Monday, August 11, 2014

happenings

Well, where did all that time go? 
I'll show you.
Warning, very heavy photo laden. Short sentences. 
Much has been happening.
This is just what I took pictures of. 
I'm glad I did. 
I forgot I did so much.

Caldo verde soup. Collards and kale from my garden. 
So good, so good for you.
 My boy just got back from a week away at Baddeck Race week. His first week away from home.
He enjoyed it immensely, as seen from this photo. 
He just came back from a capsize and speedy recovery to continue the race.
 He made it to the Gold fleet and came in 6th overall.
Look nanny, he's in a boat all by himself... in that big blue ocean! (wink)
 While big brother was away, Neve and I got to hold some babies,
 Make some mittens. ( choosing a lining. I chose grey)
 We went to Lunenburg and ate ice cream as we wandered.
Ever try to take a selfie with an old android? 
You can't flip the screen, so you don't know what you're getting a picture of... or where the button is!
We had a crafty day with our friend, Martha. Felted soap it was!
a little hamster imitation at the Exhibition.
Imagine my surprise when I turned the corner of my street to see this!
Earlier in the month, we went to Roseway Beach. 
The kids had fun floating down the river. It took 6 minutes to do it. Then they would run back to do it again. I got the most stupid burn on this day!
Beach girl!
We ran into a pirate!!
The chickens have found a new place for a dust bath!
We celebrated 11 years!!
 

This girl turned 8!! We took all the cake pictures with her new iPod and we don't have her set up to email them to me yet. So the pics are stuck in limbo.

And it's harvest time!!
Beautiful veg!
 
Turning in to pickles!
And this batch was apple sauce and 2 apple pie fixings in the freezer.
Tonight, a Remax Hot Air Balloon was in town!
Of course, I took a little ride!

So.. you're still here?! 
Had to get it all down for memory sake.
My sister in law and her son are visiting this week. 
I have lots of touristy plans.
This is a beautiful place to share.

Have a good one.
Amanda

Sunday, July 20, 2014

the little drummer girl

WHew!
That was a great weekend.
It was Founder's Days. 
The first weekend when we moved here 2 years ago, was Founder's Days.
That means we've been here for 2 years. It's our 3rd summer here. 
Much has changed since this first  Founder's Days post I wrote back then.
And last year's Founder's Days.

This year, we participated in some of the events in a different way.
Neve became a member of the fife and drum band. 
She has been practicing every week during the drills on the waterfront. 


 I'm not sure if she's lagging behind or leading the pack!

Here, she and her friend are being presented as new members of the band to the commander.
She's also very excited that someone will be lending her a red coat!
 I'll make her a shirt and then we'll work on pants.

This year, I was a judge for the Shelburne County Idol. It was a fun 2 nights of tweens singing.
Henry and the kids camped out in tents overnight at the waterfront with a gang of friends. 
It was so nice to sit by the fire, chat, watch the amazing fireworks and Boat Parade of Lights.
Rafael scootered, swam and sailed all weekend. Oh, and he performed in his first theatrical piece, 
the Maltese Falcon. 2 weeks of drama camp culminated in a cute little play.
We had a very tired crowd here tonight. 
But a very contented, sun kissed, great memories made kinda tired.

Love this town.

Amanda

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stamped Jewelry

I did it! I finally did it!
 As with any new crafty endeavour, I debate if I should start it. 
Really, do I need another branch on this crafty tree?
 But when the letter punches became available to me, I couldn't resist. 
And then I went looking for the blank washers. No go. 
All I could find were these squares with a hole in the middle.
These charms help to cover the hole.
 I'm on the search for more online.
I have so many ideas.
And I'm so excited I got it to work out.
(I know, I have to drop the shell. Seeing that hole is driving me wonky)

The wild rose bushes are in bloom right now. They are planted all over the grounds.
The smells are intoxicating.
I really should take pictures before the impending hurricane comes on Saturday.
And put all loose bits away.
And batter down the chicken coop.
And gather water. 
And... ummm.....
hope the power doesn't go out so I can do some sewing.

Later,
Amanda

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This week in a small seaside village

My first issue of Mollie Makes arrived!!!
oops, this one, I actually bought at Wally World. 
When I came home, Neve came out of the post office with a ... you guessed it...
a Mollie Makes Magazine. I was a little disappointed, I just bought one, but then,
the one that was mailed is for August!!, this one is July. Yay.
Anyhow, I had to make this girl.
 After all, she is the cover girl.
She has tattoos and everything. 
Next time, she'll have a headscarf instead of a turban.
 Fun enough to make another.
Looking forward to this coming out in full bloom. I purposely didn't prune it last fall.
It should be a beauty, orange honeysuckle.
 The ladies have been enjoying dust baths. Surprisingly, they don't touch the veggies in the garden.
They just scratch for bugs.
 The date on the camera for this reads June 9.
Love this little town. 
 On a trip to Islands Park, Rafael and his friend decided to decorate this rock. 
Nice job boys.
 Neve decided to be a drummer for the Re-enactors this summer.
 We're working on her costume. Have to dull it up a bit. 
I don't think they would have had such white clothes. :}
I've been going to Frenchy's all week. 
Guess it was a bad one for finding period costumes.

That's the kind of week it's been here.
School is out!
We're going camping for the weekend in the Annapolis Valley. Yay.
Going to take the kiddies to my Alma Mater, Acadia University.

I'm ready for a rest and adventure.

Have a good one,
Amanda

Monday, June 23, 2014

String puzzle

So this.....

 became this.....
 Just a little mind bender.
 there it is solved.
 If you want to know the solution, you can go here...

I hope this weekend was a sign of a good summer to come.
Biking, yard sailing and farmer's market on Saturday. Even found a new bike for Miss Neve. Yeah.
Kids spent time with friends on Sunday, apart from each other. whew.
It's been a little intense around here lately. Mood swings. Wow.
And to end the weekend, dinner guests, nice enough to eat outside
 and a little of this.
 I'd like to say they were so fast, the camera couldn't keep up, but I think it was more operator error.
England vs. Portugal. England took it 10-9.

Hope you had a good one.
Amanda


Friday, June 13, 2014

Sorry Rod!

Sorry Rod Stewart, Cory Hart, Chicago and various Christmas Carol renditions. 
 In the name of crafting and repurposing, I must take out your innards and silence your crooning.
I wish my kids were here to help me in this liberating, pulling out of millions of miles of cassette tape.

Then again, they probably wouldn't get the satisfaction of doing it so freely, after growing up in fear of the dreaded.. "the tape broke! " The obligatory cutting, taping and splicing of said tape, so you could listen to your music again, but this time with a big skip in the verse where the tape was cut and the scotch tape covered it over.

If you want to know what I'm doing with all this mess, 
come visit me at the Shelburne Farmer's Market tomorrow 9-1, Guild Hall.
It is a cute gift for Dad's day.

Amanda

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spacemen amongst us.

A few years ago, I made this little playset.

I brought it back today in this rendition.
 The spaceman helmet and air pack on his back.

 Cute little things, I think.
Come see them at the Shelburne Farmer's Market on Saturday!

Amanda