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Sunday, August 31, 2014

another sunset and an announcement

There is a wonderful patio restaurant at the Delta Hotel in downtown Fredericton.  The hotel sits on the riverbank and the outside patio, called The Dip, is a great place to dine when the weather is nice. It was a perfect evening one day in July so my sister and I went to The Dip and had lobster rolls for dinner.  Delicious!!  After dinner, the sun was getting lower in the sky so we got our cameras and went for a walk down to the river and then along the trail.  We took a few photos.  :)

At the river's edge on a beautiful evening.  St. John River.

As we walked along the trail we got glimpses of the sunset behind the trees.

Because we spent too much time on the trail we missed the sunset right on the water.  This is what we saw by the time we got back to the riverbank behind the Delta.

The colours were so soft and pretty on the calm water.

A jet plane headed into the sunset.

I hear that September starts in a few hours.  Did you hear that too?  Where did summer go?  We wait all winter and early spring to enjoy the beauty and heat of summer and now it's about gone.  I must say it was a really good summer in our province weather wise.  I've heard that September will be quite nice as well, with warmer than usual days, as we creep into autumn.  I'm glad we will have more nice weather to enjoy for a few more weeks.  

Our precious little 'bundle of joy' grandson arrived last Thursday afternoon - August 28.  His name is Liam and he is just adorable.  I am getting lots of snuggle time.  We are enjoying our visit with our 3 grandsons which is winding down all too fast as we head home this coming Thursday morning.  :(   I wish airfare wasn't so expensive in our country or a long lost relative would leave us a million dollars so we could fly whenever we wanted to.   We are truly blessed though and so thankful we can make this trip as often as we do!  

So I wish you all a very happy September as we start to leave summer behind and head into autumn.
It'll soon be leaf crunching under the feet time.
See you soon!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a summer sunset on the river

When my sister, Maggie, was home for a visit we went down to the causeway at the river to take sunset photos.  I don't think I'd been down there since she was home 2 years ago.  We picked a great evening to get some photos after a hot sunny day. 

The water was calm and provided great reflections of the shore and sky.

There are always people fishing for bass along the shore.
The culverts are where the boats go through to get to the main part of the river/headpond.

A boat heads to the marina as a group of Canada geese swim by.

I love the smooth as satin waves from the motor boat and the soft sky reflections.

What a beautiful scene!  We really enjoyed this sunset evening and then we went up the hill and took pictures of the full moon which I shared before.

I always enjoy sunsets and sunrises (if I'm up that early).  I hope you're having a wonderful week.  We are enjoying our vacation and our sweet grandsons and, are still waiting for the arrival of baby #3 who seems to want to stay put for now.  All in God's time.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

August blooms

The August gardens and flowers are full and gorgeous here right now.   Although I don't have the best flower beds, and they are full of weeds it seems, the flowers are putting on a great show lately.

Summer is winding down in the garden which makes me sad.  I love the colours that the gardens provide to the landscape in our world.....everywhere you look....gardening is a huge hobby and is so good for the mind and soul.  Do you agree?

Can you tell I like purples and pinks?

L to R....pink phlox, blue Endless Summer Hydrangea, purple coneflower
Cosmos, Morning Glory, Liatris
Rudebekia, Tickseed, American Revolution Day Lily

Our neighbour's "barnyard daisy" on our old fence.  

I am linking to Judith's blog "Lavender Cottage" for Mosaic Monday.

Have a wonderful week ahead.


Monday, August 18, 2014

black and white mosaic

The rusty iron bridge, formerly a train bridge which crosses the St. John River in Fredericton, is part of the Trans Canada Trail system.  It was a beautiful place to walk and on a sunny and hot Sunday afternoon there were a lot of people taking advantage of the weather and the bridge and trail.  It doesn't look busy in this photo but there were walkers, runners, bikers, skateboarders and roller bladers coming and going while we walked across and back.  

Although it was a gorgeous sunny day with blue skies and lots of green on the shores in the original photos, I decided to do a black and white theme for these ones because of the architecture of the iron bridge.

Pointing the way.
The spire of Christ Church Cathedral on the green in Fredericton stands out in just about any view from the bridge or the city for that matter.


making waves

brace yourself

criss cross

I am joining Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday. This meme has been transferred from Mary at My Little Red House to Judith's capable hands recently.  I hope you will join us or visit and view what we are sharing for mosaics this Monday.  The link goes up on Sunday afternoons but I'm a bit late.  Don't forget to leave a comment.  Have a wonderful week.


Friday, August 15, 2014

full sturgeon moon

It's been a few days but I wanted to share my photos of the full sturgeon moon on Sunday evening, August 10, 2014 around 8:00 pm over the St. John River Valley.


Waning full moon on Monday evening August 11, 2014 over looking the St. John River valley taken near the same spot as in the above photos and about a half hour later in the evening.

Not good pictures but I like the lighting in the last two and it was nice to document this super moon for August.  I also like the moonlight on the few clouds in the bottom photos too.  The moon was a soft orange colour which doesn't show in my photos.  It was a beautiful sight!

