Friday, August 26, 2016

Odd Summer

It's been an odd summer. I suppose that any summer when such huge life changes occur would be considered odd.

Today, I will have the joy of spending some time with my grandsons and my daughter-in-law. I have hardly seen them since the 4th of July. Their summer has not been all that normal either I suspect. 

Why, just yesterday, my daughter-in-law was attacked, literally attacked, by a rogue seagull on a beach in Maine! It traumatized the boys. It can't be easy watching a seagull swoop in that way. Its attack even drew blood! Michelle said that fellow beachgoers were very helpful bringing her Neosporin and bandaids. 

Moving along to happier things like pictures of the Lake, Kings Landing, and such-like summertime moments. Most photos were taken by my daughter-in-law.


~The Lake~
~Are those two dancing?~
~Just Relaxing~


The grist mill at Kings Landing in NB, Canada is up and at'em again. The grands loved seeing it in operation once more.






~Impressive New Construction~



~full and happy~



~sweet Jake~
Perhaps our time today will end with ice cream...hope so! The grands and I have managed to do that only one other time this summer.

~bookend brothers~

Many photos have been taken here through the years. Something interesting has happened since the last time I featured this favorite spot.

~hotel in the barnyard~

Strange, but true!

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Description and a photo of our favorite ice cream spot from a couple of past posts:

Our day with the grands ended at the top of the hill visiting our favorite ice cream stop. We munched our cones in silence watching the bulldozers destroy the woodlands and fields across the street. A casino is being built. Ugh.  And they call this progress? July 30, 2011



My! How they've grown! July 16, 2011

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40 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! I wonder what on earth could have been wrong with that seagull! I'm glad a band aid and Neosporin took care of the damage done. Ending the day with ice cream seems completely do-able. Have fun with the family :)

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  2. What beautiful photos! Our country offers such beauty! Aren't your grandsons adorable!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us today Vee! So enjoyed this post!

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  3. Oh my goodness, indeed they have grown! They are looking like such (dare I say?) young men these days. (Are your grandchildren growing even faster than mine?!)

    Oh my goodness, a sea gull attack!! What craziness! That sounds like a scene from an old Alfred Hitchcock movie or something.

    And oh my goodness, a hotel in the barnyard! Ugh. Don't these people know anything about photography? And pastoral New England scenes? Or Charles Wysocki puzzles?

    But speaking of gorgeous New England scenes...you provided some beauties in this post! (Or your daughter-in-law did.) Sunset on the lake. That wonderful grist mill. The tables set with checked cloths in the garden. The KIng's Head! Love that building! I'd love to see inside!

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    1. The first eight photos are all examples of New Brunswick, Canada's beauty. =D

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    2. Of course! You said that and I read that...and then I translated it all into my mental New England dream. (Oops.) :)

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  4. Thank you for the smiles...they have certainly grown...ugh on progress--what are they thinking putting up a hotel by the barnyard...

    Have a beautiful day Vee....smiles

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  5. I stopped to enlarge the photo of your grandsons and lost the comment I had begun! Wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your daughter being attacked by such an aggressive gull. That does happen sometimes, I hear. But never fun! But what is fun is time in a lake and having ice cream with ones grandmother! Be well, dear Vee.

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  6. It looks like the boys are having a good summer, Vee. They are really growing up! Such a cute photo with Captain America in the garden with the pretty garden. And the beautiful grist mill is so nice to see. I know it's been odd for all of you this summer. Life can send us challenges, but you are doing well, my friend. Have fun with the grands! ♥

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  7. Welcome to Canada, Vee! I'm glad you're enjoying the beauty of that gorgeous lake, and time with your grands. That hotel is an eyesore, alright! What a seagull story. Hope the boys and Michelle aren't too traumatized. Your grands look like they are having all sorts of fun there in the lake, acting up for Grandma, or are you Nana?

