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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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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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End of summer blessing list

 

Beyond lay the sea, misty and purple, with its haunting, unceasing murmur. The west was a glory of soft mingled hues, and the pond reflected them all in still softer shadings. The beauty of it all thrilled Anne’s heart, and she gratefully opened the gates of her soul to it.

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”    (Anne of Green Gables, Ch 38)

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Summer’s end almost always catches me by surprise. How can it be September already? I want to treasure these last lovely days even more, simply because they’re passing by so quickly. Continue reading

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