed in our house while we were visiting Dawson City and John & Mackenzie -- a truly wonderful visit with a music festival and a birthday to celebrate, movies, walks, some golf -- and I guess they came to like it. We think they are the exact right people for our place and for the community. The closing is Oct. 28th, so we have some time to savour what is left of summer, and the glorious fall we have here in Cape Breton, while packing and saying goodbye to friends & neighbours.
Of course this is not a last goodbye. Cape Breton, this area along the shore and St. Ann's Bay & Harbour most particularly, is my heart home. There is no saying goodbye to that. We'll be back, and often we hope. Plus this house and property and our beloved community have witnessed and sustained us through so much: both good stuff and hard stuff -- life I guess. Visits from family & friends, marriages, the birth of three grandchildren who have all come to visit, Honey arriving in our lives, amazing dinner parties, the loss of dear friends, neighbours and Andy's brother & my friend, Alistair, and my sister and father's deaths. These are events you carry with you when you go, but they are locked in memory and heart in a place, and by that I mean this house, this property, this place: North Shore, Cape Breton.