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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Sunday, October 31, 2010


In an explosion some say seconded only by that in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 2000 lost their lives and over 9000 were injured.  The Great Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917 and many of the 9000 suffered eye injuries as spectators lined up inside office buildings to watch the fire on the SS Montblanc which was filled, unbeknownst to them, with explosives.  The port of Halifax was virtually destroyed; only one ship remained...The Acadia...

The rebuilding of Halifax is a testimony to the strength and spirit of the survivors. It is a beautiful area; the people are welcoming and warm.

While there we went out on a lobster excursion and toured the area by small boat.

First an informative lecture on lobsters.

And then a personal conversation....(I had called ahead to make sure my sweater wouldn't clash with his bands).

Afterward, we met some of his cousins for lunch.
The one thing we learned about both New Brunswick and Halifax is that we want to go back.


Maggie said...

I'm fascinated by that one ship which survived. One day we will go visit there too.

Deb said...

Defintely on our "list of places to visit"...interesting history in your post. Also, I think it's nice when you co-ordinate your clothing colors with those you visit! Great match!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh how cool, love the photo of the lobster. Growing up in New England we were around all that shellfish and it was just the way we rolled. Secretly I hates clams, mussels and lobster!

beachgirl said...

Lobster. I want lobster.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Kathy, So glad you all got to make that fabulous trip.... I hope you do get to go back...


George said...

I've read about the Great Halifax Explosion, but I've never seen a picture of the Acadia. I'm glad your sweater didn't clash with the lobster. I would like to visit Halifax some day.

Gilly said...

I had never heard of the Halifax explosion - it must have been a terrible thing. But great they have rebuilt the port.

Lobster doesn't agree with me - alive or dead!!

But great photos!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

An interesting post. Glad you dressed to coordinate with the lobster.

Amy said...

It's wonderful you stopped there. I've read great things about Halifax. But I'm embarassed to say that I wasn't aware of the great Halifax Explosion. What an awful incident!

It sounds like a worthwhile trip on its own. I hope you get to go back.

Did you eat that cute lobster in the pic?!
~ Amy