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Thankful

 

Thankful this week for

1. a tang in the air that is distinctly November.

Crisp, with a slight whiff of wood-smoke.

And so crystal clear – you can see for miles.

2 . the last of autumn’s glory – the oaks. Roger planted this oak tree in our yard about thirty years ago.

I remember saying to him “Someday, we’ll put up a swing in this tree for the children.”, and he answered,”Well, maybe our grandchildren.” That seemed like such a far off distant time in those days – and yet, here we are! I think the branches could handle a swing or two now 🙂

3. a little bit of colour that still remains in the garden. November blooms – what a gift!

4.  a special day one year ago ~  Nov.7th ~ Ivy and Ezra joined our family.

busy, wonder-filled year! Party time this Sunday!

Ivy & Ezra-11 months (thanks for the photo Dorothy!)

5. our dear little dog, Sophie. We had to say goodbye to her this week.

She was part of our family for over 14 and a half years. I’m so thankful for those years we shared together. She was a good dog, a wonderful companion, and so gentle with everyone, especially the grandchildren.

That evening Sarah and I had a long walk along the trail on the Montague River.

How Sophie loved to join Sarah and me for a walk!

She will be missed. ❤

As always, thanks so much for dropping by this week.

Many blessings,

with love and thanks for you,

PS – for more Friday Favourites visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story
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October’s End

 

Can you believe we’re almost to the end of October? Our weather has been wonderful –  lovely mild days more like the beginning of September than the end of October! It’s not hard to find reasons to be thankful so I’m joining with Susanne and the Friday Fave crew.

1.   We’ve had a few heavy frosts at night and my window-boxes were looking rather straggly. I cleaned them out for the year but I couldn’t bear to get rid of my hanging baskets. A few blooms are still going strong. In fact, the tiny white flowers are doing better than they did all summer!

My hydrangea bush survived the frosts as well. I love how the petals turn from periwinkle blue to pink, mauve, orange and silver-grey in the fall.

2.  It was so lovely and summery this week, the wackies just had to go to the beach. I forgot my camera but my iphone filled in nicely.

An October picnic! Our rule is “Bring a sandwich and something to share.”

The water was a tad chilly but we’re an intrepid group. 🙂

A walk along the shore does the heart good ~ especially with dear friends!

3. The fall colours are still spectacular!

But we had a warm, gusty wind last night, so they won’t last much longer.

I find it hard to stay in when the sun shines. The fall photo ops are quickly dwindling.

4. Speaking of photo ops, we had a fun time last weekend with John, Kathleen and family.  I’ve only just started the editing process but I had to do this little sequence for the blessing list. I laugh every time I view it.

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And then, the inevitable . . .

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That was the end of that pose! 🙂

5. As October slips away, the days grow steadily shorter. But even though they’re brief, they’re more lovely than ever.

The sun’s rays turn all to golden splendour.

Sophie and I like to walk in the woods on these golden evenings.

Sophie is 14.5 years and still trotting along with me.

She likes to run ahead, then turn and look, as if to say, “You still coming?”  🙂 Such a good old dog!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week. It’s been lovely to hear from so many of you.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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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