Down Memory Lane Part 2

The last time I shared some memories of the Fundy area we ended at my teenage years. When I was getting ready to graduate from high school, I had a moment of feeling depressed because I was sad about all my activities ending and that I felt my life would be changing forever. The summer I graduated was when I met Mark and well, I was no longer depressed after that 🙂 .  A lot of our dates  were spent in Fundy park and the Fundy area.  I was even able to work as a lifeguard at the Fundy pool for a couple summers in university which was fine with us, more time in Fundy! The Fundy region is special to us because of the memories we’ve had at different times in our lives and this time was extra special.

Mark wanted to share his love of photography with his new girlfriend and I have such nice memories of this day on the Maple Grove trail in Fundy Park the 1st Fall season we were dating. I felt a little uncomfortable posing but was happy to be by his side in this beautiful place. I soon got used to posing as you’ll see in the following photos of our dating years and early married years before kids! Who are these young kids?!

These photos and memories also remind me of how active we were back then and how much we loved getting outside. I still love doing these activities but the last few years since building the cottage we haven’t spent as much time getting out and being active. It is also harder to get teenagers to want to go out. I hope Mark and I can resume some of these things and get a little more fit!

 

How do you like our fancy gear, and trendy outdoor clothing? I think we need to get to Outdoor Elements for some new gear before we attempt this again. It has been years since we skied but I really enjoyed it. It’s a great workout!

Here is the link on Fundy’s site for winter related activities: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nb/fundy/activ/hiver-winter/ski

There is skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, fat biking and sliding at the Bowl!

 

Does anyone know this trail?  If you do, you were one of the lucky ones who used to be able to hike on Devil’s Half Acre. It had lovely views and neat boardwalks that crossed ravines ( where the devil was hiding? 🙂 ) I remember as a kid doing arts and crafts up in the area where the trail started. I found an article on the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design that the original summer school for the College was the New Brunswick School of Arts and Crafts and was housed at Fundy Park.  I’m pretty sure those buildings I remember at Devil’s Half Acre were part of that school.

 

Here are more views from around the park from hikes to places to just chill and enjoy the view – favourite places for chilling are at Cannontown Beach, Herring Cove Beach and from Matthew’s Head.  We are sad we can’t get to some of these places anymore like on the Caribou Trail. Even the Coppermine trail has changed recently  which is the trail we are on in the photo below.

 

We were once pretty adventurous and did some of the overnight backpacking trails and camped at the back country sites. We ventured out to Tracey Lake, Chambers Lake and the last couple are from the Goose River Trail- one of the hardest we did! Mark taught me lots about what you need and don’t need to survive out in the woods. After carrying a backpack a couple times, I learned to keep what I needed to a minimum. I don’t know how I would do now out there overnight but I like to think I am still game for a little adventure. Just couldn’t go more than 1 night without a shower and running water!

 

Here we were in 1993 after Mark had come back from a term at Oxford University with ABU down at our favourite place to be, Waterside. Who would have known we would have had a dream fulfilled just 20 years later and looking forward to dreaming of more time spent here in the future. We are so blessed. Thank you Lord!

Tell us what some of your favourite memories were in Fundy park?

 

 

 

 

Blogging reflections

 

I attended my first blogging conference this past weekend called Blog Jam Atlantic. It was the 4th year for the event and I took the opportunity to go since it was in Moncton this year. Since I am new to blogging I figured the $100 wasn’t too much to find out more about the blogging community and if it is really something I want to continue. I was ready to quit last week after having technology challenges with Facebook and feeling very inadequate in the technology arena. Even though I have a husband in IT and very smart in all thinks tech related and I have a son doing a Computer Science degree I still feel overwhelmed at everything one can do with their blog. I do have a vision for how I want the blog to look and am looking at what opportunities I can do with it and the community in the future but getting there sometimes feels very daunting.

This weekend’s speakers really encouraged us to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, to tell our stories in our own ways and to engage with our audience authentically. There was also a lot about technology but I focused on hearing other people’s stories this year.

I was excited to meet some bloggers that I have been following for a while and that have inspired me. I feel connected to them because they are authentic, live in rural areas and are successful at blogging.

