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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Summer is passing...










our darling grandsons.. 


Good Evening dear hearts.. 
Hoping all is well with you .. 

We are having a beautiful summer's day here in St. Martins.. 
I think this is one of the coolest summers we have had here at the cottage in the last 20 years.. 
Not only here by the Bay but across the province has been pretty cool but I am not really complaining.. smile.. 
It just sounds like it.. 
Today was simply lovely.. 

We have been having lots of company and pottering about doing things.. 
We have even been home for a night and out to the farm for supper and to mow the lawn.. 

I am making a few things.. 
Hot Pickled Veggies and some Rose Salves.. 
Also gathering herbs for Gardener's Salve and such..

On Monday there is a  Market Sale at Fundy Trail and I hope to be there and have a few things.. Not as much as I would like but it should be a nice afternoon... 

Then last night we gathered at the airport to wish our grandson a safe journey to China...
His cousins were there too.. 

He has landed in Hong Kong and is now on his way inland.. 
Praying for God's divine protection over him... 
I know he will come home with some great stories of his experiences but this grandma will feel better when he is back on native soil.. smile.. 

How are your summers going? 

We are headed to P. E. I. tomorrow for a few days and I am excited about that as it has been a few years since we have been there.. 

We will be staying near Anne's house and hope to do a little touring.. 
I will hopefully take some pictures of her home and such.. 

One of my favorite places on the Island is Victoria by the Sea and that will be our first stop, I expect.. 
On Saturday my dear hubby is going to a tractor pull so I am taking a big bag of books and such to enjoy myself while he is there..
It is supposed to be sunny so I will sun myself on the deck and just relax and then we will go to Supper once he gets back.. 
Then home again on Sunday and the sale on Monday so busy busy... 

Tis a good thing.. 

We have enjoyed visits with sweet family and friends the last while.. 

Hope you are having a great summer.. 

Thank you so much for visiting these small posts that I get up.. 
I really thought I would do much better since I am not busy at the shop but really I am doing much worse... smile.. 
Sorry.. 

Been singing these little lyrics to myself lately for some reason.. 
God is still on his throne.. 
I don't worry about the future 
for this one thing I know.. 
God is still on his throne.. 

So thankful that I know the God of this universe and that I can call on Him at any time and know with certainty that He hears me and understands.. 
Just imagine.. 
He is everywhere present and no where absent... 
Isn't that amazing... 
Whatever happens... 
Because things happen in this life but I can rest secure knowing that He is still on the throne and He still reigns supreme in my heart...  

Sending blessings your way..  


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cottage Days...

Making bread for some sweet company... 

Good Evening my dears.. 
Hope you are having a good week.. 

We are having a rainy one.. 

As I sit here loading up pics and typing this post there is extreme thunder roaring near by... 
We are having Old Home Week but it has rained almost every day and there does not seem to be much action.. smile.. 

Last night the wind was quite fierce so I made a nice hot cup of tea and wrapped myself up in a shawl and hoodie and set out on the deck and enjoyed myself.. 
We have a wind chime and it was dancing about like crazy so I got up and hooked the part that makes it chime so I could enjoy listening to the wind.. 
Later, I mentioned to Terry when I went to bed that I had forgot to unhook it and we do like to listen to it's occasional melodies through the night.. 
Well, I would just get to sleep and it would do a polka or something and wake me up.. 
The wind was really blowing ...
Eventually, I decided I would try out another bed as Terry can usually sleep through anything.. 
When I came out of the bedroom this morning I noticed he had changed beds sometime through the night, too.. 
It was a bit too much even for him.  lol
Believe me.. that thing will be hooked tonight. 
I hope our neighbors are still speaking to us..grin..

I had a wonderful sleep though once I had changed beds as I could hear the waves and the rain on the roof ... 
How is the weather in your part of the world? 
This is the view that my cousins wake up to every day.. 
Gardiner's Creek on the Bay of Fundy... 
Lovely, eh? 


Here are a few batches of the strawberry jam that I mentioned, I had made.. 

Then this week, I finally completed my kitchen curtains.. 



