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Plotting and planning from the farmette

It's a misty moisty day at the farmette. A bit sticky.

We're all chugging along on the path to the new normal after months of lockdowns, masking and hand sanitizing. Rob and I are double vaccinated and we're starting to make plans for actually going away - although we haven't locked anything down.

For inspiration, I thought I'd throw down a few photos of past vacations. So here we go:

Our trip to Halifax in June, 2019 was a corker. Perfect weather, great gardens and friendly people. Here's Rob taking in the gigantic rhododendron in the park that's smack dab in the middle of the city.

There's an amazing harbour front where people can perambulate along the entire waterfront on a lovely boardwalk that's dotted with cafes, restaurants, museums and other bits.

We did the whole touristy thing including checking out the one of those land-and-water buses, so we could see Halifax from the ocean.

Of course, we also had to do day trips out to places like Peggy's Cove, where we made yet another attempt at a selfie.

We call this one 'Shiny Happy People' just like the song.

In 2018, we went to a different sea - the one across the pond that's ringed by the Amalfi Coast.

Gotta love the Italians for their warmth, wine, food, unbelievable geography and ancient ruins.

We went to celebrate Rob's 70th and to tick off an item on the bucket list that we had been nurturing for decades.

A real highlight was visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried when Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

Here's an overview of Herculaneum. Cool, eh?

Imagine the bustling streets and people going about their business - visiting restaurants and going to the theatre. In what must have felt like the blink of an eye, people's lives were lost or altered forever. Kinda like 2020, only we didn't have to contend with molten lava.

Finally, some of our most amazing vacation memories are at Sturgeon Point in eastern Ontario, where we would go to our friend Jane and Dana's cottage for the July long weekend. There was always the requisite Cavalier King Charles spaniels romping around with their perpetual motion tails wagging.

What fun we had - laughing so hard our sides hurt, eating scrumptious meals in the cottage's sunny big dining room and just hanging out by the water.

Here are the two boys mugging for the camera in the boathouse in 2015. Goofy guys.

Anyhow. Here's hoping we can all get back to doing fun stuff in other places once this damn pandemic gives us a rest. Until next week.


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