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Happy

 

It’s the last day of September and time for Friday’s Blessing list. It’s my list of happy things. I love looking for them.  And I’m glad you’ve joined me!

1.   Flowers from seed success ~
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Last spring I went to Seedy Saturday at Confederation Centre Library in town.  It’s an event where farmers and gardeners share various open pollinated and heirloom seeds. I picked up some lavatera, sunflower, various greens and pumpkin seeds to plant in our garden. I had wonderful success with my lavatera – best ever!

I’m in love with sunflowers🙂
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especially when they are backlit by a late afternoon golden hour in September.

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2. Seedy Saturday wasn’t the only place we received free seeds. Sarah took advantage of a free seed offer, called Bring Back The Bees, sponsored by Honey Nut Cheerios and Vesey’s, a local seed company. They gave away 115 millions wildflower seeds across Canada! I planted the seeds in a little raised bed and they’ve been lovely!

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The poppies finished a couple of weeks and I thought perhaps the blooming was over for the season. All that was left was alyssum and it was getting a little scraggly. I was debating pulling the whole thing up.  But early one morning, as I was out on a photo stroll, I was surprised by these little beauties!

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Saved by the asters!

3.  Raindrops on roses everything.  Last week we had such changeable weather – dark and rainy one minute and the next thing sunlight breaking through. It made for interesting photo ops.

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I love the look of raindrops glistening in the light. But I was hoping for something more. And I wasn’t disappointed!

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Such a beauty!

4. The final batch of  Nannie’s Mustard pickles  finished for 2016!

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As my mother used to say, ” A good job done!”.

5. and a happy husband!

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I think the only thing that would make his smile bigger in September would be his woodpile!😉

Well,I hope you enjoyed your visit this week.

And I hope you have some happy things to look forward to this weekend. I have three! Paper Lions’ big album launch  is tonight – already over 900 tickets sold! I’m totally looking forward to a great evening. Tomorrow I have an all day retreat with the women of our church. And Sunday evening Roger and I are spending  time with Oscar while Mummy and Daddy celebrate a birthday/anniversary. A fun weekend ahead!rob_oscar_sept

Happy weekend!

Thanks so much for visiting!!

with love,

PS. How do you like my new blog header??  :) One of these days I’ll show you my  progress attempts um . . . fun with watercolour🙂

PPS – for more Friday Blessings Lists visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story.

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September Blessings

 

Hi there! And Happy Second Day of Fall!  It’s time to count blessings.

1. A birthday celebration!

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We had a family birthday celebration for our sweet daughter Sarah ~ lots of good food, laughter and music! What fun to see the grand-babies join in the family sing-song. And dance with the birthday girl! So much love in the room. It makes my heart happy!

2. Speaking of music – my band boys, Paper Lions, released a new album last Friday. Take it from their mom- it’s awesome! I’m so proud of their hard work and dedication. Here’s a compilation of some of the songs – A Capella. Did you know that A Capella (singing without accompaniment) is Italian for “in the manner of the chapel”? And the band very suitably recorded this video in the bell tower of our church.🙂

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You can download the full album on ITunes. Have a listen to my favourite track, “End of July”  – although it’s hard to choose. End of July makes me close my eyes and sway – but Believer makes me want to get up and dance.

Good thing I can listen to them all!

3. In other news, Roger and John, entered a 5K race last week –  the Red Sea Fun Run. It was a fundraiser for Camp Seggie, a great children’s Christian camp here on the Island.

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Our good friends Andy, Abbie, Catherine and Clancey joined them, along with 70 some other runners.

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The runners had to run across the sandbar to St Peter’s Island, a small island close to Camp Seggie.

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And they’re off!

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The race had to be timed perfectly with the tide, otherwise the runners would be swimming back, rather than running!

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There was a bit of wading to do. But the water was warm and it was all part of the adventure!

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And here are the intrepid runners, 5K later,  crossing the finish line.

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We’re so proud of Katherine, who won first place, followed by John, in second place.  Clancey and Roger came in 6th and 9th place while Abbie and Andy, running their first ever 5k race, came in the middle of the pack. A good showing by the Belfast team and a fun time!

4. It wasn’t all racing that day – some little boys were having their own kind of fun!

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Milo (Abbie and Andy’s older boy) and Isaiah

And up at the main area of the camp, Josie and her friends had (much cleaner!) fun on this!

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Josie, Hazel, Addie, Wren, Caspian and Xan.

4. Roger and the boys had some “quality time together” (Roger’s definition), putting his parents’ wood in for winter. I love watching the boys work with their dad – a lot of laughter, good-natured teasing and general fun. They were missing Andrew, who has also thrown in many a stick of wood over the years, not to mention rolling a few round hay bales into the barn.

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5. Roger’s mom (87 years old!) was ready with fresh baked cookies for the guys. Josie and I had a lovely visit with her while the wood-stacking went on.

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Sweet times!!

Hope you’re enjoying these first days of fall. I’m looking forward to some great photo ops in the next few weeks. A Prince Edward Island autumn is especially gorgeous – says this not in the least bit biased Islander!😉

Thanks so much for joining me this week!

Many blessings!

with love,

PS for more Friday Faves, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

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Sweet September

 

Welcome to Friday’s Blessing List!

We had a few cooler days last week and I thought perhaps the Island had made the transition to fall but, no, I was wrong. This week we had some of the warmest temperatures of the whole summer! So what does that mean??

1. Bonus Beach days!

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Are we complaining? Continue reading

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End of summer blessing list

 

Beyond lay the sea, misty and purple, with its haunting, unceasing murmur. The west was a glory of soft mingled hues, and the pond reflected them all in still softer shadings. The beauty of it all thrilled Anne’s heart, and she gratefully opened the gates of her soul to it.

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”    (Anne of Green Gables, Ch 38)

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Summer’s end almost always catches me by surprise. How can it be September already? I want to treasure these last lovely days even more, simply because they’re passing by so quickly. Continue reading

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