We are winding up our time in Cape Breton – the weather for the first part of our stay wasn’t the best but the last couple of days have been gorgeous. Mum and Dad were with us for a bit – which gave Dad a chance to go fishing. Isabelle wanted to try her hand at it after he came home with this trout: We also were here for the Whycocomagh Summer Festival which was lots of fun. This year the community really tried to revitalize the festival and did they ever succeed! With waterfront activities, a Teddy Bears Picnic, a parade and a fair at the campground, Isabelle has been talking about nothing else since. Hopefully, we will be back for next year’s festival.On the rainy days, Mom and I worked on the hardest jigsaw either of us had ever done – we even had to break her cardinal rule of not looking at the picture. It took a week but we finished it! Between rainy days last week, we managed to get to West Mabou Beach, Cheticamp and the Highland Village in Iona. West Mabou is now a provincial park so there are more people there than when I was growing up but it is still a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, even the “warmest water north of the Carolinas” was pretty cold.We had a clear day for our drive to Cheticamp, but a little chilly. We had lunch at the Co-op Artisanale – fricot for Isabelle, chicken stew for me. Isabelle watched the ladies hooking rugs and even tried it but it was too fine for her, and me too.Fridays mornings in Iona they have a program for 5 to 10 year olds so Isabelle played some traditional games, learned a little Gaelic and visited the animals including Mira Jean the horse. She has also been taking a few pictures which she seems to enjoy and shows that I actually was there for some of our adventures! She also got to see the Malagawatch Church which she knows from the stories of the mice.Since Sunday we have had a houseguest. Dawn arrived and brought the sun so Monday we went to the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou and then back to West Mabou Beach. The beach was pretty windy but Maggie didn’t seem to mind having the wind in her ears.Tuesday, we went to Whale Cove Beach (I meant to go to Chimney Corner but missed the turn-off) and then to visit friends in Margaree. Although it was cool in the morning, the afternoon was warm and we had lots of sun. Dawn has a great camera so some of these pictures are from it. Both Isabelle and Maggie have really enjoyed Dawn’s visit – as can be seen in the pictures! Dawn was out early this morning taking some neat pictures of the house in Whycocomagh. I’m already looking forward to next year!