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    1. Alas, the vacation at the family cottage in NB was not mine. My daughter-in-law was sharing hers with the boys. My son only was able to be there on the weekends. I misunderstood the seagull attack...it attacked both my daughter-in-law and Sam. It bit him on the hand when it stole his sandwich. Gheesh! I am neither Grandma nor Nana. =D Their name for me is Nonni...a semi, sorta Italian grandmother name to match their Italian surname. All other names were taken by their many other grandmothers.

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  8. Such beautiful photos! I could use an ice cream cone right about now!

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  9. The boys really have grown. That was the first thing I noticed about the picture taken this summer. Your daughter-in-law shared some gorgeous pictures. Other than the naughty bird, their summer at the lake in New Brunswick must have been wonderful.

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  10. Great photos! What a gorgeous lake!! So sorry about the casino construction....

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    1. Yes, me too. That casino went up across the street from our ice cream shop several years ago. Now it is so successful (a relative term) that the hotel is going up directly across the street from the casino. I don't know what will become of the farm, the farmstand, and the ice cream shop.

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  11. Wonderful photos - my word that lake one brought my high pressure WAY down staring at it - beautiful!

    Your grandsons are so cute.

    Ice cream sounds so good right now!

    A CASINO? Oh noooooooooo yuck yuck yuck how truly awful!

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. ♥

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  12. Beautiful pictures Vee and yes, your grandsons sure are growing - so adorable! I so wish you could have been on that vacation with them. Hope your time with them today is absolutely wonderful - you deserve that! Hugs ...

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  13. The boys sure have grown, Vee. They're still as cute as ever! I was surprised to hear you hadn't seen the boys in such a long time. No ball games this year? Or did they spend the summer in NB?

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    1. Baseball ended in June. Soccer begins next week, along with school. They had a two-week vacation in NB, but it was a split vacation...one week in July and one in August.

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  14. What an experience with that rude seagull! Thanks for the beautiful photos though ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  15. Vee, I hope you had an awesome day with your sweet boys, ice cream included of course! I have had a rather odd summer too, and now that it's winding down, I can't believe how it's flown by. I'm sure there were good times at the lake, and so glad they got to "my" beloved Kings Landing. Have I told you before that part of the land KL is built on, belonged to my ancestors? Maybe that's why I feel such an attachment.
    Sorry to hear of the seagull attack, there must have been food involved! They can be pretty cheeky... Those boys are sure growing fast! Must be the summer sunshine and good foods! :)

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    1. Yes, see comment above concerning that sandwich. I think that everyone in NB has ancestors who are related...just like nearly everyone in New England. It is a beautiful spot on earth that's for sure!

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  16. Such quaint scenes. I would love to visit the area. Wow, how the boys have grown. I know they bring you much joy. Since we never had children/grands, I am thankful for those of you who share yours with us. It is fun to watch them grow and change thru the years. I am hoping for an ice cream cone tomorrow! My 59th birthday. Wishing you a good evening. xo

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  17. They grow up fast, I waiting for my twin grandchildren to arrive.
    The old mill is a wonderful building.
    Seagulls can be dangerous a bit like magpies.
    Merle................

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  18. My oh my, getting attacked by a seagull would scare me out of my wits! I hope your DIL is ok? Immsurmethe boys were traumatized, but I'd be, too. Your grands are so cute, Vee, and yes, they've sure grown. I hope you were able to get that ice cream!
    The grist mill photos are so pretty and serene, but the hotel by the barn?...craziness!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. Hi Vee,

    Oh wow -- that sounds too much like Alfred Hitchcock! I'm glad your daughter-in-law is okay; those birds must be really aggressive.

    I'm glad you're going to get to spend some time with precious grandsons and daughter-in-law, Vee. That will be good for all of you. I LOVE those pictures of King's Landing; what a beautiful area. Is that where they built the casino? I'm not a fan of casinos. We have at least one in Cherokee, NC, on the Indian reservation. Not my cup of tea.

    I hope you have a good weekend, my friend.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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    1. No, Kings Landing is in New Brunswick, Canada, about seven hours away. The casino and its complementary hotel are in my own corner.

