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fff~bright and beautiful

The first week of October has been absolutely glorious! Blessings all around.

1. Every beautiful sunny day is a treasure.

Dalvay_walk My camera and I are so busy 🙂

woods_octwatching for that  golden slant of October light,

early_autumn_leavescapturing the change from summer green to autumn crimson.

leaves_2013Robert Frost expresses my thoughts perfectly ~ Make the day seem to us less brief . . .

Go slow October – go slow!

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost~
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
~Robert Frost

(thanks for reminding me of this beautiful poem, Jewels!)

2. A late September afternoon was perfect for a picnic with the www gang minus one. (we missed our  travelling www)

www picnicThe day started off a little breezy and cool, but ended up warm enough for our South African member to wade.

A_in_rustico I think an end of September dip may be an historic event for giraffe in the snow 🙂

3. The week grew progressively warmer and everyone seemed to be outside enjoying it. I was so glad Roger had a wedding at the beach. ( He really had to twist my arm to get me to come along 🙂 ) I found an empty picnic table further down the beach and enjoyed a quiet time reading, breathing in the salt air, and giving thanks for God’s beautiful gifts all around me.

Stanhope_collage#sunshine#beach#happyplace – I can’t keep up with the little handstand girl, but she perfectly expresses how I feel! 🙂

4. Our sunny days have been wonderful for the tourists arriving on the cruise ships. Here’s a curious phenomena I’ve noted – a lot of Islanders seem to feel responsible for the weather. I don’t know why, but I always feel a wee bit proud when the weather is good for visitors and somewhat apologetic when it’s bad. Is this an Island trait? Or do you all feel that way about your homeplace?

Cruise ships_CharlottetownI guess we want everyone to see the place we love at its best.

cruise_ship_octOne of the largest ships yet.

5. My last favourite for this week is the lovely afternoon date I had with my beloved – a picnic and a long walk on a woods trail.

stanhope_walkNestled in the woods, we discovered the old Stanhope Community Cemetery.


stanhope_cemetary1stanhope_cemetery_stoneThis epitaph is etched on the memorial stone:

Here lie the people of the past. Deep within this ground are over 160 years of history buried with ancestors of Islanders today. Courageous first settlers of the 1880’s, they worked long and hard to carve farmland out offorest. Now Bovyer, Lawson, Auld and other pioneers lie buried in this secluded spot. American sailors lie here too, brought to a quick death in the Yankee Gale of 1851. This savage autumn storm wrecked their ships and cast them on the sands of the North shore. Tread lightly on this ground, move carefully around, for you walk where others lie ~ the people of the past.

The Yankee Gale is such a gripping story ~ “The Third of October, 1851, brought perhaps the greatest marine disaster in P.E.I. history. The afternoon was warm and still….. the sky heavily clouded. The north and north west had a lurid, glassy appearance about sunset. It was a Friday, perhaps the best remembered Friday in P.E.I. history. A violent gale and wind arose from the East-North-East, which continued for two terrifying days. Before it was over, the New England fleet, fishing off our shores was devastated – nearly 100 vessels were wrecked or stranded, and hundreds killed . . .”

For the rest of the story, check out The Island Register.

Well, I’ve come to the end of my favourite 5. It really was hard to narrow it down this week. But, I find that a challenging exercise every week! Thanks to Susanne for inspiring us to count the blessings.

And thanks to you for joining me. May your week be bright and beautiful!

with love,

FFF delicate leaves

20 thoughts on “fff~bright and beautiful

  1. Debbie Z. says:

    Kathie,such a beautiful posting. I love the Robert Frost poem so much. “Retard the sun with gentle mist; enchant the land with amethyst” is such a beautiful line. Your last leaves photo is just outstanding- amazing colors. Is autumn the most beautiful time of year on Prince Edward Island? I live in Washington state and, while we have leaves turning color, we don’t have the show that is put on in the northeast.


    • Thank you Debbie! I love that particular line too. So perfect!
      I enjoy every season on PEI – but autumn certainly puts on a show! And this October has been incredible – warm in the day but frosty at night and that really makes the leaves brilliant.
      Thanks for visiting!


  2. Debbie B. says:

    Hello Kath, I enjoyed the very walk you had in Stanhope this past Sunday, what treasures we have all around us, we are blessed to be able to enjoy such beautiful days. I am inspired to read the story of the Yankee Gale, my uncle Maurice who has recently passed often talked to me about it. He loved his history, now I realize when I read about the past, I think of him with fond memories. Thank you for sharing your photos, I enjoy them very much. Thinking of you and our tea times together. Take care.


  3. Such a lovely post, Kathie, and here my link didn’t make it up! I’m amazed at the number of cruise ships passing through your area. The picture of your friend in the ocean in coat and hat made me smile. Brave girl!


  4. What a great spin around your area! The cemetery and the stories, the beaches and the forests…all so lovely and interesting.
    I had heard Canadians say “Sorry” almost non-stop, even for thing over which they have no responsibility. The folks living in America’s Deep South do likewise. The Americans in the big cities on either coast on the other hand prefer to cuss at folks while blaming them for random circumstance. It is quite unsettling!


  5. Your pictures are so beautiful! What a celebration! I love your love of “right where you are!” I don’t know if age does that to us but I love my right where I am also…. It is a restful place to be Glad to see your life in your pictures. Thank you for sharing.


    • You’re welcome – and thanks for commenting! I like what you wrote about loving where you are. Never thought of it as being restful, but you’re exactly right. Thanks!


  6. Wonderful photos Kathie. I love the ones at the beach and the cemetery. What a terrible disaster to befall those fishermen so long ago. The memorial stone is very nice and it’s good to see the burial ground is kept up. Have a good weekend. The weather has been fabulous hasn’t it.


  7. Ellen says:

    That sounds good…go slow. October is a special month for sure. Beautiful images throughout your post and interesting history surrounding the cemetery and Marine disaster…


  8. Beth says:

    Awesome choices, Kathie. Loved the cemetery signs and the story of the gale. I didn’t know about it before. I was never much of a history buff. The week and today has been so beautiful outside, I’ve been opening my large window in my office. The breeze coming in is lovely, bothered only by the noise and shaking of the building as all of the heavy equipment on our property thunders by. We are at the end of a 3 week project of tearing up our parking lot and lawn at work to redo everything. When I saw the grader outside yesterday it was everything I could do not to run out and jump in, wanting just to smell and feel it again, as that was what my father did for a living and I used to go with him occasionally. It brought back such good memories. I should train myself to have my camera at the ready…. there were certainly some beautiful shots to be had this week. Thanks for sharing yours!


    • Thanks Beth – glad you enjoyed it. Yes get that camera ready! You’re a good storyteller already. With stories and pictures, you could start a blog. it’s a great place to keep the memories alive for the grandchildren!


  9. Awesome entry, Kathie. And that photo of the little girl (somersaulting) reflected in the water? You have to enter that in the Saltscapes competition (along with a zillion of your other excellent photos!) Jest sayin’…


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