Friday, August 30, 2013

lunch in Chester

At least once each summer, I like to head down to Chester and lunch at The Rope Loft. I don't go for the food (which is okay), but I love the location. Who wouldn't enjoy sitting by the water on a warm day with a cold drink...watching the boats go by?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

feeding time

It seems a little late in the year, but we still have Evening Grosbeaks feeding their young.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

how does your garden grow?

I have been asked to speak to the Bridgewater Garden Club in September, which has me going through all my flower and garden photos. When we moved here, the house was literally in the middle of a hay field with the uncut hay coming right up to the house. Things have changed in the five years (six growing seasons) that we have been here! Here are some "before" photos from 2008, and "after" photos from this summer.
door to porch - 2008

door to porch - 2013

back yard garden - 2008

back yard garden - 2013 (July)

back garden from side - 2008
back garden from side -2013 (June)

2013 - from back of yard

August 2013

side of house - 2008

side of house - 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

how Sara got her groove back

I feel I have spent the summer drifting aimlessly (yesterday's post definitely applies to me). I lost my enthusiasm for photography...I didn't make any "window art"....I had to force myself to plant a vegetable garden...I generally was not enthused about anything.

A couple of things happened this week to get me going again (I hope)...

First, I dropped of some window art last Friday to a friend in Mahone Bay who owns "La Bonne Vie". I also dropped off some of my new postcard sets. One of my windows sold in a day, and several of my postcard sets have already flown off the shelves. Nothing like some sales to get the creative juices flowing again! So far that has just meant going to my studio and looking at glass, but baby steps are okay.

Then yesterday John mentioned that there was a grasshopper on the deck. That wouldn't thrill most people, but I grabbed my camera.
Then I got on a roll...changed to my macro lens and got down to a grasshopper's eye level. For the first time in many months, I felt happy with my camera in my hands again.

did you know that grasshopper's have eyes that are half pink and half green? I didn't!
Here's hoping that Sara has her groove back!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Inspirational Postcards

My new inspirational postcards are printed and I think they look great! I decided to upsize the cards this time around...each card is 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. The sets have one card of each of the six images. They are available for sale at La Bonne Vie in Mahone Bay, or from me anytime.
front and back of package insert

A while back, I was asking for advice on a new image for my "Take Hold of the Oars" inspirational saying (you can see the images by clicking on this link). I did print the image with the yellow dories, but I wasn't thrilled with it. It just seems a little "busy" for my liking. While we were on vacation in early July, I took a photo of these two dories. I added my saying and had the cards printed and love the colours and simplicity. I also love the message....some good words I needed to apply to myself this summer!

Interested in buying a set?

Six Card Set, including shipping