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I get lots of wonderful mail, some email and some letters that come with a stamp. I would like to share a couple of them with you.
Last Thursday, in response to many questions about the strong winds we’ve been experiencing, I wrote a column about the wind. I'm not sure if that's what prompted Don Burns of Mira Gut, Cape Breton to put pen to paper, but this letter came in the mail:
Wind – the fisherman’s guide
Being a sport fisherman, I was aware of this ditty:
“Wind from the east, fish bite the least; wind from the west, fish bite the best.”
I was, however, unaware of the rest of the story until Alan House of Mira Gut, Cape Breton eloquently rhymed the rest:
Wind from the north, fish won’t come forth
Wind from the east, not fit for man or beast
Wind from the south blows the hook into fishes mouth
Wind from the west, fish bite the best
…and, so, to Alan House of Mira Gut, NS, I give the credit.
Nova Scotia Strong
There was no stamp on this one, but I thought you might find this email from Dianne Looker, Gapereau, N.S., quite interesting:
Recently, our woodturning group (Nova Woodturners Guild) undertook a "challenge" to keep us busy during these COVID isolation days - we were to turn a wooden mallet or gavel. I’ve attached photos of mine, which I thought might be of interest.
Like many others, I was quite shaken by the shooting tragedy in Nova Scotia in mid-April. I was shocked and saddened and struggled to take it in. The various signs of support, the vigils, the special songs people wrote – all that helped. As did the idea of “Nova Scotia Strong” – focusing on our strength and our ability to get through these hard times, while acknowledging how hard they are. So, I wanted to do something to symbolize “Nova Scotia Strong.”
After I had turned the basic shape of the mallet on my lathe, I found an image of the outline of Nova Scotia and copied it to the wood of the mallet head.
The black rims around the mallet head and handle bottom are symbols of our grief.
And, I made a shaded rim to symbolize the dark clouds that have swirled around us. I wanted something that symbolized the hard, dark times, but also that they haven't overpowered us.
Thank you, Don and Dianne. If you have a story to share, you can email it to [email protected].
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network