Friday, September 8th, 2017

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A wonderful surprise happened on Wednesday, and when I was completely exhausted from planting 10 bushes and 2 young trees, with help from Nora!  These beautiful flowers appeared! Frank had received a message from Jen, in N.Z., to go to our Wolfville market, open on Wednesday p.m. , and pick up these flowers she had ordered for us, from Seven Acres Farm. They are so authentically garden flowers, not imports, just amazing, colourful, natural. A lovely little event at the end of a long day, and for no special occasion, making it an occasion!!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017


Well, it’s been almost a month since any word from this blog site. I have to admit to a truth I know…it’s easier to do something daily, then sporadically. When I had a daily commitment to this blog, I was “on it”.  Once I gave myself leeway, as doing a daily blog takes time, it was not a big jump to not doing it! So, here I go, trying to get myself back on track. It’s September, after all, when we are programmed for things to start up again. : *Our first days back from Ontario, we were “gifted” with watching Noah. Noah was a great help mulching the gardens, and very involved.



Then came a weekend when Noah’s parents were here too, and they were put to work as well.  Here Jockel and Noah removed two bushes and their roots! to prepare for a new tree this coming weekend. Noah is using the shovel he requested for his birthday! a true gardener.


Drea was working in the front…moving a tree forward in the garden. Notice her “supervisor” to the left.


..and then Nora and I planted 9 bushes and two young trees…a real feat! on a very hot day. One more tree to go and it’s all done for this year. Whew.


Flowers that Nora brought…all wild…they lasted a week. The word is out…I love flowers.

So, part of not doing the blog was not knowing what to write about anymore, but the blog  has always highlighted the things I love. Nature, gardening, flowers, friends, family, creativity…wow, I’m getting myself psyched up to keep going!



Sunday, August 13th, 2017




It will be sad to leave this sweetheart tomorrow..


..but time’s up, jobs done, and we must go..


.. and our holding duties draw to a close…


..but Aunt Rebecca will continue to help out when she can. Other family and friends will step in.

It was great to witness how serene parenthood can look …..when really there are always those unphotographed moments..the crying babe, the middle of the night calls of duty…the exhaustion. It’s wonderful to know that we leave our newest grandchild surrounded by love.

Thursday, August 10th, 2017


Can’t get enough of watching a baby change before your eyes!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017


Tired happy parents…a new member of the family arrived in mid July, and we haven’t met her in person yet. Torture! But technology lets us see little Harper daily. I was waiting to get there and take my own photos, but I couldn’t wait to share any longer!


She’s plumping up, growing by the moment. Next week she’ll be in our arms.  Meanwhile, she’s learning about her parents, her extended family, the dog, and heat. But most especially, she’s learning about love.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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Our son Ryan and his beautiful wife Tori now have a darling baby girl, born last week. It’s hard not to see the young sweetie in person yet, but Facetime  is wonderful for the interim. The family is doing so well…so happy for them…even the dog is at ease with the new addition. So delighted to have Harper join the family. We are 19 members strong now! Life is good. My goal to to have everyone gathered in one place…take the photo…see it everyday…but our kids live far and wide, and the older grandchildren are scattering too. This will be a challenge..the photo…but I can live in hope. Meanwhile, we couldn’t be happier with another healthy grandchild…that’s the joy! and the couple becoming new parents, doting parents…such a sweet time!

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


Sylvia took Lis, Frank and I on a tour of the South Shore of the island. Sooo beautiful.


Just one of the many beaches! See Frank exploring, to the right.


We also,explored caves..


..finding exciting exits..if you dared.



Later we went to a fabulous place where Judy and Geoff were staying. There I got to feed a huge sea turtle,


..and swam with the fish again. A very full last full day on the island!


Monday, July 10th, 2017


IMG_0658Visit by ferry to,the Dock yards. Saw some cruise ships…what a great place to disembark.


IMG_4934Loved how this young girl was keeping cool.


Then another ferry over to St.  George, where we toured the town, resting often for heat relief. Both Tessa and Frank were taking this photo. Love how you see Tessa’s hand and phone image overlapping the posed photo.


Meanwhile Frank and Ian were getting into trouble from the “sock police”!


At Sylvia and Richard’s later…watching the sunset while waving at me…fun.


..and from this side…End of another great day.



Sunday, July 9th, 2017


Snorkelling at a beach with the siblings..



I’m wearing Frank’s t- shirt to keep the sun off my back. The sun is so wonderful but so powerfull…you feel the burn and the heat fatigue so soon. Being in the water is the cure…otherwise it’s being indoors in air conditioning. I prefer the former.


Sibs dinner out…


..and lovely walk home.



Saturday, July 8th


Relaxing before the wedding…


Swimming off our property..


Waiting for the bus to go to the wedding…


Cousins waiting for…


..this. Our nephew and new niece! Lovely.


A fantastic boat cruise for the reception… a drone took this shot.

this was a fabulous day and evening….the sweet wedding, then the sun set and full moon rise on board, with dancing too!