Jennifer Naugler of Simple Local Life did a presentation on how she turned her blog into a career in just a few years down in Bridgewater,NS. She works with local businesses in her area with a fresh , real connection in her pieces. She gave us some great ideas that I hope to use in the future.

Lori Byrne of Farm Fresh Style was another blogger I got to meet in person after conversing with her for the past couple years. She’s from the North Shore of NS.  She’s the one that helped my daughter and I coordinate our 1st trip to the Lavender farm a couple years. I love getting a peek into her designer life and her family farm life on her blog. She likes to have fun! You should see how she got the flower wall home in the picture above from Paper and Peony!

Here we are together 🙂

The other blogger I was interested in hearing was Ruth Ann of Everything Unscripted from right here in Moncton. She encourages people on her blog about life struggles, family, travel and frugal living. She encouraged us to look at how we label ourselves and what we struggle with to identify what is holding us back from feeling successful or connecting with our audience. She wanted to  help us be more authentic with our audience and find ways to identify with our audience so they know who we are.

Lastly I really liked hearing from Rebecca of A Little Bit of Momsense who is based in Ottawa and has been blogging since 2009.  She was new to me but really loved what she had to say and loved her fresh, approachable style. She is one to follow for sure!

All of these wonderful ladies and the other speakers at Blog Jam have all got me thinking and dreaming of what I can offer to you and to my community especially to Albert County as Waterside and the Albert County area was my inspiration for this blog in the first place. I would love to know how I can educate, inform, entertain or inspire you in the future. Feel free to leave a comment and sign up for an occasional e-mail where I will keep you up to date on blog related activities and information.

Thank you!!

The beautiful Fundy Trail and a dedication

Before we get to the beautiful Fundy Trail Parkway which we visited this past weekend, I want to dedicate this post to my dear Aunt Diane Page who we  lost this past week to cancer. We celebrated her life on Monday in Quispamsis where she and her family have lived since the early 70s. She was a lover of family and photos. One of the last times I saw her she was still trying to get on her tablet and show me her most recent photos of her family. Her family had her albums out to view during the visitation time. I came across a couple of her and my uncle on the suspension bridge and with their vehicle crossing the Big Salmon River back in the day when all there was was a rough dirt road to get there. She also had some of her grand kids down to St. Martin’s  this summer so I knew she liked getting down to this area. It’s an easy quick trip from Saint John to get there and enjoy the day by the sea and in another couple years it will be an even easier trip from Alma to access this beautiful area. Right now it takes about 45 minutes from Saint John or  1.5 hours from Moncton to get to St. Martin’s and the start of the Fundy Trail Parkway.

Here is my spunky aunt with 3 of her grand kids at the suspension bridge a few years ago, playing on the beach at the Caves and this summer she was still willing to scramble up some rocks down at the Caves as well. She was always up for an adventure. I hear she liked to pull a lot of pranks on people too!

Her family will miss her so much but hopefully the love and time she has invested into them will be carried on to others. We love you Aunt Diane!

It is a much easier trip to get to Big Salmon River thanks to the vision of Dr. Mitchell Franklin and many other supporters as well as assistance from the Provincial and Federal governments that started developing the Fundy Trail Parkway back in 1993-1994 with its Environmental Impact Assessment. Thankfully that went through and construction started in 1995 with phase 1 opening in 1998 which included about 10 km. Phase 2 opened in 2010 with the bridge to cross Big Salmon River just in front of the suspension bridge that had already been there for many years . (This is also where the Fundy Footpath begins if you have heard of people undergoing this arduous “hike” that takes you along the coast to Fundy Park in about 4-5 days- not for the faint of heart! You must register before you attempt any part of this trail for your safety.) Phase 3 was completed in 2016 which gave direct access to Long Beach- this stretch of beach is a beautiful representation of how far our tides reach in this part of the world- you can explore a “Long” way- almost as far as our Waterside beach . The most recent Phase opened this year which ends at another facility and trails to see the Walton Glen Gorge and “Eye of the Needle” which previously could have only been seen if you had trekked on the Fundy Footpath. If you want to see and hear more about how the Fundy Trail Parkway was developed and how to plan your trip there please check out the website here.

