Having accumulated lots of life experience which generally also indicates aging, I exited the highway of Beijing and merged into the stream of a semi-island, Nova Scotia. People shown extreme curiosity, wonder “why”. My answer is always simple-I needed change.
I was born in Beijing (in one of Chinese Monkey Years), obtained excellent educations, been offered well-paid jobs; married, became a mother, and then 21 years after the marriage, signed a divorce release for my husband, for myself in the city Beijing. I had realized some significant difference or qualitative change would happen to interrupt the life style even before the divorce.
After more than three-year expectation, my application of the landed immigrant to Canada was issued in Jan. 2005. On Feb. 8, 2005, the last day of the Chinese Monkey Year, my daughter and I landed in Canada, and located ourselves in Nova Scotia where a master degree research project on applied science at Saint Mary’s University was expecting my arrival. With a co-op education at Kentville Research Station, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, I enjoyed the time staying at the valley of Nova Scotia. Within one year and eight months, in Oct. 2006 I obtained a Master of Science Degree at Saint Mary’s University.
Having reviewed the new life being built up particularly in Nova Scotia, I appreciate the help, the understanding and the generosities a lot, which are from my supervisors/co-workers in Saint Mary’s University, Kentville research station of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, from Dalhousie University, and from Precision BioLogic, a private company that I am working for, which are from my local friends in Canada, the friends from China and from other countries.
I should also thank myself-the courage, the confidence and the ability to have made things expected or unexpected happened positively in a new country since age 48.
My interests are ranged from animals to plants, from history to culture, from writing to reading, from gardening to farming……which I like to share with you.
Thanks my native English speaking friends, whose help made my essays written in English shaped and published.
This blog dedicates to my dear daughter whose growth, love and accompany keep me young and stepping forward firmly.
The photographs without names were taken by Zhou Hui. All writings and photographs are copyrighted and will not be reproduced without permission. Thanks.