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FFF ~ blessing list

Hi and welcome to this week’s edition of

We’re compiling our weekly blessing list with Susanne at Living To Tell The Story.

1. Last Friday was another lovely summer-like day. I called my ever ready beach buddy and we headed up to the little cove that Sophie and I had discovered.

A perfect way to celebrate Oct 1st!

2. October garden update: last week I showed you the sugar snap pea blossoms – this week we picked our first ever, second crop of sugar snap peas. They were planted Aug 1st along with some yellow beans, carrots and beets.

The yellow beans are in flower but no beans yet. The carrots and beets are looking good. And we still have our first crop of carrots to harvest yet, along with potatoes, parsnips, parsley, and Niki’s gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins and squash.

The garden flowers that I grew from seed are still bright and colorful.

And look at this

I planted a whole row of cosmos but only one plant grew. It’s about 4 feet tall, lovely and green but it never formed any heads until this week. Now it’s loaded! I wonder will the frost hold off until it blooms? I’ll keep you posted 🙂

3. The sunflowers were hit hard by tropical storm Earl. I debated pulling them out as they are quite ragged and spindly,

but I’m glad I didn’t.

because the chickadees discovered them.

I can hear their song, chick a dee dee dee, from the kitchen window as they dart back and forth between the trees and the garden. So cheery!

4. This past summer, we noticed quite a few trees in our area have been struck by a blight. The leaves withered and turned brown.

It was so disheartening to see a tree bare as November in August. Sarah and I mourned a little, thinking that we might miss the autumn leaf glory.

But something unexpected happened!

New growth!

It’s like a small miracle to see bright spring-green leaves appear in late September and October. I’m interested to see if they will turn a more vivid autumn gold or scarlet than the faded leaves that hung on all summer.

5. Our days are growing shorter here on the Island. Darkness falls around 7pm now. The nights are cool enough for a fire in the fireplace. Evenings find us by the hearth, drinking a cup of tea, reading, chatting or just watching the logs burn slowly down.

Last night I read a book in one sitting. It’s been a long time since I was so fascinated with a story that I didn’t put it down until I was finished.

An Island to Oneself  – Six Years on a Desert Island by Tom Neale – the true story of a man who decided to live by himself on a small tropical island. Although not a true castaway story, it’s very similar to that genre.

I’ve loved castaway stories since childhood days, when I read Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. I moved on to others such as The Swiss Family Robinson Castaways in Lilluput, Island of the Blue Dolphins and the Swallows and Amazon series (not strictly castaway but an island adventure story).

Have you read any castaway stories? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new titles. I foresee many long evenings reading in front of that fire this winter. So cosy!

Well, that’s my fifth favourite from the week – thanks so much for dropping by for a visit!

And to all my Canadian blogging friends – a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

with love,

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19 thoughts on “FFF ~ blessing list

  1. THose pics are gorgeous as usual and I just love the sound of the chick-a-dees…we heard and saw several on our mountain hike yesterday. I just loved reading to my daughters when they were younger and one of our very favorite books was Island of the Blue Dolphins. the book is MUCH better than the movie altho the movie was ok. Both daughters read it again on their own…and i think that is the only book I've really read about castaways altho i remember seeing that Tom Hanks movie….i might have read parts of Swiss Family Robinson back in my childhood…or teen years….

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  2. Oh I remember reading Baby Island with my daughters! They LOVED that book. And of course you know that Island of the Blue Dolphins was a true story written about a young woman stranded on one the islands offshore from where I live along the Pacific Coast. I'll have to look up An Island of My Own. Thanks for the recommendation.What a lovely October week you've had! Beach buddy trip, veggies, flowers and and an evening fire. I'm smiling for you!

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  3. Oh Kathie! Baby Island! I read that over and over when I was a kid. As a grown-up, I couldn't remember who wrote it. Thank you for sharing about it. Now maybe I can find my own copy! As always, I loved your photos. It makes me think that life on PEI is pretty idyllic …. at least if looks are anything to go by!

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  4. Look at all the colors still bursting out in your neck o' the woods! And that blue sky, too 🙂 What a feast for the eyes (and tastebuds — snap peas!). Lots to be thankful for.

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  5. Its cute that you read books about Islands. Our days are getting shorter as well, that always makes me kind of sad. I love it when I can read a book in one setting!

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  6. Beauty of Bamboo says:

    Love the photos – always – and the music that plays. I love survival stories and one of my favorites was Endurance by Alfred Lansing (Shackleford) and I'm just starting Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer on the advice of one of my daughters about the Mt. Everest disaster. Think I'll take this very cold sounding book to the beach with me tomorrow here in South Carolina.

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  7. Wow, fresh leaf growth in October! It has been quite a year weatherwise, hasn't it? Your flowers are still lovely. I have a few planters that are still doing great so I left them instead of doing my usual outside fall decorating for Thanksgiving. I just couldn't bear to pull them up when they still look lovely.Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Your pictures are always so beautiful. I had cosmos (seeds)to plant and didn't even get them into the ground they bloom at this time and I am always looking for colour around now. I like your garden pea, she is so sweet. Good job for new growth. I wish It was still daylight until 7pm I'm sure the last week it gets dark at 5:30. Oh well a shower chased us back home racing last evening around this time perhaps it was darker because of it.Castaway novels, hum nothing comes to mind. Happy Thanksgiving have a great weekend. Our food feast starts tonight and Monday we will rest. I wish we could all get together at the same time and use 4 sets of dishes only once.

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  9. Is that someone swimming out in the water?! Beautiful bounty photos. Love the birdie. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Kathie. And yes I think Canada and Canadians and Mennonites are growing on me…Funny sidenote…Katie's maid of honor and I were talking about Anne of Green Gables and she said "you know when I was little and watched the movie I thought you were a lot like Marilla" I guess I come across a little stern. Hopefully she saw Marilla's softness in me, too :0)

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  10. Lovella says:

    Again, such beautiful photos. .amazing color . .I am always so drawn to see which one will come next. This weekend we are promised a storm. .enough to make me want to curl up. .and perhaps I'll pull out a book as well. . Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours Kathie.

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