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  20. Seagulls can be pests - where I grew up on the English coast (the English Channel) they became dangerous to children and adults eating outdoors - some nasty bites as they stole sandwiches, pies, biscuits and ice cream cones! Remember the movie 'The Birds' - it scared so many people off our winged friends, some of whom are just delightful in our gardens.

    Mary -

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  21. What is the matter with those Canadian seagulls??? Oye! It looks the rest of their time in NB was great. I love seeing photos of some of the places we visited last year! Those grands if yours are growing up before my very eyes! :)

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  22. Oh my goodness, I had no idea about the seagulls. We have some very mean swans on our lake but I know they are only trying to protect their young. Still, their wingspan is enough to knock an adult off a kayak.

    These are beautiful photos...they tell the story of a fun summer for those grands! The last picture---sad. Very sad.

    Jane

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  23. Yikes, that seagull attack sounds scary. No wonder the boys were traumatized.
    The lake scenes are lovely.
    The hotel looks totally out of place next to the farm. Ugh!
    I sure hope you had fun with the grands and an ice cream cone figured into the equation.

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  24. I am soo behind...but better late then never, right? The boys are certainly growing like weeds..soo handsome. Such GOOD pictures!! I find that seagull story particularly scary as I have a weird fear of birds. I think ever since seeing that movie the birds as a young girl, lol. But truthfully, I am horrified to hear that. Hope your having a good week-end!

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  25. There is a TV show on during the summer called something like Zoo. It is about the animals turning against humans. Since I live next to (really in) a forest, there is no way I'm watching that! I hope your daughter-in-law never saw the Hitchcock movie, The Birds. ;)

    It has been an odd summer here with excess heat and not feeling well. I am so glad neither was the case when the New England family were here. Would love to sit and have tea with you (iced tea at the moment).

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  26. Oh boy that casino/hotel is an eyesore on this lovely spot. Too bad they couldn't add some character to it. Looks like a nice outing. The photos are lovely. It has been an odd summer for us, too. Probably has something to do with unemployment. Hope you have a good week and that another ice cream outing happens.

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  27. Attacked by a seagull? How positively horrible. I can't imagine it. They are pretty good sized birds. I told my sister about the seagull, she said one swooned in on her and her granddaughter at the beach and stole food right from their lunch. They don't seem to be intimidated by people.

    That hotel looks out of place. A casino?? Oh dear! The boys sure have grown. Hope they have recovered from the seagull incident. Ice cream can cure anything. ~ Abby

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  28. Hi Vee,

    You are the second person I have talked (blog talk...) to that has talked about a bird attacking them! A little too much like, The Birds...eeeekkkk! I hope your daughter in law is ok, that must have been terrifying!

    I've noticed motels and banks popping up in the strangest places lately. I'm afraid it's a sign of the times, I'm not loving it!

    I can hardly believe how much your grands have grown! Such great pictures, especially the first on, just beautiful.

    Have a very blessed Sunday, Vee!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  29. You can't stop those kids from growing, can you? Nor can we stop "progress." Our landscaping is changing this summer with removal of woods at the end of our neighborhood and a restaurant going in. :-(

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  30. I have a confession I have a hard time reading your posts without crying. I've only been married 2years and this is my first marriage. My hubby had a stroke in late Jan. And still.isnt doing well. I was so scared. My heart hurts for you.

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    1. Valerie, I do believe that widows make wives nervous. This is because they know that, unless a couple dies together, one is eventually going to be left alone. I don't know how people who don't know The Lord make it through. I know where John is and I can not wish him back, though I miss him terribly. He can not return to me, but I will go to him one fine day. Until then, by God's grace and help, I am going to live my best life.

      I am very sorry that your husband has not been well. I believe in the God Who heals and so I will pray for your beloved and that he will recover completely. Thank you for honestly sharing these things. (I wish that I could visit you, but Google + is being a pain.)

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  31. Seagulls can be very aggressive if they see you with food or if you smell like food. We used to call them and pigeons flying rats. Glad to see you having a good time with your grandboys, Vee! They certainly are growning up so wonderfully!

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