Monday, 23 September 2013
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YARMOUTH
If you had told me 10 years ago I would be living in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and loving it, I would have said you were crazy. Truly. But here I am, and the thing is, I love it more every day. The differences between living here in Yarmouth and where I grew up are night and day. Yarmouth is the place I wished I grew up in, although, maybe not. Maybe I wouldn't appreciate what I have, if I had always lived here. And considering I have a really acute case of wanderlust, if I had grown up here, I would probably be long gone. And its funny. The things I love about it here are just normal to people that have lived here all their lives. They don't realize how special and unique it is from other places, although I believe there are many small towns and villages across Canada that share a common theme with Yarmouth. So I decided I would write a post listing some of the things I absolutely adore about living here. There are endless reasons, but here are a few that stand out for me.
I love that there is only one radio station. You can learn who died, who lost their cat and what's going on around town.
I love that I can go to Mavillette Beach and not see a single other person.
The sunsets. Spectacular!
Amazing tree lined streets in town, with their knarly branches reaching overhead, outside the beautiful, architecturally devine Century homes
I love that I can be at a stop light and not notice its green, and everyone is too polite to honk
I love that every one knows everyone somehow, and even if they don't, they will know someone who knows the other someone.
I love that everyone in town knows who my son is because he works at the McDonalds drive thru after school, and since there is only 1 McD's every one has been there at least once, and they all know the friendly blonde kid that works there.
I love the country roads, dotted with endless lakes, and beautiful forests of Hardwood mixed with Spruce.
I love that at any given moment, you are never far from a body of water, whether it be lake or ocean.
I love the lighthouse, Cape Forchu that marks the entrance to Yarmouth Harbour. An awesome place to visit in a Gale.
I love that our small town has 3 Tim Horton's but no Starbucks! That's right! Take that Starbucks.
I love that everyone has either a Tim's cup in their hand, in their console or is thinking about getting a Tim's at all times.
I love the Rails to Trails in Yarmouth. I can ride my ATV from Yarmouth to Weymouth ( or snowmobile, or bike or walk ) The trails here are endless, and are one of our secrets that we need to show the world. Amazing country side.
I love that in May of next year our ferry will return and we will once again welcome guests from the USA. The ferry will depart from Portland, Maine and arrive in Yarmouth to bring tourists here, but also open an avenue for us to visit the USA as well. New York City and Boston, here I come.
I love that hunting season brings out hunter's orange hats, camoflouge and deer carrots and apples.
Pick up trucks.
Our four seasons. Each one unique and beautiful.
I love the climate.
I love that when the chips are down, people band together and help eachother out.
I love that we know our neighbours, and that they aren't just neighbours but friends, and we can share our good times, and bad together.
I love that french is the language of choice around these parts, but that anyone will switch over to English at any time when they know you are English. No hard feelings. ( Are you listening Quebec? )
I love the beaches.
Did I say I love the beaches?
I love our Farmer's Market. Wholesome, local food, and live entertainment.
I love that when I showed up to work this morning, someone left me banana bread and a homemade jar of pickles on my desk to welcome me to my new job. In all my years, that has never happened to me.
I love our fresh seafood. Lobster, Haddock, Mackerel, Scallops, Oysters and Clams. You name it, we have it. Awesome.
I love our fisherman/fisherwomen. They are courageous and strong. I couldn't imagine fishing in January, in the bitter cold, hauling in lobster. They certainly earn their living.
Old Red Barns.
All the talented musicians that live here.
Rock walls that line the fields of yesteryear.
I love that when I order a cheeseburger at the local restaurant, they ask me if I would like that to be a cheese slice, or cheese whiz. Only the people that know where I grew up are going to realize how absolutely hilarious that is.
I love that when I order fries at the local restaurant they ask me if I want the frozen kind or fresh cut. See above to why that is so funny to me.
But what I love most of all about Yarmouth are the people that reside here. Friendly, open, honest people who greet you with a smile and a wave. And when they say, hey, how about we grab a coffee, you know to say....the Waterfront Tim's, uptown or Main street? Yup, that's Yarmouth.