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It’s Friday (ok Saturday!) and I’m counting blessings!

1. Leafy beauty ~ Blustery winds and rain pelted us this week, with only a few, brief patches of  sunshine. Autumn is living up to its other name, Fall, as the trees are rapidly shedding their leafy splendour.

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It seems to me that we lose the bright crimson and orange leaves first, although I don’t know if that’s an accurate scientific observation. Perhaps I notice it because they’re such a brilliant pop of color in the Island autumn palette.

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However, all the red shades haven’t disappeared. The blueberry fields in October are a bright blanket of scarlet and orange.

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During the sunny spells this week, I grabbed my camera and headed out beneath the deep blue autumn sky to capture the last days of October’s beauty.

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2. Another thing of beauty – my beloved’s woodpile. It’s not only a work of art, with its perfectly placed sticks of wood,  it also serves an essential purpose.

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I am so very thankful for his hard work in providing warmth and heat for us. And I also appreciate the art of the woodpile (which is now perfectly stacked in his woodshed for the winter), but this is what I really love – a cheery fire crackling in the kitchen stove.  Although we have an oil furnace and a second stove downstairs, this stove is our main source of heat.

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Mila appreciates the cozy warmth too.

3. Beach Beauty ~ the beaches are wind-swept and solitary this time of year, but this didn’t stop the Wackies from taking one of our members to her favourite spot for a birthday picnic.

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Stanhope Beach, North Shore

It was a chilly day, but the woodstove in the picnic shelter kept us warm.

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A delicious home-made tomato soup helped too – thanks Rachel! (Recipe coming soon)

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And of course, good company and lots of laughter always warms the heart! (though we missed your bright smile Shirley!)

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Happy Birthday Sherry!

4. Creature beauty – on the way home that day, we stopped the car for a rare sight.

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A stunning silver fox on the roadside.

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Those topaz eyes!

5. Mama Beauty ~ it’s so exciting to be in “Baby Watch” mode! I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without my phone and I’m paying close attention to every facebook “ping” because we have a  family message thread. We’re waiting, watching and praying for the newest little members of our family to arrive!

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Beautiful Dorothy~ 37 weeks with twins!

and beautiful Hyekoo – due in early December.

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Hyekoo with Kinsey – soon to be a big sister!

Such blessings from the Lord’s hand! My heart can hardly contain them. It feels like this verse from Luke “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!”

My prayer for you is a heart filled to overflowing with His blessings too.

Thanks for sharing my joy this week.

with love,

PS – for more Friday Favourites visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

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Autumn Gala

 

Hi there and welcome to Friday’s Blessing List. I took a few road trips this week – not very far mind you –  but who wants to go off the Island in October anyway? I had  my camera in hand, ready to capture Prince Edward Island’s golden autumn gala.  It won’t last much longer as we have a few blustery days coming up this weekend.

1.  As I promised last week, a trip to the central part of the Island – the New Glasgow hills.

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I was a few days late – it’s hard to predict the peak.

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Some trees had lost their leaves but overall the colour was still brilliant.

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I love the rolling hills in this part of the island.

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Oh hello to you too! 🙂

2. A woodsy walk with Sarah, Kathleen, Isaiah and Peter. (Josie missed the outing as she was in pre-school – how can that be possible??)

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MacPhail Woods is a lovely place to walk any time of the year, but it’s pure magic in autumn.

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Isaiah was in heaven!

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running down the red dirt lane.

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throwing sticks and stones in the brook, (mama’s keeping a firm grip),

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balancing on logs – with just a little help.

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Happy boy!

And Peter was happy too, all snug in his wrap, with Auntie Sarah.

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3. We met a little friend in the woods – one who deserves her own spot in this week’s favourites.

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Oh my goodness – I could have tucked her up under my arm and taken her home.

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Please tell me why I don’t need a chocolate lab! I’m suffering a severe case of puppy love. ❤ Remind me we’re having twins and I don’t have time to train a puppy. Deep breath . . .  I may need an intervention! 😉 )

4.  Ahem! Moving on!!  Knox’s Dam. My childhood friends and I spent countless happy hours here, climbing the rocks, wading the streams, catching smelts by hand in springtime and skating on the pond in winter.

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Knox’s Dam

It was also the spot where Roger and I had our first kiss 41 (or so) years ago! ❤

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First Kiss

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The pond above.

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Autumn reflections

5. The Island’s narrow red clay roads are a photographer’s haven in autumn. (They’re also the bane of farmers in  spring and winter but enough of that!)

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It’s rare to meet traffic here, but occasionally a farm truck will come along and then some  tricky vehicle maneuvers may be required. The roads are so lovely though – it’s worth the risk.

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Walking along here, it’s not hard to imagine life a century ago.

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A foliage tunnel.

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“The bend in the road” ~ Chapter XXXVIII Anne of Green Gables

I hope you enjoyed the Island’s autumn gala.

Thanks for joining me!

with love,

Visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story for more Friday’s (or Saturday’s) Faves!

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Always remember . . .

 

I’m so glad I participate in Friday’s Blessing list!  It’s a time to remember the good, small and big, and to say thank you to the Lord, the Giver of all good gifts. I find the more I look for the gifts in my life, the more I find.  Isn’t that always the way? It’s a wonderful exercise for the soul.  And I love that I keep a record of it here on my blog –  because I have a tendency to forget these moments that make my heart so happy. . .

1. Freshly-bathed, pajama-clad children ready to be tucked, all snug and cozy, into bed.

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Josie and Isaiah

And  baby brother patiently waiting til bath-time is over – his chubby little legs waving in the air.

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Sweet Pete

2. A little boy’s love for all things with wheels

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Oscar driving

And his beautiful mama, patiently waiting for his little twin sibs.

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3.  Sons pouring their hearts out doing what they love.

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A fabulous show!

4.  And Little Miss Brave across the ocean. Only two years old!

(Hear the little “whoahs!” and “Oks” – and the cheery little “Bye!” at the end 🙂 )

5. A wonderful women’s retreat – quiet and peaceful – with delicious food served by a few of the husbands. A treat!

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The retreat house

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A retreat with time to kayak – win win! 🙂

6. Bonus ~ The Island’s October-glory unfurling.

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Thanks so much for joining me this week!

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

with love,

PS – Joining with Susanne for Friday’s Favourite Five. Wow Susanne – the 400th FFF!!!  Congratulations!! and thanks!! ❤

 

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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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