Such a nice change... 
Slowly putting white and creams back in the cottage kitchen that has been pretty primitive for a few years.. 


Love little bouquets of wild flowers about.. 
White daisies... 


Copied these curtains from my cousin Bugsy... 

Another cousin brought me these books from the Library.. 


I had mentioned that I was wondering if they had any by Miss Read and yes they had several.. smile.. 
Thanks to Michelle for the suggestion.. 

Took these pics of some young energetic people the other night down by the caves after supper.. 



I think they had a good time.. 

I guess this is all for tonight, my friends.. 

Thanks so much for visiting... 

We stopped by a farmer's market today and bought a bunch of green beans and such so that I can make some hot pickles tomorrow... 
We should have our own in a couple of weeks.. 
I know a lot of you are already pickling away but here in New Brunswick we are a bit behind.. 

I hope you stay and leave a note and let me know how you are doing.. 
So enjoy hearing from you all... 

God bless.. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sunset in a little cottage bedroom..


Hello dear hearts.. 
So sorry I have been absent so much these days but thought I would drop in with this little post of pics of a little bedroom at sunset here at our old cottage by the sea.. 
We are having a great time with lots of company and keeping busy.. 
Made 39 bottles of jam today and my Mom and Step-Dad are here overnight for the Yard Sale tomorrow for St. Martins Old Home Week.. 
I am having a sale too trying to get rid of the last of the shop goods.. 
Here's hoping, anyway.. 
Have a great weekend everyone and God bless.. 
Hugs.. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ordinary Summer Days...


Hi... 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth.. 
So glad you have taken the time to visit.. 
Summer is so busy and it is seems a bit hard to find time to sit down and compose a post so this is kind of a fly by night type of one..
Ok? 

Just a few pics once again of our daily life.. 
Nothing spectacular for sure but ordinary and peaceful.. 

We have company this week.. 
Her name is Ginger and she is Shonda's family dog.. 
They have all gone to the wonderful city of New York for a holiday and Ginger wanted to stay with Grandma.. grin.. 
Actually, Grandpa seems to be minding her a lot.. 

Still picking roses and doing whatever with them.. 

Love them sitting around in old jars, don't you? 

Then of course, I love making the talcum powder with the fresh petals.. 


I sell this sometimes and my Mom just loves it.. 
So easy to do, also.. 
Here is the link to the post where I posted the recipe.. 
Click here..

Did a little baking.. 

I will post about that next time, I think.. 

We have finally moved here to the Bay of Fundy for the Summer.. 
It has taken us a bit longer this year.. 

I never feel quite settled until I get some plants in the cottage.. 

These are two of my favourites.. 
The first one is a slip that I was given at Kings Landing Historical Village last Fall and it is called Angel Wings.. 
It was so small and I am happy to see it spreading it's wings. grin.. 

The second one was a slip from a friend.. 
And does it have a story to tell.. 
She gave me several slips as I wanted them for my Mom for Christmas.. 
She told me many times that if I ever saw the Star of Bethlehem that she would so love to have a slip.. 
She remembered Gram having one as a child.. 
Well, the dear friend kept giving me slips as I could not get them to root but finally they did.. It took ages.. 
So.. 
My Mom comes out for Christmas family dinner and I forgot to give them to her.. 
They were in their truck ready to go and I run out in the snow with no coat or anything and pass the slips to her and she was thrilled.. 

Well, to make a long story short.. 
The poor woman was exhausted after the busy day and she fell asleep on the way home and never thought of her plant again.. 
Quite a while later I asked her if she had planted them and she had forgot all about them and thought they must still be in the truck.. 
You know that just one night in the truck would have froze them solid.. 
I couldn't believe it.. 
After all the bother I caused my friend bugging her for slips and all.. 
Grin.. 
Anyway, I had saved a couple of slips for myself and they are growing as you can see and even has a beautiful blossom.. 
star flower plant
Mom is coming down next weekend and it is up on the mantel so we shall see if she notices it.. 
Yes, I will have one already and planted for her this Christmas and I will even deliver it.. grin...
I looked this up and it is also called Hoya... ???

So.. 
On with the show.. 

