summer 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

St. Andrews by the Sea day trip

Water Street, Saint Andrews.

Sailing school.

Hello my friends.  How is your summer going?  July is whizzing on by way too fast for me.  It's been hot and humid (not complaining) and I've been busy with my sister visiting us.  She and I made another trip to St. Andrews with our other sister and her husband on a lovely hot day.  

We wandered out the wharf as we always do and enjoyed the views.  On the return some dark clouds spewed a shower so we ducked into a shop to stay dry.  

More dark clouds produced more than a was thunder and a downpour for 15 minutes but we drove out of it.

I love big puffy clouds.

Behind us was all grey clouds and rain.

It was a short visit this time but enjoyable.  And my sister got her St. Andrews 'fix'.

We have also visited the Hopewell Rocks which I will post about soon.  I'm sorry I haven't been visiting you but there just isn't time right now.  Thanks for your visit and comments on my last post of our family's visit.  We had such a great time and I really miss them. The time went by way too fast as any of you with grandkids living away understands.  

Take care and I will be back soon.


Sneak Peek:  Dinosaur Rock formation.  It kind of looks like the head of a dinosaur.  Can you see it?  :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

they came for a visit


    I'm back!  

Our family - daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Matthew, and 3 little grandsons - arrived two weeks ago tonight in the evening and we packed a lot of activity into the two weeks they were here.   They flew from Alberta on a big plane to Toronto then the smaller plane to Fredericton.  What a joy-full and busy time we had!

The boys enjoyed playing with our son's old toys in the dirt under the deck.

The biggest boys enjoyed riding in Grampie's JD wagon behind the lawn tractor.  (No, he wasn't mowing!  Safety first.)  Littlest one wanted no part of it.

They helped Grampie "pick" rocks in our garden.  They weren't difficult to find!!

The bigger boys enjoyed playing Missing Matchup - a favourite of Jennifer's and Mark's when they were little.  And you have to put the red markers on toes and fingers while playing.  :)

Good friends invited us over to go kayaking.  They all went but me....I stayed on shore and took pictures.  :)

We celebrated Canada Day at home.  The boys wore their Canada T-shirts and proudly waved their flags.  They went fishing for the first time with their Uncle Mark and Aunt Jenn but the fish weren't biting that day....I guess it was too hot.  Very dear friends came for a visit in the afternoon and we sat on the lawn in the shade with a lovely breeze blowing through the yard.  The water guns came out and the littles really had fun with that, along with a few of the adults.  In the evening we had a great bonfire and roasted marshmallows and made s'mores.

Matthew's parents arrived on Saturday night so joined us through the days.  They hadn't seen the family since last September either!

We all went to St. Andrews on July 4 and it was a gorgeous day there - sunny and hot.

The boys were 'mining' for treasure outside a shop on Water Street.  
 We wandered through a few shops, had a great dinner on a restaurant deck overlooking the water then went to the Block House to walk on the beach as the tide was out.  The boys had fun collecting seashells in their pails.

It was a beautiful evening!!

There was swimming in friends pools; bowling one day; visiting friends; picking strawberries; playing with Lego, cars and trucks, and vintage toys; hiking at the beaver ponds; reading stories; got lots of hugs; laughed; wiped tears and dirty little faces; and made some wonderful memories! 

On Friday we had a family reunion with those who could make it.  My sister, Margaret, flew in late Wednesday night for a month's visit with us and Thursday was the only day she would get to see Jennifer and the family as they were leaving Friday morning for home.  We had 21 here.  And it rained.  Not just rain, but pouring rain.  And it was only 12 C.  My dream of having the party on the deck and lawn under sunny warm skies didn't happen so we all stayed inside standing or sitting where we could and had a great time anyway.  One other little cousin came so we had 4 little boys playing around.  It was so great to see everyone!

One last bedtime story with Uncle Mark and Aunt Jenn.

I didn't get a lot of photos of me with the kids.  Being behind the camera most of the time has its disadvantages!!  It also makes me sad that those snapshots don't get taken but I have my memories (and I hope I don't lose them!!).  

