Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day

The Father's Day tradition is centered around the honour of one's paternal influences (fathers, grandfathers and step-fathers). Here in Canada it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Most families plan activities like a breakfast, barbecues, dinners, and sports games. Many families settle for a long distance phone call if they live apart.

This is the last photo I took of my Dad, Hayward, about a year before he passed away. In the fall we made a trip to a pumpkin and apple farm near Ottawa.

My Dad passed away almost nine years ago and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and miss him. I remember his big smile and how he would throw back his head and give a big laugh at something he found funny. I would give anything to hear that laugh now. Whenever I hear the hymn "How Great Thou Art", I think of Dad singing it while getting ready for Church and I would go with him. One of my fondest memories is that if I was out somewhere with my Dad and he had to introduce me, he would say, "this is our baby". I was the second born so that made me the baby of the family for sure, but I was in my 40's and he was still saying this. It made me laugh then, and still does when I think about it. He was a kind and caring Dad to my sister and me.

As we get older we understand that family, and life, are very previous and should not be taken for granted. I think this is something that our young people do not realise.
I wish I could share this Father's Day with my Dad, but he will be in my thoughts.

Dad, you will be in my heart forever. xo

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Miramichi Garden Tea

This afternoon I went to Miramichi with my girl friends to attend the 24th Annual Miramichi Hospital Auxiliary Garden Tea fundraiser. Mrs Fitzpatrick opens her house and gardens to host this event for the public. It was my first time attending, and a very enjoyable event.

Some of the guests sat outside in the lovely garden near the river, but we choice to sit inside.

Our first cup of tea of the afternoon was poured by Joanne, from the Hole 19 teapot.

Here are my tea friends: Joanne, Audrey, Vera, Dorothy, Jean and Mona. I'm taking the photo.

Our Garden Tea lunch consisted of: chicken, potato salad, jelly salad, greens, fruit, fresh rolls and dessert was an assortment of cookies. We enjoyed chat and several pots of tea.

A lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon with friends.

A Long Walk

Last week Paul and I wanted to escape the black flies that have invaded our yard, so we went for a long walk at our favourite beach area downshore.

It was so peaceful there strolling along finding seaglass and NO flies to bother us. I did not want to come home.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What's for supper?

We have been cooking on the barbecue quite a bit lately and we wanted a change for supper this evening so I decided I would make lobster rolls. We made a trip to our local fish market and purchased a tub of lobster meat. This makes the process easier as I don't have to shell lobsters and we get more meat per pound for our money - which means larger lobster rolls!

There are two size meals in our house:

- the gal meal; and

- the guy meal!



Recipe for Lobster Rolls (makes 3 to 4)

1 pound lobster, cut into small pieces
1 large celery stick, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup light mayo, (or to taste)
a squeeze of fresh lemon
salt and pepper, to taste
lettuce, optional
hot dog size rolls

In bowl, mix first 7 ingredients together.

Lightly butter outer sides of rolls and place in a non-stick fry pan to toast, turning side to side, as necessary.

Spoon mixture into hot, toasted rolls. Serve with potato salad or homemade oven fries.

Bay of Chaleur

I took this photo from our back deck this morning. At the end of our back yard and across the marsh we are able to see the boats in the Bay of Chaleur, near Beresford Beach.

I hope this boat has a fresh catch of lobster aboard as we are making a trip to the local fish market this afternoon. I'm making lobster rolls for our evening meal.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Enjoying my Gardens

My friend, Elaine, asked for an update on my gardens so I thought the best way to do this for her was to take photos this morning and post them on my blog.

Enjoy your tour...

I love all the great colours in my garden today.