Garden Bay, Pender Harbour

12 June 2012 Tuesday Pender Harbour

Rain drums steadily on the deck and hatches and streams of water roll off the canvas. It is a day of cedar-tinged twilight until evening, which brings descending fog and still more rain.

Elisabeth waits for the rain to stop

They call Pender Harbour the “Venice of BC,” but what we see is weird green light and sorrowful shopkeepers, because bad weather, the high cost of fuel and the high Canadian dollar have brought them little business and steady debts of their own.  We buy $4 litres of milk and walk a damp perimeter path around a small park with a woman and her two labs.  The local bear, she says, was recently shot; someone who didn’t know anything about it got scared and complained it was into the garbage.  We can’t keep going like this, she says, killing what frightens us.

Upside down world

About Karin Cope

Karin Cope lives on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. She is a poet, sailor, photographer, scholar, rural activist, blogger and an Associate Professor at NSCAD University. Her publications include Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein, a poetry collection entitled What we're doing to stay afloat, and, since 2009, a photo/poetry blog entitled Visible Poetry: Aesthetic Acts in Progress. Over the course of the last decade, with her partner and collaborator Marike Finlay, Cope has sailed to and conducted fieldwork in a number of remote or marginal coastal communities in British Columbia and Mexico. Their joint writings range from activist journalism and travel and policy documents, to an illustrated popular material history of the Lunenburg Foundry entitled Casting a Legend, as well as their ongoing west coast travel blog, West By East.
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