Wednesday, August 29, 2012

oh, deer

Just about every morning now, when the dogs and I go for our walk for the newspaper, the deer are out below the apple trees. Usually, I can stand quietly for a minute of so before the deer and the dogs see each other. A moment of peaceful morning calm that I treasure.
the deer at the right is a buck....you can just see his antlers...this is only the 2nd buck we have seen in our five summers here


Monday, August 27, 2012

out to lunch

An impromptu lunch in Lunenburg....just because...

our view from the table - notice the sloped masts on the Amistad (as well as the sloped horizon...no I did not consume alcohol at lunch!)




Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lawrencetown Beach

We drove up to Musquodoboit Harbour today to drop off four of my windows at The Tourist Trap, and on the way back we took a detour to Lawrencetown. We haven't been there for several years, and rarely (if ever!) on a bright sunny, summer day. 

Our first stop was for lunch.

This is a popular stop for surfers. There is a sign in one of the windows that says "Please don't change in the parking lot".
What a view!
Lunch was all home made, and very good....highly recommended!
Lawrencetown Beach
According to the news, the water is 5 degrees (celcius) warmer than usual this year. There were certainly a lot of people in the water.
a lucky Lab gets to play fetch
Another great day in Nova Scotia!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Come Sit A While

My newest creation....Come Sit A While. I'm undecided about whether to drop this off to be sold, or keep it myself for a while. We'll be making the trip to Musquodoboit Harbour in a couple of days, so I'll stew about it for a while.


Friday, August 17, 2012

I want you beside me

I've been wanting a large piece of artwork for above our bed for a while now. Inspiration struck a couple of weeks ago, and I combined one of my photographs of 2 doves on our telephone wires with some words I wrote with John in mind.

I found a place online that prints posters, and ordered a 24 inch by 36 inch poster for about $25 including delivery. It arrived yesterday, and I think it's awesome!



I might paint the frame black, but I just love the way the poster turned out!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hollyhocks - completed!

You may remember the Hollyhock window I showed on the blog in July. If not, here is a link to see the window before I grouted it: http://www.sharleystudio.blogspot.ca/2012/07/hollyhocks.html

I was originally going to add a pale grout, but decided to stick with black and I'm glad I did! I love the way the black grout makes the colours pop.
when the light shines from behind, some of the glass globs look black instead of iridescent green
The one thing I'm not totally happy with is the fact that the opague "glass globs" look black when the sun is shining from the back. Live and learn....I won't use those ones again!
the light is shining from the front....notice the iridescent glass
But I do like the way they look when the light is not shining from behind.

This window will be headed to the gallery in Musquodoboit Harbour soon.


Monday, August 13, 2012

i dig garlic


We started growing garlic for the first time last year. Rather, we planted our first crop in the fall of 2010 and harvested it in the summer of 2011. We decided to grow our own garlic because the grocery stores around here only carry garlic from China. 
Our friends Jack and Karen brought us some organic garlic from Ontario when they visited, and I saved some of the cloves and planted them. Easy peasy...we had a crop of our own!
I was afraid the crop wouldn't be very good this year, because we have had a drought all summer long. The bulbs aren't as large as last year, but we have quite a good crop....enough to keep us going for 12 months and for sharing too :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

a little bit of soul

The new joke around here is that I may not have any heart, but now I have a soul...
picking up our "new" car
After 3 years of being a one car family, we are back to 2 cars and I am the proud owner of a 2010 Kia Soul. No more juggling appointments...no more worrying about going out with my camera for hours...ah, freedom!

Although we drove for an hour into Halifax to test drive the car, we discovered that the owners had a "get away" place just 5 miles from our house...once again proving what a small world it is. They have not only sold their soul...they sold "the farm" too....so we won't be "almost neighbours" any longer.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

a ruff day

Yesterday morning started off in the usual way, but quickly changed from the regular routine. After feeding the pond fish, when heading back towards the house, I noticed Riley acting strangely at the back corner of the pond. She didn't come when I called (nothing new about that), but seemed quite interested in something at the edge of the pond. I thought it must be a frog, but went back to investigate. There was a dead bird submerged in the water. 

Back to the house for my gloves, a bag, and a shovel (the level of the water is quite low, so I thought a shovel would help retrieve the bird). Much to my surprise, the bird moved when I pulled him from the water. Now what to do? I took him to the deck, ran to get a towel, and wrapped him in the towel and held him to my chest. I didn't think there was much chance for him. His eyes were closed, and his beak was opening and closing like he was gasping for air. I kept changing the towel so that it would absorb the water from his feathers. Once the sun came out, I spread open the towel and took my finger and rubbed it up and down his back to get the circulation going. After about an hour, I put him in a low rise rubbermaid bin with the towel and a bit of water. After a few hours, he managed to sit up on his own. A couple more hours, and he hopped out of the bin. We had to leave to take Riley to the vet....when we returned, the dove was gone. Hopefully living happily ever after!
almost ready to fly again
Our visit to the vet was longer than expected. Riley's adventure with the porcupine two and a half weeks ago is still haunting us. She required a second surgery yesterday to remove a quill from her shoulder joint. They also cut her elbow open to explore the elbow joint but couldn't find anything. So, we are back to having a dog with stitches and on pain killers and antibiotics. Another round of vet visits comes next week. And the saga continues....

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

LaHave River House

I was out and about on Sunday and stopped into the 2nd floor of the LaHave Bakery to see an art show by a friend. Lovely paintings...wish I could have taken many of them home with me! While I was there, I took a couple of quick photos of this house with the LaHave River in the background.


I'm thinking that maybe it is the inspiration for an upcoming piece of window art!

Monday, August 6, 2012

early in the morning

a few photos from my early morning jaunt yesterday
Wagner Lake

fog on Wagner Lake


somewhere between Upper Branch and New Germany - Stanley Section?

from the iron bridge on Sarty Road