We had a full day of rain yesterday but the sun broke through today.  We really needed a good soaking rain as the gardens were dry.  At least I don't have to lug the watering cans around!  ;)

Thank you for all your visits and kind remarks on our son's wedding pictures.  Enjoy the weekend!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

there was a wedding in the country

candle light at dusk

There was a wedding in the country last Saturday.
Our son, Mark, married his love, Jennifer, at an outdoor ceremony.   The sky threatened rain and it did pour a half hour before the ceremony....with the satin slip covered chairs set out for the guests....but the sun shone beautifully for the nuptials...and the chairs dried off too.   It rained again during the reception but at least we were under tents and kept dry.  The sun returned again and it was a beautiful evening with a full moon rising in the sky. 
Enjoy the photos.

A funny moment while practicing their vows on Friday evening.

relaxed at the rehearsal party

the real deal here  ;)
{photographer's photo}

The bridal party wore navy lace dresses of their choosing {great idea!} and brown cowboy boots.  Their bouquets were sunflowers and white hydrangeas.  The flower girls were adorable sisters and cousins of the bride.  They wore yellow dresses and cowboy boots.  The men all wore jeans (not new ones!), brown vests and white shirts along with their black toed work boots!  Instead of boutonnieres, they wore fishing flies attached to pins made by a friend of Mark's.  The ring bearer, nephew of the bride, was dressed the same.  The little ones did a fantastic job and were so good!  They had a lot of fun. {there were frogs to catch in the pond!!}

A beautiful couple!

Ma and Pa  :)

Yep, sunglasses on the head.  :)

And now, his ball cap.  ;)  Cutting the cake.

This cake says a lot.  A Dodge Ram truck and mud seem to go together with Mark and Jenn.   (Although he takes really good care of his truck and doesn't take it mudding like he did his old ones.}  They love the outdoors!  The cake resembles birch bark wood rounds with their initials 'carved' in a heart.  

Mother and son, father and daughter ~ special dance.  

Dancing off into their new life together.

It was a beautiful day even with the scattered rain showers and everyone had a wonderful time.  We laughed and we cried; we ate roasted pig and salads, and we met new family and friends on both sides.  Family came from near and far although we were greatly missing our daughter (39 weeks pregnant!), son-in-law and two grandsons, and my brother (who is very sick) and his wife, along with other family members who couldn't make it.   
Now, the next big event is a new grand baby arriving sometime around the 24th!  This time next week we'll be visiting our daughter and family ready to meet baby #3!!

My posting and visiting will still be scattered.  I hope you are enjoying the summer.  It sure is going by fast.  Well, there's still September, but it already feels like fall here some days, and I hope to do some entertaining on our deck before it gets too cold!   We haven't even had a bon fire since June so I guess the next one will be to warm us up.  :)


Thursday, August 7, 2014

along the mighty Miramichi River

Looking up river from Wilson's Sporting Lodge on the Miramichi River

Hi everyone!

We were visiting along the Miramichi River in central New Brunswick just over a week ago.  The Miramichi River is known for it's salmon fly fishing and is famous around the world as many great and famous people would come here in past years for the thrill of catching a beautiful Atlantic salmon.  

Hip waders, used for fishing in the river, are drying on the porch of the lodge.

This old sign was on the original lodge which was located farther down the road/river.

This is the lodge where there is a large restaurant, lounge and a reception room downstairs.  The views from the upper floor are beautiful.  We had a fabulous meal there enjoying the view and even saw an eagle.   Wilson's was established in 1855 in McNamee and is advertised as Central New Brunswick's Four Season Resort.  Their website is here ~  Wilson's Camps.  We are planning on a trip over in the fall to enjoy the fall colours while we dine. 

Some canoes along the shore.

Looking down river.

The old railway bed that runs along the river has been converted to a trail used by ATV's (all terrain vehicles) and snowmobiles and hikers.

Looking up river as the dark rain clouds move in.  The little black flies were so bad we could hardly stand it.  They bite!!  So we didn't stay down there long.

Tomorrow is Friday, the day before our son's wedding.  I won't have time to post then so I am a day early this week.  (at least I'm here!)  It's been so busy.   The weather is calling for thunder showers  most of the day tomorrow.....the day we set up for the wedding....outdoors!!  Then Saturday is calling for showers in the afternoon.  I'm checking the weather on line just about every hour hoping it's going to change.... what will be, will be.   We'll have a grand time anyway.  
My brother's health hasn't changed this week.  He has one week to go until his next treatment.  Please continue to pray he will be strong enough to have it next Thursday and that the nausea will go away.  It breaks my heart.  

Well, I'm off to do some cleaning and wedding preparations.  I hope you have a great weekend whatever you're doing.  I'm planning on enjoying Mark and Jenn's wedding as much as possible.   I may even take my own camera and get some snapshots to share with you later on.  Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post and for your prayers for my brother.  I appreciate them so much. I am not able to visit or comment much but have been visiting a few of you this week.  
Take care and enjoy your weekend.



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