Thursday, July 27, 2017

More Trip Photos

I hope you aren't getting tired of these photos yet as I still have at least a couple more days worth.  The first two of these were taken in Quebec: the first overlooking the harbour and the other is one of the historic buildings 9I forget which one).  The last picture was taken at a lookout near where we went whale watching.  A beautiful spot.  During the trip, when the tide was out, we saw people walking along the exposed river bed looking for ( I am assuming) crabs, oysters etc.
Tomorrow-memories of Anne of Green Gables.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10,000 Steps of Discovery

The weather was lovely today.  I got my laundry out on the line and it dried quickly, did a bit of gardening searching for flowers amongst the weeds and a few other odds and ends.  Most of the rest of the day was spent tidying my quilt room and sewing.
I loaded a crib blanket onto my machine and have got about a quarter of that finished. I am out tomorrow and Thursday but expect to get it completed on the weekend.
Here are some photo from the old part of Quebec city.  The rather odd shaped elephant is a Salvador Dali sculpture.  He is one of my favourite artists so I was pleased to find this.

I am very fond of old Quebec and enjoyed walking around the streets and discovering lanes full of artists selling their products, remains of the forts, and street performers.  We clocked nearly 10,000 steps (each) by the end of the day.

Monday, July 24, 2017


I think I must have flipped the wrong month up on my calendar.  It says July but that can't be right because we started up the wood stove today.  It has been cool and damp all day.  Damp is rather a large understatement as it poured in the morning.  Tomorrow is supposed to be better so I am doing a couple loads of laundry so I can hang it out them.
I don't know why it is but whenever you go on holiday, you seem to have twice as much laundry to do when you return.  We did take extra towels with us in case we had a chance to go swimming-we didn't but I didn't want to just stick them back in the cupboard after they were in a hot van for ten days.
Our first day of sightseeing was in Quebec City.  This tall ship was in port and we spent quite a bit of time looking it at it and taking photos.  It was quite an impressive sight.
This statue was also at the port.  It was to honour all the seamen who died during the war while serving on the merchant ships.

Friday, July 21, 2017

On The Positive Side.

I apologize for the sporadic posts lately.  I know you will understand when I say that I am spending as much time as possible with my sister before she returns to England.  That happens tomorrow.
I am grateful both my sisters do come to Canada as frequently as they do but it is still very difficult when they leave. We have enjoyed our holiday together and she has been able to see a lot more of her birth  country.  Our mother returned to England in 1963 taking my younger brothers and sisters and, if we lived less than a 100 years ago, I might never have seen them again.  So, I do try to be grateful and think on the positive side.  I try, without always being totally successful.
This photo was taken from our room in Ottawa where we stayed on the first night of our trip.  More photos and some stories yet to come. 
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home Again

We arrived back from our holidays Saturday evening.  We had a great time and saw more of our great country, its scenery, wildlife and history.  I will be sharing some photos and stories with you later but I have a small announcement.  My pattern 'Falling Leaves' is being published in the Quilt Pattern Magazine and they have a special subscription price for you to celebrate the event.  The link is: or you can go to
http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com and enter the secret code word ARK to get your special price.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy 150 Birthday Canada

Happy Canada Day.  It is too bad that today wasn't July 1st as the weather was lovely.  Got outside for a walk and did a bit of gardening.  Tomorrow, it is back to the rain again.  We are still planning on going into the village and taking part in some of the events.  It is a shame with so much work and money spent to celebrate that the weather isn't going to cooperate.  Of course, it still could.  Fingers crossed.
My sister arrives from England tomorrow and will be here late evening.  They will be exhausted so we won't be doing any visiting until the next day.
I got my Island Batik project finished for this month except for the binding.  I will post a photo when it is complete.
My posts will be a bit spotty this month as we will be going hither and yon with my sister.  I will try and upload some photos of the things and places we see.  I am grateful to a dear neighbour who will be house sitting and looking after the dog and chickens while we enjoy ourselves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Brag Mugs

Thank you for all the good wishes re my eyes.  I have decided that I can live with these floating things until I need to get something done.  Most people have some sort of issue in their lives and this is minor compared to what others deal with.
We had a nice surprise in the mail today.  A parcel arrived from the grandchildren and when we opened it we found, in addition to some lovely photos, two travel mugs with the children's  pictures on them. Grandparent's brag mugs!!
We are looking forward to using them and showing off the photos.
I am gradually getting the house ready for my youngest sister's visit.  Make some vegetarian soup today and a couple dozen muffins.  Just a couple of days now.
It doesn't look as though the weather is going to be very nice for Canada Day.  We are planning on going into the village for the classic car show and the guided walking tour if it isn't raining too badly.