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Saturday, September 2, 2017

the calendar says September

The late summer garden.

Hello Friends.
The calendar says September as another month has come to a close and also the end of summer as some of you will be finished summer vacation time and your children will be back to school.  I know we still have a few more weeks of actual summer although the weather is starting to change as we get into much cooler nights and some days as well.  

The field behind us was cut at the first of the month.

Bales of hay going to the barn.


At the Longest Covered Bridge in the World in Hartland, NB.

As I mentioned in my last post, Murray and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 6.  As his sister was visiting with us we spent the day with her taking a drive on the backroads of Carleton County and visiting Hartland.  The "40" is a vintage one I found so we took that with us on a few adventures that week for fun.  

The "40" showed up at New River Beach the next day as we went there with friends.  It was a beautiful summer day and the tide was out so we walked the beach and had a nice seafood supper later.


The same week I met a friend downtown Fredericton where we watched the 'changing of the guard' ceremony in Officers Square that we'd missed in July.  It was quite impressive for a small town event.


The Tidal Bore in Moncton.  The wave of water is coming over silt that has been built up over the past 40+ years.

We went to the huge Sussex Flea Market and had a great time but it was SO HOT!! We walked and walked up and down the lanes looking at stalls of antiques, new stuff and lots of junk too.  We stayed in Moncton for the night and went downtown to catch the Tidal Bore in the Petitcodiac River.  It is an event that occurs twice a day when the tide comes up the Bay of Fundy and then the Petitcodiac River with a wave.  People actually ride the wave on surf boards these days.  It is interesting to see and watch, and listen to the sound of the silt being tossed in the wave as it approaches.  Sometimes the wave is quite large especially near a full moon or tidal surge.

We walked along the beautiful riverfront trail and found this wall art on the back of a building.  The city sponsored mural painting on many buildings earlier in the summer and this one was quite spectacular as it is made of junk - mostly plastics - that go into our landfills, and even our waters.  It gives one lots to think about and makes a quite a statement to our wasteful society today.


Another friend and I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement on a very HOT and humid day last week.  We had a great time as she hadn't been there since she was a young girl.  

Some of the "visiting cousins" we saw that attend camp there for the week learning about life in the 1800's.

And this 'visiting cousin' is me!  Haha.  In one of the houses one can dress in period clothes and have your photo taken with your own camera or phone.  There is a person there to help out and take your photos for you.  We had a blast doing this!  And as it wasn't busy could take our time.


We are into the ending dog days of summer now with some cooler nights and foggy mornings as the rising sun hits the morning dew.  This photo was on Monday morning and when I looked out and saw the fog I got right out with my camera to get some pics.

I even saw a couple of 'white tails' jumping across the field.  There are lots of deer around and new little ones and they come out on the hill behind us every day.

I captured this Monarch butterfly on the Liatris one evening too.  What beauty!

It is the season for fresh local produce and the roadside stands are open for business.  I bought corn on the cob and green and yellow beans on this day.  Delicious!!

Friends took us out for ice cream on Sunday evening where the scoops were huge and the cheapest cones around!  Yummy!!  I must admit that it was a bit too much ice cream for me and a single cone is certainly big enough. 

I bought this sweet bouquet of flowers from a local vendor who sets up a flower cart on Saturday mornings.  

I'm enjoying our deck and pergola a lot this summer as it's been so sunny and hot.  Although some days it is just too hot to sit out there! I sanded the two cedar Adirondack chairs and stained them in Architectural Grey semi-transparent stain.  Quite a job but they look so nice and really compliment the wood deck and black spindles.  I found two new chair pads on sale too!  I enjoy watching the hummingbirds at the feeders and listening to the birds from my comfy seat.


 So here we are approaching September and a new season.  As I think of our beautiful summer we've had here in NB and the lack of rain in our area my heart goes out to the people of Texas and everyone affected by the devastation and terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.  It is heartbreaking to see the photos in the media.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you as it will be a long road to recovery and renewal.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you leave a comment so I'll know you stopped by.  I wish you a blessed new month of September as we step into a new season.  Take care.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

It's August!!

Hi Everyone!

It's August already.  Did July go by as fast for you as it did for me?  Goodness!  I love summer but now we are into the 'dog days' of summer and next thing we know it will be September.  

I'll share a few photos of what we've been up to in July.  

We took a day trip to our beloved Saint Andrews on July 3.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed ourselves walking the beach, the wharf and the main street shops ~ 0ur usual spots but on a nice summer day it is always enjoyable.  We found a new place to have seafood - a takeout called the Clam Digger.  Oh my!  It was so delicious.  We ate at freshly painted red picnic tables in the hot sun but it was worth it.  We'll definitely go there again.

July 9th we went for a little walk on the Shogomoc Trail near Woodstock, NB.  It is part of the Trans Canada Trail and was originally the old highway along the St. John River.  We'd never been there before so it was enjoyable.  The suspension bridge is pretty cool.

The trail was quite overgrown on the sides as nature tries to claim back the old highway.  We could still see the white centre line painted on it.

I spent a hot afternoon downtown in Fredericton with a good friend who is also a photographer.  We had fun finding different shots to capture.

This was a fun photo of us looking at our reflections in a plate glass window of a restaurant.
And Sharon took this photo as it was better than mine.  πŸ˜

On July 23, Murray and I took another day trip to the Fundy coast.  The Bay of Fundy separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia until it comes to an isthmus at the head of the bay.  We drove to Dipper Harbour, Lepreau, New River Beach, Pennfield and Saint George.

