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Enjoy the creation; WORSHIP the Creator🙏🏻. 🏞 🌲 🌖✨ "“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows forth His handiwork.” ~ Psalm 19:1
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Hurricane Gert update: ➡️ reporter Doug Phillips reports, "As Hurricane Gert, the second hurricane of the season, is starting to move further into the open waters. Gert is NO THREAT to land! and is expected to pick up some strength as it turns northeast and accelerates into the far northern Atlantic before dissipating in coming days." Our forecast has been downsized. 👏🏻👏🏻😊 Yay! We did have a fair rainstorm last night⛈. Photo 3. is from a CTV weather site. In New Brunswick (our neighbouring province), after this morning's early thunderstorm, an unusual 'roll cloud' was observed. I didn't see it here in Nova Scotia. Tropical storms bring odd weather events. 😊

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DELIGHT! no camera for the garden walk but ... 1&2. I came across a purple thistle in the woodland garden I showed yesterday 😃😃 The thistle appears on old colonial coins and stamps, acknowledging the large population of Scottish settlers in Nova Scotia, at the time. The red beaver stamp, encorporating the shamrock, English rose and the thistles, was designed by Sir Sanford Fleming, who was sent to Canada to organize our national railways. He created the concept of time zones and was knighted by Queen Victoria 👸🏻 for that incredible innovation. 👏🏻👏🏻 My other variety of hosta has come into bloom; it's much shorter and just peeking up through the foliage.

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TOM, my constant garden companion. He heard the pheasants in the hedgerows, and caught the scent of a squirrel 🐿or🐀mousie in the stick pile, so he was riveted there.

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MYSTERY PLANT⁉️ I'll start the Garden Walk with trying to identify this plant. When I first saw it, I thought it look like some variation of euphorbia. My perennials have pretty much bloomed out, so now now it's all about the berries, the wildflowers and the woodland.

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Hurricane Gert is making her way, offshore, up the Eastern seaboard. "Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Nova Scotia. They say while the storm won’t have a direct effect on the province, a swell will make its way to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia on Wednesday and Thursday, potentially creating swell of between2-3 metres along the southern coast. Heavy rain and associated high winds are to begin tomorrow. Spending the day outdoors today, since the next few days will be indoor days. ⛈🌧🌬🌊 (graphic and details from our local meteorologist at CTV.ca

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It's national ACADIAN day. Our province's Acadian history is much celebrated. However, during the French Wars, there was a sad page in our history. Between 1755-1757, after the Fall of Fortress Louisbourg, almost 10,000 Acadians were deported from their homes. "A plan was devised, to surround the Acadian churches on a Sunday morning, capture as many men as possible, breach the dykes and burn the houses and crops. When the men refused to go, the soldiers threatened their families with bayonets. They went reluctantly, praying, singing and crying. By the fall of 1755 some 1,100 Acadians were aboard transports for South Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania." Wordsworth wrote a famous poem about the plight of one such Acadian girl, Evangéline. Additionally, I watched two YouTube videos recounting the story of Evangéline. I took screen shots to give you the EXACT search word for each. They are both beautifully done. The song is in French, however in the first title (photo 3) the subtitles are on screen in both English and French. Enjoy. 😊

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Plant sale finds on my rickety, old potting table: 1.a spirea, red & white rose bushes, and a pot of parsley. 2&3. the white rose has buds growing. 4. A Gerber Daisy 5&6. Mystery plants; anyone recognize either one?? ❓. 7&8. My sedum and hydrangea are coming into bloom.

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A sunny ☀️Monday prompted a little by-the-sea road trip🗺🌊🚙💨And why not an occasion for a little thrifting? 😜 I found yardages of linen and velvet. The linen is already in a cold water bleach wash, but the dark velvet is waiting on a hand wash. Photo 2 is the flapper, fur, bucket hat I fell in love with 😍, along with a vintage hankie and a drawstring silk bag. I also spied the vintage camel color, Austrian hat. I'm hoping to piece together a patchwork quilt; this velvet will add a tactile component. ♦️ No sooner did we leave there, stopping at Canadian Tire 🇨🇦for the man/hardware things; can you believe it??? They were clearing out the garden center this morning! 🌹🌼🎉🚨📢 $2,$1 and .50c. Well .... YES! I filled a cart with flowers, shrubs and perennials in a flash🚨. I'll share photos later. 📸 Some mystery pots had no tags; I may need help identifying them. 🤔💭🌸🌼🌺

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I don't know how this got past me? 📚📚. Aug. 9th NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY! - A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book 📕 (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away. a bibliophile ❤️📚📚📚❤️ – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.😊 What I'm reading now is a history, written in 1879; the excerpt talks about the number of books in the area in 1776. I'm so glad for libraries.