These are the famous Caves in St. Martin’s that you can explore when the tide is out or you can go out in a kayak  or Zodiac with Red Rock Adventures when the tide is in. This spot has lovely views just from your car or stay awhile and get your lunch/supper at 1 of the 2 restaurants right on the beach. I hear one is known for their World Famous Chowder.

This is one of the 1st lookouts you can find on the Parkway looking at Flower Pot Rock. A lot of the lookouts or places on the map have little side trails to get down to see them. And did I mention you can bike or walk on a lovely multipurpose trail for 10 km until you get to the Interpretive centre. You can see a bit of it in the 2nd picture below from a few years ago. There is also a shuttle for $2 that will take you to different locations at certain times of the day.

These are some views from our visit this past weekend and in trips gone by. This is one of our favourite lookouts. It was the last day of the season and we had already planned this day so we went despite the weather. We saw amazing waves and peaks of sun which Mark says still made for an interesting day for creating moods in the pictures with the clouds and rain and fog.

This is the view from the interpretive centre looking out towards the Bay down the Big Salmon River. The interpretive centre has washroom facilities, snacks, lovely guides to give you additional information about the area and places to explore as well as a new video explaining the history of the area and the progress that has been made here so far.

The suspension bridge that crosses the river and takes you to the start of the Fundy Footpath as well as the hike to the Hearst Lodge:

A recent selfie showing the bridge and suspension bridge 🙂

One of the awesome views you will see where they had to cut into the side of the mountain and rock to make this roadway!

Looking out toward Isle Haute:

Some of those moody views and sun rays from this past weekend:

View of Martin Head in the distance and then zoomed in:

One view looking out over Long Beach with the tide partially out:

Another pretty view- reminds me of a watercolor painting with all the colors fading into each other. Just beautiful!

We had a BBQ at the the end of the trail beside the newest washroom and interpretive centre. We didn’t get a chance to go out to see the Walton Glen Gorge and Falls but we have something to look forward to next time!

We have had a lot of fun down in this area from camping in St. Martins at the Century Farm Campground to spending a getaway at what used to be the Quaco Inn but I think is now the Tidal Watch Inn. There are other campgrounds and Inns in the area to meet your needs as well.  Since the Trail opened we have tried to get down every time a new phase opened . Every time we come, we are blown away by the design, the quality, the view, the access, the trails , the history and everything that makes this wonderful Parkway an added gem to the province of New Brunswick. We are so fond of it that if  someone asks where they should go for a 1 day trip that really showcases the beauty of New Brunswick, we would recommend coming here! The daily rate is probably more than you would expect but check out the season pass which also gives you these discounts:

Your Fundy Trail Parkway season pass allows you a 25% discount on admission into Hopewell Rocks and some other attractions in New Brunswick due to a partnership. All Fundy Trail season pass holders receive a 25% off discount when they show their Fundy Trail season pass at the following locations. Please be prepared to show a picture ID with the pass.

  • Fundy Discovery Aquarium, St. Andrews
  • Village Historique Acadien, Caraquet
  • Le Pays de la Sagouine, Bouctouche
  • Jardin Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews
  • New Brunswick Botanical Garden, Edmundston
  • Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Prince William
  • Aquarium and Marine Center, Shippagan
  • Eco-Parc, Lamèque
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton
  • New Brunswick Museum, Saint John

I am hoping that by the time the Trail opens to Fundy Park with links to Alma in 2021 that there will be a discount for there as well!!

Here is a view looking back towards the start of the trail where you can see the Quaco Head lighthouse out in the distance.

Thank you to my husband Mark for providing most of these photos!  I hope you plan a visit for 2019 to see this beautiful place!!

 

 

 

Pumpkin obsession

Hello! I have missed the last couple of weeks because we were busy with a fun fall giveaway and lots of DIY projects and crafts on my Facebook page plus we’ve had family visiting all this week. Be sure to stop by our page to see all the projects and like our page to stay in the know for future posts. Since we just had Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few pictures of our week and some pumpkin inspired recipes and projects.

