Saturday, October 22, 2016

I've only just been........

Many hours have passed since I last posted. For myself, I had an excellent break away, popping in now and then to read your posts. Much has been accomplished.... from renovations in house, straight out to the yard. We worked hard all summer, and are most happy with the end result. Time with family and friends, new beginnings and loss, repair and repaired. Even though I have not been posting, I have had each of you on my mind now and then. Thank you for your email and FB chatter and keeping me up to date in your Blogger Land.
By The Bay frequently with family and friends
House n Yard major replacement.....
Riding with great friends
....and, always a brilliant sunset each night.  There's more to tell, but first, let me catch up with each of you and do some serious reading. Cheers.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice, Eh.

I have a Prime Minister, not a President
I speak "Maritime" English and French, 
and I pronounce it "aboot", not about.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack -
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and that last letter of the alphabet -
is prounced "zed", not "zee", but "zed"....
Canada is the second largest landmass,
the first nation of hockey;
and I love my Country
From Sea To Shining Sea.

My name is SaucyKod
.....and I am CANADIAN :)

On July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States -  Independence Day. Happy July 4th to my southern neighbours, friends and relatives. May your Independence Day be every bit as bright as my Canada Day.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lepreau Falls...

Lepreau Falls
New Brunswick
There is so much more to see, when you LOOK.....
A "cam" day on the water...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring has sprung....... the Maritimes, Eh
This is my attempt for a "Spring Hat" at our
Lionettes Spring Hat Meeting  :)
Spring appears in whispers
and hushed tones,
as the bellowing winter
bows away.
Drowsy flowers come to
waking from their sleep yawning,
with heads turned upward towards
the Maestro called Sun.
I watch with anticipation
the concert begins.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tin Can Beach

Tin Can Beach - At one time back in the 40's and 50's this long stretch of sand and surf was once the domain of Hobos, Drinkers and those bad boys that liked to party. If you were known to be a regular at Tin Can Beach.....well, most people just stayed clear of you. There was an abundance of trash, empty cans, and bottles. Hobos used to put up tents and spend the summer and or anyone out of work and nowhere to stay might just join up with the party goers and sleep under the stars. Slowly they disappeared, the beach was cleaned up by volunteers and became a place for families or a bunch of kids to spend an afternoon, have a picnic and go swimming, even with the cold temperatures of the Bay of Fundy. It was a great place to watch young seals play at low tide and all kinds of sea birds fly over you - with fishing boats and ships passing by. There was a bunch of us in the neighbourhood that would bicycle to the beach and spend the day. Now, today, it gets better. PROTECTED BY LAW -  PARK, BEACH, ANIMALS, BIRDS AND SEA LIFE. A "Tin Can Beach" bought by the "Irving Family" and turned into a Nature Park - FREE- for all citizens and visitors to enjoy.
The West Side of the City Of Saint John lies in the background, while the park, the marsh and the Bay Of Fundy pretty well takes over the rest of this aerial photo.
There are 11 km (7 miles) of rugged Bay Of Fundy coastline over 600 acres - an oasis of forest, marsh, beaches and trails. There is a boardwalk that extends into the salt march which is ideal for bird watching. There are eight different walking trails of varying lengths, as well as a roadway that encircles the park, including many lookouts. There are picnic areas, some with propane barbecues (free to use) many picnic tables and benches to rest on throughout the Park. The park's highest point is the Lookout Tower. Using binoculars mounted on'site, one can admire the breathtaking 360 degree view of land and sea above the treetops.
Tin Can Beach/Irving Nature Park - one of my favourite places to be from my childhood, with a "stop by" just last week.  On a truly windy day, such as this....walking through the market or shops, you might hear more than one person say - "Winds are high today, you goin' to watch the waves on Tin Can Beach?"....."Yes, yes I am Eh."

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Living By The Sea.......

There is no finer life for me,
Than when I'm living by the sea
 I'll take my lunch and be far gone -
As the waves do skip and roll along.

I often wonder where time went,
Roaming beaches, with hours well spent
Digging clams and watching surf -
In our own time, we'd felt its worth.

The air is clear and fresh and clean,
Nature's wonder and Nature's dream
A friend, a smile, naan sandwich and tea -
On this cold day, was prepared for me.

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Shout-Out.......

A Shout - Out
 To All My Peeps.........
SaucyKod n Jack

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ring A Round..........