Another beach on the Bay of Fundy... 


A bouquet of Devil's Paint Brushes that my hubby picked for me.. 
All asleep for the night.. 

Another plant that Shonda slipped to me.. 
It has a blossom also... 
Prayer plant.. 
I needed that one from her as I need to spend so much time in prayer for her flying somewhere every time we turn around.. lol... 

The light house that my uncle help to build.. 

And.. 
Yes, we were back to the farm for a day this week to mow the grass...

The Lupins are almost gone... 
But the cows were at home.. smile.. 

Then we came back down to the cottage.. 

Poor Ginger.. 

She is tired out from all this going to and fro... 
I think she would like to stay put for a bit.. 
I know that I do .. smile.. 

Well, God bless you sweet ladies and may you have a wonderful Lord's Day.. 
In the midst of all of our holidays and going to and fro let's remember to give some time to the Lord.. 
He is faithful to us... 

Thanks so much for your visits and sweet notes.. 
I love and appreciate the time you take to let me know you are out there.. 
Hugs... 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Just a little catch-up....

This is the famous Petitcodiac River which is on the way to Hillsborough... 
Sometimes it is referred to as the Chocolate River.. smile.. 

Well, hello everyone.. 

I have been away from the computer for awhile so I thought I would do a little catch-up post tonight.. 

We are in St. Martins at our summer cottage and it was a beautiful day.. 
I had been chatting to someone from home and they were saying how hot it was there but I had a sweater on.. smile.. 

The air here is so fresh and clean coming off the Bay of Fundy.. 
Whenever, I have to cut up veggies or such I sit on the deck so that I can enjoy the lovely breezes... 

We have been going from pillar to post the last couple of weeks.. 

We were here for a few days and then went home for a beautiful wedding and up to the farm to mow the grass and spend a night and back home for a night or two and now we are back here.. 

Hopefully, the worst is over and we have successfully moved in for the Summer.. 

Here are a few catch-up pics for you.. 
Remember I mentioned that I made up a few jams and toiletries for the Apple Blossom Cafe in Hillsbough... 
Well, we took a day and visited these dear sisters... 


We had a grand time and they treated us to a lovely meal.. 


Terry had a BBQ Chicken Sandwich... 
and


I had soup and salad, of course.. 
I always have soup and salad for some reason.. 
Anyway, it was Cream of Asparagus Soup and Salad with Maple Garlic Dressing which is a speciality of their's, I believe.. 
So delicious!! 

We enjoyed the drive down the Petitcodiac River to Albert Co.. 
One of my favourite parts of our province.. 
I had bought a lovely Lavender Plant and it was ready to be harvested... 

There is a nice bouquet ready for my linen cupboard... 
I brought it down here for the deck and I think there is another bouquet ready.. 
Don't you love the scent?  
Perhaps, it is an old woman thing but this old gal loves it almost as much as Patchouli.. grin.. 

Stopped at a Thrift Store the other day when we were home and found this wonderful Cast Iron Roaster.. 


It was only five dollars and I love the colour, too.. 

Some of the flowers in our garden here at the cottage.. 


We have been doing pots and pots... 
Herbs, tomatoes, and lots of geraniums, of course.. 

Then one evening we had some sweet company... 


Jared and one of his friends motored down for the evening and was lucky to meet up with his cousin, Matt and his friend Kayla... 


Along with Shonda, Dave and their dog Ginger.. 
Carter was away to camp... 

Then one evening we went for a drive...



St. Martins in the fog.. 


One of the drives that I love the most is down Duck Pond Road.. 
There are not many people and for some reason this place calls my name.. 
I could very easily live there.. 
I know.. I know.. 
Just forget that I said that..  

Here is a new addition to the family.. 

Dustin's new puppy.. 
Mia.... 
So sweet.. 

Well, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
Hope you are enjoying your Summer where ever you may be or to my friends down under your Winter... 
The season is literally flying by and it hard to believe that is half way through July ... eh? 

Take care and thanks for dropping by and welcome to the new followers of the blog and the new Facebook friends.. 
I appreciate your support so much as I do your sweet comments...

God bless..