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late evening Garden Walk: photo1 is a mystery bloom. I didn't plant it; it just appeared. Any ideas?? 2. a pretty little orangey weed. 3,4,5. The hydrangeas, grape vines are covered, as is the rowen tree. 6. Good night across the fields.

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Nova Scotia's official folk song, written as WWI soldiers were leaving, to ship out for Europe. You can listen to it sung by my neighbour, folk singer Dave Gunning (simply google search "Dave Gunning Farewell to Nova Scotia)🎶🎶 he's a fabulous balladeer, who also btw, sings The Prince of Pictou, of whom I posted a few days ago. 😊

7 Days ago
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While reading an old history of Nova Scotia text by George Patterson this morning, I came across this account of a Treasure Hunt from the time of Seven Years' War in the 1750s. It's entertaining.📖👌🏻

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Okay, it was cool and raining 🌧 this morning, so ... a good day for some indoor fun. I found a couple of reference books and sites online, so I'm cataloguing some pre-Confederation colonial stamps. I love these tiny historical records. Photo 4 is of an early Nova Scotia crown&floral stamp representing the bulk of our population at that time: the English Rose, the Scottish thistle, the Irish shamrock, and our own colonial flower: the mayflower.

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Victorian Arts 2013: I was studying all things Victorian in 2013. I experimented with silhouettes in ink, w/c and in wool felting. I got Billy to whittle a nib on a feather, for pen and ink work; the feather sketch in my journal was done with that feather pen. I read bios of Edith Holden, read her book and watched the DVD of the same title. I read the Brontës and read biographical books, along with several other Victorian authors and artists. It was great fun! 👌🏻😊👸🏻⏳

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Miss Mannequin and her brother really helped with figure drawing. Her dress is woolfelted, with silk cocoons for slippers and accessories, fashioned from silk cocoons. They loved going to the beach. 🌊🏄 (swipe) (forgive the low res shots / my phone camera 📱was a really low resolution at that point. 😊

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August 2014 🔸 This was my first experience, as a surrogate mother, to Einstein 🐦 the cute little grackle fledgling, that fell out of his nest. As always, journaling and painting, ... still collecting coins. I was studying the French Revolution, at that time.

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Just checking through, to be sure I finished all the prompts for brimblessummerlovin photo challenge. Day20 "BEACHY" (Kate's photo😊) 3. Day22 "HOARDING" true confession; this is only a small portion of my essential oils. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4. Day28 "KEEPING IT REAL" being real about it, somedays it rains. Day30 "HOLIDAYS" this is a throwback to our holiday in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and my conversation with Founding Father of Confederation, Sir John A MacDonald. That's it! All prompts complete. ✔️👌🏻😊

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August Garden Walk: 7&8. Coffee and cookies in the sunshine; this spring's perennial additions (the fern and beebalm are growing strong) hostas are blooming abundantly, and the marigolds/petunias; buds starting to open on the hydrangeas. Most of the perennials here have had their bloom season. 😊

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Today's project: Although August brought the end of my July photo challenges; I'm still finishing up. This onebookjuly2017 JULY bookmark was to remember the July2017 challenge Biblejournaling 📖 The findings only just arrived today. 2. I'm checking to see that I completed all the prompts in the two other photo challenges; and I'm back in my daily journal 📓🎉, with many pages and photos to journal✍🏻, since I stayed out of it all July. 3. My 🍊 Orange essential oil ⚱️ arrived in this morning's mail 📬, so it went right into the diffuser. Ummm! 4. I came across a photo of a brass military badge, I found a couple of years ago; I wondered if you had any military collector acquaintances @snettisher who might recognize it or know anything about it? I surmised that it was used during a military campaign in Victorian times?

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Project 2: I collected and dried some Achilles blooms (also commonly known as yarrow) to create a yarrow-infused oil. "Yarrow has been used for thousands of years as a stypic-a plant that stops bleeding….The plants contain alkaloids that have been shown to reduce clotting time. They also have a sedative, pain-killing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic constituents…..Yarrow leaves have been used in washes, salves, and poultices for treating burns, boils, open sores, pimples, mosquito bites, earaches, sore eyes, and aching backs and legs.” *note: I used about 1 1/2 oz of fractionated coconut oil first; and then another 2 1/2 oz of extra virgin olive oil. Give it a shake and leave it to infuse for a month. ** These herbal remedies must have been so important to our early settlers, with no pharmacy just around the corner.

