Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

A friend, Katharine, shared this on FB recently.
I liked it immediately!
Hope you do too.

Have a wonderful Sunday/Monday everyone!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

It has been a challenging week for my family.
We lost our dear 'double' first cousin, Cheryl.
At times like this it is difficult to find that balance
between overwhelming sorrow
and joy for a life well-lived.

Cheryl's funeral was Wednesday.
The church was packed.
The priest saved the day for us all!
He was sensitive, knew Cheryl well,
had a sense of humour, was very kind,
and even danced at the altar because he knew Cheryl
loved to dance. ( I loved jiving with her over the years) has been challenging for me this week
to keep 'my glass half full'.
Nonetheless, moving forward is the key, right?

A shot I took the other evening out our living room window....reflections everywhere.

I was very fortunate recently to have acquired 
these three Inuit  (Eskimo) vintage prints.
Wish we had more wall space at home!!

These thistles are abundant this year along the trails and shore.
No wonder they are survivors.....who would go near them!!

One of my favourite views (if you haven't guessed already!!lol)
from MacDonald Hill looking west.

This past week has been 'Acadian Days' in the Maritimes
(which is made up of the provinces of  New Brunswick,
Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia)
In a nutshell, Acadians are/were those French settlers that
settled here back in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The British during the years 1755 to 1764
carried out 'The Great Expulsion' and deported
about 11,500 people to England, France and the Caribbean
and about one third of these died in the process.
A large number finally settled in Louisiana.

I have Acadian blood on both sides of my family.....
my father's g-great grandfather is considered
'late Acadian' as he didn't arrive till 1850.
On my mother's side (MacIsaac) I found French surnames
in her genealogy.

There is an Acadian community just down the road from us.
Their flag is the flag of France with a gold star.

Now here is a guy who has absolutely no French blood.....
I still love him though!

Here is where 'we three amigoes' got a lot of solace this week.....
along the banks of the river.

This part of the river flows in both directions.....
depending on the tide from the Atlantic Ocean
which is right here at it's mouth.

I can't tell you how peaceful it is here.
I hope this photo gives you a hint.

I can tell you that Sophie LOVES the river!
Can you tell? lol

Contentment at its best.....

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

Due to the death of my cousin, Cheryl, this past week
I will not be posting this weekend.
I do not have the energy required to do so.

Cheryl was what I have always called my/our 'double first cousin'.
My dad's brother married my mom's sister
and had Cheryl.
So we were very close not only genetically
but also in real life.
When her father left both she and her mother, my dad stepped in
to fill in the 'father figure' role.
He gave her away at her wedding and she attended every 
family function we ever had.
She was like my fifth sister.

She married and had two sons. She had four grandchildren.

Even typing this I can't believe she is gone.
She will be so missed by my whole family.

Funeral services will be this coming Wednesday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Contemplative Monday

'What we have to learn is to be free of attachment to the good experiences,
and free of aversion to the negative ones."

.....Sogyal Rinpoche (click to learn more)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

Love the energy here!!
Peter Bence doing his 'cover' version of 'Despacito'.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

From barns to bugs to beaches.......

Are you as intrigued with barns as I am?
This one is just a bit further down the road from us in Seaforth.

This one is still further down the road in West Chezetcook.

This 'friendly' little guy/gal was clinging to screen
on the shop window for most of the afternoon.

Most tourists want their picture taken in front of the Atlantic Ocean
high up on the hill.

Colourful 'kite-surfer' dance down at where the river meets the ocean.

A busy week at the MacDonald House.....shoppers and surfers.

I bought this sleigh from a woman who got it in 1950 on her 2nd birthday.
She was down-sizing and brought in a few things for me to look over.
She went home happy.

Could watch these kite-surfers for hours..... this couple was doing one fine early evening this week......

Did I ever say that I really like crows?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"You don't need to see different things,
but rather to see things differently."

.....Surya Das (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

I remember when Nancy Sinatra performed this on the 'Ed Sullivan Show'.
Times were a-changing that is for sure.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

Embracing summer........

'Sandbar Island' (just made that up!!)
 was very popular one day this week.

Looking through a glass crystal panel at the shop.....

I could, and I do, stare out all the windows at the MacDonald House.

No man is an island....

This couple sat in their chairs and soaked up the view
for a couple of hours the other day on MacDonald Hill.

This gaggle of  Canada Geese fly low over Lake Banook 
the other evening in Dartmouth.

Casting early morning shadows down on the Atlantic Trail.......

Lake Banook is one very busy lake in the summertime.
This 'war canoe' was propelled by a dozen seniors the other evening.

Ron and Sophie walking past the lifeguards' building at the beach.

Kudos to the person(s) who made this 'welcome' display
down on the boardwalk.

Staircase to......the beach!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"To receive everything,
one must open
one's hands and give."

.....Taisen Deshimaru (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) was one of the first
musicians to whom I really paid attention to their lyrics.

Liked it back in the 70's as much as I still do now.

Have a wonderful Sunday/Monday everyone.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

As a high school vice-principal used to tell us boys repeatedly
" the ducks are on the pond, boys."


Since I opened the shop it is not at all unusual
to get calls from couples who are downsizing. 
This Duck Tin Toy was one of the items I bought the other day.
And it works!

We took a drive down (or up?) the Eastern Shore this week.
This is in Head of Jeddore near the Salmon River.

Beach scene down the hill from the shop....

This is Oyster Pond....along the Eastern Shore.
One of the schools I visited was from this commuity
when 'my circuit' was on the Eastern Shore.

Shop scene....

Back to Oyster Pond.....I used to eat my lunch here 
when I was a circuit teacher.
Not in that building above but the parking area facing it.

I hope we are done with the FOG!
Even though it does afford great photos, 
I don't particularly care for it.....
makes me a little claustrophobic.

On the hill last evening.....

.....and look who was coming up the other side!!

Wishing everyone peace and calmness......

Monday, July 17, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"All the joy the world contains has come through
wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come from wanting pleasure for oneself."

.....Santidiva (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

I like this version of the classic 'Summertime' done by Billy Stewart.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

'All over the map' type of week....

Glanced up and out the window at shop......

A lot of fog this month so far sticking along the coast.
Usually it burns off by noon but the cooler temperatures keep it around.

One BIG mushroom (probably a deadly one)
sitting atop a nursing log in the park.

Moored boats in the Northwest Arm in Halifax.

Had lunch yesterday with two of my sisters, Paula (left) and Jo-Ann,
and of course my buddy, Ron (it just happened to be our 44th
anniversary as well).

From the Dartmouth side of the harbour looking
over to Halifax one evening this week.

George's Island is in the middle of Halifax Harbour.
You can barely see its lighthouse through the fog.

Can't imagine summers without daisies.

Preening gull......

The odd, but beautiful, couple along the trail.....

Green....and more green.

These three 'sunfish sailboats' were being towed out 
to the mouth of the harbour due to lack of wind.

The much-maligned slug (gastropod mollusc) on the trail the other day....

A dozen or so young women arrived at the surf shop (downstairs from my shop)
for surfing lessons the other day.

Now in tamer waters at Lake Banook in Dartmouth
these rowers were getting into a rhythm for an evening row.

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