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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Memories

I took so many pictures while I was away, and thought I would share a few more.

The girls (Heather, Rae, me, Dawn &Lindsay

Not sure whether the tide was heading out or coming in


Eva brought her kayaks. Colton helping Eva 
get them down the bank

Dawn's first time in a kayak. She loved it.
Eva is giving Dawn pointers

Heather and I watched this crab scuttle along


Our birthday cake.....yummy

Heather brought beautiful flowers with her

A view from the deck
Colton & Rae - Titanic shot

Lindsay and Dawn relaxing

One of the many Hermit crabs

Eva and Heather planning something....

I just wanted to share a few more moments of my
wonderful time away.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Little Respite Joy

Usually the days run into one another so that sometimes I am not even sure what day of the week it is. Coping and caring for the Captain is difficult at the best of times, and so my dear daughter Heather made a way possible for me to get away for a few days, and spend some quality time with her.  A good friend took Bob to the camp so that I would be able to go.It turned into a wonderful four days with Heather, Dawn, Rae, Colton, Lindsay, and a dear friend Eva.
Four days of not having to watch the clock, or cook, or handle a crisis of some sort, or any of the other mundane things that my weeks are usually full of.

Four days of sun, sand and sea.
Four days of rest, peace, laughter and fun.
Two days celebration of 2 birthdays, Dawn's and mine.
Two days of family fun, laughter, wading in the salt water, enjoying just being me for a change.
I didn't have to do anything, go anywhere, solve anything.
I could just be.
Just be.

The cottage was just lovely. Lots of room for sleeping our crowd.

This shows the tide in....

...and the tide out

There were lots of little hermit crabs in the pools
when the tide went out.

This greeted me when I opened the bedroom door.

a view from the steps leading to the beach

It poured Saturday night, and we were blessed with a rainbow

Beautiful sky and water

It was a very special time and
I loved every minute.
I took about 200 pictures
It was wonderful.
Thank you my dear Heather.





Friday, July 1, 2016

Reflections

In Canada we celebrate our birthday on July 1st calling it Canada Day. It is a time for parties and music and reflection. It is also Memorial Day in the province of Newfoundland. In the first World War, Newfoundland was not a part of Canada. The regiment of the Dominion of Newfoundland faced the German machine guns at Beaumont-Hamel in France, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The regiment was almost decimated. Today marks the 100 year anniversary of that battle. In France there is a Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives that day.

    
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Veterans Affairs Canada
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
NLS Haig - War memorial for Newfoundland soldiers.jpg
Caribou statue, Newfoundland Regiment Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel
For the Newfoundland Regiment on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme and World War I Newfoundland forces members whose graves are unknown.
Unveiled7 June 1925
Location50°04′25″N 02°38′53″E 
near Beaumont-HamelFrance
Designed byRudolph Cochius (landscape)
Basil Gotto (memorial)
Total commemorated
814
To the Glory of God and in perpetual remembrance of those officers and men of the Newfoundland Forces who gave their lives by Land and Sea in the Great War and who have no known graves.
     I think today about how thankful I am that I am Canadian. With so much that is unsettling going on in the world, I am glad I live in in this country. I am glad that I live in Nova Scotia too. Canada certainly has it problems, as all countries do, but yesterday the President of Mexico, the President of the United States and our Prime Minister stood together as leaders of 3 countries, who in friendship and respect, met and peacefully discussed their mutual interests and concerns. How unique in this time of upheaval, hatred, bitterness and alienation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sunday Adventure

I had a very delightful afternoon with Dawn this past Sunday. Following Church and lunch, we went to Blue Beach. It was a warm afternoon, and a little bit of a walk was ahead of me, but I had high hopes that I would be okay, not really knowing what was coming.

After parking, we headed down a path through the woods, and I am not sure how long it was but I managed to walk it, stopping only once or twice.

Blue Beach is an ocean rock beach,where the Avon River empties into the Bay of Fundy, and is known for the fossils of the lower carboniferous period that a person can find on the beach itself. At most, you find common fossils, but I think that rare ones have been found in the past. I walked the beach with Dawn for a short distance, then found a nice log to sit on while Dawn carried on further along the beach.

I am not sure how long we spent on the beach, but the walk back out was very hard on the old legs, probably because of the heat and going uphill. Dawn was very patient with me, though I seemed to have to stop every 10 steps or so. However, I MADE IT! Even with the pain, as I have said before, it was totally worth it. Having Dawn hold my hand and her patience with me, enabled me to accomplish the hike up to the parking lot.

 I am sharing some of the pictures I took on the beach.

Somewhere, over there, across the water is
Heather's Ironwood Farm.

The cliffs are soft shale and sandstone, which erode
rapidly with the storms and tide and there are always
new discoveries because of this.

Above is what is known as Paleophycus or worm burrows.
There were a lot of these on the shore.

