single life

Before I write anything else, I just want to talk a little about previous post. That was the most wonderful day I’ve ever had in the blogosphere, and I’ll probably never experience anything like it again. I wrote it on a whim. Didn’t expect anyone to really read it because I thought almost everyone had left by now, and then I got all those kind, wonderfully heart-warming comments. I’ll treasure that post forever.

Hubby is in France so I’ve been leading single life for almost three weeks. He’ll be back on Wednesday. Just like last time he was away, I had made plans to take long walks almost every day. Walking is good for the mind and also if you want to lose a few kilos. I’m fortunate that way — it doesn’t take much exercise to lose weight. But likewise, like last time, the weather didn’t co-operate much. That isn’t really to be expected this time of year. I have been out a great deal though.

One of the first days, I went uptown. Here in Saint John, the down-town area is called “Uptown”. The weather was glorious and as I was walking down, I saw that there was one cruise ship in the harbour. A biggie! As I got further down, I saw that there were two more! It was a three-cruise ship-day … the cruise ship season always speeds up in the Autumn. The city was so crowded it was unbelievable. I couldn’t get all three in one picture but I took these with the iPhone. As the weather was so warm and nice, they were all out walking so it was really elbow to elbow. I think I heard on the news that all these three, together, meant 7,000 people. That’s a lot in this little city.

One thing really intrigued me though … There are two shopping centres in town; Market Square and Brunswick Square. The latter is the larger of them … with big, open spaces, and escalators — just like shopping centres are all over the western world. This day, when I walked in Brunswick Square, there were probably hundreds of young people from the cruise ships, sitting on the floors, with their iPads, netbooks, iPhones or whatever devices they had. Intriguing to me, because if I, against all odds, were to go on  a cruise, I don’t think I’d go to the shopping centre and sit on the floor with my internet device. We’re all different and that’s a good thing. A friend of ours used to give guided tours of Quebec City when the cruise ships came in. She told me many people used to ask her where Walmart was, and stuff like that.

Either way, it was a nice day uptown, and there was this purse, in a store, calling out to me … «Bring me  home!» Couldn’t get that out of my mind, so I had to go back for it the following day. It’s lovely … the leather is so soft, it’s like those proverbial kid gloves.

What made all this walking a little more fun than usual, was that I’d installed an app on the iPhone called MapMyWalk. It’s basically just a GPS-tracker, but it’s cool to see how far I’d walked. One day, I went to the park, walked the whole loop and back home again. That turned out to be almost nine kilometres! That day I’d brought the ‘real’ camera too — was almost dying to take some pictures — there’s been very little photography going on lately. It’s my favourite time of year, the leaves have started to change so it was a very pleasant walk.

23 Replies to “single life”

    1. I just found out that you could make the galleries that way, so of course I had to try it 🙂

  1. How lovely that all the comments lifted your spirits.
    That’s what friends are for, even cyber friends, who I think, because they are not in the thick of it with you, can often be more supportive, than someone close.
    I had a major upset a few years ago, and the support I got from total strangers on a forum, really lifted my spirits. In fact one is now an extremely good Internet friend.
    LOL, I’m glad I’m not the only person that inanimate objects talk to.
    Lovely pics again, as always 🙂

    1. Hey Vicky … Well, isn’t this wonderful how the web has connected complete strangers and we’re able to support one another! It never really ceases to amaze me, this web we have that surrounds the whole planet 🙂

  2. Great photos!! I need to go around town and take photos. The trees are looking pretty here. And still some pretty flowers blooming. I have taken lots of flower photos,

    1. I noticed today there are still lots of flowers left in the park. The leaves are changing slowly, but we haven’t had any frost yet

  3. See, you are more special than you think you are.

    I don’t know if I would want to go down there with all those people wandering around. I also can’t imagine anyone not paying attention to what is around them if they are in a strange city and being interested in all the sights.

    We have had a couple of gorgeous days now. I spent all yesterday outside playing soccer with kiddo. It’s up in the 80’s here again.

    1. Thanks, Suz … *smiles*
      No, I wouldn’t have gone had I known there were three ships in.
      People are really strange — it looked so odd with all of them sitting there, surfing or whatever they did. Seems lika a waste to go on a cruise to do that…

  4. I’m so glad to hear that the comments from your previous post cheered you up and let you know how much you are thought of.
    Love the photos and they look really cool in the circles. Your iphone takes pretty good pics – I’m impressed!
    Hopefully those 7,000 people will not be staying too long in your city – it must feel like an invasion!

    1. Barb,
      I was checking out how to do something in WordPress galleries, and then I found out about the different formats — I had no idea before. These photos were taken with the real camera, except the boat picture. Usually the cruise ships come in around 9AM and leave again 5PM… so it’s just a few hours in the daytime..

      Yeah, those days when there are three, it gets crowded, but it’s a really good thing, that we have the cruise ships. I think it’s been more than twenty years now..

    1. Well .. that’s beyond me! Walmarts look the same no matter where you are..

      I will never understand people

    1. Me too, and the sugar maples get nice and red. We’ll get more of that after the first frost..

  5. Ah what a lovely Autumn blog!!! As usual your pix are fabulous!! I love the circular photos & must try that format sometime too!!! I hope McDuff has kept you good company while hubby has been away!!! I bet you are counting the days til her returns!!!
    You blogs are wonderful & I am so glad that people responded so well because I’ve always known how talented you are with words & pix!!!! 🙂 And now you know it too!!! xoxoxo

    1. Oh, thank you Sherriellen! It’s such a wonderful time now, and also when the first frost comes … to get out really early on an Autumn morning, while the frost is still there .. I love it! Yes, the day after tomorrow, he’ll be back! It has felt like a very long time .. perhaps because it was only one week between our two trips. McDuff has been a very good lad … very supportive 🙂

  6. Autumn is my favourite season too, but we don’t get as much gorgeous colour here, I think because it doesn’t get really cold and we have different trees in this part of the world. We also have cruise ships visiting a port about half an hour away. I can’t imagine how busy it must have been with three in at once and that many people! And yes, if I was traveling to other parts of the world I would be walking around exploring and photographing. 🙂

    1. You’re in NZ, right?! Very much of the colour here comes from the numerous sugar maples — they are then ones that get really red! Maine, Vermont … this whole area on the eastern seaboard get all these glorious colours! It’s wonderful..

      1. Yes – I should clarify that I’m not referring to the whole of the country, only where I live when I said it doesn’t get really cold. We’re in the upper half of the North Island where the climate is a lot milder. They do get cold weather and snow in the central North Island (more mountainous areas) and especially in the South Island so the autumn colours are better there; the majority seems to be yellow with only occasional red or orange though.

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