Anyway, as you can probably imagine, there was a bit of a frenzy of travel on the first day that the 'bubble' opened, and that was the day I left for Nova Scotia. I left at 8:45 am, and normally, it would take me about 7 or 8 minutes to get to the border. Instead, due to the line-ups, it took me 1.5 hours to get to the border! This was because there was a LOT of traffic, but also because every vehicle was stopped to question the occupants about their destination and determine the place of residence of the vehicle occupants. This is for contact tracing purposes. I was stopped in traffic, so it was OK to take a picture.
Traffic later in the day was backed up for 5+ hours, and they had to install porta-potties as a result of the line ups. When I was in line, there were people walking their dogs and just getting out of their cars to wander around for a while as they waited. It was kind of crazy. I didn't see anyone relieving themselves in the ditches but apparently that happened later in the day. Ugh.
Anyway, it was absolutely wonderful to get to see my parents and spend a few days in their company again. It's amazing how we take these things for granted until suddenly the opportunity is gone. My parents lived through the second world war in England, so they had years of experience with food rationing and restricted movement. People of my generation have never had to deal with this kind of situation. Fortunately, for me at least, it wasn't a significant hardship, especially since I already work from home. The biggest things I missed were visiting my parents and getting together with spinning or knitting friends.
My parents' garden was absolutely lovely to visit at this time of year, with loads of roses in bloom and many other flowers. In addition, of course, I was busy photographing insects. Here are some of the pictures I took on my visit. Here are some of their roses - just glorious. The one in front is named a campfire rose, and the blooms change colour with age, from yellow to pink (or pink to yellow, I'm not sure!)
Finally, here's an ever-so-ordinary honey bee, Apis mellifera, but still a lovely insect to observe.
All the bees were going crazy on the masterwort (Astrantia) blossoms, so I'm hoping to get some for my garden as well.
I'm so glad I took the time to visit and enjoy the hugs and love that only parents can give!