I had gone for my usual walk the other day and always stop at my favourite Cafe for a nice hot cuppa. When I left the shop, I looked up in the sky and WOW. This ring was so large, that I had to climb to the top of a large hill, just to get a better shot. In the second photo, you can just see a corner of blue sky and a wee touch of river.
It was a very cloudy day. These clouds, being so high in the sky, are made from ice crystals. The properties of the ice crystals reflect and refract light in such a way as to cause a "ring around the sun".  Since high clouds typically precede unsettled weather; it is said, a halo around the sun or moon means rain or snow is on the way.....we got both.
This "Halo" around the sun is also known as a "22 degree halo or sun halo", as they are seen quite often and in all seasons. The crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky and at a certain angle - you guessed it - 22 degrees - a halo or ring can be seen around the sun.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New River Beach

March 6th was an exceptional day.....cold, windy and sunny. You could feel the heat of the sun, however; the wind would blow you off the beach :) This is New River Beach, a short distance from here - just up the road a bit. This is one of my most favourite places to be in any season. You can smell the salt in the air,  and as you can see the tide is almost all the way out. A nice sandy beach to walk on, look for treasures and a whole LOTTA beach....I think we might have seen 6 - 8 people walking about..... and one dog.
There's a real nice campground here, a canteen, hiking trails in abundance. You can play on the beach all day or go kayaking, etc. This beach is also a great place to fly kites. There is also sand art/ sand castles contest every summer and always something going on to draw the crowds. I have walked the trails here many, many times and its all about forest and the beauty of the bay.
This sand dollar was wiggling his way up the beach, so I gently placed him in a pool of water until the tide came back in. Now, spending the day roaming the beach works up quite an appetite,  Comeau's Restaurant in Pennefield was next on the list. Mmmm, clams and chips and plenty of each. Mighty tasty and right out of the Bay.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Just the FACTS MA'AM........just some local facts

Did you know that most of the WORLD'S FRENCH FRIES come from New Brunswick, Canada. New Brunswick-based McCain Foods makes one-third of all the frozen French Fries produced in the world, and many come from a $65-million state-of-the art potato processing plant that's in Florenceville-Bristol. The small town in western New Brunswick has taken on the moniker - "The French Fry Capital Of The World." This is also the location of the Potato World Museum and the heart of mid-July National French Fry Day celebrations.
People the world over play baseball - ever wonder where some of the world's best baseball bats come from.....Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada. In 2012, more than 100 Major League Baseball Players chose to swing Canadian maple wood bets - better known as the "Sam Bat". Sam Holman, founder of The Original Maple Bat Corporations, invented the bat by choosing maple wood, a harder wood than the traditionally used ash. It is also the official bat of Australian Baseball and shipped around the world to places such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan Italy and Mexico. So, if you see a professional player with a little logo on their baseball bat, that's one of the 18,000 sluggers produced each year in Carleton Place, a half hour's drive from Ottawa.
Arlene & Jim Anderson, and Paul Balharrie bought Maple Bat seven years ago from founder Sam Holman, (although he still retains a portion). The Carleton Place factory makes bats for roughly 470 Pro Players; building each one to the individual players satisfaction.
Got a dry throat, or a cough?? - Pick up a pack of Halls - you'll be getting another little taste of home since they are made in the plant at Bertrand, Scarborough, Ontario. The plant produced more than 6 billion pieces of "medicine" for the U.S.A. alone, last year - enough that if you lined them side by side, they would circle the earth at the equator approximately 3.4 times.
Coins from Winnipeg, Canada - The Canadian Royal Winnipeg Mint produces COINS for 60 different countries, including Centavos for Cuba, Kroner for Norway and Pesos for Columbia. Currently the mint can produce over 20 million coins a day.
"Just The Facts Ma'am" - I always liked that line. Yes, I listened to Detective Sergeant Joseph    " Joe Friday" in his "Dragnet" series on the radio when I was a kid. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) was a fictional detective in the Los Angeles Police Department. He played this character on radio (1949-1959) and later on television. Have any of you ever found yourself using this line - it still remains one of the top 100 catchphrases in TV Land.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

St. Croix River

A winter walk along the beautiful St. Croix River. The weather in our small town has been up and down, hot and cold, snowing, and melting. We do not have the 8 - 10 feet of snow we had at this time last year - there may be 3-4 feet. There have been many days of afternoon lunches out on the deck and warm enough for shirtsleeves. 
We had a beautiful December and January with quite warm temps and little or no snow. H-m-m-m, makes me wonder about the -22 weather I woke up to this morning. A north wind made it much colder, however; dressed warm one can still enjoy a nice long walk on a bitter cold day.
FN - Photos taken 1 day prior to rapid change in temps again;  Hurricane Winds and Torrential Downpours - result- all that glistening ice and white snow has for the most part disappeared. H--m-m-m