With spring comes melting snow, a return of wildlife, and sometimes the pleasure of friends visiting.
Ben and I were greeted by a mass of ice, a mirror-like surface with a bluish tinge when we visited the Antigonish Landing for the first time in February. Chilly winds nipped at our ears, turning them red. The smell of horse manure from a far off farm wafted across the land.
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Last week we had the pleasure of friends visiting. Soon after Adam and Brent arrived, we took them to the landing to stretch their legs after a long two day drive from Ontario.
Once again we were greeted by the smell of horse dung, and again our ears suffered from high winds (especially Adam who, classy as always, was dressed in a blazer instead of a winter coat).
That aside, the ice had thankfully receded. Cheery golden marshes greeted us, along with wildlife just doing their thing. Two otters were out for a swim, seagulls flocked onto marshy islands, a pair of ducks swam by, and a regal bald eagle sat preening its feathers. Boy, was he huge! I had never seen a bald eagle so close before and he was a big bird indeed!!!