This is our front step decked out for fall with a few pumpkins :

For our other pumpkin inspired project I made a sign on an old cutting board from a Pinterest inspired project by printing the quote, transferring it to the board with chalk and painting it in. I sanded it a bit and rubbed in some finishing wax to bring out some luster. I am going to do a similar project on a smaller scale for our fall giveaway prize. The little fabric pumpkins were made a few years ago with some scrap fabric , gathering it and stuffing them . I use real pumpkin stems for the tops!

I tried out a couple new pumpkin recipes and a couple tried and true. The first new one was for pumpkin cookies from the blog” So much better with age“. You can find her recipe here. It is delicious and true to  pumpkin pie flavours. It has a raisin or chocolate chip option – of course I chose the latter.  Between me and my little nephew, they aren’t lasting too long.  I then made a pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee. I had tried a few of MacDonald’s Pumpkin Lattes this season but I like mine just as well with less additives and sugar in it. The recipe is from Dashing Dish here. This website is a membership website if you want access to more recipes but she does offer a lot of free recipes as well. I love her approach to clean eating and her wonderful Christian spirit with lots of motivation and articles as well as an emphasis on exercise in her content.

This next recipe is one I tried from her website as well that you can find here– Pumpkin breakfast oatmeal cookies- I think they ended up looking like owl faces after I took them out of the oven 🙂 . They will go well with this pumpkin butter I made last year and froze- I have some pie pumpkins I can’t wait to cook up and use for butter again and for baking throughout the year.

One of the tried and true recipes are pumpkin muffins from Armadale Dairy in Sussex , NB that they shared on their Facebook page last year.  I am sharing their recipe with their permission  I have used their Quark cheese they use for the icing  but cream cheese also works for the icing. They suggest that they are similar to the Tim Horton version. They are awesome but what makes them even better is knowing what is in them.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Quark Icing

2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
2 eggs
1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1.5 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, divided

Quark Icing

250 g Quark
6 tbsp Icing Sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 Celsius

In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients and 1/4 cup of the pumpkin seeds. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Divide in greased or lined muffins tins. Don’t be shy to fill them full, they won’t rise excessively. Top muffins with the rest of the pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20 minutes.
**You may have a little bit of batter left over. I created this recipe myself, and couldn’t quite get the amounts perfected without affecting the taste. It was a good day to be a kid in the test kitchen though!

Mix together the 4 ingredients for the icing with a whisk or mixer and let set in the fridge until the muffins are cooled. Transfer icing to a cake decorator or piping bag. In the middle of each muffin, cut an X with a sharp knife. Insert your cake decorator (with your thinnest longest tip) into the muffin and squeeze some icing into each muffin, with a dollop on top. If you don’t have a cake decorator or something similar, you could just put the icing on top. Muffins should be refrigerated where they contain Quark.

The last pumpkin recipe is one I’ve been making for years since my colleague and friend from Waterside introduced it to me. It’s called Pumpkin Crunch- it’s like an upside down pumpkin pie with a sweet and salty flavour and you don’t have to make a pie crust. Bonus!

Here’s the recipe:

1 package yellow cake mix,16 oz solid pumpkin, 1can evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 1.5 cups sugar, 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 c chopped pecans, 1 c margarine or butter,melted. Combine pumpkin,milk, eggs,sugar, spices and salt- mix well. Pour into 9 x 13 pan . Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted marg/butter. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min or until golden. Cool.Top with whipped cream! 

Here is our dining table all set for dinner!  We had 15 gather for dinner on Monday. So blessed to have family from all sides and special family from New York share a meal together. I got the cute little white pumpkins from the Green Pig Market in Salisbury.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and try out some of these fun and yummy pumpkin recipes.

