This is a food story:
Monica and I were privileged and honored with an invitation to visit our friends in St. George, Glenn Ketchum and Judy Barrio. A hot and humid day was perfect for lounging around the house drinking wine and solving the world’s problems.
And then came the food! Check out Judy’s dinner menu.
Glenn is an artist in the kitchen and on the grill and like any artist, he likes to experiment. The delightful surprise of the evening was the grilled goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves hand picked from their deck trellis. Come on! How amazing is that!
And as if that wasn’t enough, breakfast next morning was a full spread of eggs benedict with fresh chives and smoked salmon… Wow! Lucky us. We love visiting Glenn and Judy… who wouldn’t?
Just some of the reasons why June is my favorite month…
Mon and I are training for Lisbon (tongue in cheek) so decided to change scenery on this fine Sunday and hike part of the Fundy Parkway near St. Martins. New trails are open all the way to Walton Glen gorge. The falls (NB’s highest) were barely a trickle today because of the dry weather. Nevertheless, we got our exercise and enjoyed lunch overlooking the coastline all the way to Martin Head.
Here are the photo highlights of A fun day at Fundy Parkway.
A random Friday in late May brought a cool and semi foggy morning with the promise of afternoon sunshine. I had some suncatchers to drop off at CraftologySJ so Monica and I decided to go together and enjoy a walk in the city. Then home to enjoy the back yard for the rest of the day… including a surprise visit from Monica’s brother and his wife.
The highlights, in cronological order, are as follows:
- Visit to the Saint John Jewish historical museum – I wanted to go for the stained glass windows but walked away with much more. The very knowledgeable Catherine gave us a guided tour through the museum and the lives of the early Jewish families in SJ. This beautiful building was formerly a senator’s residence (1897) and then a funeral home for many years before the Jewish Society aquired it. It now houses the synagogue after the original church was closed in 2007 due to low membership.
- Photo stroll with Monica through Queen’s Square to the harbour front
- Stop off at CraftologySJ to deliver suncatchers
- Visit to Cobalt Gallery on Prince William St. where somebody may have just laid away a certain sculpture by Inuit artist Mikisiti Saila for somebody’s birthday ☺
- Lunch at Ta-ke Sushi (double salmon roll…!!!)
- Stroll up King’s St., through the city market and through King’s Square
- Visit to a decommissioned church on Germain St., now a Children’s Interaction Theater Company. The stained glass is abandoned and some of it badly cacked… but I saw lovely fragments including a square glass “dome”.
- Wine, munchies and conversation with Stuart and Darlene on the back deck.
Here are wth photo highlights of A Day in late May
Monica and I decided to get out of Saint John for the weekend, just for a change of scenery… and I had a particular church in mind to visit in the city of Miramichi. St. Michael’s Basilica in Chatham is the only Basilica in New Brunswick and just happens to have three Guido Nincheri stained glass windows. I was itching to see them. What I didn’t know until I got there is just across the river in Newcastle at St. Mary’s Catholic church are four Guido Nincheri windows! I got into these two churches plus one in Bouctouche and they were all spectacular (see Gallery/World Windows for all photos).
The weather the first day was not so good (snow, rain, wind) but was perfect for photographing windows. There is still lots of snow in Miramichi… like 6-foot banks in most parking lots. The poor towns folk are tired of it and don’t mind saying so. The second day was better with clear blue skies. We had a great time seeing the sights, eating good food and photographing stained glass windows. Monica has also started photographing church steeples… this might become a new obsession 😁
Here are some pictorial images of the weekend highlights.
Since traveling to Ireland and learning more about their history and culture, I have a much better appreciation for the man called Saint Patrick... who, in the mid 400s, was captured from his home in Britain by Irish pirates while still just a teenager, enslaved for years on Ireland, escaped and fled back to the mainland, became a Christian, returned to Ireland to spread the word and build his first church in Armagh (we were there), and ultimately become the patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrated on this day all over the world (and most certainly at our house), Monica and I wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some shots all taken close to home in Saint John.
Just when we had ourselves braced for a horrific onslaught of winter, we are surprised and most delighted with the nicest February ever… at least for now… this can’t be sustainable (wishing)