Oh, it is so great to see the children and their families! Nice to visit familiar streets and cafes, too. Walking to Prince’s Island Park was hectic with all the skateboarders, bicyclists and other walkers but it was worth it. The park is beautiful and accessible to all.
Higher Ground and The House are lovely cafes to sit and chat or just write like I do. The coffee is good and the chatter inspires one to keep busy. It helps with the creative process. I will return there every time we come.
Since I am retired now I don’t mind that the shop items are too expensive. I don’t need anything and if I chance upon a 90% off sale as I did at the Peacock Boutique, I buy items for my daughters in law, not for me. It is great to say “I don’t need more silver rings, or stylish shoes or handbags.” I might buy a pair of earrings if they strike my fancy and are less than $20. Or I might find a book for my five grand kids or for myself. You never know what you will find on Kensington. Isn’t that the thrill of browsing anyway?
So I don’t have many friends here, but the family makes up for that! I have met the neighbours and others at Callum’s birthday party. They are all so very welcoming. I could live here for a month every year, or come every two years for a week! Anywhere is home when you have family and friends who are happy you are here.
So to all the Newfoundlanders who make Alberta home, I’m happy for you. I love the trips to Canmore and Banff. I love the tiny free libraries in front of people’s houses. I love the parks and cafes. Most of all I love the friendly faces who ask where you got your accent. At least they care enough to ask! I always ask ‘And where did you get yours?’ I hope I’ll be around to come back again for a visit.