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2017 PEI Summer Vacation

That was the best four sun-filled (mostly) and fun-filled family vacation days on the beautiful north shore of Prince Edward Island. Monica and I along with Sarah and Matt, Carter and Connor and Ryan all shared a little cottage just 3 minutes from Brackley Beach. What a hoot! The sun and the sand, the awesome playground and pool, the excellent food and family stories around the campfire all made for a perfect weekend. Definitely bloggable! If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a few thousand. Cheers to PEI!

2017 PEI Vacation photo highlights

A July Journey

Monica and I had a fantastic trip this weekend to the top of the province to visit our friends, Diane and Chris Carson, at their cottage on beautiful Youghall Beach in Bathurst. On the way, we scratched of a local bucket list item and saw the remaining 5 bridges of New Brunswick’s 60 covered bridges, including one at the historic Village Acadien in Caraquet. Diane and Chris joined us in touring this historical settlement recreating the lives of the Acadien settlers from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1900’s. Totally fascinating and we had a ball interacting with the interpreters at each of the 30 or so building sites.

The weather all weekend was mostly excellent. There was just one little 30 minute rumble with Mother Nature on Sundy evening just as I was trying my hand at paddle boarding. A sudden squall whipped up bringing dramatic skies and turning the calm bay into a froth of white caps. Fortunately, I made it to shore with only one dumping. Nothing hurt but my pride. And then it was gone leaving the sky a flaming salmon pink.

On the way home, we visited Kouchibouguac National Park where we had camped 30 years ago. Great memories as we strolled along Kelly’s Beach. This is also the year of free Canadian National Park entrances. Love that! We also stopped into Richibucto River Wine Estate and sampled some really good wine while chatting with the owner, Alan Hudson. We bought a couple of bottles to take home.

It was a wonderful weekend. So nice to see friends and Monica was delighted to fulfil the bridges project in just less than a year. Can’t wait to see what she decides to explore next.

Here are the photo highlights of the weekend… A July Journey

Family Gallery Hop

As a pre-father’s day celebration, Monica and I were treated today by our daughter, Sarah, to lunch uptown at Cask ‘n Kettle. Then the three of us enjoyed a round the block Gallery Hop to seven fine arts shops all within easy walking.

I am very spoiled and so fortunate and happy to be so.


Saturday sushi

My niece, Ellen Flood, came to visit today to show us her photos from her recent trip to Scotland. So great to see her again. Of course,  when Ellen is in town, sushi is on everyone’s mind. So off we went to our favorite restaurant, Ta-ke Sushi for an excellent and very filling meal. Sort of like dinner and a movie but in reverse order. Now, a nap.


Valentine’s Day 2017

The day started at 5:00 am with a rigorous session of driveway snow-blowing… didn’t care for that so much 😐

Then a couple of hours of soldering in the studio (really love that) turned out two celtic knotted crosses…. one for CraftologySJ and one for my sweetheart.

Lunch was a happy gorging uptown at Ta-ke Sushi… and then home with feet up for an afternoon of blogging and sipping great Tempranillo from Spain ☺ and making plans with Monnie for our spring road trip.

Isn’t life grand?

A glassy winter wonderland

Here it is, January 29, 2017 and we have grass showing through on the lawns… no snow. Strange winter but most folks are bracing for something still to come. We’re lucky here in the city. Outside of Saint John, the recent ice storm really put a lot of folks in the dark and cold for several days in some cases. However, today maybe a bit of promised sun will get Monica and I out for a walk.ready

I’ve been beating the winter blahs with some blogging (got some new dollar store glasses to try out) and getting lots of studio time, loving every minute. I recently completed a couple of sunflowers and am now working on some cardinals. All these birds and flowers have me yearning for spring. I can’t wait. Monica and I have a fun adventure planned if all goes well so stay tuned in April and May. Should be AMAZING!

Cheers and happy winter from Nellyglass Studio.

Old and new designs

Old and new designs

Flowers in waiting

Flowers in waiting


quatro cardinals

quatro cardinals


Second sushi of 2017

Monica and I were running errands uptown and felt hungry. We found the perfect solution at Ta-ke Sushi on King Street.

Lunch special at Ta-ke Sushi on King Street