On a brilliant September day, my husband and I, along with our 13 year old son, packed up our Ford Explorer and left behind our home in the city along with our jobs, our friends, and most of our family. We drove 1000 miles east with our 30 year old travel trailer to reach a piece of land we had purchased sight unseen; an old apple orchard overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes in central Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
When we arrived, we found a thicket of overgrown alder and spruce trees blocking what used to be the driveway leading in to our 40-odd acre piece of hillside. Using hand tools, we attempted to clear out enough room to park our SUV and trailer, but it was very slow going.
Before long, two strangers arrived with chain saws. The men introduced themselves as our neighbors, Hugh and Ernie, and proceeded to make quick work of clearing our 80 foot long driveway so we could drive up safely. That was our welcome home, and it’s been home ever since.