Friday, 17 November 2017

Cottage Life

I dream of a country cottage close to the sea.  It may not be thatched, but it would be perfect in a village location.  It would have a pretty garden filled with cottage garden plants ~ hollyhocks and roses amongst them.  

I may not have achieved my dream yet, but I can enjoy my English cottage in miniature.  There is a handy postbox just outside the gate too, so I will be able to post my letters and sit in the garden and watch the world go by.  

Thursday, 16 November 2017


English Robins are a favourite of mine.  I make the distinction between them and their North American cousins (though I'm not sure that they are even related) because, to me, they are the essence of Christmas.  I have several (as yet unopened) cross stitch kits which feature robins, but I decided to make this small bookmark first.

I actually stitched it during the summer, but I thought that I would wait and share it at a more appropriate time.  Just perfect for my Christmas reading.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Seeing Double

My latest knitting project is severely testing my patience.  I’m knitting a sheep scarf which is worked in the double knitting technique.

I won’t go into the technical details of working the chart, but will tell you that I’m working both sides together and I have to try to remember which colours go where.  This is supposed to be a Christmas gift for my nephew, but there is a long way to go and not much time...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Air Force Heritage Park

I have passed this park many times, but it took me a while to actually go down with the camera on a recent sunny day and take some photos.  It is on the site of the former RCAF Base Summerside.

This base was constructed during the Second World War, between 1940-1941and became a training school for pilots and later, for navigators.

The base was renamed in 1968 and called Canadian Forces Base Summerside.  The Voodoo CF-101 was an all-weather interceptor aircraft, which was based in Atlantic Canada between 1962 and 1984.

In 1968, CFB Summerside became the base of 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron, with responsibility for the east coast of Canada.

The 880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron and the 420 Air Reserve Squadron moved to Summerside in 1981.  The Canadair Argus CP-107 was a reconnaissance anti-submarine bomber, which operated from 1957 to 1981.

The Grumann CP-121 Tracker was another anti-submarine aircraft which was based at Summerside.  In the history of this base, many other aircraft operated from here, including Lancasters.

 The flag of the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

The memorial to the bravery of the Search and Rescue Squadron. 

 It is an interesting park, which is beautifully maintained, and a fitting tribute to all who have served.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Dawn's Early Light

I must say that the sunrises have been fairly spectacular recently.  The change in the weather to these first days of winter has resulted in magnificent colours.

I was mesmerized by the dawn last week and paused to enjoy the display.

The sun slowly appeared in the east and the sky underwent a transformation.

I wasn’t feeling brave enough to venture outdoors in order to capture the moment, as it was -3 C at the time.

So my apologies about the reflection on some of these photos, which were taken through our living room window.  I think that a little bit of glare isn’t too high a price to pay for the beauty of the surroundings.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Thought For The Day - Part Two

Photo: CBC News
When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today.

John Maxwell Edmonds

Saturday, 11 November 2017

For The Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.  
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning;
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon
For The Fallen

Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, in which 16,000 Canadian troops were killed or wounded.
We carry the torch and honour their sacrifice.