Monday, July 24, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"To receive everything,
one must open
one's hands and give."

.....Taisen Deshimaru (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) was one of the first
musicians to whom I really paid attention to their lyrics.

Liked it back in the 70's as much as I still do now.

Have a wonderful Sunday/Monday everyone.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

As a high school vice-principal used to tell us boys repeatedly
" the ducks are on the pond, boys."


Since I opened the shop it is not at all unusual
to get calls from couples who are downsizing. 
This Duck Tin Toy was one of the items I bought the other day.
And it works!

We took a drive down (or up?) the Eastern Shore this week.
This is in Head of Jeddore near the Salmon River.

Beach scene down the hill from the shop....

This is Oyster Pond....along the Eastern Shore.
One of the schools I visited was from this commuity
when 'my circuit' was on the Eastern Shore.

Shop scene....

Back to Oyster Pond.....I used to eat my lunch here 
when I was a circuit teacher.
Not in that building above but the parking area facing it.

I hope we are done with the FOG!
Even though it does afford great photos, 
I don't particularly care for it.....
makes me a little claustrophobic.

On the hill last evening.....

.....and look who was coming up the other side!!

Wishing everyone peace and calmness......

Monday, July 17, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"All the joy the world contains has come through
wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come from wanting pleasure for oneself."

.....Santidiva (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

I like this version of the classic 'Summertime' done by Billy Stewart.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

'All over the map' type of week....

Glanced up and out the window at shop......

A lot of fog this month so far sticking along the coast.
Usually it burns off by noon but the cooler temperatures keep it around.

One BIG mushroom (probably a deadly one)
sitting atop a nursing log in the park.

Moored boats in the Northwest Arm in Halifax.

Had lunch yesterday with two of my sisters, Paula (left) and Jo-Ann,
and of course my buddy, Ron (it just happened to be our 44th
anniversary as well).

From the Dartmouth side of the harbour looking
over to Halifax one evening this week.

George's Island is in the middle of Halifax Harbour.
You can barely see its lighthouse through the fog.

Can't imagine summers without daisies.

Preening gull......

The odd, but beautiful, couple along the trail.....

Green....and more green.

These three 'sunfish sailboats' were being towed out 
to the mouth of the harbour due to lack of wind.

The much-maligned slug (gastropod mollusc) on the trail the other day....

A dozen or so young women arrived at the surf shop (downstairs from my shop)
for surfing lessons the other day.

Now in tamer waters at Lake Banook in Dartmouth
these rowers were getting into a rhythm for an evening row.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"Don't want anything.
Then you get everything."

.....Seung Sahn (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

Time for a little country!
Love these two together.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

Loving July in Nova Scotia......

Cormorants love to dry off on the sandbar
 in the middle of the river at low tide.

Sophie loves the river as well where it meets the ocean.

Beam me up, Scottie!

I really like this part of the Atlantic Trail.

Now to Halifax's Northwest  Arm.....full of summertime sailing.

A 'wild' white Rugosa Rosa with occupant.

Sailing up the 'Arm'.

It was interesting to watch the interaction
between these two at Point Pleasant Park .

Walking through the wooded PP Park in Halifax
we came across these very large and bright mushrooms.

This is a blossom from one of our rose bushes
called Rosa Rubrifolia.

Our Kousa Dogwood is really showing off its blossoms this year.

And this Oriental Poppy made an appearance this week.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Contemplative Monday

"Patience and tolerance should not be 
considered a sign of weakness and surrender,
but rather a sign of strength,
the strength comes from the inner firmness."

.....Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama (click to learn more)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Eclectic Tastes

This weekend we, in Canada, are celebrating
 our country's 150th birthday as a nation.
I love my country and can't imagine living anywhere else.

I would be remiss not to mention the fact that the Indigenous people
have lived here in what we call Canada much longer than we have.
I believe it is around 12,000 years.
And they deserve the recognition for what they have brought
 and are bringing 'to this table' we call Canada.

Here is Buffy Sainte-Marie (click here to learn more 
about this remarkable woman)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Morning Post

A busy week celebrating a birthday,
spending time with family at the beach,
and going to the Valley.

My father had his 101st birthday this past week.
It was a much simpler affair compared to last year's 100!
'Poor Jim' is the name the staff on his floor gave him
because he LOVES to tease them about this pain 
and that ache.....all in jest of course.
So, they, and we now, call him 'Poor Jim'.

Here is 'Poor Jim'.....applauding after singing 'Happy Birthday' to him.
A good time was had by all.

Ron, Sophie and I spent the afternoon with my sister, Paula and her two granddaughters,
and our niece-in-law, Erika and her son.
We had a great time at Fisherman's cove and a beach nearby.

Fisherman' s Cove.....a typical fishing village that you can find
all over Nova Scotia.

From my perch at the shop this past Wednesday.....

The other evening we took Sophie to her favourite lake for a few dives/slides
and a good swim.

This is surfing season along the Eastern Shore.....

I waited patiently for this crow to fly away off this wire........from my shop window.

 We went to the Annapolis Valley yesterday.....more specifically
the Gaspereau Valley. It is very near where Ron grew up in the town of Wolfville.

This is what I saw on the way home.....

We took a couple of 'backroads' to get us to the main highway....
free-range chickens.

Around every corner there are these old barns....

A lot of farm animals.....

Told you about all the barns....

Then up on highway 101 which takes us to Halifax.
A lot of people heading to camp grounds/cottages
as this is the Canada Day long weekend.

A ways to go.....

Don't like to stay behind these guys.....just never know!

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