After we left Cornhill Nursery we headed through the back roads to Havelock.
I couldn't get over the beautiful sky, fields and hills in this area.
This is the Cornridge Rd. which joins the two communities of Cornhill and Butternut Ridge
(now called Havelock), the name being a combination of the two places.
My mother was born in Butternut Ridge on a farm called "The Grove" for
it's grove of butternut trees. Doesn't that sound lovely? The farm house is
a second empire style and just recently was sold out of the family after over 100
years of the same family owning and farming the property. I didn't get a good
photo of the house (below).
This is a side view of the house with the red door being the front door
and the newer door to the left being the kitchen door. So much has changed.
The front of the house has 2 original bay windows.
Havelock was a thriving farming community and is also known for Havelock Lime
which is plentiful in the area and for a large cement plant. The train came through
from Petitcodiac (Indian for little bend), Moncton and Saint John.
We stopped to visit my distant cousin, John Corey, at his 161 year old farmstead.
This house was built in 1850 by a miller, George Marshall Price. John's father, also
a miller, bought the property in 1920 and continued to operate the mill until the 1950's.
The Havelock Mineral Springs was also located here in the 1800's.
Apparently, when the village was renamed Havelock John named his home Butternut Ridge.
John has about 2 acres of flower beds which sadly, are neglected and weed-ridden, but
you can still see the perennials blooming in the rows.
One of two barns with the house in the background.
I love these weathered Adirondack chairs.
This flower garden near the road is well tended.
Me and cousin John. I stopped waving my hands around my head long enough for this photo.
The blackflies were horrible there, surrounding me the whole time and I
got several bites from them I guess they liked my hairspray! :-)
Sorry for the blurry picture but this was so funny.
John is quite a character with a great sense of humour. He can talk for hours
and loves to have company to share his 'tall tales' with. We had left and gone
up the road and when we came back
about 5 minutes later John was standing waving this large photo.
We pulled in again and he explained the photo to us.
It is of the Havelock Mineral Springs. I think this is where the spring was located
and they built the gazebo over it to protect it. I really need to find out more about
the history of this spring.
The man in the photo is my great uncle, Walter Douglas, as a young man.
as Kings Landing Historical Settlement and the Sheriff Andrews House Museum
in St. Andrews N.B.
John's home was photographed two different times for Canadian Living Magazine -
once in June 1979 and again in Dec. 1984 with wonderful articles about his
home and cooking skills. I could write a whole post about him!
More beautiful countryside as we travelled on to Petitcodiac. Those are wrapped round
bales of hay on the left in the field.
Boats tied up together in the St. John River.
(Sorry, blurry photo taken through a bug spattered windshield while moving.)
We took the old highway along the St. John River from Jemseg to Fredericton
as it is so picturesque and we also wanted to stop at a vegetable stand to
purchase some new veggies. We bought beets, green beans, peas and onions.
We stopped at Carleton Park in Fredericton so I could take pictures
of the beautiful sky as the sun was going down. There were sundogs on
either side of the sun too. Can you see the small vertical rainbow in the clouds
just to the left of the center of the picture?
And, you can see the one on the right more clearly.
Must be stormy weather on the way soon.
Fun on the water. There were lots of squeals coming from the donut behind this boat!
Well, that ends our little daytrip tour. Thanks for joining me again today.
If you missed the first post about Cornhill Nursery just scroll down to yesterday's post.
I guess the sundogs in the sunset on Sunday may prove their value to skywatchers
as there is a severe thunderstorm alert on for our area. The thunderstorms
are to continue all through Wednesday too. I don't like that and neither
will the dog.
I guess I'll get this posted as I may have to unplug the computer for a while.
See you later.
I hope you are having a beautiful day!