The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

An Update

I haven't posted for a while so I have itchy fingers.

Not a whole lot happening from either the boat or the house perspective other than Barb has been hard at work emptying boxes and sorting out the various rooms. I am not doing a whole lot myself due to the kidney surgery and every time that I exert myself at all it irritated the site and I have a small setback. So I am not really a lazy slug, but I will have a lot of catching up to do. I have a tentative appointment for the next step in the process for sometime on the Labour Day Weekend, and I am looking forward to having the end to it all. We are pursuing the motor home option that we have found here and if that works out we might use that as an interim stop after the surgery so we won't have the two hours of agony to drive back to Shelburne.

Still, no resident ghost has made an appearance in the old house, much to our great disappointment, but it is starting to feel more and more like home and the other people of Shelburne are making us feel very much at home. We have a neighbour, Ian, who is an excellent pianist who has offered to be my accompanist on condition that I perform in a show that he is staging this fall at the local arts centre so I am madly scrambling to get the pipes back in shape and to find some music that I am comfortable with. I have decided to go with a basso buffo routine with a German drinking song and have offered to do a duet with a local song writer. The evening is called Not Just Deserts and has the local chefs providing deserts and local musicians of various flavours entertaining. There are a number of talented folk living here many of whom have CDs that we have been listening to so there is some good listening in the offing. I just hope I don't let the side down.

We had our friends Al and Deborah drive down to visit us for dinner last night which was a very pleasant surprise. We have sown the seeds to try to get them to move down here as the place they are currently living is in a rental and I think that they'd both like to have something that they would be able to settle into. Oh well. We'll see what happens.