I think these folks were fishing for some kind of bass

My resting place

Here is a tree that is still clinging to the side of the pathway with
a lot of its roots bare and uncovered. I thought it looked really neat.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Weeks' End

First off, I need to correct a part of my last post. I had my little greatgrandkitties' names confused. The one I called Sully was actually the no name one, so I stand corrected. No name actually has a name now, though it took over a week to get one. His name is Piper, and it fits him to a T. Both have loud motors, and are most comfortable now in their new home. I managed to stay away for about 4 days, until this morning, when I just had to get down there and see the boys, especially since Piper just got his name last night. :) Oh my goodness they are so sweet. I love them to pieces.......

I managed to do something to my back this past week, but it is much better now. I put together a rather large bookcase, last week, and then on Tuesday, I picked up a heavy file box, full of books. The next morning........I knew I had done something I shouldn't have done.  Needless to say I didn't get much done for two days, but today has been better, though there is just a twinge.






I have decided that after having the racoon take off with my good bird feeder
that I would make due with two cheapy feeders from the Dollar Store.
They are working out well, and only once has the racoon returned to steal the 
copper one, but he didn't get far with it for some reason and I was able
to rescue it the next day.
I have also decided that the little sparrows or sparrow like birds are
quite fascinating. I am having trouble figuring out exactly what kind they are for 
sure. They have neat little songs, and one at least doesn't seem to mind me 
sitting there and watching, even taking a picture or two. For all
the above pictures I am less than 4 feet from them. I have also taken
some with my phone, putting them on instagram.

This is the bird feeder thief, peering through the 
branches and daring me to try to get the feeder back.
I give up pal, it's all yours. (for now)







Saturday, June 11, 2016

Some New News....

I am delighted to say that my daughter has adopted two sweet little boys.........boy kittens, that is. They are just as cute as they can be at ten weeks old. They are rescue kittens, and litter mates.
I tried to get a few pictures, but they moved around quite a bit, and perhaps were a bit nervous, as it was the first evening with their 'new family'. I deleted more pictures than I kept, because most of them looked like this.....


This one would have been nice if he hadn't moved

I caught this one eating. At least he was still.

This little one's name is Sully  No Name but his brother  is called
NTBD......(Name to be determined)...Sully

Sully   No Name playing with paper

 Since my Sadie left me, and Dawn's dog died, I have had few chances to cuddle four footed creatures, except for my trips to Heather's to see their flock, cat and dog.
Should I admit that after spending 1&1/2 hrs with the kittens last night, I just had to stop in for a short visit at noon, to see how they made out on their first night in their new home. They are quite content it seems to me.  Did I mention that they are so cute?

I took a few pictures of the evening sky. It had been overcast all day, and then in the evening it brightened quite a bit.

An old bean thrasher on its last legs. We used to use
it many years ago. The Captain wanted to use it
for a farm sign, but.......it never happened.
Now it just lies there, falling apart little by little.
The best laid plans.....


That's the exciting news this week. I am sure I will post more about these little guys.

I have corrected the little guys' names........

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Thinking....

       I have been sitting for the last twenty minutes or so, just watching the birds that are coming to my bird feeder. In my attempts to keep the seeds away from the squirrels, I have hung the feeder in a different place, where there are no branches for the squirrel to use as a jumping off spot. I wondered if the birds would come, and as I watched, a goldfinch, a chickadee and a purple finch came to eat.

      It didn't take to long, and there was the squirrel sitting on a branch about eight inches away from the feeder. He reached out, stretched and put his front feet on the top of the feeder. The feeder twirled and the squirrel did a flip, still clinging to his branch. He did this sort of 'trick' several times, but he didn't give up. Eventually he managed to get to the middle part of the feeder and was able to get a few seeds. It was a very precarious perch and he ended up falling to the ground. Perseverance must be his name, since he ran across the grass, back up the tree to the same branch and did the same thing all over again. It seems that I can not win this game that 'Percy' is playing with me. It is as if he is saying to me, "Ha ha ha, you can't get ahead of me..." I think perhaps he may be right.

You can just see the branch that he stretches from
(upper middle)

He slips and slides as he tries to get the seeds.
He does get one at a time, eats it, and puts his
head down for another.

He has just landed on the ground, whoomph! though
he doesn't seem to be hurt at all

He just happened to bring a seed with him, and needs to eat 
to build up energy for his next foray.

     He is a cute little fellow, but I am not buying bird seed for him, even if he is a talented athlete. I shall get my handy dandy saw and cut off a bit of the branch and see if that will make a difference.

     Well, on another topic, I have been hearing this buzzing sound in my head for over a year now, and I finally saw an the specialist, and also had the hearing test. My hearing is good in the normal range, but apparently it is the high range that is my problem. It has to do with the nerves and the cells dying due to my age, and although I still can't understand all of it, this buzzing is the result......not too much I can do about it. I could get a hearing aid just to shut out the noise......maybe, but for now I will just live with it, knowing that there is nothing else wrong with my ears or my head. (As far as the hearing go, that is.....)

That's all for now.....