I write this post with mixed emotions, as I make preparations to return to Dominica after a lengthy and lovely stay in Eastern Canada. The Nature Island is drastically changed by TS Erika’s wrath and I am anxious to observe it for myself.
Be assured that I will be blogging about all that I see and do once I have settled back in to my adopted country. I’ll give you my perspectives,in a positive way, as usual. As Dominica’s Prime Minister the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has firmly declared, the Nature Island “shall rise again!” There is no doubt in my mind, and I will do whatever I can to assist with Dominica’s recovery.
Whether or not you live in this special place, I sincerely hope you will consider helping out too, as the rebuilding process has only just begun – and there is much to be done. Government of Dominica-approved donation sites can be found here.
In the weeks to come, I will also be describing many of my wonderful
As I get ready to go back to this special island, there are a number of people to thank, both here and there, for all that they have done for me during my prolonged visit to Canada.
First and foremost, I am grateful to my brothers, Marc and Edwin who came to my aid when it became apparent that I would be here for a while longer. Lots of good food and fun times with my siblings and their families helped to distract me from my worries about Dominica.
My long-time Canadian neighbour Sharon Freeman and her family set me up very well for my six week retreat at the Three Little Cottages and Freedom Farm on Dog Lake, near Battersea Ontario. I had a fabulous time, completely immersed in nature in this Canadian wilderness location, also known as the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO World
I’ll be writing more about that experience very soon. A few photos are included here, to pique your interest.
A trip to Canada would never be complete without spending time ‘down east’, with my incredible Aunt Vivian and a few
generations of amazing cousins. Sincere thanks to Cousin Dwight and his wife Patricia for graciously rolling out the red carpet and offering their home as my base for a two week stay in beautiful Nova Scotia. I am grateful to all my Maritime ‘relations’ for their warm hospitality!
And I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge, with profound gratitude, the assistance of some neighbours and friends in Dominica over my extended summer ‘holiday’. Police Officer Vernon Gordon regularly checked my home and surroundings to ensure that all was secure. He even mopped up a small flood in my dining room the morning after TS Erika and contacted my landlord to make arrangements to fix the little hole in my roof.
Then there is Ursula Joseph, my long-time helper and friend who faithfully tended the apartment and kept everything ‘ship-shape’ in my absence.
My closest neighbours, Peter and Elizabeth Registe willingly harboured my little car in their garage. Its safe shelter saved
me the worry of its exposure to the copious rainfall of the last couple of months, including the deluge of TS Erika. Now I just hope it will start after its prolonged ‘rest’. (Battery was disconnected and Julius, the neighbourhood mechanic is certain to set things right for me!)
It’s been a long, lovely summer, and without further ado, I will set my sights on whatever lies ahead. I will share some of my northern memories in due course, but first, I will go back ‘home’ to Dominica. Don’t worry – the airport is open and the interior Imperial Road is cleared so that travellers can traverse the breadth of the island.
So here I go – God-willing and weather-permitting!