This is the beautiful Lepreau Falls.  The falls is quite spectacular in the spring run off or after heavy rains but we've had a very dry July here with only 95mm of rain since sometime in June.  We haven't really had a rainy day in July and just a couple of thunderstorms to give us any moisture.  

This is New River Beach.  It was really crowded that beautiful afternoon and the tide was just going out so we walked from end to end as the tide receded.

Murray took a photo of me on his phone.

This is the gorge in Saint George where the Magadavic River runs through to the Bay of Fundy.  It was a power generating station and there is a fish ladder up past the red building.

We enjoyed a seafood platter at Comeau's Seafood in Pennfield that day.  We love our seafood on the east coast!

The deer are coming around now and I believe these twins are last years model.  They were quite young and sticking together.  

The field behind our house was cut recently.  

Sunday morning I looked out and saw this deer family out for a stroll so, in my housecoat with camera in hand, I went on the deck and took photos.  The twin fawns were so cute prancing and frolicking around.  I've never seen a mom and dad with their offspring before so the fawns must have been quite new.  

A neighbour nearby had triplets in his yard yesterday!  The deer population is growing in our area!

There are lots of bees around the flowers.

Due to the extremely dry conditions the province has an outdoor fire ban on so we haven't had a bonfire once this summer!  Our grass is brown and crunchy underfoot and some of my perennials are dying or wilting in the heat.  I've not seen it this bad for July before as we usually only get dry for a week or two in August.  I'm watering my annuals daily but the perennials only get watered once a week.  We had a thunderstorm on Monday night with an hour or so of rain which was wonderful but not nearly enough.

I celebrated another birthday in July and this coming Sunday Murray and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage!!  I can't believe it's been that long as I still 'think' like I'm 27.  haha  We've been very blessed in our lives and are still in love with each other.  I don't know what I'd do without my best friend!  God has been good and faithful.  

Here we are on our wedding day in 1977.
{don't laugh!}  That was the style! πŸ˜€ My little nephew in the background was the ring bearer and he just turned 46!  Yikes!!  

And a recent photo of us in July.  
Life is good!

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  
Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful August.

I'll try to post at the end of the month again.

Take care.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

it's summer

Hi Everyone!

It's been almost a month since I hit the publish button on what was to be my last post for a while.
I thought I'd post today as we are drawing close to the end of June already and it's been almost a month since I 'retired' for the summer.  πŸ˜  

I would like to thank you for your very kind comments on my last post when I wrote about giving up blogging for at least the summer and maybe longer.  You are all such dear friends and your comments warmed my heart.  Thank you!! I didn't respond to you individually as I enjoyed the break from commenting so I hope you read this today and know how much I appreciate each one of you.

Today I thought I'd update you on what I've done the past month and perhaps this is how I'll do my posting.....a month in review.  Some other friends post monthly updates and I like that as it keeps me in touch with them.  

I spent 11 days visiting our daughter and her family in Calgary.  Murray had a business trip to Edmonton and suggested I fly to visit our family while he was there.  He joined us on the weekend in between then came back the day before we were to fly home.  That was half the month of June gone but it was so good to spend time with our daughter and our three grandsons. 

The boys helped me choose the 'decorations' they liked to the above photo.  

Family photo shoot on our last night.
The boys will be 4, 7 and 3 this summer.  They are cute, smart, busy, lively, active, loud and SO much fun!!  I sure wish they lived closer to us.  

The week after we got home I went to Corn Hill Nursery with a couple of girlfriends for a day trip. I've shared this beautiful spot with you before and we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Cedar Cafe before walking around the gardens in the rain.  We didn't let the rain hamper our enjoyment of the gorgeous roses, lilies and rhododendrons that were in bloom.

Even on a rainy day the view is spectacular.

We've had quite a lot of rain this month so everything is growing well and very lush.  We also had a few, very few, hot and humid days.  It seems we can't get a day in without a shower or thundershower though, so hopefully July will be a bit dryer.  I just saw on the news how wet it is in southern Ontario as well and that it has affected the farmers terribly.  

We gave up on our vegetable garden this summer as the ground was not good (very rocky) and the deer ate most of what we grew.  We don't miss the weeding and deer visits at all.  We've been doing quite a bit of landscaping around the front of the house but it's not completed yet.  Yard work is never ending in our short season!

Photo taken in Officers Square in downtown Fredericton on Saturday evening June 24.

If you're Canadian, you know we are celebrating 150 years as a country this July 1st.  It is a huge celebration with events being held in every city, town, village and community across this great country of ours.  Even our small community is planning a parade and day long events ending with fireworks.  Sadly, the weather forecast is calling for rain from Friday through Sunday for us!  I don't think that will stop people from attending events but the fireworks may have to be cancelled if the rain is heavy.  I am so thankful to live in this great country of ours!  

Along the walking trail in downtown Fredericton.

The view of the trail and the St. John River in downtown Fredericton.

The wildflowers are in bloom along the roadsides and in fields and look so beautiful.  Farmers are trying to get their first cut of grass between the rains.  Strawberry u-picks are open this week for fresh berries....which I hope to do tomorrow.  School's out for summer and vacations are starting.  We have no plans for the rest of the summer at this point other than day trips but we hope to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in August with a weekend away to St. Andrews at the Algonquin Hotel where we started our honeymoon.  The years have gone by fast but God has blessed us abundantly over those 40 years and I am very grateful for the wonderful husband I have!

Happy Canada Day!!

I'll try to post again at the end of July.  Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a blessed and safe summer. 

See you later.


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