summer 2017

summer 2017
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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.  😁

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! 😀 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.  😁  

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.


Monday, May 29, 2017

I'm finding it hard to keep up

Me in our beloved St. Andrews-by-the-Sea May 19, 2017

You may have noticed my absence (or maybe not) but I'm finding it harder to keep up with posting on my blog the past while and just as hard to visit yours.  I have been blogging since August 2008 and maybe it's time to put it to rest.  I still enjoy reading your posts from time to time and a few of you have gone to Instagram so I 'see' you there. 

I still take way too many pictures but to find the time to edit, post and write overwhelms me and I'm just tired.  In fact, my intent was to post some recent photos today but I decided not to.  

At this point in time I just can't to seem to keep it up so will take a blog break.  I post almost daily on Instagram but my account is private so if you'd like to follow me there please send a request. 

I hope to come back later....maybe after the summer is over.  I've enjoyed blogging so much and meeting so many wonderful people, some who have become long distance friends and some whom I have met in person.  You are like old fashioned pen pals.  I will miss you.  

Is this goodbye forever?  I don't know. But this just might be freeing.  

I wish you all a happy and safe summer.  May God bless you and keep you in His care.

Do you know how hard it is to hit the 'publish' button on this post???  I hope to come back.


Bye for now.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

spring is bursting out


After weeks of rain and cold weather with the odd teaser spring-like day we are in a 5 day stretch of sunshine and very warm temperatures in the low to mid 20'sC.  Everything is late growing and the fields are so wet that the farmers can't get out to plow.  Hopefully this 'dry' spell will help and things will start looking up.  Flood season is over and the water is going down. Folk are picking fiddleheads along the streams and rivers now - a spring delicacy.  

The tulips are blooming and the daffodils are dying down, their yellow trumpets shrivelling after putting on a great show.

This bee was drinking nectar from a golden cup one day during a break from the rain.

The Tree Swallows are always flying overhead catching bugs.  A pair have settled on one of the birdhouses near to the back deck where they have nested the past 3 summers.  The Bluebirds finally gave up trying to oust them out of that house and settled on the house in the back garden.  I think both pairs are settling in and perhaps have eggs in their nests.  Time will tell.  I'm still waiting for the Hummingbirds to arrive but they have been spotted in the area so I expect it will be soon.

The Solomon's Seal is starting to grow fast now. 

Maple tree tassels look so pretty in the morning sun.  It was really windy so difficult to capture them as still as I'd like.  

Yesterday I went for a nice walk and took these photos.

This is the apple orchard which will soon be in blossom.  Note the pretty greens in the trees down below the orchard.

At the apple orchard they also grow raspberries and strawberries.  I can't wait to pick some fresh fruit!

I'm not sure what this bush is growing in the ditch.

Manitoba Maple tree tassels.

How is this for a gorgeous view??  This is looking down at the islands in the St. John River and if one had a really good zoom or binoculars one can see Fredericton, our capital city.....well mostly just the bridge that crosses the river downtown, but we know the city is there in the trees.  

I know our spring is much later than most of you but it is such a glorious season and I enjoy it so much.  There is so much new growth and the colours are magnificent.  I love spring!!

  We have our holiday long weekend coming up celebrating Queen Victoria - apparently the only country to do so.  It will be a busy weekend as it's the start of camping season and a lot of the tourist attractions open for the summer season.  I'm hoping we can make our traditional visit to 
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea if the weather stays nice.

Have a great day and holiday weekend, should you celebrate it.  Thank you for visiting.  


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