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Today's project: I wanted a 2017 Canada 150 🇨🇦 COMMEMORATIVE LOONIE (our $1 coin, thusly nicknamed because it usually sports a Cdn loon on its face). So ... I bought 2 rolls of loonies at the bank, and found oneCanada 150 🇨🇦commemorative, along with a Canada 125 🇨🇦 commemorative from the celebration of 1992. Now, I'll buy two more rolls to see if I can get a 2016 Women's Suffrage Anniversary coin. 💰😊

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Another 4 page descriptive excerpt (swipe right) 📖from the stagecoach journey🐎🐎, as Uncle Robert tells of his log house and life in frontier Nova Scotia. Last 2 photos: the apples and berries are ripe ... nature's pantry, even in that day. 👌🏻😊

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A stamp collector's delight; a bag of Canadian definitives. trgselfcarechallenge day11 "ORGANIZING" There were loads of monarchs and flags. Even a couple of beavers; followed by our local beaver dam. Our visit saw no active beavers, but many tracks along the muddy shore.

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Meanwhile ... the Suffrage moment in Canada 🇨🇦 1. The Famous Five from Alberta "In 1927 these 5 prominent Canadian women asked the Supreme Court of Canada to answer the question, "Does the word "PERSON" in Section 24 of the B.N.A. Act include female persons?" After five weeks of debate and argument the Supreme Court of Canada decided that the word "person" did NOT include women. Shocked by the Supreme Court decision but they did not give up the fight. Instead they refused to accept it, and took the "PERSONS" case to the Privy Council in England, which in those days was Canada's highest court. The sculptures, inspired by this case stand in both Ottawa and Calgary.

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I read this on the British Postal History Museum blog. Fascinating! Women's Suffrage is a subject dear to my heart. I loved these historic photos and give the British Postal History Museum credit as their source. This is their explanation: "On 23rd February 1909 two suffragettes, Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan, posted themselves to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to deliver a message personally to Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. At this time Post Office regulations allowed individuals to be “posted” by express messenger, so the two women went to the East Strand Post Office and were placed in the hands of A.S. Palmer, a telegraph messenger boy, who “delivered” them to Downing Street. There, an official refused to sign for the “human letters” and eventually Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan were returned to the offices of the Women’s Social and Political Union." A further note says, the postal charge was 3 pence and the delivery man waited 10 minutes upon delivery. What an ingenious plan, to be heard! 👏🏻 Such courageous and clever women. 👌🏻👱🏼‍♀️

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Update: St Johns Wort infused oil, after 1 week. I had just ordered this bottle of infused oil. My oil has a much stronger fragrance already, but by the month's end, it ought to take on a reddish hue. brimblessummerlovin day18 "YELLOW" trgselfcarechallenge day13 "NATURAL" so many natural remedies set in plants at Creation, for our benefit. 👌🏻😊

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Garden Walk 1: 1. the birthday rose smells so strongly; 2. my sister rooted and gifted me with another rose bush. 🌹💕 3. Queen Anne's Lace fill the hedgerows; 4&5. the last of the phlox and daylilies; 6. the newly planted beebalm in the woodland garden had 1 bloom this year; 5. the hydrangea is covered with buds that will likely open mid-August; 6&7. Tom retreated to the shade after his Olympic runs. 😊

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July birthdays 🎉 are a great occasion for a garden party. 🐶Tom loves to help open gifts.😊 🎊Happy birthday, Kate!!🎂❣️👏🏻

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Long evening drive through the back, backwoods at sunset. I wish I had caught a photo of Tom, in his stare down with a BIG, Black Angus bull. He has had minimal exposure to cattle and he was fascinated. 🐶❤️🐂(excuse the spots in the last two photos; they were taken through the car window, that was still spotty from the downpour at noon.)

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A *throwback photo of our birthday 🎉 girl; and yes, she's still on her phone!📞 📲 🎊Happy Birthday, Kate! 🎉☕️🎂☕️

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What a pleasant surprise to find out that, these yellow flowers 🌼 in my wildflower bouquet, are actually St Johns Wort. Yesterday's project: I collected a small mason jar full of the blooms and added 3oz of carrier oils to create an infused oil (leave to infuse for 1 month. The infusion is VERY good for aging skin😉, among other things.

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Curiosity ... drew us to the Laurel Hill cemetery to see the gravestone of the Honorable William A.H. Villers Mansel. He is believed to be the 4th illegimate son of King George IV, while he was yet Prince of Wales. Also pictured on the grave stone, is the 1932 Nova Scotia half-penny, which bore an engraving of King George IV.

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Eastern Nova Scotia Stagecoach 1828. Photo1. a watercolor sketch of a local harbour settlement, when early Scottish/Irish settlers came (about 1810). The first settlers(1776) were met with forest-right-to-the-shoreline and NO buildings or settlement at all. Photos 2,3. 1828 marked the opening of a stagecoach route, across the province from capital city Halifax to Pictou(deep harbour town, where ships left for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island). photos 3,4&5. Pages from an 1864 book, I picked up a couple of years ago: A Descriptive Sketch of Nova Scotia. The writer is actually describing his trip on that very stagecoach, and includes conversations with other passengers while they travel. I just thought it might interest some of you. 😊

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