 

In search of the Sandpiper

This past weekend was the Dorchester Sandpiper Festival.  I enticed the family to go in hopes of seeing some sandpipers but also wanted to find a new farm I discovered in Aulac that just started selling homemade ice cream. I think they came along for the ice cream more than the birds :).   I always forget how quick it is to get to Dorchester on the highway and what a quaint town it is with all its historic properties. We went all the way to Johnson’s Mills Nature Conservancy Site first to see if there were any sandpipers visiting. This is a popular spot for them to feed on their way from the Arctic to South America. We were there at high tide which is usually when the birds are in roosting but the interpreters informed us there were peregrine falcons in the area scaring them away. We actually did see 1 or 2 falcons flying in the bay and then saw 2 or 3 flying over the site when we were driving away as well.  We only saw a very small band of sandpipers out on the bay but have been there in the past when there were thousands on the beach. You just never know what you’ll see on a certain day. Another spot we love to find them is at Mary’s Point near our cottage. Here are a couple photos from 2011 when we visited and saw lots of birds. Photo credit to Mark Nicolle

In Dorchester, we stopped for a minute to check out Shepody House which is one of the new homes for Parkindale Productions to host live musical events and it is available to for events and weddings. There was a band tuning up getting ready to play as part of the Festival. I loved the view from there and the school house lights inside! Then we had to stop at the old Bell Inn- Mark took me here for supper when I was going to Mt A our 1st year of dating. I guess I had better memories of the meal than he did  ( probably because he was paying :)). It is now host to a sewing and quilt shop called “natshi designs” who  are hoping to be able to open a cafe as well on site.

We made it just in time to see the Dorchester Art Society’s 2nd art exhibit as they were packing up. So many people displaying their beautiful creations. We stopped and talked to Donna Sullivan from Sackville about her art and her inspiration for painting. She says she had always dabbled in the arts but didn’t get serious with it until she retired. I just loved her work using different mediums! Here is her gallery wall set up:

 

We next headed down the highway in search of ice cream in Aulac at Trueman Blueberry Farms. They are more than just blueberries!! They have introduced homemade ice cream this summer and their raspberries are at their prime this week for their 2nd year of picking.  They also sell honey, blueberries, fresh bread and I see a u-pick pumpkin patch on their sign. They are gearing up for a sunflower maze and a Great Bee Escape adventure course later this summer. I love seeing family farms getting involved in these great endeavours and seeing a dream realized. We will be back for more! I have a dream of growing pumpkins but I don’t think the weather in Waterside will allow that!

A true Killam- spoon ready to try that ice cream!

 

Since we were in the neighbourhood and had just bought a National Park Discovery Pass, we stopped in to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland. Mark always jokes that our families could have fought on this land may years ago. Glad we get along now :). We only had 5 min to breeze through the exhibit but had fun exploring the site outdoors and taking some pictures. They have tents set up inside the Fort that you can book for an overnight stay! The kids were so little last time we visited here! It is another place we have to come back and visit. Only a 30-40 min drive from home. Lots of treasures to be discovered in our own province! Here are a couple photos from 2010 and then  from this weekend! My how some kids have changed 🙂

 

We hope you enjoyed this trip and that it inspires you to explore some of the beauty around you!

Here is one last photo for you to see if you can find the sandpiper 🙂

P.S.  You should now be able to click on a photo to look at it in larger format.

Road trip- The Sunrise Trail

On Sunday we finally got back to the Northeastern shore of Nova Scotia. My daughter and I loved getting to the Seafoam Lavender farm last year and wanted to go again . We took my niece from NY as well while she was here visiting. I said last time that this trip should be done over 2 days and I feel it again this year that we should have taken 2 days. There is just so much to see!

Our 1st planned stop was an Antique shop I like in Great Village but I hadn’t checked the time it was open on Sundays so we were there too early. We didn’t have time in our schedule to wait so off we went to our next stop which was the Tipperary Cafe in Tatamagouche for brunch. They are known for their butter tarts but the baker was off so we didn’t get to have one this time but the rest of the food was delicious!

Our second stop was to the Lismore Sheep Farm in River John. I love this farm! One reason I also wanted to go on Sunday was to experience their Sunday market and it was also their annual Sheep and Wool Day- there was sheep shearing, angora rabbits and lovely crafts people showing their wares as well as food trucks and farm goods. You can check a video clip of the sheep shearing on my Facebook page.

