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Thursday, May 31, 2012

mirror reflections down by the marina

I had to get out of the house yesterday.
I can't spend all my time on the computer can I?  {yes}
We had rain showers and a cold wind Tuesday.
Wednesday it was a Scotch mist and a wee bit warmer.

I went down to the Mactaquac Marina to look for some geese.

All I found was 'evidence' they were there.

I had to tip toe around the goose poop!

It was so gross!!!

goose poop (the brown stuff) and a river clam shell

When I wasn't tiptoeing and watching every step I took
I saw some beautiful scenery and snapped some pics.

this is a 'pretend' lighthouse

You would have the beach to yourself today.

Maybe you'd like to rent a houseboat.

This marina was man made after the Mactaquac Dam was built.
As was the Mactaquac Provincial Park and Kings Landing
Historical Settlement.
The St. John River valley was flooded from the dam up and
created a beautiful recreational area.

This is taken from the small causeway on the other side of the marina.

This millstone marker is for the small community that was
once on this spot.  It was called Jewett's Mills.
The Mactaquac stream flowed where the 'lake' in the above
photo is and the village was along the stream.

Part of the grist mill is now at Kings Landing.

These are my husband's relatives going a way back.

cattails ~ old and new

I took this photo below 2 weeks ago.
Can you see the little goslings in the grass?
When I drove by here this past Monday there were several
families of geese and the goslings were do much bigger.
I hope they come back so I can take their new pictures.

This next photo was on the same day as the above one.
Some geese had just taken flight.

It's another dreary day here today and the long range
forecast is depressing with rain almost every day except

I don't know what I'll do today to pass the time.
I certainly can't spend all day on the computer again can I!

Thank you for all your visits and comments and a big
welcome to my new followers!

I hope you have a super day!!

I am linking with Rural Thursday.
for the first time.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

over the hill

                                            Up over the hill.

What's on the other side?

A beautiful view.

And if you turn around....
there's another beautiful view.

freshly plowed field

It's drizzly and cold this morning but warming up to
 a sunny 22 ° C ( 70°F).
I hope the view you see today is beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Linking up with Outdoor Wednesday.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a rainy Tuesday tea break

It's Tuesday and it's raining and it's cold.
It's not even a warm rain at 10 degrees celsius!!

I got up at 6:45 and decided it was a good day to make
a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  :)

I didn't eat these.  Props only.  :)

I chose a Royal Albert mug with the purple violet on it
for my Earl Grey Vanilla tea.
The purple violet is the provincial flower of New Brunswick
and there are lots of them in bloom right now ~ in the rain.
Therefore I didn't pick any.

a bouquet of forget me nots in an old jam bottle

I won't complain about today's weather as we have been
blessed with beautiful hot and sunny days for about 2 weeks.
This too shall pass.

I have been to the greenhouse and purchased my annuals.
They are all potted up and now in the garage out of the cold
and damp.  I will post pictures of them soon.
The gardens are growing like weeds along with the dandelions
but I don't have anything in bloom yet.  I guess most of my
plants are summer bloomers.

Have you got your annuals planted?

After all my hard work in the yard and garden, today I will
relax indoors, drink tea, read and enjoy a cookie or two. 
Won't you join me?

I am joining:

Wishing you a beautiful day!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

a blockhouse, a falls and a sunset

                    This is continued from my last post on St. Andrews.

the St. Andrew's Blockhouse

This Blockhouse was built from Jan. 1, 1812 to 1813 by the
people of St. Andrews as a defensive structure against
American raiders during the War of 1812.
In 1993 it was destroyed by fire and restored.
It is a National Historic Site.

This is the beach in front of the blockhouse as the tide is going out.

One of my favorite cottages/homes on the water next door to the Blockhouse.

 Below are the sandstone rocks on the beach in front of
the Blockhouse.  They are under water when the tide is in.
Our kids loved playing and climbing on them and collecting
seashells on the beach when they were little.

these sandstone formations have certainly shrunk over the years

a cannon silhouetted against the sky

On our way home we stopped at York Mills.
This is a small community with a millpond formed from a small dam all part of the Magagidavic River system.
{it is pronounced "Makadavik"}  :)

The embankment was straight down and the black flies were so bad I couldn't get
a very good photo of the falls under the bridge.

There is a woolen mill at this site that has been there for decades.
It used to be an old white wood building but that was replaced
with a new modern cement one.  {therefore not as picturesque!}
Briggs and Little Woolen Mill is well known for their yarn.

the otherside of the falls - very picturesque

the roaring Magagidavic River

On up the highway we arrived at a new sub-division along
the St. John River. 
I had no idea this beautiful spot was there with streets and
beautiful homes all with gorgeous views of the river.

We were there about sunset time so I got a few photos
of the setting sun on this beautiful day.

Wouldn't you love to own this piece of property?  It is for sale along with about 20 other acre + lots.

Well, that is the end of our little roadtrip to St. Andrews.
I'm glad you came along with me.
It is one of our favorite places to visit in New Brunswick.

If you missed my previous post on St. Andrews, please
scroll down.

I hope you have a wonderful week!


Friday, May 25, 2012

have you ever been to St. Andrews by the Sea?

It is a tradition for us to go to St. Andrew's by the Sea on the Victoria Day weekend.  We try to make a trip down there a few times in the summer or fall.

St. Andrew's by the Sea is a quaint tourist town on the
Passamaquoddy Bay which is connected to the
Bay of Fundy.

One of the many beautiful historic old homes. 

The large building with the red roof is the world famous Algonquin Hotel.
We spent part of our honeymoon there - back when it was cheap less expensive - 35 years ago!

There are beautiful old homes, churches and shops along
the tree lined streets.

this was like driving through a green archway

Water Street with it's old buildings housing restaurants and shops.
There are some wonderful bed and breakfast places in sweet older homes
and cottages.

a view from the wharf

We always walk out the wharf and look at what boats may be docked.  Sometimes there are whale watching tour boats
loading or unloading, depending on the tide.
The tide was just going out when we were there.

We took a walk along Water Street and saw quite a few
familiar faces from home and visited on the busy sidewalks.
Then we stopped for an ice cream and we walked around the streets and enjoyed the beautiful day.

There were a lot of people around and many, including a group
of about 40 motorcyclists, travelled from Moncton, Saint John and
Fredericton for the day.

there are 3 churches on this street

We drove to the point where I walked on the beach
as the tide was going out.
{Murray had a nap in the car}

This is not a sandy beach.  It is mostly rocky with areas of red sandstone and rough red sand.
And the water is very cold, even in summer.

That is Maine, USA in the background.

A favorite shop for all things related to birds, dogs, gardens and original
artwork by Steven Smith.  And the building has so much character!

Since there are many more photos I'd like to share with you
I'm going to do another post on another day.
I hope you will come back and see the Blockhouse
and a beautiful sunset on the St. John River.

Click here St. Andrews by the Sea to see another post about this
 pretty town that I did last year.

Have a great day and enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

apple blossom time

It was peak apple blossom time here last weekend.

What a glorious sight!

The apple trees were a mass of white blooms.
Even the yellow dandelions beneath looked beautiful
in the bright green grass.

This is the orchard where I pick apples in the fall.
It's the farm where my hubby grew up.
{on a dairy farm before the trees were planted}

I can't get over the beauty of these pretty blooms ~ the soft pink and creamy white.

It looks like there will be a great apple crop this year.

Thank you so much for visiting and all your kind comments.

I'll be posting about St. Andrews tomorrow so I hope you will
come back and visit.



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