summer 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

happenings in August

We are skipping along quickly in August already with a change in the temperature the past few days here.  The humidity has given us a reprieve (until tomorrow) and it is almost sweater weather...for me at least.  Most of my friends love the cooler drier air.  We've had a few spectacular sunsets recently but the one above was exceptional.  The photo is not edited.

I've been using mostly my iPhone for photos lately so that is what these ones I'll be sharing today are.  Enjoy.

Sisters ~ Me, Pat, and Maggie 

Pat, our older sister at 74, has Alzheimers and was having a good day this day when she and her husband came to visit.  Maggie is doing pretty well and will see the eye doctor again at the end of next week.  Still no idea when she can fly back to BC.  She is visiting Pat and Richard this week for a change of scene.  

The summer harvest is ongoing in our area.  A local farmer hayed part of the field behind our house last week.

We are enjoying some fresh beans and peas from our garden and so are the deer!!    See how they are nicely 'trimmed'?  The beets are trimmed too.  

Maggie and I went for a walk on the trail in Fredericton last Sunday afternoon and crossed the walking bridge over the St. John River.  This is a little cruise boat that one can go on for a river tour.  Our choir is doing this boat tour for a summer get together on Thursday evening.

I've been enjoying a lot of these this summer.  :) Do you have a favourite flavour of ice cream?  I love anything with chocolate and have been eating a lot of "Hoof Prints" this summer.  

We've had a few of these kind of skies lately too, which have brought thunder showers and storms.  This one actually passed us by....not a drop of rain.

Last Friday Maggie and I drove to Nackawic, home of the world's largest axe, and Woodstock.  It was one of those hot sultry summer days that I love.  

Murray and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary last Saturday so we went out for dinner at a hotel downtown then for a walk along the green after.

This is a new art installation along the path called "Watermark" that shows the height of the flood waters from the St. John River going back to the 1880's.  The tall dark post has the dates of the high floods marked on it and yes, the highest was near the top of it in 1936!  Each post is copper clad hence the turquoise colouring and there is a band of molten glass near the top of each one too.  Kind of interesting.

Our shadows and Murray doing a two-handed wave.  ;)

A peaceful pastoral scene on the weekend near where we live.

I've joined Instagram recently and am having fun with it so far.  My account is private for now but if you'd like to follow me send a request.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments on my last post.  I have visited a few of you and will try to find time to visit some more over the next couple days.  

Have a beautiful week.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

summer is flying by

You know summer is flying by when the Brown-eyed Susans are blooming.  I can't believe it is now August.  July has been a beautiful month weather-wise here, but a crazy busy one.  We still have company with us.  My sister, who is visiting from British Columbia, had to have emergency surgery in Halifax, NS for a detached retina on July 23.  She now has 'the gas bubble' and 'buckle' in her left eye and therefore cannot fly for several more weeks (maybe until September!) until the gas is totally depleted from the bubble.  It has been a rough time for her as she is supposed to be flying home today.  

This is a long post with lots of photos.  Enjoy.

We did get to visit Moncton and Hopewell Rocks though before 'it' happened.  {By the way, 'it' can happen to anyone but in particular to 'older' adults just due to aging. If you notice flashes of light, sparks, colours or dark floaters in your eye get to an ophthalmologist or an ER immediately as time is of the essence.  If caught early enough a tear can be repaired through laser surgery and recovery is much faster.}  We spent a delightfully hot and very windy afternoon at The Rocks with our sister-in-law and niece.

This is the famous "Elephant Rock" that collapsed this winter.  The 'elephant' is on the left and the gap between it and the next one was filled in with rubble, including "The Keyhole".  Time and tide took its toll.

The "Elephant Rock" and "Keyhole" in August 2015.

This is the memorial to the 3 RCMP officers killed in the line of duty in Moncton in July 2014.

We walked along the trail in downtown Moncton that evening and viewed the Honour Garden.  These sculptures are beautiful and each one as individual as the man they represent.  

The Petitcodiac River in Moncton aka the 'Chocolate River'. Doesn't it look like a nice chocolate cheesecake or mousse to you?  :)

We even saw the Tidal Bore come in.  The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world and during high tide the water which flows into the huge bay also flows up the Petitcodiac River making a wave.  Some brave souls even surf the wave.

There is also an Irish Families Memorial along the river commemorating the Irish that settled the Moncton area.

We later caught the sunset over the river through a window in a model covered bridge in Riverview.


That leads us up to the weekend of July 22 - 25.  I include the 22nd (also my birthday) as that is the day we found out about the detached retina and Murray and I drove Maggie to Halifax for surgery the next morning.  While she was in the hospital resting after her surgery Murray and I went for walks down on the waterfront, up Citadel Hill and through the Public Gardens.  Halifax is a beautiful, busy port city on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.  Murray had a business meeting on Monday which was kind of good timing so we stayed over to give Maggie a bit more rest then we went home late afternoon getting home by dusk (it's a 5 hour drive).  

Here are some photos from Halifax.

We stayed here the first two nights.  They even give a special rate for hospital patients and family, although the rooms set aside for this are smaller than normal but comfortable.

The new Public Library building.  I guess the view of the harbour from up there is wonderful.  

The beautiful St. Paul's Anglican Church.

The Wave sculpture along the boardwalk.

The long steep walk up to Citadel Hill.

Looking down to the harbour.

Us with the Citadel Hill clock tower in behind us. {a kind tourist took our photo after we took theirs}  It was thundering while we were walking and we climbed up the steep hill to the top (still thundering) took some pictures then headed back to the hotel.  The storm was severe but we made it safely and waited it out on the hotel's front patio until it let up then walked over to the hospital to visit Margaret.  A person could definitely keep fit by walking around this city!!

Waiting for the thunderstorm to end on the patio of the hotel.

The beautiful Halifax Public Gardens on a gorgeous and hot Sunday afternoon.

This beautiful fountain in the gardens was commissioned to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

A beautiful allee of old trees.

Once we had our bearings we found that the Citadel Hill was next to the park so we climbed up again for a better daytime view.

This is the view of the entrance to the Citadel, which was a fortress built to protect the city.  We didn't have time to tour although we did tour it many years ago.  The red chairs are part of Parks Canada's 'Red Chairs' theme across the country.

Back at the Public Gardens.

The beautiful Victorian bandstand.  There was a really great band playing some old 60's and 70's rock songs so we sat in the shade of a huge tree and enjoyed it for a while.

The tea house which serves teas, coffees, light refreshments and ice cream.  There is seating in front of it for the concerts.

Despite all the stress of my sister having eye surgery, we are home and trying to carry on.  Margaret and I have gone for a couple of walks enjoying the local scenery and hope to do more visiting of family during her extended stay with us.  Recovery from this kind of surgery can be long and there is also the risk of the eye tearing again (!!).  We are praying that doesn't happen and that she will have full healing and recovery.  She is anxious to return home to her husband and family as she's already been here almost a month.  

I'm sorry I haven't been visiting anyone.  There just hasn't been time it seems, but I hope to visit a few of you today.  I may not comment, just read.  :)  I must say we've had some spectacular summer weather so far and hope it continues into this new month of August.  I hope you all are enjoying the summer as well.

Take care.


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?  :)

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