Next stop was the Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam. Dave the owner was very welcoming and gracious. The farm is situated on some lovely landscaped grounds with a new shelter to enjoy your picnic in the shade. Pets are not allowed on the grounds but they have a sheltered pet parking area. The annual Lavender festival was the weekend before but the lavender hadn’t quite hit their peak so we waited until this weekend to go so picking was at its best.  It wasn’t too busy so we got to park in a great spot and get right to picking our lavender ( after a 10 min rain shower).  We each got a small bundle to take home and dry. A 1 inch bundle is $5 + tax.  They were just at their prime- it is better to pick when they are still in bud form for drying purposes.  They are drying upside down in the dark right now- it will take about 1 week for them to dry.

 

 

Next we ventured back up the road in River John to visit the lovely Mabel Murple book shop owned by the author herself, Sheree Fitch. I have to admit I never read her books but I was intrigued to see this unique spot she has created for people and fans of her work to enjoy. She also has a lovely picturesque spot in the country with some farm animals, old apple trees and a unique indie book store situated right in the middle. As you can see there is lots of purple to match her main character Mabel! She has created a wonderful spot to dream and spend some time reading or relaxing. What a great job you have done Sheree!

From here we weren’t sure where to go. The girls were tired, it was hot and we were getting hungry.  After looking at the map, we decided to head back up the shore towards home and try to stop somewhere along the way to eat.  We stopped in Wallace and was going to try Whirligigs but it was just switching their kitchen for the supper hours and the menu was just a little out of our price range so went up to the family style restaurant called McMahons that advertised they were the home of the lobster burger. I didn’t feel like too much so decided to get their famous burger. It was surprisingly very good- I would have liked a homemade bun versus a standard hamburger bun but it was still good! The views out the window and deck were lovely.

Our last stop along the shore was in Pugwash. I had always heard of Pugwash and was intrigued to finally see this town last year. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it.  We discovered this little stretch of road that seems to hold a lot of history. I saw this old house called the Thinkers Lodge this year at the end of the road. You can see just the edge of it in the photo below. What I didn’t know until today is that it is available for tours and booking along with this other building I peeked into called the Lobster Factory. The perfect place for a wedding or conference!

Peek-A-Boo!

Well that concludes our tour of some of the Northeastern shore of NS. I still need to get all the way to Pictou and around the Amherst shore. Perhaps next year! If anyone knows of a lovely place we should or could stay overnight let us know!!

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man and his camera

I have a very special guest for this week’s post in honour of Father’s Day. He is a special man in my life and the life of my kids. He is an awesome photographer, has a great sense of humour, is patient , kind and very generous. He has even developed some mean building skills in the past few years that have enhanced our cottage and saved us money. Without further ado, I introduce you to my better half , the one who makes me smile everyday and supports me in all I do. He is my partner in life, husband and father of my children- Mark Nicolle!

I feel honoured to be asked to contribute to this wonderful blog about the Road to Waterside.  Thank you Sheila for asking if I would contribute today’s post and share some of my favourite photos of the area !  

 

My father instilled in me a love for the outdoors with many fishing, hunting, camping trips, very often along the Fundy coast region.  That love of the outdoors brought me continually to the Waterside and Fundy National Park region. By the time I could drive I was ‘down country’ more weekends than I wasn’t during the summers. I first met Sheila about 28 years ago around this time of year. On one of those ‘first dates’ we travelled the Road to Waterside on our way to Fundy National Park.  We have travelled that road multitudes of times since then, and Lord willing many more times to come. I have been so blessed to be able to share my love of this region all over again through sharing it with our 2 children as they have grown up.  

 

Through all of my relationship with Sheila and during our years of raising our children I have also had a passion for photography.  34 years ago I put down my lawn mowing money at a pawn shop and picked up my first ‘real’ camera. A few years after that I got a job in a camera shop that provided employment through high school, university, and for awhile after that.  I have always enjoyed being able to ‘create’ images and to share things I have seen, thus the name of my photo web site www.marksawthis.com  . I love to create images that are visually pleasing, but more than that, I like creating a visual journal.  I do want to create an interesting image. An image that would share the beauty or interest that I am trying to capture.  But what I believe we all love the most about our images is that memory, that feeling, that moment of our lives that a photograph can return us to.

 

With that in mind I want to share with you 13 images I have taken along the Road to Waterside.  Images that are a journal of years of driving to a place I love , with people I love.


