See the above link about the Order of Good Cheer started by Champlain and the alcohol it has spawned. I have never noticed it in stores but wasn’t looking. I like the idea of the Order and how it started things off on a positive note.
Port Royal began here in 1605. But many died from the conditions in winter when they stayed on a nearby island the year before. Samuel de Champlain was here and founded one of the first settlements in North America. As said he started L’Ordre De Bon Temps which consisted of celebrating and feasting which helped them make it through the hard times. Later he went on to discover Quebec.
Years later many are enamoured of the place. Engish, Germans, Americans and other Canadians have gone there on vacation and come back to live there full or part time.
Today, May 11th there was a story in the Chronicle Herald about Tina Taylor who was brought up in Hollywood by a mother who was in Elvis Presley films. She found this place by chance and she and her daughter are touched by the place. Tina finds herself drawn there more and more. She got it in the divorce. Nova Scotia is like that. There have been other stories in the paper especially about this place causing people to pick up and move there. People will say they have travelled a lot but this place has a special magic. I could say the same.
I haven’t been to Annapolis Royal for a few years but remember going in June when they have a festival of short plays. Many things were closed on Sunday but I had a memorable feta and watermelon salad at a corner restaurant that I have since recreated. It was here and the menu board even advertises it with a raspberry balsamic reduction.
There was bakery owned by Germans with many sports cars in the parking lot for some reason.
I saw Fort Anne but didn’t go there.
I did visit the garden. This area has a very good growing climate which is better than the rest of the province.
I also investigated Port Royal in nearby Granville Ferry the following year in July and saw the conditions the original settlers had to endure.
People from everywhere have come here.
This is so how we picture early Canada. So rustic and simple yet with a hint of romanticism. The bare essentials and so esoteric. It will be hard to pare down the photos.
I see things like Rhubarb Syrup written on those jars. We have lost some of these recipes.
Some had a very simple life here.
Go ahead and fall for the place like many have. Nova Scotia has magic.
Tina Taylor who was mentioned above said she has travelled a lot but Annapolis Royal really has her heart.
Nearby is Bear River which is a small artsy place that has buildings on stilts. There are two vineyards in this area which I haven’t yet visited but hopefully will this summer. So much to see.