Saturday, June 6, 2009

Salt grass and German beer

On Thursday I talked to Lin and on Friday I went into town to visit her. I did a bit of shopping and then went over to the Gaspereau Valley, just the other side of the Gaspereau Ridge from Wolfville in the Annapolis-Cornwallis Valley. We spent a couple of hours in the afternoon putting transplants into pots on her patio and catching up on life since the last time we saw each other, a year ago.

Then we drove with her husband Peter over to West Grand Pre Beach to gather salt grass for their vegetable garden. The one that would have been planted last weekend had Peter not "shot" Lin in the leg. [Lin is doing very well, getting around without even a cane now. She showed me her wound, a very small scratch-like scab.] The salt grass is half-rotted and mixed with bits of seaweed, it looks like fine straw just lying around on the new salt grass and beach. Lin says it works very well as mulch and has greatly added to the quality of the soil in her garden, even though it is so salty. We gathered eight or ten garbage bags full of the stuff, this was the fourth trip they had made to the beach for salt grass.

After dropping off the salt grass by the garden it was time for supper, we decided to try the Port Bistro in Port Williams. Normally on a Friday it would be crowded, so our Plan B was Paddy's Pub, but we were lucky and got a table right away at the Port.Port Williams is near the mouth of the Cornwallis River, the tide there is very high, maybe 20-25 feet. It used to be a port for sea-going freighters that took Annapolis Valley apples to Great Britain. The Port Bistro is right on the river, with a nice view across the river and dykes to Wolfville on the edge of the South Mountain. Lin and Peter shared a pizza, I had a Pulled Pork Pile Up and fries. They are a micro-brewery as well, so I had a nice German-style Lager to go with. Very good!

1 comment:

Barbara Anne said...

How delightful to catch up with friends, to go to the beach, to garden a bit, and to have a yummy dinner at such an interesting place.

Thanks for the historic commentary, too!