This is Anderson Lighthouse.  It used to sit on a wharf at Waterside beach which has long since washed away.  It now sits in Harvey at one end of the Shepody Dam Road. I love the image because the light was so eerie and soft, and the sky was so interesting.  I have memories from the 1980s cutting across this dirt road on my way to my friend Chris’s Camp which was on Route 915.


Many will recognize Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park.  I have more photos of Dickson Falls than any man should. This is one of my Favorites. I could probably dig out some film photos from before there were stairs and boardwalks at the base of the falls. Do you have photos of Dickson Falls in your collection ?

Owl’s Head is certainly one of the most recognizable geological features you see from Fundy National Park.  The way it often catches and forces the Bay of Fundy fog upwards can look quite spectacular. This day had just the right amount of fog to be interesting to me.  The crows in the foreground make this image one I have favourited. There are not many birds more common as the crow around these parts. But I’ve often thought of creating a collection of interesting crow photos.


This is probably my favorite photo of a deer / fawn.  It was at Point Wolfe. Park staff had ‘flagged’ the path for the ‘Ship Haven Trail’ that was to be built the next year, so I thought I would get a sneak peek at the vistas it would offer. The sun was low, streaking through the tall trees.  A doe had just walked over the ridge in front of me and I felt disappointed I had missed the opportunity to get a photo of it. Then behind her came this fawn. The first shutter release piqued her ear , and afforded this pose for my second.  It was such a beautiful moment I almost didn’t care if the photo came out OK or not. It was such a memorable moment. Of course I did care that later when I developed the photos, I had an image that would be a favourite for the years to come.


I’m being verbose, I’ll babble less.  This is Long Marsh Creek on Route 915 at the bridge where you turn off to the Cape Enrage Road.  The timing made this image, ‘slack water’ that short time when there is very little movement in a tidal stream, sunset, freshly fallen snow. All these happened at the same time, and at the time I was driving past.

 Cape Enrage lighthouse.  How many have visited here before they restored the lighthouse keepers home, before the fences, before the gate and entrance fees ?  This was the early rays of light bathing the cape in late fall.

Above from many moons ago,  is my daughter during a visit to Mary’s Point.  I like so many things about this image, mostly that it brings back the memory of a beautiful evening with my family. Below are our kids sauntering along the Dickson Falls trail in Fundy National Park.  

Don’t like the weather ?  Wait a few minutes and it will change.  I have the feeling this saying is not unique to just the maritimes.  But I do like the next 3 images and how they clearly show just how much impact the weather can have on how a place looks. I specifically like how Matthew’s Head in the distance just disappears completely by the third image.  I like the drama in the sky in the first , the softness of the light in the second, and the highlights of the sun hitting the fog in the third These were taken from the driveway in Waterside. There’s a lesson somewhere in the fact that unsettled weather is what made these images valuable to me.


This image was sunrise at Redhead, before the latest bit of erosion removed some more of it.  Yet another lesson for me to ‘seize the day’ , and to do things while you can.

I’ll end with a simple silhouette of the Great Blue Heron.  For Sheila and I the great blue heron has come to represent our special place in Waterside.  For years we have enjoyed watching them and we still feel a special awe when we see them gliding overhead to the marsh, standing motionless as they fish, or preening in the sun as they are perched along the treeline.

Thank you for tagging along this photo journey on the Road to Waterside.  I hope you have many photos from the road trips that have meant so much to you in your lives.  Take some time this week to dig them out and let them bring you back to the days when you captured them. Let us know about your favourite road trips.

Thank you so much Mark, that was beautiful. I love it all and you!  Happy Father’s Day.

As a special thank you for following along and promoting our page and blog, we are giving away an 8 x 10 of any image you see on this post or on Mark’s website. We will do a random draw from any shares,likes and comments on this post or on our Facebook page “The Road to Waterside”. Draw will be made on Father’s Day!

Mother’s Day

Grace upon grace to you Mothers out there as we look forward to Mother’s day. (This post is a bit reflective and creative so hang in there!) We don’t always get it right and we walk around with a lot of guilt sometimes. Can I get an amen? As I approach Mother’s Day each year I always start to feel the baggage and guilt of what I haven’t done well as a mother and how my journey as a mother is not how I imagined it. I feel like I have not taught my kids enough, not been kind enough, not listened enough, not memorised enough Bible verses, etc. The list could go on and on.

