nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – the Canal Bridge twenty three years later

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Last Friday we drove to see three covered bridges in Charlotte County, New Brunswick – Canal Covered Bridge, McCann Bridge (Digdeguash River #4) and McGuire Bridge (Digdeguash River #3).  My husband, son and I visited two of these in 1992 as part of a project for Canada’s 125th anniversary (see

https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/inside-the-covered-bridge/  ).

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Canal Bridge, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, August 2015

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The Canal Bridge was built in 1917. It crosses the deep natural canal connecting Lake Utopia with the Magaguadavic River.

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The Canal is wide and sinuous, unhurried in its flow …

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The water is very low this time of year. The shallow areas are inhabited by water lilies, water shield and pickerel weed …

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Many people have left their initials and messages inside this bridge …

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My husband couldn’t remember if we had visited the Canal Bridge in 1992. But almost immediately he found a small set of initials in black on a board heavily marked by red paint.

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To me, very familiar initials! Back in May of 1992, we had left evidence of our visit. A very emotional experience, seeing our initials more than 23 years later! It was hard to go, knowing I was leaving behind a little bit of my family history.

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Copyright 2015 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

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