Above is a drawing that I did of their old house, which was an ancient fisherman's house. They lived in that house for a long, long time; but eventually they tore it down and built a new one in its place. I don't have a picture of the new house, but it doesn't matter; it's so similar to the old one, so harmonious with the setting, that it's only when I see this drawing that I realize that they are, in fact, different houses.
My mother-in-law, Christiane, is originally from northern Germany; she has this way of selecting and appreciating objects and design which is an exquisite blend of what I think of as refined Scandinavia and rustic Nova Scotia. Here are some of the baskets she's collected over the years. They're around the house like family members, casually going about their business. There is something charming and innocent about them; they are unselfconscious of the fact they are beautiful and remarkable, so much like a lot of Nova Scotia.