It was a great vacation time for us all.  It was tiring (I slept through every night, which at my age rarely happens!) and noisy (I wouldn't trade the sound of children playing or crying for the world.) and we enjoyed it all.  We saw them off at the airport Friday and when we came home it was just too quiet.  How we miss them!  

For the next few weeks I'll be entertaining my sister as we visit family here in New Brunswick.  We'll do some sightseeing and hopefully I'll get to blog about it when I get the chance.  I'll be scarce on here again.

Take care and have a wonderful July.  See you soon!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

a summer's evening walk

Hi everyone!  I'm back again with a post before I take my little break.  I just wanted to share some pretty summer photos with you.
We've had some beautiful sunny days this week, except for some much needed rain showers last evening, so on Tuesday evening I went for a little walk with my camera.  Come join me.

The meadows are filled with wild flowers like buttercups, daisies and clover along with tall grasses.

This crop was getting quite tall when they fertilized it last week leaving tractor tracks through the field.

Newly planted strawberries.  

And then there are the lupins.  

This was a lovely grouping of daisies.  He loves me....he loves me not....he loves me!


Morning sun yesterday.  It was a beautiful summer day.  Those maple trees sure are getting big!!  Our house is shaded until 9:00 AM in the early summer days.

Last evening at sunset, during the heavy rain storm that blew through, I took my cell phone out on the deck, dodging raindrops,  to take this photo of the pink sky.  

I took this photo on Saturday evening.  You can see there is some work going on with finishing the new shed.  The porch is completed and our contractor is finishing the upper end today.  It looks so nice.  Murray plans to add outside lights and electricity.  The contractor will be putting new doors and windows on our garage over the next few days then he'll be back in August to put new siding on the will be khaki colour like the shed.....and, build on a mud room entry at the front!!  I'm really excited about that project as our entry is so small even though we've lived with it for almost 40 years!  

 As of 5:00 on Friday Murray will be on holidays for 2 weeks.  Our daughter and family arrive Saturday evening from Calgary.  Whoohoo!!  I can't wait to hug them all and spoil our three little grandsons.  It will be a busy household for 2 weeks and I may need a vacation after they leave but my sister arrives on July 6 for a month so....we'll be running the roads.  No rest for me!!  But, honestly, I love being busy and keeping active.  

This was last September when we last visited them....5, 3 and one year old.  Baby is now walking, running and talking non-stop, and the older two are busy, busy.  They are oh so cute!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great July!  As I said last post I will try to visit and maybe do a post or two when I get time.

Now I must get those cookies baked!  Little ones love cookies!!

Take care and have a fun and safe summer.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

vintage car show

Our church had it's 5th annual "Day of Thunder" on Father's Day with the largest number of vehicle entries ever at 142.  It was a huge success.  We were supposed to have it a week ago but it was pouring rain and the staff had to make a decision to postpone it on the Friday before after hearing the forecast.  That is a lot of work to cancel and still get a great turn out!  

I hope you like vintage cars because I have a few to share with you.  
Lots of chrome and colour.

There were also motorcycles.

Gotta have the dice hanging from the mirror.

Don't forget the 'tail' hanging off the mirror or antenna!

And spinners for the wheel hubs.  Oh and a dice to cover the cap for your tire's inner tube!

Love these fancy 'skirts' over the rear wheels.

White sidewalls on your tires are really classy.

This is one Kool Car.  :)

Kool Car has a cool steering wheel.

This car was pretty neat to see.  All junk yard parts and patched together.  It even had burlap on the interior.  

This Camaro had a pretty aqua interior.

I love a Mustang!!

But I wouldn't turn my nose up at one of these either!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the car show photos.  I forgot to say that it was sunny and 28C that day.  We were thankful for a breeze to help keep us cool.  

Today was another beautiful day to start summer off  -  sunny and 27C.  

Did you see the Full Strawberry Moon last night?  It was so big and beautiful.  And a rare event for the Summer Solstice.  I won't be seeing the next one that happens!

Enjoy the rest of the week.  I'm still preparing for our company that will arrive on Saturday evening then I'll probably be quite scarce for a while.  Take Care.


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