My 2 favourite mothers I like to listen to are Ann Voskamp and Ruth Chou Simons. One is an artist in word and one in paint both raising large families. Everything they write or paint with words speaks to my soul. I feel like I’m not alone in how I process my feelings or how I’m feeling as a mother and woman in the world when I read their words. I would encourage you to find them on their websites if you need some inspiration and encouragement. Ann is at http://annvoskamp.com/2018/05/the-most-life-changing-thing-any-woman-can-do-for-herself-this-mothers-day-what-a-mother-actually-really-wants/

You can find Ruth at https://gracelaced.com/blogs/blog/if-we-were-having-coffee-today-speaking-truth-cuz-no-one-s-ever-grown-by-faking-it

These are their most recent posts. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram if you are on those social mediums as well.

Now let’s get to the creative side which is much more fun and lighthearted and keeps me sane on the days when chores and work seem to be the only things I do. I need this creative side as an outlet to fill my tank so that I can be a better wife, mother and worker. You can check out this article from Focus on the Family that really spoke to me too lately. https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/why-self-care-is-important-to-your-marriage

So I usually host Mother’s Day and I hadn’t started planning until a few days ago. When I finally sat down Sunday night to figure out my theme and how to present and DIY some gifts I had bought at IKEA recently, I came across a sweet printable set for Mother’s Day on thediymommy website http://thediymommy.com/french-country-inspired-mothers-day-printable-card-tags/ and that got me thinking about having lavender themed items. I have been a little obsessed about lavender the last few years. I have even tried planting some in Waterside and hope they thrive!  My daughter and I travelled to Seafoam, NS last summer for their Lavender Festival. What a beautiful drive along that shore. We stopped at a few other places recommended by Lori of http://www.farmfreshstyle.ca/. I think we are going to plan an overnight trip next time because 1 day was not enough time to see everything! The lavender festival is July 14th and 15th this year. You can check out their website and Facebook page also to find out more! https://lavendercanada.com/

As I mentioned I had picked up a few items at IKEA to use in my DIY gifts and I picked up an old wooden shelf at Alter Girl in Hopewell Cape recently as well. I thought they would all go splendidly together with some Milk Paint. I am always on the lookout for wood or fabric that I can paint or stencil !

Here you can see the sweet little cards and tags I printed out from thediymommy as my inspiration. I gave the wooden utensils a little pattern with Farmhouse White and Dried Lavender paint colours and sealed with hemp oil for protection.

Next is the shelf painted in Trophy and the lovely linen tea towel stencilled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

 

I love how it all came together!!

I had one of my daughter’s photos from our Lavender trip enlarged to be used as place mats, picked up some Lavender plants at our local grocery and garden centres which made for some quick table decor.

 

Thank you to my wonderfully talented and patient husband for his carefully curated photos and putting up with my craziness the last 2 days.

This is a photo taken from a few years ago of my niece, mother-in-law, mother, me, daughter and grandmother on another Mother’s Day. Most of us will be around the table again this year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day not matter what role you find yourself in this year.

 

 

Easter blessings

Happy Easter !  He is risen!!

What does Easter mean to me?

It used to be getting yummy Easter baskets filled with goodies. To most people Easter probably still means the Easter bunny, candy and getting a new dress. While I still enjoy giving my family some goodies on Easter morning, as a Christian it is a day to give thanks to Jesus for giving his life for the redemption of our sins. Easter gives us tangible evidence that Jesus did not stay dead on Good Friday!  It is evidence that He truly is our Resurrection and Life.  He took the punishment we deserved and gives us new life. It gives me hope that all the suffering, brokenness, heartache and sickness we see will come to an end because He lives and if we are His children we will live forever without the burdens that come in this broken world as a result of sin.

Cut a piece of embroidered linen to stencil on an Easter message and made it into a banner. This framed verse is from my grandmother that she’s had around forever- just needed a new painted frame.

 

 

I pray you all seek Jesus and find out what He can mean in your life.

For His good and glory of Easter,

Have a blessed day!

Sheila