Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Is In The Air.........

The morning started with a beautiful sunrise - 
even though we received a ton of snow last week. 
We have had a TREMENDOUS  rain storm, and
 a few "HOT" days of spring sunshine - to begin the rapid melting.
A nice walk along the St. Croix River at low tide
There is still an abundance of snow in the woods....
I searched and searched for "ANY" first flower of spring, could not find one.....
however, I did find some pussy willows growing along the river.
SPRING is here folks :) .....I think :)
Supper at King Street Takeout - YEP, IT'S OPEN -
"Takeout is as small as a dime-
The fish n chips are quite divine."
Sometimes, it's those little "Hole In The Wall" places, that serve the best food.
Small, convenient, fresh, home made, affordable n TASTY.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Toll of The Lighthouse.....

Ross Island Lighthouse 1910
Ross Island Lighthouse is situated on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick - otherwise known as the lighthouse at Fish Fluke Point. Ross Island was inhabited by the New Empire Loyalists in 1774. There is evidence of some of the earliest buildings that still remain here and there aboot the island. In fact, it is also one of the few areas, that artifacts of the First Nations have been found.
The island today is privately owned, but by agreement in the sale, islanders and visitors have access. There are trails that circumvent the island and also a  man-made road through the middle of the island. At lower tides, the walk to the lighthouse can be done in an approximate two hour return trip. Around the Bay of Fundy, one has to be reminded of how the water silently seeps in behind you, gathering in shallow pools, until you are cut off and are "walking back knee deep" - always watch the tide and know when it will return. My own trips to the Bay, are always timed - I want to enjoy the Ocean Floor for as long as possible, so I always check the Tides and know how much time I have to play. The tide can return quite quickly and the path can be very dangerous when under water.
Beautiful photo opportunities await you, enjoy the hike across the ocean floor, explore an hour or so, enjoy a picnic, listen to the wild birds call out to each other, soaring high above you. I cannot think of anybody that doesn't want to explore a beach and an island and spend an afternoon with Mother Nature, upon her rocky shore.
The island itself has a rocky rim, as you can see in the first photo - this protects the soft marshy interior from being washed away when the tides come in and the waves do play. The island itself has become a sanctuary for birds and native animals and is filled with extraordinary plant life.
For the past 45 odd years, nothing has been done to preserve the life of the lighthouse. It is slowly crumbling into the sea, abandoned and forgotten. It is highly endangered, and continues to deteriorate as the hostile weather of the Bay of Fundy breaks upon its walls. It was well built, but time, storms and the battering of many waves has taken its toll - leaving the backside caved in and the walls stubbornly crumbling. Sadly, it is just a matter of time before the harshness of Mother Nature washes it away.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An afternoon @ Harbour Station

The 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship got underway at Harbour Station, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on March 15. The twelve teams who have qualified for this event are: Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Russia, Scotland, 
Switzerland, Sweden and the USA.
Following the opening ceremony on Saturday 15 March, the teams met in seventeen sessions of round-robin play, until the evening of Thursday 20 March. After this, tie-breakers will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams. The gold and bronze medal finals will take place on Sunday 23 March.
My friends Donna and Bill, both volunteers at the event, gave me tickets to attend the game between Canada and Denmark on the 17th . Sorry Denmark, but you lost 6-2. It was a great day to visit the city, have a fun filled afternoon with lots of talent, beautiful colour, noise and excitement:)

Friday, March 14, 2014

BEWARE OF THE...........

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances, and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history; as it marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
The Romans did not number the days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back, from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th) and the Kalends (1st) of the following month. The "Ides" occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most of the months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. The "Ides" were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar.
Reverse side of a coin issued by Caesar's assassin Brutus 
in the fall of 42 BC, with the abbreviation EID MAR (Ides of March) 
under a "cap of freedom" between two daggers.
In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44  BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The Ides of March have come", meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar, but not gone".
Caesar's death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus).
On a lighter note - as a young girl, my English Teacher of 4 years would make her way to my desk, rest her hand on my shoulder (every 15th of March), look out around the classroom and say most dramatically - "Beware of the Ides of March, for the Ides of March are upon thee". Then, (as I was expected), I would have to stand up in class and read my homework on Julius Caesar.......for you see; my Teacher knew it was my Birthday on The Ides of March -  and to this day, I have not forgotten the history of Julius Caesar. I seem to remember even writing a song about his death; the title being "33 Stab Wounds on His Chest" - and it was not dramatic or historical, but rather funny, with a "groovy" beat :) 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beauty and The Beast.....

Beautiful Sunrise this morning.....
Here's What's coming.....
Yep, it might be our BEASTLY St Patrick's Day storm...a little early,
but its coming, its real and its nasty. We have been having
heavy snow for approx one hour now - should be raging and 
blizzard like conditions very shortly well into tomorrow.
Missed you all, but kept up with great reads from all your posts..
Cheers for now,
SaucyKod :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014


The letter discovered at the end of the episode is an excerpt from 
"West with the Night" by Beryl Markham. The letter states.....
 "Dear Rosie - You're an old soul trapped in a young body. 
Go beyond the limits of what you know even if you're afraid. 
Try everything, feel everything, if only once. 
This passage made me think of you today." -
" There are all kinds of SILENCES and each of them means a different thing.
There is the silence that comes with the morning in a forest,
and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city.
There is the silence after a rainstorm and before a rainstorm,
and these are not the same.
There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt.
There is a certain silence that emanates from a lifeless object,
as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys,
or from anything that has answered to the need of man,
for pleasure or for work.
This kind of silence can speak.
Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so;
for the chair may have been left by a laughing child,
or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay.
Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality
may linger in the silence it follows. It is a soundless echo."
- Markham, West With The Night

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Oh Joy, Oh's hard to miss.....

Feb 14 & Feb 16 = approx 2 - 3 feet of snow,
depending on where you walk :)
Good thing I like winter :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Worthwhile - You BETCHA' ........

On Valentines Day, we think of those
who make our lives worthwhile -
Those Gracious, Family & Friends -
who we think of with a smile.
I am most fortunate to know you
and this is why I want to say,
To each rare and special person
A Most Delightful Valentines Day.
.....and, of course Jack has her say in this as well.....