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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Some of My Summer Highlights

Like roses in a garden, kindess fills the air with a certain bit of sweetness as it touches everywhere. ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Hello my lovely friends! I have been away for a while and having a fabulous Summer. I hope your Summer has been lovely as well. Can you believe August is winding down?

Seems like summer just started but what a summer we have had! Hubby and I have had a very busy one with our boys all home and because our youngest just got married, there was a big family get together to celebrate that. 

His visit home was quite productive this year because he has been researching the family tree and he learned much including where his great great great grandparents are laid to rest. They emigrated from England in the seventeen hundreds.

We all spent time at the beach and savoured food at several restaurants as well as did some sight seeing. Hubby and I also went over to Moncton and Shediac, NB, to visit my beloved Auntie P and some other relatives.

My pictures will tell the story.

This is one of our favourite beaches; Watts Beach.

The Beach... the only place where salt lowers your blood pressure. ~ unknown

We all went for breakfast one morning in the tea room at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. Isn't it charming? The windows look out on to the gardens and the river.

A pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the view of the river.

Hubby and me in the gardens behind the tea room.

My middle guy.

This is what I treated myself to from the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. I have a couple of two tiered cake stands but I have always wanted a three tiered stand. I love the pattern on this one because it's so whimsical. And it's pink!

After our guys left, Hubby and I took a short trip to New Brunswick to visit some of my family. This is my cousin's beautiful home overlooking the bay.

For my tea loving friends, a peek at some of her treasures. As you can see, she collects blue china. That teacup pattern is featured on the front of Laura Childs' tea shop mystery, "Devonshire Scream," which I found interesting because I am re-reading the book at the moment.

A close up of the tea set.

The pattern is St. Petersburg, Russia.

The plate is Royal Stafford and the blue is beautiful!

This is a peek at her garden where she has a family of pheasants making themselves at home.

I love her clock!

Chatting on the back deck on a lovely summer afternoon was bliss!

Back home on the Island, some of the sights one might see is a cruise ship, the Holland America, passing beneath the Confederation Bridge which links the Island to New Brunswick. This picture is courtesy of Trish Jacobs.

At the western end of the Island is Thunder Cove where the ocean has sculpted some rather interesting shapes from the rock. This formation is called the Teapot. The handle and spout have been worn away but you can see the top of the rock still resembles the top of a teapot. 

This is the Teacup Rock. This photo was taken by Carrie Gregory.

I will end this post with a few photos from one of our favourite places this time of year; Victoria Park.

Alas, Hubby is back to work and so ends another summer vacation. However it has been a lovely summer with new memories made and time spent with our loved ones. 

Thank you for visiting and I will be back again soon. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you, dear friends!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Thank you for taking me along on your beautiful vacation time, Sandi. Congratulations on the marriage of your youngest son! You certainly have been busy and I loved seeing all the photos. You and your hubby make such a lovely couple. I'm so glad that you had wonderful visits with your family, and spending time with your hubby at some of your beloved spots.
    P. S. Love your new, three tiered stand!

  2. Greetings from Virginia....glad you are out and about and feeling better. I believe that some of the places your shared on your summer travels will be added to my 'to do' list. Your post was wonderful, I checked every few days in anticipation of your return!

  3. Welcome back, Sandi! Congratulations on your youngest son's marriage. Thank you for sharing your wonderful summer activities with us. The best summer vacation includes family and tea time! Your aunt has a beautiful blueware collection (guess love of china runs in the family?!?) and your new pink three-tiered stand is perfect for tea time.

  4. So many lovely photos and there you are feeling better which is wonderful!!! I loved seeing that home, the beach and her Russian Cobalt Net China! I sold that for years and have none but admire!

  5. Hi Sandi!Glad to "hear" about you!Congratulations on your son's marriage.Wonderful photos...Love the blue and white pieces,exquisite!Best wishes,Maristella.

  6. You HAVE had a busy summer! Thank you for sharing it with us! Congratulations on the marriage of your son! Our oldest son is getting married in November, and we are all abuzz about that! So exciting!! Loved your pictures...such lovely places, and your cousin's home is gorgeous. Love all the blue china, etc....and the three tiered cake plate is lovely. Thank you again. I enjoyed going along with you on this journey. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Congratulations!!! A wonderful thing to have a son married. My son still trying to find "the one." I continue to pray it happens before I am 90. The blue china she has is absolutely gorgeous!! What gorgeous places you have been. Canada is indeed a beautiful land! Many blessings to the new couple!

  8. Oh dearest Sandi such a lovely visit I've had.. such lovely photos. Love the tea house and the three tier stand it sweet. All the photos were just wonderful. I enjoyed my visit Happy Sunday Love and hugs Janice

  9. Hi Sandi! So happy to hear from you and know you must be feeling better. Congrats on your son's marriage (you have a good looking family). I loved seeing some of your neck of the woods and would love to visit someday. Hope you have a lovely September; I'm ready for some cooler weather. Hugs, Pat

  10. Dear Sandi, what beautiful images, and such wonderful memories you are creating with your gorgeous family. I love that St Petersburg china pattern. I trust the wedding went smoothly and that the happy couple have a lifetime of prosperity and harmony ahead of them. Love, Mimi xxx

  11. What wonderful pictures. Loving being able to tag along on your vacation. Congratulations to your son. You have been busy but looks like a good busy dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Hello Sandy, you look and sound refreshed after your summer vacation. I hope your health is continuing to improve. I enjoyed lunch with a friend at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company a couple of years ago and it was fun to see it again in your photos.
    Congratulations to all of you on the marriage of your son. What a happy event to celebrate.


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi