A Return to My Adopted Country, Dominica, One Month After TS Erika

This Canada Goose will soon be flying south, just me like, except that it is not headed for Dominica like me!

This Canada Goose will soon be flying south, except that it is not headed for Dominica like me! Photo taken near Loughborough Lake, Battersea Ontario.

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

This Great Blue Heron is flying away, but his destination is very different from mine!

This Great Blue Heron is flying away, but his destination is very different from mine! Photo taken at Dog Lake, near Battersea Ontario.

experiences over the past three and a half months in my “home and native land.”  You will find those musings on my Canary Gal blog and they will also appear on my Facebook page, Gwendominica.

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.

I don't see them too often, but when there is an occasion to spend time with my niece, Mara and my nephew Dallin, I enjoy being 'Aunite Gwen'.

I don’t see them too often, but when there is an occasion to spend time with my niece, Mara and my nephew Dallin, I enjoy being ‘Auntie Gwen’.

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

The granite cliffs on Dog Lake form part of the Canadian Shield. Photo taken just before sunset in a canoe on Dog Lake, Battersea Ontario.

The granite cliffs on Dog Lake form part of the Canadian Shield. Photo taken just before sunset in a canoe on Dog Lake, Battersea Ontario.

Biosphere Reserve.

Early morning on Dog Lake, Battersea Ontario was occasionally shared with other inhabitants of the area.

Early morning on Dog Lake, Battersea Ontario was occasionally shared with other inhabitants of the area.

I’ll be writing more about that experience very soon.  A few photos are included here, to pique your interest.

A long, lovely summer evening sunset after 9 p.m. on the shore of the New Minas Basin at Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

A long, lovely summer evening sunset after 9 p.m. on the shore of the New Minas Basin at Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I think the tide was coming in at that time.

A trip to Canada would never be complete without spending time ‘down east’, with my incredible Aunt Vivian and a few

I was thrilled to be in Nova Scotia for my Aunt Vivian's 91st birthday. It was one of several memorable occasions during my visit this year.

I was thrilled to be in Nova Scotia for my Aunt Vivian’s 91st birthday. It was one of several memorable occasions during my visit there this year.

A very long summer in eastern Canada found me on the beach at Awenda Provincial Park on Georgian Bay overthe September Labour Day Weekend!

A very long summer in eastern Canada found me on the beach at Awenda Provincial Park on Georgian Bay near Penatanguishene over the September Labour Day Weekend!

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!

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2 comments on “A Return to My Adopted Country, Dominica, One Month After TS Erika

  1. Judy MacLean says:

    Safe travels, my friend. I wish you well and hope that you will continue to see the beauty and strength in your adopted home and in the people who rebuild it. God bless. I’ll be thinking of you. xo

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