I love fall. I love spring. Winter is quite lovely, up until about February 15th. Then I'm done with that. Summer, while I tend to look forward to it, by the time the heat comes along I'm ready for the cooler air of autumn. I think what I really love is the change! New seasons bring new beauty to this wonderful country we live in and so I usually end up looking forward to it before it gets here.
At this moment, though, I am enjoying the full splendor of autumn in Eastern Canada. It is just beautiful. I always noticed the season change in Korea and thought it was nice, but really, even wonderful Korea has nothing on my home province in Canada. Every day as I drive to work and see the ever changing colors of trees and leaves against the blue sky and the sprawling Saint John River, I praise God for bringing us home, for opening my eyes to see the works of His hands and for allowing me the opportunity to enjoy the sights with safety each day. To be honest, I'm a bit of a distracted driver. Not distracted by my phone, but rather the scenes around me.
Here are some photos I took this foggy Saturday morning. Thankfully, I was not driving.
Last Sunday our town hosted a party. The party was to thank the many volunteers who gave their time, money and efforts to assist during the flood. The flood happened here in Perth-Andover, NB in March of 2012, and some are still recovering. Most of the clean up has been done, but there are people who are having their homes moved out of the flood zone now and and other changes are happening. There were so many who helped out this little town, and I suppose the town government just decided it was time to give back, or at least recognize them. We went to the celebration after church, where the festivities were just getting started, and mostly enjoyed checking the antique cars, and also the music of Acoustic Train. They're pretty great, and if you ever get a chance to hear them play, check them out.
One day last month I decided to go up to Grand Falls early to go check out the Market, and the Falls. Sadly, there was not a lot of water coming through the dam, so it was slightly less spectacular, but it's still just a beautiful spot.
The market is not bad. There is definitely much more happening than there is in my small little town, but still, there's not a whole lot. We find ourselves missing the bigger markets, like what exists in Moncton and Dieppe, or even KOREA! But, still, for a small city, this market isn't bad, really.
Yes, chocolate..... that melted in my purse on such a warm day. Duh... Bad purchase idea!
The Zip Line
That's right. There's a zip line over the base of the falls. I'm about 99% certain that it's not something that I'd ever do, but there sure are a lot of people who enjoy it.
I love the falls!! The sound of the water is just so relaxing. It is beautiful and frightening all at the same time.
It's a beautiful spot, and if you're in the area, you should stop and check it out. You can find more information here.
We used to do it all the time. When my maternal grandmother was alive, the family would get together at least once a month, sometimes two or three times a month. We would all bring lots of food to share, and the kids would usually be pretty busy finding things to do, be it swimming, chasing each other around, or just hanging out with each other, and the adults. Even at Christmas, all of my mom's family, and my dad's family were invited to come together in one place to share a meal, and a few holiday related activities and such. It was always fun.
Lately, though, we have not all gotten together. It's been quite sometime. This last weekend, we finally got together with my mom's older sister and her family. Our Aunt Diane was the one who organized it, and set it up. Her two oldest boys work at the same place, and for once in a very long time, this was their first weekend off together, so it became the perfect time for a get together. We all got together at Lake George in New Brunswick, where the kids and many of the adults enjoyed the late for swimming. It was a lovely day, not too hot, not too chilly, just right. The rain held off for us, and we all had a great time, with promises to get together again sooner rather than later.
Since we were all together, I took the time to get some lovely family photos.
The lovely husband and I.
My brother and his beautiful girls.
Aunt Diane, Adam, Lorne, Grant, Justin, Sarah & April. The fun Rediker family... We missed you Cody & Tasha!
The Prosser family and friends... Joyce, Steven, Justin, Mike, Cookie, Sarah, Joe & Zachary.
I love these two.. and even the silly dog. Mom & Dad, looking as fantastic as ever!
Big lake.. and even bigger sky!
Awesome day, with superb family... we shall be sure to do it again. Thank you for joining us through this post!