Tuesday, August 30, 2011

3 Sheets to the Wind

I started this window months ago, but kept putting it aside to work on other window projects. I finally finished it on Saturday, and the glue is in the drying stage...the sky will dry and will be a mixture of clear blue as well as clear glass with white swirls. John named this one "3 Sheets to the Wind" in reference to the 3 sheets on the clothesline. (which don't show up well in the full photos, but there is a detailed photo below)
I'm not going to add grout to this one. It measures 29 inches wide by 24 inches high....larger than the windows I've been doing recently. I love the way it turned out...it looks glorious when the sun is shining through it!

doesn't it throw a nice shadow?

detail of house and clothesline

detail of sailboat

Thursday, August 25, 2011

more early morning photos

A few more photos from yesterday's early morning excursion. I headed up towards New Germany, and stopped at a couple of farms. Back through the bridge on Veinot Road, but I was too late...the sun was too high to get a good photo of the fog over the river.





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

adventures

Yesterday was an unexpectedly awesome day. First, we were visited by two lovely ladies who dropped off some windows for me that one of them had found on the side of the road while out for a drive with her husband. (thanks Janet...these will keep me busy for a while!)


Then we received a phone call asking if we wanted to go for a sail in the afternoon. We had an absolutely gorgeous sail down the LaHave River to the ocean and back....a six hour excursion (not including the driving time). I purposely didn't take my camera with me (I tend to get a little unsociable when I'm concentrating on taking photos)...but I regretted it many times during the afternoon!


This morning I was up early trying to rescue one of our little guineas who escaped the coop last night (my fault entirely...I left the door open while I was putting food in the other end). Thankfully, she didn't get eaten during the night. After several unsuccessful attempts, she is back with her sister (yes...we finally have 2 females...yay!!)


And...as I promised myself...I headed out for another early morning photo excursion. Here are some of the photos I took at the lake on our road.





Friday, August 19, 2011

The Dance

I finally added the grout to this window, and am very happy with how it has turned out. I love the blues and greens...and the clear glass with embossed flowers...and who doesn't love dragonflies?
I call it "The Dance".

Friday, August 12, 2011

happy

I'm happy because our son Cody is here visiting from Toronto.
Riley is happy because she has been given some freedom and is running through our fields off leash.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Restez Calme

I was up just after the crack of dawn this morning with the dogs, and decided to take advantage of the glimmer of sunlight....it has been raining for days here. I loaded my camera and dogs into the car and planned to take photos of the sunrise over a nearby lake. That didn't work out...the sun was in the wrong direction. But we carried on down the road and this is what we found:






I don't usually get up and going early in the morning. The usual routine is get up, take dogs out, feed dogs, walk dogs one mile to get the paper, read paper and drink coffee....


...but I could be convinced to change my habits. I enjoyed the early morning jaunt with my camera.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

nightime adventures

Sometimes the most amazing adventures happen right at home. On Tuesday night, I was out with the dogs for their before bedtime excursion and I heard the oddest sound. The dogs were listening to it too, but didn't seem bothered by it. I put the dogs inside and went back out and tracked down the source of the sound. It was an owl. (and, no, he wasn't hooting...it was a strange whining sound that he repeated over and over). I ran back inside to tell John and grabbed my camera. The combination of a very dark night and no tripod resulted in some blurry photos, but you can vaguely see his shape in the tree.
We feared for our four grown guineas, who roost in the trees at night. But the next morning, they were all still marching around so the owl didn't dine on guinea. We probably scared him off by shining the flashlight at him for so long!
I hear many owls at night "who who"ing, but this is our first sighting...so exciting!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Friday's trip: Part 3

Our second photo stop on last Friday's trip was the Sainte-Marie Catholic Church in Church Point. Here are the details from the information board outside the church:

You are standing in front of the largest wooden church in North America. Leo Melanson, a local Acadian, masterminded its consturction from blueprints of a stone church in France - yet Leo could not read or write! This amazing structure was built between 1903 and 1905 with the help of 1500 volunteers.


If you peek inside, you'll see very tall columns supporting an arched ceiling. In reality, these 70-foot columns are entire Norwegian Red Spruce tree trunks covered in plaster.


The ceiling features religious symbols painted by Louis St. Hilaire. Louis had a great fear of heights. So, along with his palette and paints, the artist brought a large bottle of wine to calm his nerves.


You'll notice 41 exquisite stained glass windows, many depicting the life of the Virgin Mary, to whom the church is dedicated. THey were shipped from France in crates of molasses for protection!







There was a completely awe inspiring stone church a litte further up the road...but I decided to save that for another day. I think the drugs I took before the MRI were catching up with me :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

signs of the times

When we last visited Cape St. Mary's, I spotted a house that looked abandonned and was interested in taking a closer look. When we visited on Friday, I took the opportunity.
I love old houses, and ramshackle buildings. There's so much character.
Yet, they make me feel sad as well. Sad that they sit neglected. Their walls must hold so many stories that have been long forgotten. If I was wealthy, I'd restore as many old homes as I could...back to their former glory. There are just so many homes and buildings in Nova Scotia that are beyond repair.
Someone has found a use for this home, but not what I would have chosen for it :)