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diving in

I’m just diving right in, because there’s just no catching up on this whirlwind year! I’m so glad to count blessings again with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

1. All this beauty . . .

Prince Edward Island in October is a kaleidoscope of colour

with so many quiet country lanes to explore

Sun-dappled, red clay roads twist along pastures and through wooded hills.

Most of the time you’ll walk in solitude

with only the sound of birds and the occasional herd of curious cows

2. Island hiking trails are another favourite outing – especially in the fall.

Mooney’s Pond is a lovely place with autumn’s red and gold mirrored in the stillness of the water.

Is there a more cheerful sound than a brook running over stones?  MacPhails Woods.

3. Outings with friends.

Walking the Confederation Trail in central PEI.

We celebrated Sherry’s (CEO of the Wackies) birthday in her favourite place again this year – the beautiful rolling hills of Clyde.

The birthday girl!

Group selfie, minus the newest member of our group. Missed you Rachel!

4. Another favourite autumn spot to visit  – Orwell Corner, an historic village with a working farm.

Little church in the wildwood.

I always stop to visit with the horses. When I was a little girl I would always write at the top of my Christmas wishlist –   a horse and enough hay to feed it for a year. I never did get one . . . and I’ve never stopped loving them.

Such beauties and so gentle.

Look what I discovered when I got home.

See the red speck in his eye?

Look a little closer.

C’est moi!  🙂

5. Well,  I can’t finish the first post in a year without an update on the family. We added four sweet grandbabies to our tribe. Here they are, all together for the very first time last August. The first thing we did was line up all the littles for the debut cousin photo shoot.

I can see it’s going to be tricky to get them all looking in the same direction 🙂

and here’s the whole family. We had almost 3 weeks together at the end of the summer. I can’t tell you how good it was to be all together again. So many wonderful memories! 

Thanks so much for taking time to visit. I’ve missed many things about blogging. Hearing from you is at the top of the list!

Many, many blessings

with love,



36 thoughts on “diving in

  1. Debbie Z. says:

    Kathie, I am so glad you are back! Your photos are just breathtaking- they seem like your most spectacular autumn ones yet. Price Edward Island is beautiful beyond belief in the fall. I would love to visit it someday, but I can’t talk my husband into wanting to travel! I especially love your reflection in the horses’s eye. It is such a treat to get to experience PEI and read your words again.

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  2. Goodness! Such rare beauty… Prince Edward Island has always been on my bucket list.. now I know it must be in autumn!!! Your family is beautiful as well.. such precious wee ones!!!Hope your dining table is huge!!!

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  3. It is SO good to see you back blogging! I’ve missed all those wonderful photos of PEI.
    I can just imagine myself spending every.waking.moment. walking and hiking there in the autumn. It’s so beautiful!
    Your family is trul a wonderful blessing!

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    • Thanks Willow! It’s good to be back on the blog 🙂 You would have such fun hiking our Confederation Trail – it covers the Island from tip to tip.Not to mention the beaches! Miles and miles of them.


  4. Bev Klassen says:

    I’ve missed your lovely pictures and newsy posts. Congrats on the expansion of your family, yet again! It feels like meeting up with a friend who’s been away for a long time. Thanks for updating us!

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  5. Oh it is SOOOO good to see you back with the FFF and all the gorgeous photos! congrats on all those gramdchildren. I hope you have been well and it certainly is still on my bucket list to visit…..once the youngest is done at the University of NH maybe we will have time and money to travel.

    Our oldest finally got a job in her field of graphic deisgn and is still living at home although plans are to find an apt come spring, she is at an agency in north Albany and we are thrilled for her. I took a new job too this past year….back to teaching special needs preschoolers as an assistant teacher as i want to begin to think of retiring. 😀

    happy weekend!! enjoy this gorgeous weather!

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    • Congratulations Faith on your oldest girl getting a job in her field!! Not always easy these days! Our Sarah also landed a job in her area – she’s working as an assistant manager of a theatre/art centre in Charlottetown.


    • Thank you Barbara – yes it really is a challenge to have them all together. Especially with 2 nurses in the family and all that shift work – plus one son and family in England. But we do our best and gather with those who can. It’s a special gift when we can all be together!


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