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

Walk on the trail side

Saturday 22 February 2020
A beautiful day today and Peter and Lynn continue to be gracious hosts and welcome us to their home.

This morning we went for a walk to the Old Durham Cemetery and had a look over the gravestones. Rich and poor the history of this city is laid out in brick, sandstone and granite. It was really startling how many children perished in the first few years of life, and if they survived childhood how short the average lifespan was. There was a small section for veterans who survived the American Civil War to be buried together and there was an area set aside for members of the Jewish faith. One thing we noticed about the Hebrew Cemetery, there were no children’s graves that we could see. Did they just all survive to adulthood or were they interred elsewhere?

Then, in the afternoon we went for a walk on a trail walk that went along the Eno River. This is a path that extends for miles and has several spots to park and join it. Peter and Lynn have walked most of it, some sections several times and they took us to their favourite.

It is fascinating to people watch in Durham. Most Canadian cities don’t have the same ethnic melange that cities in the US have, the exceptions being places like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and it’s fun to check everything out. This afternoon we did it from the security screen of an ice cream cone at a home made ice cream place called The Parlour.

We are doing a last laundry and packing for the trip to Richmond tomorrow. We will be seeing Peter and Lynn in a couple of months when they come back to Shelburne but in the meantime it has been great to visit with them.