My next adventure was to Grand Manan Island, a little gem in the Bay of Fundy. I taught a class while there for a group of Maine quilters who hold a retreat each summer on Grand Manan; we were joined by some of the local quilters as well. What a fun-filled day we had. I spent much of my spare time exploring the island with camera in hand as it had been a number of years since I'd visited. It really is a photographer's paradise and I hope to return soon.
August is the month I enjoy the fruits of my labours as we "eat from the garden" as much as possible. With visits to the Saturday morning farmer's market to supplement my own crops, who can resist the fresh veggies, the mouth-watering sweet corn, the berries (what a bumper crop we had this year - 51 quarts!!) and the first crunchy sweet apples. Ahhh, my mouth is watering just recalling all that yummy goodness...
August also saw my great-niece Mallory and I off to Dorchester NB to see the spectacle of thousands of migrating sandpipers. What a day that was! It truly is something you have to personally experience, to appreciate. You can check out those two posts here and here.
The fall was very busy. Quilt shows, teaching and taking classes, and other commitments sometimes kept me from touching my camera for days or weeks at a time, so my blogging time really suffered.... Autumn seemed to pass much too quickly.....
In early November we lost our beautiful Oliver. He was such a sweet boy and I continue to miss him each and every day. He was my constant companion and there is still a huge void in our home, but the good news is there will be another Maine Coon cat in our future... more on that later... I know Ollie would approve.... ^..^
And now winter is once again upon us. As the snow blankets our outdoor world, things seem quieter, calmer, at rest. I look forward to a stack of great reading, some new sewing projects, and a return to more regular blogging. I have lots to share with you in the coming days. I hope you will continue to follow along with me on this crazy journey called life.
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." ~ Benjamin Franklin