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Jen finds her Heaven

03/22/2015
Jen holds Chester, the scrappy Ironworks Distillery mascot, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Jen holds Chester, the scrappy Ironworks Distillery mascot, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Heaven is an elusive place. We all take a different road to its door. Sometimes we find it at unexpected times and in unfamiliar places only to realize, after leaving, that we just spent a little time in paradise.

Jen recently found her heaven during our winter vacation visit to the tiny ocean side village of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

At an old 19th century iron works foundry.

A foundry converted into a distillery.

A distillery that makes vodka.

Vodka produced by hand in a strange, steam-punk still that looks like the pile-up after R2D2 and C3PO crash into a Boris Karloff laboratory.

Now Jen’s not a big drinker, but when she does enjoy a cocktail it’s always a vodka and soda – with two limes.  So it makes sense that vodka would be part of her heaven.

It also makes sense that her heaven would have a cat.

A cat that is big and orange.

A big, orange cat named Chester.

Chester is the Ironworks Distillery mascot.

Now everyone knows Jen loves cats. But her favorite kind of cats are the big, orange tabbies that look like Garfield and cuddle like Lil Bub.

Yes, at least for Jen, heaven feels like fluffy fur and sunshine through old factory windows; smells like sour mash and dusty log floors;  tastes like rhubarb esprit and sounds like Velvet Underground.

Did I mention the super-friendly, wonderfully hip Canadian distillery hostess was playing vintage VU on the Sonos somewhere up in the wood beam rafters?

Yup.

Heaven was just the hostess, Chester the cat, Jen and me.

Because whenever I’m with Jen, that’s my heaven too.

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One Comment
  1. Sounds like our kind of heaven too……Love your stories here in North Iowa as we are planning our own permanent escape to Maine for retirement. Your adventures remind why we love the area so much. Thank you Mark in Maine!

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